Proverbs 9 and family gatherings

Posted December 19, 2014 by Dennis Marcellino
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Proverbs 9:7-9, “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”
Matthew 10:13-14, “If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.”

“Shake off the dust of your feet”—”for a testimony against them,” as Mark and Luke add (Mr 6:11; Lu 10:11). By this symbolical action they vividly shook themselves from all connection with such, and all responsibility for the guilt of rejecting them and their message. Such symbolical actions were common in ancient times.

When combining these verses, particular wisdoms emerge.

(1) It is innate (and good) for us to want to correct each other and help each other grow.
(2) Some people have tendencies that have been labeled as “generational curses”. (Perhaps you’ve experienced bad manifestations of this at family gatherings.)
(3) Some of those people recognize those bad tendencies within themselves and decide that they want these bad tendencies to end with themselves. So they do the psychological, emotional and spiritual “work” (self-reflection, Bible study, self control, etc.) that will transform them and erase the curses. (“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2) They are the ones who are open to good Proverbs 9 corrections because they find good purpose in transformation. And the end goal of that work is that they are just nice and positive and fulfilled all of the time.
(4) But others are defensive and have “eraser phrases” (e.g. “You think that you know more than me?” “You think that you are perfect?”, etc.) that just continue the curses. Or they take things that you say personally and not just as intelligent analysis, and you end up in an uncomfortable emotional psychodramatic trap. These people fall into the “wicked/mocker” category in Proverbs 9. It is wise then to recognize that an intelligent conversation with these people is not possible (after a number of tries) and therefore the “dust on the heels” verse needs to be applied. Perhaps not totally, for the sake of family gatherings, but at least to the point where you recognize not to correct or even give a statement that might be taken as a correction or criticism. These people are not capable of engaging in deep, exploratory conversations (which for the intelligent, peaceful person are fun) and therefore it is unwise to try to have one of those with them. But those kinds of conversations are God mandated and therefore are our natural tendency. And shallow conversations might be boring. Therefore, unfortunately, that kind of person we need to for the most part shut out of our radar, because even shallow conversations will lead to depth for a deep person.
(5) Therefore, just hang out with nice people who gravitate towards depth, and be nice and deep yourself.
(6) And if you must associate with toxic people (e.g. for family or work reasons), recognize their buttons, don’t push them, and decide whether or not you can play by their rules.
(7) Keep pursuing God and His ways as we participate in our own sanctification process 🙂

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Countering the anti-Christmas, atheist billboard

Posted December 4, 2014 by Dennis Marcellino
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(Here is an article I just had published)

Countering the anti-Christmas, atheist billboard
By Dennis Marcellino

If you haven’t seen this, there is an atheist billboard in a number of cities that has a little girl saying:

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.

Really? That’s what a little girl would write to Santa for? That would be the top wish of her heart?

And there are MANY atheist billboards, which you can see at: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1203&bih=601&q=atheist+billboard&oq=Atheist+bill&gs_l=img.1.0.0l2j0i5l4j0i24l3.1687.7204.0.11309.12.11.0.1.1.0.51.495.11.11.0….0…1ac.1.59.img..0.12.493.arQZc7P_zxk

If I had the money or the backers, countering this would be easy. I would put up a billboard nearby that would say:

An atheistic stance is logically and scientifically impossible!

Church is good … and Jesus is all good.
And therefore He is worth celebrating at Christmas.

There IS scientific PROOF that
God exists and the Bible is true!

http://www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com
http://www.SpreadingGod.com

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Christmas teenager

Posted November 16, 2014 by Dennis Marcellino
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If you have or have had teenagers or have ever been one ;-), you might be able to relate to this cartoon. One present for the parents, a pile for the kid, who doesn’t even show any gratitude.

I mean, it’s understandable that we each want life to go just how we want it to go every second and that we mainly think about ourselves and our desires. The problem is: that doesn’t work in a setting of other people, because what if someone wants things to go in a way that another person doesn’t? (For example, in marriage, parenting, business, in a society, etc.)

Therefore the first important lesson in our growth is: “It is better to give than receive” Acts 20:35. Then if everyone gives, it works, because there will be plenty to receive from that pool of giving for everyone’s needs to be satisfied 🙂

The second important lesson is that if we just focus on giving to God in obedience to His ways, then that is the best that can happen, because God’s ways are perfect.

Byline:
Dennis Marcellino’s book THE PROOF that God exists and the Bible is True can be seen at http://www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com and His other books, CDs (including his Christmas CD) and DVDs can be seen at http://www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com. His live presentations also can be booked at http://www.SpreadingGod.com/evangelism/html.

Robin Williams’ suicide … a different take

Posted August 13, 2014 by Dennis Marcellino
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I’m writing this article because I don’t think we’re seeing the real reason for Robin Williams’ suicide being addressed in the media. Here is what I think is being missed.

The fact that Robin Williams committed suicide implicitly said that he made a decision that he didn’t want to be Robin Williams anymore.

The tendency in evaluating that is that he wanted to escape from an alcoholic inclination, or that he wanted to no longer experience the physical suffering from depression, from which he couldn’t envision a solution, even though he tried rehab clinics and had the money to avail himself to the best psychiatrists. That alone says something about the state of psychiatry and how ineffective it is. And it is scandalous that a country only legally endorses a failed psychology system (as opposed to a Biblical solution, which I personally know works). And it is not only scandalous but heartbreaking in a nation where there are 108 suicides every day. I mean a suicide says that no solution can be found to the torment a person goes through. But there IS a solution and I wish that I could have talked to Robin Williams and anyone else who is contemplating suicide (which I do through my books and have gotten feedback that suicides have been prevented with them).

So then what was the real reason for Robin Williams’ depression? There is the accepted norm to see depression as a purely physical reality that must be dealt with with physical treatments. But that physical state doesn’t appear out of a vacuum. Like another physical malady, obesity, it had to build over time. Therefore its causes must be backtracked and eliminated. But unlike obesity, I think that depression has a quicker cure (which I spell out in my program at www.AddictionFreeForever.com).

Setting that cure aside for the moment, what then were the roots of Robin Williams’ depression? Having been in the entertainment industry for many years, I know that there is a pressure to be “on” all the time. And in Robin Williams’ case, that “on” was a very hyper state of being. And that’s what people expected from him. But that state had to be VERY exhausting. And it is especially a dilemma when you don’t feel it … but simultaneously felt a fear to not want to disappoint people. And that continual exhaustion could be very depressing. Therefore, like most entertainers, they get backed into a corner by their public persona and are trapped in this state of being on. And in his particular case, you hear the mourners now say how happy he made everybody. Therefore he couldn’t show his unhappiness (which should have been evident to everyone by the fact that he checked himself into rehab clinics). I mean, why do people drink and use drugs? The answer is: they are trying to change their state. And what they are trying to change is an undesirable (either by themselves or the public) aspect of their state. But there is a natural way to change that. But the person who uses alcohol or drugs doesn’t see that and yet deems the inner pressure to “perform” for others as being mandatory (which could be an aspect of anyone’s life). And part of Robin Williams’ performance didn’t include the anger he felt over his divorces. And that is something that he had to keep bottled up because, as the eulogies are saying, “he just brought happiness to others, and that will be missed.” But obviously, keeping up that happy performance didn’t allow him to be what he was really feeling. He might have just felt alone in that … which would have opened up another can of worms that this nation isn’t ready for … why there is so much divorce (which the Bible also has the solution for).

And this is where the political aspect of this picture comes in. The solution to all of this comes down to understanding how the body, mind and heart we’re in were designed to operate. And this is a design that we have little power over. Therefore the solution is to learn what that design is and then flow with it … not try to manipulate it to what we or others or the general state of peer pressure expect it to be. There’s a line in a song that expresses this well: “Wonderful is what you’ll feel in you when you do the things you were made to do.”

But the problem happens when people feel like they have to be certain ways that are against that design. Another line from an old commercial says, “It’s not nice to fool mother nature.” And although people can micromanage their feelings and actions against nature, that takes a toll. And eventually a person might decide that they don’t want to experience that toll anymore and they choose to opt out in the only way they can figure out to escape it … suicide.

Unfortunately the society has deemed to not endorse what I’ve found to be the cure for this … getting in harmony with the design of our being … which is nailed in the Bible. The say that that is religious, and separation of church and state, blah, blah, blah. The fact is though, that is an objective, not religious solution. That’s why a big part of my work is to show that the Bible is objectively a book of truth, which can be scientifically proven.

Byline:
Dennis Marcellino’s books can be seen at www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com. His program can be seen at www.AddictionFreeForever.com. It has helped thousands of people but won’t be acknowledged by the government or insurance industries because it includes the Bible as part of the cure.

Convincing people to follow God

Posted August 7, 2014 by Dennis Marcellino
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If a person has no interest in studying the Bible, and no interest (or fear) about obeying what’s in the Bible, and no sensitivity to hear and follow God within them, and no inclination to talk about God and His ways with others, or no actions to spread God in the world (“Faith without works is dead” James 2:26) … what does that say about the person? It says that they have no relationship with God or any interest in developing one.

Therefore it is the job of us who do have an interest and relationship with God to convince others that this is a good thing to do … nay, the best possible thing to do in this life.

Then it becomes a matter of “discipline” (i.e. being a “disciple”). That is, have you ever forced yourself to do something that you weren’t inclined to do, but then having done it, were really happy that you did because it transformed your experience for the better?

For me in my life, the main transforming things that I’ve done (and continue to do) are to force myself to go to church and study the Bible and develop the skill of listening to God within and join Bible groups and do ministry work. No matter if I have any lethargy regarding those things, once I get the ball rolling, I’m VERY happy that I did. Exhaustion and distraction tend to keep us from exercising those disciplines. And that’s especially true in this busy world, and where electronics have become the modern day Tower of Babel. But here’s what God wants us to do:

Acts 26:15-17, “ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

But to be motivated to become a servant of Jesus and a witness to others, a person first has to truly discover God and His greatness. That is what would make them enthusiastic about fulfilling that verse.

Towards that end, I’ve written some books to help that. Primarily The PROOF that God Exists and the Bible is True, Why Are We Here?, and How To Directly Experience God. They can be seen at www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com.

Survival, Pleasure … and Eternity

Posted May 10, 2014 by Dennis Marcellino
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What is the point of being on this planet? Is it survival? Is it pleasure? And how does death and eternity fit into those approaches?

This is why PROOF of the Bible is critical.

That is, if there is no eternity for humans, then we should do as the Bible says, “Eat, drink and be merry.”

But that approach to survival and pleasure for some is often at the expense of poverty, pain and even death for others. So that is a very selfish existence.

Whereas, the Bible’s approach of love and holiness is perfect. Eternal survival and pleasure, and no guilt. (And think about it, if the aforementioned approach is natural and right, why would guilt even be a part of the human design?)

And in light of the Universe and the proof that it had a Creator (of it, us and what’s on this planet), there is nothing more good or beautiful. And we should be thankful that in the end, good triumphs. And it and what has gone on on this planet is all very understandable (as spelled out in my book Why Are We Here?).

Why Pat Robertson was wrong

Posted February 8, 2014 by Dennis Marcellino
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Following the recent Ken Ham (Young Earth Creationist) vs. Bill Nye (atheist) debate, Pat Robertson said this:

“There ain’t no way that’s possible,” he continued. “To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible.”

“Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”

“We’ve got to be realistic,” he concluded, and admit “that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”

Pat Robertson is not a scientist and therefore should not be making science conclusions. His statements were unfortunately wrong. In fact he is making the same error that Eve made in believing the serpent by him “believing” in the conclusions of modern scientists. Were he to dig deeper he would see how unreliable dating methods are and how many modern scientists jump at whichever dates back their atheist or agnostic positions. In fact, objective science totally backs the young Universe and young Earth positions. It is as Louis Pasteur, often called the father of science, said, “A little bit of science averts us from God. A lot of it takes us back to him.

Because of my background in science and engineering, I too once accepted that evolution and the rest of the modern science theories were correct. I mean, how can the majority of scientists and professors be wrong? But when I delved into the details, I found out that they were. (And I chronicle all of this in my book THE PROOF that God exists and the Bible is True.)

So then how does Pat Robertson’s conclusion parallel Eve and the serpent?

Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Eve then confirms that, yes, God really did say. But then the serpent went on to confidently give an alternative argument:

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

And Eve believed him. That is why Christendom is “a house divided.” There are many wrong interpretations of the Bible that are being confidently delivered by trusted spiritual leaders.

But the Bible says that we are to “be of one mind”. And Jesus even prayed that our “unity be complete.” These things unfortunately are not the case in Christendom today. And this situation is perpetuated by trusted leaders who disagree. Not that Pat Robertson has always been perfectly Biblical, but this was a very damaging blow.

This is why Christians (and all people for that matter) should put some time into studying what the truth is and why the Bible is infallible, as opposed to just believing (and then parroting) what they pick up in the (dysfunctional) culture or in schools. I make that study easy with my book, where I back this all up with science (put simply), logic, experience, pragmatism and statistics.

Also, to back up the fact that the Universe is 6000 years old (which I do using modern science like no one else has done), here is what an Oxford Hebrew professor said:

The following is an extract from a letter written in 1984 by Professor James Barr, who was at the time Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford. Professor Barr said, “So far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer of Gen. 1-11 intended to convey the idea that creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience. The apologetic arguments which suppose the ‘days’ of creation to be long eras of time, the figures of years not to be chronological, and the flood to be a merely local Mesopotamian flood, are not taken seriously by any such professors, as far as I know.”

And the fact that after the Universe was created in 6 24-hour days, the Earth is only 6,000 years old is confirmed by geology, chemistry and astronomy. I prove in my book that the dating methods used by old Universe and old Earth scientists are very faulty and unreliable. I also show proof of early past dates for dinosaurs, quick formations of canyons (e.g. Mt. St. Helens), etc.

Pat Robertson was “fooled” in that he jumped to a conclusion that relied on putting “faith” into “believing” modern atheist scientists. But the fact is, if a person invests some time into studying this issue, they will see that there are a LOT of credible scientists who affirm a young Earth through factual scientific studies.

Dennis Marcellino’s books and DVDs can be seen at www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com and www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com. His presentations also can be booked at www.SpreadingGod.com/evangelism/html.