The secret of satisfaction

People everywhere seek satisfaction. Despite this, very few have found the secret of satisfaction. People look for satisfaction in relationships and experiences that make them happy or jobs and enterprises that make them more wealthy. Finding the secret of satisfaction, is something so critical in people’s minds that they invest much of their life in doing it.

A philanthropist is a wealthy person who discovered wealth does not satisfy.

Wealth does not satisfy. Ask a philanthropist. They have spent their days seeking to have ‘more’ wealth, until one day they discovered it was not going to satisfy. Think about how ‘wealthy’ changes meaning depending on who you ask. If you ask a person living in a hut and a person living in a two story house they own with a car and job what ‘wealthy’ means to them and they will give two different answers. Each will explain ‘wealthy’ by describing someone who has ‘more’ than they do. There is no standard for wealth, no point at which you can say ‘I made it.’ The rich man always wants ‘more’. The real meaning of wealth for someone who wants it is ‘more’. It never satisfies and the rich man who finally kept getting more with no satisfaction realises that wealth is a false promise. A philanthropist is a wealthy person who discovered wealth really doesn’t satisfy. 

Happiness is an enigma. When you are looking for it, you cannot find it.

Happiness is an enigma. When you are looking for it, you cannot find it. Someone said that seeking happiness is like looking at a distant star. If you look at it directly, it is so hard to see, but if you look at the darkness just next to the star, it shines so brightly. The pursuit of happiness is a dead end because happiness is not found in seeking it.

A person already satisfied tends to find wealth and happiness more easily, through he or she does not care for it. A person already satisfied does not spend their resources on the latest care or gadget because she is not filled with a craving for ‘more’.  Because they are not busy spending, buying and amusing, they wast their resources. A person satisfied is not constantly trying to make themselves happy, and thereby being disappointed.

The pursuit of wealth and happiness are mutually exclusive. A person seeking wealth will work, save deny themselves for the sake of ‘more’. A person seeking happiness will play, spend and indulge themselves for the sake of ‘more’ happiness. Proverbs 21:17 says “Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.”If you seek one, you must forsake the other. Another proverb says, “The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough”. (Proverbs 30:15)

The secret of satisfaction is not found in the pursuit of wealth or happiness. These things can only be a by product of some other pursuit, but will only offer an empty vacuum of a wasted life if sought. Satisfaction is found elsewhere.

James 1:11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

The Secret of Satisfaction

The secret of satisfaction is found in a far different place.

God has made us to be satisfied in Him. A the psalmist pleads, “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”(Psalm 90:14) The steadfast love of God offers us the satisfaction that will fill us with gladness and rejoicing for ‘all our days’. Real satisfaction leads to lasting joy.

The satisfaction we find in God’s steadfast love impacts how satisfaction in life. As Proverbs 13:25 says, “The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.” James exhorts us, “But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (1 Timothy 6:8) The righteous is satisfied with what he has, but the wicked man always wants more. The righteous is satisfied and filled. He says “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians_4:11) But the wicked wants more and steals. The want of the wicked is called in the Bible “covetousness”; It is sin.

We are warned “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” (Hebrews 13:5) The “love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). But Jesus who is the steadfast love of God “will never leave you nor forsake you” (John 3:16).

Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Mathew 6:33)

The secret of satisfaction is simple. The steadfast love of God is lasting satisfaction. Seek His Kingdom. Everything else will happen as needed. Find out more.

 

 

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Christian parenting is more than raising good people

With church attendance on decline, many parents are concerned about the damage society will wreak on their children’s faith. We’re realising that Christian parenting is, after all, really the responsibility of the Christian parents. But how do we build their faith?

The Vegetales brand

Some Christian parents often sit their children down in front of a television to watch “Vegetales”, a cartoon where your children are trained to think of Biblical people as personified vegetables acting out stories with moral lessons. On the other hand how many consider proclaiming the gospel to be key in Christian parenting? Vegetales may seem like a lot of fun, and the emphasis is always on being kind, but does this really prepare our children for the anti-Christian culture we live in? Can we do something more as parents to keep our children in the way?

What do you mean by “good”?

Being good people isn’t the point of Christianity, it’s the problem. We aren’t good (Romans 3:23). This why Jesus came. As Jesus said, “Only God is good.” We are made good by God in the new birth not by our earthly parents. Are we really meant to raise our children to be good people? We can’t. What can we do then to prepare our children?

Reason why youth live for pleasure – humanist worldview.

Society teaches your children that they must do what feels best for them, to follow their heart. “If it feels ‘good’ then your probably doing it right”, society softly reassures. “It’s wrong when it hurts others”, it moralises. “If it doesn’t hurt you, why are you judging me?” It arrogantly defends. Humanism’s central doctrine of hedonism is founded on its commitment to the evolved human. Darwinism creates the vacuum of morality, boldly proclaiming “survival of the fittest is all that matters”. Darwinism reassures, “you’re just an evolved animal”. With this dogma being rammed down your child’s throat, mere moralising won’t work.

Reason why children don’t act morally – sin nature

There is a second problem, mere morality will not change the heart of the child. As they grow up, their sinfully contaminate human heart (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10) begins to express itself regardless of the moral behaviours you taught them. The problem is they were born into your family, but have not yet been born again into God’s family. You gave them their sin nature. God can give them a new nature. With a heart yearning for sinful pleasure, they begin to act it out. The Darwinian dogma and Humanistic hedonism they were taught at school seem pretty good after all. A good truth foundation will help them confront the wickedness of their heart, even if it won’t change their heart (only God can).

More than morals: Build a Biblical worldview

Biblical morals without a Biblical worldview will simply be discarded. If you teach a child to act differently to how he sees the world, then he will eventually realign with his perception. If you build their moral compass without the correct truth foundation, their moral compass will realign with how they see the world. This moral truth collapses when placed upon the unsupporting basis of humanism.

The question is if you’re not building their worldview, who is? Children acquire worldviews throughout their development regardless of whether parents teach them. Society intentionally imposes it’s worldview on your children through the education system and entertainment. If you’re not working harder than society to instil a Biblical worldview in your children’s minds, your child will have an unstable ‘biblical morality’ built on a humanist foundation. This might just eventually realign to humanism.

Christian parenting calls for building a worldview of the Bible in our children’s minds. It is essential. If we teach our children to be selfless and considerate of others while the school is teaching them that they’re just evolved animals who’s purpose is survival of the fittest, the morality you taught them will collapse before your very eyes. If however you build a strong evidential foundation to doubt evolution (ie. genetics, biochemistry), and you proclaim the truth of Genesis, you’ll find the school’s attempts to instil antiChristian doubt will utterly fail. Oh and learning about genetics and biochemical evidence against evolution means they’ll probably ace science at school as the added benefit of additional knowledge.

But winning the mind is just the beginning. If you don’t win their heart they’ll just adopt a more convenient worldview (John 3:17:21; Romans 1). They need a heart change.

More than morals: Preach the gospel

If you train your child to act morally, even equipping them with a Biblical Worldview, they still have a huge problem. They inherited from you a heart that loves sin. Eventually despite all their trying they will cave in to their desires unless God does a work in them. Exhort your children to a relationship with God. Point them to a better Father. They must be born again (John 3:6). The greatest father on earth, universe, heaven is their Heavenly Father; not you. You gave them sin: massive moral burdens and no ability to lift them. God offers them strength in weakness, with the light yoke and easy burden of Christ. Preach to your children the good news that Jesus came to save sinners, by paying the penalty at the cross and raising again so we can live in him.

Mere morality will produce Pharisees – outwardly clean, inwardly filthy, still sinners. Being born again means a new inwardly clean nature, that works its way outward in our lives.

Satisfaction in the Saviour

Mere morality is humanism without Biblical truth. There are plenty or ‘moral’ dogooders, who live immorally – right in their own eyes. Morals not founded in a Biblical worldview are not Biblical morals. Even ‘biblical’ morals without a Biblical worldview are easily discarded. Morals not expressed in a relationship with God are fake. People aren’t essentially good; if you think they are, you disagree with the Romans 3:23 and what Jesus said, which is “Only God is good”. We can only be good when the goodness of the Saviour indwells us and satisfies us. Raise your children with good morality yes, but found it on a Biblical worldview and exhort them to seek God while He can be found. Teaching a child to behave well isn’t enough. We must build in our children’s minds a Biblical worldview and exhort them to seek God for a new heart.

Fleeting pleasures of sin

“choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.”

Heb 11:25

Sales professionals and marketing specialists understand the subtle pull of a fading opportunity. Have you ever seen the sign that says “Hurry! this offer ends soon”? Often people end up buying things they didn’t want just because it was on special and the offer was soon to end. Well, that’s a fading opportunity.

Sometimes we are so much enticed by a fading opportunity that we fail to assess it’s true value. Sometimes it seems that we must seize this opportunity or it will pass us by. This is the nature of sin; it offers “fleeting” pleasures. Simply because we might miss out does not mean a pleasure carries true worth.

It seems to me that many take for granted the goodness and enduring satisfaction they can find in Christ, simply because it is so constant. They don’t value this wealth of pleasure as they should because they are dazzled by the spectacle of fleeting pleasures that they might miss out on. Because who wants to miss out on life, right? By selling ourselves short on fleeting pleasures, we deny ourselves the eternal pleasures and lasting satisfaction found in Christ Jesus.

What people don’t realise is that one day the offer for eternal satisfaction in Christ will end, and all fleeting pleasures of sin will burn. Then what do you do?

3 Challenges That Confront Science

Commercialisation

The biggest challenge science faces is found in money. The old mantra that science follows the evidence is not necessarily correct. A distinction needs to be made between the scientific method and scientific research (where the method is used). Science tends to follow the money. If you can’t get a grant, you can’t do science. To pay for the costly lab you must beg benefactors for funding.

This is problematic because financially powerful interest groups gain control of what research gets funded. If your proposed work supports their purposes, they will fund you, but if not you wont find funding. Some areas of science languish in the disinterest of the money givers. Others are like a feeding frenzy.

The outcome is that certain areas only get explored if funding bodies are interested and that scientists will find themselves biased towards the political ends of their patrons.

Fraud

Like anything where there is money on offer, science research is prone to fraud. Not only is it prone to fraud, but alarms are beginning to sound about an epidemic of fraud. Many commentators are aware of this fraud, but doing something about human greed meeting money is fairly challenging.

While fraud can be motivated by greed for money, it can also be motivated by commitment to a dogma. Numerous fraud. have been used to support a single dogma, for example –

  • Piltdown man hoax
  • Archaeoraptor
  • the peppered moth
  • the Midwife Toad
  • Haeckel’s embryos
  • Ancon sheep
  • the Tasaday Indians
  • Bathybius haeckelii
  • Hesperopithecus (Nebraska Man)—the missing link that turned out to be a pig

Unscientific reasoning

Philosophy has invaded science. Speculation has replaced scientific method. Science uses inductive reasoning. Inductive reason is a structure of reasoning that draws an inference from a range of data based on probability. This is how science works. However, outside of science, there is a speculative type of reasoning called inference to the best explanation. It is un-inductive and therefore unscientific. This reasoning does not follow probability and data to draw inferences but rather speculatively invents plausible explanations and selects the “best explanation” based on its “explanatory power” – however it gets defined. Dogmatic atheists love this reasoning, but it’s not science. They also hold a considerable number of funding bodies hostage to their philosophy. Too bad many “scientific” claims that cause contention are based on this unscientific reasoning.

Conclusion

Science and it’s future a shaped by monetary interests. This motivates fraud and encourages bias towards the dogma of the institutions that give grants. To support various dogma speculation has been used in the name of science. In conclusion we can agree with the scripture which says –

“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”
Jeremiah 17:5

Don’t let science be an idol in your heart. Instead trust the truth of God’s word.

Breaking Boundaries

“Life is about pushing boundaries” they say as they rush from one sinful desire to another. They are self professed rebels – they consider themselves “lovers of freedom”. As they charge on from one experience to another, they consider it their pleasure to break down all the boundaries of morality forced upon them. They get bored as the old novelty becomes the new normal. Then they move on to break the next boundary to discover some new life of freedom.

We see the rapid decline of morality in western society as haters of morality pummel each boundary one after the other. Eventually their sport of breaking boundaries will come to an end.

The problem is they will eventually run out of boundaries to break down as everything becomes “normal”. It is an insatiable pleasure – the more they invest their life in the pleasure of rebellion the more they want to rebel. But the boundaries forced upon them by morality are merely finite. When this happens, how will they alleviate their boredom? As they break down all the boundaries that they could both in society and in their own life, the insatiable pleasure they get in their nature from destroying boundaries will no longer reward them. Then what will they do?

The second problem is that this will lead to violence. The boundaries of morality prevent harm and violence against one another. At some point, those addicted to breaking down boundaries will reach this moral boundary. Then what they do comes by nature.

The third problem is that while they consider this freedom, they are slaves of addiction. “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved” (2 Peter 2:19). These people profess to be free, but in fact are slaves of rebellion. They claim to be freedom fighters, but they are actually slaves to fighting morality and breaking boundaries.

“What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog that returns to it’s own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”” (2Pe2:22)

Save yourself from the pointless pleasures of rebellion and find in Christ the plentiful pleasure that satisfies forever.

​Faith in humanity is misplaced faith

When Barack Obama was elected president of the United States,  many in the African-American community trusted him to elevate their standing in America. Now Trump is elected president, many conservatives are hoping he will turn back the liberals and appoint conservative judges.

The Bible however says –  

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. … Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. (Jeremiah 17:5-7)

Here we see a blessing and a curse, a blessing for those who trust in God and a curse for those who put their hope and trust in man in the place of God. If we look for human saviors, then this curse comes to bring a barren reward.

  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. (Isaiah 43:1)

We must not look to human saviors. They are all pretend, because only the LORD is the savior. The futility of trusting in a human savior is dangerously disappointing. Consider how human leaders come into power with a surge of popularity, but then it fades and by the end of their term they have lowest rankings in polls.  People routinely look for a human savior and are routinely disappointed.

Just as Barack Obama disappointed so many, all human leaders fail to deliver. The bigger their promises the bigger their disappointment. If all humans are disappointing leaders, why would the next be different?

Thankfully there is a Savior who has fulfilled every promise for every soul who trusted in him. All the promises of God find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ, in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. 

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    Zuma’s Interrupted Speech and the Reconciliation Storm

    South Africa’s President Zuma was delivering the Reconciliation Day address when the warm sunny day turned into a huge storm that suddenly lifted the north side of the giant tent he was speaking in high into the air. As attendees fled for cover and Zuma’s bodyguards rushed the President to safety, everything was in chaos. 

    Reconciliation Day is South Africa’s day of celebration of national reconciliation. Sadly, this national reconciliation falters as South Africa struggles through greed, crime and disunity. Ironically, Reconciliation Day arises on the day of the Battle of Blood River, where many Zulus lost their lives, and the formation of Mkhonto weSizwe (MK), a militant arm of the ANC. Neither event was an act of reconciliation but the day is to look forward to the future, rather than the past. 

    As South Africa grapples with the legacy of racism in the daunting shadow of greed and crime, it is important to make a few observations. First, South Africa’s focus on reconciliation has been marked by human icons. From Mandela to the MK, human icons have dominated the political and social landscape in South Africa as it strives to make progress to what it sees as reconciliation. Second, reconciliation still seems poorly defined within public dialogue. To some it looks like separate traditional groups remaining separate but equal (how is this different to the old regime?).  Others think that the old ways impede progress and are willing to cast aside tradition for what they view as western progress. Another way reconciliation is poorly defined is by adding to the idea of ethnic reconciliation ideas of ‘social progress’ such as gay marriage, abortion and other social agendas. Third, the road to reconciliation is obscured by how reconciliation must be achieved and with whom. It is this last point that this article will concentrate.  

    When we agree that reconciliation is required, we acknowledge that we were once alienated. Reconciliation is the restoration of friendly relations. To require restoration of friendly relations there must have been some falling out. Some animosity has come about but now they now want peace. Therefore the ‘who’ of reconciliation is enemies or alienated persons. 

    Therefore, as South Africa strives for reconciliation it must ask itself whom have we alienated and how must we make peace? We need to keep three truths in mind.

    The first truth that we need to keep in mind is that God “made from one man every nation of mankind” (Acts 17:26). The Bible says God made each human group from one human common ancestor, unlike the evolutionary philosophy that claims humans have emerged from different nonhuman ancestors. Genetics has recently supported the Biblical viewpoint by showing that all humans have a single common human ancestor only some thousands of years ago. The false philosophy of evolution has supported racism and radical adherence to the Bible has refuted racism. Reconciliation of diverse ethnic groups depends on knowing and affirming the truth. The root of racism is found in false views about where we came from. Truth is the foundation if true unity. 

    But the above passage does not simply stop there. It continues and gives us the purpose of God’s creation of various human ethnic groups. It goes on to say that He “determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.” We have found ourselves separated from God, but he wants us the find reconciliation with him. While “all have sinned”(Romans 3:23), “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them…” (2Corinthians5:19). This reconciliation with God means that the “dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14) is now broken down which once divided Jew and Gentile, Black and White from God. 

    This reconciliation with God is desperately needed. “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent   because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” The storm that interrupted Zuma’s speech will be nothing compared with the “day on which he will judge the world”. We must be reconciled with God before he returns to judge. God’s judgment will come more suddenly than the storm that surprised the President. You can’t delay and you don’t know when it will come. 

    If reconciliation is to be meaningful and real, it must begin with making peace with God. Thankfully Jesus settled the dispute on the cross when he paid the penalty of our trespasses and rose again defeating death, the primary symptom of sin. Since God commands everyone everywhere to “repent”, let us turn to God through Jesus his Son. Abandon your sins and trust in Jesus.  

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    How did life begin?

    How did life begin? This is a question that intrigues scholars and the average person alike. Science has shown that the trillions of cells, that make up our bodies, are unfathomably complex with prescriptive information codes at their very core. This issue has two layers that point strongly in one direction: authorship

    Spontaneous generation

    In medieval times, it was commonly thought that rats, flies and other vermin spontaneously came into existence in certain conditions such as dark and moist cavities (rats) or meat (flies). This belief was handed down from pagan philosophy, centuries before. It was an ignorant and superstitious belief that was largely due to our ancestors’ lack of understanding of life cycles.

    Spontaneous generation was soon exposed as false by Rene and Pasteur who demonstrated the doctrine of biogenesis: that life comes from life. The idea that life could spontaneously arise in certain favourable conditions was disproved by robust experiments.

    But recently, atheists have revived the old superstition of spontaneous generation and given it a new name. But more about that in a moment.

    Chicken or egg? What came first?

    Life has many important components but DNA, RNA and proteins (made of amino acids) are essential. Without any one of these three components, life is impossible. DNA is the prescriptive information code that carries the instructions for the blueprint of life. Proteins perform many functions include reading, writing and proof reading DNA and RNA. RNA is a prescriptive information code that is less durable than DNA but more versatile. Proteins transcribe DNA instructions into the temporal code of RNA. A specific type of RNA is used by proteins to produce proteins. But a further type of protein is then needed to fold the proteins so they can function.

    Without DNA, there are no instructions or blueprints for proteins. Without RNA, the DNA instructions cannot be translated into proteins. Without Proteins, the DNA and RNA instructions cannot be read, replicated, executed or proof read.

    Subscribers to the newly revived superstition of spontaneous generation are trying to cloak superstition with science. Different ideas have been put forward. One idea is that life started when a strand of DNA accidentally formed. Those who push this view point out that proteins require DNA instructions. DNA is exceedingly more stable than RNA. Others argued that, DNA is too rigid, but RNA is more flexible and that is was what spontaneously strung itself together. While some others claim a protein world hypothesis, where a complex protein suddenly formed in a bubbling soup of amino acids. They would point out the RNA is far too unstable to support life.

    The fact is they’re all half right. DNA is too inflexible and cannot replicate itself. RNA is incredibly unstable and would not be able to remain stable for long enough to spontaneously generate into meaningful codes. Both DNA and RNA wouldn’t be able to replicate without proteins. And the protein world view is dead in the premordial soup, too, since proteins do not carry their own instructions. Protiens are completely dependant on DNA and RNA for instruction on how to form and function. They all have a deeper problem.

    Encoded Information

    The difference between life and non life is the existence of functionally specified complexity, which is information. This is not any type information either, but prescriptive information. The question “how did life begin?” can be phrased “How did all that prescriptive information get there?”

    The information encoded in DNA is incredibly complex. It is not merely functional or shannon information but a very specifically prescriptive information code. It has not only data but also metadata. In fact, there is more metadata than basic data. Much of the data is contingent on the metadata. This is apparent in DNA splicing. DNA splicing is a process where different parts of multiple genes will be cross read to reveal another code. For example, if you took the capitalised letters out of the following words, you would have “creation”: inCRedible Evidence ATtracts thInking Observers Normally. It can do this because of the metadata in the DNA that tells the protein how to read the code. This is just another reason why mutations can’t improve the genome overall, even when beneficial, since one improvement in one gene will inevitably destroy other genes.

    Authorship of life

    “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Heb 11:3)

    The best explanation for encoded prescriptive information is an intelligent author. Human experience, common sense and science supports this.

    The Bible teaches all things were made by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3; Genesis 1). So it is no surprise that there is a code in all living things and natural laws that underlie the universe. DNA is a written record of God’s prescription for living things. God made all things by His word and that is why it is so finely tuned!

    But something went wrong. We were separated from the Author of life. This led to decay and eventually death. The separation was caused by sin; we had disobeyed the Word of God and so we became separated from the Author of life.

    The Author of life

    Thankfully, the “Word became flesh”, the very flesh it created, “and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). He came to pay the penalty of our sin on the cross so that we could live in him, reconciled with the Author of lIfe. His name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

    People rejected and crucified “…the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.” (Act 3:15)