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Is it really that simplistic? Maybe not. Is it really that complicated? Reason tells me otherwise. Jesus always had a way of making the complicated simple. He also had a way of saying things to his audience, no matter who they might be, in a very direct manner . . . And if they were his adversaries, they were usually at a loss for words, for he completely disarmed and destroyed their caustic reply, or cleverly reasoned response.
In the case of one Nicodemus, coming to Jesus by night, this acclaimed religious leader, a ruler of the Jews, failed to recognize Jesus as the Son of God. From that point, it was all downhill for this esteemed Pharisee.
Let us examine this Bible passage again from John 3:9-12 and carefully dissect the exchange between Nicodemus and Jesus:
In the verses that precede these, Jesus tells Nicodemus what it means to be “born again,” and what that looks like. Nicodemus doesn’t get it. That’s normal. Church people never get it. And now for Jesus’ bomb shell.
Jesus tells Nicodemus in verse 11 that the knowledge, objective and without any partiality (unbiased), is absolutely essential for this man to make the right decisions in his life. What’s more, Jesus adds that his observations are spot-on—they testify. Jesus discloses that Israel’s spiritual condition is critical. The diagnosis: a dire sickness involving blindness and deafness.
Jesus tells Nicodemus amidst all of his disingenuous searching, that in spite of Jesus’ witness, Nicodemus wants nothing to do with it.
Jesus closes, by telling Nicodemus that if he rejects truth at the most fundamental of levels, namely earthly and secular, then how will Nicodemus ever recognize truth on the spiritual level.
And now, how is this truth relevant for America today. It involves every American. If the information you gather for making important decisions each day, say the news, is not objective but is actually propaganda, and you swallow the lie as though it were the truth, how will that affect your decisions? If you cannot approach the news utilizing your God-given moral conscience and recognize a lie for what it is, you have no hope of getting to that spiritual level Jesus was referring—being born again and how that transformation is to affect you.
In short, many Americans have chosen to listen to the lies of the mainstream media, the globalist’s lap dogs and surrogates. You mean to tell me you have never heard of an opposing point of view? Did you ever think of pursuing that viewpoint to see if the truth is at the other end, no matter how uncomfortable or disturbing that truth might be to you personally.
We are at a crossroads in America because many of you have rejected honest, objective reporting of the truth and exchanged it for propaganda. What’s more tragic is when people choose to believe a lie, the next step, the spiritual freedom Jesus offers, is completely off the table.
Americans are not just being bamboozled by the mainstream media, but Americans are being deceived by their own religious leaders. Yes, like Nicodemus, the ones they look to for answers regarding spiritual issues, it turns out their leaders are completely clueless.
My advice, recognize the lies for what they are, pursue the alternative viewpoint that is contrary to the one you’re hearing in the drive-by media, and get yourself a King James Bible. Read it. It’s also one of America’s founding documents. Only this sacred document is THE one on which all other founding documents must defer. Without a unified, agreed upon moral benchmark as the inerrant scriptures, America will not survive.
In John 7:45-50 Nicodemus, speaking before officers, chief priests, and his fellow Pharisees publicly cautioned the religious leadership by reminding them, “Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?” Perhaps, it appears the Holy Spirit might have been drawing Nicodemus at this point? And in John 19:39 John’s account tells us Nicodemus spent a wad of money on myrrh and aloes, 100 lb. weight, for embalming Jesus’ body. Why would he do that if he wasn’t convinced at this point, Jesus to be the Son of God?
The first step in being "born again" is the ability to recognize truth at the secular level. This involves the exercise of right and wrong, a fundamental component of personality ALL people possess. It is given to us at conception. It is called one's moral conscience. The animals don't possess one. It is one of those uniquely human attributes, given to us by our Creator Jesus Christ. It assists us in our daily tasks of determining whether news, for example, is objective, or truthful, or slanted. If you can't see the truth on this most earthly of levels, you will NEVER get to the next level, the spiritual.
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