Reality Checkpoint

I grew up in the University City of Cambridge in England. Cambridge, like Oxford, has a somewhat rarefied atmosphere. The separation of “town and gown” was fairly clear even in the 80’s during my teens.

As my teenage years went on I heard from my older brother about something called “Reality Checkpoint” – I asked him what it was. It was an old Victorian, cast-iron lamppost in the middle of a green space called Parker’s Piece. Parker’s Piece was divided by two diagonal paths, and in the centre, where they crossed, was the only source of light – the lamppost named by locals Reality Checkpoint.

How it got this name, it is not clear, although one theory is that it related to the problems of crossing Parker’s Piece in the dark or in the fog, and being unsure of your whereabouts without the lamppost to guide you. The name stuck though. Other theories are postulated, and the post now has its own Wikipedia page (Link).

In my youth the words Reality Checkpoint were continually scratched into the paintwork of the base, as you can see here:

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By Cmglee – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Every time it was painted over, some wag would do it again. Eventually the council renovated the lamppost fully (it now being, believe it or not, a Grade II listed structure), and when they did, they clearly decided to honour all those rebels, and whoever it was who first named the post, and now its name is there, picked out in gold paint for all to see.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_Checkpoint

It looks great. I am rather fond of Reality Checkpoint, having passed it many times on various nights out in Cambridge.

But why am I telling you all this?

There is another Reality Checkpoint – one which we must have if we are to cross the dark, to navigate in the world: The bible – the very word of God!

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In 1 Corinthians 13:12 we are told:

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

The glass there is a mirror, but it’s the verse which sprang to mind when thinking of crossing the fog, the dark – we struggle to see our way without Reality Checkpoint.

Everything that is going on in the vile darkness of this world has to be navigated by us. The evil is so prevalent – and we have to know our way.

When we doubt what is real from what is fake we need our Reality Checkpoint. We need to refer to the word of God to see if these things be so: [emphasis added]

Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. Acts 17:10-12 NKJV

We need to cling – not drunkenly to a lamppost in the fog, but to the word of God in these last days. Our bible should be with us!

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The story of Reality Checkpoint is an illustration of what we, as people, do when we cannot find our way – when there is little to point the way safely for us we invent our own way – we lean on our own understanding, as we might rely on a cast-iron lamppost in the fog.

The bible is there to be a lamp unto our feet:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 NKJV

Praise the LORD!

We can walk more surely when we close our minds around the word of God.

God Bless you

Lis

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Judgement must begin at the house of God (1 Peter 4:17)

Today we see that education secretary Justine Greening thinks that the Church of England should change its stance on same sex marriage, in line with the modern world.

I quote: (Link)

She told Sky News: ‘I think it is important that the church in a way keeps up and is part of a modern country.

‘I wouldn’t prescribe to them how they should deal with that but I do think we are living in a country where people broadly recognise that attitudes are in a different place now to where they were many, many years ago.

‘We have allowed same sex marriage, that is a massive step forward for the better and for me, I think people do want to see our major faiths keep with modern attitudes in our country.’

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! Of course, because keeping up with the fading morals of a depraved society is, apparently, exactly what the church should do. Who on earth would agree with that if they had ever read the bible? Well there are enough hypocritical preachers around, saying exactly that, teaching that we are wrong to condemn homosexual behaviour. The church is very much divided on this issue, conflating love and license into one horrible mess which is offensive to God.

The comments I have seen regarding her speech, of course, are all along the same lines, of ‘try telling the mosques to do that!’

But islam is keeping some kind of law. It’s law is a counterfeit of God’s Law, but they are not hypocritical about it, and indeed I have said before that I believe it is God’s judgement on His lost people (Europe) to be ruled over by sharia, since they will not rule themselves by His Torah!

Judgement begins at the house of God – the C of E will abandon, shortly, I suspect, all pretence of biblical belief, having already embraced transgender sex reassignment blessings (!), thus showing they do not believe that God is all powerful and infallible! God does not make mistakes.

There is little hope in any of our churches – one by one they will either succumb to this foolishness, or they will be forced to (again they are all hypocrites, so this judgement has to come).

The church teaches that the law is done away with – it teaches that we are under Grace, as if that alone should cover all our guilt. We are then left in a sea of moral decision making – because the moral code of Christianity is not bible based (because they reject the law). This leaves wide open doors for satan to come in and deceive them. They wander from one moral viewpoint to another – leaning on their own understanding as to what is right and wrong.

It’s tragic, because God’s Torah is perfect – His way and His will is for His people to have it written on our hearts. To love Him and His law and to follow it with joy!

Until, or unless we do this, we are open to error, sin, foolishness and judgement.

A prayer to pray: “Heavenly Father, teach me to love what you love, and teach me to hate what you hate!” Amen!

Read more: Homosexuality – tolerance leads to suffering

God Bless you

Lis