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Is the Bible Your Idol? 0

Posted on June 22, 2017 by Alexander
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Do you substitute the Bible for God?

I first proposed this thought in a forum. I should not have been surprised at the out cry of some responses but I was also delighted by those who understood my intention: that is, not to diminish the wonder of the Bible but to point out how it can become an idol that replaces God.

That the Bible can become an idol should not surprise anyone who walks with Christ. Consider the Jews. They prance the scroll of the Torah around their synagogue service no different than Hindus carrying carved idols of Krishna. Even some of the Messianic Jews, who know the truth of Jesus, prance the scroll of the Torah around their congregation in like fashion. This is also true of some Protestants. One of the forum readers made this comment:

“Some of us are old enough to remember when the expectation was that the Bible be treated as sacred and holy. You washed your hands before you handled it. It was to be on the top of any stack of books. It was to be displayed and not hidden away in a drawer or cabinet. The pages were not to be soiled or smudged.”

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All Denominations are Heresy 4

Posted on March 19, 2017 by Alexander
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Heresy Divides the Body of Christ

I have been called a heretic (by Catholics twice) with the implication that I have spoken in error. That is the generally accepted meaning of the term, but it is not the etymological meaning.  Strong’s definition of the Greek word translated as heresy in the New Testament is, hairesis (G139), meaning “a choice” as in a group, thus implying “disunion”. It is derived from aihreomai (G138) which means to take for one’s self or prefer. It is also translated as “sect”. It does not mean error or being wrong.  Thayer’s definition includes the idea of  capturing or forcing others to a group.  Biblical heresy means one thing: creating division in the body of Christ so that separate camps are set up and the unity of love towards all believers is undermined. Read the rest of this entry →

The Church and Israel 0

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Alexander
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1976 book on Khazar Jewry

I just finished reading and collating into a PDF book, Arthur Koestler’s 1976 manuscript entitled, “The Thirteenth Tribe.”   There are many websites that speak of the Khazar Jews and their history, but this book best explains the story.  Koestler is a Hungarian Jew, which makes him a Khazar Jew, as well.  His work is not a condemnation but an honest look at world wide Jewry, which divides into 10% Sephardic (i.e., Spanish)  and 90% Ashkenazi (i.e., Russian), of which those Ashkenazi Jews are Khazars from the gentile tribe descended from Japheth and not Shem.  Koestler draws upon original and second hand manuscripts from Arabic, Jewish, Russian, Byzantium, Spanish and English documents. The Khazars come from the Russian steppes of Turkmenistan and settled between the Black and Caspian Seas, which today is Georgia and Ukraine.

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The Rapture is for Leftovers 6

Posted on April 01, 2016 by Alexander
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The Rapture is not God’s Best

Recently I have come to change my mind on the topic of the Rapture. Historically it has been referred to as the “blessed hope” so one does not have to die but be caught up in the air to meet Jesus. In the pre-tribulation time-line the Raptured go to Heaven for a 3 and a half year marriage supper of the Lamb celebration then return with Jesus to stop the Anti-Christ. In the post-tribulation time-line the Raptured meet Jesus in the air then immediately return to stop the Anti-Christ.

My change of mine is not on the time-line, I believe in Post-Tribulation Rapture. Instead, my thinking is on the idea of the “blessed hope”. The Church has put an emphasis on how good it will be to be in the generation that gets to be Raptured. My thinking now is that this is motivated from a fear of death. Read the rest of this entry →

I Hate Divorce 1

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Alexander
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The Church has forgotten Malachi 2:16.

It grieves me to see how the Church has hardened its heart to the root of our societies problems. They complain about the obligatory homosexuals in every show who are portrayed as the wise counsellors of the show. I understand their complaint, for this grieves me as well. But we have become so hardened to the equal perversions of fornicators outside of marriage and the many characters who profess multiple marriages in these same shows. We have forgotten that Jesus said that he who marries another, apart from fornication, commits adultery (Matt. 19:19). We accept without question the serial polygamy of multiple marriages and unwed cohabitation that produces scores of bastards into our society. No one considers that the proliferation of lesbians and homosexuals trying to raise children has its root in divorce. Read the rest of this entry →

He Became Sin 2

Posted on July 04, 2015 by Alexander
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Jesus becoming sin was worse than the crucifixion

Recently I was asked to explain what it means in 2 Corinthians 5:21:

“For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

That is a huge question. If you can be patient I will explain to the best of my understanding.

For some reason this is abhorrent to some believers. I remember a brother who refused to accept the plain statement of the verse and declared that it meant Jesus was a sin bearer. I think his difficulty in accepting the statement of the Bible was his misunderstanding of how Jesus was both fully God and fully human.

Mel Gibson is to be commended for his effort to show the horror of the cross. However, there was no way he could show the horror of Jesus becoming sin. When Jesus became sin he experienced all the sicknesses and mental illness of the world. He knew first hand all the discouragement, depression, anger and emotions of the fallen world. Cancer came on him, Alzheimer, and every known disease of life. All because he became sin who knew no sin. Read the rest of this entry →

Christianity and the Singularity 0

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Alexander
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The singularity wants to merge AI with humanity. Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek Next Generation as a borg.

The singularity is an expression coined by mathematician John Von Neuman in 1958 describing the “ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life”.  Ray Kurzweil believes this means that artificial intelligence (AI) of computers will reach a point that the human mind and personality can be programmed completely within it to such a point that a person can have immortality living within a machine.  The Borg of Star Trek the Next Generation fantasized this to such a point that people lost their individuality as they became part of the collective consciousness of the Borg machinery.

As I understand Kursweil’s dream, he wants to translate his mind and life into a computer program that would then allow him to live forever in a machine.   I am trying to understand this both from a secular point of view and a Christian point of view.  From a secular point of view the physics law of entropy is ignored.  Everything is in a state of decay. Machines rust out and break down all the time.  This dream of his presumes on a perpetual ability to repair and maintain the machinery of his Borg existence. Read the rest of this entry →

Whatever Happened to Conscientious Objection? 2

Posted on February 15, 2015 by Alexander
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Where is the moral conscience of the Church today?

When I was a youth the Vietnam War was winding down. When I was of draft age, Nixon had begun the lottery and my number was too high, so I never went. But I remember that many had either fled to Canada or had filed CO, Conscientious Objector. That was a strange concept to me since I did not come to Christ until I was an adult of 32.  The C.O. is a basic right of American freedom that had been used by men of faith who refused to violate the teachings of Jesus Christ in harming others.

Since the Vietnam war we have had a  multitude of military police actions and wars around the world:  Grenada and Panama in 1989;   Desert Shield in 1990 then Desert Storm in 1991;  Somalia in 1993; Bosnia mid 1990’s; Afghanistan 2001 and on; and Iraq 2003 and on – all called police actions, not wars; World War II being the last war declared by congress.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and observed the Vietnam War protests and the emergence of alternative lifestyles of Berkeley, California. The influence of that era had a stronghold on me that I was unaware.  As a new believer in 1985  a friend made it her mission to get me to vote and be patriotic.  Her mission was supported by worship music and preaching in the pulpit, so as a new ignorant believer I assumed that  she was acting on behalf of the Lord.

During that time I joined the ranks of Christians who believed that supporting the government  was patriotic and what “good” Christians do. I discovered that many Christians were police officers who attended my various congregations, many were combat veterans, many were government officials.  In short people of the church populate every aspect of the government and the military and are the biggest supporters of the military. Yet, it has not always been so.  Many American Christians at one time refused military service. Read the rest of this entry →

The Case for Arranged Marriages 5

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Alexander
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Christians have lost sight of the truth through shallow living.

My marriage was an arranged marriage. I was too shallow to recognize an appropriate spouse.  My arrangement was not made by my parents, however. I was 38 when I met my wife.  The arrangement was by God.   The Lord needed to break through my shallow thinking.  Before I met my wife I either looked at how beautiful the girl was or whether she could be a business partner in marriage.   A few months before meeting my wife I was sitting at a Christ for the Nations Marriage Conference.  While listening, God dropped into my spirit the realization that Adam was being tested to see into the spirit when he named the animals.  The Lord was testing Adam to see if he could see beyond the flesh.  The names he spoke were not names he made up, but were the names spoken by God Himself.  Because Adam passed the test, the Lord put him to sleep and created Eve from his side.   She looked nothing like him, yet he saw in the spirit and said “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Gen. 2:23).

The second day after meeting my wife, the Lord spoke to me and said, “This is it.”  And I knew that she was bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.  I knew she was my soul mate and had a peace and comfort in her presence that I never had with any other person in my life.   When the Lord spoke to me, I thought to myself, “But I don’t love her.”  The Lord responded to my spirit and told me that I would learn to love her as Isaac had learned to love Rebecca.  I love my wife now more than I have ever experienced a love for someone, even though it did not happen automatically and I had a major disappointment in not being able to have children that almost ruined my marriage. That disappointment was overcome by my knowing that she was God’s will for me, therefore I chose to love her through the trial.  Love is an act of our will, not an emotion.  Emotions are expressions of that act. Read the rest of this entry →

Christian Patriotism is Misplaced 0

Posted on July 04, 2014 by Alexander
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Being a patriot is not equal to being a Christian.

On this 4th of July we are all called to rally around the flag. I love the flag in that I believe that it is a beautiful banner, and I hang mine up outside my home. I also love the virtues of American past and present that is found in many of its people.

Before I experienced the new birth I had an upbringing disdaining authorities rooted in the 1960’s hippie movement.  At the age of 32 Christ revealed Himself to me and began a process of reversing my thinking.  I became a Republican and sought to influence the political process through my votes and activism.  But after closely following the Clinton and Bush administrations I saw that there was no difference between the parties, and that voting was a sham.  I questioned the church being such a big sponsor of the Republican party, and after 20 years of following the church party line, I realized  that it is still the same  world system.  American Christians have lost sight of the gospel because of  conservative talk radio. Read the rest of this entry →

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