Brief Thought on Evangelism

Evangelism: “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness” – according to google’s definition.

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Heaven and earth are both important in God’s plan for people- eternal life starts now!

As far as I understand it means the sharing of our hope in Christ with others, so they can know Him, and his Father, now and experience His power and Spirit in their lives immediately, as well as knowing Him in paradise for all eternity afterwards.  Continue reading

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Turmoil and Swords

The world is in turmoil.  There are “wars and rumors of wars” and persecution against Christians continues to reach record-breaking highs world-wide.  But the Scriptures say “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me“.  Note: “because of me”, as in Jesus, not just because we’re a pain.  We are clearly not meant to encourage persecution of ourselves, by living at peace with others as much as possible.  But how should re respond when persecuted?  We are certainly not to use “the sword” as this can defend only earthly kingdoms.  Continue reading

What Came First- The Feeling or The Doctrine?

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United St...

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United States Library of Congress, demonstrating printed pages as a storage medium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do we realise how much our feelings guide us?  Here is a very general way to not read the Bible:

1) read the text and intake via the eye into the brain what is said,

2) have a gut reaction (feeling) and say “God can’t mean that/has to mean the opposite of that”

3) arrange a logical argument with our mind that backs up our feeling, often giving it the best possible motives (“it can’t apply now”, “it stands to reason”, “that was Bible times”…)

4) re-regard the text and summarise that it is a) incomprehensible (“beyond our understanding”) or b) nonsense (“legend”, “poetry”)

The middle two steps here (heart and mind) are not wrong, but they are in the wrong place and (4) is well, how can I put this tactfully… Wrong!

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True Religion

Prayer

Prayer (Photo credit: Chris Yarzab)

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” says James 1:27 (see link for context), and there is a lot in there about not just hearing but obeying the word.  But this is easier said than done!  Recently I have been reading (on occasion) the old book A Taste of New Wine by Keith Miller.  This book is filled with a lot of wisdom from God, lived out and shared.  It is brimful of encouragement too- the author does not depict himself as perfect but points us more and more towards the perfect God.

One of the interesting points the book makes (among numerous others) is the value of spending time with God.  Just “feeling we ought to” does not inspire us to read the scriptures and really spend time talking with the Lord (oh… and listening).  Continue reading

Know the Lord

Hebrews 8:10-12 quotes Jeremiah 31:34, as follows:

“But this is the new covenant I will make
with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds,
and I will write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
And they will not need to teach their neighbours,
    nor will they need to teach their relatives,
    saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’
For everyone, from the least to the greatest,
will know me already.
And I will forgive their wickedness,
and I will never again remember their sins.”

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New Religions For Old

Bible

Bible (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

People are often happy to critique and indeed mock Christianity for “stealing” another religion’s ideas (i.e. having Christmas at about the same time of year as an old pagan festival), but what of the biggest and most blatant copy-cat of all: Islam’s attempt to have all of the Jewish and Christian scriptures as witnesses to the “truth” of the new religion?
More academic work has been taken on at http://www.answering-islam.org/Walid/corruption.html and by numerous others, but I just want to go through the basic argument.

1) The Qur’an states that the Bible was true.

2) The Qur’an states that God’s words can not be changed.

3) The Qur’an states (say some) that the scriptures of the Jews and Christians got corrupted.

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