A beautiful thought...
by Hugh Akston
A beautiful thought, but wrong.
"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his religion.
Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.
When your time comes to die,
be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death,
so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time
to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."
Satan would love to have us all worship in this way, love one another, do no harm, be at peace with all men, live in strength, die a hero. All on your own without God; earn your own salvation; Give thanks... to whom? This is the problem with live and let live, Satan loves it. Let the other do as he wishes and do not warn him of his sin, let him die in it instead.
Athens had this problem the Unknown God.
Acts 17:23-24  For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
So it is apparent that Tecumseh knew that a God existed, just not who he was.
Romans 1:20-22  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
All men know God exists; some just deny him, wishing to be the ones in control of their lives they refuse to acknowledge the God of Creation.
This idea even includes the Golden rule, a thing which Satan does not object to, as long as it does not point to Christ.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
So why can Satan be so magnanimous? Because if it does not point to the Cross and Christ it does not point to salvation. Satan loves universalism, coexistence, and the Buddhist peace party. Satan loves for people to recite John 3:16 as long as they do not quote John 3:14-21.
Matthew 7:13-14  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
And here is the condemnation, Satan and men want to deny to others what they themselves will not have.
Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in [yourselves], neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
So why should I care? What you choose to do is between you and God. If I see a man eating nightshade, I will warn him of the poison, if he chooses to keep eating, it is on him; I warned him.
Ezekiel 3:17-21  Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.  When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.  Again, When a righteous [man] doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous [man], that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
There are some who will not hear the word of God that is on them not me; it is my duty to proclaim the Gospel, not to make you believe; only God can make you believe. Salvation is a gift of God; no one can buy his way into Heaven with good deeds or money. God cannot be coerced or bribed by our actions. God is Sovereign in all that he does and is answerable to no man. There is one answer to all the questions we may have about God, Heaven and the Bible: God is Sovereign.
Just my thoughts for today.