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  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    1. Distrust of medicine
    2. Distrust of government
    3. Distrust of church
    4. Distrust of media
    5. Distrust of education
    6. Distrust of one another
    7. Distrust of God

    I trust that we won’t run out of distrust, it crosses all segments of life.

    Having said that you can trust Things I Think to make you ponder.

    Dread Savings and Trust

  2. Michael says:

    BD,

    The question then becomes “who do you trust?”…and that’s when we learn our real problems…

  3. Em says:

    1- i ponder the fact that God crested a world full of free will beings, gave us a Book of instruction and set the whole thing in motion knowing exactly how it would play out with the watching angelic hosts – good ones watching and bad ones working evil among us
    2-ah but states of mind CAN be contagious
    3-if you don’t recognize dark and malevolent forces at work in and around us, you are stupid or wilfully blinf
    4-okay off to get seeds fertilizer and power tools … i will save the world … LOL. thanks for the chuckle
    5-grrr.. enforces my view of unaccountable bureaucrats
    6-the good parents don’t, but there lots of not so good ones
    7- AMEN! “…..Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from me…”
    8-JWs are “true believers?”. 😳
    9-YEP
    10-and you must not get outside your front door much

    See, i read them all.. 😇 thank you again for some good ponders this morning

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    Seeing the religious right and reading their countless conspiracy theories about the New World Order causes me to think that the Rastafarians have a more developed and thought out theology… and they certainly have better music. 😁

  5. Jean says:

    “When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.” (Rev. 6:5-6)

    Observe a few elements of this passage:

    The “he” who opened the fourth seal is Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, in the throne room of God.

    The “fourth living creature” is one of the four living creatures who is in the throne room of God.

    The pale horse and its rider, named Death, with Hades following it, “come” from and at the command of the heavenly creature.

    John’s vision of the last days, between the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and his return at the end of the age, sees that God visits the earth and its inhabitants with “pestilence” that causes death.

    I think John’s vision of God’s providential involvement in death through war, famine and pestilence is well attested not only in Revelation, but throughout the Bible.

  6. bob1 says:

    No, states of mind aren’t contagious.

    Medical things (like Coronavirus) are literally and physically contagious.

    A state of mind isn’t a thing. You’ve confused an abstraction, a metaphor, with physical and literal reality.

    Besides, didn’t you say we have the vaunted free will? In your view, it doesn’t apply to a “state of mind?”

  7. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    It occurs to me both sides in American politics use what appear to be righteous arguments in their political ideologies. For example, the right uses pro life/anti-abortion. Meanwhile, the left uses care of the poor as a righteous argument. Both of these beliefs can indeed be righteous. But, used in the hands of evil, they are twisted and grotesquely used to manipulate the general populace. Both sides’ motive in doing this: the love of money, which is the root of all kinds of evil, as the Bible tells us. And also the love of power. And who is the father of evil? Satan himself, who transforms himself into an angel of light, the Bible again tells us, in order to deceive, if possible, “the very elect.” Both sides, then, in my view, have become instruments of evil. They appear to be good and righteous (in some ways), but they’re evil. As Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.” Matt. 23:27. Might He not rightly say today, “woe to you, Right and Left, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs ,which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead peoples’ bones and all uncleanness?” Kinda seems to fit, doesn’t it? Therefore, I have abandoned politics altogether. It is worldly, and it does not achieve God’s purposes. Yes, God can and does use politics to achieve His purposes in this world, but ultimately, it is controlled by the enemy of our souls. We, as Christ’s chosen people, should
    “Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.
    Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” 2 Cor. 6:17.

  8. Dan from Georgia says:

    Re: #9…you are correct. For the most part I am healthy, but have high blood pressure due to meds for some other condition I am treating.

    Good thoughts Micheal!

  9. Em says:

    bob1 @ 12:16
    Guess you’ ve never heard of the admonition, “don’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater” or watched a crowd at a rock concert or a pentecostal gathering or noticed fashion fads or the pre SuperBowl fervor or automobile yearly tweeking or the popular catch phrase of the day or…..
    States of mind or emotion? Take your choice. I think a state of mind IS contagious. You don’t? Okay… Michael has us thinking. 😇

  10. Captain Kevin says:

    #1-10 AMEN!!! (with a much larger font in mind)

  11. Eric says:

    In Australia the schools taught the teachers to teach online, so that schools would continue to with many kids (and some teachers) at home, while kids without a parent home would come to school. Messy but no one misses out. But now they’re saying it should be safe for kids to come.

    Hardware shops have stayed open here, because it’s prime time for getting stuff done at home that we’ve neglected in ordinary time.

    Some shops have made aisles into one-way streets (arrows on the floor) to avoid people passing too close to each other, but this makes it harder for everyone and benefits are arguable.

  12. Bride of Christ says:

    It is interesting how some see the virus as God’s judgement on earth for abortion, gay marriage, etc . and the other side of the political divide sees this virus as God’s judgement on our hyper capitalistic, and environment destroying way of life. I think we need to use science as our guide. Is there a connection between global warming and the spread of disease? Or is there a connection between severely unequal wealth distribution ( our current Catholic Pope has said income inequality is the biggest problem humanity faces today) or because of lack of health insurance or over population? Conversely, does abortion cause disease, or does gay marriage cause Coronovirus? God has given us science, cause & affect, and logic, to give our world order. I think we need to trust science to find our way out of this mess, and pray like crazy that God will have mercy on us.

  13. Em says:

    Mother nature, as much benefit as we gain from God-given scientific brains, is capricious – covid19 is mutating and who knows for sure where it might lurk in the human body -creating “carriers ”
    Yes, we should take advantage of every capability God has blessed us with, no question about that. Use common sense…
    But, as one who believes prophesy describing the end of time on this earth is literal, not figurative, i don’t think we can prevail over a downward direction. Is that in progress now? I don’t know and i do believe in using all the assets God has given us – brains, common sense, faith and prayer, too.
    That said, beware of any “teacher of the Faith” who says you can walk on water. 😲
    Just sayin, cuz Michael hasn’t yet told me to shut up… 😇

  14. States of mind can certainly be contagious, dangerous, and even deadly though out can also be good. Look into “social contagion.” It’s a real thing, and we are certainly seeing it now from many angles. We’ve always seen it, even before there was a name for it.

  15. MM says:

    Our guide?

    Science provides observations and predictions for possible outcomes. But the past never perfectly predicts the future.

    The Bible provides guidance about how to apply these scientific observations and predictions within God’s creation and community.

    Humanity since creation:

    Has consumed and polluted their surroundings. No way really around that. However, it always amazed me those who push a less polluting way also use and enjoy the very devices guilty of consuming and polluting the environment. Oh and I always feel blessed to live with running water and flush toilets. I have a septic tank and I always wonder where my pump service takes all that smelly stuff every few years.

    Global warming and spread of disease?

    The more humans, or animals for that matter, live closer together the greater the risk for disease and possible pandemics. Just check out how the meat we consume are raised and the need to medicate for the prevention of disease. Did anyone every really ask themselves how Walmart can sell their meat products so cheap?

    The Black Plague is often blamed on inter-state commerces due to fleas on the rats hiding in the boats and migrating from areas which were famine stricken (weather change, hmmm). Of course they also killed Jews and others as the cause.

    Cause and effect of increased immorality is mentioned in Romans (where it seems such was a norm in the day).

    Wages and health insurance:

    Yep, the pope is correct. However, such things are again historical, so why haven’t we learned from the past?

    We are our own biggest problem. That’s what I think.

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