19 the LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens;
One may ask, "what is all this about scriptures, Jesus, Prophecy, and what does it have to do with all that is going on today in the world and my life in general? Besides, I'm not religious."
Well, if the following statements are true, then Jesus' is more than a teacher or a good fellow as some have suggested, and honestly, you cannot say Jesus was a good man if you disagree with Him. He said you would be condemned based on the words He spoke because the words Jesus spoke belong to the Father (God).
I do not classify myself as being religious and you may say that is a contradiction based on this webpage. What may be termed as "religious" is going through a routine set of steps based on traditional - "religious" customs of one sort or another. Not that this is necessarily wrong - but people forget that their life should be a reflection of Jesus' teaching while they are remembering the steps they have to learn, and if this happens, the steps themselves are of a form that do not bring one closer to Jesus as true worship should.
Please do not be offended if you have a system of procedures in your worship of the Lord and are reading this. It is just that you have to make sure your life is in accordance to the teachings of Christ - Christ wants our hearts set on what He taught us - as opposed to just the steps of a customary system in use. You see, getting closer to Jesus is what helps you stay clean in your life and not the actual steps themselves. If the routine helps one to remember God's requirements of each one of us individually, then the routine could be of good use.
The Bible says we are to seek Him in Spirit and in Truth (paraphrase), and this means a person can come to know God based on their desire to do so and not religious behavior. In order to approach God, one must come through Christ (Christ is the Greek word for Messiah.). As you read the pages on this site, you will see that the one called Jesus is the Messiah and the fulfillment of ancient prophesies.
We are condemned due to the fall. That is to say, we are the children of Adam. He was the prototype for the human race. Jesus is the New Adam. Once we receive His Spirit ... the Holy Spirit, we are in a state that will allow us to enter Heaven. Man is eternal. Where he spends eternity depends on what he concludes Jesus to be and whether one agrees with Him.
Jesus was not so nice to those He felt were misrepresenting the Old Covenant and the Law neither did He condone sin. Sin was the number one reason Jesus had to die on the Cross - as to take the place of humanity.
Sin is the number one reason people reject the Gospel message and Jesus, or they try to portray a Jesus of a completely different nature than what is present in the text. They do not understand, so they try to make Jesus into a better person by painting a picture of what they believe is right.
I did the very same thing and realized after studying the Bible that Jesus is good enough without my help. Jesus did not come to earth and die on the Cross for the sake of a new or better philosophical teaching. His teaching is sound and true; (His words are God's words.) His dying on the Cross was for the fulfillment of prophesy and to buy back (redeem) the human race from having to spend eternity in hell.
Jesus teaches Nicodemus ...
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned,
but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
This is the verdict:
Light has come into the world,
but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
Everyone who does evil hates the light,
and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
Hell was designed as a place for the fallen angels and not for man. Man is an eternal being. You don't just stop existing. Since the fall of Adam, men have been destined to eternal separation from God. Before the birth and death of Christ, men were judged based on their actions but now "Light has come into the world" as we just read.
After Simon Peter told Jesus he would not allow Jesus to go to the Cross, Jesus rebukes him with the statement, "Get behind me Satan." Peter could not understand the mission of the Cross at this time. Neither could any other of Jesus' disciples. Jesus fulfilled scripture. God knew before the foundations of the earth that humanity would reject the Messiah. We read in Daniel, an Old Testament book, that the Messiah would be 'cut off' but not for Himself. Jesus died for humanity, and He is the Messiah of Israel and the whole world as well.
Some say you must be Jesus minded - thinking all one has to do is be nice and think twice. This will not due. Christ had to die and man must receive His Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God. Being a nice boy or girl will not suffice the fallen state of man. Only God could redeem man from the fall.
The antichrist, who will appear soon upon the scene, will tell you otherwise and humanity will follow the one that appeals to man's fallen nature. The Bible tells us the world will follow the antichrist as if he were God. The Bible teaches no one will be able to buy or sell unless the 'mark' of the antichrist is upon them. This means he will be in control of the world's economic system. This fits perfectly into our world today. There is an effort to unite the world for peace and prosperity, which is good. Nonetheless, the antichrist will eventually use this world commerce to control the world and to keep track of each individual. He will be the world's worst tyrant and will be responsible for more deaths than all of the world's wars combined. Our economy is being taken over and transformed from private institutions (banking) to governmental ones. This is not necessarily a bad thing but it fits with the prophesies concerning the antichrist's powerful reign. There are several institutions developing sophisticated methods of identifying individuals and with modern computers, keeping track of everyone on earth is a trivial task.
Jesus came to save that which was (already) lost. Not to condemn the world but to save those who would hear the words the Father gave Jesus to speak.
Let us consider a few questions here to test the validity of scripture.
If these statements are true...,
- Did Jesus do the things that are written about the Messiah in the Old Testament?
- Are prophesies written ahead of Jesus' time on earth accurate?
- Is the New Testament documentation reliable?
Click on this link "Apostasy" to see one form of documented proof of Jesus life.
- Then this is the most significant event and individual in human history.
- No individual in human history has affected the world to the extent that Jesus has.
"This Jesus of Nazareth...,
Further Confirmation 2
Julius Africanus and 3
The historian Philip Schaff outlined in his book, The Person of Christ
the overwhelming influence which the life of Jesus of Nazareth had on the subsequent history and culture of the western world.
than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times."
(The Signature of God. Copyright © 2002 by Grant R. Jeffrey.)
Julius Africanus, c.160-c.240, Christian historian: Julius wrote "Chronologia": A history of the world from the creation to 221 AD. Tying together the events of the Old Testament, the Greek world, and Christianity, this history helped to place the new religion in a historical context
Thallus was an early historian who wrote in Koine Greek. He wrote a three-volume history of the Mediterranean world
Each person must come to a conclusion. You cannot go to Heaven based on some other person's Godly behavior - not your parents, church, or pastor. Jesus died for each person specifically and each person must come to a conclusion at one point, and if you ask me, delaying is like delaying medical attention when you know it will save your life!
There is a prayer on the page titled Heaven that one can commit them self in order to receive the Holy Spirit.
The Prophesies deal with the Messiah, who will come to save humankind from the evil forces of darkness (The human race is bent on destroying itself unfortunately, and an outside force has access to the mind of man to help him along on this pursuit.) Not that there aren't any people who wish to do good deeds and help other, but man's nature is fallen and wars prevail. Satan and the fallen angels are in charge of matters here on earth and man is helpless to withstand these forces.
- without money and arms, conquered more millions than
- Mohammad, and
- without science and learning,
- He shed more light on things human and divine than
- all philosophers and scholars combined;
- without the eloquence of schools,
- He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and
- produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet;
- without writing a single line,
- He set more pens in motion, and
- furnished themes for more sermons,
- learned volumes,
- works of art, and
- songs of praise
Some would say that religion itself is the cause of most War; however, this has been examined in light of history and found to be untrue. Evolution has taught man that there are no moral absolutes and that the stronger species survives and the week must die. Man has found favor in science since the false teaching of Darwinian Evolution has been propagated into the mind of man. The crimes committed in the last 100 years alone under the "guise of nature just taking its course" through the hands of Hitler, Stalin, and others far out due all the wars for the past thousands of years.
If man is in a fallen state as the Bible suggest, then war is the result of the state of man and the environment he lives in. Those who have committed themselves to Bible truths live by the words of Jesus. God sends revival into the lives of those who have accepted His Son's work on the cross and continue to seek His will.
If there are evil forces here on earth, namely Satan and his fallen angels, then what man perceives and believes about himself, the world around him and others may be under manipulation by evil forces. Just look at any local paper or watch the evening news and one can easily confer that there is evil.
Paul, a writer in the New Testament, confirms that believers in Jesus are under the influence of a fallen body, a fallen world, and Satan. The believer has to contend with these circumstances. However, the believer is not left to fend for himself.
Pastor Greg Laurie writes ...
I personally remember of hearing of a revival that turned a town around to the point where judges were being sent home due to lack of crime within the area.
Christianity is often bad for some kinds of businesses, especially those that trade in human weakness. Wherever God's servants (Christians) live a genuine Christian life...
So many people came to faith in Jesus Christ during some of the great American revivals that...
bars were shut down due to lack of business.
Police officers were laid off...
Pastor Greg Laurie "A Passion for God" ISBN # 1-56507-802-0
A New Beginning
Jesus did not come to start a new religion. He came to fulfill the Old Testament prophesies, which we see He did starting with...,
These and many other prophesies were fulfilled by Jesus. No one can argue that these circumstances were coincidental because of the mathematical impossibility in the statistics themselves. If one needs validity of the Gospel record, I would suggest a book titled "The Case for Christ."
The author of this book, Lee Strobel, set out to disprove Christianity and in doing so investigated the validity of the Gospels. He literally put Christianity on trial and found beyond the shadow of any doubt that it holds up well. He was trained at Yale Law School.
Jesus said Himself that He was to be killed and lifted up for all to see. He was specifically making a statement and referring to a time going back to the Old Testament when Moses lifted a serpent on a pole. God had instructed Moses to do this so that people who were dying from being bitten by poisonous snakes would be able to survive.
The only thing people had to do was to look at the serpent, be healed, and they would survive. Jesus was saying in order for man to pass from death onto life, he has to look to the Cross - the sacrifice for sin - ask for forgiveness of his sin - repent and that His own life would end in this fashion for this very purpose. I could only imagine (just as there are lung cancer patients today that will not stop smoking) people refusing to look to that serpent on the pole. I strongly suggest one takes a serious look into this site and come to a conclusion that leads to life - that is to look to Jesus for their salvation!
He also said, if He would not leave, the Comforter - referring to the Holy Spirit, would not come. This is why the believer is not alone nor left to fend for himself. We see Jesus speaking of His own death and resurrection throughout the Gospels.
We see the fallen nature of man (sin) that the Bible speaks of being the cause of so much trouble in this world.
Corruption, sin, is part of human nature and remains predominate in any belief system, philosophy, or organization that has not been transformed by God's love through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is not to say that all organizations are corrupt but that man's nature is - just the same. I seen good organization do harm to themselves without ever knowing it. Man is truly helpless without God's help and mercy. This holds true for Christians as well. Christians can only change through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and a desire to follow Jesus - to do what he says.
4 The prophesies below deal with the last week of Jesus life alone.
- was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver;
- not a bone in His body would be broken;
- His side would be pierced;
- the Roman Guard gambling for the linen He wore;
- the tomb He was to be laid in;
- and His resurrection on the 3rd day.
Many today will miss-represent what Christianity is, such as Dan Brown with his fictitious book "The Da Vinci Code," that he claims is true. Man is corrupted by the fall. Fallen men have a nature that cannot represent the truth when it comes to the Bible and the Christian faith unless they are transformed by the Holy Spirit. I believe this is why he contradicts himself with the book's classification as fiction and what he claims. I see this as being a resolve for the conscience of those who will not look to the truth.
Many people will change what Christianity is and what Jesus said to accommodate their fallen state. People do not want a God who states moral absolutes. They want to continue in sin. They want to fashion another God unlike the true God of the Bible in order to pacify their fear and conscience.
Romans 1:18 tells us that men suppress the truth in unrightousness.
It would be comical how Dan Brown creates a fabricated work with barely a page in it not having a miss-representation of one sort or another of real life religion, art history, and organizations, if it did not deal with so serious a matter as the Bible and the salvation of mankind. People who reject God see the Da Vinci Code as a life preserver for their conscience - they will say the book is fact and it seems to want to tell you so secretly by its title as fiction. Man satisfies his conscience with documents as Dan Brown has created and he clings onto anything that questions scripture - this is what I did to some extent to justify my wrong choices. I believe this is so due to God revealing Himself in His creation and our minds as the scriptures state - "man is without excuse" due to His revelation in the natural world.
You may be neutral in this argument and decide one way or another on what to believe. Man's heart is naturally opposed to scripture and I hope you see this in yourself. I have to say I did not want a God of moral absolutes myself. I have to say the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the greatest testimony to the scriptures being true. This is all the proof anyone needs.
18 "Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.
I say this because Dan Brown paints a picture of Christianity as being a hoax of sorts. Any serious endeavor into this book's validity would quickly reveal dishonest claims concerning art history, the locations mentioned, and even the reputation of organizations still in existence today as inaccurate not to mention the religious documents that Dan Brown resorts to at this time. Scripture states that man is willfully ignorant. This means that people just do not want to know the truth. I have seen people put their faith in the "Da Vinci Codes" and never question its validity. Would you if you were unconsciously looking for a reason not to come to God or just avoiding the issue with neutrality?
If one is interested in codes, there is a Heptadic code in the New Testament that proves beyond any mathematical probability that the Bible is what it claims itself to be ... inspired by God. A secular mathematician with a Masters in Mathematics from Harvard University, "Ivan Panin," discovered this code around the twentieth century. He informed a local paper of his findings and noted that there has to be a God.
The Heptadic Structure
The recurrence of the number seven - or an exact multiple of seven - is found throughout the Bible and is widely recognized. The Sabbath on the seventh day; the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine in Egypt; the seven priests and seven trumpets marching around Jericho; the Sabbath Year of the land are well-known examples.
Evidence of Design:
by Chuck Missler
The authenticity of the Holy Bible has been attacked at regular intervals by atheists and theologians alike but none have explained away the mathematical seal beneath its surface.
It would seem the divine hand has moved to prevent counterfeiting in the pages of the Bible in a similar manner to the line that runs through paper money. Bible numeric appears to be God's watermark of authenticity.
Vital research on this numeric seal was completed by a native of the world's most renowned atheistic nation, Russia. Ivan Panin was born in Russia on December 12, 1855. As a young man he was an active nihilist and participated in plots against the Czar and his government. He was a mathematical genius who died a Harvard scholar and a citizen of the United States in 1942.
Panin was exiled from Russia. And after spending a number of years studying in Germany, he went to the United States where he became an outstanding lecturer on literary criticism.
Panin was known as a firm agnostic - so well known that when he discarded his agnosticism and accepted the Christian faith, the newspapers carried headlines telling of his conversion.
It was in 1890 that Panin made the discovery of the mathematical structure underlining the vocabulary of the Greek New Testament. He was casually reading the first verse of the gospel of John in the Greek: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with the God and the Word was God...".
Panin was curious as to why the Greek word for "the"' preceded the word "God"' in one case and not the other. In examining the text he became aware of a number relationship. This was the first of the discoveries that led to his conversion and uncovered the extensive numeric code.
Panin found his proof in the oldest and most accurate manuscripts - the Received Hebrew Text and the Westcott and Hort Text. The Bible itself states clearly that it is the literal God-breathed'' living word of the Creator. The words "Thus saith the Lord"' and "God said"' occur more than 2500 times throughout scripture.
In 2 Timothy 3:16 it states "All scripture is given by inspiration of God". Then in 2 Peter 9:20-21 it plainly states: "No prophecy of the scriptures is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost". the New York Sun newspaper November 9, 1899. He dared them to publicly refute or give explanation for a few of his presented facts. Four made lame excuses. The rest were silent.
Panin issued a challenge throughout leading newspapers of the world asking for a natural explanation or rebuttal of the facts. Not a single person accepted.
God is A Mathematician
By Keith Newman.
God is a Mathematician
There are "Equidistant Letter Sequencing" codes as well throughout the Old Testament. This code has been confirmed by of the foremost minds the field of mathematics of our day, Eliyahu Rips. He developed "Group Theory" one of the theories that undermines quantum physics. These coded messages are not there by man's design nor by probability. A secular journalist, Michael Drosnin, investigated this phenomenon and found how accurate they really are.
In 1994, "Statistical Science," a mathematics journal report 3, volume 9 publishes "Equal Distance Sequences in the Book of Genesis." This report caught the attention of a leading cryptologist working at the National Defense Department and was found to be valid.
Dr. Chuck Missler (worked in the area of cryptology) states in his DVD Bible commentary series - if you were to connect 1000 supercomputers and have them work in a Peer to Peer network utilizing each machines power, it would take over a 4,000,000 years to generate the Heptadic structure. He also states there are more codes of such sophistication within the Bible.
You may see secular programs on TV or popular magazine articles painting a Jesus of their own creation. This is because they have no understanding of who Jesus is and must rely on documents that are found to be fraudulent hundreds if not thousands of years ago. They do not believe the accuracy of the Bible for one reason or another and fail to see why early church fathers and scholars have dismissed the other, so called, Gospels.
A book I mentioned above, "The Case for Christ" takes apart the "Da Vinci Codes" years before the book had been written. The author, Lee Strobel, did not set out to disprove an antagonist of Christianity but Christianity itself since he did not believe the Jesus of the Bible as being true. He converted after his research was done due to the overwhelmingly accuracy of the Bible and the proof of Jesus being the prophesied Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament.
Rabbi Joel Young "For His Glory Ministries
" states that in the text of Isaiah, one can read the sentence spelled out in "Equidistant letter sequencing"
- "My name is Jesus" -
within the famed verses of the prophesy concerning the Messiah's crucifixion.
Even if you do believe that the Bible is true, go to church, and read your Bible, you need to have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for your nature to start on the path Jesus has walked and shown us to enter Heaven.
Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He was saying He is the way to God. Fallen man does not want a Jesus who is the 'Son of God' and who speaks of man repenting of his sins and who died for him for this very purpose... to redeem man from death to life.
I myself did not want to come to the faith due to the idea that I would have to give up my lifestyle and I did not conceive of how I would find love if I were to do so. However, this is the opposite of what is true. Christ's love is greater than anyone can imagine - saved or unsaved alike and one may find their "significant other" just the same and in relationship that is under God's care as long as they stay loyal to His teachings.
All one has to do is say the prayer on the linked titled "Heaven" with a committed heart - I have placed links to this page under different titles and this link is on the floating menus as well.
Some claim that the Bible promotes slavery. This is far from what the Bible represents. The slavery mentioned in the Bible was a type of welfare system that worked far better than any social system of our day. As long as individuals did not corrupt the rules written in the Law - laws given by God, the slaves were more like well treated maids and butlers in our society today. They would chose to stay if they wished based on how well they felt about the location they were at after their term of seven years was finished. The Law also allowed a kinsmen (relative) to come along and pay the debt the slave owed (the reason for the person having to work as a slave) and set the individual free.
This is the most important aspect for God giving Moses the Law in regard to humanity's ultimate need. The Law was given to bring social and economic justice to the poor and society in general - not to bound men into slavery. It points us to God's grace and ultimate expression of love for a doomed race of beings as Christ, the Son of God would die in man's place. Paul teaches us the Kinsmen Redeemer is what Jesus is to the Human race. Jesus came to set the captives free as we read in one of the Messianic prophesies written around 750 B.C. (before Christ's birth) concerning what Jesus will ultimately due and has already begun ...
The Servant of the Lord
Jesus being born of a virgin, is related to the Human race and is therefore capable of paying the price... playing the role of the Kinsmen Redeemer. This is why the Law was given. So man can see Christ as his Kinsmen Redeemer. Having a debt and being in sin were considered synonymous to the Jewish people. Perhaps this speaks of the state of our economy today!
The Bible states, "The wages of sin is death" and Jesus paid the price for all humanity!
Some argue that the prophesy regarding the virgin birth does not speak of a virgin. However, the prophesy teaches the birth will be a sign. If it was not to be a virgin then what would the sign itself be? Besides, who is the one spoken of here that the sign should be so significant?
Jesus said that this will be the sign given to those who seek a sign,
My Servant whom I uphold,
My Elect One in whom My soul delights!
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
He will not cry out,
nor raise His voice,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth.
He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law.
Thus says God the Lord,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,
Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it:
have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles,
To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
I am the Lord,
that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
the former things have come to pass,
And new things I declare;
Before they spring forth I tell you of them. NKJV
I thank God for this sign. Because without this sign, I would be bound for eternal destruction. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day. Here Jesus is prophesying of His own death and mission once again. We read in the proceeding verse that -
"A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!" I must repeat once again. I thank God for this sign; because this commenter and writer of this page is one in need, and since I do believe in the "One greater than Jonah," I have entrance into the Kingdom of God through the finished work of the Cross and through His grace and precious gift of the Comforter; have strength to repent of my own ways. Amen. So can anyone who would accept Christ as his or her Savior.
In concluding on the virgin birth, the blood curse pronounced on Jehoiachin prohibits anything else but a virgin birth.
The virgin birth keeps the Messiah's birth within King David's heritage and avoids the blood curse.
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.
We read in Galatians
There is no separation between those who are in Christ Jesus no matter what their heritage may be.
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if ye be Christ'
then are ye Abraham'
and heirs according to the promise.
The scripture verses above are instructions for believers to follow. They speak of God's character and love.
People have taken scriptures and miss-used them to promote prejudice and slavery. This is done in contrary to what the scriptures teach. I recall watching documentaries on the slaves in the United States and seeing the people in slavery sing songs to the Lord. To the secularist, this appears as a benefit of a sort as the speaker of the documentary mentions the sorry - weighted tones in the voices. However, I know as a Christian that these voices were weighted down by God's love and their voices were reflections of joy too heavy to speak of without this weight being heard in their voices. It is the Holy Spirit's conviction within the believer giving testimony of God's never ending Love for anyone who accepts the work of the Cross. Christians believe Jesus is the King of Heaven, earth, and the universe and everything in it. Yet, (the slaves believe this too) He humbled Himself to die in their place. This is what Christians believe is true with all their being. God's Love reaches into the darkest pits that men have created.
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God'
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
And those he predestined,
he also called;
those he called,
he also justified;
those he justified,
he also glorified.
shall we say in response to this?
If God is for us,
who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son,
but gave him up for us all -
how will he not also,
along with him,
graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?
It is God who justifies.
Who is he that condemns?
who died -
more than that,
who was raised to life -
is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written: "
For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."
in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Christianity is presented as an evil to students today in some of our universities. This is unfounded and mimics what has happened in Nazi Germany to defame Jews before the Holocaust started. I only mention this due to the New Testament speaking of a worse persecution yet to occur to Jews and Christians that is still to come and may be nearing or present time.
Some have claimed that Hitler was a Christian. Hitler himself was not a Christian though he had adapted some erroneous literature that defamed Jews and utilized it to build resentment toward the Chosen People. Hitler was deeply involved into pagan beliefs. He wanted to create a new race of beings and eliminate anyone who did not fit through ethnic cleansing. Millions of Christians and Jews were murdered due to being targeted by Hitler's cohorts. However, he is portrayed as a Christian and this maligns Christianity.
Unfortunately, there are people who call themselves Christian who have a very twisted ideology regarding Jesus and what He taught. Jesus Himself was Jewish and so was the early church. Any persecution committed by people who call themselves Christian is in contradiction to what Jesus taught and is indicative of whether a person is really a Christian or not.
We find the church in corrupt states throughout history, but the faith in and of itself cannot be blamed for the actions of corrupted individuals or systems within the overall belief of the faith. Just as the actions of some members of society cannot be blamed on all members of a particular race, ideology, religion or group. To do so would mimic Nazi Germany's belief system.
There were Christians on the Titanic, when it struck the iceberg that sank it, who offered up their life preservers to those who did not know Christ. This is an example of what Christ has done. Saint Steven ask God to forgive his persecutors while he was being bludgeon to death. Jesus asked the Father to forgive His persecutors, claiming that they were unaware of what they were doing, after being torn to shreds and beaten while hanging on the Cross. Recently a man, Franciszek Gajowniczek, has passed on who was alloyed to live while in a concentration camp called Auschwitz. He was selected by Nazis to die of starvation in a dungeon called the "hunger bunker." A priest, Maximilian Kolbe, saw this situation and overheard Franciszek cry out that he had a wife and child. Mr. Kolbe offered to die in this man's place. This is what the Bible and Christianity teaches. Mr. Kolbe showed the passion of Christ to its conclusion - the surrender of his very own life for another. During his time in the dungeon - fourteen days of starvation - the priest sought to comfort those around him with psalms and prayers. Franciszek and three other men who were still alive at the end of the ten days, were killed by a doctor who injected them with carbolic acid.
We have to wonder the reasoning of a trained man of medical science killing innocent men in this fashion. Here is an intellectual who went to a university to study. As we can see, Man's intellect will not save him. Instead man finds clever ways in which to kill his brothers. This is why we need the Ten Commandments and the Bible. Strangely enough, The Ten Commandments and the Bible are outlawed in our schools. What is so terrible about the Commandment(s) - Thou shalt not kill? Statistics show since the Bible has been taken out of circulation in the public school system in the U.S., crimes have increased exponentially and the seriousness of the crimes are of a much greater degree as well.
Can there be a correlation?
Below under the title, "Evolution," I show how secularism could very well be responsible for atrocities in our society.
The Bible proves that there is a "God" outside of our time line based existence in the way that it tells the future in advance.
The Old Testament prophecies deal with circumstances that were to occur and did occur, as we know from history. The one item that is consistent in the prophecies is that while they reflect on a specific culture and their moral state, they also point to an event that is still to come, namely, "The Time of Jacob's Trouble." Christians call this the Tribulation period. The book of Daniel deals specifically with the topic in accurate detail. The book of Daniel speaks of events before their time so accurately that skeptics argue that the book had to be written after the events. Jesus quotes Daniel and warns the Jews to flee to Petra. Here Jesus was speaking prophetically once again. Anyone reading His words today as well as anyone in our future, should heed this warning. It is of a time that is still to come and is looming on the horizon of our society at this present time.
Daniel claims his writings had taken place around 530 BC. The critics contend that it must have been written around 160 BC. Below is a commentary on Daniel's writing.
Alexander the Great commissioned the translation of Daniel during his military career. One cannot argue for the date of the book's writing being after 300 BC.
The Old Testament was translated from Hebrew into Greek in the 3rd century BC during the reign of Alexander The Great. The book of Daniel was included. There is symbolism within this book that speaks of prophecies concerning the antichrist, the Messiah dieing - "but not for Himself," the triumphal entry of the Messiah (Jesus) into Jerusalem, as well as an outright description in metaphorical terms of the end times. We read prophetic text throughout the books of the Old Testament that confirm one another and concur with the New Testament as well.
The way in which the prophecies of the Bible are written include the following. While individuals lived out their lives, as were noted in the scriptures, they were living out prophesies to occur. Their lives were analogous to events in human history that are significant to the overall structure of every Prophecy in the Bible and to the Nation of Israel. These prophecies were warnings and point to various periods of time of a nation and simultaneously point to the Tribulation period -- a time of the earth's greatest catastrophes. Then we have the visions and dreams that are once again tied into events, which occurred, and which typify events yet to occur ... "The Latter Day" - the Tribulation period. This is consistent through out the entire Bible. Even the naming of individuals is linked to specific meanings that the stories bring to light in our era of understanding, which were to be indications of the prophesies to occur from the time of their writing. The individuals and the writers had no indication of the extent of their writing in regards to what can be discerned today. Today, we have hindsight and can see when certain prophesies occurred and we can see from the New Testament prophesies, once again concurring with the Old Testament, that events prophesied thousands of years ago are to occur shortly by our modern day assessment of the present day.
The finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls prove that the Bible has been copied, by hand, with barely a sentence being miss represented for the past 2000 years.
Jesus' life has been documented by secular historians (non religious) and has been witnessed by hostile writings dating back to just a few decades after his death. One hostile witness, Julian the Apostate, commented that Jesus had walked on just a small body of water and that we should not make such a fuss over it. This writer confirms the dating of the four Gospels, the miracles of Jesus, and the work of the Apostles.
Bible Prophecy - The Book of Daniel
The Book of Daniel is a stunning example of Bible prophecy. The book claims to have been written sometime in the 6th century BC, but because of the accuracy of its detailed predictions, Daniel's critics insist that it must have been written after the events described. They contend that it must have been written sometime after c.160 BC. Nevertheless, Flavius Josephus, court historian for three successive Roman Emperors, documents Alexander the Great receiving a copy of Daniel upon his annexation of Jerusalem in the autumn of 332 BC (Antiquities of the Jews XI, chapter viii, paragraphs 3-5). Furthermore, according to both the pseudo-aristeas account and Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews XII, chapter ii), Ptolemy Philadelphus (308-246 BC) commissioned the translation of the Septuagint (a.k.a. the LXX) from Hebrew into Greek in the 3rd century BC. Daniel is included in the LXX. Daniel is also included among the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) which date from about 200 BC (the oldest Daniel manuscript, 4Q114, dating from the late 2nd Century BC).
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This love can be given by Christ. His whole life was to show mankind what love is -- the love of God. That God would manifest Himself as a man and let ruthless people execute Him fulfilling the prophecies precisely knowing exactly what man was going to do in order to redeem mankind to Himself as so we could be accounted by God as his friends, far exceeds any love anyone has ever expressed. God did not exclude you from His saving grace because you were created by Him. You are fallen, and are under the "bondage" of our human nature due to this fall.
To know that God would leave His throne and humble Himself in this manner, removes every excuse as to why anyone would exclaim how they suffered and stay angry at God, blame God for their pain, and keep themselves from His love. He knew all and lived His life to die in your place so you can have a new life while on earth and eventually in His kingdom. The scriptures and their accuracy cannot be denied. It is a matter of the heart. We comprehend with the mind. We believe with the heart.
People will let you down, but God will not. The Cross testifies of this. God's covenant with man was that He would die in his place so man can live in heaven in his eternal state.
The God that made up all those cells and matched the DNA perfectly and knows what our hearts need knocks on the heart of every man, women and child. Why won't you ask Christ into your heart? It is His grace - His gift to you. You just have to accept it....
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