How do you regard the Bible?
Can I be "plain" and still have a television?
I receive questions about owning a television fairly frequently. A television, in and
of itself is
not necessarily "bad". How a television is used is really the core concern.
We have owned a television for many years and have found it beneficial from time to time primarily for the purpose of
education. However, we have never had cable access (or satellite) - cable television was never something we
invested either time or money in - and frankly, I have never missed it or regretted for a single moment not
having cable access. It actually feels very liberating to know that cable
television programming has never pervaded upon or persuaded our personal values, or perversely
permeated our peace of mind;
it had no influence in our lives what-so-ever; it did not influence our children or steal the innocence of their
childhood and it has no impact
on our grandchildren when they visit us.
I frankly feel that unrestrained, liberal use of television has done more to erode family values, fracture
relationships, teach unabashed violence and greed to children, perpetuate prejudice, ingrain immorality,
promote promiscuity, desensitize consciences,
and campaign secularism than any other piece of technology ever visited upon mankind - until the Internet.
I have never heard one
argument persuasive enough to defend network programmed television use. And to those who would say that
there are "a few good channels" out there worth watching and therefore having channel access, cable
or satellite for, I do not honestly believe it is worth the risk.
While there are people who are simply amazed by the fact that we have never had "cable TV", I,
on the other hand am simply
shocked by what I see during the rare times when
I have viewed cable programming (such as at a hotel when traveling). To think that there are children
watch, for several hours everyday, such deplorable television programs as can be
found on cable, satellite, or network access makes me feel very sad.
And, as if most of
those programs are not bad enough, the
advertisements are often even worse. What is one investing in and inculcating
into their minds during times of
television viewing? It is a question worth considering.
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I do not live near a Quaker Meeting, can
I still become a Quaker?
There is no formal ritual or ceremonial rite of passage to becoming a Friend; a Quaker.
There are no membership requirements set up by any body of governance, no
ordinance of designation, no passage of priesthood.
A seeker does not "become" a Quaker as much as that one is drawn out, through prayer and discernment,
and led by the Holy Spirit
to adopt and live out in their lives, the
ideals in Quakerism which speak to the condition of that individual seeker in service to the Lord.
A seeker may find spiritual encouragement
through association with another gathered body
of worshipers in The Relegious Society of Friends, if that one is fortunate enough to live near a Meeting for Worship,
or a Monthly or Yearly Meeting. But
unfortunately, many seekers - tender spiritual pilgrims - find themselves on their own.
If such is thy case, dear reader, keep in mind that being on one's own is actually not an impossible situation at all, because
with God, all things are possible. For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37
Being alone in a religious calling may seem lonely, as by
nature human beings yearn to associate and fellowship
with others of a like spiritual mind, but, the Lord is
to those seeking to serve Him in spirit and truth, as He requires (John 4:24). If what I write
here speaks to thy condition, dear reader,
be ever mindful that indeed - thee is not alone, not in the least respect,
for Christ Jesus is ever near to thee.
Thy being on thine own may actually be part of the greater outworking of the Lord's plan for thy life.
For in thy singularity, thee may come
to understand more surely than by any other way, that our Lord
is working out His purpose in thy life by requiring thee to rest all thy hopes entirely in Him first,
in all matter of things.
God, our Father - thine own heavenly Father, Creator of the universe, is as near as prayer, as close
as silence, as real as the moment. The Lord is at, and in,
all time everywhere. Realize for thyself, that God is right there, and even with thee this
very moment, and His Son, our Saviour Christ Jesus, invites thee to accept Him as the Shepherd of thy life,
and experience His light of salvation. He waits for thee to accept and submit to His invitation to personally
lead and shepherd thee. Will thee accept His invitation to govern thy life?
Spiritual darkness can not prevail upon the soul searching for truth. I sought the LORD,
and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4) For just as the sun does not cease
to shine in those moments in a day
when thee ceases to
notice its brilliance, so the Son and Word of God does not cease to radiate the brilliance of His Light of
salvation - even
in those times when thee does not rest thy assurance in Him and thereby feels swallowed by spiritual darkness.
The Lord is there, very real, and waiting to illuminate and
fill thy life with the purpose of serving Him.
Yet, the seeker must seek in earnest, and even more so as the narrow road to life becomes
ever more crowded with the bankrupt allurements of secularism which casts its spurious distractions
in every direction,
designed to divert thee wayward from Almighty God who created and loves thee. You will seek me and find me when
you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
In a world over stimulated by the glittering, blithering,
assault of media noise at nearly every level of comprehension,
silence will forever remain the supreme current for thy heart and soul to stream,
and find its purposeful fulfillment in the Lord. In the heavenly
places, God lovingly awaits thy submission, so He can direct thee to unity with His purpose for thy life
until that final day, when thy earthly
time is come, when
He will then call thee home to peace in Him through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
It is literally
a process of personal convincement during which the revelation of Christ Jesus illuminates the soul with the
sure knowledge and confidence that "Christ has come to teach His people himself." (Fox), and that
It is a revelation
so personal, so illuminating to the soul that there is no doubt that the Light of the living Lord is
real and sustainable, even in the near absence of others of like minded faith convincement.
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