Religious Freedom Is The First Freedom

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When the people of America came to the shores of this great land, it was their intention to ensure that all future generations would not have to endure the religious discrimination and the suppression of religious liberty that they were forced to endure in England. Continue reading “Religious Freedom Is The First Freedom”

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Salvation Without Cost

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It is the greatest desire of man that he could live forever. There have been many books written, movies produced, and songs sung; that express our desire to live a life that would never end. When we think about the ceasing of our existence here on earth, it doesn’t make sense. How could we suddenly cease to exist? It is our sense of eternity and fear of death, that haunts us our entire life. The Bible states that God placed eternity within our heart when He made us, but none of us understands How to achieve it.

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)

If there was a fee that could be paid in order to gain access to eternal life, it is certain that many wold endeavor to pay it. The reason that people explore religion in the first place is to understand what happens at the moment of death and seek to know if they will go on living after their body dies.

Amongst all religions of the world, there is a common thread: The fact that eternal life can be achieved, at a cost. Those who will acquire the right to live forever, must perform certain rituals, procedures, or follow a set of rules. Only the Bible reveals that eternal life is a free gift that cannot be purchased. God will give any person the right to live forever, without cost, if they will simply believe what He has said.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

The way to heaven is not by a religion, it is through a person. Jesus has already purchased our salvation by the giving of His life. All that we must do is believe this and receive His gift. Continue reading “Salvation Without Cost”

Sodom and Gomorrah: The Gay Marriage and Same Sex Controversy

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Sodom and Gomorrah03What was the reason that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? When we examine all of the scriptures of the Bible regarding these two cites, we see a picture that helps us understand why so many people lost their lives. Genesis 18 and 19 describes the sins of those who inhabited these cities as “very grave,” necessitating fire and brimstone from heaven.[1] Jude wrote that the sin that is described in Genesis 18 was “sexual immorality,” and a people who had “gone after strange flesh.”[2] Peter described the destruction of these cities as an example of the judgment that God will inflict upon those who live sexually immoral lives.[3]

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When we read the story of Nineveh, this city had also reached a similar place of evil that required the judgment of God. When Jonah walked through the city and informed the inhabitants that God would destroy their city in forty days, all of the people ceased from their sins and turned to God in repentance. No destruction came to Nineveh.

JONAH SPEAKING TO THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH:

Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them…Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it. Jonah 3:1-10

What we learn from these two examples is that God does not want to destroy the lives of human beings, He wants to save us from ourselves. It is not the will of God that evil should overtake our cities and destroy the beauty and serenity that is possible when people live together in peace.

As we examine who it was that determined that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah should be destroyed, we find that it was the pre incarnate Jesus in one of his many appearance in the Old Testament, who issued the order. As we examine the text of Genesis 17 and 18, we see that the LORD, and two angels had come to Abram and Sarai to announce that they would have a son, who would be the first in a long line of descendants that would bring the Messiah into the world. God was sending us a Savior, and this ninety-nine year old man and ninety year old woman would be the parents of the first descendant. Through this son, the entire world would be blessed. God was going to make a way that every person who has been born on the earth, could have all of their sins removed and obtain heaven as their eternal destiny.

It was while bringing this wonderful news to Abraham and Sarah, as they would later be known, that the LORD also determined to destroy two cites, whose inhabitants had digressed so far into sexual immorality that their continued existence would threaten the peace, and safety of every other city and people. This sin in Sodom and Gomorrah had existed for a very long time, with no repentance or desire to cease their immoral actions. When we examine the moments when God had determined that a nation should be destroyed for their unwillingness to turn from evil, we find that hundreds of years of forbearance were given to these nations by God. In the case of the Canaanites, God waited nearly 900 years before the order came for judgement. Continue reading “Sodom and Gomorrah: The Gay Marriage and Same Sex Controversy”

Comparing Christianity to Islam: Gospel of Peace vs. Mandate of Terror

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So far, in 2015, there have been 2,501 attacks by Islamic Terrorists; 178, just in the month of November.[1]

Since the attack on America at the Twin Towers in New York City, on September 11, 2001, Islamic Terrorists have carried out 27, 290 attacks, world-wide.[9]

Number of terror attacks by the followers of Jesus during the same period: -0-

With the advent of radical fundamentalists Muslims who take their religion to such an extreme that they kill non believers; many critics of Christianity claim that fundamentalists followers of Jesus are no different.

The Crusades which took place from 1095-1291, were ordered by the leaders of the Catholic Church,[10] who murdered millions of Muslims. This event is often cited as the reference to assert claims that Christianity has committed similar events to those of Muslims, which is historically, incorrect.

Over the course of human history, there have been many groups of people who have hijacked religion and use their ancient scriptures to justify atrocities that they wish to commit. When we examine the actual words of Jesus in the New Testament, we find that He never instructed any of His followers to kill people who refuse to believe. In fact, we see just the opposite. A great majority of the fifth chapter of Matthew’s gospel describes Jesus’ instructions to His followers in how they should respond to people:

Jesus Speaking

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44

But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Matthew 5:39

You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, “Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Matthew 5:21-22

Only the Catholic Church is guilty of the horrendous acts of the Crusades. There were millions of other Christians throughout the world during that time, who never participated in, nor condoned, these unjust actions. At no time in the history of the world, has the Christian Church as a whole, ever participated in the murder of non believers, nor have they ever taken up arms against any people in order to convert them to Christianity.[11]

President Obama said the following, regarding Christians and their past behavior, at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5, 2015, in Washington, D.C:

“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

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I.S.I.S Comes to Steal, Kill, and Destroy: The Reason and Source of Terrorism

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ISIS

In this article we will examine the true source of terrorism in the world today and who is really orchestrating the reign of death and chaos that has plagued our planet.

The Bible distinguishes the events of the last days from all other periods of human history. During this time, one group of people will bring the world to its knees by its reign of terror. Today, the greatest threat to peace in the world is the radical Islamic Terrorists of ISIS/ISIL.

The Bible reveals that the true leader of this mass horde of murderers is satan. If we compare the list of activities that the people of ISIS carry out all over the earth, their mission and manifesto are precisely the same as satan.

The devil has one mission on the earth: to seek out and destroy as many human lives as possible. Jesus said that those who murder and create terror on the earth are the son’s and daughters of the devil. The true family of God are those who pursue peace and seek to love people. We see this illustrated in the words of Jesus as He confronts the religious leaders of Israel. These men claimed that their religion ensured that they were the true followers of God. Continue reading “I.S.I.S Comes to Steal, Kill, and Destroy: The Reason and Source of Terrorism”

The Selectively Offended

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I disagree with that

Today, we live during a period of history when the rights and freedoms afforded to all Americans by the First Amendment are being eroded and redefined.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

There is a group of individuals who are offended by what certain people say or write and therefore assert that those who express themselves in offensive ways, should be silenced. The problem with this view of speech is that the people who make these claims, selectively choose what is offensive and what is not. Essentially, anything that you write or say that they do not agree with, is deemed offensive language and should be censored.

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