Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The human spirit and the need for personal salvation.

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God created humans with the ability to know him but we rebelled against him.

We were warned: "but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." (Genesis 2:17).  We did eat of it and we certainly die, we die physically and we are spiritually dead.  Sin ("iniquities") separates us from God.

The Bible reminds the us: 
"But your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear."  (Isaiah 59:2)

The Bible notes that each human is made of a "spirit, soul and body" (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The spirit should be the control centre, the innate conscience.  The spirit is the inner core of the human being that is sensitive to God.  The soul is the mind, will and emotions of the person.  The body is the external physical person.  Without the restraint of our spirit, the soul and body are out of moral control: "dead in [our] transgressions and sins" (Ephesians 2:1) as the Bible puts it.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I've taken my children out of state education...

God's guidance the Inuit way.

God erects Inukshuks for his children. The mysterious stone figures known as inuksuit can be found throughout the circumpolar world. Inukshuk, the plural of which is inuksuit, means "in the likeness of a human" in the Inuit language. They are monuments made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is "you are on the right path."

The Inuit make inuksuit in different forms for a variety of purposes: as navigation or directional aids, to mark a place of respect or memorial for a beloved person, or to indicate migration routes or places where fish can be found. Other similar stone structures were objects of veneration, signifying places of power or the abode of spirits. Although most inuksuit appear singly, sometimes they are arranged in sequences spanning great distances or are grouped to mark a specific place.

These sculptural forms are among the oldest and most important objects placed by humans upon the vast Arctic landscape and have become a familiar symbol of the Inuit and of their homeland. Inuit tradition forbids the destruction of inuksuit. An inukshuk is often venerated as symbolizing an ancestor who knew how to survive on the land in the traditional way. A familiar inukshuk is a welcome sight to a traveler on a featureless and forbidding landscape.

An inukshuk can be small or large, a single rock, several rocks balanced on each other, round boulders or flat. Built from whatever stones are at hand, each one is unique. The arrangement of stones indicates the purpose of the marker. The directions of arms or legs could indicate the direction of an open channel for navigation, or a valley for passage through the mountains. An inukshuk without arms, or with antlers affixed to it, would act as a marker for a cache of food.

 We need divine guidance. Human plans are not good substitutes for divine guidance: we need to spot God’s inukshuks.

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