All religion, basically, is man’s effort to raise himself or make himself acceptable to God. Muslim, Hinduism, Buddhism even Mormonism and to some extent Catholicism require certain work or duty to become accepted. They all have their different tenets, but there is always something YOU have to DO to become acceptable to God.
This is played out in the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. After their eyes were opened to good and evil, they knew they were naked. They tried to cover themselves with leaves to hide their nakedness and make them acceptable before God. That was the first religious act.
But Christianity is different…
The Bible tells that there is none righteous and that no one seeks after God. (Romans 3:10-18) In fact it goes so far to say that we have all sinned. (Romans 3:23) It instructs us that the burden of death on the physical world is the result of sin. (Romans 6:23)
But there is a Remedy offered in the second half of Romans 6:23, where Paul speaks of a gift from God through one man Jesus Christ. If we step a few verses backward, it tells us that even though we were not yet born, nor even considering to stop sinning, that Jesus died for us. (Romans 5:8)
So there is nothing any of us can DO to please God. What condition are we left in if we then have no hope to please God?
Romans 10:9 offers the solution. It is to look upon yourself, and agree with God on your condition and the finished work of Jesus who took our penalties upon Himself willingly! A few verses later in Romans 10:13 it is declared "For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”"
The results of salvation are summed up in a few more verses. In Romans 5:1 we find we have been justified and have found peace with God. Romans 8:1 then explains that we have been removed from our former condemnation. A little further ahead in Romans 8:38-39 we read that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.
That is Christianity… we are justified by faith alone, through God’s grace alone in Jesus Christ alone!Print This Post Filed under BibleStudies, Christology, CloserToGod, Compassion | Tags: devotion, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, prayer, religion, salvation | Comments Off on Is Christianity Religion?
Daniel 7:13-14 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”
This is a particularly exciting passage of scripture. It records God, here described as the “Ancient of Days” on the throne, yet someone who looked like a human being was presented to Him. Yet, implied in the original language, this human being was not mortal. In fact, this Human was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, and that all peoples and nations and languages should serve him. I would ask, is this Human then a God on par and equal to the Ancient of Days?
The Israelites of Jesus’ time new the scripture well… in fact they knew this very passage referred to the Messiah, they also knew that the Messiah would reign forever, as is clearly expressed by the last phrase in the passage. They also knew the Messiah was God.
In John 12:27-34 there is an interesting conversation between Jesus and a crowd of Jewish followers. The Jews ended with some questions posed to Jesus. “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?”
Curiously, Jesus Himself declared He must be lifted up, and would die. Those Jews present knew what the scripture said of the Messiah, or son of man, in Daniel 7:13-14. It surely must have perplexed some… but let us look at another New Testament passage… this time in the book of Matthew. Jesus is on trial before the high priest.
Matthew 14:60-63 “And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need?”
Here, recorded for us, is exactly what the high priest and Jews believed before the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The son of man was indeed God, as Jesus Himself quoted and even ascribed Daniel 7:13 to Himself, calling Himself the Son of God. The reaction of the priest is self-explanatory.
And as the priest declared, I then ask you… “What further witnesses do we need?”Print This Post Filed under Apologetics, BibleStudies, Christology, CloserToGod, news | Tags: devotion, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, jews, salvation | Comments Off on Who Are the Two Gods in Daniel 7:13-14?
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.
You know what is happening in the world today. You see the signs all around. Now, Christian, is the time to be sober and vigilant. We know the sign posts that foretold these things.
Watch, be vigilant. Pray for your family and neighbors… it is only when those appointed to be the bride of Christ are fulfilled that the Groom comes to claim His bride. It could happen at any moment, there is no set day.
How will the Master find you?Print This Post Filed under devotion, news, prophecy | Tags: devotion, devotions, End Times, God, prophecy, rapture | Comments Off on Are You Awake?
- Barack Obama is the Platonic philosopher king we’ve been looking for for the past 2,400 years. – Micah Tillman, July 10, 2008. Tillman is a lecturer in philosophy at The Catholic University of America.
- “You’ll have to measure time by `Before Obama’ and `After Obama,’It’s an exciting time to be alive now.” … Everything’s going to be affected by this seismic change in the universe,” –– Spike Lee, American Film Director. July 10, 2008.
- Temple priests offer prayers for Obama’s victory – Sify News June 10, 2008.
Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. – Mark Mortford (“Is Obama an enlightened being?” San Francisco Chronicle June 6, 2008).
If you look at http://obamamessiah.blogspot.com/ you can see why I believe he is the antichrist. This site is a distillation of the worship that is given to him by us citizens and people from other countries as well. Watch that you are not deceived.
22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:22-27
I have nothing against the man personally; I have never even met him. I do know he is not the messiah and resent him being treated as the messiah by the press. I also resent how he surrounds himself with radical communist true believers that commission artists to create propaganda art for him. I also resent how he is trying to dismantle the free market system, brick by brick.
I am amazed that he believes in an economic philosophy that has completely failed everywhere in the world it has been tried. I guess he believes his own press. Maybe he truly believes he is the messiah.
I just hope we have a country left when his reign is over.Print This Post Filed under Eschatology, government, news, News&Views, views | Tags: change, communism, devotion, messiah, obama, socialism, stupidity, tough times | Comments (2)
Be very careful you do not fall into this crowd. We are encouraged to care for those who are less fortunate.
There are many in this world who go to bed hungry at night, even in this nation. As much as we have, we think we are materially poor. Yet we do not want for food, water or shelter.
There are others, who struggle each day to find those things we take for granted. They could even be the homeless man on the side of the street!
I am encouraged and know from personal experience the promised in Malachi 3. If you step out in faith and tithe, God will open the storehouse and you cannot keep it all. It is His economy that He encourages us to release the grips on the things we cling to in this world. When you do, you are more able to see things through His eyes.
I know times are tough, and there are those making great sacrifice. I challenge all of us to set something aside and be ready to be a blessing to someone else in need. Whether it be supporting a child in Latin America, or helping someone in your neighborhood, be ready!
It is not the act of giving that God blesses, but the willingness and intent of the heart. Give because there is need, not in obedience to God.
The true test is the condition of your heart, not what you do!Print This Post Filed under arielsadmirer, CloserToGod, news, News&Views | Tags: change, devotion, God, tough times | Comments Off on Local ministry strives to rescue children in Latin America | The Good News
This appeared in a tweet I received today. It is an interesting article that expounds on the deity and humanity of Jesus. There are numerous references to scripture throughout. It is a worthwhile read!
It is interesting to note… and reflect upon the fact that while the God of the universe, forever put on flesh… He will forever bear the marks of His purchase. Yet we are given temporal bodies and we mark them with sin, and when we repent of our sin and accept the finished work of Jesus, we are given an eternal PERFECT body!
Happy reading… by the way, the article is in a pdf file, so you can take it with you. And for those who already have the ESV Study Bible… it is in there, too!
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