Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What do the gospels say about abortion?

Abortion has become one of the most touchiest subjects within society today. The flexibility of people has become so great that even certain Christians have taken a liberal stance when it comes to this subject and stand in harmony with those who support such a practice. Now we can go into the whole science and evidence regarding whether a fetus is a human being or not. But instead, let us see what the BIBLE has to say about this.

When we read about the virgin birth in the gospel of Matthew, we see that the gospel writer tells us that Mary was WITH CHILD of the holy ghost. The word child as used for Christ BEFORE he was born is also used after he came out of the womb in Matthew 2:11 and is also used for a LIVING child who Jesus cured in Matthew 17:18. Furthermore, in Luke 1 :36 and 41, we are told that Elisabeth conceived a "son" and that the "babe" leaped in her womb. God does not say that a "fetus" leaped in her womb! Rather it says THE BABE leaped. This is the exact same word that God uses to describe Christ in the manger AFTER He was born in Luke 2:12, 16. 

So what we see is that God views the child in the womb THE SAME as a child that is out of it. LIVING.

Here is how Jesus viewed and treated children: 
  • Jesus Healed children. Matthew 17:18
  • Jesus raised them from the dead. Mark 5:41-42
  • Jesus blessed them. Mark 10:14-16
  • Jesus told us that they are an example for us to follow. Matthew 18:3-4
  • Jesus told us that heaven is made up of them. Matthew 18:3-4
  • Jesus treated them so well that they praised him. Matthew 21:15

What we see is that Jesus loved children and they were placed in a very special place in his heart. He viewed both children within the womb and without it as something beautiful and special: A creation of God. And seeing as the child within the womb is seen as a living being, then the following law applies to them as well:

Matthew 5:21
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 

Is there science in the gospels?

Luke 17:34-36: Jesus said that at His return some would be asleep at night while others would be working at day time activities in the field. This is a clear indication of a revolving earth, with day and
night happening in the SAME time.

John 12:24: In this verse we have a confirmation of two IMPORTANT concepts in biology: 1) Cells arise only from existing cells. 2) A grain must die to produce more grain. The fallen seed is surrounded by supporting cells from the old body. These supporting cells “give their lives” to provide nourishment to the inner kernel. Once planted, this inner kernel germinates resulting in much grain.

Luke 10:15: In this passage, Jesus talks about hell as being down! Whether this is literally or symbolically, it shows us that Jesus was aware of a great scientific fact. A team of scientists has calculated the temperature at the boundary of Earth's inner and outer core — now estimated at 6,000 C(about 10,800 F). That's as hot as the surface of the sun.

Luke 1:59: Medical science has discovered that the blood clotting chemical prothrombin peaks in a newborn on the eighth day. This is therefore the safest day to circumcise a baby. 

Mark 14:34: "SORROW UNTO DEATH!" Intense sorrow or stress is harmful to your health. Researchers have studied individuals with no prior medical problems who showed symptoms of stress cardiomyopathy following a stressful incident.

Matthew 24:29: This passage talks about the sun's light being extinguished AND THEN the moon not giving her light. Seeing the order of the way this verse is written we can conclude that the moon's light is extinguished BECAUSE the sun's light is out. Science has recently discovered that the moon's light is in fact borrowed from the sun! REFLECTED LIGHT.

Matthew 25:30: Black holes and dark matter. Whether this is literally or symbolically, it shows us that Jesus was aware of a great scientific fact.Cosmologists now speculate that over 98% of the known universe is comprised of dark matter, with dark energy and black holes. A black hole’s gravitational field is so strong that nothing, not even light, escapes. Beyond the expanding universe there is no measured radiation and therefore only outer darkness exists. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

One or 3 in 1?

Hear oh Israel, the Lord our God is ONE LORD (Mark 12:29).Does this disprove the trinity?

The story about the demon possessed man in the Gadarenes begins with Mark telling us that there was a man with an unclean spirit (singular) who would remain in the tombs of the dead. The man begged Jesus not to bring him under punishment because Christ had told the unclean spirit (singular) to leave the man.

When we read the next passages of the story, we see that in fact, the man is not possessed by an unclean spirit, but rather UNCLEAN SPIRITS (plural).The spirits tell Jesus that they are many. Furthermore, we see that when Christ asks the demon what is THY name (singular) the demon (HE, singular) replied that his name is legion because THEY are many.

Within the opening part of the story, Mark uses the word unclean spirit (singular) to refer to what was possessing the man. Yet what we come to see is that this unclean spirit is actually a legion of demons, unclean spirit(s). Why this is so important is because it displays unto us the way in which the gospel writers, mainly Mark, wrote. What we can learn from this event is that the writers of the 4 gospels may from time to time use a singular word about a thing which may not be all that singular after all. Hence, when the word God is used in the gospels, or when the phrase “ the Lord your God is one Lord” is used, we shouldn’t be so quick to say that this disproves the idea of a triune creator seeing as the gospel writers may sometimes use singular wordings to point to something that may be plural.

Mark refers to 2 thousand demons as unclean spirit (singular). Hence a singular phrase such as “ the Lord your God is one Lord" may also refer to a triune creator.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Where was Jesus called Emmanuel?

There are 2 answers to this question.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23

1) Just because we do not read that he is called Emmanuel within the New testament, this doesn't mean that the people in New testament times did not view him as such.For example. Jesus was worshiped by the Magi.As we know from the scriptures, no one is to be worshiped but God ALONE. Therefore, we can conclude that the wise men believed Jesus to be God in the flesh. If we see sun worshipers worshiping the sun, whether we hear them call it God or not, we know by their actions that this is how they view it. We know by their worship that this is what they call it. In the same way, despite it not being written anywhere in the New testament that he was called Emmanuel, we see that by the wise men worshiping the Christ as God, that they viewed him as Emmanuel. That they called him God with us. For by their actions we can see how they viewed him. By their worship we can see what they called him. They viewed him as God, and he was indeed with them. Emmanuel.

Omittance doesn't always mean that something didn't happen!

2) When we read the prophecy of Isaiah, nowhere does it say that he would be called God with us ONLY during his (Christ's) time.  So just because the virgin birth came into fulfillment at that specific moment in history doesn't mean that this section of the prophecy is also limited to this exact moment in time as well. The fact of the matter is this: even if Jesus was not called Emmanuel by the people of his time ( which as we saw, is very unlikely) this prophecy still remains in effect to the people of our time and of future generations. The truth is that the majority of Christians within our world today call him Emmanuel and believe him to be God with us, bringing this prophecy into fulfillment.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Why did Jesus say "my God my God, why have you forsaken me?"

This passage is one of the main verses that are brought forth in trying to disprove the divinity of Christ.Many within the christian community say that this crying out was the display of sin being placed upon Jesus and the beginning of separation between the humanity of Jesus and God. Although I do no totally disagree with such an interpretation, the text always spoke to me in a different way.

When Jesus cries out asking why he was being abandoned, we must understand that this saying was NOT directed to God. When Jesus said “my God my God”, this served as an expression of shock and pain rather than literally calling upon the Lord. For example, when something is very shocking or hurtful, we can also cry out saying “my God”. In fact, even Atheists say this without believing in a God. What this is is JUST an expression of sadness and shock. The people he was directing this to WAS THE JEWS who were present at the time of his crucifixion. It is THESE people who desired to have Jesus killed. So the question is, how did they abandon Jesus?

As we know, Jesus is both the God of the Old and New testaments. The Jews have abandoned Jesus, their GOD, by not believing in him, by persecuting him and by putting him to death. They stood in COMPLETE disobedience to the words of Christ.This crying out was NOT directed to God, but to the Jews. These people who once stood in harmony with the ways of the Lord have gone so far astray, to the point of not accepting the messiah and what he had to say.

Did Jesus support the killing of unbelievers and apostates

One of the main passages that people bring up to prove that Jesus supported some kind of Jihad against unbelievers is in Luke 19 when Jesus tells his followers to kill those people who refused to want him as king. However, the problems with this interpretation just pile up:

-This is a parable.
-Since Jesus is no longer with us, how can we bring anyone BEFORE him like the parable says?
-A parallel is given in Matthew 25:29, and what we see is that the punishment is being thrown into outer darkness. So Jesus having people killed for not wanting him to be king is a metaphor which speaks about their punishment IN HELL (outer darkness).

Furthermore, when we read John 6:66, we see that many of his disciples STOPPED FOLLOWING HIM. What did Jesus do? Did he command them to be killed? Did he kill them himself? The answer is NO.

Another interesting thing to point out is that in the garden of Gethsemane, when Christ was about to be ARRESTED, one of his disciples took a sword and cut off one of the men’s ears. Jesus then told him to put the sword back in its place, for those who live by the sword shall die by it. So if Jesus is not willing to have his followers harm or kill people for persecuting and arresting their God, then wouldn’t it seem logical to conclude that he wouldn’t command people to be killed for not believing or abandoning the faith?

What we see is that Christ NEVER commands the killing of apostates and unbelievers.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Is the trinity influenced by paganism

When we read the gospels, we see see that Jesus used a lot of parables to explain the kingdom of God and the nature of the Father himself. He explained his love for all people by comparing him to the shining sun in Matthew 5. He also compared the kingdom of God to a mustard seed in Matthew 13. What we see is that God’s qualities can be seen in nature, hence we can learn a lot about God by looking at the CREATION of God.

Paganism was/is very big on observing nature and coming to certain conclusions based on what they observed. And when we look to mother earth, we come to some interesting conclusions:

The universe is made up of space, matter, time = 3
Space: height, width, depth = 3
Time: past, present, future = 3
The earth is made up of 3 things: Sky, seas and ground = 3
Man is made up of body, soul and spirit = 3
What we see is that the number 3 is a number that seems to always reappear when it comes to our world and the way things work. There is NO reason to think that false religions can’t get ANYTHING right. It just so happens that they looked upon God’s creation and came to the conclusion that he was a 3 person deity.

For example: both Buddhism and Hinduism teach love. Does this mean that one copied from the other? Or can it just mean that they may have come to this similar conclusion by means of the written law of God on their hearts and by the observance of nature?

In the same way, Pagans just so happened to come to this CORRECT conclusion about the existence of a trinity based on observing nature itself.

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