James 1


I often find myself led back to this scripture.  I want to share it with all of you. Some of you may be very familiar, some not at all.  It deals with wisdom, amongst other things.  James is such a meat and potatoes author that, as a guy, I can’t get enough.  I like things to be cut and dry, really simple.  I don’t like a bunch of theoretical nonsense.  I can’t stand when people mythicalize (I’m making up a word) the Bible.  It’s not for us to twist and make work for us.

James was Jesus’ brother.  Yes, His brother.  The Catholic church would have many believe that Jesus had no brothers or sisters, but the Bible is very clear that James was His brother.  They would claim that Mary died a Virgin, however, in the same breath they claim that she was sinless.  It’s one or the other.  You can’t be married, a virgin, and be sinless.  Why?  Because not consecrating the married (that means having sex with your husband) is a sin.  So she couldn’t have gotten married and not had sex with Joseph and still remained sinless.

Wow, Rabbit trail much?  Hah.  Here’s James, Jesus’ brother.

James 1

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Trials and Temptations

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

 

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  1. Dan says:

    Ahhhh, my favorite subject. First of all, even though James is a short book it is straight forward with it’s truth and wisdom.

    I had the benefit(?) of being a Catholic for 33 years. Never thought about that number before. Anyway as a child I went to Catechism every Saturday morning, (leave it to the Catholics to totally destroy a kid’s weekend lol). We were NEVER taught from The Bible, we had a seperate book or what was called The Catechism. I guess these were used to keep wise guy kid’s,such as Steve from asking questions such as, “why does the Bible say Jesus had brothers and sisters? This would result in a ruler across the hand, head, or the stare from Sister Delores that could melt Iron Man. We also were taught Mary was a Virgin (forever and ever Amen.) As children (and adults) this was never questioned since “it is not our duty to read the Bible (as a family member once said) it’s the duty of the Priest to teach us. The answer they would give to older Catholics would be “this is one of the mysteries of The Catholic Church”. I guess kind of like the Skull and Bones Society and the location of Geronimo’s skull. I also spent 3 years in Catholic School (and although I was accepted in East Catholic High School) I figured 3 was enough torture. During those 3 years we had a subject (like math or history) called Bible. We were required to buy a Bible (from the school) but never once opened it. We studied fron (da ta daaaa) The Catechism, so we were never given the opportunity to see questionable scriptures that would cause the questions Steve might ask. In fact, we were too busy being adolescent boys passing gas for our amusement or being accused of “looking at the girls patent leather shoes so we could see their bloomers”). This was actually a rule, girls were not allowed to wear these shoes because of this highly remote possibility. They even tried to forbid outside activities such as weekend parties, where we played games like spin the bottle to satisfy our curiosities. This is called control, which is one of the unfortunate results of people not thinking for themselves. There are 2 nationalities (which I will not reveal) that are so different yet so much alike. Both of these regard “mother” as a Queen. Not that mothers should not be respected but because of this Mary was placed on a pedestal causing people to pray and worship her and now in some Catholic circles they are pressuring the Pope into giving her co-redemtress status. To quickly end this, this is what happens when you have a group of people that trust man and not God’s word.

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