Context, Is the Bible Gone?

Fear:

“God is a crutch, He is only there when needed.”

When you see a lightning strike, or a tornado destroy your house. Or even family members passing away. Some people have many different theories. It’s mother nature, that’s just life. Or is it something bigger, much bigger?

If you have been with me for the past few days you would know of my early post on Kingdoms, especially God’s kingdom. For there are few that find it. Well this time around, I decided to go to an even bigger problem with Christians and the bible: Fear of the Lord.

You know when you were a kid and you got into big trouble from your parents, you probably got scared from their anger towards your wrong action. Well many Christians don’t see God that way. I’m here to tell those people that they are wrong.

Psalm 2:11: Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Psalm 119:20: My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgments.

God is only displayed as a crutch for some Christians, we use Him in the hard times, but never Praise Him for the Good. Rapper NF put it wonderfully:

“It’s easy to blame God but harder to fix things
We look in the sky like, “Why ain’t You listening?”
Watching the news in our living rooms on the big screens
And talking ’bout “If God’s really real, then where is He?”
You see the same God that you saying might not even exist
Becomes real to us, but only when we dying in bed
When ya healthy it’s like, we don’t really care for Him then
Leave me alone God, I’ll call you when I need you again
Which is funny, everyone will sleep in the pews
Then blame God for our problems like He sleeping on you
We turn our backs on Him, what do you expect Him to do?
It’s hard to answer prayers when nobody’s praying to you
I look around at this world we walk on
It’s a smack in the face, don’t ever tell me there’s no God
And if there isn’t then what are we here for?
And what are y’all doing down there? I don’t know Lord.”

The Fear has trickled away like water in the heat. Man and Woman have forgotten God and how we should be in fear of Him, but instead now… We try to be Him, here is my next story.

I found something interesting when watching some videos on Christianity(Mostly from Megachurch Pastors). And I came past a few Pastors(I won’t mention names for respectful reasons, though you will probably figure out who it was), and these pastors would preach on something pretty shocking.

“Little Gods, that is what we are! God created us in His image. So doesn’t that prove the point? We are Gods! We are God’s Little Gods of earth!”- Megachurch Pastor.

It’s interesting, now clearly this quote has exposed Sin through Blasphemy. He has obviously stated that he is equal with God. Now think about Psalm 2:11. Serve the Lord in Fear, and rejoice with trembling. We are in no way serving in Fear, or serving at all. Serving, comes from the word Serve, which is from the Noun: Servant. Which is under authority. In our case under God. But when we call ourselves little Gods, we are no longer serving and putting ourselves under God. We are no longer Fearing God.

Now this is where Psalm 119:20 comes into effect for Christians. When we accept these Pastors preaching, we are throwing this scripture away. We aren’t even changing it. We are just discarding it from our very lives. But in my opinion, this is one of the most important verses in the Bible: My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgements.

When we listen to these Pastors, and worse accept these teachings as fact, we will start to fall from the narrow way. If we walk the narrow way, we will always fear God.

Psalm 111:10: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

When we Fear the Lord, we will receive wisdom and an understanding of God, and when we put ourselves under God as Servants and serve Him as so, than that’s all that matters. We may not have thousands of dollars all a massive Church for followers to come to worship the God that those pastors portray. But if we serve the Lord with Fear and don’t equalize ourselves to His power, than let me ask you: What’s better?

“To stand with God and be judged by the World, or stand with the World and be judged by God?”

Under Fear of the Lord, I stand. Under the thoughts of Man, I fall.

Blessings.

 

 

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Context, Is the Bible Gone?

Kingdoms:

You know I was reading something on social Media this morning and found something rather interesting. But before we go to that story, I want to tell this one.

This is a breath-taking scenery of a marvelous Kingdom. And only select few are able to enter (You learn a lot about that when reading lots of novels about Medieval ages). But the one thing that this kingdom has that really gets me: Servants. Peasants, Royalty, and most of all…. Rules. We live in a world now where kingdoms don’t exist. But the rules still follow for society. We don’t have anymore Peasants, or knights, or fellow gentleman walking around with stainless steel swords clanging against their sides, but the rules still apply.

Now before I do start too far, I would like to remind every person who is reading this, if you’re an Atheist, this post is not for you. You might as well move along. Unless you have an interest. But my main focus today is on my fellow brothers and brethren: Christians.

There is about an average of 1.5 million Christians in the western world today. But if you wanted to go an extreme and legit radar of Christians, the ladder probably falls about a Million. We have fallen away from God, not just by the influential acts of the world, and wanting to be a part of it. But from something a bit more disturbing, this next story is the one that shocked me to my core.

Thursday Night: I was talking to a good friend and brother on the phone, we were getting deep in conversation, The new Ratchet and Clank game. NF’s new Album “Therapy Session”, and one more thing. My friend brought up a really interesting thing that I decided to look at on Social Media. And I must admit, it was quite surprising. And then it wasn’t. Why?

There has been a recent release of the Biblical World. It’s called the “Queen James Bible”.

This is a King James Bible.

So what is the difference, well if you don’t know yet. It’s a Bible that takes all the verses of Homosexuality and interprets them to sound less condescending and more loving and accepting. So if You’re gay, you’re sweet! So why am I telling you this and why I’m not surprised, here is where the old Kingdom of Knights and peasants come in.

Matt 25.34:   Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world

 Luke 12.32: Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Funny enough, these verses are referring to the Kingdom of God, not the “Queendom” Of God. The Queen James Bible has rotted the Bible to the core and drained it of the convicting and spiritual presence which tells you of your evil.

Now if you are doing wrong by the bible… Just switch Bibles!

Now I don’t know if any of you fellow readers have ever read history about Knights and the Medieval age. But the one thing I knew is that you can’t just walk across the moat and the guards without a worry. You are pretty bound to have a sword fight.

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So the number one question, Why wasn’t I surprised?

The World is going to end soon, don’t know when, but I think it is close. And you would think you would pull your head in as Christians and take a stand for the Word of God. Hmm, I guess we’re wrong huh.

Now I’m one to be blunt, especially to other Christians when it comes to our faith. If they are not following the Word of God, then I will judge my brother or sister and hopefully bring them back to God. Because in the end, It’s Christians who think that there is nothing wrong with being gay. I found out about a Christian musician who said the context of homosexuality in the bible is not correct. Being Gay is fine.

Well, if you want the answer to that bluntly, I would tell you’re going to hell with every other person that has fallen short of God’s KINGDOM. So if I have gotten everything straight for you all, what’s the bottom line?

There is nowhere near 1.5 million Christians in the western World. Just because you go to church, say a few hollow prayers. If you don’t take the Bible as a literal thing, and take everything out of context. Those gates to God’s Kingdom will open for no man or woman. We as Christians should love the phrase from Atheists and haters of Christianity, “Jesus Freak”. Why? Because at least when we go before God, we know He’s going to let us pass across the Moat into His Kingdom?

Blessings.

Atheists and Wile E. Coyote

Good evening everyone,

My last post was very much on the fact of absolute truth, and how we only want it for certain things in life.

Last time our fellow apologists Norman and Frank decided to join us for that featured post. And I thought we could bring them back to a post that I think will turn some heads.

The Road Runner Tactic

“If someone said to you, “I have one insight for you that absolutely revolutionize your ability to quickly and clearly identify the false statements and false philosophies that permeate our culture,” would you be interested? That’s what we’re about to do here. In fact, if we had to pick just one thinking ability as the most valuable we’ve learned in our many years of seminary and postgraduate  education, it would be this: how to identify and refute self-defeating statements. An incident from a recent talk-radio program will demonstrate what we mean by self-defeating statements.”

So on the last post I wrote, I was saying how Atheists can’t handle hearing the truth because it doesn’t enlighten them, well this post is based on the fact of how Atheists say that we can’t get our facts straight, but when looking deeper into the argument you realize it is the Atheist who can’t get their facts straight. Let’s continue into this story from Norm and Frank.

“The program’s liberal host, Jerry was taking calls on the subject of morality. After hearing numerous callers boldly claim that a certain moral position was true, one caller blurted out, “Jerry! Jerry! There’s no such thing as truth!” I(frank) scrambled for the phone and began to dial furiously. Busy. Busy. Busy. I wanted to get on and say, “Jerry! To the guy who said, ‘there is no such thing as truth’-is that true?” I never did get through. And Jerry, of course, agreed with the caller never realizing that his claim could not possibly be true- because it would be self-defeating.”

So with what I said earlier, this caller has obviously not gotten his facts straight, he could have thought before he spoke those words, but instead like Wile E. Coyote, he is left standing over an empty gap that he is about to fall into once he has realized his mistake.

“A self-defeating statement is one that fails to meet its own standard. As we’re sure you realize, the caller’s statement “there is no truth” claims to be true and thus defeats itself. It’s like saying, “I can’t speak a word of English.” If someone ever said that, you obviously would respond, “Wait a minute! Your statement must be false because you just uttered it in English!”

“Self-defeating statements are made routinely in our postmodern culture, and once you sharpen your ability to detect them, you’ll become an absolutely fearless defender of truth. No doubt you’ve heard people say things like, “all truth is relative!”

So this is another thing that bums me out. I always get people talking about relativeness, and they say logic and reason prove their claims, but that would just be self-defeating by itself without me even having to say anything. They state that truth is relative, so that would also make their reason for their claim which is logic and reasoning is all based on personal opinion to believe it’s true, not hard facts or evidence.

“All Truth is relative” and “There are no absolutes.” Now you’ll be armed to refute such silly statements by simply revealing that they don’t meet their own criteria. In other words, by turning a self-defeating statement on itself, you can expose it for the nonsense it is.”

“We call this process of turning a self-defeating statement on itself the “Road Runner” tactic because it reminds us of the cartoon characters Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. As you may remember from Saturday morning cartoons, the Coyote’s one and only quest is to chase down the speedy Road Runner and make him his evening meal. But the Road Runner is simply too fast and too smart. Just when the Coyote is gaining ground, the Road Runner stops short at the cliff’s edge leaving the passing Coyote momentarily suspended in midair, supported by nothing. As soon as the Coyote realizes he has no ground to stand on, he plummets to the valley floor and crashes in a heap.”

“Well, that’s exactly what the Road Runner tactic can do to the relativists and postmodernists of our day. It helps them realize that their arguments cannot sustain their own weight. Consequently they crash to the ground in a heap. This makes you look like a super genius!” -Frank Turek, Norman L. Geisler.

So with this post, I hope Christians and atheists have realized something. If you haven’t gotten your facts right, you will self-defeat yourself and look just like Wile E. Coyote when you hold up the sign for some help, and the newsflash is, you’re not going to  get it, especially if you’re hanging over an edge with no way to get back.

Thank you everyone for your time and I hope to see you next time for some more head-turning facts.

Mitchell Ryan…Out. Blessings.

 

Absolute truth?

Good afternoon everyone.

Today I want to talk about something that I have wanted to talk about for some time now. But have had to study a little bit.

I’m sure quite a few have heard the term from the movie “A few good men” When Tom Cruise is yelling at Jack Nicholson for the truth. And Jack’s response was as displayed, “You can’t handle the truth!”

Well I’m guessing everyone uses that line here and there, but what I wanted to talk about was what it meant. Especially when it comes to Christianity or any religion at all.

From the apologetic book I’m reading I came past this chapter that talked about the truth and what it has to do with real life. This is what they had to say,

“We demand truth in virtually every area of our lives. For example; we demand the truth from

  • Loved ones (no one wants lies from a spouse or a child)
  • Doctors (we want the right medicine prescribed and the right operations performed)
  • Stock Brokers (we demand that they tell us the truth about companies they recommend)
  • Courts (we want them to convict only the truly guilty)
  • Employers (we want them to tell us the truth and pay us fairly)
  • Airlines (we demand truly safe planes and truly sober pilots)

We also expect to be told the truth when we pick up a reference book, read an article, or watch a news story; we want the truth from advertisers, teachers, and politicians; we assume road signs, medicine bottles, and food labels reveal the truth. In fact, we demand the truth for almost every facet of life that affects our money, relationships, safety, or health.”

So what we have established so far is that, we want the truth from just about everything and every living person, because honestly, who likes to be told lies?

“On the other hand, despite our unwavering demands for truth in those areas, many of us say we aren’t interested in truth when it comes to morality or religion. In fact, many downright reject the idea that any religion can be true.”

So I have started to post comments on some videos that I tend to disagree with. And someone or a few people will come back and rebuke my claim, which then causes the argument to take place. Now I would give the person the evidence that I feel fits the argument. And you guessed it, they shove my evidence saying it hasn’t got enough strong grounds to listen to, so they change the subject. So on with the statement.

“As we’re sure you’ve noticed, there’s a huge contradiction here. Why do we demand truth in everything but morality and religion? Why do we say, “That’s true for you but not for me,” when we’re talking about morality or religion, but we never even think of such nonsense when we’re talking to a stock broker about our money or a doctor about our health?”

Now I have has a lot of people give reasons for this, because we can see the stock broker or the doctor about our problem, but having an argument over a God that “may” not exist is ridiculous. But while doing that, they also shove the idea about morality (which I will be explaining in an upcoming post).

” Although few would admit it, our rejection of religious and moral truth is often on volitional rather than intellectual grounds-we just don’t want to be held accountable to any moral standards or religious doctrine. So we blindly accept the self-defeating truth claims of politically correct intellectuals who tell us that truth does not exist; everything is relative; there are no absolutes; it’s all a matter of opinion; you ought not judge; religion is about faith, not facts! Perhaps Augustine was right when he said that we love truth when it enlightens us, but we hate it when it convicts us. Maybe we can’t handle the truth.” -Frank Turek, Norman L. Geisler.

Let’s thank our two gentleman above for their amazing statement. Now let’s get underway.

So I have always had this argument with Atheists(especially atheists), when I would try to ask them about morality, they would change the subject. My close apologist friend would have an argument with a person who would contradict themselves by saying they don’t believe in God because he is cruel, but then change their mind saying there isn’t enough evidence.  I mean, come one. Get your story straight huh.

Now when I was just starting apologetics, I came past this story where Ray Comfort who is a very well known apologist asked a evolutionist how the water got here. The man’s answer was quite surprising. “The water descended towards earth on a meteorite which had liquid vapors rising from the rock, so when it made contact with the planet, the vapors burst and water was created on the land.” Okay, fair enough. But when Ray asked his next question, this is what made me laugh. “So, if the water got here by the meteor, how did the fish get here?” The Evolutionist’s response was very obvious. “I’m not answering that, that is a stupid question.” And with that he changed the subject and moved on. And funny enough later on. Ray comfort found out that he stated that the fish actually rode down on the meteor with the water vapors.

Two things, talk about absolute truth and avoiding the embarrassment of the question. And that is why he refused to answer, he was not sure on the absolute truth of it and didn’t want to sound stupid over the answer. And this is what I get from every person I comment to. Are they absolutely certain, obviously not. But then they want the absolute truth from everyone else?

So just to finish, I have told this to a lot of people in posts, and I get really criticized for it, because they think I have to have more faith than them, which I will be backing up with evidence in the coming posts.

Thank you everyone and remember.

“I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.”

 

 

 

Paper-thin foundations, Do you have One?

“For me, having lived much of my life as an Atheist, the last thing I want is a naïve faith built on a paper-thin foundation of wishful thinking or make-believe. I need a faith that’s consistent with reason, not contradictory to it; I want beliefs that are grounded in reality, not detached from it. I need to find out once and for all whether the Christian faith can stand up to scrutiny.”- Lee Strobel

Interesting speech huh? I found it interesting too when I decided to flip the coin to the other side of this argument too. Fair enough, without evidence, faith can be pretty much see through, and I was this way for 10 years of my 17 year old life. I only had my faith in Jesus to try and debate, and it was just like my Head Chef has always said “There is always going to be someone smarter than you and make you look like and idiot.” You have no idea how much that sentence is true.

Than I found apologetics with a friend of mine. Which is where I found this quote from my mother’s favorite Apologetic author. And it got me thinking, I have a strong faith with Jesus. But do I have evidence? No I didn’t, that’s why I always screwed up when you came to telling an Atheist about God, and he would make sure I looked stupid too, don’t worry about that.

You know, I always had this idea and assumption that proving God’s existence was bad, you know, God will defend us, why should we have to defend Him, and I had this idea for my whole life(That’s why I didn’t like God’s Not Dead that much).

And now that I see the reason for defending the hope that in in you-1 Peter 3:15.

But I then came across this quote, and that’s what made me really think, without evidence it’s paper-thin. But how about this for a quote, without faith it’s paper-thin?

Now think about this, we must have evidence to prove the faith we have. But if you don’t have faith in the evidence, do you actually believe it’s real? You could have an argument with someone and prove it to them that He exists, but what if they ask you if you really believe in that.

“Well, there’s evidence.”

But do you actually want to believe it? I wasn’t saved 10 years ago by evidence, I was saved by Jesus’ love.  Which gave me faith. Then I got the knowledge with apologetics, I had to believe it was real before I had to defend it.

My friend stated something that made me see the reasoning with Apologetics. “It’s planting a seed, it’s a starting point so later they question and than say, hey maybe he’s right. what if God is real, there is literal evidence.”

So it’s those people than accepting Christ through faith as well. Faith and evidence are only paper-thin when you have only one. we all must remember one thing, everything that has to do with Christianity has one word that circles the whole thing: Belief. And let me tell you, that’s the foundation of Christianity, belief in Jesus Christ and than having faith in Jesus Christ, and than defending Jesus Christ.

So, the bottom line: What’s your foundation. Rock? Or Paper-thin?

The Doctrine of Sin; In a Nutshell.

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The Apostle Paul tells us that sin first entered into the world through Adam & Eve (Romans 5:12-21), hence we have the term original sin. As a result all humans are born into sin and we see this acted out in many ways in the world (from greed, lust, to horrendous crimes like homicide, sexual abuse etc.). King David in his writing tells us that “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). The Bible teaches us that human nature has been corrupted due to sin.

No-one is good according to the Bible (Romans 3:10; only God is good: Mark 10:18). We may look at someone in a worldly context and conclude that they’re “good” (they may be known for giving to the poor, helping out others in times of need etc.). But that is ultimately worldly goodness. The prophet Isaiah once…

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Are Christians Intolerant, or just 100% Sure?

The world has got to the point of in my case ridiculousness. Theism, Pantheism, and Atheism. These are the three main sides of religion.

Theism: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A Theist is someone that has a personal God, and believes it has created the universe but isn’t part of the universe.

Pantheism: Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, and New Age. A Pantheist is someone who believes God is impersonal and literally the universe, God is in everything, around everything and literally everything.

Atheism: Religious, Humanism. And a Atheist, is obviously someone who does not believe any type of God.

So an easy way to remember: Theism: God made all. Pantheism: God is all. Atheism: No God at all.

And another side of religion is an agnostic, this is someone who is unsure about the question of God.

Okay sweet, now we have established that part. Now as you may have gathered, I’m a Christian(Theist) who believes God had created everything. Now to the subject.

When I was in a kitchen in my country, I had a sous Chef who asked me an interesting question. “What about other God’s, do you believe in them?” And my reaction was as expected. “No, of course not.” And his next sentence really shocked me. “Well that’s disrespectful.”

My instant reaction was questioning his claim. “How is that disrespectful?”

“Because you won’t even give them a thought.”

“But that’s not disrespectful, That’s me being sure without a doubt that my God exists, and their’s does not.”

And you know, by his standards that’s disrespectful. “That makes you intolerant and unable to talk to.”

Now back then, I had no idea what to say, what do I say to someone who says that I’m intolerable just because I think I’m sure, that makes me disrespectful.

I was reading a book by two authors, one which is one of favorites: Frank Turek. But where I got my solution to this problem was from a speaker who wrote the foreword who went by the name of David Limburgh.

“To them, Christianity’s exclusive truth claims are simply beyond the pale- so bad as to disqualify Christians from receiving tolerance from others. One secularist university administrator, for instance, disciplined a conservative professor for exposing her class to literature from a Christian viewpoint, which included an article about how teachers should approach homosexuality. The administrator exclaimed, “We cannot tolerate the intolerable.” You see, it’s fairly easy for these types to extricate themselves from their indefensible positions. They simply move the goalposts. Talk about defining truth through power!”

And he continues to say that just because we think the Christian faith is the one true religion, it in no way makes us intolerant of others or disrespectful of their right to believe and worship what they choose. And the funny thing with the world now, the world culture is now so confused about this distinct nature of Christians, that they now use our own confidence in our Faith, that they use as paint to make us intolerant to those other beliefs.

And David says one thing to sum it up:

“For the record, Christianity isn’t the only religion with exclusive truth claims. All major religions have such claims(From the above section of religions) many of the central ideas of the major religions cannot be reconciled, which gives the lie to the trendy tenet of pluralism that all religions at their core are the same.”

So the bottom line is “Are Christians intolerable?” You know what, I believe that isn’t the question to be asking. How about “Is the world tolerant to Christians?”

And Why do I ask this? Well when I thought I could explain to my sous Chef what I thought to answer to his claim, he didn’t want to hear it. Now when someone wants to talk to me about their God, I’m all ears, but when I want to tell someone else, they pull out their green kryponite to say, “Don’t want to hear it, I’m right, you’re wrong.” So let me ask you all. Theist, Pantheist, Atheist. Are you intolerable?

Blessings.

 

Isn’t the Bible enough?

Move with the times,

That was then,

Not now,

Life is different now,

Buddy, get your head out of the past.

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And the list goes on, and on. We have to move with the times right, yeah, I understand that perfectly. But what I am pointing this towards is good old Christianity. We all know that “Religion” don’t we? Also talking to you Atheists.

You know, I have finally come to realize why Atheists don’t want to be Christians, and I have to agree. We Christians don’t look that different to them(Including myself too), we for some reason want to compromise the Bible, because we all know that was then and this is now.

But do you know what really gets me, do you want to know? WE all Compromise. It’s like a stairwell that never ends, you know it either ends to Hell or the world(no real difference anyway, but you know), and you think just to get what you want, you might take one step this time, just this once, then you might come back and think well it’s only one more time, it won’t hurt that much will it?

And after a few years gone by, you take a look over your shoulder and see how far you have actually stepped, and you realize you can’t even see where you started.

 Atheists will be just the same way, they will become Christians, and follow the Compromising path, and when they realize how far they have come, they are exactly back where they started, a person of the world…. An atheist.

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What is this world coming to huh? It also gets me thinking that the Bible just isn’t enough anymore. We(Christian’s) all compromise the Bible so people of the world will come to Jesus. For example, we could tell someone that it’s okay to defend yourself, because as we all know, what Jesus said about turning the other cheek, that was then. Move with the times.

It just makes me feel sick and laugh at the same time, we just can’t follow the Bible anymore. It’s an instruction manual that we all had torn up and made our own, and I now know why…. We want to control our own lives, by every little bit, Jesus becomes less and less important to us.

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It’s time to wake up, we are all starting to be the wolves in the sheep’s clothing to the Atheists, so they do what we want, not what God wants.

Take off the clothing, Wolves(Christian’s) and run back to your Shepherd.  Run back to the Bible, where the answers are the right ones, and the stairs to heaven are going to be the ones you want to get lost in, God’s Love.