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The Scriptures

Encouraging signs of alliance between Jews and Christians

I found This Wall Street Journal editorial in this morning’s paper to be very encouraging.  I think that increasingly, and especially under Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership, Israel is recognizing more and more that Bible-believing Christians worldwide are their most faithful ally.

They seem to recognize that although the U.S. on an official diplomatic level has all but thrown them to the wolves, the worldwide community of true Christian believers has nothing but respect and love for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.

It would be understandable, to me, if Israel harbored suspicion and animosity toward all of Christendom, given many centuries of harsh treatment at the hands of the supposedly “Christian” establishment in Rome.  That persecution was inspired by Satan, perpetrated by evil men, and had no valid root in New Testament theology.  However it seems that today the message of support and honor from millions true Christian believers throughout the world toward Israel and the Jews is starting to resonate with Israel and the Jews.  In my view, just another sign that we are getting close to the time of the end.

Here’s the article written by Israel’s current ambassador to the UN in support of persecuted Christians throughout the Islamic middle east.

A glimpse into the mind of Michael Bloomberg

For the first time in my life I actually felt sorry for Michael Bloomberg when I read this article.

This is the man who wants to disarm everyone in America but travels with a large armed security detail for himself.

This is the man who knows better than everyone else and feels that he should be making the decisions for you about how large your soda cup should be.

I suppose, then, that it stands to reason that his high self-opinion  and self-deception would carry over into spiritual matters…

May God open his eyes and grant him repentance unto life.

Nice to see a Jewish journalist finally sticking up for Israel

I get tired of hearing about “peace negotiations” in the middle east between Israel and the Palestinians.  It always seems to be every US WH Administration’s pet project.  The problem is their version of “peace” always seems to involve the good guys (Israel) surrendering territory to the bad guys (Palestinians).  What are the bad guys asked to surrender?  Nothing!  They are just asked to promise (with their fingers crossed) to stop killing innocent Israelis with rockets and suicide bombs.

Check out this article from this morning’s Wall Street Journal.   I found it to be very refreshing:

Is ignorance really bliss?

I’m often surprised to hear people who seem to wear their ignorance about a particular subject like a badge of honor.  I suppose this is appropriate in matters of evil, but in other matters, especially matters surrounding God’s Word, ignorance can carry with it a high price.

The word for “ignorant” or “ignorance” in the New Testament Greek is agnoeo (pronounced og-nah-ay-o), from which we get our word “agnostic”.  Agnostics plead “ignorance” when it comes to a knowledge or belief in God, as though the truth about God is either unknowable or not worth knowing.  This word appears twenty four times in the New Testament.  It means lacking knowledge or understanding.  It can carry with it the idea of being noncommittal as well.  Ignorance is never portrayed in Scripture in a favorable light, but rather as something that needs to be remedied.

Consider the following New Testament quotations:

“Are you ignorant that those of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?”  — Romans 6:3

“Are you ignorant, brethren, (for I speak to those knowing law,) that the law has jurisdiction over a man only as long as he lives?”  — Romans 7:1

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.” — 1Thessalonians 4:13

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.” — 1Corinthians 12:1

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” — Romans 11:25

Rather than applauding ignorance in the church, Paul seems to be on a quest to abolish it — even on points that are often difficult to understand.  Too many believers, I fear, are content to restrict their knowledge and understanding of life’s deeper truths to that which happens across their path.  And even then, they often are content to accept whatever is told them, thus abdicating their responsibility to “search the scriptures to see whether these things are true”.

While God has surely called us to a childlike faith or trust in Him and His Word, he has not called us to be children or simpletons in our thinking.  “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.” 1Cor 14:20.

Proverbs 4:7 puts it like this:

“The beginning of wisdom is this:  Get wisdom!  Though it cost all you have, get understanding!”

With the internet, we have unprecedented access to information.  I’m convinced that our forbears would drool with envy to see the resources we have instantaneously at our disposal.  Surely of all generations we have the least excuse for ignorance!

Let us resolve to never be “blissfully ignorant” of matters surrounding the faith.  The truths that matter about our lives are contained within His Word.  But, like gold, it is not always  just lying around on the ground waiting for us to pick it up.  Often it must be mined. Let’s dig deep!

New Testament Manuscripts

While studying our “founding” verse — Luke 21:36 — I was intrigued to note that the KJV uses a different Greek word than most of the other more modern English translations such as the NASB.

Of course I can’t leave well enough alone so I had to get to the bottom of this.  In the process, I found this interesting article on the web.  I’m sure this is just one side of an intense scholarly debate, but it seemed to be reasonably well written and informative.

It definitely lends some credibility to the “King James Only” crowd.

Here’s another article that gives another side…

Any thoughts?

“Arab Spring” leads to unchecked persecution of Christians

See the above article.   Christians are being persecuted by Muslims at an unprecedented rate in the middle east.  Sounds like this “Arab Spring” that the media liars claimed was toppling dictators and bringing positive “democratic” change to the Muslim world is just an excuse to make war against Christianity.  The only “change” so far is that nations that were once friendly with Israel are no longer friendly and that nations that once protected their Christian minorities are now persecuting them like crazy.

Of course the current administration is still lavishing BILLIONS in “foreign aid” and tons and tons of free military equipment on these nations without interruption.

Here’s a question:  how can we as Christians be patriotic and send our children into the US military to follow the orders of this commander-in-chief who absolutely works against and opposes everything we believe and stand for?  How can we continue to root for the US on the world stage when the US has been hijacked from the inside by people committed to its destruction?  Am I wrong?  Some of my sons best friends are graduating from West Point this year.  I shudder at the thought that these wonderful young men are going to take their orders from this Administration.