Much Dreaming and Many Words

I can’t say that I have a favourite Bible verse. There are many that I return to time and again, according to my mood and the season of my life. One of those is Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” It means a lot to me, particularly in my current season. But I didn’t want to talk about that today because it’s too well known and too obvious – I like to not be obvious! But the word “fear” struck me. I know the Bible has a lot to say about fear, so I looked for more examples and this verse leapt out:

Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.
(Ecclesiastes 5:7)

This is a verse I want to keep in my heart, for several reasons.

It comes at the end of a passage in which the writer is warning about making hasty vows to God. It’s very easy to make promises in the heat of the moment, at a time of desperation. But God knows whether you are able to keep that promise, and He won’t be impressed if you make one that you can’t follow through with. Why would you try to impress God anyway? Maybe you say something unwise in a public situation not to impress God, but (consciously or not) to impress other people. That’s just as foolish, or maybe more so.

Out of context there are other subtle variations of the message that appeal to me: why keep dreaming impossible, and meaningless, dreams? Make your aspirations realistic, so you can achieve them and actually do some good instead of just talking about doing something great.

I like to play with the phrase “many words are meaningless” as a warning not to babble on about things, just to keep to the point, and keep it short and simple. I’ve certainly sat through some sermons where this would apply! And I know I’m sometimes guilty of using six words where one will do!

But I can’t help smiling most at the blunt conclusion “Therefore fear God.” At the end of the day, whatever we think, whatever we say, and indeed whatever we do, it’s not about us, it’s about God, and that’s where our focus should be throughout the good, the bad and the ugly days.

So in very simple terms, the verse is telling us: “Say what you mean, mean what you say, keep your feet on the ground, and put God first.” That’s wisdom to hold on to every day.

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    What is the mode and purpose of water baptism according to the Scriptures?

    What is the mode and purpose of baptism according to denominational tradition?

    First of all it needs to be established that the word baptism was not translated in most translations of the Bible; it was transliterated.

    TRANSLITERATE DEFINED: To change (letters, words, etc.) into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language. Reference:


    Acts 8:36 As they were going down the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look ! Here’s some water! Is there any reason why I shouldn’t be immersed?” (Complete Jewish Bible)

    Acts 8:36 And, as they went on their way, they came to a certain water; and the eunuch said, Look, here is water; what is there to hinder me from being immersed? (The Better Version of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

    According to certain man-made denominational traditions baptismal mode is a multiple choice of immersion, sprinkling or pouring. There are no Scriptures stating that Christian baptism is by sprinkling nor by pouring.

    Immersion is the translated word. There is no translation stating, “What hinders me from being sprinkled nor from being poured.”


    Mark 16:16 He who has believed, and has been immersed, will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (T.B.V.O.T.N.T)

    According to some man-made denominational traditions, he who has believed is saved already and then is baptized in water as an act of obedience.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Let each one of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (T.B.V.O.T.N.T.)

    According to some man-made denominational tradition men are baptized in water because they have already had their sins forgiven.

    Acts 22:16 And now, why do you delay? Arise, and be immersed, and wash away your sins, calling on his name. (T.B.V.O.T.N.T.)

    According to some man-made denominational traditions, Saul was commanded to arise and be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

    Colossians 2:12 Having been buried with him by immersion, by which also you were raised up with him, through the belief of the strong working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive together with himself, and freely forgave us all our trespasses. (T.B.V.O.T.N.T.)

    According to some man-made denominational traditions, men are buried with Christ in baptism so they can be forgiven of the original sin of Adam and Eve.

    John 3:5 Jesus said, Truly, indeed, I say to you, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (T.B.V.O.T.N.T.)

    According to some man-made denominational tradition men cannot enter the kingdom of God unless they were born of amniotic fluid at childbirth.

    Romans 6:4-7 We were, therefore, buried with him by immersion into death; that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, thus we also should walk in newness of life……7 For he who died has been justified from sin.(T.B.V.O.T.N.T.)

    According to man-made denominational tradition, men are walking in a new life the minute they believe in Jesus and they were justified from sin before they were baptized in water.

    According to man-made tradition: Baptism is for a testimony of faith to the community. Baptism is in order to join the denomination of your choice. Baptism is not essential for the forgiveness of sin. Baptism is a work of righteousness. Baptism is for the forgiveness of original sin. Baptism is essential in order to join the Baptist church, but not essential in order to go to heaven.

    Man-made traditions are called man-made tradition because they are not found in the Bible.

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