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DO YOU NEED PROOF?

Written by Ivor Thomas. Posted in Biblical Standpoints

When you read in Genesis 3:12 “And Adam said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”  What was your first reaction?

Did you think that Adam had a point?   Or did you think that Adam just overlooked/ignored what God said earlier?   Or did you think it was a typical human response to blame someone else?   Or did you think, why did Adam not just apologise and seek forgiveness?                                                                                   OR did you immediately gasp in horror at the sheer audacity of Adam challenging his Maker?

Your answer demonstrates what is meant by ‘human nature’, and your own association with the nature of Adam.

Adam, who had been given dominion over all flesh and the ability to reason, became vain, and thought that this made him almost equal to God after he partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.        He could immediately see the faults (both real and imaginary) in others, but was blinded to his own.                                     All humanity has inherited this weakness or ungodliness from Adam.

Imagine the reaction of one of the despotic rulers in the ancient world, being told by a serf that he was wicked and responsible for the serf’s disobedience in doing something wrong because he hadn’t planned things properly! 

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The Pen is MIGHTIER than the Sword!

Written by Ivor Thomas. Posted in Biblical Standpoints

An OPEN LETTER TO ALL MUSLIMS (and all interested in events in the Middle East). As a Muslim you must at times question why ISLAM is constantly at war with itself and also the rest of the world. Hidden within the Qur’an is the answer! In the introduction to Surah 2, it states: “This Surah sums up in 286 versus the whole teaching of the Qur’an.” We then find that Israel and the Jews are castigated for wrongdoings and their rejection ‘of Muhammad, who came in the true line of prophets.’ This is followed by the statement that ‘Abraham was the progenitor {or father of} Ishmael’s line (Arabs) as well as of Israel’s line’.

Then comes the details which ultimately give rise to the problems concerning Islam in the world today. “And he (Abraham) with Ishmael built the Ka’bah (the House of Allah in Makkah) and purified it, thus establishing a common religion, of which Islam is the universal exponent. The Ka’bah was now to be the centre of universal worship of Islamic unity.” {How come then, that in the 5th century, the Ka’bah was a place of worship for the deities of Arabia's pagan tribes?}.

The importance of the Jewish scriptures is constantly endorsed in the Qur’an, eg. In Surah 19:54 we read, “Also in the Book { the Jewish scriptures –my emphasis} (The story of) Ishmael: He was strictly true to what he promised, and he was a messenger (And) a prophet.”

We should therefore take note of what God says about Ishmael in Genesis 16:12. “And he (Ishmael) shall 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.” This clearly shows why God did not choose Ishmael’s seed. It also indicates why the Arab (Muslim) world cannot agree – even amongst themselves, and that discord and contention is part of their character.

(The events in the Middle East constantly remind everyone of this fact. The 6 day 1967 war with Israel is but one example of the seed of Ishmael being unable to speak and act with one voice, as well, as events in Syria today.)

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"The Jehovah Witnesses don't know who will be King of Israel"

Written by Ivor Thomas. Posted in Biblical Standpoints

2. PLEASE help the Jehovah Witnesses (J.W’s) to understand who will be “The King of Israel”

 Near the end of every year, people hear of the well-known events connected with the birth of Jesus.

Luke 1:30, “And the angel said unto Mary, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever: and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

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Are there as many routes to salvation as there are religions?

Written by James. Posted in Biblical Standpoints

I know a number of people who believe that all religions lead to the same place and that it is possible to get to know God and find salvation through a multitude of faiths (including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc, etc.).  This sounds very nice and comforting as such a notion convinces folk that they can all be saved by whatever way they want to be saved.  However, if we believe that God is true and that we didn't all originate from a primordial soup; but are living beings designed by a supremely intelligent Creator, then there has to be such a thing as God's Truth; and an Almighty God capable of such vast creative ability and who is perfectly capable of revealing His Saving Truth to humanity.

 
If we believe that other religions are compatible with Christianity, then we have to call Jesus a liar.  Let me illustrate: -
 
Matt. 11:27, "All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
 
John 6:44, "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day."
 
John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
 
We would also have to call the Apostle Paul a liar.  For example he declares that there is no other Gospel (good news of the Kingdom and salvation in Christ), "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed."  (Gal. 1:6.)
 
"But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough..."  2 Cor. 11:3.
 
"There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—  one Lord, one faith, one baptism,  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."  (Eph. 4:4.)
 
"If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing..." (1 Tim. 6:3.)
 
"Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called 'knowledge',  for by professing it some have swerved from the faith."  (1 Tim. 6:20.)
 
And specifically considering the notion of finding salvation via the plethora of 'gods' from the multitudinous faiths, "This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour,  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,  who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time."  (1 Tim. 2:3.)
 
So while followers of Christ would be kind, gentle, caring and respectful to people of other faiths (keeping in mind the words in 1 Peter 3:15, "in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect..."); as Bible-believers they would not consider salvation by any means other than the good news the establishment of God's Kingdom with Christ ruling on the Earth, with the resurrection of the faithful to be blessed with immortal bodies to be part this Kingdom.  There can therefore be no compatibility between following the Scriptures and religious texts of other religions.
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Can Trinitarians have union with Jesus Christ?

Written by Robert Roberts. Posted in Biblical Standpoints

Trinitarians  and all those who say that Jesus came (was born) with divine nature and not human nature propound a proposition that cut at the root of the righteousness of God provided in the sacrifice of Christ.

They believe that it magnified the honour of his life and simplified the mystery of his death and union with Christ.  Rather than simplify, it creates a mystery where there is none and let there be no misunderstanding.  There can be no union in the case without unity.  The very basis of union in Christ is unity of apprehension of him; and this apprehension of him (while including his kingship) relates particularly to his position as the way of approach and basis of reconciliation to the Father on the part of those invited to be his sons and daughters.  Jesus is this basis of reconciliation, this way of approach.  It is a foundation that has been “laid,” a way that has been “opened.”  Our approach by this way is a mental act; our reconciliation is a mental result, on the basis of a mental perception of the way the foundation was laid and the way opened.  It is here where the heresy operates to the destruction of the truth.  It upsets the principles upon which God invites our approach.  It tells us that Christ, as not belonging to our race, has paid a debt owing by our race, and that therefore we are no longer in a position to be sued for the debt.  It tells us that Christ died as a substitute for us, and that therefore we are free—free from death, free from judgment, with a legal title to eternal life.

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Hell, a place of rest

Written by H. H. JAMES. Posted in Biblical Standpoints

“Prove all things.”— 1 Thessalonians 5:21.

In considering the question whether “hell” is a place of torment of a place of rest, it is necessary to take Bible ground.

First of all, if sinners are to be tormented eternally they must live eternally. Can they do so? Is the immortality of sinners taught in the Bible? One passage of scripture answers that question. Psalm 145.20, states, “the Lord preserveth all them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy.”

Here are two opposites, preservation — destruction. The one cannot be the other. That which is destroyed no longer exists. That which is preserved is in existence as long as the preservation lasts, which in the case of those who love the Lord, or the righteous, will be always, because God will confer upon them the ability to live eternally. That will be their preservation.

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