Post Number: 8053
|Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 - 8:32 pm: || |
During world war II there were some pilots instructed by a general to take some new Corsairs to a certain Island in the South Pacific. They were to stop for fuel at an Island that was approximately mid way.
Back then there wasnít much technology for weather forecast and the squadron ran into a storm and some of them had to ditch their plane because of low fuel. They ditched their planes as close as possible to one another.
The group had about two minutes to exit the plains with their personal life raft, they were successful and they held hands through the long night so that the rafts wouldnít drift apart.
The sharks came the next day. One of the pilots was Catholic. He said he prayed to the mother of God that they would make it through, and that God sure didnít care about him. So his prayer was to Mary.
Thatís what deceit does. I donít have to tell you all that as you know very well what deceit does, I just thought you might like to look at it from a different perspective.
This is a true story and I heard the words from the lips of that airman himself.
So many years later there didnít seem to be any change in his outlook when he related the story. I donít even know if he is still alive.
Catholics claim they donít pray to Mary, but they do, as this pilot did. I donít want to be putting him down as I am grateful for his sacrifice and his service to this nation. Yet there is other matterís that are more important than a manís service to his nation, and that is realizing who Jesus was, is, and what he did for us.
Gods plan of salvation is so amazing. This is why we need to declare the gospel. To believe that because Mary was all human the like as we are, that she cared more than the God that made her and us and gave us breath is all a lie the same as Adventism is.
Deceit is a lie wrapped in something that looks good to the eye, makes us feel good or elicits emotion.
It sits on our shoulder and whispers to us, lulls us into believing itís somehow going to turn out right.
I know this may sound disturbing or divisive and I donít mean it to be, as I love my Catholic friends.
Post Number: 14108
|Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 - 9:40 pm: || |
River, I understand what you are saying. Deceit comes in many guises, and I believe we are called to speak truth when we sense deceit. It can look oh-so-good, too. It can look like feeding the poor and stopping white slavery--and God does care about those things.
But the gospel is not doing good or sincerely believing something that is a lie. Jesus is truth. Unbelieving people can do incredible good in the world, but they will not be saved unless they believe in the Lord Jesus and receive Him as Savior and Lord.
You are so right about the problem of deceit. We are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and the rest of the things we need will be added to us.