To All the Parents

For all the parents out there, thank you for loving us through the good and bad.
I’ve heard these songs a couple times and came to like them, so I’d thought I’d share them with ya’ll today. Enjoy!

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What the Hell

Of all the topics spoken of in Christianity, Hell has got to be one of the more popular. Some believe that Hell doesn’t exist; others believe that when a person dies and goes to Hell, they burn up into ashes and cease to exist. But what the Hell is the truth? (Yeah, bad pun, I know).

     Let’s first establish what Hell is. No, I don’t mean the psychological state of mind or the figurative hell we have to deal with at work or home at times, but the place spoken of as opposite of Heaven. Yeah, THAT Hell.

      The Bible never actually tells us where Hell is; just that it IS. While some speculate that Hell is in the center of the earth, that is somewhat impossible, as 1) Hell is a spiritual dimension like Heaven, and 2) Hell will last forever, while earth won’t. We’ll discuss this in a moment.

     So let’s just assume for the hell of it (sorry, I’ll stop) that Hell is  in some “alternate dimension”. What is it?

     The Bible describes Hell as a place of torment. The rich man in Luke 16 said he was “tormented in this flame”. Jesus said Hell is a place of fire in Mark 9.

     Hell is also described as eternal. Yes, eternal. Not temporary, not “you can buy your way out”, but forever. Jesus said the flame “dieth not” in Mark 9. In Revelation 20, Death and Hell are “cast into the lake of fire”, which will last forever.

     As far as the notion that you’ll go to Hell and burn up, that can easily be dispelled by Revelation 20:10. According to the Bible, Satan will be cast in the lake of fire “where the beast and the false prophet are”. Yep, after one thousand years, those two are still there. We won’t mention it says Hell “gave up the dead that were in [it]” three verses later. Oh shucks, I just did.

     “But a loving God won’t send someone to Hell.” Really? REALLY? The problem isn’t that God sent you there; YOU sent you there, when you rejected God. God originally designed a perfect world with no sin, no death, and no pain. But because God gave man a free choice, He had to make evil in order to have good and the ability to choose either. You can’t have light without dark; good without bad. It just doesn’t work. Furthermore, God originally designed Hell after Satan fell from Heaven (Matthew 25). But when man chooses to follow his own path instead of following God, much like a parent, God says “Okay, have it your way.” As one speaker put it, “I believe Hell will be so bad for the same reason Heaven will be so good. God is present in Heaven, and not in Hell.” I’m paraphrasing a little, but it’s a reasonable statement.

     So yes, Hell exists and is a nasty place to go, and while Jesus provided the only way to avoid Hell, He’s more than just your ticket out of Hell. So let’s be sure to take Jesus seriously when He says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

                                                                                –Agent Winters

Why Support Israel?

Today we hear many things out of the Middle East, some exciting and some not so exciting. But, why support Israel at all, any ways?

While David casually mentions that we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the Psalms, the Biblical support of Israel stems from God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis: “I will bless them that bless thee”.

As far as Christian support of Israel, along with the command to preach the Gospel to every creature, including Jews, Israel is also key to the last times. Jesus said to keep an eye on Israel in the last days. Israel in paramount to the seven years of the Tribulation, as the last of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks involves them. God picked Abraham and Israel to show His power, mercy, and grace to the world, and will finish this plan during the seven years. Thus support of Israel stems from a study and correct interpretation of end times events.

While some tend to push the idea that God has replaced Israel with the Church. Paul disputes this idea in Romans 11, as well as God’s promises to Abraham, David, Isaac, and Israel itself that are “eternal”, “everlasting”, etc. And no, there are no “twelve lost tribes of Israel”.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”—Psalm 122:6   

Other Religions

As most of you who visit already know, I am a Bible-believing Christian. And while I could go on to explain the Biblical reasons for that, I wanted to take a moment and look at this topic from another point of view.

And by that I mean taking a look at the other religions. There is an estimated 4,200 religions in the world, including Christianity. However, most of these are branches of some major religions, thus that number is very general.

But for a moment, let’s take a look at other religions. And I don’t mean an in-depth look at them, but a brief examination of them. And by that I don’t mean we’re going to do an exhaustive look at them and decide why they’re wrong, but a brief look at why Christianity, Bible-believing Christianity that is, is the only one that makes any sense.

Atheism

First let’s look at the religion of Atheism, or “non-religious” people who don’t believe in God. While I won’t go into an in-depth analysis of evolution, let’s think about this for a second. Atheism states that there is no God, that mankind is the highest intelligence there is, and that when we die, we will go six feet deep and rot into dust and worms. But why? If evolution is the way we got here, why did we stop evolving when we reached humanity? And why don’t humans evolve any more? Why don’t humans develop powers like super-speed, flight, or any of your standard comic-book powers? And why don’t humans evolve into more skin colors, like blue or green, instead of the colors we see today?

While I won’t dwell on the topic that “design requires a designer”, does no one see that? We all know that art requires artists; food requires cooks; children require parents, but earth doesn’t need God? 2+2=4, not 5.

Furthermore, if there is no afterlife and we die and go under the ground, where is life’s purpose? I know some atheists argue that life in itself is fulfilling through relationships, success, etc., but seriously, WHERE is life’s purpose if we only rot in the ground? Seems pointless if everything we do is ultimately for nothing. Not to mention without God to define moral high ground, where does our sense of good and evil come from?

Buddhism & Hinduism

There is are a ton of reasons to not be a Buddhist or Hindu, but let’s look at some basic. First there’s Hinduism’s many gods, 33 MILLION someone counted, and all their weird rituals. Seriously, one of them you have to light candles to guide the god on its way-apparently it can’t see in the dark.

Then there is the aspect of the rituals and works required in both religions—seriously, even for just the casual viewer that’s way too much work. I know that sounds lazy, and maybe it is a bit, but think about it. You have to center yourself, connect to the “inner god”, balance your yin and yang, etc.

And can we just talk about that yin-yang for a minute? Not only is that the basis of eastern religions, but that defines everything they do: the way they eat, the way they dress, literally everything they do is defined by this yin-yang. Sounds like a great way to live, don’t it? Oh if that ain’t enough, you have to keep in mind dead relatives that might be watching you as some reincarnated fly or pet dog. That’s why Hindus don’t eat cows—it might be Grandpa Abhay or someone like that.

 

Pseudo-Christianity

Christianity is often called “the largest religion in the world, with over 2 billion followers”. But let’s break that number down a minute.

One of the largest members of that “2 billion” is Roman Catholicism. And, let’s face it: Catholicism has LOTS of problems. I could write an entire article about the problems with Roman Catholicism, but I won’t. Let’s just sum it up real fast here by saying: RC has WAY to much going on in it. Think about it, you have prayers to Mary, to the Saints, to the pope, and “Oh yeah, pray an ‘Our Father’ too, will ya?”. You’ve sinned? Oh, pray this prayer, do the rosary three times, and maybe donate to the church a little and you’ll be forgiven. Far too much work, as far as anything goes.

Then there’s Mormonism, which is a whole subject in itself. Mormonism relies heavily on works, but also puts great faith in Joseph Smith and the temple ceremony, which is about thirty different colors of wrong in itself. (We’ll go over Mormonism sometime in the future). For now, just know that Mormonism is its own mess.

You could be Jehovah’s Witness, if you don’t mind going door to door and trying to get others to join the cult. Yes, it’s a cult. Relying heavily on the leaders in the Watchtower organization and Charles Taze Russell, their founder, JWs rely on their good works to secure their place in Heaven. There’s a whole another article coming one day on that, too.

 

Islam

One of the fastest growing religions on the planet, Islam comes from the “Prophet Mohamed”, the man who had 23 wives at one time.

Islam itself is probably the most violent religion on the planet, declaring all who will not convert must die. Yes, Pseudo-Christians slaughtered Jews and Muslims during the Crusades, but that was not commanded by God. Allah, the Muslims’ god, commands all who will not convert must be beheaded. And ladies, you haven’t seen oppression until you’ve met Islam. A woman has no rights except what a man allows, cannot speak in public; has no word in court unless ten men can confirm her story, and must cover her entire body in public except her eyes. Oh, and if she’s raped? Well you’ll live if you get lucky, but don’t try the courts—you have no help there, unless you know ten men who will stand up for you. There is no mercy in Islam; only the violent may make it to paradise, where you will be given 70 virgins (or white grapes-Islamic scholars are unclear on that translation) and rivers of wine.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Bible says Jesus is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection (the Gospel, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4), we can be forgiven our sins and be assured of Heaven when we die. Much like a penny a day for twenty years will not pay off a million-dollar loan, one cannot work their way to heaven. Jesus is our only hope, or else when He prayed to the Father “let this cup pass from me” (Matthew 26:39), it would’ve. Salvation is the “gift of God” through Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5). Grace is “God’s riches at Christ’s expense”, and no one will ever invent or discover a new way into Heaven.

Hell is a place that will never end (Mark 9:44) that God doesn’t want us to go. “A loving God wouldn’t send someone to Hell” you argue. You’re right—He wouldn’t. God designed Hell for the Devil and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41). But God didn’t make robots, and in order to have good, one must have evil, and the ability to choose between the two. Man chose wrong, and we’ve had to deal with the consequences ever since. God loves us all (John 3:16) and sent His only begotten Son to die in our place. If we are willing to turn from sin, turn to God (repent), and accept Jesus as our Saviour, we can be pardoned from our sins past, present, and future for all of eternity (Romans 10:9, 10, 13; Mark 1:15; John 6:39, 40, 47). Yes, we will still sin, but we can never lose our salvation, and won’t want to sin (Romans 7), but that’s another article for some other time.

In conclusion, I am a Bible-believing Christian because it’s the only one that makes any sense and the only way to God. Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you later.

 

–Agent Starborn

We’re Back

Yes dear readers, we are back. I’m sorry it took this long for us to come back, but we are back. A lot has happened since we last spoke. We’ve moved to a new location, but that’s only part of the problem. Largely I’m bad with time management, and didn’t get ANYTHING done.

But we will be coming back. We’ll be running a weekly program, one post on Wednesday and another on Sunday. We’re not entirely sure about the FBR just yet, still making calculations on that. We’ll let you know as we go forward.

The first post will be this Sunday, with the rest to follow.

And yes, we will be returning to WordPress. While they may have shown support for the LGBT community, it is still a platform from which we can reach people for Christ. And let’s face it—what company doesn’t show “support” for the LGBT community (with a few exceptions)?

As far as content goes, we plan on a combination of things. We’ll be including fictional works as well as doctrinal and topical studies. Look for the undeveloped parts of the website to be updated.

We will speak with you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Agent Starborn