This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Why and for what should we, or anyone, thank God?
Ok, so we are here on planet earth. What do we begin to thank God for?
Thank God for the universe?
Did I ask for it? God started doing what He enjoys doing: Making things! Perhaps He already had in mind to create fleshly images of Himself. Well and good and hurray to that, but thank Him? He did that of His own volition to please Himself out of a sheer joy of doing.
Was I there at any time throughout the entire process of creative making things so that I would need to say Thanks!? No.
After all the preliminary creative making events had completed, the first human and his ribspring complement were fashioned, for which I must surely feel an immense gratitude and an irrepressible urge to say Thank you!. Really?
God had not ask anyone, especially not me.
And, anyway I was not there to be asked while all this was going on.
But what about the Adam rebellion, as the religious, who just love that salvation-vengeance-fate amalgam, like to call it, without which I would NEVER have seen the light of day, since the hereditary train of procreation would have taken an entirely different turn.
So, where must my thanks go now? Adam? Satan? Where?
Even my mother and father were moved by lust to trigger the accident I became.
But I can, and perhaps ought to, thank them for caring enough to allow me to grow into an adult male of whatever dubious quality.
Since NONE of us are pre-determined, how possibly can I thank God for my existence.
Ultimately it is we alone who establish our worth to God and the continuation of our lives ad infinitum, by what we do and become by what we do.
God does not have an obsessive psychological need to be thanked or even to be recognized as existing. However, if anyone is to be given credit for creation and everything whatever, it will need to be Him, for no one else did nor could.
We should never be told to thank God as a sort of duty of works to secure our fictitious salvation. Discerning the sheer Genius of our Creator and Maker of everything else should be sufficient to naturally evoke a sense of gratitude as we understand more of His handiwork and our role in it.
But does not the Bible command that we pray to God?
No! while we are certainly free to do so. It is our choice and opportunity.
Everything about prayer and the giving of thanks in the Bible is exclusively connected with those anointed for heavenly governance including Christ Jesus.
Because Israel had wantonly ignored God throughout their existence from the Exodus to Messiah, but for an occasional epoch, by giving thanks Jesus reminded his Jewish disciples and the crowds that followed him that they owed everything to God.
Paul expressed Israel's neglect rather well to the Jews and proselytes in Rome:
(Romans 1:20-21) 20 For his invisible [qualities] are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable; 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God nor did they thank him, but they became empty-headed in their reasonings and their unintelligent heart became darkened.. . .
By the way, note that the only people who could have known God were Jews and proselytes of the Diaspora residing in Rome and frequenting its many synagogues. Romans were pagans to whom the good news of Israel's redemption through their Messiah and the entire NT were meaningless.
Their Lord Jesus and the Apostles merely reminded the Israel of God in the manner of good advice and practice, that they owe everything to God and that willing cooperation is certainly called for throughout their lives.
A selfish one:
(Luke 18:10-12) 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and began to pray these things to himself, ‘O God, I thank you I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week, I give the tenth of all things I acquire.’. . .
Jesus asking God to help him resurrect Lazarus:
(John 11:41-43) 41 Therefore they took the stone away. Now Jesus raised his eyes heavenward and said: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 True, I knew that you always hear me; but on account of the crowd standing around I spoke, in order that they might believe that you sent me forth.” 43 And when he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice: “Laz´a·rus, come on out!”. . .
Thanking God for the disciples and their enrichment:
(1 Corinthians 1:4-7) 4 I always thank God for you in view of the undeserved kindness of God given to you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything you have been enriched in him, in full ability to speak and in full knowledge, 6 even as the witness about the Christ has been rendered firm among you, 7 so that you do not fall short in any gift at all, while you are eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul in appreciation of his gift of tongues:
(1 Corinthians 14:18-19) 18 I thank God, I speak in more tongues than all of you do. 19 Nevertheless, in a congregation I would rather speak five words with my mind, that I might also instruct others orally, than ten thousand words in a tongue.. . .
Thanks for Jehovah's ultimate purpose for the Christs (anointed ones) realized:
(Revelation 11:16-17) 16 And the twenty-four elders who were seated before God upon their thrones fell upon their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: “We thank you, Jehovah God, the Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and begun ruling as king.
The other seven instances of thank in the NT are Paul's words of appreciation for those God allowed him to disciple: 1 Corinthians 1:4; Philippians 1:3; Colossians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2, 2:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Philemon 4;.
The word thanks appears 34 times in the NT and is in most instances thanking God for food, but, on a number of occasions, finds its most prominent place as an expression of gratitude for the salvation of the Israel of God destined for heavenly governance.
And it is to these ones, who came out of that Israel under the first covenant/testament
saved from total extinction and now the little flock of the Israel of God and Bride
of Christ under the new covenant/testament, Paul wrote these words:
18 In connection with everything give thanks. For this is the will of God in union with Christ Jesus respecting you . -1 Thessalonians 5:18.
everything? I mean, really everything?
To understand the everything contextually, please go here and the sub-menus.
Certainly let us pray to our hearts content in appreciation and praise, but never should we be forced to by anyone.
6 But as to this, he that sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; and he that sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Thanks be to God for allowing me, as in not interfering with it, to construct this whole website, while having absolutely no idea if He wanted me to.
Yes, I do speak with God frequently in the manner of a child with a father. That is currently a unilateral connection, even as it is for the little flock of Christians holding the baton of the Holy Spirit as a token* in the race of their lives to a heavenly destiny, for all the gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased at the death of the Apostles, save for faith, hope and love:
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love -1 Corinthians 13:8-13.
* or earnest in many older translations
(2 Corinthians 1:22) 22 He has also put his seal upon us and has given us the token of what is to come, that is, the spirit, in our hearts. . .
(2 Corinthians 5:5) 5 Now he that produced us for this very thing is God, who gave us the token of what is to come, that is, the spirit.
(Ephesians 1:13-14) 13 But you also hoped in him after you heard the word of truth, the good news about your salvation. By means of him also, after you believed, you were sealed with the promised holy spirit, 14 which is a token in advance of our inheritance, for the purpose of releasing by a ransom [God’s] own possession*, to his glorious praise. 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 NWT
Why did I create this page?
Why, out of sheer annoyance at past enslavement to the demands made by the powers that be in the denomination I had been a part of for half a century, who authoritatively insisted that God demanded this that or other practice as preliminary duties to ensure personal salvation.
That included giving thanks to God prior to partaking of a meal.
It had to conclude or be affixed with Amen (so be it) in the manner of a stamp, without which it would be unlikely to get to its destination.
In my child-like mind, I believed all that were alleged to be the demands of an all-loving, vengeful God who just waited to pounce on me for omissions and sins too numerous to count.
Then He spoke to me earnestly through words already spoken, unheard, overlooked, ignored or deliberately shoved aside by selfish leaders: His Word the Bible for a healing of mind and spirit.
Thank you for allowing me to communicate with you here.
Please continue to meander through this site.