They were commissioned to stop communism from spreading, which is the most widespread, evil ideology ever to be devised by the Committee Room in Hell, directly responsible for killing over a hundred million people in a short time.
Monthly Archives: May 2019
1. Do I Really Know Jesus? His Entire Existence in One Image
His entire existence in one panoramic image.
2. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Was the Preincarnate God
Who was he before he came to earth?
3. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Was God Incarnate
What does ‘incarnation’ mean? What does emptying oneself mean? Basics in a Q & A format.
5. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Came Down from Heaven
Some say the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are silent about this claim. But they are not, if you know where to look.
6. Do I Really Know Jesus? Why Did He Become a Man?
Was it necessary? What did it accomplish? What does it mean to you?
7. Do I Really Know Jesus? Thirty Truths about His Life
People would make Jesus in their image. But who was he really, as defined by those who knew him best or heard from those who did?
8. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Was Sinless
Can we dispense with the notion that Jesus as a simple peasant, a godly one, from Galilee, but no more than that?
9. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Died for You
Jesus came with the express purpose of preaching the good news of the kingdom, living a godly life, and dying as a sacrifice for our sins.
10. Do I Really Know Jesus? Did He Descend into Hades to Preach?
Certain denominations teach that Jesus went into hell (or the underworld) to preach to confined human souls. True?
11. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Was Resurrected from the Dead
It goes a lot deeper than just coming back from the dead. Christ is our example and leader. Here are the basics about his resurrection.
12. Do I Really Know Jesus? What Was His Resurrected Body Like?
It was a physical body, but it had a spiritual dimension. A new era had been ushered in—for us, foretelling our future state after we die.
13. Do I Really Know Jesus? His Resurrection Changes Everything
It is the central message of the New Testament. His resurrection means everything to you.
14. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Appeared to His Disciples
We Renewalists—those belonging to the worldwide, historical Renewal Movements—also believe he still appears to people today.
15. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Ascended into Heaven
Here are the basics about his ascension.
16. Do I Really Know Jesus? His Ascension Means Everything
It jump-starts our new life in Christ—we can renew our minds and hearts by thinking on it.
17. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Is Seated at Right Hand of Father
Christ sat down at the right hand of God and on his throne. Now we can be seated with him in heavenly places!
1 Introduction to the Sword in Early Christianity and Islam
This series contrasts the ministry of Jesus and his view of the sword with the life of Muhammad and use of the sword. Then the series contrasts earliest Christian leaders and their view on the sword with the earliest Muslims leaders’s use of it. The two religions are not the same.
2 The Mission of Jesus and the Sword
In our comparative study of the two religions of Christianity and Islam, we begin with the mission of Jesus, since he lived about 600 years before Muhammad. The next part in the series, the Mission of Muhammad, is designed to mirror this one you’re reading now.
3 The Mission of Muhammad and the Sword
This article is designed to be compared with the previous one about Jesus and his mission. It has a chronological timeline of Muhammad’s comnquests.
4 The Gospels and the Sword
This article is designed to be contrasted with the next one about the sword in the Quran, in our comparative study of the two religions.
5 The Quran and the Sword
This article should be contrasted with the previous one about the Gospels and the sword, in our comparative study of the two religions.
6 Two Kinds of Swords
In this one article in the series, the two religions are placed side by side, so to speak. The two religions are very different.
7 The Early Church and the Sword
Did they pick up swords to stop the persecution and control nonconformists? This article is designed to be contrasted with the next one about the sword in the early Muslim community, in our comparative study of the two religions.
8 The Early Muslim Community and the Sword
During his lifetime, Muhammad set the genetic code, and the first four caliphs followed his example. They actually used the sword. Contrast this use with the non-use in earliest Christianity.
9 The Sword and the Jews in Early Christianity and Islam
In this comparative study of the two religions, Jesus and his early followers and Muhammad and the earliest Muslims had interaction with Jews, whose Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) is the foundation of Christianity and strongly influenced Islam, since the Quran very often refers to Biblical stories and characters.
10 Martyrdom and the Sword in Early Christianity and Islam
This article covers martyrdom by the sword in our comparative study of the two religions, in their origins.
11 Q and A on the Sword in Early Christianity and Islam
This article covers and reviews topics left unanswered in the rest of this series.
12 Conclusion to Series: Sword in Early Christianity and Islam
This article is the final one in the series, which was a comparative study of the two religions. Here, at last, we summarize, with some analysis, the major differences between the two religions, side by side, so to speak. They are not the same–not even close.
Muhammad’s ‘Peaceful,’ ‘Non-Assassinations’ of Mockers
The meme is still out there. Islam is the religion of peace, nothing but peace, and the whole peace. It is time to tell the truth about Islam–or maintain the truth about it. The title of the post is ironic. He really did kill mockers.
Matthew 10:34 Contrasted with Quran 9:123
Muslim polemicists frequently quote Matthew 10:34, which mentions a sword, drawing a parallel between Christianity and Islam: They reason: Jesus and Muhammad both endorse jihad, so why would Christians today complain about it in Islam? However, their reasoning is deadly misinformed. Real violence is in the Quran.
Islamic Jihad v. European Crusades
Did you know Islamic jihad continued without stopping for four hundred years before the Pope called for the first major crusade?
The Ultimate Goal of Islam
Islamic terrorism may eventually be defeated in its large manifestations, like the one we saw on 9/11, but built into earliest Islam is an ultimate goal—what is it, according to the Quran, the Hadith (Muhammad’s words and deeds outside of the Quran), and Muhammad’s life?
Islam’s Belated Militant and Mystical Claim on Jerusalem
Three faiths have claimed ownership over Jerusalem: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Yet plain and ancient history favors Jewish ownership over the holy city.
1. Titles of Jesus: Rabbi and Teacher
But was he more than that?
2. Titles of Jesus: The Prophet
It reveals his (sinless) human nature with the anointing of God coming on him.
3. Titles of Jesus: The Son of David and the Messiah
They’re both Messianic titles, but they have nuances that need to be explored.
4. Titles of Jesus: The Son of Man
This title denotes his human nature, but also his divine nature.
5. Titles of Jesus: The Lord
This title often means more than “sir’ or ‘my lord.’ It can mean the LORD in the Old Testament. A table of references in the Old Testament and New Testament is included.
6. Titles of Jesus: The Son of God
What does that title mean?
7. Titles of Jesus: The King
But he was not a king in the mold of Caesar. He was called first to conquer invisible, spiritual dark forces, and your heart by love. In the near future, the worldly kingdoms are going down in defeat, visible for all to see.
8. Titles of Jesus: The ‘I Am’
Does “I am” mean just the first person being verb as we may use it of ourselves (“I am a human”)? Or does it have reference to the Old Testament and the great ‘I AM’??
Do I Really Know God? He Is Glorious
The Old Testament reality of God’s glory is carried forward into the New Testament. God communicates this attribute with us, in manifesting his presence, even visibly sometimes.
Don’t Legalize Recreational or Medical Marijuana
–“We will use [medical marijuana] as a red herring to give marijuana a good name”–
Keith Stroup in 1979, then head of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) (qtd. in Sabet 55)
Do I Really Know God? He Is Beautiful
God’s attribute of beauty flows out of his goodness, glory and light, and shines on all of his creation and his highest creation—us.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Majestic
It is closely related to glory. He is great, splendid, triumphant, dignified, and awesome.
Truth over Feelings? The Battle for America’s Mind
What is the root or basis of the battle? Knowing that answer can make us wise about the tactics of the left.
America the Beautiful: Ten Accusations against Her and Replies
A certain side of the political spectrum–the left–constantly attacks her. They base their criticism on bad or incomplete information. Enough is enough. This post includes a leftwing satirical rewrite of a treasured song.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Perfect
We now begin the “Summary” attributes (perfection, blessedness, beauty, majesty, and glory), which means they complement and summarize and are comprehensive of the previous ones. They are capstones, so to speak.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Blessed
This attribute means God knows himself in all his absolute perfections and takes calm delight in who he is. He exists and lives in totally and absolutely perfect blessedness.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Sovereign and Free
No one tells him what to do or bosses him around or forces his hand. He is large and in charge. His will shall prevail in the end. How does human free will interact with this?
Do I Really Know God? He Is Jealous
If your child were under attack, what would you do? That (imperfect) surge of protection that you feel comes close to the biblical definition of (perfect) jealousy in God. It’s about his protection over you.
Do I Really Know God? He Shows Wrath
It is an unpleasant topic until we understand it. Then it makes sense. God wrath is judicial. Think of an old English judge who wears a white wig.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Righteous and Just
This is one of God’s moral attributes or perfections, and it is communicable to us because we are made in the image of God and because he graces us with the capacity to do them, though imperfectly. We’re humans, after all.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Holy
This word is scary for some and delightful for others. Where do you stand?
Do I Really Know God? He Is the God of Peace
We can see peace in the larger society and inner peace for each individual. We must receive it by faith in Christ.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Patient
Without it, we would be doomed because we would get what we deserved—quickly.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Gracious
Gracious literally means “full of grace.” God cannot stop being gracious and showing us favor. It is in his very nature and being.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Love
“God is love” (1 John 4:6, 16). But what does that mean? What does it look like?
‘Fatal’ Flaws in ‘Death Roe’
They are certainly fatal for the babies. Roe v. Wade (1973) needs to be critiqued yet again, since it is so crucial.
Deconstructing Roe v. Wade
One of the few benefits of deconstruction is that it takes down overwrought orthodoxy. Roe v. Wade has achieved a divine status, like a textual god. But it’s possible to expose its feet of clay.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Compassionate and Merciful
He takes pity on you to deliver you or set you free. Only Jesus demonstrated the verb “to show compassion.”
Do I Really Know God? He Is Good
He is good all the time and can never stop being good. It is in his very being. No matter your circumstances, he is still good. In Scripture, goodness is both moral and material—good things.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Truth
This means that God’s words are true, he is faithful, his character is trustworthy, and his promises will be fulfilled.
Do I Really Know God? He Is Wise
Since God is infinite and wise, he is infinitely wise. We can trust him to see us through difficult and confusing times.