I do not like to promise anything to anyone - whether to the wife, the parents, the pastor, the church, the government - even God - because I do not know future circumstances which could mis-affect any such promises.
However, what I can, have, and do propose to the aforementioned is what I would like to do and want to do - but, alas and lamentably - not what I actually will in fact do in the future, contingent upon all sorts of possible factors.
The best I can say is what my brother-in-law says: "Sounds like a plan."
Uncertainty is prevalent throughout Holy Writ:
Second Samuel 12:22 He said: "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said: 'Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?'
Esther 4:14 For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Psalm 74:9 We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.
Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not disobey either of them;
Proverbs 24:22 for disaster from them will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?
Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Ecclesiastes 2:18 I hated all my labor in which I had worked under the Sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me;
Ecclesiastes 2:19 and who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I worked and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down to the earth?
Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for humans while they live the few days of their vain life, which they pass like a shadow? For who can tell humans what will be after them under the Sun?
Ecclesiastes 11:5 As you do not know how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning plant your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
Joel 2:14 Who knows whether He will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him, a cereal offering and a drink offering for the LORD, your God?
Jonah 3:9 Who knows, God may yet relent and turn from His fierce anger, so that we perish not?"
Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
Mark 13:33 Be careful, watch; for you do not know when the time will come.
Mark 13:35 Watch therefore -- for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning....
John 3:8 The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know from where it comes or to where it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.
James 4:14 ...whereas you do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Christ's, Peter's and Paul's conflicting analysis about people is quite evident in the New-Testament:
Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered him: "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter: "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men."
Matthew 26:35 Peter said to Him: "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you." And so said all the disciples.
Matthew 26:70 But he denied it to them all, saying: "I do not know what you mean."
Matthew 26:72 And again he denied it with an oath: "I do not know the man."
Mark 14:31 But he vehemently said: "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all said the same.
Mark 14:68 But he denied it, saying: "I neither know nor understand what you mean." And he went out into the gateway.
Mark 14:70 But again he denied it. And after a little while again the bystanders said to Peter: "Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean."
Luke 12:9 ....he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
Luke 22:57 But he denied it, saying: "Woman, I do not know Him."
John 13:38 Jesus answered: "Will you lay down your life for me? Truthfully I say to you, the cock will not crow, till you have denied me three times.
John 18:25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said to him: "Are not you also one of His disciples?" He denied it and said: "I am not."
John 18:27 Peter again denied it; and at once the cock crowed.
Second Corinthians 1:16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea.
1:17 Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans like a worldly man, ready to say Yes and No at once?
1:18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No.
1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we preached among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No; but in Him it is always "Yes."
1:20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why we utter the Amen through Him, to the glory of God.
1:21 But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us....[we are not, as Star-Tribune editorialists would fraudulently misrepresent us, "self-appointed"]
Second Corinthians 7:16 I rejoice, because I have perfect confidence in you.
Galatians 4:20 I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
Philippians 1:22 If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
Second Timothy 4:8 From now on, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Philippians 3:11 ...that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Colossians 4:14 Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.
Second Timothy 4:10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
What I can dogmatically assert is both the history contained within the Old and New Testaments of The Holy Bible, and the veracity of future-prophecy predictions in that Bible.
Are God's promises to His fickle and frail human creatures involving their either positive or their negative reactions and free-willed choices, of necessity, conditional?
In the ultimate sense, no -- because God takes into consideration both the possibility of positive human response and the possibility of negative human response (and promissory consequences follow accordingly as to whatever the human's "yes" or "no" choice involves).
So it's a win-win situation for God in which He cannot ever lose, has "all the bases covered," and therefore can never be accused of, nor made into, a liar.
God's benevolent love, not initially but ultimately conditional, presents itself to "His" [not "her" - per First Timothy 2:11-14 and 3:2,12] created humans as covenant, not contract...being that if His endowment of such agape love were first based upon Mutual Contract, that [never-actually-happened] Contract would, of necessity, have to had been started in the first place not merely by God [the past-and-future-infinite] Creator but also by His [only-future-infinite] created and fallible [promises-breaking] humans -- originating a Promissory Agreement, which blasphemously would obviously infer that we humans would be equal with God as Co-Creators, from whom all blessings flow.
All throughout the Old-and-New-Testaments Sacred-66-books Holy Bible of if-you-obey-Me-you'll-do-OK/if-you-don't-obey-Me-you-won't-do-OK, it becomes quite clear that to please and not enrage the LORD, there has to be personal freewill-utilized consent and positive response from each of His human lifeforms destined to continue forever in eternity with Him in glory, who would appreciate that instead of despising it.
That accommodating response from male and female human beings can be active in aggressively seeking and finding God and His environmentally-life-sustaining behavioral do's-and-don'ts, in trusting-faith belief, for survival and the well-being of others (the Baptist type).....and a passive non-rejecting-but-accepting attitude and action in receiving and acting upon both God's perfection-required Lawful terms of endearment, plus His gospel grace (the Lutheran type) - intimately integrated with unilateral-Christian-denominational humble repentance and our atonement and redemption originating exclusively from Him alone, and then owned by us with thankful and praiseworthy gratitude.
I came home the other evening, after sensing that there had been a substantial hailstorm where I live, to check my backyard to see if any branches had fallen. What caught my eye was surprising, and I simply stood there silent for at least ten minutes.
Two mallard ducks, both with iridescent green necks, were flopping together in erratic circles, pecking at each other's neck. "Wow," I first conjectured, "two homosexual ducks fervently getting it on with each other."
But then I noticed, several yards away, another duck, somewhat smaller, standing motionless. I immediately guessed that that was a female duck with her coat of dry-brush-colored brown camouflage, and then ascertained that the two ducks with the iridescent necks were not exhibiting a homoqueer deviant appeal to Isis [the Egyptian goddess of fertility], but instead fighting for sexual possession of the female for ultimate reproductive and nesting purposes.
Clearly, even in the natural-environment animal world, the Creator has engrained the non-acceptability of adultery even in lower lifeforms. I would assume that some mate for life, with the same partner, hence giving the astute anti-immorality observation of God-inspired St Paul even more credence:
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and wickedness of humans who by their wickedness suppress the truth. [Listen up, ACLU and FFRF and SPLC!]
1:19 because what can be known about God is plain to them, being that God has shown it to them.
1:20 Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse;
1:21 for although they knew God they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened.
1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.
1:24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to [immodest-public-fashions-and-styles, plus PG-to-R-porno] impurity, to the [quasi-indecent-exposure-especially-during-warmer-weather] dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
1:25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.
1:26 For this cause God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural [lesbianism],
1:27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women [something even fighting male mallard ducks do not do] and were consumed with passion for one another, males committing shameless [but actually shameful] acts with males and receiving in their own persons the consequential penalty [of VD, AIDS, effects of such, and more] for their error.
1:28 And being they did not think it [politically correct] to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a [politically-incorrect] base mind and to improper conduct.
Romans 11:24 For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.
Speaking of homosexuals, especially those craving equality status with normal and God-approved heterosexuals, and particularly those striving for pseudo-legitimacy with "legally"-forced acceptance of same-gender homosodomy-unions licensing [mis-called: same-"sex" "marriage"], it fascinates me to see them so passionately display the colors of Noah's rainbow [Genesis 9:1-17] in flags, banners, clothing, etc. as both prediction and celebration [per Second Peter 3:5-7] that someday, though forever Divinely assured of never drowning in a worldwide global flood, they will be physically incinerated in fervent heat, then forever painfully burned in the invisible flames of the Lake of Fire while eternally suspended in Outer Darkness:
Second Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
1:17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father and The Voice was borne to Him by the Majestic Glory: "This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,"
1:18 we heard this Voice borne from heaven, for we were with Him on the holy mountain [of Transfiguration].
1:19 And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
1:20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation [or origin],
1:21 because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of humans, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
First Thessalonians 2:13 And we also constantly thank God for this, that when you received The Word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is: The Word of God, which is at work in you believers.
Second Peter 2:1 But false prophets also rose up among the people, as there will be false teachers [e.g. "rev" Jim Cunningham, T E Hanna, Pathos, Salem Network, Matt Turner, gaychristian.com] among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
2:2 And many will follow their licentiousness, and because of them the way of truth will be reviled.
2:3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; from of old their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction has not been asleep.
2:4 For if God did not spare [demonic] angels when they sinned, but threw them into Hades and committed them to pits of nether gloom [abyss] to be kept until The Judgment;
2:5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven other persons, when he brought a flood upon the world of the godless;
2:6 if by turning the [homosexual-perverts-infested-per-Genesis-19:5] cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction and made them an example to those who were to be godless;
2:7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the wicked,
2:8 for by what that righteous man saw and heard as he lived among them, he was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their lawless deeds,
2:9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the non-righteous under punishment until the day of judgment,
2:10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they are not afraid to revile the glorious ones,
2:11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a reviling judgment upon them before the Lord.
2:12 But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and killed, reviling in matters of which they are ignorant, will be destroyed in the same destruction with them,
2:13 suffering wrong for their wrongdoing. They consider it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their dissipation, carousing with you.
2:14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!
2:15 Rejecting the right way they have gone astray....
2:17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm; for them the nether gloom of darkness has been reserved.
2:18 For, uttering loud boasts of folly, they entice with licentious passions of the flesh men who have barely escaped from those who live in error.
2:19 They promise them ["constitutional"] freedom, but they themselves are [reparationist] slaves of corruption; for whatever overcomes a person, to that he/she is enslaved.
2:20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overpowered, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
2:21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb: 'The dog turns back to his own vomit, and the pig is washed only to wallow in the mire.'
Second Peter 3:3 First of all you must understand this, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own passions
3:4 and saying: "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation."H 3:5 They deliberately ignore this fact: that by The Word of God heavens existed long ago, and an Earth formed out of water and by means of water,
3:6 through which the world that then existed was deluged with water [in Noah's global Flood] and perished.
3:7 But by the same word the heavens and Earth that now exist have been stored up for fire, being kept until The Day of Judgment and destruction of godless humans.
3:8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wanting any to perish, but that all repent.
3:10 But The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and Earth and the works that are upon it will be incinerated.
3:11 Being that all these things are thus to be annihilated, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,
3:12 waiting for and hurrying the coming of The Day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will disintegrate with fire!
3:13 But according to His promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness resides.
3:14 Therefore, beloved, being that you wait for these, be zealous [a radical extremist!] to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
3:15 And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
3:16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures.
3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless humans and lose your own stability.
3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
1:4 For admission has been secretly gained by some who long ago were designated for this condemnation, godless persons who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
1:5 Now I desire to remind you, though you were once for all fully informed, that He who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. ["Once saved, always saved?" God's unconditional grace for impenitent homosexuals?]
1:6 And the [demonic] angels who did not keep their own position but left their proper place have been kept by Him in eternal chains in the nether gloom until The Judgment of The Great Day;
1:7 as [those in] Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, who similarly acted immorally and indulged in non-natural [homopervert] lust, are an example by undergoing a punishment of Eternal Fire.
1:8 Yet in like manner these persons in their dreamings defile the flesh, reject authority, and revile the glorious ones.
1:9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the Devil, disputed about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him, but said: "The Lord rebuke you."
1:10 But these revile whatever they do not understand, and doing things like irrational animals of nature, they are destroyed.
1:11 Woe to them! For they walk in the way of Cain, and abandon themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam's error, and perish in Korah's rebellion.
1:12 These are blemishes on your love feasts, as they boldly carouse together, looking after themselves; waterless clouds, carried along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;
1:13 wild waves of the sea, [throwing up] the foam of their own shame; wandering stars for whom the nether gloom of darkness has been reserved forever.
1:14 It was also of these that Enoch in the seventh generation from Adam prophesied, saying: "Hey, the Lord came with His holy myriads,
1:15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the godless of all their deeds of godlessness which they have committed in such a godless way, and of all the harsh things which godless sinners have spoken against Him [and His Christian right-wingers plus their Holy Bible]."
1:16 These are grumblers, malcontents [also usually complaining about the weather], following their own passions, loud-mouthed boasters, flattering people to gain advantage.
1:17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1:18 they said to you: "In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own godless passions."
1:19 It is these [not real Christians!] who [divisively] set up [prejudicial and biased] divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.
1:20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit;
1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
1:22 And convince some, who doubt;
1:23 save some, by snatching them out of the fire; on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
1:24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of His glory with rejoicing,
1:25 to the only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord: be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
But, some might counter: "Are not homosexuals also "children of God" who God has benevolently blessed with the same environmental natural resources heterosexual children of God get?
Aren't they also holy branches of Christ The Vine who of their own misused freewill choice chose and yet choose to do what it takes to get snipped off by The Pruner to stop sucking the vinesap deforming the good guys and gals so that the latter can get even bigger, better, and more fruitful?
Luke 13:7 And he said to the vinedresser: "Wow, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?"
Luke 13:8 [paraphrase] "Aw, peacefully coexist: be inclusively tolerant and not judgmentally rude, mean, bigoted, harsh, or cruel. Give 'em a break, and cut 'em some slack.
Luke 13:9 And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down."
John 15:1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
15:2 Every [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] branch of mine that bears no fruit, He takes away, and every [genuine-and-true-Christian] branch that does bear fruit He prunes [Christian discipline to weed out and cut out repeated and habitual addition(s) to publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic diversions and deviances], that it may bear more fruit.
15:3 You are already made clean by The Word which I have spoken to you.
15:4 Reside in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it resides in the vine, neither can you, unless you reside in me.
15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. [not vice-versa, so don't get it mixed up!] He/She who resides in me, and I in him/her, he/she it is who bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. [Literally: nothing - zip, zilch, zero!]
15:6 If a man/woman does not reside in me, he/she is tossed out as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the Fire and burned.
15:7 If you reside in me, and my [publicly-modestly-attired/non-sexist-patriarchal/heterosexuality-only/creationist-not-evolutionist/childbearing-not-abortionist/pro-Jewish/Israeli] Words reside in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
15:8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.
15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; reside in my love. [not a take-it-or-leave it option!]
15:10 If [and that is a big "if"] you keep [not merely retain in storage but also obey] my commandments [not "suggestions"], you will reside in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and reside in His love.
15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full [and not suffer eternal deprivation from everlasting constipated-mindset sadistic abstinence].
15:12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should stay around; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will [not "may"] give it to you. [And then after I chose you, you chose to accept and stay with me]
15:17 This I command you, to love one another.
15:18 If the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world hates you, know that the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world has hated me before they hated you.
15:19 If you were of the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world, the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world would love their own; but because you are not of the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world, but I chose you out of the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world, therefore the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world hates you.
15:20 Remember the word that I said to you: "A servant is not greater than his master." If the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world persecuted me, the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.
15:21 But all this the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world will do to you on my account, because the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world does not know Him who sent me.
15:22 If I had not come and spoken to the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world, the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world would not have sin; but now, the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world has no excuse for their [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] sin.
15:23 He/She who hates me hates my Father also. [including pro-homo/anti-Christian haters at and of facebook.com and g-mail.com and excite.com]
15:24 If I had not done among the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world the works which no one else did, the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world would not have sin; but now the [publicly-immodest/feminist/homosexual/evolutionist/abortionist/antisemitic] world has seen and hated both me and my Father.
15:25 It is to fulfill the word that is written in their law: 'They hated me without a cause.'
15:26 But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness to me;
15:27 and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning."
Sure. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away:
Numbers 33:55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those of them whom you let remain shall be as pricks in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall trouble you in the land where you reside.
Deuteronomy 4:26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon totally perish from the land which you are going over the Jordan to possess; you will not live long upon it, but will be completely destroyed.
Deuteronomy 7:20 Moreover the LORD your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed.
Deuteronomy 11:26 Hey, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse:
Deuteronomy 11:27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day,
Deuteronomy 11:28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods which you have not known.
Deuteronomy 28:20 The LORD will send upon you curses, confusion, and frustration, in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly, on account of the evil of your doings, because you have rejected me.
28:24 The LORD will make the rain of your land powder and dust; from heaven it shall come down upon you until you are destroyed.
28:45 All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you, till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which He commanded you.
28:61 Every sickness also, and every affliction which is not recorded in the book of this Law, the LORD will bring upon you, until you are destroyed.
Joshua 11:20 For it was the LORD's doing to harden their hearts that they come against Israel in battle, so that they be completely destroyed, and receive no mercy, but be exterminated, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Joshua 11:21 And Joshua came at that time, and wiped out the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel; Joshua totally destroyed them with their cities.
Joshua 23:15 But just as all the good things which the LORD your God promised regarding you have been fulfilled for you, so the LORD will bring upon you all the evil things, until He has destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you....
Second Samuel 22:41 You did make my enemies turn their backs to me, those who hated me, and I destroyed them.
Psalm 78:45 He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them.
Psalm 78:47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamores with frost.
Isaiah 1:28 But [homosexual, atheist, and other] rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together, and those who reject the LORD shall be consumed.
Jeremiah 15:6 "You have rejected me," says the LORD, "you keep going backward [Mike Pence went forward signing the Religion Freedom Restoration Act]; so I have stretched out my hand against you and destroyed you....I am weary of relenting."
Hosea 2:9 Therefore I will take back my grain in its time, and my wine in its season; and I will take away my wool and my flax, which were to cover her nakedness.
Hebrews 3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "Today, when you hear His voice,
3:8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,
3:9 where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.
3:10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said: 'They always go astray in their hearts; they have not known my ways.'
3:11 As I swore in my wrath: 'They shall never enter my rest.'"
3:12 Take care, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil, disbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
3:13 But remind one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
3:14 For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end,
3:15 while it is said: "Today, when you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."
3:16 Who were they who heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses?
3:17 And with whom was He provoked forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?
3:18 And to whom did He swear that they should never enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient?
3:19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of disbelief.
Adolf Hitler's favorite verses [with a resounding Yes! from modern-day antisemitic Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, Al Qaeda, and ISIS/ISIL islamic jihadists]?:
Lamentations 2:2 The Lord has destroyed [at least six million in Nazi concentration-camp ovens and whatever] without mercy all the habitations of Jacob; in His wrath He has broken down the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; He has brought down to the ground in dishonor the kingdom and its rulers.
2:5 The Lord has become like an enemy, He [letting der Fuehrer do it] has destroyed Israel; He has destroyed all its palaces, laid in ruins its strongholds; and He has multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
2:16 All your enemies rail against you; they hiss, they gnash their teeth, they cry: "We have destroyed her! Ah, this is the day we longed for; now we have it; we see it!"
2:22 You did invite as to the day of an appointed feast my terrors on every side; and on the day of the anger of the LORD none escaped or survived; those whom I dandled and reared my enemy destroyed.
However, the Allies gave Israel hope, as do present-day pro-Jewish real-and authentic Christians in America and wherever else on the planet:
Daniel 2:44 And in the days of those kings the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever;
6:26 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for He is the living God, enduring forever; His kingdom shall never be destroyed, and His dominion shall be to the end.
7:11 I looked then because of the sound of the great words which the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.
7:14 And to Him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him; His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
7:26 But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end.
So, not merely homo-"gay" [better yet: homo-effeminate] and homosodomites, but bonafide Christians proudly display the colors of Noah's rainbow [ refer to http://antihomogays.tripod.com ], as the latter consider getting rich by engaging in cannot-fail manifestations of incredibly-inexpensive Global Flood Insurance [per Genesis 9:1-17]:
Luke 17:27 [paraphrased] They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage [they fornicated, sodomized as homoqueers, burped, urinated, farted, defecated, slumbered, snored, woke up, breathed, yawned, urinated, brushed their teeth, gargled, etc.], until the day when Noah entered the ark, and The Flood came and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and brimstone rained from heaven and destroyed them all....
Isaiah 13:9 Hey, The Day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the Earth a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.
Zephaniah 3:8 "Therefore wait for me," says the LORD, "for the Day when I rise up as a Witness. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all the heat of my anger; for in the fire of my jealous wrath all the Earth shall be consumed. [refer to Second Peter chapter 3 again]
Revelation 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
21:2 And I saw The Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband;
21:3 and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: "Hey, the residence of God is with humans. He will reside with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them;
21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."
21:5 And He who sat upon the throne said: "Hey, I make all things new." Also He said: "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."
21:6 And He said to me: "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of life without payment.
21:7 He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.
21:8 [paraphrased] But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators [including warm-weather immodest porno-exhibitionists in effect soliciting random adultery by flaunting themselves lewdly in inadequate indecent attire, along with homosexual dogs], sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their apportionment shall be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is The Second Death."
Homosexuals "children of God?"
First John 3:10 By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother.
Ardent homosexual activists do not love, but instead virulently hate hetero-Christians, and they do not "do right" by them espousing sickening and disgusting homofaggot homosexual lust and not "love."
Revelation 22:14 [paraphrased] Blessed are those who do His commandments (not "wash their robes" -- based on THE true Trinitarian Greek Text [study the KJV rendition of First John 5:7] in the perfectly-preserved Textual tradition of the ancient church of Antioch, devout Middle-Age monks, Erasmus/Luther and Elzevir and Beza and Stephens and Scrivener -- not the revisionist, concocted, and corrupt Greek text of Westcott-Hort and Nestle!), that they may have the right to The Tree of Life and that they may enter The City by the gates.
Revelation 22:15 [paraphrased] Outside are the [homodike and homolesbian] dogs and sorcerers and fornicators [including immodest-porn-equivalent public exhibitionists and adulterers/adulteresses] and murderers and idolaters, and every one who loves and practices falsehood.