Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WHY ATTEND CHURCH? from Truth Matters- Signs of the Times

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LIFE AFTER DEATH: "A DIFFERENT VIEW."

Nearly all Christians believe in life after death. The most common view is that while people's bodies go to the grave at death, they have immortal souls that remains conscious and either to heaven or hell.
      We, Seventh day Adventist view death somewhat differently. We understand the Bible to teach that the body and soul are essentially one of the same thing, and that death is a state of total unconsciousness. Jesus in fact called death a sleep....
     John 11:11  "These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep."

     Let us first get something straight, shall we? What is the best advice anyone can give you?  How about this: "Never, ever take the words of man or men, for the word of God, learn this for yourself"?
     Why is this?
     WHO, can save Y O U, for eternal life, man or God? Man can't even save himself, let alone Y O U! o lets begin at the bottom shall we?

    Genesis 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

Put all that into steps and find:  1. Humans are made from and with earthly elements.
                                               2. Made by God, into flesh and blood.
                                               3. God then "Breathed" into us  HIS breath of Life and,
                                               4.. Humans BECAME living souls.
                                               5. therefore our souls are NOT an added on extra, right?
WHAT IS DEATH?  NO IT IS NOT THE OPPOSITE OF LIFE, BUT ONLY THE ABSENCE OF LIFE!  From the above list, it's easy to understand that death, is the absence of God's Breath of Life, right?
Many say: "But what about absent from the body , and present with the lord?
2 Corinthians 5:8  "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

I want to be with Jesus right now as well, but that's not our call, is it? Paul is saying He's rather be dead and be with Christ, at His return! On verse can NOT counter another, or one must reconsider their understanding, for the Bible is self-interpreting, it proves itself within itself! WE should not, indeed MUST not use one verse to build our faith upon!

You see dear reader, The Word of God, often interchanges the words, Breath of Life, with soul, or with spirit., although each differs, generally each can be used in place of the other. 
    
      Remember the story of Lazarus? Read, again John 11:11 above, but look..
   John 11:12 " Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well."
    John 11:14  "Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead."

     This should bring a few questions to mind agree? Especially if you've bothered to read John 11th chapter.
1. Why did Jesus wait the four days?
A; With the old customs of the time, people believed that the "Soul/Spirit," stayed with the body for three days after death, then off to the "reward".

2: Why did Jesus shout, " Lazarus , come forth"?  Why not come down if in heaven, or come up, if in hell?
A: His body was still, as are all, still in the graves. If we go to heaven or hell at death, why was Lazarus still bound up in his funeral attire, have they no scissors in heaven? Would he be a "Happy Camper" after being in heaven for four days, and now finds himself back on this sin-filled earth?

3. The most important question for this story is the WHY?
A:   That's easy, it was for our learning to set an example before us of what God is able to do! He and HE has the LIFE within Him, only The Father and son, can do this, as each can create life, as they have life within them, Eternal Life.
Genesis 3:4-5  "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
This is Satan's first recorded lie, and most of mankind has accepted this as truth, to this day!  YET...
   Genesis 3:19  "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6  "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun."

All humans, would be best served, if they studied the Bible, not read, but study it. why?......

1 Timothy 6:15-16  "Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen."
   We ALL are able to receive eternal life ONLY through Jesus Christ ...

1 John 5:12  "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
Which is another way of saying, "All those who reject Christ, reject life and accept death, as both shall be eternal!

     The Holy Bible tells us that we shall receive eternal life at His Second coming...

1 Corinthians 15:50-54  "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit in-corruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on in corruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on in-corruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

It for the above passage we have the stories if Enoch, and Elijah , Genesis 5:24 and 2 Kings 2:11, and then Moses in Jude 9. plus the 24 resurrected with Jesus, and Lazarus(?), are humans, already in heaven. Not a hint for Mary being there also, man's traditions......

Revelation 22:12  "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

    Therefore, IF, [and it does indeed]f eternal life comes ONLY through Jesus, by our knowing and accepting and having faith/trust in Him, there can be no such a thing as an ever-burning hell, for those who refuse to know Him. The Bible simply does not teach that. It does teach that both this world and sinners will be destroyed by fire at the end of the Millennium ....
2 Peter 3:10  "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
That's earth being cleansed from all pollution, and all traces of past human works. Ready for a new Eden.

Revelation 20:14-15  "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."

God, will after this, re-create this earth's surface, and humans will see God's creative powers at work, as earth will become all Eden again, and home for those redeemed.

Revelation 21:22  "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it."

What the Holy Bible teaches Adventists believe.  Sadly most "Christians" know not God's Word, only as other teach them!  But Christ only will Judge all, including the false teachers!

Thanking Y O U for your time. Questions?  Comments? John at www.servant@frontier.com

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

From: SIGNS of the TIMES OCT.2014 ISSUE. BY NANCY CANWELL..

Many thanks to both Nancy and Sign of the Times magazine for these stories.  John B.

      {Names have been changed in this story}

    Pastor Walter was sitting in his living room with Jeff, the husband of one of his church members, who had recently asked for Bible Studies. Pastor knew that Jeff had been "fence sitting," spiritually for years, at times open to God but mostly ignoring Him. This particular night their study was about the great war between God and Satan-- between good and evil. Pastor Walter knew from experience that Satan's  side never likes being exposed. So he prayed silently for Jeff.
     Jeff listened intently as Pastor Walter read from the Bible and explained about Satan's role in this world.
     Suddenly Jeff spoke up, "Pastor, I am sorry to interrupt you, but I'm feeling something really strange right now." He gave a nervous laugh, "Look sat my arms, the hairs are standing up! I feel like someone is over there, looking through the window at me!"
     Pastor Walter knew exactly what was going on. "Jeff,'  he said, " You are caught in a very real spiritual battle between the powers of good and evil. You can not remain neutral. You have felt God come into to your life, urging you to give yourself to Him. You need to do that, because if you don't you'll siding with the devil by default. There's only two sides to this war.
     Jeff left the pastor's home that night very troubled-- still without making his decision. But now he understood clearly that he would have to choose.

                          BATTLES IN THE WAR.

      IN the History of our universe, several major battles have been fought in this war, between good and evil. Each and every time, God has been the Victor! { Satan has no choice but keep on fighting for the souls of mankind, as his self-pride, would allow him to repent and seek forgiveness, and why there was a war in Heaven. [ Revelation 12}This first Battle shows how sin came to earth....
 
     Revelation 12:7-9  "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him"
   In this description the Archangel is Jesus Christ, and the dragon is Satan. [Please read Rev;13:2 and know that Satan, has earthly representatives.You'll note, that he and his angels fought back, to no avail, and were cast upon this earth! Plus note that he, has deceived the whole world!

Note: Please note....
             
     Genesis 2:1-3  "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

Please take note of your calendars to see which day IS the SEVENTH DAY! Saturday!  Now take note...

     Daniel 7:24-25  "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time."

Note: Also human history, when Pagan Rome ceased to be i n 476 A.D., the Papal Rome had already been the recipient of the seat of power, from Emperor Constantine in 331 A.D, and this power that Daniel calls the "Little Horn," gained full power in 538 A.D. by her uprooting three horns [Kingdoms and peoples  Dan.7:8,20,24] This power then united Church and State as the single power for 1260 years!

The score of this first battle?            God 1...Satan 0.

    The Second battle was fought in the Garden of Eden. Satan [either used a serpent like a ventriloquist uses a dummy or he has a great disguising skill] and tempted eve into compromising her loyalty to God. {disobedience is a form of rebellion agree?]  For God clearly said ...
 
           Genesis 2:16-17  "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
      Most find it difficult to believe that Eve would allow herself to be deceived but just read...

    Genesis 3:6  "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."
Note: good for food... =  lust of the flesh...  pleasant to the eye..=  lust of self...   make one wise  = Pride of life.  So Satan pointed to the vulnerabilities that are within us all! So it seemed that Satan had won, as Adam also ate.Then God activated His Plan of Salvation, right then and there: Gen 3:15..
 
    Genesis 3:15  "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
    Tells us that Jesus would come, and take our place for our sin deaths, for Adam and Eve and all humans would not have to face eternal death.

THE SCORE?   God 2 Satan 0.

An other battle not mentioned in this story is the one of Moses, Satan had convinced the Pharaoh, to have all male babies killed, yet Moses was "Adopted by the king's sister, and lived 40 years as a Prince, and finally led the children to the Promised land.    God won Satan lost.

     The  Third mayor battle was fought near 2,000 years ago, when Jesus came to earth, to live a perfect life, and then to die for all sins for all times, in our place!.Just as it was told to us way back in Genesis 3:15, that Jesus would suffer a "Bruised heal" but Satan head would be crushed, which spells defeat, even though he still lives!
    Although Satan repeatedly tempted Jesus to sin, [ he even had had the nerve to demand that Jesus worship him}Luke 4:6-7 " And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." Jesus kept quoting Scripture to him, in defiance, thus was He tempted far beyond our experiences, and just a a flesh man, as we are! For He never used His Divine powers to save Himself..
    After He was crucified, and lay at rest even on Sabbath, Satan could not keep in in the death nor in the tomb! Jesus by this conquered Satan, and at the same time, HE defeated death for Y O U and me!
    The score now?  God 3. Satan still 0!

           THE FOURTH AND FIFTH and  FINAL BATTLE, which will take place at the very end of this time frame, as we can see in Revelation 13 FOR THE 4TH, AND 20:7-10 FOR LAST BATTLE.... EVER!

     The 4th Battle will separate humanity into two camps. One will be with those who in loving obedience obey God word, while the other camps are those who follow and obey the words of men, and worship on Sunday, eat pork and all things not given for foods, in short do as they please, of their own will! They will have the Mark of the Beast, and worship it knowingly. While camp 1 will worship God according to His Word, the Holy Bible! While camp two will worship according to traditions of men.
   When these things come to pass, then look east for Y O U R SAVIOR, who WILL NOT PUT FOOT ON THIS EARTH, but the phony 'christ' will do so just before the TRUE ONE Returns. (its in the Bible read it!]

The 5th and FINAL battle will again take place on this earth, but after the Just have been with Jesus, in Heaven for 1,000 years, [Millennium = milli -Greek for 1,000 - + annum meaning year. [Rev. 20:2-7] with all the wicked dead resurrected, this being the SECOND Resurrection, Satan has people to again deceive, and they will try to take by force, the Salvation that was offered at on cost, and surround the beloved city, in their attempt to eat from the Tree of Life. That''s when each knee shall bow, and all the people that have ever lived, shall be there! The Just within the walls, the unjust outside the walls, and each shall be able to see each other, and God will run (HIS DVD??) in their minds, and each shall see all the times He called to them and each time each rejected his call! All shall see and admit that God's way is just, and then fire and brimstone shall rain down upon all this earth, destroying all the sinners, and purifying this earth, from all of human endeavors and pollution!
Thus God has won each and every battle, and it was all played out before all the worlds, that they are witness to the fact that God is just and good. Score God 100%, and Satan still at 0.

     This should cause all in christ, to rejoice, and not to fear, why?...............
     1 John 4:3-7  "And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God."

                         THE HUNGER GAMES IN REALITY!   with Errol Webster.  

    "What if in the near future were a giant reality show in which children were pitted against each other in an elaborate fight to the death, in which politics, war, and entertainment had finally become indistinguishable, from each other?   So writes Katie Roiphe in the New York Times, about Suzanne Collins's brutal and absorbing Hunger Games trilogy, now made into a movie series. Roiphe further says, "The premise of the series is that a corrupt and decadent Capitol rules over 12 impoverished districts in Penem, in the ruins of north America. Every year the Capitol authorities stage a "reaping," in which a girl and a boy from each district are chosen by lottery to be tributes in the Hunger Games."  This is fiction, but there's a far greater life -and- death conflict raging that involves all of us--- a hunger games reality-- between good and evil, called the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan.

1. What position did Satan want in Heaven?
     Isaiah 14:12-14  "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

    As an anointed cherub before he rebelled, Lucifer had a place next to God
     Isaiah 28:11-15  "For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:"
    Self- Pride led him to want God's position, which is as impossible as wanting to be your own mother!

2. How did Lucifer's  (aka Satan, The dragon, and the devil) rebellion against God in heaven end?
    Revelation 12:7-9  "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
   The word Satan means "Adversary", while the word devil means "Slanderer". Satan attempted to win God's throne by misrepresenting Him, Because "God is love" [ 1 John 4:8] He didn't destroy Satan on the spot, as love can't force allegiance, and love can not be forced, so God had to let all this run its course, and that all the universe shall see that sin is death, and none shall desire it.
    Yet even after than Satan wanted to be worshiped, and why he deceived both Adam and Eve, into rebelling against God's word

3. What is our condition now?
   Romans 3:10  "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:"
   Romans 3:20  "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
The consequence of sin for us all is death  Romans 5:12  "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
However....Romans 6:23  "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Therefore our acceptance of Christ in loving faith and obedience, is that His death shall cover our sins, all of them.

4. What is the GOOD NEWS of the gospel that saves us from this sin-death?
     Romans 5:8  "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
    Salvation is The Father's free gift. The idea that we can do anything to pay for our own salvation is a false gospel, and Satan's the father of if {John 8:44}

5. What else was accomplished by Jesus' death?
      Hebrews 2:14-15  "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

    Contrary to the Hunger Games, in which the distinction between good and evil is blurred and the contestants win by destroying their opponents, Jesus, on the other hand, won by dying for our sins. At first Satan appeared to have triumphed. But Jesus, as the innocent dying for the guilty, rose from the dead, thus defeating the devil at his own game and winning the victory for each one of us,, those willing to accept it and HIM! Good overcame evil.
    When Christ cried out, "It is Finished", {john 19:30] all heaven rejoiced, in so severing all remaining ties, sympathies between Satan and heaven, were broken forever! because their beloved Lord Jesus had died, yet lives!

6. How do Jesus' followers gain the victory over Satan? 
     Revelation 12:11  "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

All who die in Christ shall live, again!

      John 3:15-19  "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."

Next: Accepting "The"Truth, yes there many truths but there only one, THE Truth God's word. Plus nobodies acceptance or rejections will change it!

Thank Y O U for your time. Questions/ Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Noah's Hope, by Clifford Goldstein from Signs of the Times Aug. 2014.

CLIFFORD GOLDSTEIN asks, "What does an ancient story about a world-wide flood tell us about or world today"?


      Hollywood has never been shy about creating end-of-the-world flicks. from Beware! The Blob to 2121, Contagion, and the World war Z, moviegoers who like imaginative accounts of end-time events have plenty to choose from.
      Some time back however, Hollywood came up with a different kind of apocalyptic thriller: NOAH, staring Russell Crowe. Based very loosely on the Biblical story of the flood in Genesis, this movie tells about the the impending doom of the ancient world and one man's attempt to save his family from it.
       Whatever the merits or demerits of the film (and it has plenty of both), it does raise  valid questions about the fate of humanity today. What challenges do we face in the 21st Century as the world's population increases, as natural resources get scarcer, as the specter of war continues, and as the questions of pollution and climate change remain?
    {(j.B.) please know this one huge but single fact: Science and scientist, for the most part, seek to explain, the universe, but leaving God the Creator totally out of the equation, yet science holds that it seeks only truth? How can one then, leave out any factor, by rejecting Creation and The Creator out of hand? Is that not unlike a mathematician ignoring Zero, as if it were not present?]

      Are we doomed, as were the the people in the time of Noah's Flood, or do we have hope? And IF we do have hope, what is it?  The biblical account of Noah' s Flood may be far removed from the consciousness of most people today, but how does that change facts, and what does it hold, today, for us, in the way of lessons? Though it's often viewed only in terms of the destruction and punishment, the deeper message is the hope of redemption in a world getting ever closer and closer, to destroying itself.
     With an endless progression, or should I say procession, of wars, terrorism based upon "love of a god', our obsession about climate, when we know it's always in flux, and changing, and natural disasters, {Which by the way we are only to happy to blame God for them, rather than the real perpetrator, Satan. As earth's population becomes more and more evil, God withdraws His Spirit, giving Satan more leeway!, but who teaches the Bible these days? The Sun-day worshipers, that obey the laws of men?]
      With all these events ongoing, one doesn't have to be a doomsday fanatic to be concerned about the world's future! In fact, Jesus very specifically used the Noahatic Flood to compare that time to what it will be like in earth's future! When He's about to return at this world's end. He said....

      Matthew 24:37-39  "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For                                      as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and                          giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood                          came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
    [As stated before, "Who bothers to read the Bible today?"  But please note:
        Ecclesiastes 1:9  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which                                    shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."
[Is this where we got this saying? "History repeats itself?" or "What comes around, goes around"? THINK!]

[If you want to learn what live was like, that got God so disgusted, and angry with mankind read Genesis 6:, then read Gen.11:1-9 the story of Tower of Babel, and learn that men learned nothing from the flood!]

     Jesus' point is that, as we near the time of the end, the ,masses of people, will be going about their business as if nothing were wrong, nothing amiss. Apparently, that was the people's attitude and behavior before Noah's Flood, in spite of the fact that they had plenty of warnings about what was to come, in fact Noah preached about the flood for 120 years!
  [In point of fact, we of the Seventh day Adventist Church, have been preaching and teaching the "Time of the End" message ever since 1864! Showing that God, in His mercy, has withheld His wrath, these days, much longer than in Noah's time, but how long are Y O U wiling to test His patience?]

      All of God's children, CONT *.. {we are all His, for He gave each one of us HIS BREATH OF LIFE, for only the Father and the Son, have life, within themselves, thus SUSTAIN ALL LIFE!]...
      
        Colossians 1:17  "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. "
                                      Consist  in the Greek the word is Sunistao ( soon-is-thah'-o)  means to make, to                                           stand. To consist. Would this be a good time to introduce the Second Law of thermodynamics? Paraphrased... Anything set into an orderly motion, will over time degrade into disorder.'
That's from human science's "Natural Laws", so why has the universe, not degraded into disorder, and why we see no massive scale collisions? IS possible that there is a a force, a sustaining force a consisting force?

CONT*... we all, need to be careful that we do NOT ignore His warnings. All around  we see signs of impending disasters that Jesus Himself gave warnings too:...
   
          Matthew 24:5-10 " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.                           And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things                         must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom                             against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

[ If you can't understand this, who has ever seen or heard of a crime, or an assault done in LOVE?  Who has not heard of the Islamic crazies, and their slogan, "Believe as we do, or die"? How many so-called 'Christians' must they murder, across this earth, before people understand what Jesus spoke about, way back then? But Heh! Who bothers to read, let alone study the Holy Bible these days? THINK!]

     As humankind entered the twentieth century, the majority of people were full of optimism and hope for a bright future. Many were convinced that the world was entering a golden age in which science and technology would bring utopia--- a grand world of peace and prosperity for all. However World War 1 quickly dashed all those false hopes, did it not?
      When the great-grandchildren of those who welcomed in the 20th century, ushered in the 21st they did NOT have any grand illusions about a coming 'golden age',. On the contrary, September 11, 2001, became this generation's symbol of the future. Things seem to have been going downhill since then, right?

[ Please humor me, God promised NEVER to use water to destroy life again, right? He does not have another Noah, to tell us about the coming disaster, as ALL Bible Students know, this time God's going to use fire to clean earth Revelation's Lake of fire, read 19 - 22.chapters So what else can He do? How about kicking the secularists in their 'collective wallets', and look at all of earth's economies, since about 2003?....
     Amos 8:11  "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a                                    famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:"
     Isaiah 33:15-16  "He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of                               oppression, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing                       of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;  He shall dwell on high: his place of defense                              shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure."
{As you can see, those who accept Him through Christ, are protected, and even if they lose their lives, yet will they live again, forever.  Read His promise in John 14:1-3].

     However, even in the days of Noah, the people all had hope.... The ARK. It was built precisely to save them from what was coming on the world! Sadly they did not recognize is as such.
      Today, amid our trails and worries, we, too, can have hope, because we have something better than a boat. We have Jesus and the promise of eternal life IN Him!
     Jesus, left all behind in Haven, to come down to this earth, as a helpless babe, born of woman, just as
Y O U  and I, living a perfect life, without a sin, only to become sin for all, for all time, thus died with OUR sins, but resurrected that beautiful Sunday morn, to show us that the Father raised Him, so also He can raise us. So whether we die a calm, and peaceful death, at old age, in the presence of loved ones, or in car crash, or at the hands of fanatics, or in an earthquake, or however we meet our end, if we are in Jesus, then He is in us, and all those shall "Sleep in christ', resting in the grave until at the 7th Trump (et call)  He calls us to wake up and be with Him and the Father, for ever. Then we shall have life without hurt, pains or worry}.....

      John 10:25-28  "Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my                                  Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep,                   as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give                 unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
{Note: Many do not understand, that God's promises, that are for the good, are CONDITIONAL, upon our faith/trust in Christ, will, with our total surrender, to His will in loving obedience. Why would any want to surrender? That goes against our grain, right, but remember Love conquers all and....

   1 John 4:8  "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."
{Note: God loves us all, each and everyone one of us, so much so, that He'll even give them what they want,  "to have nothing to do with Him.... but they know not, that God is life, thus without Him, and HIS Breath of Life  we perish. read Genesis 2:7 with understanding.]

     So, Hollywood's Noah, the movie which owes very little to the Bible's narrative, but still doesn't change one fact it presents: 'we all live in a very scary world. Within which we find no hope in any boat, but in Jesus and what He promises us, IF we are but willing!

      ARE Y O U ready to be willing?

FLOOD ACCOUNTS:
    The story of a great flood is not unique to the Bible. Several ancient cultures had similar stories.

The Epic of Gilgamesh. Dating back to 2,000 B.C., in one of the airiest surviving works of literature. The He, Gilgamesh, meets Utnapishtim, who tells his how the the god Ea warned him that a flood will be sent by the gods to punish and destroy the world. Ea instructs Utnapishtim to build a huge vessel that saves Utnapishtim, his family friends and some animals. Utnapishtim and his wife are later granted immortality.
[Note: the Bible's info has the flood beginning in 2348, a year after the death of Methuselah.]

Matsya Purana: is one of the oldest Hindu scriptures, dating back to 250-500 A.D. [Christ died in A.D.32.]  The deity Matsya forewarns the human Manu about an impending catastrophic flood and orders him to collect all living animals and the grains of the world in a boat. Manu survives by boarding the ark, which Matsya pulls to safety.

Maasai myth: The Maasaia are a native group in today's Kenya and Tanzania. According to this flood rendering, once upon a time the rivers began to flood. A god told two people to get a ship and take lots of seeds and animals with them. The flood eventually covered the mountains. When it stopped, one of the men set a dove free, but it returned. Later he let go a hawk, and it did not return. Then the people left the boat and took the animals and the seeds with them.

{note:but these three stories, handed down through time, are but three of many such stories all around the earth's peoples. Most such, as the "Educated Elite"  like to call them myths, without a bases for fact. Yet most are founded upon truth, even if it's only a small portion of the whole story.

NEXT: How to Overcome addictions. by Marvin Moore-editor of the  Signs of the Times, Aug. 2014 issue.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

OUR AMAZING WORLD. from Truth Matters "Sings of the Times Magazine /'13.


        AUSTRALIA'S GREAT BARRIER REEF. . . .

       IS  home to an amazing array of marvelous creatures. One of these life-forms is the giant clam, and it has an interesting, mutually beneficial relationship with the tiny , one celled algae called Symbiodinium. The clam-- which is really a giant sized at four feet long and up to five hundred pounds--sits on the ocean floor with its two shells spread apart and its fleshy mantle exposes to the sunlight. The algal cells live within the cells of the clam's mantle, where they produce food by photosynthesis. A single clam may have millions or even billions of algal cells in its tissues. The algae obtain nutrients from the clam, and the clam get part of its nutrients from the food produced by the algae. This is a king of cooperative relationship in which each partner benefits the other. Together, the giant clam and its algae can  live together for up to one hundred years.

      Cooperative relationship[s] are common among living organisms. [ ( J.B.)SYMBIOSIS is the term, Evolution Theory can not account for any such relationships with total scientific honesty, but then that's NOT their goal is it?  Their goal, is to try. . .try to explain creation without a Creator right? Is that not just as Satan wants? He's NOT going to heaven, and he wants no others there either!]
      Some like the giant clam and the tiny algae are very specific. In the big picture, all living organisms interact in ways that mutually beneficial. Plants capture energy from sunlight and use it to convert water a nd carbon dioxide into food.Oxygen is released by plants as a by-product. This process is fan ongoing one that benefits all life.
[Please note: all who glamour; REDUCE CARBON FOOT PRINT, take note that without this carbon there's be no plants of any kind. Thus no food for any life-forms, including. . . .us. . . .
humans! Carbon monoxide is a poison gas that can kill all life, that takes it in.]
     A crow sized bird known as the Shearwater is another creature that may be spotted along the Great Barrier Reef, at certain times of the year. Shearwaters, spend their entire lives at sea, except for when they are breeding. When breading, they nest in burrows that they dig for themselves.
    Shearwaters are marvelous navigators. They wander freely over the oceans without losing their way. They leave their nesting burrows before dawn and return to them after dark, which means that must be able to find the exact location, not just the island, but their burrow on the island... in the dark. Scientists are not sure exactly how they can do that!
     During the day, shearwaters fly over the ocean feeding on small fish and squid near the surface of the ocean. The amazing ability of these birds to navigate was tested by an experiment in great Britain using Manx shearwaters from Great Briton to Boston, in the United States, and a second group to Venice, Italy. Both groups groups of birds returned to their nesting burrows in great Briton within two weeks. Shearwaters do not normally fly over land at all, so it is even more impressive that they could find their way home.
     Of course, living creatures must have exactly the right combination of environmental conditions to survive. These factors include a suitable source of energy (such as sunlight, or on the ocean's floor, temperature and chemical energies) , raw materials for constructing cells and tissues (nutrients), a suitable medium in which the chemistry of life can occur (water) and a suitable temperature for the necessary chemical reaction. As far as we know, no other place in the universe has the right combinations of these features to support living organisms (although some possibilities have recently been discovered-- which should be very interesting!)
    As we all know, sunlight provides the energy for living organisms. A few bacteria get their energy from chemical reactions deep in the sea, but these are the exceptions. Sunlight is such a common , ordinary feature of our daily lives, that it's easy to forget how special it really is.
    Light is a form of energy known as Electromagnetic radiation. The strength of this kind of energy varies greatly. Some types, such as Gamma Rays, are so powerful that they easily destroy life. Other types, such as radio waves, are so weak that they could not provide the energy needed for life. {In  fact if one is standing near an radio transmitter's antenna, while it's broadcasting, they'd suffer serious radiation burns, as very bad sun-burn.)  Visible Light, the light we can see  {Sorry , we can't see the "LIGHT" ITSELF, BUT ONLY THAT WHICH IS REFLECTED FROM OBJECTS}This energy is strong enough to trigger some chemical reactions but not so strong as to tear apart molecules that make up the living bodies, of organisms, The fact that our sun produces that kind of light is one of the most important reason why life can survive and thrive here. Most stars, and our Sun is s small star, in our universe don't provide the right amount of energy to support life, as we know it. That makes our world and our Sun very special.

    OUR SUN, not only produces light to provide the energy for living things need, it also produces the right amount of heat for life on earth. [Remember space temps are 485 degrees below Zero, when not in sunlight] The temperature of the earth is determined by the heat output from the sun, the distance from the sun to earth and the ability of earth to hold on to the heat. If earth were father from the sun, it would be too cold. If closer to the sun it would be too hot..Carbon Dioxide and water vapor in our atmosphere help hold in the heat from the sun and maintain a suitable temperature range.
     If our atmosphere had too much of these gases our world would be too hot. If it did not have any of these gases our earth would be too cold. Our favorable temperatures are also maintained by the speed at which earth rotates on its axis, and by the way the continents and oceans are distributed across the surface of the earth , are a great contributor to temperature normalization.

    The survival of life on our planet depends on the right interaction between the earth, its atmosphere, the output of the sun and the distance between the earth and the sun. If one of these factors were to change dramatically, life on our world could easily become extinct.

   Life also requires a source of raw materials and a way for them to react chemically.[(j.b.) Which is, one of the the reasons for God's  Lake of Fire in Revelation 19 and 20, to remove all traces of previous human activity and burn up all of the human pollution buried within earth. As this earth runs out of raw materials] 
      Isaiah 51:6 " Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens                           shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they                           that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my                          righteousness shall not be abolished."
      
..      [All who accept Christ fully, in full faith and trust, are "washed" in His blood, and covered by His righteousness.....]
         1 Corinthians 6:9-11   "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be                                                    not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,                                 nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

     Life, as we know it, also requires water, to react with the raw chemicals. So far, we have them in the right combinations, but water is not equally distributed, yet it is one of earth's most abundant resource. If on other worlds, there is not a stable and standing water supply as lakes and oceans, then there's no point or much reason for us to look for life, again as we know it.[ (.J.B.) Yes in the world of science theory, or should we say fiction? If you have seen some ideas floated out there on the so-called "Learning channels", most of us would have to ask, "What were these people smoking "? Human imaginations running wild!]

     Bodies of water, ponds, lakes seas and oceans are all temperature moderators, which is why coastal regions have milder summer and winter temperatures than inland. But it also has another very important feature, when its frozen it floats, so water freezes from the top down, allowing marine life to live. Now if it froze from the bottom up, there would be no life in any waters that is subject to freezing.

     So far, our earth, is the only know planet with life, and life abundantly, because it is well designed and thought out, with all in the right conditions for life. The careful combinations of light, water, and all the elements suggests, to any thinking being, that there must have been a Creator. A Creator who intended that this world would be an interesting place and beautiful place for humans and all other live forms.

          Isaiah 45:18  "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth                               and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I                           am the LORD; and there is none else."

   Please know this single fact:" Any one's acceptance, or rejection, does not alter one iota of God's truth!"
Yet it is my Hope and Prayer, that all do accept His truth, His Light!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A DESIGNED UNIVERSE. from "TRUTH MATTERS" SIGN of the TIMES Mag.


   [ (J.B.) Most of today's scientists will tell you, the universe began, billions and billions of years ago, from a super dense, pin-point of 'stuff', that just exploded, to become what the entire Cosmos!
     Now, as there were no humans. . . . mankind. . . . was NOT there to witness this beginning, the above MUST be put UNDER THE ASSUMPTIONS  heading, right?

     Genesis 1:1  "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

     Now me being but a simple man, can Y O U tell me the difference between human science theory, and what the God caused to be written in His Book?

   There is one difference, man begins his idea with a super-dense, pin-point "Something", that exploded, right?   Where did this pin-point material come from?

 God made/created the universe and all that is in it, from?  Nothing!....

     
          Colossians 1:16 " For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,                                     visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,                                     or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:"

                A Designed Universe?

    WE can get some clues about the origin of the universe by studying what the universe is like today. The orderly structure and precise properties of the universe, for instance, are important clues to its origin. Matter is not scattered around randomly in the universe but is mostly clumped into stars, planets and other objects. Plus Galaxies are often clumped into galactic clusters and super-clusters.
      Most amazing of all, the universe has exactly the kinds of properties needed for life, [as we know it-- J.B.] to exist. How do we explain this kind of order in the universe? {J.B. that began with a huge explosion?]  There seems to be three possible answers: Natural Law, Random chance, and intelligent design. Let's look at each of these as potential causes for the order in the universe.

              NATURAL LAW.

      Is it natural for the universe to have such a specific structure?  NO, there is no law that says the universe must be arranged so that it will form into planets, galaxies and clusters. It could just as easily be made up of clouds of dust. Scientifically, the Second Law of Thermodynamics tells us that order breaks down over time. That means the universe was more orderly in the past than it is now. Tracing this idea back to the beginning of the universe means that the universe must have been created with extremely precise original conditions.

     
              Psalms 33:6-10  "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them               by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect."

     So the order of the universe cannot be the result of some natural law that requires it. that leaves the question of whether the order in the universe is just the result of some lucky chance or the product of an intelligent creator.

                CHANCE.

      
      If life is going to exist, then the properties of the universe have to be very precise--very specific. {[J.B. for life as we know it] For example, if the universe expanded to rapidly, matter would spread [or even tear] apart to quickly to form galaxies, and there would be no planets. On the other hand, if the universe expanded too slowly, matter would a;; clump into one giant lump, and there would still be no planets. Either way, life would not be possible.
     The expansion rate of the universe must be so precisely fixed that a difference of one part in 10 to the
54th power (the number 10 followed by 54 zeros) would throw it off. The chances of that happening are less than the chances of winning the lottery five times in a row, would Y O U believe THAT was only by chance? Neither would anyone else! Clearly chance is not a good explanation for the precise conditions in the big band.

            INTELLIGENT DESIGN.

    
      More than anything else, it's the orderly structure of the universe that suggests that the universe was intelligently and purposefully planned. Scientists have determined that the universe has many finely tuned properties-- exactly the ones required in order for life to exist [and even flourish, on earth] . For example, life requires molecules to construct bodies, carry energy, and provide nutrients. But molecules could not exist unless there was an extremely precise balance among the masses of various atomic particles and the forces holding then together. Many scientists have commented on the precisely tuned features of our universe, and suggested that they appear to be the result of intelligent planning.
      Neither natural law nor chance provides a satisfactory explanation for the exquisite design of the universe. The best explanation--- the one that fits what we see in our universe--- is that it was intentionally created by One with unlimited power and intelligence.

        Colossians 1:17  "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
consist:  Sunistao [soon-si-tah'-o] set together- make- stand- to exhibit.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The DAY the UNIVERSE Changed Forever."Sign of the Times" magazine 2013.

  In 1609, a man named Galileo Galiliei was living in Italy in a university town called Padua, when news came that inventors in the Netherlands had created a device that object appear closer than they were. Galileo skeptical that such a thing was possible, but he soon learned how the device worked, and made a better one himself. Galileo's spy glass made things seem nine times closer and could be used for military and commercial purposes. He continued tinkering with this invention, and before long , he has a twenty-power telescope.
      When Galileo pointed his new invention at the moon, he was surprised to discover that the sky around the moon was filled with stars-- stars no one has ever seen before. The "Milky
Way," was well known, bit it was thought to be a cloud of gas or dust particles. Of course, the Milky Way is really a large number of stars that are too faint and close together for the eye to see clearly. For the first time, Galileo. could see that there were far more than just the 1,200 stars the ancient Greek had counted.
    Ge was surprised, again, a few weeks latter. While looking at the planet Jupiter through his telescope, he discovered small "stars" that seemed to stay close to Jupiter. Surprisingly, these "stars" first appeared on one side of Jupiter, then disappeared, and then reappeared on the other side, of Jupiter. Later, they disappeared again and reappeared on the other side. Galileo realized that they were orbiting Jupiter like our moon orbits the earth. Galileo saws three of them at first, then a fourth. today we know there are sixty-seven moons circling Jupiter.

     This discovery that moons circled something else besides earth supported an idea that astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, had suggested: The earth is not the center of the universe.  [ note J.B. Galileo also supported this and nearly caused his death, at the hands of the kings of the church]  A scientific revolution was underway, a revolution that still affects us today!

             SO MANY GALAXIES! SO MANY STARS!    

       SO what have we learned?
  We have learned that the universe is much larger and more complex than we could ever imagine.! Let's see if we can wrap our minds around some of the numbers, shall we?
   Have you ever looked up to see the constellation Orion the Hunter {in the western sky] in late fall and winter? Betelgeuse, on Orion's top=left shoulder, is so big that if that star was in our Solar system instead of the Sun, it wouldn't fit into the big orbit the earth makes when it circles the sun from ninety- three million miles away. It wouldn't even fit inside the orbit of Jupiter and that's 484 million miles from the sun!

    Peering even deeper into space, astronomers focused the Hubble space Telescope on a seemingly empty patch of the night sky. Empty no visible stars, galaxies, or anything. They focused on a spot for eleven days, then examined carefully the photographs. In this spot, a little spot about 3 % of the size of a full moon, they found more than 10,000 galaxies, not just stars, but entire galaxies each with billions of stars.

     Think about this in this way, the next time you are on a beach, put up a hand full of sand. If estimates are right, there are more stars in the Cosmos than there are grains of sand on all of earth's beaches. What we see now are only just one hand-full!
      The wonders of the universe are beyond human imagination. We haven't even mentioned nebulae, quasars, black holes, or any of the many other fascinating objects, in our universe. Can it really all have come into existence accidentally?

A UNIVERSE OF ENERGY.

      Before we address that question, it's important to  understand that the universe contains an unimaginable amount of matter and energy, We think of the universe as being made of stars, but it also contains many things we cannot see. As we learned earlier, we do not know exactly how many stars there are in the universe. But if the 200 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy are about the average, and there are at least 175 Billion galaxies, then there must be at least 350 billion-trillion stars. 
      And the visible stars may form only about one-tenth of the mass of the universe. The rest is in  the form of "Dark Matter", which includes objects too small or too faint for us to detect. It also includes the black holes, which are so massive that even light cannot escape their gravitational field. All this matter contains an enormous amount of energy.
      The  energy of the universe is also beyond our ability to comprehend. Each star shines brightly because it produces so much heat from the friction of atoms rubbing together that it glows. Our own Star, -  the Sun-- has a temperature of more than fifteen million degrees Kelvin. This huge amount of energy is enough to provide heat to warm our planet and light, which  allows plants  to grow and produce our food. Remember our sun is not a large nor hot star compared to most others. The total amount of energy in the universe is far beyond our ability to measure or even imagine.
    The size of the universe and the vast energy is contains, naturally lead us to one question: "Where did it all come from"?


A BEGINNING FOR THE UNIVERSE.

     IMAGINE  you holding a balloon in your hands. now take a pen and mark spots one inch apart on this balloon. When you hold the balloon to your lips and fill it with air, what happens to the distance between the spots? As the material of the balloon between the spots expands, all the spots move father apart from each other, right?
     Scientists have discovered that something similar is happening to the stars. They are all moving apart from one another. Apparently, the universe is expanding, like a balloon expands with air.

NOTE: (J.B.) There were those, who during the 1950--60's held the view, that central gravity will pull every particle back to it self, and then when the pressure gets too great, another "Big Bang" like a YO-YO universe, and every thing will some-how begin all over again, and again!

      If the universe is expanding, it must have been smaller in the past. The further we look into the past the smaller the universe would be. If we could look back far enough, the universe would have shrunken down too small to see, then to an invisible point. This would be the beginning of the universe. From that invisible point, the entire universe has grown to its present size. Based on this reasoning, scientists began to believe that universe had a beginning.
      Modern scientists were divided at first on this idea. One astronomer, Sir Fred Hoyle, was so apposed to this idea that he mockingly referred to it as the "big Bang." The name caught on, and  we still refer to the theory as the big bang theory. Further studies and discoveries seemed to support the big band theory, and most scientists now accept it.

      HOWEVER, the big bang theory raises some very big questions. What would cause the universe to appear from a tiny point, or from. . .well. . nothing? Could this happen accidentally? Or is there something or someone behind the creation of our universe?

Please answer, the last three of these questions, to YOUR satisfaction, OK?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

KILLING WORDS..."THE CRIME THAT CANNOT BE SPOKEN!"

  I OWE MANY THANKS TO LIBERTY MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2013 ISSUE, AND THE AUTHOR DWAYNE LESLIE.

           IMAGINE,......being hung upside down by your feet.                                                                       Electric wires are tied around your ankles and you are threatened repeatedly with electrocution. In addition to this, you are repeatedly pulled from your prison cell so that police can beat your viciously.
            WHY?
       Because someone accused you of making inflammatory statements about their God they call Allah!

      Even though your accuser later recanted his allegations, you were still "TRIED", for the crime of blasphemy, convicted, and then sentenced to life imprisonment.  NOW PLEASE THINK ABOUT THAT, think of YOU spending the rest of your natural life in prison, for the crime of, 'Speaking your mind'!

      It's absolutely incomprehensible, is it not?  Especially for those of us privileged to live in America, where we, far too often, take our First Amendments-guaranteed fright to free-speech and freedom of religion for granted.
      AS an American, Y O U can be excused for asking how someone could be imprisoned---or worse--- just for something he or she has said or written.
     
      For anyone who is unfamiliar with the term blasphemy essentially means showing disagreement or contempt for a deity.[ {j.b.) including the commonly held ideals of and or for a deity, by a people or nation or faith]. While you'd likely offend a number of people by engaging in blasphemy, your right to do so in the U.S. is nevertheless protected by the previously mentioned First Amendment.

    Yet if far too many countries, even one would be too many, blasphemy is illegal.[ {(j.b.) Who remembers the uproar over the Mohammed cartoon by S. Rushdie, and the FATWA, kill on sight order, issued by many Imams?] In many of those countries being hauled off to jail for expressing a minority view about religion is a shockingly common occurrence. And the level of n"Proof" for such a crime can be astonishingly low.
    In the U. S. there's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In too many other nations, when it comes to blasphemy , there's guilt based on no more then if you are a member of a religious minority... such as a christian in Pakistan, or any other Muslim Nation!

     Recently, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom ( USCIRF) released a report detailing Pakistan's history of violence against religious freedom. The findings are deeply troubling... in just the past 18 months, the UASIRF documented 203 incidents of violence in the name of religion, resulting in some 1,800 casualties, and more that 700 deaths.

    A recent case, involved a Seventh day Adventist {j.b. in full disclose this site project this faith's doctrines) man named Sajjad Masih. The opening illustration was actually his experience, recounted to us by his lawyer (although the alleged insults involved the prophet Mohammed) Sajjad was accused of blasphemy by authorities in Pakistan-- despite the accuser both recanting his testimony and stating that the POLICE forced him to level the allegation in the first place!!!!  Sajjad Masih was convicted of blasphemy and was sentenced to life in prison. There remains ZERO evidence supporting the charges.  These are greatly disturbing items, but not the most so.

      Blasphemy laws themselves are the key issue. NO matter what god the Majority chooses to worship, the making of dissent by minority faiths, a  criminal offense is a terrible idea, FOR ALL KINDS OF REASONS.

    To suggest that ONE's god is happy to have Y O U worship  him under coercion, of death , torture and or life imprisonment, ...is beyond human folly!  [(j.b.) and should be beyond SANE human understanding!]

    While Sajjad Masih is a deeply troubling and current example of abusive enforcement of blasphemy laws in Pakistan, it is not an isolated incident. Dwayne Leslie goes on to document 4 other cases, of the same extreme actions, that by my words, O N L Y parallel the actions we expect only from Satan and his crew ! Or is this the actual reason behind all of this?


   John 15:18  "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."

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