Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day 2015

Wednesday of this week is "Earth Day," and as certain elements of the world's population concentrate on environmental issues, it seems appropriate, as a renegade Christian, to reflect for a moment on what the Bible says about the earth (since the Bible doesn't capitalize the planet's name, neither will we).  Pardon the blood-red typeface, please: I'm a bit tired of the color green in this context, and red is its opposite among the primary colors.
First, the most basic and obvious facts.  On this, Bible believers and skeptics alike have some basic agreements.  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth .... and God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:1, 10).  The skeptics won't admit the "creation" part, but they'll certainly agree that the earth was "good:" that's what "Earth Day" is all about.  Hooray for earth!  Go, Blue! ...

But then Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God, and what Christians call "the Fall" took place: and the earth was utterly shattered. We can't begin to imagine how beautiful this planet was before the Fall; but, even afterwards, it remained magnificent.  But so much of its current beauty is the result of catastrophe: think of the Grand Canyon, or mighty mountains pushed up by volcanic activity.  Some of the most breathtaking sights on earth are the result of violence .... and the violence came as a result of Adam and Eve's rebellion.  In other words, earth started out perfect, and man almost immediately set about ruining it - - - and he's been ruining it ever since.  Fundamentalist Christians and radical environmentalists can agree on this part; the latter just leave out the "God" stuff, which they find inconvenient, many of them also being radical theophobes. 

The Bible describes earth's current condition, and does so without the help of Al Gore or "Friends of the Earth:" For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now (Romans 8:22). Earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, hurricanes: the planet is suffering.  And it's suffering because of man's rebellion.  The reason that the lion and the lamb aren't lying down together, yet, is because man destroyed God's perfect environment through sin.  And man will not restore that perfect environment through pantheistic orgies like "Earth Day," or even by the most dedicated "science."  It will be restored by God, at a time of His choosing, and not until.  
(Actually, as Francis Schaeffer pointed out, it's not quite accurate to call today's radical environmentalists "pantheists."  Pantheism is the belief that nature is the manifestation of God, or is, quite literally, God: that God consists of the rocks and trees and star clusters.  But the "Earth Day" types don't, as a rule, believe that God exists at all.  They don't believe that everything [pan-] is God, because they don't believe God is there in any form.  So, as Schaeffer said, they should be called "pan-everythingists."  They don't believe that everything is God; they believe that everything is everything. They just haven't worked out the absurdity of their presuppositions.  And I'm not picking on the "Earth Day" people: Al Gore didn't invent pantheism.  Hindus and Buddhists and Native Americans have pantheistic elements in their ideologies; but at least they connect the visible with some sort of Deity, which the modern, educated Westerners simply don't.)
There are, to be sure, professing Christians who are terribly concerned about the state of the planet .... infinitely more concerned, I might add, than they are about the state of other men's souls.  These liberal "Christians," who predominate in the mainline denominations (Roman Catholic and most Protestant groups), will weep, and weep sincerely, over the destruction of a species or the clear-cutting of a forest, or beat their breasts over "fracking;" but they won't shed a tear over millions of people going to Hell every week because they haven't heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They will yammer about "stewardship," and say that Adam and Eve (in whom they really don't believe) were put here to be "stewards" of the Garden.  Which is true; but they don't talk about the Fall, and how sin changed everything.  When the Bible refers to "stewardship" in the New Testament, it is not talking about "preventing global warming." That's a political position; and clergymen who present it as the Gospel are traitors to their calling, if they've been called at all.  They're infidels, and they literally don't give a damn about the souls of men and women.  If that offends you, go ahead and let your blood pressure shoot up: it won't affect your "carbon footprint."

So, what about "global warming?" (That term isn't used so much any more; as it's gradually being discredited, the pan-everythingists are talking about "climate change.") Not being a scientist, I'm not going to enter that discussion, but as a middling student of the Bible, I can tell you God's plans for the earth.  At some point in the future (I believe the very near future), Jesus Christ is going to return to this planet, in the Flesh, with the scars showing, and sit down on David's Throne in Jerusalem, to rule the world with a rod of iron.  The planet will be restored for a thousand years; that's when the lion and lamb will lie down together, and the toddler will play, safely, with the rattlesnake and the anaconda. 
The planet will be ruled, politically, by the Jews: not the "Messianic Jews" or the "former Jews," but the Jews. And at the end of that time, there will be a final Judgment, the Great White Throne judgment of God, where every man and woman who hasn't received Jesus Christ will finally get his or her "day in court."  (I won't be there; my sins were judged at Calvary.)  Then, Satan will be bound and cast into Hell ..... and the human race will finally see what "global warming" is all about: 
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).   
God burning earth
And eternity will continue, and Heaven and Hell will continue ... and you and I will continue, in one of those places.  The earth will be, for some, a memory; others will have more wonderful things to think about.
What is the current significance of the planet earth?  It's a place of great beauty, but also great ugliness; great joy, but also unending heartache.  But, as someone said, many many years ago:  "This earth is all of Heaven that an unbeliever in Jesus Christ will ever see - - - and all of Hell that a believer will ever see." 
Enjoy "Earth Day," if you like.  Make yourself feel good by "caring for the planet."  But if you care about the things that are really important, like your relationship with the Creator, why not make this the day to actually meet Him, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ? But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).  Forget the politics and the fads and the fashions, and learn what life is all about!  You won't be disappointed!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Without Me ....

Every now and then, people read a passage or verse in the Bible, and skip over it without pausing to consider the real ramifications of what's been said.  (Unfortunately, this is the way most people, including most Christians, read the Bible.)  The profundity of the Bible is immeasurable, but it's often presented in such simple terms that we miss it.  A case in point is Jesus' statement in John 15:5: "Without me, ye can do nothing."

At the outset, we need to make a very basic observation about this statement: like all of God's statements, we need to realize that either it is absolutely true, or it's a lie.  (The Bible does record lies, but they're told by characters other than God Himself.)  When God makes a statement, be it a warning, a promise, or a revelation of Himself, we must face the fact that He's either telling the literal truth, or He's lying.  So, when Jesus makes the claim "Without Me, ye can do nothing," He means exactly what He says - - - and the implications are staggering.

As always, we need to get the statement in context: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:1-5).

This passage, and indeed the entire chapter, describes one of the most important principles of the Christian life, and has been the subject of countless devotionals, sermons, books, and at least one entire ministry.  The obvious application is the fact that no Christian can be a spiritual success, or bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9), apart from the direct enabling of Jesus Christ.  But instead of attempting to cover this great principle in a single post, it might be profitable to concentrate on a single snippet of Jesus' discourse: the words "Without Me, ye can do nothing."  Those six simple words are enough to occupy our minds for quite awhile - - - and they apply not only to Christians, who have received Christ according to John 1:12, but to unbelievers as well.  Jesus' statement, in one way or another, applies to every atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, or Existentialist who ever lived. ...

Every born-again Christian knows that nothing of eternal value can be accomplished without Christ's power.  Even after we've received Jesus Christ by an act of the will, as He commanded in John 3:3-7, we're still subject to the earthly limitations and tendencies with which we were born the first time.  As Paul said in Romans 7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. God expects us to read and study His word faithfully, but we're distracted by a thousand other things, and we make excuses, and procrastinate; in fact, most Western Christians have never read the Bible straight through, as you'd read any other book, a single time.  The number of Christians who actually dig in and study the scriptures, verse by verse, is disgracefully small.  We believe the Bible; we even have affectionate feelings for the Bible, and sometimes we enjoy reading articles and books about the Bible.  But Bible study itself?  That's a different matter; to be blunt, most Western Christians simply will not do it.  They'll do almost anything else with their mind, and their attention.  Because, as Jesus observed of the drowsy disciples,  the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41). And when we do actually make time for God's word, we become too easily confused, or lack spiritual understanding, because we're still in the same weak body of flesh (including our brain) with which we were born.  For most Christians, Bible reading is a chore and a duty.  But when we turn ourselves over to Jesus, and acknowledge our reliance on Him, and ask Him to be our Teacher and Guide, He shows us such marvelous things in his words as can scarcely be described.  After all, He promised that He would.  Speaking of the Holy Spirit: And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you (John 16:8-15).  But we can't get it by ourselves.  Because "without Me, ye can do nothing."

The other things that God expects of a Christian are equally impossible without the direct enabling of Jesus. Are you facing a certain temptation, be it "big" or "small" (as we like to categorize temptations)?  You really don't want to give in; you don't want to sin against God.  But it's a struggle, isn't it?  We despise the sins we commit, even while we're committing them, unless we've totally seared our conscience (1 Timothy 4:2).  We want to please God. But we can't beat any sin by "willpower" or "self-control:" we may avoid the sin for a time that way, but when the temptation gets too great, we'll give in.  Unless Jesus Himself is strengthening us: because "without Me, ye can do nothing."

Do you want to maintain a good, healthy prayer life with God, keeping the lines of communication open, able to talk with Him at any time?  If you're like most Christians, you do; but that's not easy, either.  Prayer takes focus and discipline; and our minds are constantly distracted, or drift off to other areas; and, very often, the Enemy invades our times of prayer with doubts and discouragements and filthy, obscene thoughts.  Prayer, real, mature prayer, is all but impossible for us: when was the last time that you spent a solid hour praying, alone, without being distracted?  (Please don't ask me the same question!) Unless Jesus helps us, we can't enjoy His word, or pray, or do any of the other things a Christian is called upon to do; because "without Me, ye can do nothing."

But I said at the beginning that this principle doesn't apply to Christians alone.  It applies to all mankind, in one way or another: because Jesus Christ created mankind, whether men acknowledge Him or not.  Speaking of Jesus Christ, Paul says, firmly and unapologetically: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (Colossians 1:16-17).  You may be a Hindu or a Jain or a jeering, smirking atheist, but you are a creature of God, of Jesus Christ.  And not only were you created by Him, you actually "consist" by His grace and power: Jesus Christ literally holds this universe together, moment by moment, by His power.  If He stopped, the universe - - - and you - - - would simply cease to be, except in either Heaven or Hell.

Please don't waste your time and mine by talking about "man's unbounded ability," "man's creative genius," or the great accomplishments of this or that "self-made man."  I know all about it.  I don't sneer at accomplishment, or success; I have respect for every drop of honest sweat, or every positive new insight, that ever decorated a man's life.  Whether it's an astronaut or a great athlete or simply the man who gets up every morning, for decades, working at a job he frequently dislikes, to provide for himself and his family, I have no desire to belittle them at all.  But let's face facts: there's no such thing as a "self-made man" or woman, no matter how arduous one's journey has been.  At various points, there were helpers along the way: if not good parents, then teachers and coaches and friends and co-workers who enabled you to do what you've done.  (As someone has said, a "self-made man" would be a perfect example of unskilled labor.) We know you're wonderful, but those people deserve part of the credit too, don't they?

But even behind these people, there's Jesus.  Even the unbeliever lives and moves and breathes because of Jesus' patience and longsuffering and power.  You heart keeps beating because God wills it so.  You avoid being wiped out in an automobile accident because God wills it so.  You couldn't even get out the door in the morning, to go to work or school, without God's help.  Paul was not addressing Christians, but Greek philosophers, when he said of God, in him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28).  That's a very humbling fact, but it's a fact nonetheless.

This was borne in on me very practically a few years ago when I woke up one morning, having gone to bed thinking that I was perfectly healthy, and was virtually paralyzed: I could move my head and my hands, but I couldn't sit up in bed; I couldn't even turn off the alarm clock.  When friends got me to the hospital, I was diagnosed with with a very rare disorder called hypokalemia: to put it simply, most of the potassium had been leached out of my system, and my muscles were failing.  The doctor said that, in the next 24 hours, without treatment, the next muscle to fail would have been my heart.  After a few days of hospital treatment, I was fine; but for several days, I didn't even have the strength to turn over in bed or pick up my Bible. ....

That was a very small example of what your life and mine would be like without Jesus Christ.  It's not just that we'd be second-rate Christians; it's not a "spiritual" thing at all, except insofar as spiritual reality is the ultimate reality.  This is very practical.  Because Jesus meant exactly what He said: "Without Me, ye can do nothing."  Not even breathe. ....

If we had the proper view of Jesus, something approaching an accurate understanding of Who He is, this wouldn't be so surprising.  And, taken by itself, it could be discouraging: the Enemy would distort Jesus' statement, and make us feel hopeless.  But there's a corollary to "Without Me, ye can do nothing" .... and the Christian will find encouragement, and victory, and joy in meditating upon it.

Two more very simple verses, to be taken together with our original quotation.  Jesus also said,  With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). And Paul brought it down to the individual level, with a promise from God that any Christian can claim, at any time:  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).
That verse, Phil. 4:13, was embroidered on Evander Holyfield's boxing trunks, the night that he came back from heart disease to defeat Mike Tyson.  But astounding the world, even in such a dramatic manner, is a very minor example of what Jesus Christ can do in the life of a man or woman who knows Him, and trusts Him, and believes His word.  Because Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fiendish Israelis slicing up Palestinian children!

Is there no end to the depravity of the Jews? How long must these atrocities continue? From the public prints, or at least an American television network, comes this horrifying story of a little-known program of Zionist "doctors" cutting up disadvantaged children from around the world, over 50% of whom are Palestinian. Is there no treachery or cruelty too low for the Israelis? 

See the hideous plot for yourself, in the following clip from a Christian television network in America. Once again, the Jews and their Christian lackeys conspire to persecute and torment the innocent Palestinian people.....


If you really want to feel some rage, you should follow the day to day operations of this program, and see the difficulties it faces.  As reported in the Toronto Globe and Mail, one of the problems facing these Arab and Palestinian children is the wrath that their families might incur from the Muslims if the word leaks out that they're accepting help from the Jews. Heads of Muslim families have been killed for less. Better to let the child die, I suppose.  

Or, perhaps the children could be treated by a similar outreach program operated by the Muslims themselves? But no, on second thought, it doesn't work that way.  Outside of the most affluent Muslim countries themselves, there are no "Muslim hospitals;" and those that exist in Saudi Arabia or Iran or Jordan certainly aren't interested in helping the children of their Palestinian brethren.  "Solidarity with the Palestinians" only extends as far as the headlines and manifestos; it doesn't involve sharing services or ("Allah" forbid) land. The followers of Muhammad are interested in death, not life, even when it comes to the lives of their children.

Tell, us, President Obama. Tell us again how "uncooperative" Israel is, and how noble the so-called Palestinians are.  Blame it all on your personal animosity for Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Don't worry about the facts; when have they ever gotten in the way of your anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel?

For further information: Save a Child's Heart Foundation

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Love without end

"As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you."
- - - John 15:9

As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves His people. What is that divine method? He loved Him without beginning, and thus Jesus loves His members. "I have loved thee with an everlasting love." You can trace the beginning of human affection; you can easily find the beginning of your love to Christ, but His love to us is a stream whose source is hidden in eternity. God the Father loves Jesus without any change. Christian, take this for your comfort, that there is no change in Jesus Christ's love to those who rest in Him. Yesterday you were on Tabor's top, and you said, "He loves me:" today you are in the valley of humiliation, but He loves you still the same. On the hill Mizar, and among the Hermons, you heard His voice, which spake so sweetly with the turtle-notes of love; and now on the sea, or even in the sea, when all His waves and billows go over you, His heart is faithful to His ancient choice. The Father loves the Son without any end, and thus does the Son love His people. Saint, thou needest not fear the loosing of the silver cord, for His love for thee will never cease. Rest confident that even down to the grave Christ will go with you, and that up again from it He will be your guide to the celestial hills. Moreover, the Father loves the Son without any measure, and the same immeasurable love the Son bestows upon His chosen ones. The whole heart of Christ is dedicated to His people. He "loved us and gave Himself for us." His is a love which passeth knowledge. Ah! we have indeed an immutable Saviour, a precious Saviour, one who loves without measure, without change, without beginning, and without end, even as the Father loves Him! There is much food here for those who know how to digest it. May the Holy Ghost lead us into its marrow and fatness!
- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon 
 Morning and Evening

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jesus' temptations ... and mine

For a number of years, there was a verse in the New Testament that, quite frankly, befuddled me.  (Just one?) It was Hebrews 4:15: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. I believed the verse, as I believe all of God's words, but I certainly didn't understand it.  How could Jesus, living in the first century, be tempted in all the ways that I am, living in the world of the 20th and 21st centuries? I certainly understood that He was sinless, but had He really experienced all the temptations that you or I have? It didn't make sense to me.

You know exactly what I mean.  We can imagine the Child Jesus being tempted to tell a lie, or steal a toy from a friend, or imagine the young Man Jesus being tempted to lust after a pretty girl.  Those are timeless, universal things.  But Jesus never went to school, so He wasn't tempted to cheat on a test.  He was never married, so He wasn't tempted to ignore His wife, or betray her. (He will have a Bride in the spiritual sense, thank God, but I'm talking about His life on earth: that's the context of the verse.)  He was never in the military, so He was never tempted to cowardice in battle, or insubordination to an officer.  He had no children, so he wasn't tempted to scream at His kids or, worse, abuse them. He was never tempted to look at Internet pornography, or to preen and gossip on Facebook or Twitter. But the Bible says He was in all points tempted like as we are.  How could that be?

Finally, someone explained it to me, and suddenly the verse ( which I had doggedly believed, even without understanding) made perfect sense.  The verse doesn't say that Jesus was faced with every single temptation that we are.  It doesn't say that His experience was exactly the same as  ours.  It says that He was tempted in all points like as we are.  Get that combination: "like as...."  It gives us not one, but two qualifiers to explain that it doesn't refer to an identical experience.  I just didn't notice it - - - but every word of God is important, including the little ones.

There are, according to the Bible, really only three types of temptation: and when you've experienced those three, you've experienced them all.  Those are the "points" in which Jesus was tempted, as are you and I.  The Bible lists the "points," and gives very clear examples of each - - - including the example of Jesus, the first time He was here on earth.

In his first epistle, the Apostle John, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1 John 2:16).  Those are the three categories of sin, and temptation: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  "Okay," someone says, "that's interesting, but what do those things mean?"  To find out, we don't have to go any further than Genesis, the very first book of the Bible. 

The first human being ever to be tempted was Eve.  The story should be familiar, but there's no substitute for God's word, so let's look at it - - - and highlight the three points of temptation.

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat (Genesis 3:1-6).

(Forget the "talking snake" that the theophobes like to joke about; the Devil was probably a beautiful, fascinating creature at this point: God didn't transform him into his more debased form until verse 14.  And it probably wasn't an apple, either.)

Why did the tree in the midst of the Garden appeal to Eve?  Why was she tempted to break God's commandment and eat it? Because the fruit was good for food, and thus satisfied the lust of the flesh.  ("Lust" isn't always sexual; you can lust over a ham sandwich or a candy bar.) The fruit was pleasant to the eyes, pretty to look at, and satisfied the lust of the eyes. (Nobody's saying that enjoying food or beautiful things is sinful: how many artists have painted "still lifes" that are bowls of fruit?  The only problem for Eve was that this fruit had been placed off-limits by God.  It wasn't her hunger, or her aesthetic sense, that got her in trouble; it was her disobedience.  But she was tempted to disobey in these specific points.) Finally, the fruit was desired to make one wise, and that appealed to the pride of life.  Eve wanted to be wise, but for the wrong reasons; it was a matter of pride.  So there were the three great categories or points of temptation, in a mere handful of fruit. The temptations are even listed in the same order as in 1 John. I wonder if the Apostle John thought about Eve as he penned his epistle?

Maybe not.  He might have been thinking of Jesus, because Jesus experienced these same temptations, during His time with Satan in the wilderness.  From the Gospel of Matthew:

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Matthew 4:3-9).


Even in tempting Jesus Christ, God incarnate, the Devil used these three points of temptation.  (He also used, or rather misused, Scripture: and he's still doing it today.) Jesus was hungry; so much we know from Matthew 4:2.  So, the first temptation, to make bread from a stone, was the lust of the flesh.  The second temptation, to survive a seemingly suicidal leap, was an appeal to the pride of life. In the third case, by showing Jesus all the kingdoms and their glory, the Devil was appealing to the lust of the eye.  This is why John could say that Jesus was in all points tempted like as we are - - - because He was, just as Eve was, and just as you and I are.

No, Jesus was never confronted with Internet porn while He was on earth; but He experienced the temptation of the lust of the eyes.  He was never tempted to snort cocaine or pay for plastic surgery to make Himself "handsome," but he was tempted by the lust of the flesh.  He never undercut a fellow employee for a promotion, or mocked someone just to make Himself feel "superior" (not that He needed to), but he was tempted by the pride of life.  Just like we are, whatever our specific weaknesses are.  He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  He never gave in to the temptation: He was sinless and perfect.

And that's why He's touched with the feeling of our infirmities;  although He never condones our sins or our temptations, He understands the power of temptation.  And that, in turn, is why He can be our Great High Priest, our Mediator before God the Father.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).  Mary or Muhammad can never be our Mediators; they've never been God, and don't know how God sees things. They only know how people see things. But a Mediator has to understand both sides.  And Jesus Christ does: He's the uncreated, eternal God, and was a Man, tempted like we are.  He got hungry ... but He wouldn't make the bread out of stones.

If you're not a born again Christian, who has received Christ according to John 1:12, this matter of Jesus' temptation probably doesn't mean very much to you.  But if you're a Christian, struggling with temptation, teetering on the brink of sin .... it means more than all the world.  You have a Saviour and Lord Who understands you perfectly.

What a wonderful Christ!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Child marriage: "Muhammad is our model"

This video is seven years old.  Not seven hundred.  It has not exactly"gone viral" on the Internet, but it's available on many sites, and should be available everywhere.  The person in this video is not a fanatical "extremist" or a spokesman for ISIS or Boko Haram: he is a professional "marriage officiant" in Saudi Arabia, the most sacred of all Muslim nations, home to Mecca and Medina.  Here is the official view, from an official wedding officiant, of child rape:


Some one might object, "Well, he's a Saudi; this is merely a cultural thing" (as though that would excuse it).  If such were the case, why haven't his brother Muslims around the world risen up to denounce his views?

From "Mangled Thoughts," an Australian political journal:

Australian Muslims refuse to condemn Dr. Ahmad al-Mu’bi

Why? They cannot be permitted to wriggle their way out of answering why they refuse to condemn that pederast.

How violent he is, is imagninable but not nice to dwell on. Bye the bye, from the photo of Ahmad al-Mu’bi on the MEMRI site, the sod looks exactly what he is.

The explanation of Ahmad al-Mu’bi’s call for the enslavement, assault and rape of infant girls is contained in the item immediately below – “Brumby, Hull, Szoke and Sisely must have these bigots on trial”.
As it is, there is already a serious problem:
Muslim girls being whisked off to the Middle East, by force, to be bound in pre-arranged marriages to thugs. One recollects the account of a girl who was incarcerated in a house until she caved into marrying a cousin. She managed to escape and make it back to the UK before ‘enslavement to primitive beast day’. She was lucky. It is a grave matter that doesn’t disturb ‘mutlticultists’.

Now infant girls! Ponder also, readers: In Iran, in Pakistan, under Taliban, teenage girls and women, innocent or rape victims are convicted under Sharia of adultery, buried up to their chests and stoned to death.

But, living in Brackistan, in accordance with decree 209342, issued by Steve Bracks, John Brumby, Bronwyn Pike, Justin Madden, Rod Hulls, and the Commissars of Right Thinks – Helou, Szoke, Sisel, and a number of justices in regular courts, I do my duty as the property of the Government of Brackistan – in accord with the anti-Bill of Rights, and denounce as bigots any who condemn such holy practices.