Promises and Secrets
A website for those not afraid to examine their beliefs, compare them to the real world, and make sure they fit.
Here's how the site works
Hover your mouse over a menu box below and see the menu for that subject.
WE TAKE THIS SIDE
On subsequent pages, this box is the place where the summary of a view is presented explaining something about the topic in the FACT box in the center. Of course, not everyone claiming to be on the presented side will be represented by this view. If you want to add to the view or suggest changes, please send in your comments to:
THE REAL WORLD
This set of three side-by-side boxes will be used to identify the major viewpoints of boths sides of an issue. FACTS listed here in the center will be generally undisputed events, things, and information regarding the subject matter that are accepted by most reasonable persons, but about which there are multiple viewpoints regarding the state, origin, or meaning of the subject matter.
SEND US YOUR SIDE
Here you will find a summary of at least one (if any are submitted) of the general opposing views to the explanation presented in the box on the other side of the FACT column. Again, not all who claim to be in this camp will be represented by this view. If you want to add to the view or suggest changes, please feel free to send in your comments to:
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
21Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
Consider what you think about how to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, then compare it to Jesus' words above. Do you obey all of God's commandments? They are the description of His will.
Note that His words do not separate the Israelite from the Gentile. His words apply to everyone who claims to believe in Him and wants to give glory to the Father.
Apply that principle when you read Psalm 15:
A psalm of David.
1Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.
Now, look around you and see who really does all this, and compare what you see to Psalm 12 in the middle column.
Disagree? Find an error? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and give us your view.
This site is based on the plea of David, the author of Psalm 12.
Psalm 12 (NIV)
1Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.
3May the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue -
4those who say,
"By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us - who is lord over us?"
5"Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
I will now arise," says the Lord.
"I will protect them from those who malign them."
6And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold refined seven times.
7You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8who freely strut about;
when what is vile is honored by the human race.
A submission from a reader:
What Got in the Way
I didn't want the what I found
Nor did I even care.
I didn't seek to understand
The what I saw in there.
No matter what it can't be true
I know 'cause I can see
Just what I want, and what I don't
And what is wrong with me.
What absolutes are promised.
That's not how I depict it.
And what my what is wanting,
would make it all conflicted.
So even though the what is there
I'd just assume it's not,
'cause if it was of consequence
I'd have to ask - then what?
-Steven Glen of Caleb and Company
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