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A Few Comments- 33

01 Dec

#1. Let’s not tell lies when we try to have peacehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pope-francis-christians-and-muslims-are-brothers-and-sisters_565c646be4b072e9d1c26035?utm_hp_ref=religion

“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters,” he said after a speech by Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi, one of the local religious leaders trying to foster dialogue.

Muslims are not the brothers and sisters of Christians simply because they have rejected Jesus as their Savior and followed after a false prophet and god. Telling the truth goes a lot further and allows for people to realize they are wrong and need to change to have peace. Lying only makes things worse when the people lied to find out the truth

#2. Tattoos only have false religious meaninghttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/these-10-tattoos-have-deep-spiritual-and-religious-meaning_56407716e4b0307f2cadf3ee?utm_hp_ref=religion

Humans have been inking their skin with tattoos for thousands of years. The ancient practice has been used to show status or tribal affinity, to decorate the body and sometimes as a form of punishment. Researchers have identified 61 tattoos on Ötzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy, that were likely used as therapy. One of the oldest reasons for tattooing is, often times, connected to spirituality.

Tattoos were used as amulets that safeguarded people against the unknown. In ancient Egypt, the household god Bes was believed to be a protector of women in labor. According to Smithsonian.com, women of the time would tattoo a figure of a deity at the top of their thighs to protect themselves during childbirth.

Tattoos cannot protect you nor do they carry any biblical meaning. God made that very clear in Lev. 19 as he said:

You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord. (v. 28 NASB)

There has been no new covenant relief of this prohibition thus any one making the excuse that God said it was okay, it reminds them of their spiritual journey or helps them in their Christian faith or something similar, then you know they are being deceived into disobeying God.  If you want a New Testament prohibition, do a study on the body as the temple of God.

Freedom from sin and in Christ doe snot mean we ignore rules or that the rules do not apply anymore. Freedom without rules is anarchy.

#3. Why the Dalai Lama is going to hellhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dalai-lama-terrorism_564b8975e4b045bf3df16e75?utm_hp_ref=religion

The Buddhist spiritual leader from Tibet said in an interview with German media outlet Deutsche Welle on Monday that terrorism is a problem caused by humans and, thus, must be fixed by mankind without God’s intervention.

People think God is wrong in sending nice people like the Dalai Lama to heel but there is a reason for the latter’s eternal destination– Terrorism is caused by sin and that fact requires God’s intervention. If everyone truly repented of their sins and accepted Christ as their Savior, there would be no terrorism today. The Dalai Lama does not know God or Jesus and his words lead people away from God, to take their eyes off Christ and look to evil to get their solutions.

That is why he is going to hell and in need of repentance, forgiveness and redemption. His good life is not good enough.

#4. Can We Talk?– http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-dale-susan-edmonds/alzheimers-in-gods-house-_b_8465252.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

We’ve got to talk about it. So what stops us?

While Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease, it is no different from any other fatal disease humans can contract. The problems that author lists for Alzheimer’s are found in all other diseases that take a life. Alzheimer is no more devastating to a family than say cancer or malaria or some other incurable disease so let’s not play favorites here and treat all people the same.

Death is a part of life and we should not be afraid of it. We should prepare for it better so that churches and families can handle the loss when it arrives on their doorstep. Do churches fail in these issues? Of course they do but so do secular families and corporations so let’s not point a finger solely at Christians and the Church.

Then everyone has their own opinion about how their special circumstances need more attention from the pulpit or church leadership. They forget that they are not the only ones in need and who want to have special attention. There is only so much a pastoral staff can do.

#5. Maybe we have an unrealistic perspective about Godhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/faith-rape_564f4764e4b0d4093a5765bd?utm_hp_ref=religion

The violent crime of rape not only harms the body and the mind, it can devastate the spirit. Questions such as how God could let such a horrible thing happen can shake the foundations of a rape survivor’s religious beliefs. Faith can be another casualty of the crime of sexual assault.

The Bible does not teach that believers will live their lives unharmed so maybe we need to get rid of the unrealistic views held by so many of those who attend church. We may not understand why God decides to let certain things happen but remember we are living in a sinful imperfect world and we will be affected in some way at some time. What we need to do is not let evil use those events to destroy our faith and our journey to heaven.

#6. The enemy of my enemy…– http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthieu-ricard/a-call-for-solidarity_b_8588282.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

During all great trials, it is calmness and solidarity that allow us to rebuild, not displaying vengeance and resorting to violence.

I will disagree as ‘solidarity’ is not biblical teaching and it leads people to violate much of God’s word. One such verse is ‘friendship with the world is enmity with God’. Does that verse mean we believers are not concerned about the victims or the threats of bullies? No, but we have different marching orders which do not allow us to compromise our beliefs or ignore God’s teaching when these sad events take place.

I also do not like the rhetoric or other descriptive English words used in this article. For example, ‘barbaric’, ‘shocked’, ‘horror’ and so on. They tend to manipulate people’s thinking distorting the events and undermine justice and the Christian response. You will notice that  that author uses Christian terminology yet does not mention God, Jesus, the Bible but tries to place the response to these events on a human level, making people think they can solve these problems without divine aid.

His words sound good but they are not of God.

 

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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, illness, leadership, theology

 

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