28 December 2010

Is God Opposed to Tyranny? UncleWaddyHead from YouTube asks: “Is God opposed to tyranny?” Let’s go to a couple dictionaries for a definition of “tyranny” so that we are all on the same understanding of what tyranny is. encarta.msn.com/dictionary tyranny noun Definition: 1. cruel use of power: cruelty and injustice in the exercise of power or authority over others 2. oppressive government: oppressive government by one or more people who exercise absolute power cruelly and unjustly 3. state ruled by tyrant: a country or state under the power of an oppressive ruler 4. cruel act: a cruel or oppressive act, especially one committed by a person wielding great power [14th century. Via French< late Latin tyrannia< Latin tyrannus "tyrant"] dictionary.reference.com tyranny –noun, plural -nies. 1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. 2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler. 3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler. 4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler. 5. undue severity or harshness. 6. a tyrannical act or proceeding. Use tyranny in a Sentence See images of tyranny Origin: 1325–75; ME tyrannie < OF < ML tyrannia, equiv. to L tyrann So from these two dictionaries we see that “tyranny is an arbitrary, oppressive, unjustly severe, cruel use of power by a government, ruler, or by one or more people wielding great power called a tyrant.” From Wikipedia; Plato and Aristotle define a tyrant as, "one who rules without law, looks to his own advantage rather than that of his subjects, and uses extreme and cruel tactics -- against his own people as well as others". From HuffingtonPost.com via the book “Tyrants: The World's 20 Worst Living Dictators” by David Wallechinsky., we get a list of the top five (the book has 20 listed) tyrants living today. Omar al-Bashir—Sudan Kim Jong-il--North Korea Than Shwe—Burma Robert Mugabe—Zimbabwe Islam Karimov--Uzbekistan Let’s now get from Wikipedia some past tyrants. Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi) (Holocaust) Joseph Stalin (born 18 December 1878 – 5 March 1953) was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976), was a Chinese revolutionary, political theorist and communist leader. Note that the word, “tyranny” has its origin in the 14th century so the word “tyranny” will not be in the original Bible scriptures of the Old or New Testaments. What we do find in the Bible translations are the words, “abuse,” “abusive,” “oppressive,” “oppression,” “severe,” “cruel,” “power,” “ruler,”...
Why doesn't God not abdicate His Godhood? UncleWaddyHead from YouTube asks a number of questions about God; “Why doesn't God not abdicate His godhood immediately?” Why would God, if he felt a need to create, and is omnipotent, AND opposed to tyranny, not create a race of equals, thereby negating his godhood and superior status once and for all? What is He [God] afraid of? Let’s answer UncleWaddyHead’s 3rd question first; “What is He [God] afraid of?” Answer: Nowhere in the Bible does it say God is afraid of anything. God is not afraid of anything. Next we’ll answer UncleWaddyHead’s 1st part of the 2nd question next. Seeing that it is broken into two parts, we’ll answer the first part of UncleWaddyHead’s 2nd question; “Why would God, if he felt a need to create, and is omnipotent, AND opposed to tyranny, not create a race of equals?” Answer: God did create a race of equals; God created you and me in His image as equals. The human race (the one which every man and woman belongs) was created in God’s image as equals. We are all equal in the eyes of God and were each given a purpose by God: God told us that everything (including you and me) was made for a purpose. [Proverbs 16:4] God created us for His pleasure. [Revelation 4:11] God’s unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. [Ephesians 1:5] We are to choose to become more and more like Christ Jesus and reflect His glory. [2 Corinthians 3:18] God invites us to participate in the greatest, largest, most diverse, and most significant cause in history – his kingdom by sharing His love with everyone. [1 Peter 3:15] We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. [Romans 8:28] God tells us to test ourselves and to examine our faith to see if it is placed into the correct things. [2 Corinthians 13:5] God told us to study and gain knowledge and to not be ignorant of fact and to refuse foolish and ignorant speculations. [Proverbs 4:5, 7; 16:16: 2 Timothy 2:23] 1 Thessalonians 4:7 tells us that God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. 1 Timothy 4:7 - God tells us to have nothing to do with worldly myths and fables and to discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness. 1 Peter 2:21 – God informs us that our purpose is to use Christ Jesus as an example and to follow in Christ Jesus teachings. Jesus tells us in John 15:9-17 and...

Victor E. Pearson

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