The Jewish Problem…

There is a very strong narrative being stated repeatedly that the residents of Gaza are living in occupied territory. “Free Palestine” is the mantra heard around the world to give the impression that Israel is the aggressor and wants to dominate the region of Gaza. Many on the left have taken up the banner to fight for the “poor and oppressed people of Palestine.” Jihadists across the globe can be seen with signs calling for Israel to stop the killing of innocent women and children. Where are those that are willing to speak out against the real reason Israel is forced to act? Where are those with an intellect smart enough to see through the false accusations of Israel’s enemies?

No country would allow neighboring countries to bombard its cities and not respond with military action. Here is the reality. Hatred of the Jewish people is in the Qur’an. Muslims are instructed to not make friends with Jews or Christians, and that Jews descended from apes and pigs. In one Hadith Umar reported Mohammed as saying “You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them until even a stone would say: Come here, Muslim, there is a Jew hiding himself behind me; kill him.” Sahi Muslim Book 41, number 6981.

Islam mandates that humanity is separated into two groups, Muslims and kafirs. Jews, Christians, Pagans, Atheists, and polytheists are all kafirs. They are all to be invited to Islam. If they choose not to convert, they are given two options. They may choose to save their lives and live as dhimmis, that is, natives living in land that is ruled by God’s Law, Sharia Law. If neither of those options appeals to them, they are killed.

It is not just people that are divided under Islam; the world too is broken up into two types of land. Dar Al-Islam is “Land of Islam.” This is land that has been conquered by Islam. Dar Al-Harb is “Land of War.” This is land that needs to be conquered so Sharia Law can be implemented. Israel had been a land of Dar Al-Islam, but has reverted back to Dar Al-Harb and ultimately controlled by the Jews. This is a huge problem for the Islamists that want to eliminate the Jews and control the land of Israel once again.

Another false idea being spread is that Islam is a religion of peace; it is the radicals that have corrupted or hijacked the religion of Islam. But who are the radicals and what do they believe? The majority of groups listed on the United States FTO list (Foreign Terrorist Organizations) have similar goals. These groups have no common nationality. They are linked only by their devotion to the Islamic supremacist ideology, that is the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate and the implementation of Sharia Islamic Law.
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What is Sharia Law? Sharia Law is Islamic Law based on the Qur’an and the Hadith. It spells out exactly how Muslims are supposed to act. It also spells out how Muslims are supposed to treat Jews and Christians. Some Muslim groups try to conceal what the true nature of Islam is. They contend that Jihad means to struggle; this is a “personal,” inner struggle they maintain.

According to Umdat al-Salik, Reliance of the Traveller, A book on Islamic law from the Shafi’I School, “Jihad means to war against non Muslims…signifying warfare to establish the religion.” The text goes on to claim that the scriptural basis for defining the term Jihad comes from the Qur’an.
1. “Fighting is prescribed for you” (Qur’an 2:216)
2. “Slay them wherever you find them” (Qur’an 4:89)
3. “Fight the idolators utterly “ (Qur’an 9:36)

“I have been commanded to fight people until they testify there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” In addition, according to Islamic Law, apostates are killed and there is no indemnity for killing an apostate.

If one considers the attack by Al-Shabaab at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in light of dictates of Sharia Law, some of the mystery fades away when we hear that they were quizzing the shoppers to see if they knew the name of Muhammad’s mother. The “terrorists” were simply separating the Muslims from the Kafirs. They were warring against the unbelievers.

If you think the “radicals” are acting crazy now, just wait until you hear what Sharia Law says the Caliph will do. Once again, according to Umdat al-Salik, the objectives of jihad are spelled out for us. “The Caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invite them into the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax…the war continues until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax.”

For the sake of Israel, for the sake of America, for the sake of the world, it’s high time we identify the enemy. We need to unite the free world against the threat of Islamic supremacy and Sharia Law. We have only ourselves to blame if we choose not to fight for the freedoms we enjoy.

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WHY I BELIEVE THE BIBLE, AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO

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Reason number 10

Have you ever considered how Christianity could have possibly grown into the world’s largest religion given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the life and death of Jesus? How could Christianity have such exponential growth in the first century unless it is true? Granted, Islam and Hinduism have also grown to be quite large, but the growth of Christianity is truly without comparison.

The Bible records how Jesus lived His life and began His ministry.  He typically had a small group of followers (Apostles) that he would teach. He frequently had conflicts with the Jewish leaders. They were threatened by his followers and teachings, which they felt contradicted their own Scriptures, and His growing popularity. He was knowledgeable about the Scriptures and He had a keen understanding of His role.

The Bible records how Jesus spent time with sinners, forgave their sin, and met their physical needs. He healed people and, on at least two occasions, fed several thousand people with only a couple of fish and loaves of bread. Several days before He was arrested He was hailed as King as He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.

The religious leaders hated Jesus. They had Him arrested and brought before the Roman leader Pontius Pilate. Even one of His Apostles denied knowing Him when one of the people identified him as an associate of Jesus. Pilate found no fault in Him, but in an effort to appease the Jews He offered them the chance to have Jesus released. The people chose to have another prisoner released and have Jesus executed by crucifixion. He went from being hailed as the King just a few days before to being arrested and given a sentence of death, even though Pilate found no fault in Him.

Jesus was executed by crucifixion. His followers were disillusioned. The message of Jesus looked like it would die along with the rebel leader. But that is NOT what happened. The Bible records Jesus resurrection on the third day. Jesus appeared to His Apostles and others for a period of forty days. It is estimated that there were over five hundred people that saw Jesus following His resurrection. The reality of so many witnesses could explain why Christianity spread so quickly.

Think about this for a minute. If Jesus did not rise again and His message was buried in the tomb with Him, then who would be willing to carry out the message of a lie? What would be their motivation? Would there be enough of them willing to carry out this false message? I believe the answer to this is NO. Not only were there many witness to Jesus after His resurrection, eleven of Jesus’s twelve Apostles were martyred for their faith. Would all of these men be willing to die for a lie? Would you be willing to die for a lie?

I know what you are thinking. Islamists die for a lie all the time. In fact, Islam teaches that the only way a Muslim can be assured of going to heaven is by dying for Allah during Jihad. Muslims are deceived and desperate to be assured of salvation. This is a much different scenario than what the first century Christians experienced. They saw the resurrected Christ and were willing to die in the process of sharing His message of love, hope, and redemption. The explosion of Christianity in the Middle East can only be explained by the fact that so many people saw Jesus after His resurrection, and His followers were empowered by the truth of His message that they were willing to die for their faith.

Over half the people in the world believe that Abraham is father of their religion. The Jews missed the Messiah when he came, and the Muslims believed a different Gospel. There is no comparison between the Koran, Hadith, and Sira and the Bible. There is no comparison between Muhammad and Jesus. There is no comparison between Yahweh and allah. This is why I BELIEVE THE BIBLE, AND YOU SHOULD TOO.

The FAITH of Obama

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I do not claim to know what President Obama believes in his heart. I can tell you, based on his behavior, that he is no follower of Christ. It becomes crystal clear when watching the video of Alan Keyes and Barak Obama in this video from a senatorial debate just how empty his perception of Jesus is. Jesus said He IS the way, the truth, and the life. There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus!

President Obama claims he spent twenty years in Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s Church. Reverend Wright is hardly a man that encourages his members to love their neighbors as themselves, which is what Jesus taught is the second most important commandment He gave. The most important commandment was to the love the Lord your God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. He said if you love me you will keep My commandments. Jeremiah Wright is known to speak out against the United States, Israel, and the Jewish people.

I don’t know if Obama is Muslim or not, but he is certainly sensitive to the Islamic goals. He sides with the Muslim brotherhood, and has demonstrated distain for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has even gone so far to make it a high priority to encourage Muslims in NASA’s space program. How can someone who claims to be a Christian have such animosity towards other Christians, Jews, and Israel?

Why has Obama been silent when Christians and Jews in the Middle East are being slaughtered on a daily basis? How can he even consider arming rebels in Syria that have demonstrated hate towards the United States and Israel?

We will all be held accountable for the things that we do in this life. If Obama is truly a follower of Jesus, he needs to wake up and realize what this battle is all about, instead of making statements before the general assembly of the United Nations that the future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.

WHY I BELIEVE THE BIBLE, AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO

Reason number 9

The ninth reason I’m giving for the reason I believe the Bible is the person of Jesus Christ. I’m sure there are many that do not believe he was the Messiah, or God’s son, but based on what the Bible has to say, there is ample evidence to show that He is both.

The Bible contains well 300 prophecies about Jesus. These prophecies address nearly every aspect of His life. Specifics about His birth, ministry, and death are given in the minutest detail. Secular historical writer, Simon Sebag Montefiore, wrote in his national Bestseller, Jerusalem, that “it is clear that (Jesus) was steeped in knowledge of the Jewish Bible and everything he did was a meticulous fulfillment of its prophecies.” Even a secular writer can acknowledge that, but so many of the prophecies concerning Jesus life were items that were out of His control. No mater how meticulous He was he was unable to orchestrate events surrounding his bloodline, birth, method of his execution, and events that included other people, even after His death.

Luke 24:13-27 tells a story about two men who were walking to Emmaus after Jesus was resurrected. They did not recognize Jesus as they were walking with Him. Jesus eventually revealed Himself to them and gave them an Old Testament Bible study. Verse 27 says:

“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”

The entire Bible is about Jesus. Every book, story, and event is a picture of Jesus and what He was going to do. Take the story of Abraham offering up his son Isaac in Genesis 22. Abraham did exactly what God instructed Him to do. Abraham told Isaac that “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering. “ The Angel of the Lord stopped Abraham just before he was going to kill his son. Hebrews 11:19 says:

“He (Abraham) considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him (Isaac) back as a type.”

On two occasions the Israelites had to receive water from a rock. Moses was instructed to strike the rock the first time. He did and water came out. The second time they needed water Moses was supposed to talk to the rock. Moses was upset with the Israelites and struck the rock again. This was in direct opposition to what God had told to do. Again, this was a picture of Jesus. Jesus was stuck once, not twice. 1 Corinthians 10:4 tells us that the Rock was Christ.

Another example of Moses comes in the book of Numbers, chapter 21. God sent poisonous serpents among the Israelites. They complained to Moses about these poisonous snakes. God instructed Moses to raise up a bronze serpent on a standard. When the Israelites would look upon the bronze serpent after having been bitten, they would be healed. I’m sure you are familiar with John 3:16, arguably the most famous verse in the Bible. But two verses prior to that show how God used events in the Old Testament to teach about the saving work of Christ.

14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

There are only a few options when deciding who Jesus is. He was either a lunatic, a liar, or He was who He said He was in the Bible. Given the previous eight reasons why I believe the Bible, along with over 300 prophecies concerning every detail of His life, Is there really any way one can conclude that He is anything other than the Son of God and our Messiah? Based on the evidence, I say not a chance.

 

WHY I BELIEVE THE BIBLE, AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO

Reason number 2.

If my number one reason for believing the Bible is the uniqueness of the book itself, my second reason for believing the Bible is the uniqueness of the Jewish people and the history surrounding them. One would have to be willfully ignorant of the Jews and what the Bible says about the Jews to not be truly amazed at their course through history.

God took Abram out of Ur and brought him to a specific piece of real estate. God promised to give Abram all the land that he could see and to make his descendants very numerous. Abram’s name was changed to Abraham and he settled in the land; his grandson Jacob lived in the land as well. Jacob had twelve sons. There came a famine in the land and, through a series of events, the entire family wound up in Egypt.

The Jews stayed in Egypt for four hundred years. Our long-suffering God was waiting for the Amorite to finish doing bad things before He sent his people in to settle the land. A pharaoh who was fearful of the Jews large numbers enslaved them, but God sent Moses to deliver them from slavery and bring them into the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was during this time that God gave Moses the Law. We need to read Deuteronomy 28 in order to truly understand why Jewish history has played out the way it has.

God promised the Jewish people two things: Good things would happen to them and they would stay in the land if they were obedient, and bad things would happen to them and they would be removed from the land if they were disobedient. History records their decision. The Assyrians conquered Israel and the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and carted off the Jews to Babylon. The Jews returned to Jerusalem after living in captivity for seventy years (Jeremiah 29:10 records how long the Jews would be captive in Babylon). The Roman Empire was the next foreign power to rule over Israel. The last remaining Jews were expelled from the land in 70 A.D. It wasn’t until 1948 that the Jewish people were brought back into the land.

It is important to note a couple of things here. First, obedience to God is always the indicator if the Jews will maintain possession of the land God promised them. It’s almost like a parent that gives a child a vehicle. The vehicle may belong to the child, but if the child does not follow certain guidelines, he or she may lose possession of the car for a while. A second item to note is that God always uses a foreign power to punish the Jewish people. War and conquest is God’s method for dealing with a disobedient people.

Let’s look at some very specific things that God promised would happen to the Jews if they disobeyed.

Deuteronomy 28:25 The Jews would be defeated before their enemies.

(History Validates)

Deuteronomy 28:37 The Jews would be a horror, a proverb, and a taunt among all the people where the Lord would drive them.

Ever hear of anti-Semitism? The Jewish people have been blamed for all the world’s ills throughout history.

(History Validates)

Deuteronomy 28:64 God promises to scatter the Jews among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other.

(History Validates)

Israel is the size of New Jersey. It is a very small country. Yet the Jewish people, in spite of being scattered throughout the world, have maintained their Jewishness. It is also interesting to note the extent of the hatred for the Jews the nations surrounding Israel would maintain forever.

The Jewish people are truly a remarkable group of people. Not so much because they are any different from anyone else, but because the God of the Bible has truly blessed them and has shown His hand on them in spite of the tragic history they have lived out.