The Lord above made the world for us, but the devil made Las Vegas

So sang singer Tony Christie in 1970 on his popular recording of the song “Las Vegas” written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander.

It is unusual for us to praise a secular song but the lyrics in this song describe Las Vegas, a city notorious for gambling, vice and drugs, with phenomenal clarity. Read the lyrics and see if you agree with the description of Sin City (Las Vegas)

“The Lord above made the world for us, but the devil made Las Vegas
Oh Las Vegas, you’ll be the death of me,
City of sin oh what a mess I’m in
Look what you’ve done to me

Oh Las Vegas I’m losing everything
Why do I stay when every game I play
I just get deeper in

Hey Las Vegas can nothing save us from you?
Night after night watching the wheels go round
Hey Las Vegas the devil gave us to you
One of these days I’m gonna burn you down

One black Sunday I came to visit you
Just for a day to pass some time away
And shoot a game or two

Oh Las Vegas that was a year ago
What can I do, you’ve got me hooked on you
And I can never go” (Lyrics end)

These lyrics call to mind the Bible verses in Proverbs 6 verses 27 and 28

“Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?”

In 1 Timothy chapter 6 and verse 10 we read,

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

6 thoughts on “The Lord above made the world for us, but the devil made Las Vegas

    • The Bible in its entirety is the Word of God i.e the words of Christ, so we don’t understand your comment. The verses we quoted from Proverbs make it clear that anyone who engages in any sinful behaviour e.g gambling, vice or drugs, will be harmed by such, and there is no “safe” way to sin. The verse in 1 Timothy makes it clear that cities like Las Vegas, which are built on the love of, and desire for, money, will know many sorrows. Do you still not understand our post?

      • Jesus was away back to heaven by the time Timothy was written and when He died on the Cross Jesus said It Is Finished.

        Jesus’s work was finished He did not need others coming along after him to fill in the gaps, to mention things he omitted, left out, forgot about. Because he didnt leave anything out.

        you are welcome to your opinion & beliefs but it is my belief that to call the opinions of the writer of Timothy God’s views, Jesus’s Words without corroborative link to actual word in Matthew Mark Luke and John is in my belief Blasphemy. My belief not yours

        my belief is that in argument if one cannot find the words of Jesus to support that Argument, then it’s lost.

        Paul who wrote much of what Christians call the new testament is just like you and I, just as qualified as you and I, he never met Jesus, Never had a conversation with Jesus, never heard Jesus’s Voice, never seen Jesus afar, never touched Jesus, never shook His hand. All he knew of the teaches of Jesus was 2nd hand (third party). and furthermore Jesus never professed that he was coming after him. there is no authority in Scripture given by Jesus for letter writers coming after Him, to speak as HIM.

  1. Grandad has rejected the New Testament, possibly because he does not understand that It is still a record of the Words of Christ, taught through his hand-picked apostles. Paul, Peter and others wrote only with the authority of the Holy Spirit. People who only believe the 4 gospels may be doing it because of Paul’s strict preaching about things that Christ Did not address. They conclude that since Christ did not pronounce some things as sins, that he was soft on issues that Paul was hard on. Jesus was addeessing the Jews, who already believed many of the moral issues. Paul and other writers were teaching people who were alien to these moral values. Jesus did not mention women being in submission, possibly because his audience already was well-versed in the old law’s teachings about marriage. Paul addresses the subject because so much of his audience was ignorant about this morality that was well-known to those living under the Old Law before Christ came.
    To find out why people reject the other writers of the New Testament, consider the following, from http://www.gospelway.com/bible/apostolic_teaching.php

    “Many people think the teachings presented by apostles or prophets, especially Paul, are somehow less authoritative than what Jesus Himself personally spoke.
    * A “philosophy major,” when I quoted Acts 2:38, said that was just Peter expressing his opinion.
    * A feminist said I based all my beliefs on the teaching of “that old reprobate, the apostle Paul.”
    * A Muslim leader (El Dareer) in debateg claimed that Paul’s teaching differed from that of Jesus. Others have claimed that Paul’s teaching disagreed with that of Peter.
    * A defender of homosexuality said that “Jesus said nothing about gays” – meaning that He personally said nothing, so we can disregard clear teachings in the epistles regarding homosexuality.
    * Others have said that the apostles, especially Paul, did not show as good an attitude as Jesus in teaching: they expressed less love and tolerance but were more condemning of other people’s views.
    * For these reasons, some follow only the “Red Letters” as being necessary to salvation.
    To such people, what Jesus said may be worth considering, but other teaching in the New Testament is optional. They feel free to reject the teaching of some apostle or prophet, especially Paul, if they don’t like it.

    “Apostles had to be eyewitnesses of the resurrected Christ.
    Apostles repeatedly affirmed that they were eyewitnesses – Acts 2:32; 10:41; 3:15; 1 John 1:1-4; etc.
    Acts 1:15-26 (esp. vv 21,22) – The one chosen to replace Judas had to be an eyewitness.
    Paul was an eyewitness of the resurrected Christ.
    Acts 22:3-16 (esp. vv 14,15) – Paul saw and heard Jesus so he could be a witness.
    Acts 26:16 – Jesus said he appeared to Paul to make him a witness. [Acts 9:1; 1 Corinthians 15:4-8; 9:1-5]
    One special duty of apostles was to give testimony of Jesus’ resurrection whereby others could believe. To do this, each one had to have personally witnessed Christ alive after the resurrection. Jesus’ appearance to Paul was exceptional; nevertheless he did see Jesus alive, so he was just as qualified to do this work as were other apostles.”

    It is interesting to see there are some people who will only read the words of Christ but reject all the other words of Christ spoken through his apostles by His authority. Another group, called Paulites, only reads the words of Paul and rejects the gospels.

  2. “So the apostles’ teachings came from the same source as did Jesus’ teaching. All of them spoke the will of God as revealed to them by the Holy Spirit. The apostles’ teaching was as accurate and as authoritative as was Jesus’ teaching. All spoke with the infallible authority of God.

    If this is not so, then in fact we do not even really know what Jesus Himself taught, since He never wrote any of the Bible. All we have are records which apostles and prophets wrote of what He said and did. If we accept what they record of Jesus’ teachings, why not accept the other teaching that the Spirit guided them to write?”

  3. Ref Ldia Sherman quote “” ” but reject all the other words of Christ spoken through his apostles by His authority. ”

    can you give me a chapter and verse (proof) where Jesus Gives this authority please ?

    Matthew 22 (KJV)

    36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

    37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

    38 This is the first and great commandment.

    39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

    [there in a nutshell, what need of the opinions of a lessor mortal as to what is or is not sin] – This is revealed to me by the Holy Spirit so it has to be correct and as you put it [[ infallible ]]

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