JOURNEY TO FAITH – PART XVIII

The Verdict of Reason After a couple of weeks off: We’re back! The last time we were talking about the historical accuracy of the New Testament. In the course of things we looked at archaelogy, as well as the writings of ancient Jewish commentators as well as pagan historians. We found inscriptions that confirmed New Testament facts and a belief that Jesus was God dating back to about ten years after the Resurrection. We saw references in the Talmud, - ( documents written by the rabbis who were out to stamp out Christianity) – that testify to the reality of the person of Christ. Even the darkness that fell at the time of Chist’s crucifixion was confirmed by independent, non-beieving sources. Today we’ll begin to unfold the motivation of the New Testament writers themselves. Just what could be their angle? TESTING THE AUTHORS When considering the gospel writers or the record of the apostles in general, we see a group that had little to gain and certainly much to lose by ... [More]

THE FUTURE – PART XXXV

The stage is set for the fulfillment of God’s purposes. Satan has had his way with the world. The Great Deception is almost complete. Eternity is but steps away. THE END OF THINGS “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Luke 21:32-33) The rebellion that started in the Garden is coming to its inevitable end. For centuries Satan has laid the groundwork, preparing the hearts and the minds of people to abandon the way of God and accept his rule. In the last days a False Prophet will come to power using “lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved”. However note the very next passage. It is “for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had ... [More]

SHORT TAKES

ECONOMIC ANTI-SEMITISM – Influenced by significant, growing and vocal Muslim populations, Britain and the nations of Europe have been engaged in a growing boycott of Israel. Now this phenomenon is spreading to other parts of the globe. Israel’s YNet News reports: “European banks are cutting ties with Israeli counterparts, while supermarkets across the world are appeasing violent protesters who attack their Israeli produce.” It’s all about the Palestinian thing. Companies and nations involved in these boycotts are driven by the belief that Israel is practicing a form of apartheid vis-à-vis the Palestinians and that Israel is an ‘occupier’ in what is rightfully Palestinian territory. And now there is a “violent dimension” taking hold. “Shopkeepers in Australia have received death threats for continuing to sell goods from Israel; pro-Palestinian students in Australia have staged loud demonstrations at shopping malls at which owners of stalls selling Ahava products from the Dead Sea were ... [More]