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Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
3:59 pm - No Such Thing As Luck - A Biblical Perspective

charliejohnston
Luck’s True Identity

Luck is a much-used word in our modern-day vocabulary. We hear it used over and over again today. Good and bad luck are concepts we actually have known about from our youth. References to luck being the direct cause behind this-and-that event are as commonplace to us as the daily rising of the sun. What luck truly is and is not, however, are going to become fully evident shortly.
The following straightforward presentation of luck’s true meaning should be tremendously helpful to those who need honest answers about this wayward concept. First we will look at what luck is not:
Luck is not fate, fortune lot, destiny, or chance. All of these concepts are outgrowths of pagan idolatry. They describe the meaningless qualities and attributes of false, pagan gods. Consequently, they are bogus concepts that describe nothing existing in reality – they cannot rightfully define luck.

Luck is not an inexplicable force that cannot be understood, explained, or accounted for. The natural-minded, irrational man mistakenly imagined the existence of a force called luck, and then said, “It can not be explained.” The only forthright and truthful explanation for the ultimate forces behind good and evil, however, are clearly defined by God’s Word – our Bible. There are no other spiritual forces affecting our lives beyond those named by this greatest of all books, and upon this reality we can confidently rest.

Luck is not a source of prosperity, nor is it the cause of evil and destruction. Early in their existence, men denied God and His Word. They began to devise their own explanations and beliefs about the causes of prosperity and destruction. Eventually, in Roman times, men attributed prosperity to a goddess named Fortuna. Today, the goddess Fortuna is called luck and people continue to foolishly and mistakenly credit it with the power to bestow prosperity. The true and abiding source of prosperity, however, is God, the Creator of heaven and earth. The blessings we enjoy in life are from Him. The source of evil, destruction, and death is from the archenemy of God, called the devil or Satan.

Additionally, luck is none of the following:
An innocent, harmless, crutch-word that can be used without any real impact or consequences.
A natural impulse operating through personal instinct.
A force that comes and goes in cycles.
An accident, happenstance or circumstance.

Now that we have established what luck is not, finally we can move ahead with certainty and accurately name what luck is, and what it has been, throughout its sordid history.

Luck is a religious devotion. Those who embrace its meaning, sing its praises. They pay it homage. They bow to it within the depths of their hearts and minds, seeking its blessing and summoning its protection from harm’s way. They believe in luck’s power and they attribute its works to many categories of life. Their outstanding confession, and the manner in which they embrace luck, certainly is a religious devotion. A Confession of luck is surely a religious acknowledgement of one’s belief in the power of a god.

Luck is a corruption of sound thought and will. It was after Adam lost his spiritual connection with God that the sound thinking of men and women started to corrupt. The foolish reasoning of natural-minded men sought to elevate their thinking above God’s Word. The evil conclusions of godless men attributed prosperity and safety to idolatrous gods- gods they had imagined and made with the works of their own hands. Their corrupted theology ascribed power to objects that had no power.

Luck is a misguided belief in the existence of a metaphysical god. The supposed god of luck is mysteriously hidden from view; nevertheless, many believe it is a generating force causing good, and working evil. Although there is no physical semblance to see or touch, active belief in this metaphysical god continues. Popular belief in luck is kept alive by the metaphysical teachings of mythology. This bewildering body of metaphysical theology has been elevated to a place almost like Scripture. These legendary, “scripture-like” records have captivated people’s believing. They depict the defining qualities of what luck is. It is to the unsound, idolatrous images of chance, fate, destiny, and fortune that they give homage. Luck has become the modern embodiment of these ancient pagan theologies, and it is to this metaphysical luck god that people knell with reverence in their thinking and believing.
The following is a three sentence, concise, “nutshell” summation for the meaning of luck:
Luck is a religious devotion, an idolatrous confession, a corruption
of sound thought and will. It is a misguided belief in the existence
of a metaphysical god; a denial of cause and effect. Luck is passive
submission to fatalistic thinking; a doctrine of devils that stands
diametrically opposed to the Word of God.
Not exactly the dictionary’s definition, but free from cloudiness. It paints a clear picture. It accurately points out truth and exposes error.
The next time a good intentioned friend or acquaintance wishes you “good luck”, be ready. Tell them you had rather have their heartfelt prayers. Tell them how you look to your Heavenly Father for His blessings upon the activities of your life. Let them know it is God who enriches and protects. Let them know that confessing luck is just a modern day form of idolatry. Teach them to count on God. God is always faithful to His Word.
As “luck would have it” is no longer available; it is no longer a viable option. Luck has had its day and that day has ended. It has been buried and laid to rest. All of us can now say, with tremendous authority, “There is no such thing as luck!”

Excerpts from the last chapter of Charlie P. Johnston’s book, No Such Thing As Luck – A Biblical Perspective, available at www.JohnstonPublications.com or Amazon.com.
Copyright © 2005 by Charlie P. Johnston Jr. All rights reserved.

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004
9:02 am - Hmmm

antithese
Any of you guys see the movie The passion of the christ? I just saw it last night and I'm curious what others thought about it.

current mood: curious

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2004
6:31 pm - Just a few questions

antithese
Here in South Dakota there is a bill that is being looked over to be passed about abotrion. This Bill will say that life actually begins at conception and would make abortion illigal in the state of South Dakota.

This leads me to a question for you all. Aborion..a choice or murder?


(I know where I stand, I just want to see where you stand on this issue and why)

current mood: curious

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Thursday, January 15th, 2004
11:22 am - Hey

antithese
Yeah, I guess you could call me the latest newbie in a sense. I tend to find myself with a lot of questions along the lines of this comminuty, So I hope that here I can find a few answers, and maybe help out a few people who have the same questions I've had in the past.

current mood: content

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Thursday, December 18th, 2003
8:51 am - Hello, all

kherezae
This community hasn't been posted in since April so it obviously isn't active, but I thought that perhaps some of the people who have it on their friends list might see my post. A revival of sorts would be nice for this community; it addresses some issues near to my heart. I love debating and I was recently questioning my religion. I'm agnostic now... Pretty well atheist, but I'm not completely closing my mind until I know a lot more about all the different religions.

Just post your thoughts and I will respond.

current mood: blank

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003
6:35 pm

syphonuk
Does anyone believe in reincarnation? If so, do you believe the purpose is to gain experience before transending to a higher existance? Or do you believe the point is to live a blameless life and we keep coming back until we have achieved this goal, being punished all the while for deeds committed in the previous existance?

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Friday, April 18th, 2003
7:12 pm

syphonuk
Random, sort of religious, question

If the Turin Shroud thing was real and they took DNA from the material, could they clone Jesus? And if so, would this be the Second Coming?

I'm not a total believer or non-believer but maybe that is what God is waiting for, i.e. mankind to make the move.

Hmm...

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2002
8:51 pm - Hello!

taka_kitsune
Hey! I'm new to this community. Stumbled across it in one of my frequent random wanderings of livejournal and found it really interesting.
I hope you may find me equally thought-provoking. ^_^

current mood: awake

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Friday, August 9th, 2002
3:48 pm

iwantyouback
i thought you guys (since this is a semi-religious toned community) might want to see pictures from my recent missions trip.

here they are. :)

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Thursday, August 8th, 2002
8:32 am

lordreaibn
*yawn*

How is everyone? I am not awake yet, but I am sure that after this caffeine kicks in I will be... *grabs pillow*

By the way, two days ago it rained in Memphis. A good, steady downpour. And you know what happened? A bajillion accidents! Because Memphis drivers forget how to drive (not like they ever knew how to drive well in the first place) the minute the first drop of rain hits their dash. They lose all reason, all coherent thought...

Some drivers start going 100 Mph, because after all its raining and... well I have no clue what their rationale is, actually. Other drivers start going 30 mph, which would be fine if the rain was making it so you couldnt see... but not so fine when its a light shower. Morons.

Bottom line: they all suck!

*mutter* Ok im awake now. :)

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Thursday, July 25th, 2002
8:08 am - Discussion

cometogether
Let's get some discussion going,here's a topic that hits me right here *points to heart* :)

Divorce

Right? Wrong?

The OT condones it..in the new Jesus said:

You have been taught that a man who divorces his wife must write out divorce papers for her. But I tell you not to divorce your wife unless she has committed some terrible sexual sin. If you divorce her, you will cause her to be unfaithful, just as any man who marries her is guilty of taking another man's wife.

So I'm divorced and engaged...is it wrong for me to marry again? (I mean I don't think it is..just trying to get clarification) I know ministers who are divorced & re-married..So..what's the deal?

M

current mood: curious

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8:08 am - Discussion

cometogether
Let's get some discussion going,here's a topic that hits me right here *points to heart* :)

Divorce

Right? Wrong?

The OT condones it..in the new Jesus said:

You have been taught that a man who divorces his wife must write out divorce papers for her. But I tell you not to divorce your wife unless she has committed some terrible sexual sin. If you divorce her, you will cause her to be unfaithful, just as any man who marries her is guilty of taking another man's wife.

So I'm divorced and engaged...is it wrong for me to marry again? (I mean I don't think it is..just trying to get clarification) I know ministers who are divorced & re-married..So..what's the deal?

M

current mood: curious

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Thursday, July 18th, 2002
8:11 am - Back

lordreaibn
I am back for good everyone. My life has been crazy of late but in my absence you guys have been talking up a storm. That is awesome, and it makes me happy that this community has lots of life in it.

Keep it up, and I will get back in the groove of posting/commenting. Especially now with my Bible study software fully loaded on my work machine... *wink*

current mood: cheerful

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Friday, July 12th, 2002
9:52 am - ?

cometogether
Ok..someone help me with this one:

Genesis 32:30: Jacob said, "I have seen God face to face, and I am still alive."

John 1:18: No one has ever seen God

there's also the scripture (can't find it right now) that says: "No one has/can see God & live"

???

sooo....yea...help :)

M

current mood: curious

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Thursday, July 11th, 2002
6:50 pm - Creation vs. Evolution

dark_tyrant
I believe that you have covered this at least some-what already. But I saw some people talking about it, and decided to put up a post about it.

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12:53 pm - Not The Usual ME

dark_tyrant
I am by no means a poet, lol, nor do I have some great aspiration for it... but every once in a while you just have to write. So I sat down, this had been in my head all day... at least the truth behind it. Don't laugh too hard.



I look around and what do I see,
So many people encompassing me,
Feeling down, and crowded for space
I look up, a tear falls down my face,
Should I feel joyous, cheerful, or glad?
I tell thee nay, for popularity alone is empty,
Hopelessly I am left, feeling quite lonely.

Perhaps a new job, title, or car?
Objects and possessions, these have I gained,
Oh many too many things to be named!
Riches and power despite the cost,
Alas though, I've found these things vain,
Is there nothing to be found to ease my pain?
Hopeless again and feeling lost.

Laying in bed, thinking these thoughts,
I turn to my side and to my despair,
I see... my Bible lying there,
With a wearisome hand I reach out and touch it,
reading it something catches my eye,
holding my bible, all I can do is cry.

What joy I had long forgotten!
That is, of my Salvation!
What Christ did for us on Calvary,
Is enough to keep me from being lonely,
His love and tender hand to guide me,
Why did I turn from Him to pain?
For riches, honor, glory, and fame?

Refreshed and anew I now am all right,
Ready to face the next dawn's light,
Laying my Bible aside I stand and walk away,
Bound and determined to make it right,
A humbled soul, oh, what a glorious sight!
Before God I stand ready to walk...
But where is my Bible?

A Bible lies on the floor gathering dust,
There it remains, I'll just it ignore,
For something caught my eye...
If I can just have these to friend,
At the cost of even my standards to bend,
Maybe if I could get a new car...
And if that does not do it, then more!
My Bible still lies... on the floor.



And the vicious cycle begins again... Isn't this true in many Christians lives... you can't live your life for God by only picking your Bible up and dusting it off every Sunday. I am more so now than ever resolved to read my Bible.
Inspired by: Psalm 51:12


HEY, THIS IS TITLESS, HELP ME OUT!
Current Mood: contemplative

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2:08 am - Salutations

dark_tyrant
Hello and greetings both all, I'm new here so you don't know me, I'm a friend of featherhawks. I am writing in my journal and not just about my life either. Currently I think that there is an attempt at poem that I made. If you want to read it and give me your comments I'm all ears. I look forward to posting in the future here.

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Monday, July 1st, 2002
12:25 am - i resolve to know nothing but Jesus.

iwantyouback
in the sermon this morning, the pastor talked about the main issue: Jesus. it's not about abortion, evolution, the Pledge of Allegiance, whatever. it's about Jesus.

so i wanted to ask you all, in two categories:

to the nonchristians: what do you think of Jesus?

to the christians: what was it that first attracted you to Jesus?

current mood: inquisitive

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Thursday, June 27th, 2002
7:46 am - Why pray?

thetaet
I've got a question about prayer, and I'll use an example so I can get my point across (hopefully).

My parents left for Alaska this morning. In fact, their plan just took off about 10 minutes ago, according to the flight schedule.

Now I have been praying for their safe travel.

Let's assume for the sake of my argument that (God forbid) terrorists are on that plane and that they are going to do something. Now, if that plane is going to be attacked by terrorists, and since God knows everything in advance and knows that this is going to happen, what good are my prayers going to do? Why should I even pray them, if whatever is going to happen is already predetermined?

Maybe predetermined is the wrong word. But if God can see everything in advance, then it doesn't make sense that we can change his mind in any way by our prayers, because whatever is going to happen is going to happen anyway and God already knows about it.

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Monday, June 24th, 2002
1:06 pm - Science 06/24/02

lordreaibn
In some cases, astronomers don't even have to travel to the observatory. The sophistication of remote control devices has reached a point where an astronomer can sometimes direct a telescope's operation via computer link from his or her home or office with only a night assistant present at the observatory to open and close the facility and correct any problems that might arise with the equipment.

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current mood: nerdy

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