Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday, 31st January 2013.

A few comments from our recent episode “Will Pets Go to Heaven?”
YouTube comments:
  • (From Dreama) “I happen to think pets and other animals will be in Heaven . . . Ps... I don't like Mark anymore ;)”
  • (From Kota) “Does Mark have a fake eye?”
  • (From Tony) “I think newly created animals will be in heaven, but if cats will be there, then can you really call it heaven?”

(Email from Esly) “I had to share this... because you guys are obviously F-A-R from knowing why cats are so valuable! Lol. This is mainly for MARK & E.Z. (and any other cat-racist out there!) My cat has saved my life from SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many different insects that could have bitten me!!! Especially out here in Australia… where there are heaps of dangerous spiders EVERYWHERE!!!! GIANT ONES w/venom!!!

When I'm sleeping my cat, "Snuggles" walks around the house to hunt & check around making sure everything is in place, safe & normal . . . So, other than being awesome companions, cats are like pest-control radars! . . .

So next time (MARK especially), has more to say against cats... remember what I said - by thinking & pondering about God's awesome intricate design of them. They are miraculous creatures (not to mention cute & cuddly). They are incredibly intelligent & have a LOT to offer to people who love & care for them!!!
. . . Mark... get a cat & learn to care for it! It may change your life for the better! Blessings to all of you guys!”

In part as an apology for Mark’s emotionally scarred, tainted view of the animal kingdom, we have an appreciation video of sorts, celebrating the unique delights and challenges cat owners have:

(Email from Diana) "Can you tell me if it is wrong to drink and where does it talk about it in the Bible? I was raised in a non-drinking home and my husband is catholic and we argue about this all the time."

From  Scripture has much to say regarding the drinking of alcohol (Leviticus 10:9;Numbers 6:3Deuteronomy 29:6Judges 13:4714Proverbs 20:131:4Isaiah 5:1122;24:928:729:956:12). However, Scripture does not necessarily forbid a Christian from drinking beer, wine, or any other drink containing alcohol. In fact, some Scriptures discuss alcohol in positive terms. Ecclesiastes 9:7 instructs, “Drink your wine with a merry heart.”Psalm 104:14-15 states that God gives wine “that makes glad the heart of men.” Amos 9:14 discusses drinking wine from your own vineyard as a sign of God’s blessing. Isaiah 55:1 encourages, “Yes, come buy wine and milk…”

What God commands Christians regarding alcohol is to avoid drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18). The Bible condemns drunkenness and its effects (Proverbs 23:29-35). Christians are also commanded to not allow their bodies to be “mastered” by anything (1 Corinthians 6:122 Peter 2:19). Drinking alcohol in excess is undeniably addictive. Scripture also forbids a Christian from doing anything that might offend other Christians or encourage them to sin against their conscience (1 Corinthians 8:9-13). In light of these principles, it would be extremely difficult for any Christian to say he is drinking alcohol in excess to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Jesus changed water into wine. It even seems that Jesus drank wine on occasion (John 2:1-11Matthew 26:29). In New Testament times, the water was not very clean. Without modern sanitation, the water was often filled with bacteria, viruses, and all kinds of contaminants. The same is true in many third-world countries today. As a result, people often drank wine (or grape juice) because it was far less likely to be contaminated. In 1 Timothy 5:23, Paul was instructing Timothy to stop drinking the water (which was probably causing his stomach problems) and instead drink wine. In that day, wine was fermented (containing alcohol), but not necessarily to the degree it is today. It is incorrect to say that it was grape juice, but it is also incorrect to say that it was the same thing as the wine commonly used today. Again, Scripture does not forbid Christians from drinking beer, wine, or any other drink containing alcohol. Alcohol is not, in and of itself, tainted by sin. It is drunkenness and addiction to alcohol that a Christian must absolutely refrain from (Ephesians 5:181 Corinthians 6:12).

Alcohol, consumed in small quantities, is neither harmful nor addictive. In fact, some doctors advocate drinking small amounts of red wine for its health benefits, especially for the heart. Consumption of small quantities of alcohol is a matter of Christian freedom. Drunkenness and addiction are sin. However, due to the biblical concerns regarding alcohol and its effects, due to the easy temptation to consume alcohol in excess, and due to the possibility of causing offense and/or stumbling of others, it is often best for a Christian to abstain from drinking alcohol.

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