I do not always agree with Ravi on certain statements he has made, but this is bang on! Ravi is a great Christian Apologist!
I do not always agree with Ravi on certain statements he has made, but this is bang on! Ravi is a great Christian Apologist!
Let me tell you that I am blessed in knowing that God IS in control and His Grace and patience is amazing! If He takes His foot of the brake we will see “severe”!
The sermon of Michael Youssef from experience!
Although many people feel that Buddhism is a wonderful religion or non-religion (that definition appears to be on which follower you ask), and is harmless and has many good points. Many overlook the evidence or lack of it and not realize that it is the work of the devil. It keeps followers of the faith of Buddhism away from the Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus clearly said John 14:6 ““I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”” No other way to Salvation other than through Jesus!
“The history of Buddhism is problematic. It has grown from the cultural practices and beliefs from particular parts of the East and there seems to be no evidence for Buddhist beliefs. Not only that, but the Buddha himself lacks any evidence for his existence, apart from the fact that many varied and contradictory stories were once passed on orally for hundreds of years before being written down. It is impossible to separate fact from fable.
*Buddhist traditions all claim that through a long and accurate teacher-student lineage, their practices were those ordained by the Buddha. Yet major divisions exist between the branches of Buddhism as to what practices are good, what are bad, and what the beliefs of the religion are. It is clear that with so many contradictory claims, most Buddhists must therefore be wrong in their beliefs.”
I found this quote from the Dalai Lama troubling:
““Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
First I wonder where the he gets the idea of “good”? What moral standard does that statement come from? Coming from an atheistic belief (sic), he must steal that from God! Second, how could this statement be more confusing to the buddhist? Third, I would suggest that believing in God DOES MATTER! You won’t want to say to God on judgment day, “I didn’t believe in you”!
Psalm 9:8 (NASB)
And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.
*Criticisms of Buddhism http://www.humanreligions.info/buddhism_criticism.html
Facebook can be a great tool for discussing one’s faith and evangelizing. But every once in a while I come upon a certain brand of Christian that claims that they do not sin anymore. They walk a complete Godly life without back-sliding or a sinful thought. Well I personally do not believe that there is a single human being in or out of the Christian faith that is sinless. Jesus is the only person who comes to mind.
I submitted a comment to a post on facebook that headlines: “I cannot believe that anyone who calls themselves a Christian would still be sinning!” My comment was in the lines of: “You must be careful with such a broad stroked statement”. Then quickly (within seconds) I was asked if I still sin and I said “yes”. Oh man did the gates open up! I was accused of being a heretic to even suggest I still sinned before I could even address what I was stating! I was mocked and literally had to remove them as friends as we as Christians are not to openly mock one another. If you have a disagreement you are to privately bring up your issue I a different form, such as a private message etc.
So is it possible that a “Real” Christian could still be sinning?
Living a Christian life does not mean that in the human condition of abiding in a fallen world we do not sin! Is there still a struggle with sin as regenerate Christian? YES! Even the Apostle Paul struggled with sin Read Roman 7: 14-25
14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
If the Apostle Paul struggled, a so-called “real” Christian is in good company.
That being said, it is not alright to sin. We still have no excuse or justification to sin!
When a Christian sins, we have Jesus to cleanse us of that sin. We as Christians are commanded not to abide or live in sin, however we will stumble now and then, it is inevitable. We are not to purposely live in sin.
1 John 1: 6 -10
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
We ask Jesus for forgiveness.
The commandments that Jesus told us to follow and keep are:
Matthew 22: 36-37
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
Matthew 22: 38
39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
John 13: 34
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Matthew 28: 18-20
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS
I have heard someone say, “Darkness is not the problem in this world, it is the absence of light!” Go out into the world and love. Preach the gospel, defend it and give all glory to God.
Since God is God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent, why would He allow “unnecessary” suffering?
By stating the word, “unnecessary” does that mean that it is “unnecessary”? By the fall of Adam, we brought this into the world by our his free will, that was God given. To say the word “unnecessary” we must first put it into context. First, how can you ascertain a definition as to what unnecessary suffering is? God can allow such suffering in the world as a direct result of rebellion against Him.
When the attack on the World Trade Center occurred, it was quite common to hear “where was God when this happened?” My answer and others were “right where you put Him.” Remove Him from schools, disobey His commands, celebrate sin and pure paganism by worshiping idols and coveting and ask why God would allow this is a self-answering question.
You see, by stating the word “unnecessary” only does not mean it is correct! By saying the word, you must know what “necessary” suffering is. We do not know this answer as mere mortals, and we likely deserve more! I would like to think that if God was NOT in control how horrific a planet we would have! He puts the brakes on sin through His holy grace!
Remember that ALL suffering is a direct result of human free will resulting in sin. It is Adamic in nature as well as our human nature to sin!
Remember that the suffering will not go on forever for the believers. We have a Savior, and His name is Jesus Christ!
Romans 1: 20 (ESV)
20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Google (at least in Canada) posted this on their home page “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.” –Olympic Charter”
What are they saying? We could allow ANYONE to practice a sport. First “The Olympic Charter,” is 105 pages dated 9 September 2013. Where in this charter does it allow political statements? I may have under-read the “charter” but as far as I know (and I was an ex-Olympic athlete myself) there is no permissiveness for such actions!
I am completely depleted with the political activities and as a victim of the boycott of the 1980 Olympics, I am angry! NOBODY should be allowed to use the Olympics as a political platform! Leave the athlete out of this! The LORD JESUS CHRIST is taking notes!
Dr. James White on Wretched Television:
Blasphemy The Unforgivable Sin: Matthew 12: 31-32 (NIV)
31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Blasphemy as a term is sometimes misunderstood, but by biblical definition, it is as Jesus defined it in Matthew 12:18 (NIV)
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
The penalty for blasphemy in the Old Testament was execution! In Rabbinic Law, blasphemy involved speaking of the divine name. It also was considered blasphemous to lead people to pagan gods.
Matthew 12: 22-32 (NASB) reads:
“Then there was brought to Him a demon-possessed man who was blind and dumb, and He healed him so that the dumb man spoke and saw. 23And all the multitudes were amazed, and began to say, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?” 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” 25And knowing their thoughts He said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself shall not stand. 26″And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?27″And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Consequently, they shall be your judges. 28″But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.29″ , Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his proper unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30″He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters. 31″Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32″And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come,”
In verse 24 the Pharisees accuse Jesus of summoning up Beelzebub the ruler of demons to cure the demon possessed man. They accused Jesus of performing this miracle with the help of the devil!
A believer today could not commit this sin. Read John 10: 25-30 (NIV)
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”
I challenge you to find any biblical scripture where a believer has committed this unforgivable sin.
Roman 6: 11-14 (NIV)
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
How low will evolutionary ahem, scientists go to prove Darwinian Evolution?