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|Wednesday, July 5th, 2006|
No Such Thing As Luck - A Biblical Perspective
Luck’s True Identity
Luck is a much-used word in our modern-day vocabulary. We hear it used over and over again today. Good and bad luck are concepts we actually have known about from our youth. References to luck being the direct cause behind this-and-that event are as commonplace to us as the daily rising of the sun. What luck truly is and is not, however, are going to become fully evident shortly.
The following straightforward presentation of luck’s true meaning should be tremendously helpful to those who need honest answers about this wayward concept. First we will look at what luck is not:
Luck is not fate, fortune lot, destiny, or chance. All of these concepts are outgrowths of pagan idolatry. They describe the meaningless qualities and attributes of false, pagan gods. Consequently, they are bogus concepts that describe nothing existing in reality – they cannot rightfully define luck.
Luck is not an inexplicable force that cannot be understood, explained, or accounted for. The natural-minded, irrational man mistakenly imagined the existence of a force called luck, and then said, “It can not be explained.” The only forthright and truthful explanation for the ultimate forces behind good and evil, however, are clearly defined by God’s Word – our Bible. There are no other spiritual forces affecting our lives beyond those named by this greatest of all books, and upon this reality we can confidently rest.
Luck is not a source of prosperity, nor is it the cause of evil and destruction. Early in their existence, men denied God and His Word. They began to devise their own explanations and beliefs about the causes of prosperity and destruction. Eventually, in Roman times, men attributed prosperity to a goddess named Fortuna. Today, the goddess Fortuna is called luck and people continue to foolishly and mistakenly credit it with the power to bestow prosperity. The true and abiding source of prosperity, however, is God, the Creator of heaven and earth. The blessings we enjoy in life are from Him. The source of evil, destruction, and death is from the archenemy of God, called the devil or Satan.
Additionally, luck is none of the following:
An innocent, harmless, crutch-word that can be used without any real impact or consequences.
A natural impulse operating through personal instinct.
A force that comes and goes in cycles.
An accident, happenstance or circumstance.
Now that we have established what luck is not, finally we can move ahead with certainty and accurately name what luck is, and what it has been, throughout its sordid history.
Luck is a religious devotion. Those who embrace its meaning, sing its praises. They pay it homage. They bow to it within the depths of their hearts and minds, seeking its blessing and summoning its protection from harm’s way. They believe in luck’s power and they attribute its works to many categories of life. Their outstanding confession, and the manner in which they embrace luck, certainly is a religious devotion. A Confession of luck is surely a religious acknowledgement of one’s belief in the power of a god.
Luck is a corruption of sound thought and will. It was after Adam lost his spiritual connection with God that the sound thinking of men and women started to corrupt. The foolish reasoning of natural-minded men sought to elevate their thinking above God’s Word. The evil conclusions of godless men attributed prosperity and safety to idolatrous gods- gods they had imagined and made with the works of their own hands. Their corrupted theology ascribed power to objects that had no power.
Luck is a misguided belief in the existence of a metaphysical god. The supposed god of luck is mysteriously hidden from view; nevertheless, many believe it is a generating force causing good, and working evil. Although there is no physical semblance to see or touch, active belief in this metaphysical god continues. Popular belief in luck is kept alive by the metaphysical teachings of mythology. This bewildering body of metaphysical theology has been elevated to a place almost like Scripture. These legendary, “scripture-like” records have captivated people’s believing. They depict the defining qualities of what luck is. It is to the unsound, idolatrous images of chance, fate, destiny, and fortune that they give homage. Luck has become the modern embodiment of these ancient pagan theologies, and it is to this metaphysical luck god that people knell with reverence in their thinking and believing.
The following is a three sentence, concise, “nutshell” summation for the meaning of luck:
Luck is a religious devotion, an idolatrous confession, a corruption
of sound thought and will. It is a misguided belief in the existence
of a metaphysical god; a denial of cause and effect. Luck is passive
submission to fatalistic thinking; a doctrine of devils that stands
diametrically opposed to the Word of God.
Not exactly the dictionary’s definition, but free from cloudiness. It paints a clear picture. It accurately points out truth and exposes error.
The next time a good intentioned friend or acquaintance wishes you “good luck”, be ready. Tell them you had rather have their heartfelt prayers. Tell them how you look to your Heavenly Father for His blessings upon the activities of your life. Let them know it is God who enriches and protects. Let them know that confessing luck is just a modern day form of idolatry. Teach them to count on God. God is always faithful to His Word.
As “luck would have it” is no longer available; it is no longer a viable option. Luck has had its day and that day has ended. It has been buried and laid to rest. All of us can now say, with tremendous authority, “There is no such thing as luck!”
Excerpts from the last chapter of Charlie P. Johnston’s book, No Such Thing As Luck – A Biblical Perspective, available at www.JohnstonPublications.com or Amazon.com.
Copyright © 2005 by Charlie P. Johnston Jr. All rights reserved.
|Saturday, May 7th, 2005|
A Few Questions Important to Me
I have a few questions of y'all. PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO RESPOND.
1. FROM WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT IT NOW, how do you feel about descriptive representation in elections, employment, public policy, etc?
2. How do you feel about the conservative right "pimpin'" minorities into opposing LGBTQ rights?
3. How do you feel about the necessity of building a truly anti-racist queer community? Do you think that's imperative right now, or do you think that should be a secondary thing and that right now, we should focus mostly on marriage equality and non-discrimination. After answering the last part of this question, please provide justification for your answers.
Thanks, and peace! / Aaron
|Tuesday, October 12th, 2004|
My apologies if you've already read this or simply don't care, I'm posting it most of the communities that listed 'third parties' as an interest and a few others as well.
I've created a community called us_thirdparties
. It is a community for people interested in 'third' party politics in the United States. A place to ask questions and get answers about specific third parties or just the third party movement. Anyone of any political persuasion is invited to join and contribute and hopefully we can build a community with diverse political views. The ultimate goal of this community is to spread awareness of the third party movement and hopefully garner new support for the inclusion of these 'alternative' parties in American politics, so please lets try and avoid pointless bickering over individual policies. Keep in mind that legitimacy for one 'third' party is legitimacy for all 'third' parties.
(For the time being this community will be only lightly moderated, if at all, but I will crack down if people can't be civil. Hopefully we can all get along well enough to work towards our common and worthy goal: freedom of choice in politics.)
|Wednesday, September 29th, 2004|
Hi. I'm participating in Youth in Government as a legislator and I need some help coming up with my bill. I know I want it to be controversial but not overdone (like death peanlty, abortion, gay marrigae, etc) If you have any ideas, please let me know. Thanks. :)
|Tuesday, September 28th, 2004|
Affirmative Action and Descriptive Representation
Several days ago, whilst standing around talking after the [Seattle] AIDS Walk, I got into a discussion with a friend about descriptive representation. Apparently, his boss at his former job, who was a division director in the King County [in WA] Department of Community Services, had been hired (and recruited and helped in being hired by an otherwise very good and competent King County Councilmember, Larry Gossett) not because of her qualifications, but because she was black. She even admitted during the interview process and afterward that other people who were in the applicant pool were much better qualified for the position. Meanwhile, a friend of mine who's worked under this woman in the same department, was part of a hiring committee once. There were three people on the committee, and the applicants who were selected by all three people on the committee were to be called in for an interview automatically, and the committee would discuss the qualifications of those applicants (for whether they should be interviewed) who were selected by two of the three. Now, the director of this division wanted 10 people to be called in for an interview. By the time they were done getting people called in for an interview, the composition was thus: as far as gender balance, 8 were women, and 2 were men; regarding race, 4 were Asian-American, 3 were Latino/a, 1 was Native-American and 2 were Caucasian. However, there no black people represented and because of that, the director found out--and insisted on there being African-American representation. So, they scoured the qualifications (90 people applied), and they had to go through 50 better-qualified people before they got to one black applicant. My friend (who studied civil rights law for a while at Harvard Law School) was well aware of civil rights/employment law and statutes, and informed them that this was not affirmative action and, in fact, that it was illegal under the EEOA because it favored someone covered under the EEOA's affirmative action guidelines by actually displacing other people who were not only covered under EEOA AA guidelines, but were better-qualified.
In sum, I really support affirmative action, and think it's necessary to achieve equality and a culturally representative and diverse workplace and/or educational setting. But favoring people who's qualifications are far less than those of non-minorities isn't what supporters of affirmative action had in mind when they came up with the idea. Applicants should have APPROXIMATELY EQUAL qualifications for AA to work. If the practice of favoring undeserving and under-qualified applicants is continued, then it'll also provide fodder to right-wing types who accuse AA of unfairly fostering reverse discrimination. Finally, in sum, I'll repeat what President Clinton once said about what he wants to do with AA: "Mend it, but don't end it."
|Sunday, March 14th, 2004|
I'm purplemidnite and I endorsed this message.
In today's Tribune, Mary Schmich wrote, "[The Senate race]is the kind of race that makes you proud to live in Illinois, which stakes a big chunk of its self-esteem on having politics stranger than reality television."
If you live in Illinois, Tuesday is the primary election for, among other things, the open Senate seat. I'm asking Illinois Democrats to consider voting for Barack Obama. I've worked for 12 years on the legal issues surrounding domestic violence. Obama has been one of the few voices of sanity and support for women's issues in Springfield. When good, sensible, decent legislation on the issue of domestic violence has come out of Springfield, it has had Obama's name on it. Most everything else has made the community of domestic violence service providers throw up our hands and yell, "no, please, don't try to help us!"
Thanks for your consideration.
|Wednesday, February 4th, 2004|
|Thursday, January 22nd, 2004|
CBS is Censoring Free Speech!
During this year's Super Bowl, you'll see ads sponsored by beer
companies, tobacco companies, and the Bush White House. But you
won't see the winning ad in MoveOn.org Voter Fund's Bush in 30
Seconds ad contest. CBS refuses to air it.
To check out the ad and ask CBS to air ads like this one, go to:http://www.moveon.org/cbs/ad/
Thanks!Sign the Petition!!!
You can find out your local CBS here:http://www.cbs.com/sales/contact/contact.shtml
It's so hard to find phone numbers for them, but I'm sure it is a lot more effective. They need to know that they will lose ratings if they do this kind of blatent conservative censorship.
|Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003|
A republican and a democrat both take a doseage of
Viagra. After the pills took effect, the democrat made
love to his wife and the republican got and inch taller.
|Thursday, August 14th, 2003|
I have a topic: Who the heck killed this group? Keith! Do something! BREAK OUT THE um... what's it. De-fibuthingy. I NEED 50cc's OF MORPHINE! STAT!
|Monday, June 23rd, 2003|
Indeed, if you think about it, it is no more immoral to rob citizens directly, than to slip indirect taxes into the prices of the commodities they cannot do without. Governing amounts to robbing, as everyone knows. But there are different ways of going about it. As for me, I shall rob openly. That will be a change from you penny pinching politicians. caligula
|Tuesday, June 17th, 2003|
Short historical note
17. June 1953: attempted revolt in the DDR. This has been taught in history books as the first push for re-unification, but in fact it was only angry workers who demanded reasonable working plans, de-sowjetization, and food they could actually buy - and eat. This in the "State of the Workers and Farmers". The revolt was immediately and bloodily repressed by sowjet tanks. And then nothing happened for a long time- until October 1989.
Makes me think about something Günter Grass (whom I usually harbor absolutely no sympathy for) said in the news today, something about how we tand to take our democratic rights for granted, and how we make so pitifully little use of them. They have been fought for for centuries, pain has been endured, blood has been spilled. We should be more aware of that Current Mood: contemplative
|Monday, June 16th, 2003|
things that come up in lit class
what stopped communism from spreading to western europe when it became so popular in south america and eastern europe? was it fascism?
|Monday, June 9th, 2003|
"Pawwns in the game of chess:
someone isplaying with us."
Tsvetayeva Current Mood: pink
|Monday, May 19th, 2003|
feel the need to vent?
This community is not about hating someone or some group.
This community isn't for people who can only type "I hate niggers" and such repeatedly.
This is a community for people who are sick and tired of black people thinking they are owed something.
This community is for ANYONE of ANY color that feels they have been discriminated against by black people because they themselves weren't black.
This is a community for anyone who is sick and tired of people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpeton and Louis Farrakahn.
This community is for anyone who is sick and fucking tired of Black Pride, Black History Month, Miss Black America, BET and The Black Panthers.
This community is not pro white, this community is not pro asian, the community is not pro hispanic, this community is not pro jew and this community is not pro arab.
This community is ANTI-FAVORITISM based on BLACK SKIN. This community is ANTI-PITY based on BLACK SKIN. This community is ANTI-REPERATIONS. This community is ANTI-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.
if you feel the need to vent come here
if you feel the need to rant come here
if you feel the need to argue come here
but if you feel the need to be ignorant and just spout bullshit, go join debate
|Friday, May 9th, 2003|
Do I counsel you to chastity? Chastity is a virtue with some, but with many almost a vice.
These are continent, to be sure: but doggish lust looketh enviously out of all that they do.
Even into the heights of their virtue and into their cold spirit doth this creature follow them, with its discord.
And how nicely can doggish lust beg for a piece of spirit, when a piece of flesh is denied it! Friedrich Nietzsche
what do you think of chastity?
|Saturday, April 26th, 2003|
What is the upward limit of difference in age between two lovers? Is it any less wrong for a 26 year old to date an 18 year old than for a 22 year old to date a 14 year old? Is love a factor? Is there in fact a Cosmic Pope Jam version of "Pretending"? What about a Thulsa Doom Mix of "Salt In Our Wounds"? Why is it called the Curious Squide? How do you
choose to answer these questions? How insane am I really
? Please at least answer the first couple. I'd appreciate it. I'm actually curious as to how the majority of you feel. See a friend of mine dated a 16-17 year old at the age of 23-25 or something like that. I'm not sure of the exact details as he is a recently added friend. I'm basically just trying to see what is right and what is wrong by the standards of my peers. Not that your opinions really matter to me, but I want to see how different people view the issue. I thirst for knowledge. Such is the nature of me. Current Mood: curious
|Saturday, April 19th, 2003|
"Accept the human condition? I believe that, on the contrary, revolt is part of human nature."
you think we should conform after all?
|Wednesday, April 16th, 2003|
is ignorance bliss? is wisdom the cause for grief and sorrow? who in the world came up with these words? how in the world can you tell this symbols apart? ....they are not at all what i mean/feel....damn these words!
|Tuesday, April 8th, 2003|
Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions. Resistance, Rebellion and Death, "Reflections on the Guillotine" (1961), The failure of capital punishment to act as a deterrent. click on it!