Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Believe in Order to See"

Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
(Psalm 106:12-15)

We read of Moses, that "he endured, as seeing him who is invisible." Exactly the opposite was true of the children of Israel in this record. They endured only when the circumstances were favorable; they were largely governed by the things that appealed to their senses, in place of resting in the invisible and eternal God.
      
      In the present day there are those who live intermittent Christian lives because they have become occupied with the outward, and center in circumstances, in place of centering in God. God wants us more and more to see Him in everything, and to call nothing small if it bears us His message.
      
      Here we read of the children of Israel, "Then they believed his words." They did not believe till after they saw--when they saw Him work, then they believed. They really doubted God when they came to the Red Sea; but when God opened the way and led them across and they saw Pharaoh and his host drowned--"then they believed."
      
      They led an up and down life because of this kind of faith; it was a faith that depended upon circumstances. This is not the kind of faith God wants us to have.
      
      The world says "seeing is believing," but God wants us to believe in order to see. The Psalmist said, "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
      
      Do you believe God only when the circumstances are favorable, or do you believe no matter what the circumstances may be? C. H. P.
      

      Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. --St. Augustine


  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1)
 
(From Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles Cowman, 1925)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Studies in Islam: Blood Libel, 2012

For thousands of years, the Jewish people have been victims of a horrific myth that has come to be known as the "Blood Libel."  This was the claim, first made in pre-Christian times, that the Jews routinely sacrificed Gentile children, whose blood they used in their religious ceremonies: a particularly charming and widespread version maintained that the blood was used in preparation of matzos, to be consumed during Passover.  This hideous myth was the basis of much persecution of the Jews throughout history, particularly by the Roman Catholic Church.  (Several "saints" in the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches were supposedly the innocent victims of this ghastly practice.)  But today, the most enthusiastic proponents of the Blood Libel are, not surprisingly, the followers of Muhammad, who practice "the religion of peace" and claim to respect Jews and Christians as "People of the Book."  Such damnable hatred and abominable mendacity can be seen in the following interview from Saudi Arabian television, which was broadcast within the past week.  Here, once again, is the true face of Islam:

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Mixed in with the Blood Libel, in this single interview, is the usual business of Holocaust denial and generalized Jew hatred.  Note: the French author Roger Garaudy, referred to as an authority in the interview, was a prominent Marxist writer, who, despite being a Communist, maintained his membership in the Roman Catholic Church until he converted to Islam in 1982.  He is now one of the "star converts" of the foulest and most inhuman "religion" on earth. He went to be with Muhammad in June of this year.

  from a Palestinian television drama

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

British M.P. Pimps for Hamas in Florida

Herewith, the strange story of George Galloway, a member of England's Labour Party, and a "respected" Member of Parliament (Bradford West).  Galloway is one of the world's greatest non-Arabic supporters of Hamas, al Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood: indeed, so outrageous is this motherless cur's advocacy of terrorism that he has been refused entrance into Canada.  Not so the United States, however.  In 2009, in a single visit to the Al-Rahman Mosque in Orlando, Florida (where all the "peaceful, moderate Muslims" in that city congregate), he raised $55,000, which he personally delivered to Hamas leaders. (The video shows how the money was spent.) He is still active in such endeavors today, a "useful idiot" being manipulated by the Mohammedans to destroy Israel and the West.  As the video shows, Galloway has nothing but praise for the current President of the United States.  As it also shows, a member of the American House of Representatives asked Attorney General Eric Holder to look into the matter.  No response from Holder's office has been forthcoming, which is hardly surprising: the Obama administration is not interested in inconveniencing Muslims - - - any Muslims - - - or their supporters.  And the current President's attitude toward Israel?  Very simple: once the Jewish votes are cast, Israel can go straight to Hell.  

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Jesus' Greatest Rival

Your Christian influence, your reputation as a worker for God and your standing among your brethren may be an idol to which you must die before you can be free to live for Jesus alone.

If you have ever noticed the type on a printed page, you must have seen that the little "i" always has a dot over it. It is that dot that elevates it above the other letters in the line.

Now, each of us is a little i, and over every one of us there is a little dot of self-importance, self-will, self-interest, self-confidence, self-complacency - - -or something to which we cling and for which we contend. But it just as surely reveals self-life as if it were a mountain of real importance.

This i is a rival of Jesus Christ. It is the enemy of the Holy Spirit and of our peace and life. God has therefore decreed its death, and the Holy Spirit, with His flaming sword, is waiting to destroy it that we may be able to enter through the gates and come to the Tree of Life.

Lord, crowd me out by Thy fullness, even as the glory of the Lord left no room for Moses in the tabernacle.

 ...not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord.
2 Corinthians 4:5


--- A. B. Simpson
Days of Heaven on Earth

Friday, August 10, 2012

"Noah Built the Ark"

You've heard the story many times, but you've probably never heard it told quite this way.  Our two previous posts featuring the great "sermons in verse" by James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) have been very popular, and one of our friends suggested that we post another.  So here again, from his wonderful collection God's Trombones, is James Weldon Johnson, one of America's greatest poets.



NOAH BUILT THE ARK

In the cool of the day --
                         God was walking --
                         Around in the Garden of Eden.
                         And except for the beasts, eating in the fields,
                         And except for the birds, flying through the trees,
                         The garden looked like it was deserted.
                         And God called out and said: Adam,
                         Adam, where art thou?
                         And Adam, with Eve behind his back,
                         Came out from where he was hiding.

                         And God said: Adam,
                         What hast thou done?
                         Thou hast eaten of the tree!
                         And Adam,
                         With his head hung down,
                         Blamed it on the woman.

                         For after God made the first man Adam,
                         He breathed a sleep upon him;
                         Then he took out of Adam one of his ribs,
                         And out of that rib made woman.
                         And God put the man and woman together
                         In the beautiful Garden of Eden,
                         With nothing to do the whole day long
                         But play all around in the garden.
                         And God called Adam before him,
                         And he said to him:
                         Listen now, Adam,
                         Of all the fruit in the garden you can eat,
                         Except of the tree of knowledge;
                         For the day thou eatest of that tree,
                         Thou shalt surely die.

                         Then pretty soon along came Satan.
                         Old Satan came like a snake in the grass
                         To try out his tricks on the woman.
                         I imagine I can see Old Satan now
                         A-sidling up to the woman.
                         I imagine the first word Satan said was:
                         Eve, you're surely good looking.
                         I imagine he brought her a present, too,--
                         And, if there was such a thing in those ancient days,
                         He brought her a looking-glass.

                         And Eve and Satan got friendly --
                         Then Eve got to walking on shaky ground;
                         Don't ever get friendly with Satan.--
                         And they started to talk about the garden, 

                        And Satan said: Tell me, how do you like
                         The fruit on the nice, tall, blooming tree
                         Standing in the middle of the garden?
                         And Eve said:
                         That's the forbidden fruit,
                         Which if we eat we die.

                         And Satan laughed a devilish little laugh,
                         And he said to the woman: God's fooling you, Eve;
                         That's the sweetest fruit in the garden.
                         I know you can eat that forbidden fruit,
                         And I know that you will not die.

                         And Eve looked at the forbidden fruit,
                         And it was red and ripe and juicy.
                         And Eve took a taste, and she offered it to Adam,
                         And Adam wasn't able to refuse;
                         So he took a bite, and they both sat down
                         And ate the forbidden fruit.--
                         Back there, six thousand years ago,
                         Man first fell by woman --
                         Lord, and he's doing the same today.

                         And that's how sin got into this world.
                         And man, as he multiplied on the earth,
                         Increased in wickedness and sin.
                         He went on down from sin to sin,
                         From wickedness to wickedness,
                         Murder and lust and violence,
                         All kinds of fornications,
                         Till the earth was corrupt and rotten with flesh,
                         An abomination in God's sight. 

                        And God was angry at the sins of men.
                         And God got sorry that he ever made man.
                         And he said: I will destroy him.
                         I'll bring down judgment on him with a flood.
                         I'll destroy ev'rything on the face of the earth,
                         Man, beasts and birds, and creeping things.
                         And he did --
                         Ev'rything but the fishes.

                         But Noah was a just and righteous man.
                         Noah walked and talked with God.
                         And, one day, God said to Noah,
                         He said: Noah, build thee an ark.
                         Build it out of gopher wood.
                         Build it good and strong.
                         Pitch it within and pitch it without.
                         And build it according to the measurements
                         That I will give to thee.
                         Build it for you and all your house,
                         And to save the seeds of life on earth;
                         For I'm going to send down a mighty flood
                         To destroy this wicked world.

                         And Noah commenced to work on the ark.
                         And he worked for about one hundred years.
                         And ev'ry day the crowd came round
                         To make fun of Old Man Noah.
                         And they laughed and they said: Tell us, old man,
                         Where do you expect to sail that boat
                         Up here amongst the hills? 

                         But Noah kept on a-working.
                         And ev'ry once in a while Old Noah would stop,
                         He'd lay down his hammer and lay down his saw,
                         And take his staff in hand;
                         And with his long, white beard a-flying in the wind,
                         And the gospel light a-gleaming from his eye,
                         Old Noah would preach God's word:

                         Sinners, oh, sinners,
                         Repent, for the judgment is at hand.
                         Sinners, oh, sinners,
                         Repent, for the time is drawing nigh.
                         God's wrath is gathering in the sky.
                         God's a-going to rain down rain on rain.
                         God's a-going to loosen up the bottom of the deep,
                         And drown this wicked world.
                         Sinners, repent while yet there's time
                         For God to change his mind.

                         Some smart young fellow said: This old man's
                         Got water on the brain.
                         And the crowd all laughed -- Lord, but didn't they laugh;
                         And they paid no mind to Noah,
                         But kept on sinning just the same.

                         One bright and sunny morning,
                         Not a cloud nowhere to be seen,
                         God said to Noah: Get in the ark!
                         And Noah and his folks all got in the ark,
                         And all the animals, two by two, 
                         A he and a she marched in.
                         Then God said: Noah, Bar the door!
                         And Noah barred the door.

                         And a little black spot begun to spread,
                         Like a bottle of ink spilling over the sky;
                         And the thunder rolled like a rumbling drum;
                         And the lightning jumped from pole to pole;
                         And it rained down rain, rain, rain,
                         Great God, but didn't it rain!
                         For forty days and forty nights
                         Waters poured down and waters gushed up;
                         And the dry land turned to sea.
                         And the old ark-a she begun to ride;
                         The old ark-a she begun to rock;
                         Sinners came a-running down to the ark;
                         Sinners came a-swimming all round the ark;
                         Sinners pleaded and sinners prayed --
                         Sinners wept and sinners wailed --
                         But Noah'd done barred the door.

                         And the trees and the hills and the mountain tops
                         Slipped underneath the waters.
                         And the old ark sailed that lonely sea --
                         For twelve long months she sailed that sea,
                         A sea without a shore.

                         Then the waters begun to settle down,
                         And the ark touched bottom on the tallest peak
                         Of old Mount Ararat.
                         The dove brought Noah the olive leaf,
                         And Noah when he saw that the grass was green,
                         Opened up the ark, and they all climbed down,
                         The folks, and the animals, two by two,
                         Down from the mount to the valley.
                         And Noah wept and fell on his face
                         And hugged and kissed the dry ground.

                         And then --

                         God hung out his rainbow cross the sky,
                         And he said to Noah: That's my sign!
                         No more will I judge the world by flood --
                         Next time I'll rain down fire.


(Incidentally, Johnson was a great poet, but sometimes misread the scripture, as we all do: in the Genesis account, God did not command Noah to bar the door: God knew that such a "heartless" act would be too much to ask.  So God barred it Himself [Genesis 7:16].  But the rest of the "sermon" is a delight!) 

(From God's Trombones [New York, 1927: The Viking Press].  Electronic copy available at  
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Documenting the American South Collection.)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"Multiculturalism" in Sweden: Muslim Gang Rapes

When an 18 year old girl was recently gang raped by three Muslim "immigrants," the Swedish left responded by ... expressing condolences to the girl and her family?  No.  Demanding punishment of the rapists?  No.  Staging a rally for "women's rights?"  No.  They sponsored, instead, a "rally for multiculturalism," in an attempt to distract the public from this horrendous crime by the followers of "the religion of peace."  Perhaps this would have been easier to do if gang rapes by Muslims were not sweeping Europe, and Sweden in particular, including the rape of an eleven year old girl by 20 Muslims in January.  And this is nothing new: the girl pictured below, also 18, was also gang raped by 20 Muslims in 2005. But this is how Mohammedanism is being treated in the West. (Apparently, when dealing with non-family members, Muslim males can only victimize women when backed up by other "men.") Incidentally, although this blog has discussed the plight of Muslim women at length, this case demonstrates that a woman doesn't need to be a Muslim to be victimized by these barbarians.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Gentler Face of Hatred

We have often taken note of the fanatical, subhuman hatred and persecution of Muslim women by their male counterparts: examples of this are legion, and can be seen by glancing at our posts on the oppression of women or the posts featuring the great Wafa Sultan.  But child rape, "honor killings," and the daily subjugation of women are only part of the story.  Because, in addition to being victimized by the genuine misogyny that is inherent in "the religion of peace," women living in Mohammedan cultures are, almost inevitably, misshapen and twisted into vessels of hate themselves.  One would expect their loathing to be directed at the Mohammedan men who make their lives something as close to Hell as can be found on earth; but, instead, they are brainwashed into hatred of Jews and Christians, instead.  Psychologists would not raise an eyebrow at the victim of chronic hatred becoming a hater himself or herself, but it's a tragic thing to see.  Here are three brief examples, from Muslim females of various ages.  First, the innocence of the youngest:

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God help her, that adorable child is merely reciting by rote memory what the men in her life have drummed into her (note the forceful, bullying tone of the inquisitor's voice, although the child has already come to expect it as normal).  But as Muslim women mature, if they remain in the Islamic culture, the hatred intensifies.  Here is a snippet of an interview with the very popular and successful Syrian actress Amal Arafa, who is probably not particularly "religious," but who, by the age of 42, has absorbed hatred of the Jews into (in her own words) her very genes:

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Finally, the sentiments, expressed in the most matter-of-fact manner, of a 92-year old woman, for whom hatred has become as natural as her own heartbeat. The Nakba, or "Day of Catastrophe," is celebrated by Philistines (also known as "Palestinians") in commemoration of Israel's birth as a nation in 1948.  So, from the youngest to the oldest, we see how Islam twists the minds and souls of women, as well as ruining their day to day lives.  It is the most evil "religion" ever to exist on this planet.

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