Did thinking the cheque was good stop it from bouncing?
Understanding rational versus irrational reasoning, dialogue & behavior.
Many say .... REALITY is what you think ... that you can determine your own REALITY.
Reality ... is it ... what I think or what it is ???
Thinking I have $10 when I have $8 does not help when the bill is $9.
Most of my wrong thinking, being of minor consequence passes me by with little consideration.
However, what if I really mess up? ...
I'm driving through a busy intersection 'thinking' it is a green-light when it is a red-light!
What I think does not change the real facts = reality.
Reality ... IS ... what it is ... It may or may not be what I think.
Otherwise I would always be right ... but I am often wrong.
Consequently, how accurately I perceive reality determines my stability.
Consider, I may be confined to a psychiatric facility when my
perception of reality becomes so distorted I am a danger to myself or others.
A positive vs. negative outlook may influence evolving circumstances, but does not change what already was.
It can change how one copes with the past & have a limited effect on what will transpire.
Being entitled to my opinions does not make my opinions correct.
Opinions do not determine facts; facts determine the legitimacy of opinions.
There are good/bad, minor/major consequences to our opinions about facts. We are referring to opinions about facts not preferences. If you like blue & I like red, those are opinions of preference not fact; although, it may be a fact that you like blue & I like red.
Opinions about facts are based on perceptions that may be correct or incorrect.
If you say there are 5 & I say 3 diamonds on the table, we both can not be correct. 1 of us is right and 1 of us is wrong or we are both wrong. If there are 5, you are right & I am wrong; if 3, you are wrong & I am right; if 8, we are both wrong.
Furthermore, fact/truth/reality is not subject to a 'majority vote.'
If 10 people said 7 diamonds, when it is 8, it is not going to change the fact that it is 8. We are not talking about the power to change something. If we can change it; it still was what it was, is what it is ... and it will be what it will be, changed or not.
Reality is one overall truth with many categories; each category having its truths.
... like a table with 2 rubies, 3 diamonds & 5 emeralds on it.
In this context, it is intelligent to say, " There are many truths."
However, it is absurd to say, " There are many contrary truths."
... trickery aside, it is absurd to say on the same table are 2 & 6 rubies.
Data contrary to a fact, is a fault, opposing the truth; if appropriated > reality-instability.
These precepts are the foundation to psychosomatic-stability: a reality-checklist for evaluating our perceptions. Positive & negative perception influences emotional reaction & performance, but does not dictate facts. When evaluating facts about truth, allowing emotions to override logic, distorts perception, causing reality-instability. Opinions based on sound logistical-determinations, derived from undeniable-facts, should pave the way for balanced emotions. The 'avoidance tactic' of jumping to emotional conclusions before clear evaluation is unstable with ultimate consequences. *21 < for more, on balanced thinking.
You have your truth - I have my truth ... is a social-political oxymoron. If what we think is absolute reality-truth, then nobody's thinking is wrong & there are no absolute values. Nobody is wrong, so we impose no consequences; to do so is hypocrisy. Defending ourselves against those doing what they think is right, is imposing on their reality-truth. Let those incarcerated & certified go free to pillage a deceived world.
Obviously, this is absurd! However, many advocate this type of confusion when they are intellectually cornered, even supposed intellectuals. Of course, they only advocate this fallacy as far as they feel comfortable, not considering this false-logic has no barriers.
Most people are open minded until confronted with truth outside their comfort zone. They avoid by emotionally reacting with an internal illogical rebuttal ... they think nobody sees. They believe it is their right to irrationally reject reasonable reasoning. They demand freedom without liability. To many, "there is NO right or wrong" ...
until you cross their boundaries. Just offer to abuse whatever is precious to them.
Believe it; not only every word & action has a consequence ... but every thought. What if we knew our minds were being perpetually monitored? Obviously, we would consider all things in our heads more comprehensively ... you would think ... & society would be healed ... right? Thus, why are so many that say they believe in God so messed up? ...
SELF-SERVING comes to mind ... regardless of knowing the potential consequences!
FREEDOM IS RESPONSIBILITY
Only the 'truly' open minded, persist through emotional distortions, into a clear logical comprehension ... comfortable or not. Only then ... is there a chance to get it right ... not a surety ... but ... a hope ... in trusting the LOVING - TRUTH ... not ourselves.
The truth is love !!!
When considering the possible existence of any entity (living, non-living, intelligent or non-intelligent) ...
there are only "3" possibilities:
zero or ...
one or ...
multiple ... of the considered item in existence.
Thus, considering the 'possible' existence of a God there are only "3" possibilities :
no God or ...
one God or ...
more than one God ... however many there be.
no = zero = nothing to comment on, except unstable people promoting something that does not exist.
one or more = whatever, whoever that God or Gods may be it, he, she, or them.
If there is:
no God - then those who believe in one God, believe in and talk to someone or something that does not exist. How non-intelligent is that? Those who believe in more than one God are even wackier.
one God - then those who do not believe in God are wrong because there is a God (whoever, whatever that God may be). Those who believe in more than one God are also wrong because there is only one God.
more than one God - then those who believe in only one God are wrong because there is more than one (however many there be). Those who believe there is no God are even more wrong because there is not only one God but more than one God.
If there is no God, believing is not going to make nothing into something.
If there is a God or Gods, not believing, is not going to make that God or Gods go away. It has nothing to do with 'seeing' because there are many things that exist that we have not seen.
So what's the point ???
There are only "3" religious - philosophical possibilities:
those that believe in no God atheists
those that believe in one God monotheists
those that believe in more than one God polytheists
The point is these 3 groups cannot all be correct because they contradict each other. Logistically, one group is right and two groups are wrong, even if we don't know which. Thus 2 of these groups are promoting lies, hence cannot 'truly' prove what they promote.
A fact cannot be disproved & a non-fact cannot be proved.
One might think otherwise, only to be wrong.
We do not have to know we are wrong, to be wrong.
A 4th group, agnostics, acknowledges they do not know the answer. But do they want to?
Thus, to say "It does not matter what religion you are," is illogical. This is a politically correct, factually incorrect, evasive and cowardly statement. But some would say, "There is goodness and truth in all religions" Satanism? How much goodness and truth? I'm sure even the worst cult-murderer had some truth and goodness in him.
Many profess they are not religious. The issue is not religious or not, but true or false religion. All of us are religious the definition of religion*2 does not confine itself to named religions but in basic concept applies to our beliefs about our existence; what life is about how and why we exist according to our perception how we should live. Essentially, religion incorporates our philosophy of life based on our perception of life. Hence, religion and philosophy are essentially complimentary / synonymous concepts. 'Each' person's opinions about why and how life is lived, constitute 'their' religious-philosophy, with or without a name.
Further, we all have common religious-philosophy and we all have personal religious-philosophy. Our common religious-philosophy makes it possible for us to harmoniously, socially and communally co-exist and our personal religious-philosophy contributes to our individual uniqueness. No 2 people agree on everything no two Christians, no two Catholics, no two Buddhists, no two Moslems, no two atheists, no two agnostics, no two Satanists agree on everything.
Also, all of us are 'preachers.' We all promote (preach) our beliefs by what we do not just what we say. But are we preaching (promoting) the truth or deception?
So, Do we foolishly dispute over words, or do we compliment each other by understanding and applying the true, logistical concepts of life.
Two topics we should not talk about ... religion and politics two of the most important topics of our social co-existence. These topics are not the problem the solution is intelligent discussion in a 'reasonable' manner.
What about eternity ?
What was was.
What is is.
However, what the future will be is most important.
... so what does our eternal future have in store for us?
There are only "4" possibilities:
We live; we die, "THE END."
We live; we die, then come back in a different form.
We live; we die, then go to a good or bad place but can change it when we get there.
We live; we die, and then go to a good or bad place forever !!!
The first three do not pose serious permanent consequences, the fourth does.
Wisdom would investigate the 4th consideration 1st ...
if true we better deal with it. If not true, there's not much to worry about.
Those proclaiming, "people are going to hell" if not true they are SICK !!!
... but what if they are right ?
The 4th consideration - heaven & hell, is primarily derived from the Bible ... so we dont have to look far for our investigation. Some groups truly represent what the Bible says, many do not. Simply reading it will reveal who are representative and who are not.
But is it true ???
Many say that it cannot be proven others say you just have to believe or just have faith. Biblically, faith is a fact - 'a knowing something,' with an appropriate response ...
not 'a wishing something.'
Contrary to common misconception, the Bible and the God of the Bible can be proven true and reliable historically, archaeologically, mathematically and scientifically.
Let us consider some facts.
The Bible is approximately 1,200 pages; the Old Testament approximately 900 pages the New Testament, approx. 300 pages. It was written over an approx. 1,500 year period of time with Moses giving us the first five books of the Old Testament, approx. 1,500 BC and Malachi giving us the last book of the Old Testament, approx. 400 BC. The New Testament was written by the Disciples of Christ in the first century AD.
If true, God testifies over 3000 times, through the scriptures, the writers were as His secretaries writing what He said, not what they thought He said. The same way an individual today uses a secretary to convey a message to others. Try telling a government official, "You didnt write the letter, your secretary did, therefore we did not believe it."
There are multiple Bible translations. We can check the accuracy of each translation by comparing them to the true manuscripts. Most Bible translations preserve the main concepts about God, His moral values & His account of the past, present & future. *24
If some scripture errors be proven, do we discard all scripture. We don't write off other writings because of some errors. There must be substantial errors, unless we are avoiding reality. If wise, we don't stop listening to our instructors because of a few mistakes or disagreements. Do we give equal opportunity to biblical instructors? Some think they can avoid reality. If God is avoidance is not excused, but liable !!!
Supposedly, God dictated the scriptures to men; educated, uneducated, rich and poor; living in different centuries and different places; being told by God about the past, present and future. They were all given a portion of the hundreds of scriptures that painted a picture of the future before it happened and happens. There was minimal opportunity to get together and corroborate on this information. Even if they could have corroborated, they could 'not' control the distant future.
Prophecy being fulfilled in our time; the Jews returning to Israel in 1948; foretold by Isaiah ~750 years BC, Jeremiah ~600 years BC, and Daniel ~550 BC. ~2,500 years before it happened. Until 1948, Israel had not substantially been a sovereign nation since they were conquered by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon; Jerusalem falling in 586 BC. No other nation has ever been dispersed for more than 500 years and become a nation again, yet Israel did after 2,500 years, as biblically prophesied, even after Rome totally desecrated them in the early 2nd century AD.
Over 300 prophecies fulfilled in the life of Jesus; over 30 major prophecies; scientists applied statistics to "12" prophecies, calculating the probability of just those 12 prophecies happening by coincidence was 1 over 10 to the 18th power = 1/10,000,000,000,000,000,000. In statistics, a probability of 95/100 = fact and a probability of 98/100 = absolute fact.
Thus, the probability of a cause and effect relationship between the source of these 12 prophecies and their fulfillment is 99.999,999,999,999,999,999/100.
Fact, the source of the prophecies was related to their fulfillment. Reality, the source of the prophecies & their fulfillment is more intelligent & powerful than humans.
This is considering only a dozen of the hundreds of Biblical prophecies.
Not science, but scientists can be in denial. Can it be counted, the number of times the scientific community has told us something is safe and then years later when the truth can no longer be suppressed, they come out making themselves the heroes saying, "We just discovered such and such is carcinogenic." The scientific method*1 is true and accurate but like a high powered rifle and scope, its functionality is only as good as the person using it, accurately or inaccurately, for good or for bad.
Let us EXAMINE just "6" prophecies :
1) Let us consider Isaiah, chapter 7, verse 14 (~ 742 BC) ...
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." 
~740 years before Jesus (the) Christ was born, God said He would be born of a virgin and called in Hebrew, Emmanuel meaning, "(the) God with us." God stated through Isaiah, the messiah would be an ordinary man born of an ordinary woman, yet God God incarnate. God created us in His image, then He came to earth in our image and showed us how to get it right - keep it right!
2) Isaiah, chapter 9, verse 6 (~ 740 BC)
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and
his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Wonderful < Hebrew = a miracle. Jesus was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit not a man. He lived a life of miracles. As our Counselor he showed & told us what is right & wrong, and how to live selflessly for God, instead of selfishly for this world & ourselves.
Jesus, was, is and always will be the mighty God, The everlasting Father. Question, "How can Jesus be the everlasting Father when He is the Son?" Scripture declares, God is one infinite, eternal Spirit, 'Everlasting Father,' who declares His name as Jehovah, meaning self existent one, beyond our comprehension; who 'manifests' himself in three forms that we can comprehend; Father = authority, Son = friend, Holy Spirit = everywhere. If we will submit to Father God's authority; He will save us from the consequences of our sins and be our friend through Jesus, His Son; then teach and guide us by His Holy Spirit.
Figuratively, think of your fist as FATHER GOD, with three fingers projecting outward symbolizing the three manifestations of God. Just as your fist and fingers are one, yet individual; individual, yet one thus it is with God and the three manifestations of God. Jesus as God is Father. Jesus as one of the manifestations of God, is the Son. Can I not be the father of my son, while I am the son of my father. It is simply a matter of context. Such scriptures are stumbling stones for those looking for an excuse not to believe.
We sing about Jesus being The Prince of Peace every Christmas or Christday.
It would be great if our attitude was CHRISTDAY every day!
Entering into an eternal relationship with God grants us access to awesome peace!
3) Jeremiah, chapter 23, verses 5 & 6 (~ 599 BC)
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto (King) David a righteous Branch (descendant - Jesus), and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called,
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." 
THE LORD = #3068 YhoΖvaΖh, yeh-ho-vaw; from 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: Jehovah, the Lord. 
The Hebrew word #3068 (Strong's #'g system) is translated interchangeably as "Jehovah" or "the Lord". Directly translated, "Jehovah." Indirectly translated, "the Lord," inferring "Jehovah." You can check everything out in the original languages without even being able to spell or read Hebrew or Greek by using this numbering system. Like using any directory, no special education is needed just a desire for truth.
Jesus has three names. Jesus, means savior He sacrificially died to save us from the consequences of our sins. Emmanuel, means, God with us God walked with us in Jesus. Jehovah, the collective name of God thus the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus also has a number of titles King of Kings, Lord of Lords, The Word of God, The Lamb of God, etc. as we can be called King, Doctor, Ph.D., etc.
Jesus was a descendant of King David, who lived about a thousand years before him, hence the reference of the Branch, as in the family tree.
OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, stated aforetime that Jesus would sacrifice his life and die for ours sins, making us righteous in him, through the shedding of his blood. He would pay the penalty for our wrongdoings so that we could go free live with a clear conscience in this life and inherit eternal existence with him in the next life.
4) Micah, Chapter 5, verse 2 (~ 710 BC) God foretells,
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." 
~700 years before it happened, the messiah will be born in Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary resided in Nazareth of Galilee, distant from Bethlehem. People of that era did not travel much unless they were nomads or traders, etc. Joseph was a carpenter. Caesar Augustus, emperor of Rome chose to tax his empire. Joseph and Mary being descendants of King David had to go back to Bethlehem, the city of David, where David was born, to be taxed. They were not there by their own choice; they had no choice. There was no room in the inn because of all the other people there to be taxed, thus Jesus being born in a manager.
The end of this verse decisively states, the messiah (Jesus), who would be born in Bethlehem, has not only existed from of old but from everlasting. Here, the word everlasting in both Hebrew and English means days of always, eternity. According to scripture, God informs that only He has always existed from eternity.
5) Zechariah, chapter 11, verses 12 & 13 (~ 487 BC)
"And I (God) said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 13And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD." 
~500 years later, the Pharisees paid Judas exactly 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus. Now, reading Matthew chapter 27, verses 1 - 10
"When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 2And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. 3Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. 7And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. 9Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy (Jeremiah) the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; 10And gave them for the potters field, as the Lord appointed me."
This detailed and very specific prophecy was fulfilled by people who did not believe and were against the idea of Jesus being the messiah. The Pharisees who did not believe that Jesus was the messiah and were against him and therefore obviously not trying to fulfill prophecy yet, as prophesied they paid exactly 30 pieces of silver to Judas to betray Jesus. Judas, suffering great anxiety over what he had done, cast the 30 pieces of silver into the temple, which is the house of the LORD, as prophesied. The Pharisees did not want to put the silver blood money into the treasury of the house of Lord; blood money they paid so they bought a "Potter's field," or "field of blood" to bury strangers in, as prophesied.
A point of interest; Jeremiah is referenced in Mathew 27:9 because terms like, "Potters Field" and, "field of blood" transcended out of prophecies God spoke through him about 50 years before God spoke through Zechariah the additional precise pieces of this prophecy. The stumbling block here for the nay-Sayers is that not mentioning Zechariah makes this reference in Mathew incomplete, not inaccurate.
6) Daniel, chapter 9, verse 25 (~ 538 BC) God proclaims,
"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks (69 weeks): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." 
Proclaimed at the end of the Babylonian empire. About a century later, King Artaxerxes of the Persian-Median Empire, 457 BC, commanded Ezra to restore and to build Jerusalem. Approximately 445 BC, the same king also gave commandment to Nehemiah, to restore the wall. As prophesied, troublesome times made it necessary for the Jews to wear swords while they were rebuilding the wall, to protect themselves.
A week is seven so, 69 x 7 = 483. 457 BC + 483 Gentile years brings us to 26 AD. There is no year zero so we add one year, giving us 27 AD when Jesus was commencing his ministry.
From the day King Artaxerxes commanded Nehemiah to restore the wall in 445 BC + 483 Jewish prophetic years of exactly 360 days each, brings us to the Sunday Jesus entered Jerusalem the week he was crucified.
If Jesus was not the messiah; there never can be a messiah because this prophecy was double time locked to the very specific time period it was fulfilled.
These are but a few of the hundreds of prophecies in the Bible. Approximately, 85% of all Bible prophecy has been fulfilled; leaving only fifteen percent which is yet to happen, is happening and will happen. No prophecies have failed. Every time somebody has told me that there is an error in scripture or that some prophecy did not happen; when I researched it, I have found those accusations to be untrue. Please, feel free to inform or question the author concerning Biblical or scientific considerations you may have.
A study of modern day 'secular' (non Biblical) prophets / occultists / astrologers / prognosticators, etc., revealed that their prophetic predictions were not even 10% accurate, yet they have great followings Why? They tickle the ears with intrigue.
Even if the Bible was not 100 percent prophetically accurate it still would be much more precise than any other prophetic source, yet unwise persons tend to be 'conveniently' skeptical & play the long-shot on the wrong side of eternity.
Over twenty years ago it became very obvious to me, the intellectual source of Biblical scripture has to be supernatural; definitely more intelligent and powerful than we are only asking us to do good. Considering the stakes are so high, eternal pleasure versus eternal discomfort it would be extremely foolish not to comply.
Most societies bring up their children with moral standards similar to the Bible but presume the standards change when they become adults. Young people observe their elders' hypocrisies & ... adapt / adopt / rebel ... each generation becoming worse > destruction, unless there is a revival. Elders are perplexed at youth conduct worse than theirs, yet they decline from God's precepts; proof on Judgment Day, they can comprehend more & choose not to. The Biblical Author declares one moral standard for all (young and old) ... for we are all his children.
In concluding, let us consider one final prophecy the final chapter of the last book of the Old Testament which is followed by 400 years of prophetic silence to distance the Old Testament prophetic writings from their New Testament prophetic fulfillments the all knowing God being fully aware of the foolish, presumptuous, prejudicial and even corrupt debates and disputes that would fallow.
God through Malachi, Chapter four (~ 432 BC) "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2But unto you that fear my name shall
the Sun of righteousness (Jesus) arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
4Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet (John the Baptist in the spirit of Elijah) before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." 
Time to wake up ... it is happening!
So, will thinking the cheque is good stop it from bouncing?
God has, is and will with all His power without violating 'our free will,' because he did not make us machines − encourage us through our conscience to make the appropriate-reality-choices in this life, so that our perception of reality agrees enough with Him (Who is never wrong), so that when we get to the bank-teller in heaven ... our Reality-Cheque to enter will be good !!!
Believe it or not God through the Bible says there is a Satan who has, is and will do everything in his power, to discourage us through our conscience from believing this reality and influence us to use our free will to make the wrong choices in this life, so that when we get to the bank-teller in heaven ... our cheque will bounce all the way down to hell where we will believe forever after it is too late !!!
Understanding rational versus irrational reasoning, dialogue & behavior ...
is achievable, to the degree we comprehend & respond appropriately to this fact; logistical scientific-based-reality determines there is an absolute universal moral foundation, intelligently designed for intelligent beings, by an intelligent Creator ... thus we should behave accordingly. As a plea of "ignorance" will return a "guilty" verdict in an earthly court, so it is in Heaven.
Finally ... if my honest logistical perception of reality be clear, thus I correctly conclude 'beyond a reasonable doubt' (contrary to opposing considerations of far less reasonable significance) that the Bible must be true ... thus ... there must be one God ... consequently the BIBLE (Be Informed Before Leaving Earth) is His 'Instruction Manual' to us (when all else fails, read the instructions); His loving instructions (not dictatorial but best for all concerned & selfless), wisely portrayed in His accurate account of history & His unfailing prophetic declarations of the future; facilitating efficient assimilation of His good loving values by incorporating them into true intriguing events, depicting the consequences of individual & communal wise & unwise choices ... then:
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THE BLESSINGS OF GOD BE UPON YOU
The peace of God be with you !!!
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