Posts Tagged ‘Sin’

Ps 28: 7 The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

I recently wondered why certain temptation would always seem to dog me when others were simply ignored.  I came to realise that they were there so I could overcome it.  The Battle is not to defeat us but train us to be stronger.  It is only as we train that we become skilled.  By being skilled come to an even greater realisation of the graciousness of our Lord. 

Rom 8: 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

We can know this verse by heart and never fully understand the fullness of what it means.  In many ways we never stop learning and there is always a deeper depth in which God wants us to know.

Rom 7: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Even the great apostle cried out who will save me from this body of death and the new nature that battles with the realities of sin in our flesh.   We are never told what Paul battled with and many ways it does not matter.   What matter was that he came to the right answer in the end?  In such trials we are prone to try and buckle up.  Try harder and pull ourselves up with our own shoe laces.  Otherwise by our own strengths and usually we fail.   The secret is the victory is not ours but Christ.  In that we learn to trust him more.  He is the resource that we don’t have within ourselves.  In the Battle we come to realise God is our strength and our security. 

Satan’s trick is to provoke us into trusting in our own resources.  To try and defend ourselves using our own wisdom and strength, knowing full well that this is most often a recipe for disaster.  He stands on the side lines and whispers with much laughter come on try harder.  until finally we fall and crash exhausted and broken.  But in that brokeness comes that quiet assurance my strength is in the lord. 

Rom 7: 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin

Victory came when in his own strength he surrendered and began to trust in the one who alone had the strength to cry out it is finished.

Rom 8: 1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

We can read these verses a hundred times and still not come to the realisation of the victory.  It is not until in the midst of the storms and the crashing waves we finally  throw up our arms in defeat and cry out LORD SAVE US , then the true realisation comes.  Then comes the realisation that our resources may be sparse but his is infinite.     We are weak but he is always strong.

2 tim 1: 12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day

I hope like Paul we become fully persuaded that we can trust ourselves fully to his cause.  To be able to fully shout with great joy that our victory was in trusting not in ourselves but to draw upon Gods infinite resource.    He is our shield that will quench every poisonous dark .  His word is the sword we use.  All we have need he has provided.  In the end our calling is to be overcomers.

The Battle is the Lords

Theories have obvious consequences.  For many they may hold to such theories for a variety of reasons.  Not always necessarily bad.  But the trouble is that theories in themselves do not make for truth.  In the case with the fallen angels  (Genesis 6) people have to add in what is not there.  Angels which are spirit have to materialise physically.  Marry carry on physical relationships, and have the ability to have children.  That means having the ability to conceive with the right equipment.  That included having the right sperm to fertilise a woman.  As Angels false or otherwise don’t have sperm let alone were created to reproduce it makes for an impossible situation.  The obvious response to this difficulty is the excuse that these angels exercised free will, or broke the rules somehow.    The classic answer becomes a general fit me all plaster to slap on when they cannot answer the question. 

Creation  cannot become something other than what they were created to be.   Angels even in their fallen state of anarchy and rebellion must still adhere to how they were created.  It is not a matter of breaking some sort of speeding law, but breaking Gods creative authority.  That means becoming gods themselves in order to do so.  Which is highly unlikely?   As a child gets something from both parents genes  in their make up   you would have to expect an angel to pass something of his genes to his child.  Is there anything that says these children were born with some physical likeness of their dad?  Could they fly , soar like some eagle.  Materialise and disappear into the spirit world at a moments notice?

Giants you say.  unfortunately  we are told  that  these giants were already in existence when the sons of God went unto the daughters of men.  How can you have children already existing before their parent met?  Clearly they were someone’s child, maybe not the child of these parents.  To further complicate things we are even told what the children of such unions resulted in (Genesis 6: 4) and they were not giants.  “the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown.”  You mean there was not a wing among them?  Not even an angelic likeness.  Not one that had the characteristics of their father?  Nothing to show of a previous fallen state of a parent?  You  have to have the ability to pass on your genes, can a spirit even have genes to pass on to their children?  Even the ability to appear in a physical form does not mean they had genes to pass on.

All we know of these children is a reputation for being strong brave and valiant.  The word mighty is used throughout the Old Testament and is used in both a positive and negative sense.  Which makes it difficulty to be precise, so lets for the sake of argument say in a bad sense.  Did it give them anything which is not found elsewhere in scripture?  The answer is NO!!  Which is not what you would expect if such a condition did exist.

To take such a jump from point A to point Z is not just a long way but an astronomical jump of fictionalization.  It must also go against everything which God himself says cannot happen.  It must ignore any valid argument in which shows the obvious error in the theory.  Now unless they can prove that angels can ignore God, recreate themselves in a way that will work and bridge the boundaries which God lays down, there is no valid theory here. 

This is simply the first hurdle which proponents have to jump, and personally an impossible one. 

Now if we simply stayed at Genesis and what took part before the flood there probably be no real argument, however the Genesis account has further ramifications which took place after the flood.  You then have to create an even greater leap of fictionalization by theorising a new rebellion.  This posses another problem as the first lot got  locked up.  You have to either create a new rebellion or have the first lot escape from their imprisonment.  So this theory forces those who hold to it to keep improvising and extend their theories beyond scripture.  Can that which God has locked up really be unlocked by his own creation?  If not then we would have to have further rebellion.  Again the plaster of conveyance is added.  Angels have FREE WILL and can do whatever they like.    So a theory of consecutive rebellions which scripture itself makes no mention must continue to take place.   Now all this happens under the watchful eye of God who appears to stand by while his creation is messed with, ignored the obvious supposed results.  Then proceeds to blame the victims of what many call a hybridisation experiment.  Another fit me plaster.     As they know that such fallen angels are not lining the church Isles to be married today, they have to change the end result to some sort of Frankenstein experiment.  For what reason a hybrid human whose genes have been spliced with a cow.  What would it give them that the original fall did not already achieve?  Can man be any more alienated from God than he is already?  To take possession of a human host, demons can do that already.   To gain wisdom?  Such knowledge so-called  is already being projected to people by direct contact with so-called spirit guides who think there speaking to aliens from some distant universe.     A world influenced by satan ?  He had that already as the god of this world.  The spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.  So inevitably we have a theory that goes no where, has no possible reason to exist and no purpose that anyone can logically see.   What is probably the most disturbing aspect of this theory is that satan and his rebellious lot are given even greater glory for their initiative at the expense of God himself.  God is sadly portrayed as  dithering , who then takes his anger out against the victims of such vile molestation.    

Man sins because he is a sinner.  His nature is to disobey God.  His will when presented with a moral  choice will obey what serves his own purposes best, rightly or wrongly.   He is the product of ADAMS sin.   Notice that I say ADAMS nature, not the result of angelic nature.   Jesus only by becoming the second Adam made a way to redeem man.  He did not come to deal with angelic interference. 

Heb 2: 16-17  For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

The ramification that if man was recreated in the nature and image of an angel,  then Christ work is seriously undermined.  Scripture would itself be challenged.  Jesus was made like unto his brethren human and physical.  No where does it say the nature of an angel.  If anything it shows clearly that man has always been what Adam his first parent was, human in every way.   If we were to argue that this only applies to some, rather than all.  What would the consequences be?  It would place such individuals and all in their lineage outside of the pale of Gods grace.  Jesus only came to save those of Adams descent, not angelic decent.  This poses major consequences which few who hold to this theory even realise.

 Man is alienated from the life of God and therefore does not know God.   Man has a moral responsibility to obey God.  But the moment you take that choice out of his hand and says that his nature is the responsibility of someone else.  His will is the result of some experiment.  The choices he makes are not really the result of free will, but of a preconditioned genetic experiment, you have technically absolved and excused his moral actions.  He is then seen as the victim, not of his own actions but of a foreign agent.  The moment we arrive at that conclusion all sort of alarms should sound.  Can Gods justice be seen as Justice if man is nothing more than a victim?  So God himself is placed in the dock .  That can only come from one direction the accuser of the brethren who would think of nothing by establishing a theory that attacks the Nature and Justice of God, especially when those who hold to such a theory have not taken the time to realise where it is taking them. 

John 3: 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil

Sin is like a diamond

There are things in our lives that we will cherish, worship and desire.  When we get bored, tired or restless we will take this diamond out and hold it up.  We love it, cherish it and even in some cases die for it.    We protect it both mentally and physically.  We would rather live in the dark with it, than come out in the light and loose it.   We look upon this diamond and see its wondrous beauty.  Look at how it lights up our lives.  See how it reflects in our minds and how we are comforted by its shape.  We hold it so close to us as if life itself had no meaning without it.  Its mine and I must keep it.  We play with it and roll it around in our minds.  What wonder of wonders is this. 

Yet it takes God years to wake us up to the simply reality that it’s a dirty worthless rock and its only worth is to be chucked.  Sin is like that rock.  It takes God sometimes years to separate us from it and to reveal its worthlessness in all its gory smelly detail.    For many there is not just one rock that we cherish as a diamond, we might even have a bag of them.  If we are truly honest with ourselves the basic truth is that we love our sins.  We protect them as if there diamonds.  But all they are all worthless habits.    Sometimes God is the only one that can reveal that what we thought was a diamond of value is a sinful habit that is worthless. 

The true diamond is Jesus, and he alone is the real value that men should run after.  Love and protect.  He alone is the only real source of our joy.  Better to live in the light with Jesus than live in the dark without him.

John 1: 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not

1 John 1: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

This diamond is guaranteed to expose all other diamonds for what they are.

Pro 14: 34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but  sin [is] a reproach to any people

Letter from a devil

Prov 10: 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death

 Prov 5: 4 For thou [art] not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee

 Hosea 10: 13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: Prov 10: 13 because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.

 Prov 11: 5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

 

Wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death

 Police have published a letter, written by a burglar, which mocks the victim of the crime and describes them as “dumb”.

The burglar, who was 16-years-old when the crime was committed, was told to write a letter of apology after being sentenced to a 12 month Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Plan.

However, the teenager took a different view.

In a letter riddled with spelling mistakes the thief told the victim:

“To be honest I’m not bothered or sorry about the fact that I burgled your house. Basically it was your fault anyways.”

The burglar also took the opportunity to point out the “dumb mistakes” which led the victim’s property to be selected.

The letter states: “Firstly, you didn’t draw your curtains which most people now to do before they go to sleep.

“Secondly your dumb you live in Stainburns a high risk burglary area and your thick enough to leave your downstairs kitchen window open. I wouldnt do that in a million years.”

West Yorkshire police have released the note to warn homeowners about securing their property.

Officers want people to follow the advice of the young criminal in an attempt to cut the number of burglaries.

Chief Inspector Melanie Jones, from West Yorkshire Police , said: “The contents of the letter are disgusting but it does highlight the cold and dispassionate way burglars select a property to target.”

The letter concludes with a final insult from the thief: “But anyways I dont feel sorry for you and Im not going to show any sympath or remores. Yours sincerely.”

Thankfully the letter in question was never passed onto the victims.  The letter however does show the clear lack of remorse or guilt over what he did.  Today we are seeing a growing callousness by criminals towards their victims

John 3: 19-20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should

The fundamental flaw is that we love our sin, and few are willing to accept personal responsibility for it.  Its always the other mans fault.  Adam and Eve took the same course of action. Adam  blamed  Eve and Eve blamed the snake and the snake had nothing to stand on. 

When a nation forgets their God, that nation will be given over to their wickedness.   That nation cannot be blessed.  However when a nation holds up the principles of scripture Gods blessing follows

 For too long the nations have been spoon fed that God does not exist, there is no personal responsibility, let alone accountability.  We have all evolved from some primeval ooze or some primeval animal.  So when we act like animals we are simply being true to our base nature.  NO GOD and NO JUDGEMENT.  But the reality is that there is a God and there is a judgement to come.  Until we get back to the proclaiming a morality that shuns wickedness,  A Gospel that demands repentance,  Salvation that comes only from one place and by one man Christ Jesus.  The future is very bleak indeed for  a nation  who have chosen to reject the light of Gods word.   

Until holiness, purity and true justice becomes central to our way of life there can be no hope of a change.  

 let us pray that the LOVE of who God is becomes a growing reality.   That the Love we hold for  our God will become infectious, and proclaim that what man made laws could not change the saving power of God can.

A man is out swimming one day and he suddenly finds that there are currents stronger than he has.  They begin to pull him under.  He believes in his ability, his strength and his tenacity, but the currents are stronger.  He  refuses to acknowledge that he is in reality helpless against the flow.  Bit by bit the currents pull at him and bit by bit he is dragged to his death.  What should a person do in such circumstances?   In many beaches in Australia
rip tides exist not far from the beach.  life guards watch the sea shores closely for signs of distress.  Often an outstretched arm is a signal that someone is in distress.  What does it take to lift ones hand and cry for help?  It takes humility and recognition that  you are in difficulty, and  in such circumstances  there is the realisation of a need of a saviour
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 THE MORAL GOD

 Now we love to depict GOD as a God of LOVE and so he is, but God is also a God of righteousness.  His justice requires that man be perfect in all his ways.  As you can see man is not perfect in all his ways.

 A criminal is brought before a judge; he has done many heinous crimes.  People gasp as his criminal record is read out.  The judge must prosecute the man for that is his job even if the criminal was his brother, the law must run its course.  Even though the Judge has a love for his brother, the law demands justice.  The punishment is death.  Now if our Law courts demand Justice, how much more are the demands of a holy and righteous God?

UNTIL WE UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF SIN, WE NEVER COME TO APPRECIATE ITS AWFUL CONSEQUENCES.

 THE GREAT BALANCING ACT

 Most religions believe that by good works God will look favourable on them.  So they hope that at the end of their lives there is this unseen balance where God balances their good deeds against their bad deeds, with their good deeds coming out on top.  Just as this swimmer hopes his strength will see him to safety, many trust in their own deeds to make it.

Pride will stop a man realising his own need of a saviour, and keep him from recognising his failure to live up to Gods standards.  Justice demands that sin must be punished not according to man standards but according to Gods standards.

 Pride says God must recognise my efforts and those efforts must weigh in my favour.  God says not if you cannot keep all the laws I commanded. 

Pride Ignores Gods warning, but cannot state how much he must accomplish in order to secure him a place in heaven.  God however says you must keep every word and syllable he commands or you will never make it.

 MAN IS A BONDSERVANT TO HIS OWN SIN. 

 Pslam 51: 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

 Rom 7: 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

 Is 64: 6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 There was nothing wrong with Gods law; it was man who had the problem.

From the moment man is conceived he is being shaped by forces greater than himself.  Man is born with a nature that loves to go its own way.  Man is betrayed by his own sinful nature.  From mans point of view our  righteousness is something we boast about, but before God they are nothing more than defiled and worthless rags.

 Many will argue and debate that God will look favourable on them so long as they “try to do their best.  But “TRY” is just not good enough.

 Sin is nothing more than a downward current  which will sweep all that swims in its tides.

 Rom 6: 19-20  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

Rom 6: 23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There is another who also thought that his deeds or good works would be able to grasp him a prize

 Is 14: 13 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:

 Is 14; 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 Satan thought his works would achieve his goal, but he was sadly mistaken.  Man in his stinking pride will keep him from seeing his failures.  Pride will not allow a man to realise that his good works will not make
it.

 Rom 10: 2-4   For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.    For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Rom 6: 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

 There lies the failure of man; we have inherited a fallen nature.

 Rom 4: 3- 4 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt?

 There is something in pride that believes that I can by my own good deeds make it and God in turn must recognise those deeds and accept them.  Pride almost refuses to acknowledge that this reality is an allusion.  God on the other hand says OK but you must be able to obey ALL THE LAWS I GIVE. 

 Man was created perfect, holy righteous and perfect being, but wrong choices made in a moment had awful consequences for the rest of mankind.   Mans failure to keep all the laws was his own undoing.

Is 57: 15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones

ONLY IN OUR WILLINGNESS TO BOW THE KNEE IN HUMILITY WILL SEE THE ANSWER TO OUR DILEMA.

 When the swimmer who is being pulled down by the current comes to the point where he stops trying to do it his own way, and calls for help and surrenders himself to the life guard.  Only then will he see and receive the help he needs.  But that takes humility and the crushing of his pride.

 SUBSTITUTIONAL  ATONEMENT.

 If we go back to the Judge whose brother stands convicted in court.  The judge has a love for his brother, but he also has a responsibility to execute and fulfil the law.  However if the Judge decides that he would step down and willingly take the punishment which his brother so rightly deserves , then both justice and love is satisfied .  The judge gives his life to atone for another.

In the same way God has a vested interest in man whom he created.  He has both a love and a righteous requirement to make.  Sin must be punished, and yet he loves the sinner as well.  By becoming that substitutional atonement, Jesus takes our guilt and punishment so that we might go free.  Our sinful record is made clean.  Our lives are saved.  Unlike those who try to work their way to heaven and fail we can be assured because Jesus took what we could not pay.  The righteousness of another is played on our records, which instead of a guilty verdict now records a righteous verdict.

So whose righteousness would we like to see on our score card our OWN righteousness or Christs righteousness?  Our failure of Christs victory?

Rom 3: 22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Phil 3: 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith

 Now at this point the prideful will shriek  and state that the guilty is then freed to continue his life of crime , but you forget that the lifeguard does not save the person to continue in his circumstances but saves him from it.  So Jesus saves us from ourselves by imparting a new nature where we desire a new life free from sin.  We are no longer our own we are bought with a price and now we belong to the one who saves us.

 SO TO ANSWER THE  QUESTION: WHAT WILL MY PRIDE COST ME?

 Everything if you decide to keep it, but life if you choose to lose it.

We find ourselves sitting before the TV watching the news, and we see nations upon nation erupt in violence and blood shed.  Some have blamed it on Mossad the Israeli security, for others it’s the American government. For others the blame must be placed on Islamic militants. Even if some of these factions were involved it would be impossible to them to cause all that we are seeing. There is a greater force involved that knows that the time is near at hand.  They have an almost deep hatred for mankind.  They are the sworn enemies of all that is pure and righteousness.  They have a restless that the ages can never pacify, a restlessness born out of a rebellious nature. An unholy  turbulence and fermenting nature that knows no peace and receives no comfort.

Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Across the Middle East we see massive revolution among Islamic countries who seek to overthrow their Islamic masters.  They have risen up too over throw corrupt leadership that have dominated their lives for decades.  Little do they realise is that this revolution is to overthrow the very religion they desire to establish.  The demonic forces have no loyalty to any religion or faction; but will seek to dominate and receive the adulation of humans.  If it is through fear terror or even love they will use it. There are only two spirits at work in this world today, the spirit of lawlessness or the Holy Spirit and you will serve one or the other.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Satan’s temptation is for Jesus to exert his independence from the father.  Jesus was to be that perfect son.  The son Adam should have been had he not disobeyed. But if you look at the temptation for a moment. It was not that what he was being tempted with that was obviously evil, in fact Jesus was hungry and he had the ability to turn those stones into bread.

Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

But it was not his fathers will at that moment.  So it with these forces they seek to achieve an agenda that might not always seem evil, but at the heart will be a disobedience to what God has revealed through his word the Bible. As the Bible says obedience is better than sacrifice.  Satan wants disobedience even in the face of something that does not always appear evil.  The fruit of the tree of good and evil look good, it tasted good so how can it be an evil?  But in eating it brought consequences that went beyond the mere eating of a fruit.  It started with a rejection of Gods will and the usurping of Adam and Eves will.

Islam is a force because of the evil spirits that propagate.  But these same spirits are also working behind other religions that are in conflict with Islam.   There are spirits that are working out of sight and out of mind, but they are working within mankind to achieve a mission of rejection among what the Bible calls the children of disobedience.

Experiences have become the predominant influence today.  Everyone wants to have an experience and from them comes the belief that it will bolster their reality of god and his acceptance of them.  But experience is not the defining basis of truth, but the truth as outlined in the Bible. It is no wonder that truth is the first thing to be sacrificed in mans attempt to reach God.

A good friend once responded and said he wanted to put a human face on Moslems.  In reality he was right because we often forget that we battle not with flesh and blood but principalities and powers.  Even as Christians we can sometimes miss the plain reality that there are forces which work malignantly behind the scenes to propel mankind down a road that will led to destruction. These people are actual captives to these powers. I cannot underestimate the darkness, but also the reality they are not free do go beyond the boundaries which God has set.  God has established the sun and moon in their orbit, he says to the sea only so far and no more.  So these forces are confined.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

These spirits come to seduce the minds and persuade hearts to believe a message which at its heart is a lie.  To make choices which we think is our own, but is a rebellion against the truth.  How many preachers now desire and debate at a gospel that is no longer confined to a box.  The Box being the Bible. They boast that we need a new way of doing things, a more user friendly message that will bring people into a building.  They may even succeed but the lie will keep them in the dark.  They may fill the pews but they will damn those who sit under their ministries.

Rick Warren a Christian Pastor has now openly abandoned any claim to orthodoxy and pushes a new age occultism message.  Recently he has invited new age speakers to share his pulpit.  But sadly he is not alone in this abandonment.  Many pastors and ministers who were once regarded as orthodox have chosen to stand outside the box.  It is therefore not a mere coincidence that this deception has increased and so many no longer even preach the same message that once convicted and changed lives.  Men staggered in amazement when John Piper invited Rick Warren to speak at his conference.  Many saw in Piper a sound orthodoxy.  Yet the spirit of deception is being played out before our very eyes.  For those who do not have a love for the truth will inevitably come to reject it.

The cauldron

Now I am not saying that this prophecy is being fulfilled right now, but it does show what is happening even in part.

Rev 16: 13-14 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

However does anyone find it strange that most of what is happening at this present time is centred on the Middle East?  The world is becoming a cauldron with a fire being light under it.  Everything is being thrown into that bubbling fermenting pot.  All of which is preparing a world to be set up for the appearance of the man of sin.  One nation after another is failing financially.  Japan one of the richest countries could soon become one of the poorest.  The world is facing another nuclear crisis which could affect every continent.  Those political leaders who believe themselves to be puppet masters are themselves puppets to dark demonic forces.  What will happen when this cauldron is kicked over and the world pleads for a saviour to bring it back from the brink of anarchy and chaos?  What will happen when the world leaders finally throw up their arms in frustration and helplessness?  What we are seeing now is but preparation, for in this present chaos the world is being set up for a dictator of the darkest magnitude.

One of the most common assertions that we hear when a comparison between Islam and the Judaeo-Christian tradition is made is that both conventions essentially worship the same God. Allah, it is said, is merely another name for Jehovah, the God of the Bible. Such statements are often made by those who are attempting to bring these disparate religions together in the spirit of ecumenism. Likewise, the claim is also made by Muslims who seek to assuage Christian and Jewish opposition to Islam, often as a prelude to dawah, extending an “invitation” to accept Islam that usually comes at the end of Muslim attempts at proselytism. The superficial characteristic of monotheism is emphasized, while the vast differences between God and Allah are ignored. Vast differences there are indeed. As will be shown below, the characteristics of Allah and the God of the Bible are quite different. Further, the origin of Allah will be seen from WITHIN the pagan system of the ancient Near East, not as an outsider and opponent of that system who nevertheless was sometimes treated syncretistically by compromising followers (as was the case with Jehovah in the Hebrew scriptures), but instead as one who was integrally important to pagan beliefs during the long process that eventually led to his monotheization.

Differing Views of the Nature of the Deity

There are many differences between the attributes of God and Allah. First, there is the attribute of knowability, the idea that human beings may know God and enjoy a personal relationship with the Creator. God, as He is revealed in the Bible, allows Himself to be known and fellowshipped with on a personal basis by those who have trusted in Him through His Son Jesus Christ.

John 17:3 , “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

The Bible presents God as a Being who intimately reveals Himself to man, and who encourages us to learn of Him and enter into ever closer fellowship with Him.  The Bible presents a God who had a personal relationship with Abraham such that Abraham was called “The friend of God.” The God of the Bible wants for mankind to come to Him, be cleansed of their sins, and enjoy this close personal fellowship.

 “Draw nigh unto God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” (James 4:8)

Contrast this with the Islamic description of Allah as unknowable. Indeed, in Islam, it is considered blasphemous to “presume” that one can know Allah intimately or claim any sort of close, personal fellowship with him. This theological view developed early in Islam, and became an important feature of Islamic theology, being espoused by Muslim thinkers such as al-Ghazali. Shehadi summarizes the teachings of this Sufi theologian on this point,

“The end result of the knowledge of the `arifin [ed. note – a term denoting “the knowers”] is their inability to know Him, and their knowledge is, in truth, that they do not know Him and that it is absolutely impossible for them to know Him.”

This view is also understood among modern Islamic scholarship, where the statement of al-Faruqi is representative,

He [God] does not reveal Himself to anyone in any way. God reveals only His will. Remember one of the prophets asked God to reveal Himself and God told him, ‘No, it is not possible for Me to reveal Myself to anyone’….This is God’s will and that is all we have, and we have it in perfection in the Qur’an. But Islam does not equate the Qur’an with the nature or essence of God. It is the Word of God, the Commandment of God, the Will of God. But God does not reveal Himself to anyone. Christians talk about the revelation of God Himself – by God of God – but that is the great difference between Christianity and Islam. God is transcendent, and once you talk about self-revelation you have hierophancy and immanence, and then the transcendence of God is compromised. You may not have complete transcendence and self-revelation at the same time.”

Allah is considered by Muslims to be unknowable, transcendent, so exalted that he would never lower himself to treat with man on a personal level of friendship and fellowship. It is for this reason that Muslims consider Christian doctrines such as the incarnation and the vicarious atonement to be illogical and blasphemous – from the Muslim’s perspective, Allah would never take on the form or flesh of a human being, and certainly would never yield himself to die, however temporarily. Because the incarnation, vicarious atonement, personal salvation and other related doctrines in Christianity carry with them the necessity of immediate encounter with God by man, they are considered unacceptable in Islam, which teaches that such encounter would never occur, that they would be an insult to Allah. Youssef states this well when he says,

“When Muslims reject the concept of God-become-man, they also reject the concept of a relationship between God and man, which is the essence of Christian faith. Put simply, Islam delineates a concept of God that ultimately is irreconcilable with the Christian Gospel. Muslims do not believe that God would have an interest in a personal relationship of love and friendship with man, much less that he actually would enter into human history for the purpose of establishing, or rather re-establishing, such a relationship….According to Muslims, divinity and humanity are totally exclusive entities. They believe God really could not have entered into human life and that the relationship with God enjoyed by Christians is impossible. Fellowship with God, which is the religious experience of the Christian, is unimaginable to Muslims. They consider the Christian assertion that man was created in God’s own image to be blasphemous.” 

A God of Love Versus a God of Hate

God, as revealed in the Bible, is a God of love who cares for and desires the best for His creations. He is merciful, full of grace and compassion, and seeks to restore a humanity alienated from him by sin. “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) We are told in the Bible that God does not desire the damnation of any soul, but wants all to come to Him through Christ for forgiveness of their sins and reception of eternal life.

It is God  “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:4).

God, in his great mercy towards mankind, has provided to mankind an Advocate before His heavenly throne, Jesus Christ, who intercedes on behalf of the Christian before the Father, and who shed His blood to free lost and sinful men and women from the wrath of God against sin.

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (I John 2:1-2)

These verses illustrate the position and activity of Christ as both Savior and Advocate. He is the propitiation for our sins, meaning that the shedding of His sinless blood in sacrifice for us satisfied the demands of God’s wrath against sin, and that this act of grace was performed for the whole world, for every man, woman, and child who has lived and ever will live. Likewise, He is the Advocate, the one who stands before the throne of the Father and pleads His own righteousness on behalf of those who have trusted in Him as Savior, if we sin.

This contrasts with the quranic Allah, who hates sinners and has made no provision for their reconciliation to him.

“..and Allah loveth not those that do wrong.” (Surah 3:140) – “Contend not on behalf of such as betray their own souls; for Allah loveth not one given to perfidy and sin.” (Surah 4:107) – ”

Indeed, those who disbelieve and commit wrong [or injustice] – never will Allah forgive them, nor will He guide them to a path. (Surah 4:168-169)

And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution. But whoever gives [up his right as] charity, it is an expiation for him. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the wrongdoers  (Surah 5:49)

Indeed, those who disbelieve will be addressed, “The hatred of Allah for you was [even] greater than your hatred of yourselves [this Day in Hell] when you were invited to faith, but you refused.” (Surah 40: 10)

As presented in the Qur’an, Allah is a vindictive deity who desires to afflict sinners, not save them. This understanding of Allah seems to be the orthodox Islamic position. Note the passage below:

This is the covenant which you make with Allah as soon as you recite La ilaha illallah, and in doing so you make the whole world your witness. If you violate this covenant, your hand and feet, the minutest hair on your body and every particle of the earth and of the heaven before which you made that false declaration, will render evidence against you in the court of Allah where you will be in the dock in such a helpless condition that not a single defence witness will be available to you. No Advocate or Barrister will be there to plead your case….”

As demonstrated here, breaking the covenant made with Allah, which is the covenant to live and abide by Islamic law and practice, will result in being hauled before the court of Allah completely defenseless, with no hope of ever being either redeemed from your sin or of being saved from the wrath of Allah. Of course, the way in which this covenant is broken is by apostatizing from Islam, not by committing some other gross or negligent personal sin. Indeed, the main thrust of the quranic verses mentioned above seems to be the condemnation of those who “betray their own soul” and who were “called to the faith” and refused, essentially choosing to reject Islam.

Further, the Qur’an contains a great deal about the types of people who Allah hates, usually understood to be those who have rejected Islam, or who will not convert to it:

  • Transgressors (2:190)
  • Ungrateful and wicked creatures (2:276)
  • Those who reject faith (3:32; 30:45)
  • Those who do wrong (3:57, 140; 42:40)
  • The arrogant, the vainglorious (4:36; 16:23; 31:18; 57:23)
  • One given to perfidy and crime (4:107)
  • Those who do mischief (5:64; 28:77)
  • Those given to excess (5:87)
  • Wasters (6:141; 7:31)
  • Those who trespass beyond bounds (7:55)
  • Treacherous (8:58)
  • Ungrateful (22:38)
  • Those who exult in riches (28:76)

This does not reconcile with the God of the Bible who, while hating sin and the performance of sin, also loves sinners and seeks to turn them from their wicked ways.

 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

This passage illustrates to us God’s amazing love, His willingness to send His Son Jesus Christ to die in our place, to take the wrath against sin upon ourselves, even though we are all sinners. Further, God’s attitude toward the damnation and punishment of sinners is shown in Ezekiel 18:23, “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways and live?”

While Allah may hate all who are not righteous and even seek their damnation, God loves them and has made abundant provision for them to receive forgiveness and eternal life. Truly, human beings go to hell in spite of the undeserved grace that God seeks to give to them.

The reason for this difference in the perception of God between Christians and Muslims has to do with the perception of love. The former believe in a God who loved them enough to send His Son to die for them even while they were still sinners, the latter believe Allah hates any who do not conform to his demands. As noted earlier, love is a necessary part of a reconciled relationship. Yet, Islam rejects love from being an attribute of Allah’s character. Self-sacrificial love is considered to be weakness in the Islamic mindset, and to say that God loves is tantamount to saying that God is weak and vulnerable. Youssef, himself a former Muslim, describes the mindset this way,

The concept of love as one of God’s attributes is conspicuously missing from Islam because in Islamic thought love is a sign of weakness. Far be it from Allah, the all-powerful, to be weak. To love is to be vulnerable, and far be it from Allah to be vulnerable. But love also produces genuine confidence and hope and teaches the beloved to love freely and generously in return. Islam has no concept of the strength of love or of the characteristic qualities of love as desirable. The Koran gives no knowledge of the perfect love of God in Jesus Christ, which casts out fear and which is strong enough to overcome death and inaugurate eternal life. Muslims cannot rest in the promise of a faithful God who assures that nothing will separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

In Islam, God and man are wary of each other, in contrast to Christianity, in which God and man are in love with each other. This difference is of great importance because it lies at the heart of the tensions Muslims feel toward Christians. The same relationship that exists between God and humans in each of the two religions exists by extension between the humans. Christians are taught to love their neighbors as they have first experienced Christ’s love. Muslims are taught – many exhortations to charity notwithstanding – to judge, condemn, and even eliminate their neighbors if they fail to measure up to a certain standard of faith and practice, because that is how they expect Allah to deal with them.”

Contrast this view of the lack of love in God’s character with that expressed by God in the Bible,

And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.” (Ezekiel 6:9)

The sin of God’s people may lead to chastisement, but He does not seek their destruction. Instead, their sin breaks His heart (talk about vulnerability!), and He desires for them to return to Him. He does not want to destroy them, He wants to restore them as they repent of their sins against Him.

The lack of assuring knowledge of God’s love for them is much of the reason why the spirit of Islam is so harsh and hateful towards those who are not submitted to its system. Because Allah does not love self-sacrificially – and he certainly does not love those who are not Muslims – neither does the orthodox, fundamentalist Muslim trying to live by the letter of the Qur’an. The Muslim cannot claim that Allah loves him or her. He or she has no true hope or assurance of salvation from all the efforts made in this life. The Muslim is instead left hanging in limbo, never quite knowing if he or she has “done enough” to please Allah at the Last Day.

As Youssef further tells us about this,

The harshness of Islam is the direct result of its uncertainty about salvation and eternity. Not only are people what they worship, but they become what they fear. The Muslim’s fear of Allah’s judgment and condemnation turns outward into the same kind of action toward others. Grace and forgiveness are rare attributes of God or man in Islam, which proves a common saying that ‘Islam is as arid as the deserts of its birth.'”

As Youssef rightly perceives, we become what we worship.

From the origional article   http://www.studytoanswer.net/myths_ch3.html

Simply Allah  has no answer to mankinds sins , but the God of the Bible does.

 “O Prophet! say to those who are captives in your hands: “If Allah findeth any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and He will forgive you: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah 8:70)

In this passage above, it is taught that Allah will forgive captive prisoners of war who fall into Muslim hands, if these prisoners have good in their hearts, usually understood to be a willingness to accept Islam. Thus, it is taught that inherent goodness in men (or at least some men) will be enough to provoke Allah’s forgiveness. Indeed, it may suggest that those who are inherently good will be the ones to convert to Islam (and vice versa). This teaching basically affirms the Muslim contention that man is inherently good, and that sin is not truly a barrier that separates man from God. The Islamic teaching is essentially man-centered, not God-centered.

 This Islamic teaching that man can be good at heart contradicts what God says in

Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it.

 The main difference is that Islam is a religion of good works but good works are not good enough and without a saviour they have no answer to for their sins.  Only the God of the Bible provided the way back to him and back into a relationship with himself.