There are three types of preachers:
1. those who preach with a "You must" approach,
2. those who preach with a "we must" approach, and
3. those who preach with a "I must" approach.
Sometimes the Bible itself uses the "we must" type:
Second Samuel 14:14 We must all die, we are like water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; but God will not take away the life of him who devises means to not keep his banished one an outcast.
John 9:4 (RSV) We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work.
John 9:4 (KJ21) I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day; the night cometh when no man can work.
["I" must work, or instead "we" must work?]
Acts 5:29 (RSV) But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:29 (KJ21) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, "We ought to obey God rather than men.
[Perhaps it is better to say: "ought" to freewill humans than: "must?"]
Acts 14:22 (RSV) strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
Acts 14:22 (KJ21) confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God.
[Is it merely "saying that we must" or instead actually doing the must?]
First Corinthians 10:8 (RSV) We must not indulge in immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
First Corinthians 10:8 (KJ21) Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed--and three and twenty thousand fell in one day.
["Indulge" sounds like an amoral pleasantry, whereas "commit" connotates a crime or sin. "Let us" implies outside help, found in the KJ21 - but not the RSV.]
First Corinthians 10:9 (RSV) We must not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents;
First Corinthians 10:9 (KJ21) Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted--and were destroyed by serpents.
[What is the difference between "tempting" "Christ" compared to "testing" "the Lord?"]
Second Corinthians 5:10 (RSV) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.
Second Corinthians 5:10 (KJ21) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
[Is it "evil" the wicked gets from the Lord, or rather are the works of the wicked bad?]
Hebrews 2:1 (RSV) Therefore we must pay the closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
Hebrews 2:1 (KJ21) Therefore we ought to give even more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
[Where is the vital: "at any time" phrase in the RSV? And is it: "ought" or instead: "must?"]
You the reader, and probably both of us, have heard those (like Barack Hussein Obama and his so-called "interfaith" world-church cohorts) whose false religion is preaching Indiscriminate Inclusive Diversity, infer that both you and I (and I assume they themselves also!) must regard both orthodox and cultic religions as acceptable in universalist equality of all religions, tolerating, accepting, and accomodating to all those who practice or believe such an amalgomated conglomeration of cultic misbeliefs and weird superstitions (which religions are obviously discrepant and both significantly and irreparably at odds against each other doctrinally)....
....like for instance the sordid and despicable antisemitic religion of insinuating that Israelis are to blame for not cooperating in the so-called "peace process" of giving away their God-and-Bible-apportioned territory and sovereignty to frequently-terroristic "palestinian" arabs, plus espousing alleged "family values" of purported "gay" "rights" consisting of homo-effeminate sodomy unions, "marriage equality," "women's rights," "children's rights," and "emancipation" of women in the political arena to compete against and become in authority over sexually harassed and victimized males....hand-in-hand with the apostate religion of Barack et al mandating a feminist-sexist quota by Obama and cronies getting Sotomayor and Kagan on the High Court, besides filling his cabinet with other pro-abortion-choice inferior gender.
Then there is the false religion of forbidding Christian pastors to burn copies of the plagiaristic and blasphemous non-holy Koran but instead allow a Trade-Tower-terrorists memorial mosque for Jew-haters built at Ground Zero in NYC.
Not surprisingly, I did not vote for Obama nor his demoncrat ilk - nor do I support them now....those Pelosi-like godless socialists who want to further tyranically impoverish the poor by forcing them to buy health insurance they cannot afford.
Meanwhile, establishment republicans-in-name-only (i.e. RINOs) defiantly publicize, promote, and run women rather than men candidates, plus blatter their threats to terminate Social Security paychecks and food-stamp welfare against those with nothing else to pay residual monthly bills and could not get work anyway because of being blacklisted by feminist homos, exacerbated by would-be employers fearful of the surprise-attack impositions of new non-specified financially-devastating Obama Administration regulations.
Groundwork for the lion's share of blame for Obama getting elected was the fault of not only George Bush and his Condi-Rice-type cabinet and advisoral women, but and much more, Reppy campaign-strategy goofs, conservative talk-show media idiots, and a vast horde of belligerant feminist-brainwashed retards very close to both you and me consisting of certain family and neighbors who suggested and/or selected and/or approved the hideous and demonically-diabolical shocker of Sarah Palin becoming and being McCain's VP running mate.
I am afraid that feminist-hangup reppys (Hannity and associates included) still have not learned their pro-patriarchal-candidates lesson concerning the as-of-this-writing upcoming November 2010 election.
In order for dogmatically biased and prejudiced apostles and disciples of Indiscriminate Inclusive Diversity to not be considered accursed hypocrites, they themselves must accept - with their creed of pseudo-sacred all-inclusiveness - a goodly number of us properly-pious fundamentalist diehards who neither like nor want to be inclusive nor conform ourselves to indiscriminate diversity -- us who are holy and righteous purists who neither want cultic-religion poop mixed with our orthodox-Christianity pudding, nor anti-Biblical piss mixed our Sacred-66-books Scripture pop.
It's a matter of perspective, and of necessity involves a bonafide and reliable Standard - whether the parameters of such Standard are mutually agreed upon or not.
A famous theologian once stated: 'Whether invoked or not invoked, God is present.' Indeed.
At a creationist conference the other day, the speaker said that the heresy and pseudo-scientific explanation evolutionists have for concocting hundreds of millions and billions of years (as to the geologic records pointing to Noah's Worldwide Flood) is their rebelliously-deviant presumption of a number of rather localized floods. This aberrant upside-down and inside-out conjecture of theirs is that instead of the waters rising (as Genesis records), land masses sank below sea level so as to allow fossils to be engrained in rock formations and layers.
Have you ever been in a slightly moving vehicle where - momentarily - you got the impression that everything outside the vehicle was slowly moving as you inside were stationary? Scary! So how did you adjust to the actual truth of the situation? Your perceived and cumulative knowledge of where you were, what you were in, what it was that was moving, and what logically was not moving but instead stationary?
During our modern weather reports, we use the strange language of "sunrise" and sunset." The Bible uses the same semantics. But is the Sun itself really rising or setting? Is the in-reality-huge-diameter solar sunball actually moving through the sky and around the Earth at a distance of 93 million miles? Is the bright orb crossing the daytime sky from an Earthbound observer's observation held in orbit by the weak gravitational attraction of planet Earth it seemingly is revolving around? Or is the observed sunlight movement due to Earth's rotation on the planet's axis?
From NASA photos, we know the answer, because we now have perspectives from spacecraft observing the situation beyond Earth. Our cognition of celestial mechanics has been enlightened.
But how else would the phenomena of sunrise and sunset be described? "At 6 a.m., Earth's rotation at the variable night-day terminator longitudinally will be such and such now to then and here to there...and at 9 p.m., Earth's rotation at the variable day-night terminator longitudianlly will be such and such now to then and here to there?"
There is presently some not simply ridiculous but clearly illogical heresies raging among the non-scientifically ignorant and gullible quasi-creationists about supposed variability and changeability of light speed, radioactive decay rate, and so on...associated with the lame excuse of applying "The Second Law of Thermodynamics."
The controversy also involves speculation about the creation of stars themselves and creation of starlight en route to Earth.
Logically, and according to the Genesis record, lifeforms were created by Creator God in adult and not baby form, and all their delicately-intergrated and interdependent working parts were present and fully functional right from the start (rather than an explosion in a printing factory resulting in a set of encyclopedias or explosion in a car factory resulting in an assembly line of fully-operation autos).
As far as the heretical myth of not-reproducing-after-their-own-kinds specie-transmutation evolution is concerned:
Job 11:12 But a stupid man will get understanding, when a wild ass's colt is born a man.
Assuming that there are stars and galaxies tens and hundreds of thousands, plus millions and billions of light years distant from planet Earth, the starlight we are seeing relating to such apparent stars either has:
(1) initially or at some time or times along the way been so fast as to almost reach Earth instantaneously from Creation moment on (which plainly involves myriad variables and hopelessly-innumerous scenario causes)....or instead
(2) maintained constant speed of approximately 186,000 miles per second from The Beginning -- in which case the probability is that what we humans are now seeing from Earth is God-created en route starlight. If the latter case is true, then almost ALL the starlight we see in the night sky comes from en route starlight (except for those stars within the 8000-year age limit of planet Earth).
Concerning "winding-down" theoretical postulations, there is the logical problem of inability to calibrate according to an outside stable source of reference, which thus precludes realistic and honest detection and measurement of the [purported] gradually-slowing-down radioactive decay rate and similarly-slightly-slowing speed-of-light velocity.....because of the [alleged] slowing-down of the overall measuring environment.
The same problem is present attempting to use radioactive dating in the futile attempt to discover the age of fossils and other things. Calibration is impossible because of the uncertainty of knowing the original amount of carbon-14 or strontium-90 in the entity being analyzed, and calibration attempt is further thwarted by the lack of knowledge as to how much carbon-14 and strontium-90 was added or subtracted after that, plus when that supposedly happened.
Moreover, the cumulative and cascading effects of even-slightly variable radioactive decay and light-speed rates would be phenomenally and catastrophically disruptive in incapacitating all sorts of scientific and exploratory endeavors requiring absolutely-consistent, perfectly-accurate, completely-dependable-and-predictable rates of light speed, radioactive decay rates, electromagnetic-frequency stability, gravity, adhesion and cohesion forces, etc.
If it is true (and most likely is NOT true) that radioactive decay rates have sped up but are now slowing down....at whatever singular or multiple times for whatever short or longer durations for whatever plethoria of possible but not-known causes....then the frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum are slowing down also and thus shifting: ultraviolet is changing into visible violet, green to red, red to invisible infra-red, and so on. If such is the absurd case, than Scriptural words recording events and phenomena describing color are both made obsolete and contradicted.
Notice the crucial differences in "Bible" translations involved with this:
Romans 8:19 (RSV) For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God;
20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Romans 8:19 (KJ21) For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
[The RSV word: "decay" above is not compatible with the KJ21 word: "corruption!"]
Romans 8:22 (RSV) We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now;
Romans 8:22 (KJ21) For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
[Why did the RSV leave out the phrase: "in pain" and thus not provide proper context?]
No, there is no decay because of "The Second Law of Thermodynamics," because God the Creator has established what is both non-changing and immovable:
Psalm 74:16 Yours is the day, Yours also the night; You have established the luminaries and the sun.
Psalm 89:37 Like the moon it shall be established for ever; it shall stand firm while the skies endure."
Psalm 93:1 The LORD reigns; He is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, He is girded with strength. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
Psalm 96:10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established, it shall never be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity."
Psalm 119:90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You have established the earth, and it stands fast.
Psalm 148:6 And He established them for ever; He fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.
Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens;
Proverbs 8:27 When He established the heavens, I was there, when He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
Proverbs 8:28 when He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep,
Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name? Surely you know!
Colossians 1:11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;
16 for in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities: all things were created through Him and for Him.
17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
18 He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything He might be pre-eminent.
19 For in Him all the fulness of God was pleased to reside,
20 and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil works,
22 He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before Him,
Hebrews 1:1 (RSV) In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets;
2 (RSV) but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
2 (KJ21) hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed Heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds.
3 (RSV) He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
3 (KJ21) He is the brightness of God's glory and the express image of His person, upholding all things by the word of His power. When He had by Himself purged our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
8 But of the Son He says, "Your throne, God, is for ever and ever, the righteous scepter is the scepter of Your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your comrades."
10 And, "You, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands.
11 they will perish, but You remain; they will all grow old like a garment,
12 like a mantle You will roll them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will never end."
Second Peter 3:10 But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy manner of living and godliness,
12 looking for and hastening unto the coming of the Day of God, wherein the heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it; from His presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done.
13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done.
14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire;
15 and if any one's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband;
3 and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Hey, the residence of God is with men. He will reside with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself will be with them;
4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."
5 And He who sat upon the throne said, "Hey, I make all things new." Also He said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."
6 And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of life without payment.
7 He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death."
We end this webpage along the same lines as we began, by not directing the previous info to "we" nor "us," but instead to you the reader individually (let alone I myself the author as your congenial interrogator):
Do you like being required by the Creator to ALWAYS be perfectly good....under His Biblical threat of Eternal Torture in Outer-Darkness Hellfire if you choose to not do so? Do you resent the invasion-of-privacy fact that the Creator always knows what your mind is thinking about everything, including Him....and that you are (in one sense) using "loaned" or "borrowed" eyes and ears and arms and legs and brain body parts of and from Him (therefore not originally nor operationally your own) to perceive and explore His creation you were born into, cannot get out of, and in essence can neither add to nor subtract from? The only thing you ultimately have control over and can keep (at least for the time being) is Free Will which He has given you, mainstains, and with which you are forever stuck with.
Are you happy, for example, accomodating to His Human Operating Manual instruction of having men rule over women, not smoking nor getting drunk, and doing so without wearing tattoos? So why not be content with having [male] Windows 3.11 instead of simply [female] Windows 3.0, [male] Windows 98SE rather than merely [female] Windows 95, and/or fast [male] Pentium III or IV rather than slower [female] Pentium I....all on [male] hard drives free of [female] bad sectors?
Ecclesiastes 7:27 Hey, this is what I found, says the Preacher, adding one thing to another to find the sum,
28 which my mind has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found.
29 Hey, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many devices.
Isaiah 3:12 My people: children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. Oh my people, your leaders mislead you, and confuse the course of your paths.
Nahum 3:13 Hey, your troops are women in your midst. The gates of your land are wide open to your foes; fire has devoured your bars.
First Timothy 2:12 I allow no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve;
14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
In view of the vastly-different and awesome contrast of the pollution-free, streets-of-gold-and-City-of-gems, deathless, and painless everlasting bliss, superhuman powers, and joyful fellowship in Heaven.....versus the solitary-confinement horrors of eternal torment in outer-darkness Hell.....the sane, sensible, and rational choice should be quite obvious -- whether one believes or does not believe such states of being will actually occur eventually.