This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):
I’m not at my best tonight, so bear with me.
To the ROMANS
1 Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ and called to be an apostle, separated to God’s good news, which he promised aforetime through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who sprang from the seed of David according to the flesh, but who with power was declared God’s Son according to the spirit of holiness by means of resurrection from the dead – yes, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we received undeserved kindness and an apostleship in order that there might be obedience of faith among all the nations respecting his name, among which [nations] you also are those called to belong to Jesus Christ- to all those who are in Rome as God’s beloved ones, called to be holy ones:
May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.
First of all, I give thanks to my God through Jesus Christ concerning all of you, because your faith is talked about throughout the whole world.
For God, to whom I render sacred service with my spirit in connection with the good news about his Son, is my witness of how without ceasing I always make mention of you in my prayers, begging that if at all possible I may now at last be prospered in the will of God so as to come to you. For I am longing to see you, that I may impart some spiritual gift to you in order for you to be made firm: or, rather, that there may be an interchange of encouragement among you, by each one through the other's faith, both yours and mine.
Asher – Paul came to encourage the Romans in their faith and impart wisdom upon them, and all those who were to read his manuscript in the future.
But I do not want you to fail to know, brothers, that I many times purposed to come to you, but I have been hindered until now, in order that I might acquire some fruitage also among you even as among the rest of the nations. Both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to wise and to senseless ones I am a debtor: so there is eagerness on my part to declare the good news also to you there in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the good news; it is, in fact, God’s power for salvation to everyone having faith, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek; for in it God’s righteousness is being revealed by reason of faith and toward faith, just as it is written: “But the righteous one – by means of faith he will live.”
Asher – Paul needed support, trust, and belief before he could say what he was about to say. Paul was focused very heavily on the physical structure of things, and knew without failure that if his message was delivered to the Romans at the inappropriate time, the structure he was destined to set-up, the original church of God, would be damaged.
For God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who are suppressing the truth in an unrighteous way, because what may be known about God is manifest among them, for God made it manifest among them.
Asher – Paul is saying here that the truth of righteousness and the truth of God can be found and listened to ‘within’ every last one of us. His wrath was being revealed the way Paul was seeing it at that time upon those who would tell you otherwise, force you otherwise, in unforgiving, unrighteous ways.
For his invisible [qualities] are clearly seen from the world’s creation onwards, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable;
Asher – Below, Paul begins to address those who suppress the truth. ‘They’ are those who were mentioned before.
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God nor did they thank him, but they became empty-headed in their reasonings and their unintelligent heart became darkened. Although asserting they were wise, they became foolish and turned the glory of the incorruptible God into something like the image of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed creatures and creeping things.
Asher – they turned their attention outwards, seeking answers to inherent existential question in inappropriate places: the outward physical existence that God, in that current culture's understanding, created.
Therefore God, in keeping with the desires of their hearts, gave them up to uncleanness, that their bodies might be dishonored among them, even those who exchanged the truth of God for the lie and venerated and rendered sacred service to the creation rather than the One who created, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Asher – When Paul says that God has ‘gave them up’ (this is a New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, it is difficult to work with a volume that has been translated into third grade level reading so bear with me) he does not mean that he has shunned or turned his back on them. In fact he granted them their wish, their free will (desires of the heart). What it does mean is that God, as it is being discussed here, chose to allow these materialists to perpetuate in their existence in hopes that they would someday see the errors of their ways. What Paul is discussing here are ‘always’ situations, people who will forever be materialistic (void of spiritualism), and below people who will forever be homosexual (violently inflamed in their lust toward one another) by purpose of lust and depravity. Note here that lust is their error, Paul does not say that homosexuality is banned from the list of things that could be accomplished with righteous intent. If you only act righteously, then you will only be righteous.
That is why God gave them up to disgraceful sexual appetites, for both their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature; and likewise even the males left the natural use of the female and became violently inflamed in their lust toward one another, males with males, working what is obscene and receiving in themselves the full recompense, which was due for their error.
Asher – Paul now expands on how the physical manifestations above relate to the abstract and mental manifestations below. Note he does not mention homosexuality as part of the more important abstract list of transgressions but rather things like: no natural affection, merciless, haughty, self-assuming, backbiters, haters of God, insolent, deceitful, malicious dispositions, etc.
And just as they did not approve of holding God in accurate knowledge, God gave them up to a disapproved mental state, to do the things not fitting, filled as they were with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, badness, being full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malicious disposition, being whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, insolent, haughty, self-assuming, inventors of injurious things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, false to agreements, having no natural affection, merciless. Although these knew full well the righteous decree of God, that those practicing such things are deserving of death, they not only keep on doing them but also consent with those practicing them.
And that is today.
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