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Acts 10:34-35 King James Version (KJV)

34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

There are much better works on The Shroud Of Turin than this one which is really a propaganda piece for conventional Christianity.

“On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

“10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

“11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

“12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

“13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

“14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

“15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+10&version=KJV

One of the most remarkable stories in THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES is that of Peter’s vision described above.
That story continues here:
“16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

“17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,

“18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

“19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

“20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

“21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?

“22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

“23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

“24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.

“25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.

“26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.

27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.

“28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.”

“29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?

“30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

“31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

“32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.

“33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

“34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

“35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

“36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

“37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

“38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

“39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

“40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

“41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

“42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

“43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

“44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

“45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

“46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

“47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

“48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

One of the most remarkable things about this story if that the Spirit comes upon these pagans BEFORE they are baptized which is why Peter states, “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

Part way through this video Breault uses the Shroud of Turin to attack same sex marriage in The United States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_the_United_States   .

While most of us are familiar with these words from Romans I have often seen on Bible tracts few are familiar with the words that follow them:

Romans 1:24-27 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

24 They gave up God: and therefore God gave them up—to be the playthings of their own foul desires in dishonouring their own bodies.

The fearful consequence of deliberate atheism

25-27 These men deliberately forfeited the truth of God and accepted a lie, paying homage and giving service to the creature instead of to the Creator, who alone is worthy to be worshipped for ever and ever, amen. God therefore handed them over to disgraceful passions. Their women exchanged the normal practices of sexual intercourse for something which is abnormal and unnatural. Similarly the men, turning from natural intercourse with women, were swept into lustful passions for one another. Men with men performed these shameful horrors, receiving, of course, in their own personalities the consequences of sexual perversity.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+Romans+1%3A24-27&version=PHILLIPS

Romans 2 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Yet we cannot judge them, for we also are sinners: God is the only judge

1-4 Now if you feel inclined to set yourself up as a judge of those who sin, let me assure you, whoever you are, that you are in no position to do so. For at whatever point you condemn others you automatically condemn yourself, since you, the judge, commit the same sins. God’s judgment, we know, is utterly impartial in its action against such evil-doers. What makes you think that you who so readily judge the sins of others, can consider yourself beyond the judgment of God? Are you, perhaps, misinterpreting God’s generosity and patient mercy towards you as weakness on his part? Don’t you realise that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

Or are you by your obstinate refusal to repent simply storing up for yourself an experience of the wrath of God in the day when, in his holy anger against evil, he shows his hand in righteous judgment?

6-9 There is no doubt at all that he will ‘render to every man according to his works’, and that means eternal life to those who, in patiently doing good, aim at the unseen (but real) glory and honour of the eternal world. It also means anger and wrath for those who rebel against God’s plan of life, and refuse to obey his rules, and who, in so doing, make themselves the very servants of evil. Yes, it means bitter pain and a fearful undoing for every human soul who works on the side of evil, for the Jew first and then the Greek.

10-11 But let me repeat, there is glory and honour and peace for every worker on the side of good, for the Jew first and then the Greek. For there is no preferential treatment with God.

God’s judgment is absolutely just

12-13 All who have sinned without knowledge of the Law will die without reference to the Law; and all who have sinned knowing the Law shall be judged according to the Law. It is not familiarity with the Law that justifies a man in the sight of God, but obedience to it.

14-15 When the Gentiles, who have no knowledge of the Law, act in accordance with it by the light of nature, they show that they have a law in themselves, for they demonstrate the effect of a law operating in their own hearts. Their own consciences endorse the existence of such a law, for there is something which condemns or commends their actions.

16 We may be sure that all this will be taken into account in the day of true judgment, when God will judge men’s secret lives by Jesus Christ, as my Gospel plainly states.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+Romans+2&version=PHILLIPS

We also get an attack in this video on legalized abortion.

For myself the greatest argument against abortion is Eartha Kitt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBl2vnQmZG4   .

Kitt’s mother was raped. The man who raped her mother was white. When, at the age of 71 Kitt was able to finally see her birth certificate she saw that the name of the man who was her father had been blacked out.

Why do I see Eartha Kitt as the greatest argument against abortion?

She grew up hated by the white world that had fathered her and hated by the black world she had been born into.

Yet she left the world far richer than it was when she came into it.

So the excuse that victims of rape ought to be able to abort the child of the rape is one I refuse.

Nonetheless, regardless of how I feel, it is not my place to condemn those who feel differently nor to pass judgement on them.

As a practical person I know that abortions are going to occur. I’d rather have them occur legally than illegally.

So I stand with those who stand for legalized abortions. In the past when abortions were illegal the women who had back alley abortions ran the risk of death.

Today they do not.

No where do we find the gulf between Jesus and conventional Christianity better pictured than in these few words: “Now when the Pharisee who had bidden Him saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, ‘This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is who toucheth him, for she is a sinner.’”

https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Luke%207%3A39

The only people Jesus calls sinners are those who think they are not while they are sure that everyone else is.

This note is struck from the moment Jesus comes into the world:

A vision comes to shepherds on the hill-side

8-12 There were some shepherds living in the same part of the country, keeping guard throughout the night over their flocks in the open fields. Suddenly an angel of the Lord stood by their side, the splendour of the Lord blazed around them, and they were terror-stricken. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen, I bring you glorious news of great joy which is for all the people. This very day, in David’s town, a Saviour has been born for you. He is Christ, the Lord. Let this prove it to you: you will find a baby, wrapped up and lying in a manger.”

13-14 And in a flash there appeared with the angel a vast host of the armies of Heaven, praising God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest Heaven! Peace upon earth among men of goodwill!”

15 When the angels left them and went back into Heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Now let us go straight to Bethlehem and see this thing which the Lord has made known to us.”

16-20 So they came as fast as they could and they found Mary and Joseph—and the baby lying in the manger. And when they had seen this sight, they told everybody what had been said to them about the little child. And those who heard them were amazed at what the shepherds said. But Mary treasured all these things and turned them over in her mind. The shepherds went back to work, glorifying and praising God for everything that they had heard and seen, which had happened just as they had been told.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+2&version=PHILLIPS

Not many today know this but shepherds were viewed with complete contempt by the religiously orthodox not only because their work kept them from observing their religious duties but also because who knows what these men alone ion the hills with no women were doing with each other.

Matthew 7:3-5 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

3-5 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and fail to notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye’, when there is a plank in your own? You fraud! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you can see clearly enough to remove your brother’s speck of dust.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7:3-5

1 Corinthians 6 King James Version (KJV)

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+6&version=KJV

We hear far too much about homosexuality from those who think themselves Christians. We hear nothing about aspects like this which most probably passed over:

1 Corinthians 6 King James Version (KJV)

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

How many who see themselves certain of salvation are pictured here: “Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?”

The answer is far too many.

That white man who sired Eartha Kitt probably went to church on Sunday.

What it comes down to is that his Christianity was a coat he put on walking into church and which he took off walking out.

That is Russ Breault here.

Barrie Schwortz, from whom I obtained an authorized replica of The Shroud of Turin, was raised an Orthodox Jew.

At nine witnessing the hypocrisy he saw in the synagogue he became an agnostic.

Today while Barrie affirms the man on the shroud is Jesus it distresses many that he has not become a Christian.

Israeli botanist Avinoam Danin whose book THE BOTANY OF THE SHROUD places the Shroud securely in first century AD Jerusalem also did not feel compelled to become a Christian:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDziyQdIbMI  .

I had two beautiful dogs I had raised from pups. One of them had a rebellious nature. One day while walking them without leashes I turned to see him on the opposite side of the road.

When he caught my eye on him he shrugged his body clearly saying as he did so, “Fuck.”

Then he began to grudgingly cross the road towards me.

At the same moment on my left I saw a distant car speed up. At once I knew the driver meant to kill him.

My first thought was to shout, “STOP!”

At the same time I reflected that if he did he was dead.

Without thinking I dropped to one knee. “Good dog,” I said.

My dog changed his heart completely. A joyful bounce came into his walk. He sped up just enough that when the car swept by it just grazed his tail. His life had been saved.

Three things are required wrote St. Paul: Faith, hope, love adding the greatest of these is love.

Luke 7:36-50 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Sinful Woman Forgiven

36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”

40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

So he said, “Teacher, say it.”

41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”

And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

The problem with conventional Christianity is that so many see themselves as saved.

The poverty of their faith is palpable.

The problem with conventional Christianity is that for nearly two thousand years from Rome to the church on the corner  too few understand the depths of that which we are called to.

That calling is best expressed in these words from THE LORD’S PRAYER: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

God will not condemn us for love. We condemn ourselves for lack of it.

Don’t waste your time and money on the works of Russ Breault.

One of the most difficult to live with people I have ever lived with said to me when he left, “You are the only sincere Christian I have ever met.”

I replied, “You do not know what I was thinking.”

I am not the author of my thoughts. I am the author of my actions.

The word “repent” is too strong for the idea expressed in the Greek which is “a change of heart for the better.”

Last year on St. Patrick’s Day, my cat Berlin whom I had raised from birth died in my arms.

I posted a notice on Kijii saying I had a vacancy.

As a result I got three cats that needed new homes.

When they came in they rightly felt abandoned.

One of them was fierce angry. He was so angry that he bit and scratched me three times.

Today that cat is most often found as close to me as possible.

He experienced a change of heart for the better.

It is easier to bring about a change of heart for the better in an angry cat than it is in a human being.

Nonetheless, with Faith, Hope and Love it can and will be done.

There is a wonderful moment in THE GODFATHER III when Michael Corleone is in the Vatican Garden speaking with a Cardinal who is about to become a short lived Pope. The Cardinal picks a rock from a stream, holds it in his hand and says, “The water of Christianity has passed over Europe (the world) for two thousand years without penetrating it.”

Now and then by the grace of God that water does penetrate a heart here and there.

–Reg Hartt 2018–02–13.

 

 

 

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