Gregory’s Column: Christianity Banned?

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 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’- Jeremiah 33:3

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.~Albert Camus

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.~Romans 8:37-39 

Think. It is not illegal yet.-Anonymous

Christianity worldwide and in the United States is becoming a severely persecuted religion, more than we have ever seen. I know that it sounds a bit obscene, but it is more than true. Ever since President Obama has been elected we have seen that we have no wiggle room for our faith. He also wants us to give up our freedom.

Ever since Congress has added “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 we have believed to think that the phrase meant that God would always be with us and and that those two words were permanent. But radical leftism, a prominent political force in this country, is hostile to Christianity. “Under God” is a taboo phrase in public schools and public settings. Will this hostility grow to the point that we Christians will be titled as the enemy, or have we already?

Bill Maher, a man who is an avid atheist, insults the Christian body. He says, ” Christians like to feel like martyrs.” Do you believe that? I don’t.  The world is slowly becoming so violent when they here the word ‘Christian’ because the world has pinned it up as the religion of hate. But let us take it to another website. There is another site that is called God is imaginary and that we should stop believing. He also put down “ten questions to answer that would make you question your faith” which I am going to answer for you.

1.) Why won’t God heal amputees?

In James 1 :12 it says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Also in 2 Corinthians 6:4-8 it states,”But as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;” If you were allowed to look at you life in the form of a line, would you like it to be straight and easy or tumultuous and jagged? What would life be like if you didn’t have those obstacles to overcome? What accomplishments would you fulfill if everything were easy to do? God wants you to experience life and its hardships as He had said in Genesis 3:17-19: To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” For our mistake and sin of eating from the Tree of Life we have opened our eyes to the true world and we’ll will always face hardships. That is why God oftentimes doesn’t heal amputees.

2.)Why are there so many starving people in our world?

Well, this one can be directed back to Genesis 3:17-19, we must now and forever, until the end of time be left on our own. There are many miracles in which people have gained health or had diseases that disappeared immediately. Now we will live forever in pain and trials for the rest of our lives.

3.)Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible? (He verses examples such as: – Exodus 35:2 – God demands that we kill everyone who works on the Sabbath day.- Deuteronomy 21:18-21 – God demands that we kill disobedient teenagers.- Leviticus 20:13 – God demands the death of homosexuals.- Deuteronomy 22:13-21 – God demands that we kill girls who are not virgins when they marry.)

What is the key element when you look at these verses? They are all in the Old Testament and in the old covenant, and have been replaced with the New Testament and its covenant of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says” For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.” You can never achieve perfection and that doing so is an impossibility for Man. These verses that say to kill were set in a time before Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, when sin had to be paid for somehow. God does not condone murder — this was the solution for mankind’s sin.

Question #4: Why does the Bible contain so much anti-scientific nonsense? He adds details such as:

– God did not create the world in 6 days 6,000 years ago like the Bible says.

– There was never a worldwide flood that covered Mt. Everest like the Bible says.

– Jonah did not live inside a fish’s stomach for three days like the Bible says.

– God did not create Adam from a handful of dust like the Bible says.

            Well, to answer your question is that almost everything that has been on the Earth has been found through the Bible. Even most of the old documents have been found are through the Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Tel Dan Inscription, the Caiaphas Ossuary, the Crucified Man, the Ketef Hinnom Amulets, the House of God Ostracon, and the Pilate Inscription have valid scientific proof. Pontius Pilate, one of the best known people in history, had put Jesus Christ on trial (which proves Jesus did exist). So how could we have had a trial for someone who never existed?                                               

                                                       6,000 Years Ago

Well, actually how do you know the world was not made in 6 days? Were you here 6,000 years ago to see? Science has carbon dating and can date things back to millions of years ago, but this method has been proven to be flawed.

                                                        Science Vs. Theology

First, science’s description. The universe is small and without form or void. Protons and neutrons collide together and form a giant “BANG” that echoes into life on our planet and creates other galaxies and planets.

Second, theology’s description.  In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3) Both say the same thing but one excludes the major role in life. God.

                                                 There Was Never A Flood?

In this site we get a more clearer view of the potential flood that covered the Earth :  http://www.earthage.org/EarthOldorYoung/scientific_evidence_for_a_worldwide_flood.htm

If you clicked the link you probably just read a lot of evidence on a worldwide flood that includes geographical and scientific proof. If you didn’t I will just name one of the reasons that is proof of a flood . In sites around the world such as Mt. Saint Helens (USA), Palouse Canyon (USA), and Greenmount Beach (Ireland) it shows fossils of trees and animals that have been bent by severe force(such as water) and the writer said this : Fossils don’t form on lake bottoms today, nor are they found forming on the bottom of the sea. Instead, they normally only form when a plant or animal is buried soon after it dies. Therefore, the fossils themselves are evidence of a catastrophe such as a flood or volcanic eruption that took place in the past. Rapid Petrification of Wood.Severe water had bent the trees and they became petrified. And this flood came from USA all the way to Ireland which proves of a Great Flood around the globe. Even in some documentaries there are digs that see the layers of earth that prove of a great flood and that the world was covered in water.

                                                Jonah and the Whale:

 

“This is the summary of the Encyclopedia’s report on Jonah. The report theorizes that the “great fish” was most likely a sperm whale. While the common Greenland whale could scarcely swallow an orange, the sperm whale has a mouth that averages 20 feet long, 15 feet high, and 9 feet wide. It is well known that the sperm whale feeds largely on squid which, of course, often much larger than humans.

“As to whether a man could survive in a whale’s stomach, the Britannica article maintains that one certainly could, though with great discomfort. The report maintains that there would be sufficient air to breathe–air that is necessary for the whale to float. The temperature inside the whale would be great, but bearable at about 104 – 108 degrees F. There would be unpleasant contact with the whale’s gastric juices, but these juices could not digest living matter.

“You may even be surprised to hear that Jonah is not even the only human to ever survive such an ordeal. During a voyage of a whaling ship in February of 1891, a sperm whale was spotted and pursued in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands. In an attempt to harpoon the whale, one sailor drowned while a second one disappeared. Eventually the whale was killed and drawn to the side of the ship where it was dissected.

“The next day, the stomach was hoisted on deck and opened–with the missing sailor lying inside. The sailor was unconscious, but alive. He was eventually revived and, after a time, resumed his duties on board the whaling vessel(Wilson, Sign of the Prophet Jonah, 630 – 642). ”

These are all accounts of proof you can live inside of a whale, there are also accounts where dogs and cats and even sharks have been found alive inside of whales. And all of them where in top shape afterwards. Even science says that you can live inside of a whale depending on its size. And in Jonah 1:17 they describe the fish as huge. “Now the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

 

Question #5: Why is God such a huge proponent of slavery in the Bible? Look up these Bible verses – Exodus 21:20-21 – God apparently says that it is okay to own slaves, and it is also “okay to beat them.” – Colossians 3:22-24 – Slaves need to obey their masters.- Ephesians 6:5 – Slaves need to obey their masters just as they would obey Christ.- 1 Peter 2:18 – Slaves need to obey their masters, even if their masters are harsh .

Slaves were used so much back in the times of when Egypt flourished that it was considered natural to have slaves, but it was not recognized by the Mosaic Law ( also known as the laws of Moses). Slaves were willing servants they sold themselves into slavery to pay off debt when they couldn’t afford their crimes or pay for their families. So they put themselves into slavery until they paid them off and, not only that, when the slave was finished he was paid many gifts by his master. (“If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you. And when you let him go free from you, you shall not let him go empty-handed. You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, out of your threshing floor, and out of your winepress. As the Lord your God has blessed you, you shall give to him. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today. But if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is well-off with you, … Deuteronomy 15:12-18 ) Sometimes slaves were put into slavery by force but that would be because they were either sold from their family or by charges that were held against him/her. God commanded that slaves were treated like humans, and sometimes they never wanted to leave their master’s house. In other words, slavery was (in many respects) a different institution than it is now and in its other modern renditions.

Question #6: Why do bad things happen to good people?

We must all fight our own demons and fight for the right even when the evil is attacking us with ferocity. So why doesn’t God help us? I will supply the same answer I did on #1 . He wants us to have faith in Him on not only on the miracles that He can give you but also on the hardships that test your faith. Why would you want a life that everything goes good for you? Jesus was traded to take a murderer’s place (Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. Matthew 27:26) . Life was never made to be easy after we ate the Apple of Understanding. People forget that we must live with the consequences of something we did, have done, and are doing. So we will always need forgiveness.

Question #7: Why didn’t any of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible leave behind any evidence?

Here is an answer from a man who witnessed Jesus’ death and called him a sorcerer. He hated Jesus and wanted people to see that he couldn’t perform miracles, but just magic:

“The first comes from the Babylonian Talmud 43a.    Babylonian Talmud  (late first or second century AD)  Babylonian Sanhedrin43a-b  “On the eve of the Passover they hanged Yeshu and the herald went before him for forty days saying [Yeshu] is going forth to be stoned in that he hate practiced sorcery and beguiled and led astray Israel   Here Jesus is accused of sorcery, in obvious parallel with the charge leveled in Matthew 12:22-23.  The writer of the Talmud does not agree that Jesus worked bona fide miracles, but he reports that he did things which, to the enemy of Jesus could only be written off as sorcery.    Also, in Babylonian Sanhedrin107b  it is claimed that Jesus practiced magic. In  tHul2:22-23  it is reported that healings were done in the name of Jesus.  So we have indirect confirmation of the crucifixion of Jesus and of his working of public miracles-only charging that the miracles were worked by Satan, not God. 

There is evidence all over the world. Whether you choose to accept it is up to you.

Question #8: How do we explain the fact that Jesus has never appeared to you?

Because Jesus is only returning in the end of times.

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” -Revelation 22:12

“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Matthew 24:30-31)

 Question #9 –Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood? It sounds totally grotesque, doesn’t it?

This is the easiest one so far…

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.- John 6:35-37

“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”- John 6:55

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.- 1 Corinthians 12:27

Jesus’ blood cleanses our sins and transgressions so that we will never be bound by the constrictive temptations of sins, and that everyday we may drink the wine of life through Jesus Christ. We don’t actually EAT His flesh (we’re not cannibals) it is a term of speech to represent that WE are Christ’s body. And that when we drink deep in the Bible and with knowledge, forgiveness, love, compassion, humility, and the light of Christ our Saviour in us then we will never grow hungry or thirsty; for our hunger is for His word; for His path for us. We are forever the body of Christ and therefore are always drinking His wine (Blood) and eating His bread (Flesh) so that we never are hungry.But as it says in John 6:35-37 ‘…you have seen me and still you do not believe me’. We are Christ’s body and every time we approach or preach to you, you are hearing and seeing the word of Christ (Well, just a piece of Him, anyways.)But we refute, refuse , and discriminate the moment a Christian talks about God. “You have seen me and still you do not believe me.” 

Last but not least Question #10 :Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians?

Well, it is quite easy to answer: we are as human as any other non-Christians. We make the same mistakes as any humans and we have to make up for it in time. But Jesus Christ has allowed us to be forgiven of our transgressions and has  removed them from our slate.  Just because we are Christians does not make us the role models of perfection but the models of forgiven sins. And since divorce is a sin by God, Jesus forgives it. Should it be avoided? Is it wrong? Yes, and yes. Acts 3:19 says : “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

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About Gregory Watson

Gregory T. Watson is a man after God's own heart, and is working to be a minister and a missionary for Christ. On his page (https://www.facebook.com/ColorMafiaso) he seeks to teach, educate, and humor fellow Christians. He loves to teach and one day hopes to do just that.
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