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

The Importance of Israel

Some people believe that the Church has replaced Israel; that God has fulfilled the promises made to Israel and therefore, they are not necessary. But sadly, though many people who hold this opinion call themselves Christians, they do not understand what the Bible says. Let us take a look at what the Bible says, and let us see why the church has not replaced Israel.

First, let us look at what Romans 11:1-4. Paul says

            “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image to Baal.”

            If the Church has replaced Israel, then that passage is a fraud. If the church is the new Israel, then God has cast away His people which He foreknew.

1st Corinthians 10:32 says: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God”.

If the church has replaced Israel, then why are they mentioned separately? Clearly, God has not thrown Israel away.

In the Bible, God is called the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob several times. Here are some examples:

Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Luke 20:37).

            “That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee” (Exodus 4:5).

These are just two of all the times that God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Three times God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. In Malachi 3:6, God says: “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

If God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob then, and if God loved Israel then, He still is God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He still loves Israel. Continue reading

Jesus Is Coming Again

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Jesus Is Coming Again

Many people may wonder if Jesus is coming. The answer is a very simple “Yes”. 1st Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” So we know that Jesus is coming again. And the Apostle Paul said “For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry” in Hebrews 10:37. So the question is not “Will Jesus come?” but “When will Jesus come?” I will answer that question here, looking only at the Bible.

The Bible is about 30% prophecy. Much of that has already been fulfilled, as it dealt with Jesus’ first coming. And as this prophecy was fulfilled literally, then we can conclude that the prophecies that have not been fulfilled will be fulfilled literally.

In Matthew 24 and Mark 13, the Bible records what has been called “The Olivet Discourse”. In these passages, Jesus describes what will happen in the Last Days. Let us take a look at what these passages say.

In Matthew 24:1-2 and Mark 13:1-2, Jesus’ disciples show him the buildings of the temple. Jesus then, in a rather calm way, foretells the destruction of the temple, which was fulfilled in 70 A.D., when the Roman army under Titus destroyed Jerusalem and scattered the Jews. After this ominous prophecy, the disciples (namely Peter, James, John, and Andrew—Mark 13:3) ask Jesus “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?” (Mark 13:4). Matthew 24:3 gives us three questions: 1) When shall these things be? 2) What shall be the sign of thy coming? and 3) What shall be the sign of the end of the world? Jesus proceeded to answer these questions, and His answer is recorded in detail in Matthew 24 and Mark 13.

In Mark 13:5-8 and Matthew 24:4-8, Jesus foretells of “wars and rumors of wars” and “famines and pestilences” and “earthquakes in divers places”. However, Jesus said that these are only “the beginning of sorrow.” And for your information, divers in this passage means diverse. Divers is an older spelling of the modern word diverse.

Jesus then warns the disciples that they are going to be persecuted: Mark 13:9 says “But take heed to yourselves”. Matthew 24:9 says “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Undoubtedly, this was fulfilled, as the Martyr’s Mirror and Acts testify. This part has been fulfilled.

Jesus then mentions the “abomination of desolation”, which was prophesied by Daniel in Daniel 9:27: “And he [the Antichrist] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week [seven years]: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” The pattern is as follows: the Rapture; the Antichrist confirms a treaty with Israel and the Middle East (which allows the Jews to build a temple and begin the sacrifices again); half-way through the seven years Antichrist will enter the temple, declare himself to be God, demand worship, and rule the world for three-and-one-half years, or forty-and-two months, or twelve hundred and threescore (1260) days. This was the opinion of the Apostles, the early church, and Jesus himself.

Some people may contend that the word Rapture is not in the Bible, but neither is the word Trinity. This word is not in the Bible, but we know that the three Persons of the Godhead exsist. So the argument that the word Rapture is not in the Bible is an invalid argument, as the event is prophesied in the Bible, although the word “Rapture” is not.

Some people may question whether this is the right view of Eschatology. The word eschatology means “The branch of theology that deals with Christ’s Second Coming, Antichrist, etc.” The answer to this question can be answered very simply, and I will answer that right here. Continue reading

?When is He Coming?

“Martha, please set the table,” Mother Miller instructed. “Mary, will you please help her?”

The Yoders were coming for a noon meal, and they were destined to arrive at anytime. The Millers were working to finish the meal preparations before their guests arrived.

Near noon, the Yoders arrived at the Miller’s house. Final preparations were finished, and the families sat down to eat.

“You know,” Mark Yoder began after several minutes of silence. “I’ve been thinking…” Continue reading

Reclaimed

My name is Henry Johnson,

I’m thirty-four years old,

My mother was a Richardson,

That story has been told.

I was born to John and Mary,

That’s my parents, now, you see–

My grandpa’s name was Terry,

And he married a Stacy.

I married Sarah years ago,

At the age of twenty-four,

She didn’t like to cook or sew,

But painted our front door.

We were brought to Christ our Saviour,

About seven years ago,

We were saved at once together,

I figured you should know.

Continue reading

Believer’s Baptism & An Announcement

After someone becomes a believer, they often get baptized. Mark 16:16 says “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” But what exactly is baptism? And do we really know what it means?

The word baptism occurs 22 times in the King James Bible. Not every time is it actually speaking about water baptism; however, a lot of the times it is. One question that has caused some contention among Christians is the mode of baptism. Some sprinkle, some pour, and yet others dunk. The question is: Which group is right? I will answer this question in this article, looking only at the Bible. Continue reading

Eternal Security

Do you believe in Eternal Security? Do you know what that term means?

Some people, such as the Mennonites, Freewill Baptists, and Amish do not believe in Eternal Security. These groups believe that a Christian can lose their salvation. Others such as the Calvinists and Baptists believe that one can’t lose their salvation. Who’s right?

One mistake people make is saying that you are either Calvinist or Armenianst. This is not true. Calvinists believe that you can’t lose your salvation because your one of the elect.

However, Eternal Security IS in the Bible. Take a look at the following verses:

Anchor—

 

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Hebrews 6:19-20)

 

Born Again—

 

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:7)

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (1st Peter 1:23)  

 

Eternal Inheritance—

 

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:15) Continue reading