TITLE: Our God is not the Only Creator
By gene hudgens
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No one can deny that God is our Creator and the Creator of the universe and all life pertaining to the universe. However, it seems that too few of us realize and believe that humans are creators too.
God gave us humans a very special brain because He wants us to be creators. God wants each of us to make life better for all of His creations. That’s why He gave us a special brain.
Our history books refer to many humans that choose to be geniuses, to use their brains and develop their ideas into creativity.
Many of us have great ideas that we could cultivate into massive creations that could make life better for all humans on earth. However, too few of us are willing to control our ego and part with our own selfish desires…in order to sincerely help others.
A recent article written by Tony Laidig, a genius in his own way, prompted me to write this article.
Tony writes that ideas and concepts can not be copyrighted. Yet, we often turn our backs on the ideas that surround us because we take the ease route and feel they’re “silly” or “crazy” or “will never work.”
We must not allow our minds to be numb to the challenge of “thinking outside the box.” We must not allow our minds to be imprisoned with illogical man-made teaching, regardless of its source.
Too often we are trapped by a fear of “what was or what is” rather than exploring “what can be.”
We were not created to be parrots. We are expected to be creators. Creation begins with ideas. But we must believe that ideas alone mean nothing. For our ideas to become worth while creations we must act on our ideas.
My writings are an honest reflection of how I think and feel and certainly not philosophical dreams or unrealistic beliefs and teachings.
I want all of us to believe that “logical thinking and follow-up action to ideas” is a means to a beginning. This is the key to unlimited potential; for health, success, ability to solve problems on earth, relationships, spirituality and a basic decent quality of life for every human on earth.
A worthwhile goal of every Christian is to make a positive change on earth for self and others. God expects us to help the less fortunate, those in need, especially the hungry.
Selfish, uncaring and hypocritical humans have encouraged or caused the problems on earth, so we true Christians have the responsibility to solve the problems humans have made. Christians can not afford to be selfish, uncaring and hypocritical.
The emphasis here is “worthwhile goals”. It seems that some people have a great difficulty concentrating on the primary problems.
Experts understand very well that it’s not logical to attack every problem with equal priority. Experts in any area will prioritize the problems they wish to confront and list them in an order of priority.
The first and most difficult task is to focus and concentrate on the real major problems and not be hog-tied with personal opinions, prejudices, dislikes and selfish desires.
In life there are problems and there are problems. Some are genuine life threading problems and then there are superficial, minor, man-made, personal-opinion problems.
Some Christians fall for the bait of taking the easy road or to get personal publicity for what they are doing…in the name of helping others.
Time is limited for all of us. When we make a list of problems that need to be addressed and solved, it’s necessary to prioritize this list. Number one on the list will be the most serious and important issue.
We Christians need to concentrate on the important world issues and not issues dealing just with a few individuals.
For example; hunger and disease affects and effects millions of other people, while issues such as birth control, homosexuality and non-use of condoms are insignificant individual personal decisions that affect only those involved.
When Christians succeed in solving the world hunger problems and no child goes to bed hungry, then perhaps the insignificant issues of non-use of condoms might be moved up the priority list to become an issue worthwhile even thinking about.
Perhaps the “power of numbers” relationship should be applied when discussing all important ideas.
My dream is to read headlines that state, “Humans have succeeded and the goal has been reached…No child goes to bed hungry…No teen experiences an unwanted pregnancy…No human contracts a sexually transmitted disease because of a lack of effective sex education…All children in the world are afforded acceptable education opportunities…No human is under-nourished…No one suffers from anemia (Two billion people worldwide do suffer).
And one of the very top priorities on my list is for the American people and the American government to love and respect each and every patriotic member of our American military enough to adequately care for them. This requires that all injured and disabled service member returning from Iraq or any other area are offered the very best medical treatment and rehabilitation; immediately and for life…regardless of the monetary cost.
The ’power of numbers’ is available to every one as a tool. This process can allow us to more clearly understand and solve human problems.
Christians have major responsibilities and it just isn’t enough to merely claim to be a Christian and then not follow through with actions to make earth a better place. It is not right in the eyes of God to ever be hypocritical. We must not say one thing and then turn around and do another thing.
The population of America is approximately 300,000,000. Approximately 77% of this population professes to be Christians. This is a majority.
Americans also profess to believe that the majority rules. Therefore Christians are the rulers. Therefore Christians are responsible for their own actions as well as the actions of the people they put into positions of responsibility.
If we really believe what we preach then we must see the big picture. It’s true that we Christians can take credit for all of the good things that exist in America…and we should, but every coin has two sides.
The other side of this coin is that we are also responsible for all of the bad things that exist in America. Christians are the decision makers and therefore have encouraged or caused the problems in America as well as all of the good things
It’s time that all of us rethink our stand and avoid being hypocritical. We must think and act like true effective Christians.
Many individuals may deny having any direct responsibility for the bad things in America. However, directly or indirectly, the majority always has the basic responsibility. The actions of the majority establish the reputation of Christians…of Christianity.
This equates to the hard fact that we live in a Christian American. We Christians dominate the number of votes in any area; thus we can not deny our responsibility.
Since most voters are Christian, the ballot that Christians drop into the voting-box decides who is elected in local, state and national elections.
Christians are responsible for the good-guys elected and for the bad-guys elected; for the honest-guys elected and for the dishonest-guys elected. No one needs perfect vision to see that Christians are responsible for the good as well as the bad things in America.
Perhaps the following statistics can pain a verbal picture of how some individuals and groups of individuals adversely affect and affect the majority of the humans on earth by not sharing their good fortune.
World wide; Christians account for approximately 33% of the world population.
Mexico is our neighbor. The last census reported, by self-ascription that over 95% of the population is Christian. Roman Catholics are 89% of the total population. In Mexico average person is very poor and most feel that their only hope is illegal immigration into the U.S. This is a major problem Mexican Christians endure.
This is sadder when one thinks that the third richest man in the world is Carlos Slim, a Mexican-born son of a prosperous Lebanese Christian merchant, who owns the Mexican government’s telephone monopoly. Does he adequately help the needy? Do the 95% Christian population in Mexico truly do their share to help the needy?
Warren Buffett is the second richest and Bill Gates the richest. Both are reported to be agnostic, but both are American. Do they both adequately share their good fortune and help the needy.
I feel that the single greatest problem on earth is that a relative few people on earth own and control almost all of the wealth on earth…and refuse to adequately share and adequately help the poor and needy.
Most Mexicans don’t have enough to eat and 30 million Mexicans live on less than $2 a day.
The world’s richest 2% hold half the world’s assets. So much of the world’s wealth is concentrated in few hands that if all the world’s wealth was distributed evenly, each person on earth would have about $20,000 of assets to use.
Thirty million adults have accumulated more than $500,000 and they make up 1% of the world’s wealthiest adults.
Almost 90% of the world’s wealth is held in North America (majority Christian), Europe (majority Christian), Australia (majority Christian) and high-income Asian and Pacific countries.*(stats from FT.com).
UNDP reported in 1998 that the world’s 225 richest people now have a combined wealth of $1 'trillion'. That’s equal to the combined annual income of the world’s 2.5 billion poorest people.
The wealth of the three most well-to-do individuals (Gates, Buffett and Slim) now exceeds the combined GDP of the 48 least developed 'countries'.
The following data is from UNDP and complied by Charles Mueller. While global GNP grew 40% between 1970 and 1985, the number of poor grew by 17%. It’s noted that 200 million people saw their incomes fall between 1965 and 1980, BUT…more than 1 billion people saw their incomes fall between 1965 and 1993.
In 1996, 100 countries were worse off than 15 year earlier. Three decades ago, the people in well-to-do countries were 30 times better off than in those countries where the poorest 20% of the world’s people live. By 1998, this gap had widened to 82 times better off. Christians talk, but don’t act effectively to help the poor people on earth. This isn’t making God happy.
At present, 3 billion people live on less that $2 per day. Seventy percent of those living on less than $1 per day are women. With global population expanding 80 million per year, we can expect in 30 years to have 5 billion people living on less than $2 per day. When will hypocritical Christians begin to act and make God happy?
In American laws are made in Congress and Christians control the Congress. Empty talk, false pride and being involved in useless illogical projects are wasted breath and time.
As of 1995 the Federal Reserve research found that the wealth of the top one percent of Americans is greater than that of the bottom 95 percent. The modest net worth of white families is 8 times that of African-Americans and 12 times that of Hispanics.
In 1982, inclusion on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans required personal wealth of $9l million. The list then included 13 billionaires. By 1998, $500million was required and the list included 189 billionaires.
Are professing Christians blind or do professing American Christians insist on not caring enough to get involved and act responsibly?
Bill Gates has more wealth than the bottom 45 percent of American households combined. Wake up American Christians!
In Christian America, wealth is highly concentrated in a relatively few hands. As of 200l, the top 1% of households (the upper class) owned 33.4% of all privately held wealth. The next 19% (the managerial, professional, and small business stratum) had 51%. This upper 20% of the American people owned 84% of all wealth. This leaves on 16% of the wealth for the bottom 80% (wage and salary workers). *From sociology.ucsc.edu.
It is purely ridiculous and hypocritical for Christians to tolerate any individual or group of individual that cause or allow harm and danger to other humans. America is 76.5% Christian. This is a majority. This means that Christians have the basic responsibility and ability to insure that laws are made and enforced to compel every human in America to practice self-restraint pertaining to their selfishness.
I hope no Christian feels that confronting the evil selfish acts of money hungry individuals is in any way against the will of God. If it’s OK to send our citizens to Iraq and Afghanistan to fight evil, it’s logically and OK to fight evil in our own country (even in our Congress). Individuals that horde their money and refuse to fairly share their money to make life on earth for all humans better…are evil.
Real Christians with God in their hearts must act and demand that all members of Congress and all persons that represent our government full fill their responsibility to help the hungry and needy.
Christians are totally responsible for the shameful, illogical, unnecessary, and evil social imbalance in America and have a great responsibility for the world problems.
Every year the number of poor people on earth increases…as does the number of rich people. This is very evil. This has to be against God’s Will and His Plan. What are God-fearing Christians going to do? When will all Christians become God fearing Christians and act?
Now is the time for Christians to be creators and use ideas to explore “what can work”…act…and help other needy humans.
A person that has perhaps $40 billion and gives away $2 billion really isn’t a philanthropist.
If the Ten Commandments is the prioritized list God made to show humans how He feels, then ‘today’s’ man-made list (including issues of how birth is controled, homosexuality, and non-condom use) is hardly worth even looking at or thinking about.
Wake up Christians!
Prepared by (C) GENE HUDGENS
Revised 8 Oct 08
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