Sunday, June 24, 2012

Resting?

“The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot.”
- - - Genesis 8:9

Reader, can you find rest apart from the ark, Christ Jesus? Then be assured that your religion is vain. Are you satisfied with anything short of a conscious knowledge of your union and interest in Christ? Then woe unto you. If you profess to be a Christian, yet find full satisfaction in worldly pleasures and pursuits, your profession is false. If your soul can stretch herself at rest, and find the bed long enough, and the coverlet broad enough to cover her in the chambers of sin, then you are a hypocrite, and far enough from any right thoughts of Christ or perception of his preciousness. But if, on the other hand, you feel that if you could indulge in sin without punishment, yet it would be a punishment of itself; and that if you could have the whole world, and abide in it forever, it would be quite enough misery not to be parted from it; for your God—your God—is what your soul craves after; then be of good courage, thou art a child of God. With all thy sins and imperfections, take this to thy comfort: if thy soul has no rest in sin, thou are not as the sinner is! If thou art still crying after and craving after something better, Christ has not forgotten thee, for thou hast not quite forgotten him. The believer cannot do without his Lord; words are inadequate to express his thoughts of him. We cannot live on the sands of the wilderness, we want the manna which drops from on high; our skin bottles of creature confidence cannot yield us a drop of moisture, but we drink of the rock which follows us, and that rock is Christ. When you feed on him your soul can sing, “He hath satisfied my mouth with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle's,” but if you have him not, your bursting wine vat and well-filled barn can give you no sort of satisfaction: rather lament over them in the words of wisdom, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!”

 
- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Friday, June 22, 2012

"Honest" reporting in Canada

Once again, the Western media continues to lie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in this case by conveniently ignoring the facts that don't fit the official anti-Israel agenda.  This time, however, they got caught, and issued a retraction ... sort of.  Maybe.  Kinda. It was really a retraction that further concealed the facts.  Retracting a story without entirely refuting its facts is a neat trick, but crooked journalists (i.e., mainstream journalists) are well-schooled in such tactics.

From Arutz Sheva:
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Oops! Canada TV Fails to Notice 400 Rocket Attacks 

Canada's CBC television issued an on-air apology Wednesday, a day after it misled its viewers by telling them that the recent Gazan rocket attacks on Israel were the first such attacks in a year's time.

In fact, 405 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza in the last 12 months, and 130 have been fired over the past month – most of them this week.

On Tuesday, CBC News Anchor Reshmi Nair erroneously stated: “The United Nations is condemning a recent surge of rocket attacks on Israel and it is urging Israel to show restraint in its response. There were funerals today for two Palestinians killed in an Israeli airstrike. Israel claims they were about to launch a rocket over the border from Gaza. Hamas of Gaza denies that, but retaliatory rocket attacks were launched from Gaza after the Israeli strike. They were the first rockets fired from Gaza in more than a year after an unofficial ceasefire, and most of the recent rocket attacks have been launched by militants fired from Egyptian territory in the Sinai desert.”

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Honest Reporting Canada went into action and contacted the editors at CBC. Contrary to the statement on CBC, they noted, "the Israel Defense Forces claim that in '2012 alone, over 270 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israel' and 'In 2011 alone, 627 rockets from Gaza hit Israeli towns.'"

Within hours after receiving Honest Reporting's complaint, CBC News commissioned the following on-air correction: “In a report yesterday on the latest round of rocket attacks in Israel, it was mistakenly reported that they were the first attacks launched from Gaza in a year, that’s not true, in fact there have been other rocket attacks from Gaza in the past year and as of midday at least 65 rockets have been launched in Israel in the last three days, we regret that error.”

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Honest Reporting Canada notes, however, that the correction "was inadequate as it only made reference to 'other rocket attacks' and thereby failed to indicate that Israel has been on the receiving end of hundreds of rockets in the past year alone from Gaza."

"This was a significant omission on the CBC’s part," Honest Reporting explained, "especially as the crux of this issue centered around the number of rockets that have been fired at Israel from Gaza in the past year. Instead of providing the most precise, accurate, and relevant information for the benefit of CBC’s viewing audience, CBC journalists produced a vague corrective notice bereft of important information. Notwithstanding, we thank CBC News for promptly addressing this matter and for endeavoring to set the record straight with this correction."

Yes, CBC, thanks for taking the time to tell us that the dog ate your homework.  That's more of a "retraction" than we'd get from an American mainstream outlet.  But then, Canadian "journalists" probably doesn't hate Israel quite as much as their American counterparts, having lacked the inspiration of such Palestinian sycophants as George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, and the Current President.

Friday, June 15, 2012

"Aren't all religions the same?"

One of the most frequently heard "objections" to the claims of Christianity is this: "Aren't all religions the same?  Aren't the followers of all the world's religions trying to do the same things, and get to the same place?"  This question, or the belief that all religions are basically the same, is frequently illustrated in various ways: such as a great wheel, with God at the center, the human race as the rim, and the various religions being the spokes. 

The problem is that while this is a pretty obvious question at first glance, it's not a very intelligent question.  One of the basic hallmarks of an educated mind (whether formally or self-educated) is the ability to make distinctions - - - which is just the opposite of lumping together things that bear a superficial resemblance.  Someone might say, "People get killed in every war, so all wars are the same." But all wars are not the same, as anyone knows.  World War II was very different from the "police actions" in Korea and Vietnam; the French Revolution was utterly different from the American Revolution.  If one doesn't acknowledge differences, one isn't thinking very deeply.  A doctor who doesn't know the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia might lose a patient; a lawyer who doesn't know the difference between murder and manslaughter might lose a client. Distinctions are not only important, but vital.

But this merely begs the question: taking into account the differences that may exist, are all religions the same?  And the answer is "Yes:" all except for Biblical Christianity.  Biblical Christianity (not Roman Catholicism or Protestantism or any of the other church traditions) stands out from the other religions of the world, and resembles them no more than a star resembles a starfish.


Books can be (and have been) written on this subject, and it can't be treated exhaustively in a single blog post, or series of posts.  But we'll look at some of the specific aspects of the question, and try to answer them.

1. You will sometimes hear self-styled experts in "comparative religion" say, "Why, most religions share the same myths and legends.  Many religions have a virgin-born saviour or messiah.  Most religions have a creation myth.  And many religions even have a great flood narrative: even the Plains Indians in America, who have never seen a body of water bigger than a creek, have legends of a universal flood." And this is largely true: many religions (not all) do have such common elements.  You'd expect them to: it would be a stumbling block if they didn't. Why?  Let's use the principle of "Occam's Razor," the philosophical notion that the simplest and most obvious answer is usually the correct answer.  If everyone from the ancient Jews to the Plains Indians have an account of a universal flood, it's because it really happened, and they're all trying to explain it.  If only a few isolated religious systems had a flood narrative, it could be dismissed as fanciful coincidence.  But if the belief is spread across the entire world, in hundreds of belief systems, then it's likely to be true: historically, empirically true.  If certain pre-Christian systems had a doctrine of God becoming a human being, that doesn't disprove the Deity of Jesus Christ: it points to the fact that God did become Man (or would become Man at some point), and humanity has had an awareness, or an anticipation, of it.

2.  All religions that are theistic or even deistic in nature - - - those that acknowledge "god" in some form, even if it's just as a force - - - involve human beings striving to reach God, or to become one with God, or experience God.  Jews follow the Law of Moses, or try to conform their lives to the teachings of the Torah and Talmud; Muslims try to reach God by memorizing the Koran, and waging various jihads; even Buddhists, many of whom say "There is neither God, nor no God; all is illusion," meditate on their sutras and spin their prayer wheels or fly their prayer flags.  Even Pantheists try to achieve perfect oneness with God, although they conceive of God as everything, everywhere.




In all of these cases, man is reaching up to God: trying to find God, trying to be accepted by God through their own obedience or efforts.  In this, Biblical Christianity is utterly unique: because Biblical Christianity recognizes that man can't reach God by his own efforts, and, in fact, doesn't really want to.  Biblical Christianity doesn't present man as a "noble seeker of truth" at all: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes (Rom 3:10-18).  

Someone says, "But didn't you just say that all religions were seeking God?"  Yes, because, as a fellow human being, I was giving the other religions the benefit of the doubt, and taking them at their word.  But God, Who wrote the Bible, sees our hearts and minds more clearly than we see them ourselves, and He says that no one is seeking the true God.  Man is inherently religious; he likes to believe in a "Higher Power."  But the real God, Who made Heaven and Earth, and Who reveals Himself in the Bible, is a little too strong for most people's tastes.

In every religion, man reaches up to God.  The Mormons do their "evangelism," and are baptized in the Temple; the Hindus try to please the gods by giving reverence to animals; and uncounted tribes make sacrifices of every sort to "gods" of every sort.  But Biblical Christianity is different. Because, instead of man reaching up to God, Christianity reveals God taking the initiative, and reaching down to man: For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8).
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For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18).  Get that:  Christ did this to bring us to God - - - because we couldn't get to Him ourselves.
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3.  Related to this is a totally different perspective among religions.  As noted, "religions" teach that the important thing is what man does: either for himself, through piety and church work and other devotions, or what he does for his fellow man.  Indeed, even in Christianity itself (not Biblical Christianity), the theological emphasis for over a century has been on the "Social Gospel:" that our "Christianity" consists of feeding the hungry and trying to stop wars and trying to alleviate poverty.  Those are good things, of course, and it would be wonderful if everyone on earth cared about them.  But it's utterly different from Biblical Christianity.  We needn't look to the Muslims, as they pray five times daily, or the Roman Catholic flagellants; we can look closer to home, right here in the west.  Some professing Christians think that "Christianity" is handling snakes; some believe that it's speaking in tongues; some believe that it's campaigning for Republicans.  In every case, and in the cases of the Muslim dervishes or the Hindu mystics, the emphasis is on what I do, or what you do.  In Biblical Christianity, the emphasis is on what God did.  
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In every religion on earth, man attempts to achieve salvation (or nirvana) by "being a good person," however that is defined: following the "Golden Rule," keeping the 10 Commandments (which nobody does, perfectly), by carrying crosses through the streets at Easter, or by killing "infidels."  These things are not done because they're fun to do; they're done to achieve salvation. But, in God's sight, such things are utterly worthless in achieving salvation.  We may think highly of our own efforts, but God doesn't: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away (Isaiah 64:6).  Religions teach that we should all "do our best."  God says that doing our best won't bring us one single centimeter closer to Him. Because it's not a matter of what we do; it's a matter of what God did, when He became incarnate as Jesus Christ, and was tortured to death for your sins and mine.  That was the only way that we could ever hope to reach God, or reach Heaven.  If you doubt it, ask yourself this very basic question: If "doing our best" could get us to Heaven, why would Jesus have had to die?  What a monstrous joke that would have been!  For the Father to allow His Son to do all that, when it wasn't necessary?  If any religion teaches that man can be saved by doing this, or doing that, or following this or that list of rules and regulations, then it utterly denies what Jesus Christ did on the cross.  As someone has so wisely said, "Jesus paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay."   ...

4.  Which brings us to the greatest difference of all between Biblical Christianity and the other world religions.  (There are many other reasons, and they're important, but this is the salient difference.)  That's the Person and work of Jesus Christ Himself.  Because, in a nutshell, Biblical Christianity is Jesus Christ.  
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No "religious leader" in human history ever did the things that Jesus did, or said the things that Jesus said ... or was, in fact, What Jesus was. Buddha could speak of illusion and unreality, but he couldn't pierce the "veil of illusion" for a man or woman: the Buddhist must do such things themselves (and with no greater promise, in the end, than nothingness).  Buddha claimed to be a teacher, nothing more.  Joseph Smith was simply a swindler and a demagogue, somewhat like Jim Jones, who could convince the gullible of whatever he wished. He claimed to be a prophet, but bore none of the Biblical marks of a prophet.  And, of course, the demon-possessed, bloodthirsty pedophile Muhammad was nothing more than a military marauder fueled by hatred, lust, and genuine egomania.  And he, too, claimed to be a "prophet."  Moses and Abraham were great men of God and great leaders, but they couldn't even keep their own followers from apostasy and idolatry. 
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But Jesus Christ  actually claimed to be God: yes, "the Son of God," but also God Himself.  No other religious leader of any importance has ever made such a claim; not even the monomaniac Muhammad.  "I and my Father are one," he said (John 10:30).  "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9). "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58).  Muslim imams and liberal Protestants alike have tried to explain these statements away, but the Jews to whom Jesus spoke undserstood Him perfectly: Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God (John 10:31-33).  They got the message very clearly.

No other "religious leader" claimed to be God, apart from the odd lunatic every century or so.  But Jesus Christ did something else: He proved it, by dying, and rising from the dead. Somewhere on this cruel earth lie the bones or the ashes of Muhammad; and Gautama Siddartha, the Crown Prince of Nepal; and Abraham; and the syncretistic absurdist Bahá'u'lláh; but where are the bones of Jesus Christ?  For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church made a tidy sum by selling alleged fragments of the bones of their "saints;" they sold pieces of "the true cross;" but even they didn't have the bones of Jesus Christ.  Because, among all the prophets and charlatans and mystics throughout history, only Jesus Christ claimed to be God incarnate, and proved it by rising from the dead, and ascending into Heaven.

That's why, in the final analysis, it is idle to speak of Biblical Christianity as a "religion" at all.  For those who have received Jesus Christ as their Saviour, according to John 1:12, Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with God - - - the one true God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Yes, all religions are the same - - - except for Biblical Christianity, which involves a personal relationship with the living God.  And, if you don't have such a relationship, then all the religions in the world won't do you a bit of good.  But once you've been born again, according to John 3:3-7, you won't be waiting for eternity to begin.  Your eternal life will have already begun, and nothing can take it away from you.

What a Saviour!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Go Down, Death"

GO DOWN, DEATH
 by James Weldon Johnson

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Weep not, weep not,
She is not dead;
She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.
Heart-broken husband - - - weep no more;
Grief-stricken son - - - weep no more;
Left-lonesome daughter - - - weep no more;
She's only just gone home.

Day before yesterday morning,
God was looking down from His great, high Heaven,
Looking down on all His children,
And His eye fell on Sister Caroline,
Tossing on her bed of pain.
And God's big heart was touched with pity,
With the everlasting pity.

And God sat back on His throne,
And He commanded that tall, bright angel standing at His right hand:
Call Me Death!
And that tall, bright angel cried in a voice
That broke like a clap of thunder:
Call Death! - - - Call Death!
And the echo sounded down the streets of Heaven
Till it reached away back to that shadowy place,
Where Death waits with his pale, white horses.

And Death heard the summons,
And he leaped on his fastest horse,
Pale as a sheet in the moonlight.
Up the golden street Death galloped,
And the hooves of his horses struck fire from the gold,
But they didn't make no sound.
Up Death rode to the Great White Throne,
And waited for God's command.

And God said: Go down, Death, go down,
Go down to Savannah, Georgia,
Down in Yamacraw,
And find Sister Caroline.
She's borne the burden and heat of the day,
She's labored long in My vineyard,
And she's tired - - -
She's weary - - -
Go down, Death, and bring her to Me.

And Death didn't say a word,
But he loosed the reins on his pale, white horse,
And he clamped the spurs to his bloodless sides,
And out and down he rode,
Through Heaven's pearly gates,
Past suns and moons and stars;
On Death rode,
Leaving the lightning's flash behind;
Straight on down he came.


While we were watching round her bed,
She turned her eyes and looked away,
She saw what we couldn't see;
She saw Old Death.  She saw Old Death
Coming like a falling star.
But Death didn't frighten Sister Caroline;
He looked to her like a welcome friend.
And she whispered to us: I'm going home,
And she smiled and closed her eyes.

And Death took her up like a baby,
And she lay in his icy arms,
But she didn't feel no chill.
And death began to ride again - - -
Up beyond the evening star,
Into the glittering light of glory,
On to the Great White Throne.
And there he laid Sister Caroline
On the loving breast of Jesus.

And Jesus took His own hand and wiped away her tears,
And He smoothed the furrows from her face,
And the angels sang a little song,
And Jesus rocked her in His arms,
And kept a-saying: Take your rest,
Take your rest.

Weep not - - - weep not,
She is not dead;
She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.

FPM
January 28, 1916 - June 7, 2011

(From God's Trombones [New York, 1927: The Viking Press].  Electronic copy available at  
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Documenting the American South Collection.)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Stop Iran Now

"The only thing that men learn from history," it has been said, "is that men never learn from history."  The accuracy of this sad statement could be illustrated with countless examples, but, unfortunately, past examples are not necessary: it's being played out before our eyes right now.  The truth of the matter, and the horrible importance of the matter, is seen in the following video.  The current President of the United States is too feckless, and too cowardly, to address the matter.  Others, God willing, might not be bound by his incompetence....

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Manny Pacquiao: a Spiritual Awakening

On previous occasions, we've made mention of Manny Pacquiao, a member of the Filipino House of Representatives who is also, in all likelihood, the finest pound-for-pound boxer currently fighting.  (His only rival for the title is Floyd Mayweather Jr.)  Throughout his career, Pacquiao has been a fistic phenomenon, but is also universally regarded as a genuine gentleman.  In recent months, however, something has happened to him: he has become a joyful and radiant Christian.  Rather than describing his journey, it would be best to let him speak for himself.  The following videos are part of a longer interview, the provenance of which I cannot discern, although I believe it comes from a network in the Philippines.  I have omitted those sections of the interview in which he discusses his upcoming bout with Timothy Bradley; neither the interview nor this post are advertisements for that event.  Anyone wishing to see Pacquiao in action can refer to this post,which demonstrates his professional skills.  But his spiritual transformation is much more consequential ... and impressive.

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UPDATE:  Contrary to his own expectations, Pacquiao lost a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012.  There is no indication that this shook his faith in his newfound Saviour and Lord, and I'm sure Manny was thankful, as Christians are to be in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

UPDATE: Pacquiao faced Bradley for their long-awaited rematch on April 12, 2014.  When asked how he was preparing for the fight, Manny had replied, "resting and praying." After twelve rounds, Pacquiao won by unanimous decision, reclaiming his championship.
...adley on June 9, 2012.

Friday, June 1, 2012

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Okay, let's talk straight for awhile: the Christian life is tough.  Of course, in this jaded, fallen world, it's the only real life there is: but it's not a bed of roses, and anybody who says it's "easy" being a Christian has probably never tried it.  In fact, in the words of that fine old Bible-believing fundamentalist, V. I. Lenin, the Christian life often seems to be a matter of "one step forward, two steps back."


Of course, when Lenin used that phrase, as the title of one of his most seminal essays, he wasn't talking about Christians or Christianity; he was discussing "the crisis in our Party," the Communist Party, as it stumbled and argued its way towards the October Revolution of 1917.  Lenin, writing in 1904, was frustrated by the factionalism and inefficiency of the "socialist" movement, which would only be cured when he achieved ultimate power in the Party.  But whether we're talking about an almost forgotten political struggle, or looking at our own lives, we can all understand the frustration: because sometimes, as we try to make progress toward a goal, it seems that for every forward step we take, we somehow take two steps back.  For a Christian, this is more than frustrating: it's agonizing, and can almost paralyze us with guilt and discouragement.   
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Why would anyone begin a piece on the Christian life by referring to the greatest Communist revolutionary in history?  Simply because we're not talking here about "nominal" Christians, or pew-sitters who limit their faith to Sunday mornings, or what Tom Paine called "summer soldiers" in the Lord's army.  We're talking about people who have been born again, according to John 3:3-7, and who have received Jesus Christ personally, according to John 1:12.  In other words (not to be too blunt about it) real Christians, not people who think they're "Christians by default," simply because they were born into a Christian family, or attend a Christian church.  Those things are good, but those things don't make a Christian.  What makes a Christian is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ - - - and nothing else.   
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And once we've received Christ, and started the lifelong adventure of living for Him and living with Him, it can get difficult, and frustrating.  Because we want to please Him; we want to serve Him.  And the closer we get to Him, through prayer, studying His word, the Bible, and learning of Him, the more we want Him.  We want to "see Him more clearly, love Him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly."  And as we proceed through life, we fail, and sin, and make stupid mistakes, and it's easy to get discouraged.  Sometimes it seems that for every step forward we take, we slide back two steps.  Because we're not perfect yet: and we won't be, this side of Heaven.  And it grieves us when we fail: not just in the sense of guilt, but in the sense of letting Jesus down, when He's done so much for us.  It's a truly miserable feeling.
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And it should be.  Because if a genuine Christian becomes indifferent to his or her own failures and sins, or decides that such things are unavoidable and therefore beyond one's control, a real regression can take place: one simply stops trying, or gives up, or settles for a third-rate relationship with the Saviour.  That, of course, is precisely how the Enemy hopes we'll react.  If he can't damn our souls, he'll be perfectly happy to render us ineffectual and useless as servants of our Saviour and Master. 
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But, by the grace of God, there's a third alternative when we've screwed up, or blown it, or failed in the Christian life.  We don't have to become indifferent and insensitive to such things, and we don't have to give up.  We can get up, brush ourselves off, and put the failures and sins behind us. 
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For a just man falleth seven times, says Proverbs 24:16, and riseth up again.  We're not "righteous" in ourselves, of course, but God has given us the imputed righteousness of Christ Himself, and when the Father looks at us, if we're "in Christ," then His Son Jesus Christ is Who He sees.  (Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new [2 Corinthians 5:17].)  God is displeased when we sin, and His Spirit is grieved (Ephesians 4:30); but He's certainly not surprised.  He knows exactly what to expect from us, even if we're saved: He expects us to fall, to fail, to stumble.  For in many things we offend all, James says (James 3:2): in other words, we all sin in many ways.  We commit many offenses.  God is anything but surprised when this happens.
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We're often surprised: we thought that we had gotten beyond that point (whatever point it was in our case); we thought that we'd whipped that particular problem.  But we need to remember how God, Who is holy and pure and altogether righteous, looks on His children.  He doesn't let us "get away with it;" we still have to reap what we sow, in this life (Galatians 6:7).  Sin is serious business, and we have no right to mess around with it.  But our perfect Father views us with love and longsuffering and mercy .... and if you've sinned recently, whether in thought, word, or deed, you need to get straight with God.  But once you've done that, you need to remember certain things:
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The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust (Psalm 103:8-14). 
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But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him (Psalm 103:17). 

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  
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 And, in a promise that we can't even begin to understand, but can believe on faith: For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more (Hebrews 8:12).  Once we've confessed and repented of a sin, or a bunch of sins, God simply forgets them.  Yes, we still have to reap, down here on the ground (although our salvation is secure); and no, I can't explain how God "forgets" our sins.  But if He doesn't, the Bible is a lie.  I'm betting my life and my soul that every word of it is true.  
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The problem is that we don't forget them very easily.  Sometimes we can't forget them at all.  In his great prayer of confession, David said, I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me (Psalm 51:3).  He just couldn't get it out of his mind. Sometimes our sins, even after being forgiven, haunt us.  And, after about 43 years of the Christian life, I've become convinced that this might be part of the "reaping."  Once forgiven, God doesn't hold our sins against us; but oh, how we hold them against ourselves!  God is often much more merciful to us than we are to ourselves.  But God doesn't want us mourning over our sins, once they've been confessed and forsaken; He wants us to get up, and move on.  Because God's not concerned with yesterday's news; He's the God of the present, and the future. 
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Brethren, says Paul, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).
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Repent of the sin, and then forget it.  The prize of the high calling is still out there: go get it!

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