Tuesday, January 27, 2015

EVOLUTION IS ANTI-GOD (no matter what the Pope says)

Christians, do we care that our own children are being indoctrinated every day in public schools, in TV ads and animated shows, that God didn't create but instead they evolved from nothing? Do we think there's no destructive end for our children when we allow their little minds to be filled with belief systems that are antithetical? The world cannot be round and square at the same time. The mind won't both to be accepted. Good and Evil cannot be equally embraced. The mind won't allow acceptance of both. Evolution is a belief system that is diametrically opposed to the Christian faith. Contrary to what the godless of the world assert, there's no science to support the spontaneous generation of life. There's not science to support the trans species evolution.

I have two books on my shelf. One is a book on beginner's Greek. The other book covers intermediate level Greek. The books are different. One book contains more information than the other. There are similarities between the two but they are also very different. It takes intellectual thought to develop both books. And the "evolution" from one book to the more complex book cannot happen by accidental processes no matter how many eons of time are granted it. The development of a book takes thought. Thought precedes the making of anything. This includes the making of a book or the making of a living organism. When evolution that one species evolved to another species, evolution is asking for something greater than the miracles of 6 days of creation or the resurrection of Christ from the dead. Evolution needs a infinite number of miracles to occur with each of its evolutionary steps. For each new species is a new book written in the DNA of the organism. So the Pope claims evolution is consistent with Christianity? What a delusion is being sold to our children!

Christian parents, for reasons that can't hardly be explained, are allowing the godless belief system to be implanted into their children's minds. A good friend who teaches Sunday School shared the following with insight: "[Y]esterday, in a Sunday school class I was teaching, in the Lord's church, 11 out of 11 four and five-year olds responded in unison with a loud and boisterous, "NOooo!", when I asked if humans and dinosaurs ever lived together. This was after weeks and weeks of instruction on the days of creation and a specific set of instruction that dinosaurs are animals. Then I asked that question. The parents believe in evolution and put them in public schools, this is not just in the Catholic church." This is real world, folks. The local congregation may not be pushing evolution, but it is silent on the topic. And the kids are being indoctrinated outside of the church. I fear the inevitable clash of systems when the children can't connect the dots and make their belief in God to mesh with their beliefs about so-called Science.

What should Christian parents do? Be warned and equip your children. Yes, some people decide the best option is to home educate their children. Others choose a private school. And others don't have the money, or ability, or maybe they just don't think the school system is bad enough for taking such a drastic step, but these still parents must address the lies their children are being told. It's OK for parents to tell their publicly educated children that teachers don't always get it right. When it comes to the hot topics of our day like marriage, the definition of family, the acceptance of transgenders, and evolution, Christian parents MUST sit their children down and lovingly teach their children what God says.

And I say this in love. Dan Mayfield

Friday, January 23, 2015

DELAYED GRATIFICATION and SPIRITUAL MATURITY

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age", NKJV, Titus 2:11-12
In the present age, the Christian is thinking about the spiritual gratifications that come from the presence of God. Momentary pleasures don't hold the appeal that the future blessings in heaven do.
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Animals don't think beyond the piece of meat in front of their nose. So they eat it. It doesn't matter that it's not theirs. The animal has no rules. Humans who don't care about God are going to necessarily think short-term. They will steal. They will cheat. They will kill. All of their choices are only weighed against possible consequences in this life. The eternal judgment or pleasure of God doesn't come into consideration.

The nature of the Christian walk is one of making choices between the flesh and the spirit. The immediate gratification that fleshly men make is wrong to the Christian. So he chooses against such things that he might be found pleasing to God.

Growing up is the process or maturing from infancy to adult. And it is often a battle to overcome childish ways. Growing up as a Christian is a process of maturing from the childish and unspiritual ways of the past life to become the full grown Christian. This growth takes dedication, diligence, striving, and overcoming. It's a real battle. And without the battle, there is no maturing so the infant remains an undeveloped infant. The spiritual baby that isn't challenged will continue to act like the fleshly and carnal animals who see the piece of meat and eat it whether it should or not.
Paul reminds the Christians about living in the present world in a way that is sober, godly, and righteous which is very much against the grain when we are used to instant gratification.

God's saving grace reminds us of the value of turning away from the worldly path and to live as spiritual adults. It's not that there is no gratification in being a follower of Christ, it's just a delayed and better gratification.
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Here's the link to an interesting article on the societal problem of Instant Gratification, "http://www.bucknell.edu/communications/bucknell-magazine/instant-gratification-and-its-dark-side.html, Accessed 1/27/2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

IF IT DOESN'T SAVE, THEN IT ISN'T THE COMPLETE GOSPEL

I have heard people try to minimize what is the Gospel - a "core Gospel" if you will - to distinguish it from the response to the Gospel. I gather that the purpose of this effort to narrowly define the Gospel is to then be able to say that a wider or broader segment of religious organizations, namely denominations, are preaching the Gospel. This premise, which I believe is false, leads to the false conclusion that these denominations are doing the Lord's work of spreading the Gospel. Let me challenge that.

Let me illustrate my point of what I think is the goal of narrowly defining the Gospel. Let's say that the Gospel is defined as the love of God. If that's the Gospel, and if preaching the Gospel is preaching about the God of love, then a very wide and broad segment of religious society could be said to be faithfully proclaiming the Gospel. The defining of the Gospel in the narrowest of terms, or too narrow of terms, must be challenged so that we aren't unfaithful.

Though Paul gives a synopsis of the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 as centering around the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, these are not all there is to the Gospel. These are not the complete Gospel and I'll tell you why.

The complete Gospel must include teaching not only the doctrine of Christ, but also the proper response to the Gospel.

The Gospel saves. Romans 1:16 says the Gospel is God's power to save to everyone that believes it. The Gospel when preached and obeyed results in salvation. Without the obedience there is no salvation. And if a person is not saved, washed in the blood and added to the kingdom of Christ, we have to conclude that something less than the Gospel was preached.

Since denominations stop short of teaching what Ananias taught in Acts 22:16, and they stop short of teaching what Philip taught in Acts 8, and they stop short of teaching what Paul taught in Colossians 2:12,13, and they stop short of teaching what Paul said in Galatians 3:26,27, then their work doesn't result in people being united with Christ death, burial and resurrection in the waters of baptism and therefore they are not saved.

At best, preaching the Gospel of Jesus without also teaching what He said in Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15,16, is only teaching a partial Gospel. Without obedience and adult immersion, they don't preach the Gospel Paul wrote about in Romans 1:5,16; 6:3-5; 10:16;16:26. In the end, a partial Gospel does not save. Jesus said, "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved." The Gospel calls for repentance and baptism and holy living. 1 Peter 3:21 says "baptism saves you".  Since we know it is the Gospel that saves, it must save at baptism. Simple. It's still grace. It's still faith. The salvation is still a gift. But the moment Gospel salvation is first received is in the waters of baptism. The salvation of the Gospel only occurs when a person responds to it in obedient faith. It's simple, really. Preaching the "core Gospel" might make the tent bigger, but it doesn't fill the tent with the saved. If repentance and baptism are not called for and obeyed, then the complete Gospel isn't preached.

I say this in love and respect. Sincerely, Dan Mayfield

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

LAUGHING

"6 The righteous will see and fear, And will laugh at him, saying, 7 "Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, But trusted in the abundance of his riches And was strong in his evil desire." Ps 52

It's funny, not Jim Gaffigan funny, but it's funny to see when the evil mockers of God, who have night and day devised their evil against God's people, to finally see them meet God and have nothing to answer.

People say Christians should not wish for bad to come to the enemies of God, to the enemies of the Cross, and to the enemies of all that is right including the family, the unborn, the virtues in the Bible. You know what I say? "Lord, Come Quickly!" I say, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Rev 6:10.

It's not that Christians desire for people to go to hell, no more than God, but Christians respect the judgment of God that it is coming and it is going to be righteous. Christians are tired of seeing their lives attacked. Christians are tired of finding that their children are being lied to about origins and God, and about family and sex. Christians are tired of being told there is no God and that it's normal if a man wants to marry his goat. We are tired of these perversions and we long for the judgment of God to put a stop to this evil.

They say that "laughter is the best medicine". Maybe it is good for the soul to know that God is going to judge with righteousness and He will right all the wrongs in this world.
Let me offer a cautionary note by offering the following verse:

"17Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him." Pro 24:17,18

This is not a contradiction. This laughing and rejoicing in the judgment of God is downright foolish if two things are not right. First, each person should be looking to himself making sure he isn't just as evil. Don't be a hypocrite, Mt 7:5. And second, no Christian should lose his humanity, As long as a man is alive, even an evil man, he is a lost soul and Christians should desire for his salvation. Christians mustn't lose their humanity as they rejoice in God's judgment. God too, if He sees the evil man repenting, will relent and give him salvation. Therefore our laughing and rejoicing should be represent the hardness of a non-Christian heart.

So Yeh, I laugh with the Psalmist. Pray for discernment.
Sincerely, Dan Mayfield

Sunday, January 04, 2015

DOGS DONT GO TO HEAVEN, unless dogs have a soul.

Do dogs have a soul? Do they have something in their makeup that lives beyond the grave?

Many have pointed out how dogs love. But is it the godly love or selfish? Is it Agape love? Or is it instinct? Animal lovers assign human emotions and attributes to their pets. They act as if their pet it one in a trillion, an individual, with a soul that will live beyond this life. Dogs and cats are creatures of instinct. Without any conscience, the dog will serve a scoundrel as quickly as he would serve a saint. Where is the conscience; where is the judgment? And he, if hungry or excited, might eat the face off a child and then if spoken to pleasantly, will come wagging his tail.

Man is made different than all other creatures. Man alone is made in God's image. It means that man has a soul that will "return to God who gave it", Eccl 12. Cows, cats, and dogs don't have this substance.
We know that heaven is paradise restored. And maybe there will be beast there as in the original paradise. But the dog here does not have an immortal soul and so our little pets have nothing in them that looks to heaven. Pets have nothing of the substance to go from here to there. Dogs do not go to heaven, but men who act like dogs will go to hell, for sure. Philippians 3:2; Rev 22:15.

It seems to me, and this is my opinion, that we should care less if dogs go to heaven and much much more about what we know about the souls of men.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

FEAR GRIPS US AND WE FAIL TO KEEP OUR RESOLUTION

Sting sang in "Every Little Thing She Does",
I resolve to call her up a thousand times a day
And ask her if she'll marry me in some old fashioned way
But my silent fears have gripped me
Long before I reach the phone
Long before my tongue has tripped me
Must I always be alone?
Let's not resolve a thousand times a day to do something and allow fear to hold us back. Resolve to speak to a lost soul about Jesus and do it. Resolve to invite someone to church and do it. Resolve to put away an old nasty habit and do it. Resolve to spend less time watching television and do it. Resolve to give more money and more time to the church and do it. Resolve to do something nice every day for your family and do it. Resolve to pray daily and do it. Resolve to read through the Bible this year and do it.
Resolutions are meaningless unless we do them. Hey, what's the worst and scariest thing that could happen to you? A sock in the eye? That wouldn't be so bad if at the end of the day you got it for the Lord.
Said in love, Dan

MAKE A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION THAT MEANS SOMETHING

Resolved to make something of the new year? We can, if we so choose, make this a new start. Like Paul, "forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead", we can press on in this year to lift up the standard of Jesus Christ.

My little grandson, at 2 years old, resolved to give people drinks of water and to not throw big rocks at their heads. Those are some pretty big resolutions for a little boy. Imagine what we could do if we tried.

Words are cheap. Meaning our words is not so easy. Make a Crazy resolution. Set an Impossible resolution. We need to seize the day. Colossians 4:5 says make the most of your opportunities. Paul says to the Ephesians, "making the most of your time, because the days are evil" Eph 5:16. There are 365 days in the following year. By default, they will be given over to darkness and they will be used up to advance evil. But if we so resolve, we can seize those moments and days to be used to the glory of God. We can make the most of the days that might have been wasted away.

 Make the most of this life God has given to us. Make a resolution and stick to it. Make it realistic and doable. That's why from this day forward I resolve to wake up each day.... Just kidding.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BIRTHDAY (the birth of Christ)

Why would anyone, especially Christians, pause to remember the birthday of Jesus Christ! It is simply inconceivable to believe that Mary and Jesus' siblings would remember that birth marked with a star and a special delegation of kings bringing gold and other valuables. Inconceivable. Just because it was known when he was 12 it is inconceivable to believe that the year and date of His birth would be remembered! And just because Matthew and Mark pay special attention to the genealogy of Christ that establishes His connection to David and Abraham, why would anyone conclude that the birth of Christ would be recorded?! And even though the Old Testament speaks of the miraculous virgin birth, why would anyone remember the place or date or occasion marked by a Roman census and other significant facts related to the exact date of Christ? Isn't it ludicrous to think people would know the birth date of Christ even if it was known that he began his public ministry at about the age of 30! Yes, the birth date of Christ must have been completely insignificant to the early church. 
Though it's certain that December 25 wasn't the date (thank you Rome and Catholic sellouts for changing it to a that), the birth of Christ was being remembered by the church. Oh how wrong! (Note the righteous indignation of my words). How wrong for Christians to remember the day which God would take flesh and tabernacle among us. Clearly the marking of a special day for such a remembrance is pagan and could be nothing else!. If we don't know the exact date, we should not remember it all. Just like we don't know the exact date that Jesus became our Passover, 2 Cor 5:17. And even though Paul says that we should not judge the person who "regards one day above another", still we feel it is perfectly acceptable to judge the man who once a year remembers that special birth, Romans 14:5. 
"Christmas, it's not in the Bible!", some declare. Right, the birth of Christ is not in the Bible. Right, remembering that special birth is not in the Bible. Right, family and beloved friends would not remember when Jesus was born. Right, it would be unchristian to remember the birth of Christ. I disagree and so on December 25, as well as other days of the year, I thank the Father for baby Jesus and that wonderful visitation among men.
Does the church have the right to bring this remembrance into the church as a holy day? No. It is privately done. But privately, as silly and unfounded as it may be, it is holy to them. Some people find it wise to remember such an unimportant day. 
Said in love, Dan

IF YOU DON'T, HE WILL SURELY HATE YOU

The Proverb says, "Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death." Pro. 19:18 
A child who is not disciplined is not trained out of bad habits and poor behavior. And so without discipline, the child will continue in these things so that they become part of the grownup. As an adult, the rest of the world will not be so coddling and permissive as were the non-disciplining parents. Because of the child's fully developed anti-social behavior, now manifested in the body and mind of a grown person, such a person will alienate people and he will be alienated. The grown child will suffer in many ways and it will be too late for the parents to repair things. Hope will be gone. 
Do you talk to your children and do you express your displeasure if they do wrong. That's great. But if you don't actually discipline and bring about a change, you have really done nothing. Discipline your children now while there is hope and do not wait until they have become belligerent early teens. That's when hope is nearly lost.
May God bless all of you parents to train your children up in the way they should go, Pro. 22:6. 

GIVING AND TAKING

Looking A Gift Horse in the Mouth is an interesting expression that comes from a bygone era.
The giving and the getting of gifts will test the character of men.
Years and years ago, an elderly couple put my family up in their home for a night's stay. We were given the key and told to enter and make ourselves at home. We did. One of the first things I did was to make coffee. So I poured out the partial pot of coffee left in the carafe from the morning brew. And started a new pot. To the owner of the house I committed a great infraction and he let me know how wrong I was to not drink that leftover coffee. The verbal reproof I received was uncomfortable. I was let know how pouring it out was wasteful. I can tell you I never saw that coming and thought it wise to never stay in his home again. Was I wrong or was he wrong?
I learned years ago that a gift should be accepted graciously. If someone out of kindness gives you their horse, because they know you need it, don't begin inspecting the teeth to judge the quality of the gift. It's rude and demonstrates low character to "look a gift horse in the mouth".
Yet, it is not inappropriate to decline a gift. Sometimes it is even wise to decline it (Pro 23:1-8). And sometimes the gift comes with so many requirements by an especially particular person so as to make it unwise to take the gift because it is likely you will disappoint the giver and end up enemies or not friends.
Some people don't know how to take a gift and some people don't know how to give a gift. A Christian will do both well.

God has offered to us all the gift of salvation.  How have we received His gift?

FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE

Faith, hope, and love just go together.
Like in the epistle to the Colossians, Paul says to the Colossians that, "4 since we heard of your FAITH in Christ Jesus and the LOVE which you have for all the saints; 5 because of the HOPE laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel …"; Colossians 1:4,5

Like to the Thessalonians, Paul said, "2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 constantly bearing in mind your work of FAITH and labor of LOVE and steadfastness of HOPE in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father," 1 Thess 1:2,3 (see 2 Thess 1 also).

And then there is the well known reference to the Corinthians where Paul says, "But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.", 1 Cor. 13:13.
Faith, hope, and love just go together. These remained after the supernatural gifts ceased. There were Christians in the first century who did not have supernatural gifts, but they were spiritual giants because of their faith, hope, and love. There are many today who claim their superiority of religion because they click and clack with their tongues but they wouldn't have the faith of a rock without signs.

The goal of our preaching is godly love, living faith, and a steadfast hope in God's salvation. God bless you. - Dan

Saturday, December 20, 2014

REAL CHANGE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

C.S. Lewis was a great thinker and a genius in the use of words. When talking about the perfection Jesus called disciples to at the end of Matthew 5, Lewis said,
"The command "Be ye perfect" is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were "gods" and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him –for we can prevent Him, if we choose –He well make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said."
I like the words "idealistic gas" which is how I think many people view all of the work of God and blessings He promises in the lives of His children. We are to be comforted from the God of comfort, but many do not have this comfort and so they dismiss the reality of the blessing. God wants us to rejoice and be joyful because we are redeemed, but many do not have joy and so they doubt the reality of the promise. To so many, I think that the blessed Christian life is viewed as nothing more than "idealistic gas" with the hopes of maybe having these to be a reality in the afterlife.
But what about the words of Paul in Philippians 4 that says "the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"? There are so many Christians who do not have this and so to them how can the promise be more than "idealistic gas"?
Lewis was talking about the command that disciples being perfect as God is perfect. It means that we stop sinning, stop the prejudicial, biased and carnal offering of love to only a select few, and to start loving even our enemies. God means what He says. God wants us to love all men, even the ones that are evil scoundrels as hard as that is - which is the point.
And you shall be perfect as He is perfect.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LEARNING FROM CHRIST: CARING FOR OTHERS

Do we appreciate the selfless sacrifice of Jesus Christ?
In Philippians 2, we have presented the selfish Christ who gave His all for the salvation of sinners. He "emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant" and "humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point fo death, even death on a cross" and He did this for us and our eternal salvation, v7,8.
For what reason is Paul telling the Philippians this? Because he says they need to "work out their salvation", v12. This is an admonition that immediately follows the reminder to them of what Christ has done for them. How should they respond to the work of Christ to save their souls? They should strive for unity with their fellow Christians and care for others and not just themselves.
He said, "Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others", v4.
Selfish Christians are not allowing God to work in their lives. After telling the Christians to "work out their salvation with fear and trembling", Paul says, "for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure", v13. It seems that the message of Jesus should cause the good heart to yield to God so that God can then work His good pleasure in the Christian.
When the church is divided and treating one another with unkindness, there is no real appreciation for the selfless sacrifice of Jesus.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TURN THE OTHER CHEEK: STAND FIRM WHEN THREATENED

When the authorities tried to smooth things over and make nice with Paul and Silas for unlawfully beating a Roman citizen, Paul said, "No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out!" Now that was bold. 
I point out this boldness because I find that people carry the "turn the other cheek" statement by Jesus too far and make Christians weak. "Turn the other cheek" doesn't mean you can't defend yourself. What it means is don't cave to threats and intimidation. When the Nazi goons strike one cheek and warn you to shut your mouth about Jesus, you give them the other cheek, and say, "We must obey God rather than men." That's what it means to "turn the other cheek".
Some will say they taught their son to take a beating by the bullies on the playground. Well that's too bad. Is that what you did, dad? Dad, when the carjacker threw you out of the car and was about to drive off, did you tell him, 'Hey, here's my wallet too. I forgive you."? I didn't think so. When the burglar was breaking in to your house, you DID call 911 so guys with guns would come and protect your other cheek, didn't you? The Good Samaritan who jumps into action to help a woman being raped fortunately isn't so confused about Jesus' "turn the other cheek" statement. Imagine how ridiculous it would be to say, "If you are a Christian, you must turn the other cheek." The guy on the doomed flight that said, "let's roll" before attacking the terrorists is a hero and would make a good Christian example of courage. Too many cowards would cower in their seats and hide behind the fiction of "I turned the other cheek." Cowardice is not justified anywhere. There is nothing unchristian about defending your life.
Speak truth to power. Paul and Silas turned the other cheek. The authorities tried to break them, but these Christians turned the other cheek and held their ground. Hold your ground. Talk back to the powers. Speak truth to the bullies. Tell them, "No indeed! Come and humble yourselves before us because you acted unlawfully."
God bless. Dan

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TAKING THE BLAME; NOT PASSING THE BLAME, Psalm 51

David said, "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me." Ps 51:5.

Now the Calvinists turn to this passage as proof text that man is born sinful. But is that what David is saying? In the middle of a Psalm of repentance and seeking God's forgiveness, does it make sense that David says, "I was born this way."  Wouldn't that be a justification of the sin? Such an interpretation sounds like justification to me. And so I can't imagine that David would turn to blaming his parents, or Adam, or even God for his coming into the world sinful.  Wouldn't that be like saying, "God, this is how I was born and so I couldn't help it."?

In a Psalm where David is laying his heart out to God and speaking true words of repentance, this verse must mean something different.

Ezekiel says a son does not bear his father's iniquity, Ezekiel 18:20. Only my sins are relevant. What I was born with or who what my parents did have not relevance to the words of repentance in the 51st Psalm.

Hyperbole is "obvious and intentional exaggeration". A similar statement is used by David in Psalm 58 which says, "The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth." Ps 58:3.  This verse says something similar about wicked people.  They are liars from the womb.  Obviously this is exaggerated speech. It's like saying, "that boy has been rotten from the day he was born."  It's exaggeration.  So why would David be exaggerating. Well, David feels utterly sinful. David feels like the worst human being on earth.  And in such a low condition, it's not self-pity, but more like utter grief that leads a man to confess there's nothing and never has been anything good about me.

We can recount the history of David and see that he was special to God. God said to Samuel in the selection of David, "for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7.  God saw a good heart in David.  But we know that the best of men have their weaknesses.  It's not that men are perfect and sinless that makes them so pleasing to the LORD, but it is the love and faith that does.  David could surely look back into his own life and feel utterly sinful.  Perhaps he saw the seeds of his grievous sins all the way back to his youth. In David's broken estate, confronted by his sin, doesn't feel pride for how good and righteous he's been all of his life. It would be out of place at this time for David to say, "I've always been righteous up to this sin."  Men can fool men and try that, but God knows everything. So the repentant man might as well humble himself utterly, even with exaggerated words.

Psalm 22:9-10 says "9 Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb; You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts. 10 Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb." If taken literally, this passage is a direct contradiction to the literal interpretation of Psalm 51.

In such a Psalm where we are presented with David opening up to God about adultery and murder, blaming his mother and ancestors would be wrong theology and a distraction and departure from the tone. Humbly I offer this. Dan

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