Domestic Violence.

I don’t really want to do this post as I don’t want sympathy or people accusing me of making this up for attention. I don’t want attention, what I do want is to possibly help someone who might be in a situation like I was 5 years ago. It might not be you, but it could be your best friend, your sister or your next door neighbour.

I was in an abusive relationship. I won’t go into identifying details as there is no point. What’s done is done and I can’t change it, and he will have to answer to the Lord when the time comes.

I met someone through a mutual friend, and at first I thought “what a slob”. But after going to visit my friend’s house with him there a few times I thought he was charming, funny and thoughtful. He was also in the process of getting his child from a child protection agency as the child had been taken from its mother as a baby. What a man, I thought. He was employed, had a car and seemed to have his head screwed on right.

I moved in only a few months after meeting him. I gave up my job so I could care for his child while he was at work and things were great. We had a similar sense of humour and just got along really well.
It wasn’t until a few months later that things went pearshaped. Small things started to happen, especially when we had been drinking, so nothing was usually made of it. The violence escalated though and several times in that first year I would seek refuge at my sisters house or my parents house. I would go back the next day and he acted as though nothing happened. I was wondering if I was just imagining things.
That ended up being the pattern of our relationship, although I wouldn’t always go to someone’s house. I would just put up with it and stay there until we woke up the next day and it was as if nothing had happened.
I would say that nearly all of our fights and arguments happened while we were drunk. One time he ended up choking me and pulling a fistful of my hair out. I fled to my parents house and they saw the marks on my neck, but they didn’t really say anything. I guess they thought I was an adult and I could look after myself. I never reported it to the police or went to a doctor either. Something I still regret to this day.

It wasn’t just the physical abuse either, it was mental and emotional as well. It got so bad that I was genuinely starting to think I was going crazy. I would often joke that I wanted to go to the mental hospital to have a holiday that’s how bad I was.
I was made to think that I had deserved everything I got.
I was the one who was the main carer for his child, which meant I basically had to do everything. Bathe, dress, feed and discipline the child. Not a big deal you say? Well it was. This child was born at least 4 weeks premature with a drug addiction. The birth mother was a drug addict. I know, I know, that should have been my first hint, but he was always saying he hated drugs like that and that he didn’t know she was doing those drugs.
According to reports, this child was severely neglected and was even given valium crushed up in its bottles so the mother didn’t have to look after it. (My apologies for calling the child an ‘it’ but like I said, I don’t want to give away any identifying details.)
This child was diagnosed with things like ADHD, hirsutism, sensory issues and all sorts of other things. So I was really thrown in at the deep end looking after this child. I was young and naive and didn’t realise the problems this sort of role (of mother) would have.
I was the main disciplinarian, but when my partner at the time didn’t like the way I did something, I copped it, even though he would do worse. I was made to feel as though I got what I deserved because of the way I disciplined this child.
Admittedly I wasn’t the best mum/stepmum as I was way out of my depth. But I tried the best I could, which was more than I can say for him.

Of all the years I was with him and with all the abuse I copped, I never once went to the dr or the police to make a report. I had a few people tell me that if he did anything to me again they would call the police, but they never did.
Do you know what? I really wish they had have called the police on my behalf. It would have made my court battle with him all the more easier. If I had have got a police report for the times that he did something really bad, then I would have had more evidence in court than just my say so.
About a year after I left him he decided to take me to court to see our children. I had moved into a women’s refuge house and cut off all contact with him. You might say that he had a right to see his children, but do you know what? He kicked me while I was pregnant with our first child and I ended up falling over and grazing my knees. He also used to tell me that he hated our children because they would cry. And with all the things he did to me and his other child, I was not going to risk him doing anything to my children. Especially when he went and told my neighbours at the time that his first child’s mother was now involved and that her and a dozen others were going to come around and give me what I deserve. My neighbour asked about my children and he said that they would survive but I wouldn’t. It was an empty threat but none of us knew it at the time. I fled to my mothers house while my neighbours looked after my dog.
It was then that I got a restraining order on him at court which stopped him from coming withing 200m of my children and myself.
Sadly though, at the advice of legal aid, I got the restraining order cancelled because my neighbour was too scared of him to go to court and testify to what he said.
Looking back, I really wish I hadn’t have taken that advice. It would have given me more evidence in court about his nature.

I’ve probably gone into too much detail and written too much, but I want you to know that people like this exist and most women are not lying when they say they are being abused. But the sad thing is, most women, like myself, never say anything to anyone except our closest friends and some family. We are made to feel as though we deserve being beaten or verbally/mentally abused, so we just take it.
Some women who get abused worse than myself are too scared to say anything for fear of losing all they have, including their children.
Thankfully the Lord got me out of that situation, and has had His hand on us since then. He has been so faithful to me in this whole situation and, if it weren’t for His guiding hand, things would have turned out much different, no doubt worse.

If you know someone who you think shows signs of being abused, please, please speak to them. Do it when their husband/boyfriend isn’t around. Maybe take them out for lunch or something one day and gently ask them if they are ok. Do a bit of research first and find out what women’s refuges are around her, or maybe further away depending on the level of abuse, that way you can tell her she has somewhere safe to go. A lot of women don’t realise there are safe places they can go. And tell her not to worry about the stigma of a women’s shelter, because at least it’s safe, they usually have counsellors and they can get legal advice.
The one I went to had courses to do, counsellors and even a creche to look after the children if you had a counselling session or were doing one of their courses or groups.
If they admit to you that they are being abused, tell them to report it to the police or their dr, because they WILL need evidence if it goes to court. Also, encourage her to write down dates and times and what happened, because this will also help if/when she goes to the police.  Also a small bag packed with some essentials for herself and or children could be needed. It can be kept at a safe person’s house so that if/when she leaves, she has things  she needs. For example, a mobile/cell phone with a different number, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a brush, underwear, a change of clothes, deoderant, shampoo & conditioner etc, as well as photocopies of her drivers licence if she has one, photocopies or birth certificates, passport, or keycards and the like. They should be in her purse or bag, but sometimes things can get so traumatic that they are forgotten in the heat of the moment.
Another thing for her to do would be to start putting away some money somewhere safe where the husband/boyfriend won’t find it. Maybe she could give it to her mother or sister or trusted friend to keep for her. That way she’ll have something to use for some sort of accommodation if she can’t find a refuge.
I can’t stress enough that these women need help. They need to get out of that environment. As I learnt it gets worse with time and these abusive men can be so cunning about the abuse so as not to leave marks or bruises. Mine left marks after the time he choked me and learnt after that not to leave marks, so just because you can’t see black eyes or broken bones, it does not mean she’s not being abused.

A man is not supposed to treat a woman like that at all. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for it.
This is what God says about how a man should treat his wife.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” Ephesians 5:25-33

Here are some links that might be useful.
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_types_signs_causes_effects.htm
http://voices.yahoo.com/how-tell-if-woman-being-abused-5386637.html?cat=5

I would like to add however, that unless you have absolutely solid proof that a woman is being abused, then don’t call the police, not just yet. It could make things worse for her and it will probably be much harder for her to leave, even if she wants to.
As much as I wish that someone had have done that for me, each situation is different and I would not want anyone to make it worse accidentally. I can’t stress that enough.
If you are there and witness it, or if she allows you (or someone) to take photos of any marks, then you could possibly call the police, but make sure there is a way to get her out of the house first.

*Please note. While I have used these links for information purposes, I might not agree with all their other pages. So please read anything else with care.*

God bless.

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A bit of my testimony.

I was watching a show last night about women in jail who are pregnant. There is one particular jail who has a program for pregnant women, Wee Ones I believe it’s called. The women selected for this program get to keep their babies in jail with them and look after them, with the help of prison staff and “nannies” (long-term inmates). The others who are not chosen for this program have to give their babies up within 24 hours of giving birth. Some of them have relatives to care for the babies until the mothers get out, some of them have to give them over to complete strangers.

I watched it with sadness, disbelief and shock. How could these women do that to these children? How could they think bringing them up in jail would give them the best start? How could they not want the best for these new lives? Why did they commit a crime in the first place to end up in jail while they were pregnant? All these questions, and more, I asked myself while watching.

It dawned on me that some of these mothers probably commit a crime specifically to get into the program as they don’t have anything on the outside. They have no home, no family, no income so they would be left stranded.
In jail they (if selected for the program) get drug programs, counselling, help and most importantly, a safe, secure environment in which to care for and nurture their babies. They have a roof over their heads, food in their bellies and they can’t be tempted by drug dealers and the like.

I had mixed emotions while watching the show, but in the end, I thought it was a great program. I mean, most people would not want to bring up their baby for the first year or so of life in jail, but this program offers them the chance to bond with their babies, and get the help they need to care for themselves and their babies on the outside.
It’s not the ideal situation, but compared to what they would have to face on the outside, I think it’s a much better option.

I had to stop watching as it was getting towards midnight and I am never up that late usually.
When I got to bed and started my nightly prayers, I burst into tears of sheer sadness, relief and thanks to my Lord and Saviour.
Why? Why was I crying like a baby after this show?
It made me realise that my wonderful Father had kept me from a life of crime and horror.
I had a very different upbringing. First of all, I lived with my Dad, not both my parents. It was an unstable home as there were different women in our lives and we moved around a lot. Within the first 12 years of my life I went to no less than 5 schools and lived in no less than 7 homes in different parts of the state.
Every school holidays I was shipped off to my Nanna’s  place because “she had more patience”. I won’t go into every detail of my childhood, but as you can see, I didn’t get the best start.
I started drinking and going out partying when I was 17 and that was my life for a long, long time. I was such a big drinker that I could have drank a lot of men under the table almost. My life used to revolve around alcohol. I would crave it and long for it.
If I had a rough day, off to the nearest booze retailer. If I had a great day, off to the nearest beer shop. If I had a bad break up I would drink myself into oblivion. I wouldn’t just have two or three, I would drink until I was drunk, and I don’t just mean happy drunk either.
All social activities revolved around drinking. It was a fruitless existence. I was not living, I was existing.
I knew it was bad for me but I was powerless to stop the cravings. No matter what I did, I always craved booze.
Now, after His intervention in my life, I no longer crave alcohol like I did. I do get the odd pangs, especially when I’m in certain situations like when I used to drink, but I try to avoid those as much as I can. I still have the very occasional drink, about 4 times a year, but I don’t get drunk and I don’t drink for the same reasons I used to.

While watching this program and seeing that a lot of these women, young and old, came from similar backgrounds, it really got me thinking. How I didn’t end up like them is a pure miracle that I can only thank God for.
Nothing I ever say or do will make up for what He has done for me. He let me know, through this tv show, just what He’s done for me and now I see it as my duty to do whatever I can for Him.
Whether that be the blog, the page or something completely different. I don’t know what He has in store for me, but I am going to take each day as it comes and hope that when the time comes, I’m counted worthy to be with Him in heaven for all eternity.

Words simply cannot express how I feel and I will never truly understand how or why He did it for me, but I will be forever thankful and grateful.
Thank you Lord. 🙂

I am also grateful for the way I’ve been brought up as it has given so me much life experience and some of those experiences money could never buy. I have had some amazing times, like living in the bush in a hot climate with no fresh running water and no electricity, but it was great. One of the best times of my life.
I also shared an outside toilet/show with snakes, wasps. frogs and spiders. I would never trade that time of my life for all the money in the world.

I also love my Dad and don’t get angry or bitter at him about how I was raised. He has sacrificed so much for me over the years and it’s only as I’ve grown and had my own children that I’ve realised just what he’s done for me. But it’s only a fraction of what my Father in heaven has done for me and you, and all of mankind.
Has He been working in your life? Take a look back over your life and really look. Look at the circumstances you’ve been in and had an outcome that could not have happened had God not had His hand on you. Was there a time you were in a car accident and there was no way you should have survived? Were you ever addicted to drugs or alcohol and were able to stop of your own accord? Maybe that was Him with His hand on you but you just don’t know it.
Have you ever done something so wrong that you should have been severely punished for but haven’t? Maybe that was Him keeping you out of trouble so you could go on to a better life.
There are so many ways He could have helped you in your life without you knowing. I bet there is. All I ask is that you have a think about it and maybe, ask Him to show you where He has helped you along the way. What harm can it do?  Go on, I dare you. 😉

False Healings.

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:24

I have had a false healing. I have a bit of a dodgy/painful knee, a dicky knee I call it, and it’s been that way for a few years now. But during those years, it wasn’t always painful.
There were at least 6 months that it wasn’t painful at all, and I attributed it to a healing that I received at a church I used to attend.
I would drive for an hour each Sunday to get to this church, in searing summer heat with no air conditioning in the car. But the people were so welcoming and lovely I used to enjoy going there.

They were always praying for people and this one particular Sunday, I had just finished stretching my knee when the Pastor called out for anyone with sore knees to put their hands up. (For some reason we all had to keep our eyes closed as this was happening. I still haven’t figured out why.)
We were told to put our hands up if we had a bad knee. I tentatively put my hand up as I wasn’t sure if my knee was that bad that it needed healing.
I got called up to the front, as well as someone from the home church group (cult) I was in, and we ended up standing next to each other.
Again, we were told to keep our eyes closed for some reason.
One of the ‘elders’ was praying for someone else when I felt myself going backwards. It’s not like I was forced or pushed, but I felt myself falling, or stumbling back. I assumed it was the Holy Spirit. I grabbed on to my friend who was next to me to gain my balance. It was the most surreal feeling and I thought it was great.
The elder saw this and came over to pray for me. (Whenever someone would pray for me there I would always cry, assuming it was the Holy Spirit)
He was from India or Pakistan I believe, which meant nothing to me at the time. I just assumed he was a man of God.
He prayed for my knee and the pain went away. I was over the moon.

Months later I was still pain free and could walk up steps without limping and it was wonderful. I was so thankful.

Sadly, it didn’t last more than about a year before the pain started creeping back. I tried to rebuke the pain and ignore it, but after a while I had to accept that I wasn’t healed. It was a false healing.
As far as I know, any healings Jesus did were not temporary, once they were healed that was it, job done, no more pain again.
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” 2 Thessalonians 2:9
Now, my aim is not to point the finger, or accuse these people of anything because they were all so lovely and genuinely believe they are moving with the Spirit. Also, I can’t say if they were moving with the Spirit or not, because I truly don’t know.
What I can say though, and this is not meant to be racist in any way shape or form, is most of them were from India/Pakistan or Africa.
I have come to realise that maybe it wasn’t the Holy Spirit that ‘healed’ me, but Kundilini, which from what I know originated in the eastern culture. Kundilini is known as the false Holy Spirit.
I really wonder if that church is being led by the false Holy Spirit..

I also say this because I believe that the home church group I was involved in was imparted with Kundilini when some of them went to America a couple of years ago, so I have learnt a few things about Kundilini since then. Again, I don’t want to point fingers. I just want to make people aware of these things masquerading as Christian things when they really aren’t.

I believe that Kundilini plays a part in people being “slain in the spirit”, or the fire tunnels that they love so much in some American churches/groups.
It is also the name of a type of yoga. So basically, if you’ve done yoga, there is a chance that you’ve opened yourself up to Kundilini. (see my post about yoga)
I ‘flirted’ with yoga a few years back when I was given an instructional video of it. I have since repented and thrown the video out.
“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh FIRE come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” Revelation 13:13-14 (emphasis mine)

I still have my dicky knee, but the pain isn’t so bad that I worry about it too much. It still makes walking up steps a little painful at times, but not as much as my shoulder now from using my mouse so much (from doing this blog). lol

I often hear of people going out and healing people in the name of Jesus and pain going, but I would be really interested to see them go back and see the same people in a year or two to see if the healing stuck.
I’m not saying all those healings are false, because Jesus still does heal.
I’m just concerned that people are being falsely healed and of the consequences of having people lay hands on them if it’s actually the false Holy Spirit doing the ‘healing’.

If you feel you have been involved with this false Holy Spirit via healings, yoga, fire tunnels etc, I ask you to seek the Lord on this matter and see where He guides you.

God bless. 🙂
p.s. I don’t know why, but for some reason it won’t let me set the page out how I would like, so there seems to be one big paragraph which was supposed to start a new one where it says “Now, my aim is not to point the finger.” Please excuse this. Thanks.

Is the bible reliable?

This is only a short post to show a youtube clip about the reliability of the bible.

The only thing I disagree with about this clip is that he says the bible hasn’t been changed by anyone. Actually some have. There are quite a lot of bibles based on corrupt manuscripts from Alexandria**{see link below} (think Catholic bible, NIV, ESV etc), or they have been changed to gain copyright. Why would anyone want to copyright God’s Word??!
Are we not supposed to spread the gospel to all creatures? How can we do that if we are worried about getting sued by a bible publishing company?!

The enemy has stepped in over time and changed the bible to get people away from the truth.
Have you ever noticed people arguing about doctrine? They are all arguing about the same thing, but because they are all reading and quoting from different bible versions (some corrupt) they can’t possibly get to the truth of the matter, so they go around and around in circles and never get anywhere.

A lot of bible publishers claim they have changed things in order to make it easier to understand and for all faiths to understand. If God wanted it to be understood by everyone who read it, Christian or otherwise, He would have made it easy for the masses to understand.Think of when Jesus spoke in parables as an example of why the bible isn’t very easy to understand in some places.
“10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. “Matthew 13:10-13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZkQ1szEvLQ&feature=channel&list=UL

Please note. I might not necessarily endorse everything the person in this clip has to say on his other clips or website etc. If you choose to check out more of his work, then please do so prayerfully. Thanks. 🙂
(And as with everything I post, please pray about it and make sure it is right before believing it. Afterall, I’m only human and can make mistakes.)

All scripture quoted is from the King James Version.
**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUjGy4uLWpE This is a link which will show you how the modern corrupt bible versions came about and where they go wrong. There are several clips, but they go for about 10 minutes or less, and they are really interesting.

Pride.

“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs 29:23

I see a lot of this on facebook, and also in people I’ve known. It’s a nasty, ugly thing to see and it really puffs people’s egos up and makes them belittle others.
Lets ask ourselves honestly if we’ve ever been prideful. I don’t mean if you child has come home with a glowing report card and you are proud of their hard work to get those good grades, or if you’ve accomplished something yourself that was really hard and you’re glad about it, but I mean the ugly sort that makes you think you are better than others for whatever reasons.
I’m sure I have and I don’t like to admit it. It makes me feel awful that I have looked down on others and thought less of people. It makes me cringe just thinking about it. I don’t want to be like this at all, so this post is just as much for me as it is for others.
It’s not something I’ve really thought about or prayed about before as I’ve never really thought of myself as prideful. I’ve usually always thought of myself as humble and meek, but something brought it to my attention the other day. In fact, I was probably proud of how meek I thought I was.

I’m the type of person who doesn’t like confrontation, so I (generally) avoid it at all cost. It’s not because I don’t like a good debate or anything, but because I’ve never really had the confidence in myself to sustain a debate or argument because I have always gotten tongue-tied and trip over my words. This happened to me last year when I was lambasted by the “Apostle” of the group I was involved in for a couple of years. (see my post on Spiritual Abuse)
This person came out hard at me and basically accused me of lying, so I was really upset and just couldn’t get my words out and I was so embarrassed. I felt humiliated in front of the others who were in the room.
This is the reason I don’t like getting into it with anyone in person. Online is a bit of a different matter. I try to be the same person online as I am in person, but that’s not always the case. I think the anonymity and facelessness of being behind a computer screen makes it that much easier to say what you really feel, although I don’t always. There are so many times when I’ve had to shut my computer down and go and do something else so I didn’t say something nasty or stupid.

Just recently someone posted a link to a false prophet and I said that I though the person was a bit fishy. I expected this person to disagree with me and I explained that we are warned heaps in the bible to watch out for people like this, but he came back with another retort, of course. I then went on to say that he can keep following those false prophets etc but I am going to stick with the Word of God.
Again he came back with something else, but I had ‘unfriended’ him by then as I could see where this was going to go, and I really don’t want to see links to false prophets on my facebook. I have tried to warn him, but he didn’t listen, in fact he told me that when I can equal this persons prophecies, then he’ll happily listen to my comments. So to me, he was saying I don’t know what I’m talking about. Whether or not he meant it like that I don’t know, but that’s how it came across to me.
I’m not sure if this person was too proud to accept that he may be following false prophets/teachers and the like, if he was too proud to accept that a ‘new Christian’ knew something he didn’t, or if it was my pride that wanted to prove him wrong. Was I really doing it out of concern for him or did I just want to be right?!

Anyway, enough about me, it’s time to post some scriptures to show what God says about pride. According to the Blue Letter Bible the word “pride” occurs 49 times and the word “proud” occurs 48 times. I’ll include a few of each.

  • “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
  • “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13
  • When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
  • “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” Proverbs 13:10
  • “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” Psalm 40:4
  • “Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.” Psalm 40:4
  • “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” 2 Timothy 3:2
  • “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:22

These are just a few examples of what the bible says about pride. I think it’s pretty clear that God doesn’t like it. There are so many references to it that it was hard to choose.
I’ll now include some scriptures of how God would rather us be.

  • “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” Psalm 25:9
  • “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” 1 Peter 3:8
  • “Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” Proverbs 16:19

My hope is that we all seek God on this issue, because it’s a really important one. This is why I say it’s very important *my emphasis added to both verses*:  “Every one that is proud in heart is an ABOMINATION to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5
If you then go on to read this next verse, you should see what I mean. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the ABOMINABLE, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
Do you see what I mean? Being prideful is an abomination to the Lord and the abominable will be thrown into the lake of fire.

There are plenty more examples, but I think this gets the point across.  We need to humble ourselves and not think too highly of ourselves. It doesn’t benefit anyone if we think we are better than everyone else.
If we are so proud of all we know, we will not be likely to learn new things, which could be disastrous if we are wrong, especially when it comes to things like salvation and how we are saved.
If we are so full of ourselves and teach what we know, we could teach the wrong thing and lead someone down the wrong path. I certainly don’t want to be in that category, which is why I ask people to read my posts prayerfully and see where God leads. If I’m saying the wrong thing, I would like someone to tell me so I can go and check and see if I’ve got it wrong. I don’t want to be found guilty of accidentally leading anyone astray. I put ‘accidentally’ in there because I certainly would not do it deliberately. I have to answer to the Lord in all I say and do, so I want to make sure that I say and do the right things.
If we are not open to hearing that we may be wrong, or if we get offended when someone says we could be wrong, we need to pray about it and ask for His help.
I know I will be.

May God bless you and keep you. 🙂

Differences in bible versions.

There are many bible versions on the market today. Ones such as the NIV, the Message, the English Standard Version (ESV), New American Standard Bible (NASB), the New Living Translation (NLT), God’s Word Translation and the list goes on.
Many of these versions are copyrighted. I don’t understand how someone can copyright the Word of God, unless it’s not the Word of God.

I used to use the NIV myself and I even had a copy of the New World Translation by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Before I knew any better, I used to have them come around to my house, until someone told me about the errors in their bible. They were lovely ladies and it felt nice knowing that someone cared enough to come around to my home and teach me about God. Little did I know that they deny that Jesus was God in the flesh while He was on earth.
Occasionally I get Jehovah’s Witnesses coming around and knocking on my door, and while they are nice, I don’t let them in as I don’t want to receive any more wrong teachings. There is a scripture that says not to have anyone in your home if they are teaching the wrong doctrine.
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:7-11
I have nothing against these people, they genuinely think they are doing the right thing, but if they actually read a different bible and not the one they read, they wouldn’t be so deceived.

I’ll do a brief list of bible verses that have been taken out of the NIV, just to show you what I’m talking about.

  • Matthew 17:21 – “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” removed completely
  • Matthew 18:11 – “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” removed completely
  • Mark 11:26 – “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” removed completely
  • Acts 8:37 – “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” removed completely

In fact, some of these verses have been removed from a lot of the translations. All you need to do is go to a site such as biblos.com and search for the above scriptures, and you’ll see just which versions have omitted them. I’ll do these same verses for one more translation so you can see what I mean.
These are the same omissions from the ESV.

  • Matthew 17:21 – removed completely
  • Matthew 18:11 – removed completely
  • Mark 11:26 – removed completely
  • Acts 8:37 – removed completely

Why do these bible versions omit so many important scriptures? Are they trying to hide something? I think it’s also important to look at the publishers who publish different versions and who owns those publishers.
For example, the publisher ‘Zondervan’ (a division of HarperCollins publishers) are known to print the NIV as well as the Satanic Bible and the Joy of Gay Sex. Yes, that’s right, they also print the Satanic Bible and a book about gay sex. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/NIV/niv-gay-satan.htm
Zondervan also have the BibleGateway website for bible studies. That’s why I don’t use it. I prefer Biblos.com and the Blue Letter Bible.

I’m not trying to tell you which bible to read, but I am trying to make you aware that not all bibles are the same and I honestly believe that the enemy has once again put people out there to corrupt the bible to lead people away from the truth. Just the same as he has done with the Luciferians. (See the post on my page on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternity-is-Forever/186635128136329?ref=hl)
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

Here are some links to show you more of the omissions and inaccuracies of some modern translations.
Westcott and Hort are the ones whose translations most modern bibles are based on.
And here is a link about copyrighted bibles.  http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/bibles.html

http://www.av1611.org/niv.html
http://av1611.com/kjbp/charts/themagicmarker.html
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/westcott_and_hort_exposed.htm
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/the_message.htm

*I don’t necessarily endorse or agree with every comment or every article these authors have written. If you choose to have a look at any more of their pages, please do so prayerfully*