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A friend shared this with me, so I thought I would share it with you, it is too funny not to.

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In Florida , an atheist became incensed over the preparation of the Easter, and Passover holidays.  He decided to contact his lawyer about the discrimination inflicted on atheists by the constant celebrations afforded to Christians and Jews with all their holidays,  while atheists had no holiday to celebrate.

The case was brought before a judge.  After listening to the long passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel and declared, ‘Case dismissed!’

The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling and said, ‘Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case?  The Christians have Christmas, Easter, and many other observances. Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holiday!’

The judge leaned forward in his chair and simply said,  ‘Obviously your client is too confused to even know about, much less celebrate, his own atheist holiday!’

The lawyer pompously said, ‘Your Honor, we are unaware of any such holiday for atheists. Just when might that holiday be, your Honor?’

The judge said, ‘Well it comes every year on exactly the same date – April 1st! Since our calendar sets April 1st as ‘April Fools Day,’ consider that Psalm14:1 states: ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, in my opinion, if your client says there is no God, then by scripture,  he is a fool, and April 1st is his holiday! Now have a good day and get out of my courtroom!’



"from the beginning"  What do you think about when you read those 3 words?

In the bible these words emphasis the stability of the gospel.  Its contents do not change.  On page 8, you will find references to this, the writers go on to stress, "It is not subject to change due to current worldly fads or philosophical thinking."  SO TRUE!

Here John is reminding the people, "..we have heard….we have seen…we have looked upon…our hands have handled."  He is referring to Jesus walking the earth, God in human form (the son of man), and how we must believe this to be true.  That He was not a spirit, he was real.

Again it is stated how John dramatically uses his own first hand experience with Jesus in contrast to the false teachings by teachers who had never seen or known Christ.

This section has the scripture all broke down and real good reading.

Moving on to question 1 in this section.  What was the purpose of John writing this epistle?

To help the people not be mislead by false teachings.  To help the people remember the truth, Jesus was and is real.  Not only did He, Jesus Christ, live and walk the earth, but he and God were, are the same.  The deity.

2) How did John describe his experience with Christ…? 

By reminding the people, us, of his personal relationship with Jesus.  His first hand experience.  John knew Jesus and was there at the cross and after it was all said and done. 

3) God is Light….what does that phrase mean?

In the simplest terms, to me, that means He is truth.  His good, He is abundant, and mostly He overcomes the enemy, Satan.  He can help me to beat Satan during those trying times, to stomp on him as Christ did the snake.

4) What does "walk in the light" mean?  What manner of life is demonstrated?

For us to live in truth, His truth….His will not our own.  To accept that we sin, and know we can come to Him for mercy.  After all that is why Jesus’s blood was spilt (shed) on the cross, so we may be forgiven.  He was the ultimate sacrifice, and Jesus had no sin to ask the Lord for forgiveness, but instead He took our sins upon himself and asked the Lord to forgive us.  At that moment, God, the Lord turned his back to him.  I often wondered why, but as I heard Pastor refer to this passage this morning, it hit me like a brick.  God can not look upon sin, He is the holy of holies and despises sin, yet He loves the sinner and provided the ultimate sacrifice in order that we may find forgiveness.  His son, himself in deity form.  That is why we come to the Father through Christ in prayer.

5) What are signs that a person is deceived and not living by the truth?

When a person can not see or admit his own sin….to claim their life to be with out sin.

If a person can not accept or admit that Jesus Christ was a real person, the son of God, God in deity form.

6) God’s response to those who honestly confess their sin(s)?

He being faithful and righteous has mercy on us and shows us grace by forgiving us.  Cleansing our sins from our life, so we can continue in our walk in His light, the light.  To walk with him in righteousness.

Next is the section Going Deeper followed by Exploring the Meaning.  Catch ya later gators.



When we confess our sins, we are agreeing with God about them.  As a Christian, I know I have an advocate with the Father.  In the book it states that when we agree with God in reference to our sin, it shows we hate our sin.  I never looked at confession as a way of hate, but I ponder a moment on this and it makes total sense.  If I loved my sin, then I would have no reason to go to the Father in prayer via Jesus because I wouldn’t need forgiveness.  But as it is, I believe God’s word to be true, and I am thankful to have Jesus as my advocate.  The truth of the matter is no matter how good I try to be or how hard I try not to sin, the simple truth is that I will sin.  There are many forms of sin, and I am not here to go into them.  Simply restating the obvious.

The book went into detail of what an advocate is and the meaning of the word.  This word refers to a comforter, consoler, or defense attorney.  A Helper.  Satan prosecutes the believer night and day before the Father regarding their sin, and it is Christ who defends us and brings an acquittal (forgiveness).  In John 14:26 and 15:26 the Holy Spirit is called the Advocate for believers.  The Holy Spirit works within us to comfort, help, and lead us.  He pleads our case before the Father in heaven.

Today at church I was reminded of the one who betrayed and who denied Christ in my Sunday school class and during the main service today.  Judas couldn’t not live with what he had done and ended his life with suicide, yet Peter cried and came before the Lord in prayer.  Peter was later restored.  Judas ..there was no later.  When we are weak, we should lean on HIS strength, not our own.  We are all undeserving of his grace, yet we all have it readily available all we have to do is go to him in humility.  Humbleness to recognize our fault and remove the pride to ask for forgiveness, once we have admitted our sin to our self, we must confess it before the Lord believing in His cleansing power.



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