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Isn't it time to turn back to God?

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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AT our mid-week Bible studies in Porkellis, a group of us have been studying 'Ezekiel the Visionary'. It is all about an Old Testament prophet whom God used, over a lengthy period of time, to bring His Word to the people of Israel and Judah. The fascinating thing about Ezekiel is that God spoke to him through visions, causing him to enact the meaning of some of the visions he received, declaring: "This is what the Sovereign Lord says".

The Book of Ezekiel is intriguing. It describes the wickedness of God's people vividly. How they turned away from God and, pleasing themselves, committed terrible atrocities. God declares, through the prophet Ezekiel, the punishment they will receive for such wickedness. Amazingly, what Ezekiel declares in the name of "the Sovereign Lord" comes to pass time and again!

Devastation strikes, as Ezekiel said it would. The two nations experience the horrors of war and its aftermath. Captivity beckons for some; others die by the sword; still others die from starvation; for some cannibalism was a means of survival. Their homeland becomes desolate.

In 2014, the Prime Minister intends for our nation to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, during which an estimated ten million lost their lives in battle. Money will be set aside so that children in all secondary schools will be able to visit the war graves on the continent, enabling them to understand more fully the horrors of war and the sheer numbers of people killed.

On the world scene, one constantly hears of unrest, uprisings and bloodshed, particularly in the Middle East. Syria is being devastated, the country ravaged by war, atrocities abound; surrounding countries are in danger of being drawn into the conflict. The United Nations seem powerless to help.

On Remembrance Day most people will stand in silence, at the appropriate time, to remember those who laid down their lives in their fight fo freedom, for which we are thankful.

However, I wonder how many will give thanks to God for the gift of life in Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for the sins of the world, including yours and mine. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John iii,16). Isn't it time we turned back to Him?

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  • rt1379  |  November 08 2012, 9:06PM

    deerie deerie me ...........

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  • roger_angove  |  November 08 2012, 2:46PM

    @ eu_blues You can safely ignore postings by 'myfriendlesslife' - he only ever posts anti-religious rants - it's one of his symptoms. I feel that it is rather unkind to reply to his neurotic outpourings as they may tend to reinforce his delusion that he has something of interest or importance to say. The kindest thing is to ignore his egocentric stupidity rather as you might a bad smell in a confined space.

  • eu_blues  |  November 08 2012, 2:19PM

    "Gah! Yet another religious puff piece masquerading as news mygodlesslife Well, it can't be any worse than reading what an atheist has to say.

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  • eyeopener  |  November 08 2012, 2:04PM

    @mygodlesslife "Gah! Yet another religious puff piece masquerading as news. When will The West Briton realise that their journalistic integrity is damaged every time they publish this nonsense?" Did you read the article carefully? It says "By Pastor Bill Reed" Would a reasonable reader regard an article titled 'Isn't it time to turn back to God?' by Pastor Bill Reed as likely to be news? Would they expect Pastor Bill Reed to be a traffic warden or might they beleive that far from being a journalist he was a preacher instead? If you read enough newspaper online websites you will find editors often present their opinions as news or propogate 'facts'' on behalf of some special interest group or another, not forgetting press releases of course. If your anxious about "journalistic integrity" you might find it more rewarding begin there.

  • eyeopener  |  November 08 2012, 1:51PM

    Not everyone is a Christian, not everyone believes in any superior being. As it happens I do. I only declare that for transparency. If you are a Christian, Muslim, Jew or Hindu etc your belief is an act of faith. If you do not believe in any superior being, whether you are an atheist or agnostic your beleifs are no more 'provable' than a Christians. It is simply a matter of faith or lack of it. What entitles your belief to be taken anymore seriously than anyone elses? What next? No Politics in newspapers? Political beliefs may be sincerely held. You may say you have 'evidence' and regard your politcal beliefs as 'provable', but you try getting someone of the opposite persuasion to accept your political views as fact! Surely everyone is entitled to express their opinion?

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  • JohnnyDale  |  November 08 2012, 12:17PM

    What puerile nonsense. If you take that ludicrous old book about him seriously, then your "god" killed many more than we will be remembering on Armistice Day (all of whom really existed, and really died for something), most if not all of them simply for being what he is supposed to created them as. I think your closing sentence would read better as "Isn't it time people grew up and faced reality". (That would give us one less BIG reason for killing each other)

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  • mygodlesslife  |  November 08 2012, 11:47AM

    Gah! Yet another religious puff piece masquerading as news. When will The West Briton realise that their journalistic integrity is damaged every time they publish this nonsense? Ezekiel is a dreadful book of anger and genocide. No mention of the four four-faced individuals with the visage of a man, an ox, an eagle and a lion, each with four wings touching one another, wheels in wheels ringed with eyes. No mention of God encouraging Ezekiel to eat a scroll. No mention of God's requirement of Ezekiel to murder the 'wicked'. No mention of besieging a city using nothing more than a tile and a pan. Not to mention some gibberish about laying on one's side in order to "bear the iniquity of the house of Israel". No mention of the bizarre hair and beard ritual. No mention of the cannibalism between fathers and sons. No mention of God's anger and fury. No mention of God's complicity with doing evil. No mention of God's wrath being executed by means of baldness. No mention of the "abomination" that is the burning of incense. And this just covers the first ten of Ezekiel's 48 chapters! Will anyone be honest enough to state here for the record, that this nonsense has nothing to do with news, and shouldn't be tolerated on a news site?

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