Posts Tagged ‘bible’

Interesting Viewpoint on the Mark of the Beast

March 15, 2013

So I’m perusing through my Google+ posts and come across this very interesting video shared by one of my subscribers. Although I’m not sure yet how I personally feel about the whole thing, I must admit they have some very interesting p0ints. Take a look and see what you think:

Mark Of The Beast

Mary, Did You Know?

December 16, 2012

Poignant Christmas video I must share, by CeeLo Greene:

Mary Did You Know….

The Star of Bethlehem

December 13, 2012

It’s that time of year when we start hearing debates centering around the Star of Bethlehem.
Was it real?
Was it only a myth?
If it were real, then how did it happen?

Recently, my church’s adult Sunday School tackled this topic using the research provided by Rick Larson. I believe the information is compelling and convincing, and so I am sharing it with all of you.

All information in this post is a quick re-cap based on research performed by Rick Larson.
More information on Larson’s research is at the end of this post.

Before we get into the science of the matter, let’s first review what the Bible account says about this Star:

Matthew 2:1-10, New King James Version:

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

First, we have the question: What was it about this Star that signified to the magi that a King of the Jews had been born?

To answer this, it is important to note that, in those ancient days, all heavenly bodies were viewable only by the naked eye because telescopes were not invented until 1600 years after Christ’s birth. This means that the ancients saw two kinds of stars in the sky: Fixed stars (which we now know are real stars), and wandering stars (which we now know are actually planets, whose positions change in the sky each night). From the vantage point of Earth, these planetary “wandering stars” are often observed making looped paths through the night sky through the course of each year. These magi were educated in the study of stars and understood the precision of the movements of these celestial objects.  So, at this point in time, what did they see?

Because the planets and stars all move in clockwork synchrony, it is possible for us today to know what the ancients saw at any given time. Rick Larson, the man who researched this Star, made use of  astronomy software, specifically “Starry Night“. There is also a similar program you can download for free, called Stellarium.  By adjusting the dates and coordinate features, this software can show you the exact positions of the celestial bodies, even from as long ago as Jesus Christ’s birth. This is what the ancients saw:

The “wandering star”, Jupiter, was known as a King star.   Thus, over a certain time period of time, the magi noticed the path of this wandering King star pass over Regulus, which was known as a fixed King star. The path of Jupiter seemed most unusual though: From the moving platform of Earth, the planet Jupiter appeared to loop back and forth over Regulus a few times, as though it were “crowning” Regulus (this movement would have happened over a period of weeks, not hours). From this, they deduced the announcement of a king.

Along with this phenomenon, that fixed King Star, Regulus, is one of the stars that makes the constellation of Leo, the lion. And, interestingly, the tribe of Judah (from which the word “Jew” originates) was often symbolized with a Lion (which is why Jesus Christ was called the Lion of Judah- Rev.5:5).  From this, the magi deduced the king was from among the Jews.

From the vantage point of Earth, as Jupiter continued it’s path across the night sky after “crowning” Regulus, the planet Venus — the “mother star” — seemed to catch up with Jupiter. The combined light from Jupiter and Venus added to each other, making them look like a very bright, single star in the sky to the naked eye. The magi deduced that the wandering King Star combined with the Mother Star signified the birth of said king. Ergo, they came to the understanding that a King of the Jews had just been born. Apparently this excited them enough that they decided to travel to Jerusalem — the royal city in Judah — to see this newborn king. It is thought that these Magi probably came from Babylon, meaning they had a journey of several hundred miles to undertake. Clearly, they were very intrigued by these heavenly signs.

After finishing with their visit with Herod, they continued to follow the “wandering star”, Jupiter, in hopes it would lead them to this newborn king they were seeking. According to Scripture, the Star appeared to stop over the place where Jesus was staying at the time. Notice that Scripture does not say the Christ child was still in a manger — at this point He was staying in a home. This signifies a certain passage of time since his birth — perhaps some months after the magi first recognized the signs in the sky, since it would take some time for the celestial bodies to complete these movements.

So now we have the big question: How did Jupiter actually STOP in the sky? Aren’t planets “wandering stars” that continually move? The thing is, when a planet is looking like it’s making a loop, it appears to be briefly stationary to the naked eye before it reverses position in the sky. It is this timing that made the Star appear to be stopped over the residence of the Christ child.

 

As I stated at the beginning of this post, this is only a quick review of the fascinating research done by Rick Larson.  I couldn’t go into the riveting details because the post would just simply be too long — there is MUCH more to this than what I’ve posted. I strongly recommend that you look at his presentation for yourself for it is scientifically sound and absolutely amazing. He released a DVD presentation of his work that, I believe, will convince you that this was no myth. For more information on obtaining his DVD click the following link:
http://www.bethlehemstarmovie.com/

May you have peace and blessings through this season of Advent, as we prepare to commemorate the first coming of Christ.

It’s Very Simple

September 21, 2012

Christianity is complicated only because PEOPLE make it complicated.

Some denominations tell you that you must perform particular works in order to be saved. Or that you must believe in only their doctrine. Or that you must perform certain rituals (which aren’t actually commanded  in the Bible). Some cherry-pick Scriptures to construct a teaching that really isn’t in the Bible. Some claim to be speaking for God and/or Jesus and require you to follow their every word. And some are extremely legalistic; embracing rule-keeping over mercy at all costs (Luke 11:42). And many are a combination of these things.

How can you know which one really clings to the truth as set out in the Bible?

First of all, you must realize that, at this time, there is no “perfect” denomination. Human influence has its nasty little way of getting in between ourselves and God. This is a situation we have to put up with until Jesus Christ returns and sets things straight.  Does this make our situation hopeless?

NO.

It simply means that we need to make a diligent effort to test any doctrine we are taught and see how the teachings hold up against Scripture.

For example, the Bible states very clearly that we should never call anyone on Earth “Father” (Matthew 23:9 ). However, the Roman Catholic Church refers to their Pope as “Holy Father”.

Another example: Seventh Day Adventists teach that Jesus Christ is the Archangel Michael. They received this teaching from their founding prophetess, Ellen G. White, not from the Bible. Jehovah’s Witnesses also teach that Jesus Christ is the Archangel Michael, though in this case it’s a matter of cherry picking Scriptures to come to that conclusion. The article here explains how erroneous their cherry picking is.

In order to find truth in faith, it is vital that you read your Bible on a regular basis and become familiar with its message. Ignore the words of so-called prophets whose words cannot be solidly supported in Scripture. Do not succumb to teachings based on cherry picked Scriptures that the Bible does not clearly connect within Itself. And remember that true Christianity teaches mercy and love over rules and rigidity.

It is not wrong to scrutinize a group’s teachings as such scrutinization is the best way to avoid getting trapped in false doctrine. The Bible Itself teaches that testing the teachings is the right way to go (Holman Christian Standard Bible):

1 John 4:1
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Acts 17:11
The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

1 Timothy 4:1-2
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.

Colossians 2:8
Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ.

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.

Galatians 1:8-9
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him!As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!

As mentioned earlier in this post, all religious groups today are burdened with the curse of human imperfection, but this shouldn’t stop us from finding as much Bible truth as is humanly possible. Real Christianity is not something you are taught from men, it is something that is taught to you through the Word of God — the Bible. Be sure that what men are teaching you are in direct harmony with Scripture, and be sure that you heed Scripture over the men when discrepencies occur. Be sure that the godly qualities of love, mercy, and forgiveness are promoted, and leave all judgmentalism to Christ instead of ourselves. True Christianity is not complicated, so don’t let other people make it so.

Peace, and Amen.

 

 

The Right Denomination?

May 17, 2012

Claims to Christianity comes in many different flavors nowadays. Not only do we have Roman Catholics and Protestants, but we also have Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a various peppering of cults everywhere. To top it off are the false Christs who seek to draw followers in their own rite. And it doesn’t stop here. Within these “flavors” are sub-flavors. Just as you can have regular vanilla, French vanilla, and vanilla bean, you also have American Baptist, Southern Baptist, and Seventh Day Baptist. You have Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, and Maronite Catholic. And it goes on and on. Are the Southern Baptists more correct than the Seventh Day Baptists? Are the Anglicans more correct than the Roman Catholics? How can a person be sure that he or she is following the right path when there are so many choices out there?

The simple answer is this: We need to stop looking at faith through human eyes and start viewing it through God’s eyes. As humans, we are painfully aware that we make mistakes — and this can include making mistakes in our worship. As a result, it’s too easy to try and put rules and regulations on our worship in an attempt to lessen the number of mistakes we make in our worship. Although this is a noble effort, it is also what gets in the way of our worship. For example, in the Bible the Pharisees were notorious for piling on rule after rule regarding worship and Godly living. Were they trying to be burdensome? Were they getting too heady on a power trip? Maybe so, maybe not. It is likely that this tendency of theirs came from a deep desire to lead the people as perfectly as possible; and this desire misled them into creating burdensome rules and regulations on the believers. As a result of the over-use of rules, the believers are actually taken further away from God, not closer to Him. For example, because the Pharisees became so legalistic in their rules they lost sight of mercy and love — two qualities that are integral to God (Matthew 9:13,  1 John 4:8). Their strict focus on rules caused them to lose sight of their position in God’s arrangement, resulting in their austere and super-righteous attitude among themselves. That is what happens when groups of believing leaders focus too much on action without balancing it with the Godly qualities of love and mercy.

On the other end of things are the denominations who focus too much on love and mercy and not enough on the containment of sin . These are the ones who support homosexual unions, tolerate the worship of other gods, accept the use of illicit drugs, or even accept members who openly deny Christ . (Yes, there are churches who do these things). They forget that showing love and mercy does not include the acceptance of unbiblical behaviour, it only provides for the forgiveness of such behaviour.

The biggest problem is that we, as imperfect humans saddled with a sinful nature, are going to make mistakes when it comes to worship. We are going to misunderstand Bible passages. We are going to be influenced by our own mistaken opinions. We are going to be more judgmental than we ought to be. No matter how hard we try, we will not achieve perfection in worship; that won’t happen until Christ returns and sets us straight on these things (Zephaniah 3:9). In the meantime, we need to work with what we have. What does that mean?

It means we can’t find the perfect congregation at this time, so we shouldn’t expect to. However, this doesn’t mean we should settle for just anything. Remember, just because a congregation shows wonderful works, and possibly even miracles, doesn’t prove it is a God-oriented group; it is only those who actually try to do the will of God that are the ones approved by God (Matthew 7:21-23).

So the next question is: Who are the one who try to do the will of God? The Bible gives us guidance with this (from the Contemporary English Version):

Matthew 4:10
Jesus answered, “Go away Satan! The Scriptures say: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Matthew 5:44-47
But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong. If you love only those people who love you, will God reward you for that? Even tax collectorslove their friends. If you greet only your friends, what’s so great about that? Don’t even unbelievers do that?

Matthew 22:36-40
“Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?” Jesus answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. 38 This is the first and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments.

Luke 16:13
You cannot be the slave of two masters. You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than to the other. You cannot serve God and money.

John 4:24
God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth.

John 13:34-35
 But I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you. 35 If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
God wants you to be holy, so don’t be immoral in matters of sex. Respect and honor your wife.Don’t be a slave of your desires or live like people who don’t know God. You must not cheat any of the Lord’s followers in matters of sex. Remember, we warned you that he punishes everyone who does such things. God didn’t choose you to be filthy, but to be pure. So if you don’t obey these rules, you are not really disobeying us. You are disobeying God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
Always be joyful and never stop praying. Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.Don’t turn away God’s Spirit or ignore prophecies. Put everything to the test. Accept what is good and don’t have anything to do with evil.

Colossians 2:18-23
Don’t be cheated by people who make a show of acting humble and who worship angels. They brag about seeing visions. But it is all nonsense, because their minds are filled with selfish desires. They are no longer part of Christ, who is the head of the whole body. Christ gives the body its strength, and he uses its joints and muscles to hold it together, as it grows by the power of God.You died with Christ. Now the forces of the universe don’t have any power over you. Why do you live as if you had to obey such rules as, “Don’t handle this. Don’t taste that. Don’t touch this.”? After these things are used, they are no longer good for anything. So why be bothered with the rules that humans have made up? Obeying these rules may seem to be the smart thing to do. They appear to make you love God more and to be very humble and to have control over your body. But they don’t really have any power over our desires.

1 Peter 2:13-17
The Lord wants you to obey all human authorities, especially the Emperor, who rules over everyone.You must also obey governors, because they are sent by the Emperor to punish criminals and to praise good citizens. God wants you to silence stupid and ignorant people by doing right. You are free, but still you are God’s servants, and you must not use your freedom as an excuse for doing wrong.Respect everyone and show special love for God’s people. Honor God and respect the Emperor.

James 1: 26-27
If you think you are being religious, but can’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and everything you do is useless. Religion that pleases God the Father must be pure and spotless. You must help needy orphans and widows and not let this world make you evil.

James 2:14 – 17
 My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show that you really do have faith? Can that kind of faith save you? If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food,you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead!

These are good Scripture parameters to start with when seeking a congregation to associate with. And I think it’s important to note that, even though a denomination may have an official statement of beliefs, you cannot  judge the entire collection of congregations under its denominational leadership based on that official statement. For example, in recent years the Presbyterian U.S.A. denomination has officially accepted the ordination of clergy members who are actively participating in gay relationships. Although this is the denomination’s official policy now, there are many individual congregations in the Presbyterian U.S.A. denomination who continue to reject this new policy. The lesson: Take individual congregations on a case-by-case basis rather than official denominational policy.

So, how does one go about discovering which congregation is the best fit? The first place is to start with sincere prayer asking for guidance in the matter. God knows that each person/family has unique needs; therefore, each one will have a unique church “fit”. For example, a young couple with children may fit well with a congregation which has family oriented ministries and activities. In contrast, a single college student may fit better with a congregation whose ministry is focused more on missions or college ministries. In may cases, with the guidance of prayer, a seeker can look online to view various church websites in their areas to get an idea of what their local churches offer. If your local church does not happen to have a website use your phone book to give them a call, find out what they do have to offer. It is also good to review their official doctrines and policies, whether online or on the phone, and find whether the individual church matches your values.

And don’t rush your choices: Continue to pray for guidance. As humans, we tend to “get in the way” of ourselves, and sometimes we hinder God’s guidance without realizing it. This is why it is important to pray continually for guidance, because sometimes we need more time to get past ourselves. If, after prayer and research, you find a church that looks right, try it out. Don’t let emotion guide you, remember to combine it with scriptural guidance (AND prayer!). Be sure that the congregation does its reasonable best to balance Bible teaching with Godly love.

And, again, be forgiving of human error in the process: All congregations are composed of humans, therefore human error will rear its ugly head no matter how hard we try not to let it. This is why you need prayerful guidance from God on these matters.

Of course, we need to beware that we don’t become judgmental towards other denominations: Our disagreement does not give us license to be bitter or hateful towards them. Remember, all humans fall short of God’s perfect standards, thus there will be denominations who have more faults than others (Remember: all have faults). Instead of looking down our noses at them, we should be praying for them and offering the same love that Christ has offered to us. As for the denominations who have false prophets and false Christs, continue to pray for the members who are being misled.  Christ did not give up on us, and likewise we should not give up on them.

May our God and Father continue to help you find peace in His Worship.

Amen

National Day of Prayer

May 3, 2012

Here in the United States the first Thursday in May each year is designated as the National Day of Prayer.

(All Scripture quotes are from the New King James Version, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Matthew 6:9-13

In this manner, therefore, pray:Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

CHRIST GLORIFYING GOD
John 12:23-28

23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. 27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

PRAYER IN GETHSEMANE
Matthew 26:36

36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” 39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

HANNAH’S FIRST PRAYER
1 Samuel 1:9-17

So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. 11 Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” 12 And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. 13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14 So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!” 15 But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. 16 “Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.” 17 Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”

HANNAH’S SECOND PRAYER
1 Samuel 2: 1-10

And Hannah prayed and said:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.“No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.
“Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, For the Lord is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed.
“The bows of the mighty men are broken, And those who stumbled are girded with strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, And the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has borne seven, And she who has many children has become feeble.
“The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up.
He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the beggar from the ash heap, To set them among princes And make them inherit the throne of glory. “For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, And He has set the world upon them.
He will guard the feet of His saints, But the wicked shall be silent in darkness. “For by strength no man shall prevail.
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to His king, And exalt the horn of His anointed.”

ELISHA’S PRAYER
2 Kings 6:15-18

15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

ADVICE FROM JAMES
James 5:13-18

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

THE LITTLE CHILDREN
Matthew 19:13-15

13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

HAVING FAITH
Matthew 21:21-23

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

GLORIA PATRI

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon

April 21, 2012

Great video offering compelling evidence against the Book of Mormon. The video is about an hour long though, so grab your popcorn or your coffee and take notes if you want. This stuff is good:

The Bible Is Full of Mistakes

April 17, 2012

(I borrowed this from a discussion forum)

The Bible is full of Mistakes.
The first mistake was when Eve doubted the Word of God.
The second mistake happened when her husband did too.
And mistake after mistake is still being made because people insist on doubting God’s Word.

The Bible is full of contradictions.
It contradicts pride and prejudice.
It contradicts lust and lawlessness.
It contradicts your sin and mine.

The Bible is filled with failures.
Because it is a record of people who failed many times.
There was Adam, there was Cain , there was David,
And many, many others.
But it is also the record of God’s never-failing love.

God did not write the Bible

For people who want to play games with words,
For those who like to examine good without doing it,
Or for the man who does not believe because he doesn’t want to.

Modern man has discarded the teachings of the Bible
For the same reasons other men have discarded it throughout history.

Woeful ignorance as to its true meaning and content,
Determined apathy in refusing to consider its claims,
Parroted pseudo-scholarship posing as honest criticism,
And the secret conviction that this book is right and men are wrong.

It is clear that only an ignoramus or prejudiced person would believe it —–
Teaches outmoded, irrational and unreasonable principles,
Is filled with hopeless discrepancies and unacceptable statements,
And could only be the undirected, irrelevant, uninspired and unaided
Work of mere men.
The Bible is after all only just another religious book —

For thousands who aren’t honest with themselves and God,
For those who are afraid to accept God’s own challenge to honest examination,
And for those unwilling to look in case it tells them what they are really like inside.

And you cannot understand or trust what the Bible says
Unless you are willing to consider the evidence and face up to the Author.

The Biblical Account of Christ’s Resurrection, Part III

April 6, 2012

It occurs to us that we’ve posted the Christmas Story from the Bible, but we have yet to post the “Easter Story” from the Bible. Although we realize that many of you already own a Bible, we also realize that many of you do NOT happen to own one, therefore we are posting the entirety of the Bible’s account regarding Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection as written in the King James Version. Because this is a rather long reading, we will break it up into three parts, taken from the World English Bible (a public domain version):

Mark 16

1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 They were saying among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 for it was very big. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back.
5 Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. 6 He said to them, “Don’t be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him! 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.’”
8 They went out,* and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid. 9 Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they disbelieved. 12 After these things he was revealed in another form to two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country. 13 They went away and told it to the rest. They didn’t believe them, either.
14 Afterward he was revealed to the eleven themselves as they sat at the table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they didn’t believe those who had seen him after he had risen. 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then the Lord, after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 They went out, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen.

The Biblical Account of Christ’s Resurrection, Part II

April 6, 2012

It occurs to us that we’ve posted the Christmas Story from the Bible, but we have yet to post the “Easter Story” from the Bible. Although we realize that many of you already own a Bible, we also realize that many of you do NOT happen to own one, therefore we are posting the entirety of the Bible’s account regarding Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection as written in the King James Version. Because this is a rather long reading, we will break it up into three parts, taken from the World English Bible (a public domain version):

Mark 15

1 Immediately in the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him up to Pilate. 2 Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
He answered, “So you say.”
3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4 Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they testify against you!”
5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate marveled.
6 Now at the feast he used to release to them one prisoner, whom they asked of him. 7 There was one called Barabbas, bound with those who had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder. 8 The multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do as he always did for them. 9 Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered him up. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, that he should release Barabbas to them instead. 12 Pilate again asked them, “What then should I do to him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
13 They cried out again, “Crucify him!”
14 Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?”
But they cried out exceedingly, “Crucify him!”
15 Pilate, wishing to please the multitude, released Barabbas to them, and handed over Jesus, when he had flogged him, to be crucified. 16 The soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they called together the whole cohort. 17 They clothed him with purple, and weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 They began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 They struck his head with a reed, and spat on him, and bowing their knees, did homage to him. 20 When they had mocked him, they took the purple off of him, and put his own garments on him. They led him out to crucify him. 21 They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross. 22 They brought him to the place called Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, “The place of a skull.” 23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh to drink, but he didn’t take it.
24 Crucifying him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots on them, what each should take. 25 It was the third hour,* and they crucified him. 26 The superscription of his accusation was written over him, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 27 With him they crucified two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left. 28 The Scripture was fulfilled, which says, “He was numbered with transgressors.”
29 Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!”
31 Likewise, also the chief priests mocking among themselves with the scribes said, “He saved others. He can’t save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him.” Those who were crucified with him insulted him.
33 When the sixth hour§ had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.** 34 At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is, being interpreted, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.”
36 One ran, and filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Let him be. Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down.”
37 Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and gave up the spirit. 38 The veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. 39 When the centurion, who stood by opposite him, saw that he cried out like this and breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
40 There were also women watching from afar, among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 41 who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and served him; and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
42 When evening had now come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for the Kingdom of God, came. He boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long. 45 When he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 He bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been cut out of a rock. He rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid.

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