Saturday Song: Ian Thomas, “Come the Sun”

In the late sixties and early seventies, it was trendy and hip to sing about Jesus. Many non Christian artists portrayed him as a first-century hippie who got killed for saying we should all be nice to each other.

Though I appreciated hearing songs about my Lord on the radio, I soon learned that those who name his name aren’t always doing so for noble reasons.

Listen to this song here.

The people of the world can be excused for their ignorance but not the followers of Christ. Some folks claim to be believers but they just want his power and blessing. Matthew 7:22 (KJV) is a warning to such people by Jesus when Judgement Day comes. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”

Oct20, Jesus on the crossSome folks become swept up in the emotional atmosphere of evangelistic meetings but they have zero interest in being Christ’s disciple. As Jesus asked in Luke 6:46 (KJV) “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”

And in a parable about the end of this age, Jesus warned in Luke 13:25 (KJV) that, “When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:”

So, what do you think of this song and what I’ve written? Please leave me a comment below.

By the way, I’ll be posting about the credibility of the Bible verses the Qu’ran on Monday. Stay tuned for that.

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Which Religion is the Misogynistic one?

Oct18, QuranFeminists, in general, rail against Christianity, calling it misogynistic and patriarchal. But these folks fail to recognize their own hypocrisy. Having studied the Qu’ran, I find that it’s far more patriarchal and misogynistic than what Christianity is accused of being.

For starters, the Qu’ran allows men to have up to four wives each. Look at what sura 4:3 (anNisa’) says. “If you fear you cannot act fairly towards the orphans—then marry the women you like two, or three, or four. But if you fear you will not be fair, then one, or what you already have. That makes it more likely that you avoid bias.”

While it’s laudable to provide for orphans and women who have lost husbands, the real God frowns upon bigamy. The Pharisees asked Jesus about divorce and he gave the heavenly Father’s answer as to how many wives a man should have. Mark 10:7-9 (BBE) says, “For this cause will a man go away from his father and mother, and be joined to his wife; And the two will become one flesh; so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. Let not that which has been joined together by God be parted by man.”

Additionally, sura 4:34. (anNisa’) says that disobedient women can be beaten. “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, as Allah has given some of them an advantage over others, and because they spend out of their wealth. The good women are obedient, guarding what Allah would have them guard. As for those from whom you fear disloyalty, admonish them, and abandon them in their beds, then strike them. But if they obey you, seek no way against them. Allah is Sublime, Great.”

Oct18a, marriage documentsBut what does God, through the Holy Spirit, say men should do? Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:25 (KJV), “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”

And in Colossians 3:19 (KJV), Paul admonished, “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.”

Regarding widows, the New Testament is clear that kinsmen or the church should care for those who are elderly. Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 5:16 (KJV) that, “If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.”

Oct18b, book standing and openedA few verses earlier, he said widows who are young shouldn’t be put on the church list since they are likely to remarry. That insured genuine needs could be met.

I could probably write a whole book just on this subject. Instead, I’ll add this to my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Islam claims to be superior to Christianity but careful study has shown me how inferior it is, even to the Old Testament.

On Saturday, I’ll post about another song mentioning Jesus. For a few years, it was trendy for secular bands to sing about our Lord.

Was Muhammad a Real or False Prophet?

Oct15, prophets of Baal drawingSince Christ was more than a mere prophet, though he did hold that office, was Muhammad also God’s prophet? Some Christians might be convinced of that but the Bible makes it clear who is and isn’t a prophet which he had sent.

First of all, God sent prophets from Israel to the Israelites. As the scriptures in Deuteronomy 13:1-3 state, “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;’ Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

And as I pointed out before, the Israelites came through the line of Isaac, the child of promise.

Oct15a, runners , different coloursAdditionally, God gave his prophets the power to do miracles. We see the works of Elijah, Elicia, Moses, and others which verify that those men were speaking for God.

But some spoke from their own ideas, as Jeremiah 23:21 (KJV) shows. “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.”

Notice too that when angels appeared to people, they always began by saying, “Fear not.” But Muhammad claimed to have seen the angel Gabriel while he was in a cave. According to him, Gabriel never said “fear not,” but he pushed him down and said, “Recite.”

Oct15b, my writing officeAdditionally, all the prophets sent by God agree regarding what he spoke. Luke 24:25 (KJV) shows just how the message given to them was consistent. As Jesus said to two of his followers, “Then he said unto them, ‘O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:” Then he explained to them how the Christ had to suffer, die, and rise again.

Since Muhammad was a self-proclaimed prophet with no miracles to his credit, I’ll write more about that in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? God never contradicts himself and neither do his messengers contradict what he spoke.

On Thursday, I’ll show that it’s Islam which is the misogynistic belief system, not Christianity as some feminists assert.

Saturday Song: Badfinger, “Dennis”

Parental love is so special. No matter how bratty a child can get, parents still put up with them and correct them. I remember when I pulled stunts like walking all the way to my dad’s workplace, he assured me that he still loved me as my behind ached from the spanking.

Badfinger recorded a charming and touching song about a boy named Dennis and his parent’s reassurances to him. I think it’s one of their finest compositions.

Listen to the song here.

Sometimes our heavenly Father has to spank us when we stray. Proverbs 3:11 (KJV) reads, “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:”

But God doesn’t chastise us because he’s mean. Look at what Hebrews 12:11 (KJV) says. “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”

Oct13, boy climbing a fenceAnd as Jesus said in Revelation 3:19 (KJV), “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”

Furthermore, God is like the ultimate father who provides what his children need. Luke 12:30 (KJV) says, “For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.”

So, what do you think of this song and the wonderful things our Father in heaven does for us? Let me know in the space below.

By the way, I’ll be posting on Monday about Muhammad and if he was or wasn’t a genuine messenger from God.

Did Christ Say He Was God?

Oct10, Jesus and the senturianContinuing along in my examination of differences between God and Allah, Was Christ really divine? Muslims assert that he was a great prophet but not the son of God. The Quran says in sura 2:22, THE HEIFER, “He who made the earth a habitat for you, and the sky a structure, and sends water down from the sky, and brings out fruits thereby, as a sustenance for you. Therefore, do not assign rivals to Allah while you know.”

In Islam, joining or assigning partners to Allah is the unforgivable sin of shirk. This is so reprehensible to them that they are commanded to deal harshly with any “disbeliever” who teaches the doctrine of the Trinity. As it says in sura 3:151, FAMILY OF IMRAN, “We will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they attribute to Allah partners for which He revealed no sanction. Their lodging is the Fire. Miserable is the lodging of the evildoers.”

This sura contradicts what God said to Jesus and those watching his baptism in Luke 3:22 (KJV). “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, ‘Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.'” Notice that the Holy Spirit was also present, nullifying any argument against a triune God.

Oct10a, Jesus and PilateFurthermore, God called Christ his beloved son when he was transfigured, showing his pre-incarnate glory. Mark 9:7 (KJV) says, “And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him’.”

But did Jesus actually say he was God? He didn’t say those exact words but it’s clear from the scriptures that he knew he was divine. In John 8:58 (KJV), Jesus answered the Pharisees question about how he could have known Abraham and yet he wasn’t even fifty years old. “Jesus said unto them, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.'”

That wasn’t a poor grammatical choice on Christ’s part. He spoke the holy name of God. Exodus 3:14 (KJV) shows that’s what God called himself. “And God said unto Moses, ‘I AM THAT I AM:’ and he said, ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, “I AM hath sent me unto you.”‘”

Oct10b, pen 2, fountainBecause the divinity of Christ is crucial to our salvation, I’ll stress its importance in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? If Jesus were a mere prophet, he couldn’t atone for the sins of all who trust in him for forgiveness of sins. But since it’s through him that we obtain salvation, we must believe he’s divine and therefore able to pay our debt to God.

On Saturday, I hope to post about a touching song about a father’s love for his rascal son.

Who Was the Child of Promise, Isaac or Ishmael?

Oct8, baby boy beeing spoon-fedMuslims believe that they descended from Ishmael, the son born to Abraham’s concubine. But as the Bible says many times, Isaac was the promised heir. Quite naturally, Muslims think they’re right and that our scriptures were tampered with. I’ll address that topic another time but for now, I need to show how Isaac was the one promised to Abraham.

Now it is true that Ishmael was born first but he wasn’t the child God promised to give Sarah. We can see that in Genesis 16:3 (KJV) where it says, “And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.”Oct8a, Isaac on the altar

But we see who the child of promise was in Genesis 17:19 (KJV), “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.”

Since the word “seed” is singular, we know it means Christ. He was promised from the beginning to be the saviour of humanity. As Galatians 4:28 (KJV) explains, “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” All who belong to Christ are counted as children of promise.

Oct8b, QUILLWe also can tell that Ishmael had a different temperament than Isaac. Genesis 16:12 (KJV) describes him this way. “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

We who believe in Christ need to know the truth but we also must reject error. That’s why I’m writing my book You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Just as bank tellers can recognize a counterfeit bill, so we need to be so familiar with the truth that any lie will become blatant and obvious to us.

 

Saturday Song: Klaatu, “Hope”

Oct06, Klaatu, HopeDid you know that there are two kinds of hope? The first is a wish for something good. The second is an assurance of good things from God Almighty. The first is based on wishful thinking but the second is based on the Lord’s faithfulness.

A Canadian band called Klaatu wrote a song about hope. It’s part of a concept album about a lighthouse keeper on a devastated planet. The last of his kind, this alien spent the last day of his life coming up with a universal prayer. Hope was the only idea which fit his criteria.

Listen to Klaatu’s song here.

The Bible has much to say about both kinds of hope. One example of the first kind of hope, or the lack of it, is Job 7:6 (KJV). “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.”

But we have the experiences of thousands of years of faithful believers that the trials of our lives aren’t in vain. Psalms 31:24 (KJV) reminds us, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”

Our hope is an abiding trust in our heavenly Father and his good plan for us. Psalms 38:15 (KJV) expresses this well. “For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.”

And like the psalmist wrote in Psalms 42:5 (KJV), our hope in our heavenly Father can lift us out of even the deepest depression. “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”

The Apostle Paul, persecuted and on trial, held onto the hope promised to Israel and all who would believe in the Saviour. Acts 26:7 (KJV) says, “Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.”

This hope is more than a wish, it’s a work of sanctification. As 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) reminds us, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

So, what do you think of Klaatu’s “hope” and what I’ve written? Please feel free to comment.

On Monday, I’ll be posting about who the real child of promise was.