Be The Salt Of The Earth

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of one candle. Christians are to pursue the truth because they already have the power and authority to do His will.”

Neil T. Anderson “The Bondage Breaker.”

Remember Christian;

Matthew 5:13-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Why Do We Read Of “Tearing One’s Robe” In The Bible?

The tearing of one’s clothes when I first started studying the Bible seems very strange to me at first. What an odd practice if it were in today’s society! Could you imagine? Was it a tantrum?

In the Old Testament there are a few scriptures that show this behavior;

Read Job 1: 20-21 (NASB)

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said,
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Read 2 Kings 19:1 (NASB)

And when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the Lord.

Read Jeremiah 36:24

24 Yet the king and all his servants who heard all these words were not afraid, nor did they rend their garments.

The tearing of clothes was an outward sign of grief, like all scriptures writing of this, are associated with immense pain. In the Talmud an exception was made for High Priests who had witnessed blasphemies, in fact, it was forbidden.

Read Leviticus 10:6 (NASB)

6 Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will not become wrathful against all the congregation. But your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, shall bewail the burning which the Lord has brought about.

In contrast read Matthew 26: 64-68 (NASB)

Jesus *said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless, I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; 66 what do you think?” They answered, “He deserves death!”
67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him,68 and said, “Prophesy to us, You Christ; who is the one who hit You?”

Caiaphas’ grief was as disingenuous as the accusation of blasphemy against Jesus Christ. He was acting pompous as he thought he found something to hinge his charges on.

Hopefully, this sheds some light on the scripture?

God Bless

Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Rapture

The actual word “rapture” is not found in the bible. The word is derived from the Latin raptus, meaning a “carrying off”. Rapture in terms of Christian doctrine says that at or before the return of Jesus Christ, the Christian believers who are still alive will be transformed into their resurrected bodies and “caught up in the clouds” to be with Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15: 20-23 reads:
 “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming.”

1 Corinthians 15: 51-52 reads:
“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16–18 reads:
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

God Bless

Brian Mason

Christians Of The World: Push On!

I am saddened more and more each day. If it is not the “legal Murders” in the womb to the obvious disregard for human life and in fact leaning towards a CULTURE OF DEATH! Where has the youth of the world gone? In this “post-modern world, a fairly reasonably able University Student will say that there is no wrong! “If you think it is okay then why would I disagree” The Universities will kick you out if you don’t as a Professor Teach Evolution! (WATCH Expelled under this post) ) Macro-evolution is taught as fact even though there is no shred of evidence to buttress that guess! Maybe this is where “post-modernism takes over?
Christians Push On!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Child Abuse? Mark 9:42

Mark 9: 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

At first notice, it would appear that Mark was writing about an abusive situation with a child. Not so. Jesus was referring to ordinary believers that were so very new to the Christian faith and lovingly obedient to Christ! But some Christians, possibly legalistic and inadvertently were derailing their faith were (and are) heavily subject to judgement! All of us “apologists” and “teachers” need to be aware of this!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Why Does God Allow Crime To Continue?

A question that has long faced God’s believers. There is not an easy answer to this issue, and it should be left up to attributing it to a mystery of God. To me, it would seem that all the sufferings are necessary for Gods overall plan. The Lord Jesus will put everything straight so we must wait. Many times in my personal life I have been cheated, and crimes have been committed against friends and me and family members. When stepping back, I could see on this earthly level that they seemed actually to turn out to have a purpose. Some don’t seem like there is a reason, but I know that God has a plan for everything.

Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure

Psalm 73 sheds some light as well;

Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For they have no pangs until death;
their bodies are fat and sleek.
5 They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
violence covers them as a garment.
7 Their eyes swell out through fatness;
their hearts overflow with follies.
8 They scoff and speak with malice;
loftily they threaten oppression.
9 They set their mouths against the heavens,
and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them,
and find no fault in them.[a]
11 And they say, “How can God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
always at ease, they increase in riches.
13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean
and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I have been stricken
and rebuked every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed the generation of your children.
16 But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their end.
18 Truly you set them in slippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment,
swept away utterly by terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21 When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was brutish and ignorant;
I was like a beast toward you.
23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength[b] of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Beacon Apologetics Is On Facebook!

Please come and join in on the discussion on Facebook. It is a closed group and the only reason it is, is to weed out the spam and nonsense feeds that come our way. We have some very well known Christian Apologists as well as armchair Apologists such as myself there. We do not discriminate on who joins as a healthy discussion is always welcomed!

Please feel free to come by and visit!

God Bless

Brian Mason

https://www.facebook.com/groups/beaconapologetics/

Terminology Tuesday: Pentecost

Pentecost is a term that means fiftieth. This application is the fiftieth day after the Passover. It was the completion of the “feast of weeks” , which started on the third day after the Passover with the offering of the first harvest sheaves to God, and ended with the offering of two loaves of unleavened bread, exhibiting the first fruits of the harvest.

Leviticus 23: 17 (NASB)
17 You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to the Lord.

We celebrate Pentecost today as the anniversary of the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Act 2: 40-42 (NASB)
40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

God Bless
Brian Mason

What Should We Make Of The “Gospel Of Thomas”

The so-called Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945 near Nag Hammadi, Egypt. This writing is known as an alternative Gospel. But what validity does it have as being an “alternative” or warrant consideration to be included in the Canon?

Dr. Craig Evans among other intellectuals and Bible Scholars have dated the writing between 175 to 200 AD. This would be around 150 years after the crucifixion of Christ. So the writings regarding Jesus would have no real relevance as the four canonical Gospels were written in the 1st century. In fact, many of the passages of the “Gospel of Thomas” are directly taken from the writings of the New Testament! Since the writing is 150 or so years after Christs’ crucifixion, the Apostle Thomas would have been long dead!

There is a (not good) reason as to why certain people say we should include this writing as a valid Gospel, and that is that it falls into Gnosticism, the teaching of Salvation through self-knowledge. The canon refers to Jesus as our redeemer, the Gnostic idea takes Jesus out of the equation and says that you can achieve salvation through self-knowledge! Sounds very new age doesn’t it?

If you want to read the Gospel of Thomas it is readily available on the internet, and frankly having preposterous verses, you will see all the “borrowings” from the true Gospel and frankly it is boring to read. Look how anti-woman this verse is from the Gospel, not to mention that Jesus would never have made such a statement;

114 Simon Peter said to them: Let Mary go forth from among us, for women are not worthy of the life. Jesus said: Behold, I shall lead her, that I may make her male so that she also may become a living spirit like you males. For every woman who makes herself, male shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.

This so-called gospel is not worthy of consideration for the Canon. Please keep Jesus in your sights, believe in Him for your Salvation!

Revelation 1: 17
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said:“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

God Bless

Brian Mason