Posts tagged ‘supernatural’

November 1, 2011

Curses

by pastortimfowler

I hope that I cover all of the questions that I was asked for this blog about curses. This is an interesting subject that probably takes more than a blog to clear up all the questions, but at the same time, can be a simple answer to give. I like simple and believe that it is the best way to study the Bible and the it best way that allows my brain to work.
The first curse came from God, when He cursed the serpent, man, and the ground. When you look at the word curse from the original texts it means that God’s favor is removed. There is no greater curse than that.
One of the questions was, who or what does the cursing. Only God can remove His favor. He can give authority and has given authority to humans to speak a curse, but only when prompted by following God’s word or His leadership. In Matthew 18 Jesus says that whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven. I think that this could be a curse on a believer who is not following God’s instructions for repentance. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:5 that the church should give a Christian who refuses to live a sexually pure life over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. I believe this too is a curse to Christians who refuse repentance.
Many believe that those who practice witchcraft can put curses on people. I do not know enough about this to speak with much authority, but I do know that dabbling in the supernatural world of the occult can lead to demon possession. But a person who is not living for God in already cursed by not having God’s favor. I don’t know that I would agree that casting a curse on someone in this sense of the word is truly putting a curse on someone or something.
As far as who or what can be cursed, God clearly shows us in His first 3 curses that it can be man, beast or an inanimate object. Jesus cursed the fig tree. God cursed the ground. In 1 Samuel 4, a child is named Ichabod, which means God’s glory has departed, as a sign to Israel that they were being cursed. I have heard of pastors pronouncing the curse of Ichabod on churches and cities who were not responsive to God’s word. Jesus even said to dust your feet off if someone was not responsive to His words.
I think it is a dangerous area for the average Christian to dwell in. I see nowhere in the Bible where anyone other than a spokesperson for God who was directly instructed by God to pronounce a curse, happens. Christians are far greater instructed to speak blessings into the lives of others. Jesus says in Luke 6:28, Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who insult you. I don’t think that these curses as spoken toward the believer, can remove God’s favor from your life, but the idea is that they will try to remove your trust in God’s favor.
The last question, is there an evil, good, or just curse. When God pronounces a curse it is just. He is a just God. Evil curses are like I spoke of earlier, in my opinion, are demonic and those who dabble there are already cursed. As far as a good curse goes, that would have to be in the same lines as the just curse, because God always wants repentance and if a curse drives someone to repentance, it is a good curse.
My favorite curse outside the Bible is the curse that Snoopy speaks to the Red Baron. I just thought you would want to know.

June 8, 2011

All Natural

by pastortimfowler

The all natural craze of today really bothers me. I hear TV commercials that offer all natural remedies for everything. They usually say something that leads you to believe that because it is all natural, it can’t hurt you. I have news for you. Cobra venom is all natural and it can kill you dead. I understand the desire to be healthier and try to eat better and want to live longer, but all natural is not the cure-all.
One part of the big all natural movement is to eat only vegetables that are grown without the use of artificial fertilizers. The only problem with that is that the natural fertilizer is manure, or as I like to call it, poop. And poop is not good for you. That is why God designed living creatures to get rid of it in a way that did not include the mouth. The last two major e coli break outs were because the all natural farms growing the all natural veggies were using all natural poop.


Isn’t it weird that we will eat plants that feed on poop, but won’t eat a fish that doesn’t eat poop, but just happened to swim in a lake or part of the ocean that had sewage dumped in it. I would think that the all natural crowd would prefer this too.
All natural stuff for the most part, is a ploy to make money. It takes far less money to get poop than man-made fertilizer. Even if you are buying all natural meat, I believe they call it free range, that means the farmer is not buying processed feeds but rather letting the animals eat what is growing naturally. Shouldn’t that cost less? Why does all natural milk, which I like to call cow squeezins, cost more that cows fed with processed stuff and shot full of chemicals to make them healthy?
All natural man is nothing more than a man who is doomed to die and get sick because of sin, not chemicals. Our life expectancy is longer now than it has been since the days of Moses, because we have found un-natural ways to make humans healthier. But no matter how natural or how un-natural we think we are, God said that we are going to die and get sick. But God is a gracious God who allowed man to be smart enough to find artificial ways to fight disease.
Most people I know do not want an all natural anesthesia when they are getting ready for surgery. Most people want an artificial hip to replace their old worn out, natural one. And the antibiotics that work the best are not the all natural ones either.
If people who love the all natural movement are true to the cause they would not shave, they would not brush their teeth, they would not use birth control, (the artificial kind) nor would they watch TV, listen to electronic music, or cook with an electric stove. I am also glad that they are not true to the cause, because this blog is “written” using anything but all natural stuff. Why I am even using some artificial words in this blog just to mess with those who are all natural. WHOOPDY DO!
Not even our salvation is all natural. Can you imagine Jesus as a natural man trying to redeem the world? Natural man is a sinful man. Jesus Christ was not natural, He is SUPERNATURAL!
Give me some meat full of hormones and if there is arsenic in it, I want the fake stuff. I want my cow squeezins radiated and pasturated. I want my veggies grown with good clean fertilizer and no poop. I want my woman washed and smelling good with smelly stuff that kills all of the bacteria that would make her smell all natural and I want her to shave with the finest of artificial lubrication in the shaving cream to make her legs as smooth as a babies all natural butt. I want my man-made money to go as far as it can, as I purchase the things that keep hard-working chemists in America employed through this tough economic time.
And finally, I want all the SUPERNATURAL Jesus I can get, because when it comes to me, I am just better with Him than I can ever be all natural.