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My goal is to share the love of Jesus that he has shared with me.  

Love does not condemn people, but love does condemn that which harms people, known in the Bible as “sin.”  These actions I am against, not the people doing them.  My life was sinful when I met Jesus.  I denied it.  And spent ten years under His wrath while He humbled me.  When I admitted my sin and accepted Jesus my life changed.  Now I am not sinless, but I do sin less.  I still fall short and need His forgiveness.

Join me as we discuss Jesus, Mental Illness, and the combination of both.

 

Do Mean people s-ck?

Mean people s-ck sounds to me like People being mean to mean people. Does hate solve hate? How does Jesus approach this?

Proverbs 1:7a (NASB95)
7a The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;

Proverbs 8:13, 17 (NASB95)
13“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
17“I (wisdom) love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.


The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. And to fear the Lord is to hate evil. We don’t hate evil people, we hate evil. What is the difference? Evil hurts people. That’s why Jesus hates evil, because he loves people. Including evil people. Jesus wants evil people to stop doing evil. What is His plan to do that? He suffered the punishment of their evil and if they will turn from evil with His help He offers the evil doer forever with Him. Does that sound fair? Doing evil and going to heaven with Jesus? No, it is not fair. It is grace. Grace is God paying for and giving us what we don’t deserve. I’m glad He did that because I was/am an evil doer. God says that if I don’t treat others the way I would want to be treated just one time I am guilty of all sin. And I have treated many people badly many times.

I have needed and still need God’s grace.

How ’bout you?

When does a person become a person?

You say, but Jim, it’s not a PERSON it’s a FETUS.

(Fetus is Latin for “Little One”).

If I call it a “Little One” instead of a “Person” has it then lost Person-hood?

If I call a “Flower” a “Rose” does it stop being a flower?

If a “Little One” is not a “Person” the when does a “Little One” become a “Person?”

The Law says “at birth.”

What if the Laws of men change, does a “Little One’s” person-hood change?

And if person-hood changes as man’s laws change what about those affected by the previous definition of person-hood? Can we bring them back from the dead?

When does a “Little One” become a “Person?”

When it is able to live outside the womb?

Technology is always changing, does person-hood change with technology?

When does a “Little One” become a “Person?”

When it has a heart-beat?

That is, quite possibly, less than 3 weeks after fertilization (1).

Or, does a “Little One” become a person when it has brain waves?

Or, expresses pain?

Or, expresses “the right kind of” pain?

No.

Person-hood is intrinsic not circumstantial.

What is the real issue?

The real issue is not denying a fetus is a child to alleviate guilt. The real issue is: is the child wanted? Those whose mind’s left say: If you don’t want it – Kill it. There is no one willing to help you. There is no other alternative. Carrying your baby takes money you don’t have, giving birth at a hospital even more so. Adoptions are horrific, foster care is worse. Killing your baby is the best thing you can do for it.

Those whose thinking is right however know that crisis pregnancy centers will help you financially, emotionally and spiritually. Loving people are waiting to adopt your baby. Adoption and foster care can be a loving alternative when you can’t raise your baby yourself.

Adoption and Foster care horror stories do exist unfortunately. They are the stories that get attention. Adoption and Foster care can be tough for both adoptee and adopter and Foster kids and Foster parents. But millions of kids and their new parents are successful. Those whose mind’s left don’t put the success stories (millions of them) on the evening news usually. But they are real. And your child can be one of them.

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(1) Now, a team funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at the University of Oxford has demonstrated earlier beating of the heart in mouse embryos which, if extrapolated to the human heart, suggests beating as early as 16 days after conception.

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2016-10-11-first-our-three-billion-heartbeats-sooner-we-thought

You can forgive . . .

I was deeply emotionally hurt today by someone I barely know, not even an acquaintance. Thankfully Jesus protected me from most of it. When I got home I got angry with my wife over nothing and backed off when I realized what was happening.

This person pushed all my inadequacy buttons. They targeted my mental illness as disqualifying me from worth. They framed their questions with the assumption their perceived need was my fault. They disrespected me.

Ahhh. . . but there is Jesus.

What if this person had deep fear, deep hurt or both? What if their coping skill was to seek control of every situation? What if they interpreted me as taking away their control? What if their strategy was to discredit me to gain control?

And Jesus gave me this line of reasoning . . . and resolved my hurt and invited me to replace that hurt with compassion. How did Jesus give me this line of reasoning?

https://i-m-4-u.com/2018/10/13/dont-judge-me-please-help-me/

Before there was Freud, Jung, or Maslow . . . there was Jesus.