Wednesday, 29 July 2009

The Gospel According to Oprah

"The new and improved, Jesus Energy, try it!"
"My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."
Oprah Winfrey

The Gospel According to Oprah

Oprah is on a mission. Repeatedly stated, her "mission" is, "I want people to see things on our show that makes them think differently about their lives...To be a light for people. To make a open their minds and see things differently…how to get in touch with the spiritual part of their life." Unfortunately, the "light" Oprah offers is the "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14), and "opening their minds," in this case means their brains fall out-they become empty headed (Romans 1:21-25).

Oprah Boycott Calls into Question Philosophy Behind Freedom of Speech

Oprah Boycott Called! The Florida Federation of Republican Women is fervently upset about the alleged Oprah snub of the John McCain running mate. Yet, is it not Oprah's show and her choice whom to interview and when?

Sunday, 26 July 2009

The Dilemma of Post-Modernism


Philosopher Frederick Nietsche once said, "There is no absolute truth."

So, then how do we know what he is saying is true? This is the dilemma: If we think that there is no absolute truth then we must not even think, for when we think and make decisions we will have to deny every thought we've had and any decision we've made in life. But how can we deny anything based on the definition that there is no truth? How can we make such a logical or philosophical predicament with an absolute answer if there is no absolute truth? Why would this sound insane? This is how the post-modern world thinks nowadays! It is pure insanity! There must be truth!

Confirming The Bible

The Bible is composed of 66 books and over 40 different authors. All who wrote from different parts of the world, different times, but still consistent with the message, and most of the authors haven't even met. The New Testament was written in three different continents, Africa, Asia, and Europe. All the books of the Bible were written in a time period of 1500+ years and still are consistent to the message about Jesus Christ our Lord. There is so much evidence to prove the Bible is true.

The Words prove that the Bible is supernaturally inspired, not just written by men. Some people argue that it is just written by men. If that is your argument, then you must disregard every textbook you've ever read because they were written by men. The Bible clearly states that it is inspired by God, not by the philosophy of men. Just think of it as men used as a tool by God to spread the message (the truth). The artifacts we find in the ground, the scrolls we keep finding of other people speaking about Jesus. Even the Qur'an (the Book of Islam), the Muslims can say that Jesus existed. All other religions are based on works to save them. But only in Jesus there is forgiveness. One punishment for all of our sins. We just have to put our faith into Him and believe. That's all, it's not by works that you are saved! If you are truly saved, you will bare the fruits of the Spirit in your works. I am not saying that by these works you are saved, but by the evidence of these works proves that you are already saved.

Look at the first animal killed in Eden to cover up Adam and Eve's shame. They sinned against God, and because they knew Good and Evil, they saw their sin. They personally believe in Satan's lie, didn't trust in God, and put their faith into themselves. But they were so ashamed when God asked Adam, why they were hiding and if they ate the forbidden fruit, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent. God saw what they had done and there was no escape. God could easily have killed them for disobeying Him. But God because He is so good he spared their lives. So, for their shame God covered them up with animal hide. A sacrifice had to be made for sin. Do you see the fuzzy image here? Then again when Moses lead the people through the Red Sea, it took 3 days to get across. On the third day, they were across and that was the same time of Pentecost. This is a foreshadow to Christ rising on the third day and saving us from our bondage to sin. People used to shed blood of a spotless lamb and cover the door of their homes so that the angel of death wouldn't come in. Fuzzy image...

Then 700 years after Isaiah prophesied about the coming of the Messiah (the Christ), Mary had given birth to the Son of Man, Christ Jesus. The only sinless man, a spotless lamb, he was sacrificed to cover our sins. No more sacrifices were needed after that. That was the ultimate sacrifice. He didn't come to Earth to judge us, but to bring us back to Him, and to shed his blood on the cross as an atonement for our sins so that we may be saved. In believing, repenting of your sins (that means forsaking your sins and turning away form them), and putting your full trust in Jesus, the law does not apply to you then. You are seen as a child of God, perfect in His eyes. If you put your faith in Jesus, turn away from sin, and trust Him, you will be given a new heart with new desires. Your eyes will be opened and your mind at rest.

The Birth of Post-Modernism

The idea of post-modernism and humanism derives from Eden. Humanism was born in Eden when Adam and Eve put confidence into themselves over God.
Protagoras observed that "Man is the measure of all things ...", which is usually taken as a radical relativism, denying objective truth and hence as essentially sceptical. The most explicitly sceptical of the sophists appears to have been Gorgias, who maintained that:
  • nothing exists
  • if anything did exist, we could not know it
  • if anything could be known, we could not communicate that knowledge
and went on from there to devote himself to the rhetoric. Gorgas thought "the right and the good is defined in terms of what advances your own agenda." Humanism was confronted by the theory of thought by Socrates and his student Plato. Later, Plato's disciple Aristotle who had a theory of substance by his concept of matter and form challenged Hellenistic Greece philosophy.

After these long standing impacts on the history of ideas, post-modernism began to thrive into western culture with the birth of the Renaissance.

Truth and Lie - Relativism

Jarrod | MySpace Video

The actor Jim Carrey illustrates the delusion on reality, as Andy Kaufman, in the movie Man on the Moon with the quote, "I think of the world as an illusion and we shouldn't take ourselves so seriously."

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

In Times of Trial

I thank Jesus for the mocking and teasing that I receive every day for living for His sake... Kiitos Jeesus! My heart pours out to the unsaved! God's Word Endures Forever!

"We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ."
1 Corinthians 4:10

It broke my heart to see my co-workers laugh and scoff at my belief in the Bible. They openly mocked, and laughed at my faith.... our faith. They think that Jesus is a joke, so then of course that reflects to us as believers in Christ.

"For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face."
2 Corinthians 11:19-20

They mock His name and scoff His existence. Every day I get mocked, scoffed, and just for their pleasure. Jokes not to be taken literally, but to mock Jesus(and me as a believer) for their own pleasure.

"Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
and foolish people reviles your name."
Psalm 74:18

But do not fret if this happens to you. For it is written....

"For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. "
1 Corinthians 1:25

God will uphold His righteousness and condemn the wicked unless they come to their senses and repent. Keep to His Word. Love and forgive who prosecute you, for through this act of kindness will they see His Grace. His Word is already foolishness to them, so don't waste your precious time quarrelling with them. Teach them once or twice then leave it up to the Holy Spirit to work in their hearts.

"Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, table to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will."
2 Timothy 2:23-26

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

An Ordinary Person

InTouch Magazine, July 2009 Issue, Page 38
Read | Matthew 4:18-20

The apostle Peter was an ordinary person who lived in an extraordinary time. His was the generation during which Jesus lived on the earth and died for the salvation of mankind.

Peter (who was originally called Simon) met the Lord through his brother Andrew (John 1:40-42). When Jesus invited him to become a disciple, he immediately left his fishing trade and placed himself under Christ's authority (Matt 4:20). He became a passionate follower who consistently demonstrated an eagerness to be near the Saviour and in the middle of whatever was going on. Whether meeting Jesus on the water during a storm (Matt 14:27-29) or speaking to Him during His transfiguration (Matt 17:1-5), Peter was devoted to his Master's service.

In the beginning, the former fisherman was quick to speak and to act, and this impulsiveness created problems for him. For example, when Jesus was talking about His imminent suffering and death, Peter objected, as if he knew better than the Lord. Christ's rebuke was swift and direct (Matt 16:21-23). The apostle learned from his mistakes and was later given great responsibility. Hes a good example of how we should let go of personal desires, wholeheartedly embrace Jesus' way, and walk closely with Him (Mark 8:34).

Early Light | The Lord chooses unexceptional people like Peter and you and me to build His kingdom. He asks His followers to love Him above all else and fully commit to obeying Him. When we do, He will accomplish more thought through us than we could ever imagine.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Stand Up!

Why are men and women so afraid to stand up in the faith? A true Man would step up for what he believes in. That's biblical Manhood. The same for Women. I've learned, this whole week, that I've been trying to get some co-worker's acceptance, but not God's. In favour for my own self esteem, but not for God's glory! This is vanity! This is meaningless to say that "I am a Christian" and not show it.

We by nature want acceptance. Even for our sins, we want a redeemer, we want to be cleansed and told, "you are forgiven." So, if we don't get that then we seek it through others. We want to be accepted, and loved. But God has provided this on the Cross. He took the burdens and put them in the Cross with Him to redeem us from suffering the consequences. Not only in Hell, but in our daily struggles with our sin. It is by the repentance and trust in Jesus Christ, that we are seen perfect, and cleansed from our sins. The blood shed on the Cross was necessary, as seen since the creation of Man when the first animal was sacrificed for its hide to cover Adam's and Eve's shame. There had to be a 'covering' for our sins. So, this slowly built up, through many events, such as when Moses led God's people across the Nile, till the time when God's people were established in Israel.

We couldn't have redeemed ourselves from our own righteousness. There was no way for us to pay for our sins. No works, but by Grace alone we are saved. God had to do it. At the perfect time, through many examples leading up to the time of the crucifixion. He showed His righteousness, His just heart, and His mercy in the past, His hope leading up to the forgiveness of sins on the Cross through His Son, Jesus. There was no one ever more perfect, spotless, unblemished, sinless, than Jesus Christ. He was made as an atonement for our rebellious and prideful nature. There had to be an atonement so that others will be saved, and so that the Kingdom could grow. There had to be a Mediator, between us and Him, to whom we seek coverage and redemption. What other way, in perfect timing, could He create a redemption from the past and future sins. Made flesh, as a Man, a perfect example of what is that good and perfect character of God.

How humble He is to give us this deliverance, so that we can praise Him and glorify Him, and experience the goodness in His presence forever, Amen!

Monday, 6 July 2009

Birth Pangs of Our Society

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says a homosexual activist who is attacked following a Christian minister's sermon about homosexuality would be protected by a proposed new federal law, but a minister attacked by a homosexual wouldn't be.

The revelations come from Holder's recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was taking comments on the so-called "hate crimes" proposal. It also was the subject of discussion on talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh's show today.

"This is the question," Limbaugh said. "[Sen.] Jeff Sessions [R-Ala.] presents a hypothetical where a minister gives a sermon, quotes the Bible about homosexuality and is thereafter attacked … by a gay activist because of what the minister said about his religious beliefs and what Scripture says about homosexuality. Is the minister protected?"

No, said Holder.

Resource: WorldNetDaily

The state has been taking away church freedoms since the Middle Ages. The church is no longer, and hasn't been for a long time, in control of itself. Where, I ask, is the biblical authority in the church today? Humanistic ideals are drilling their way into the church deeper, and deeper, to diversify the church even more. In China, the government prohibits church activity in some locations, and in some other locations the government regulates the sermons to the bare minimal biblical teachings because of fear that they would worship God, than their own government, as the authority. Deeper, and deeper, the church is dug right underground.

Pray for your brothers and sisters in China and the rest of Asia. There is much persecution, suffering, and affliction poured onto them for having such strong faith in our Lord. Pray for their safety, forgiveness, strength, and perseverance.
We must also thank the Lord that we live in such a safe and protected environment where we can freely praise and worship our Lord without such persecution.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Give Freely

We all want to build relationships with other believers. Sometimes we are afraid, but we put ourselves out there. Just remember, you will not always receive back the same, but always give no matter what. People are just afraid to be open to each other. It risks being hurt and getting a broken heart. Sometimes we don't get back what we give. But give freely! Share Christ's love for others, building up the body with encouragement. Love them, pray for them, don't expect anything in return. If they ask, give without hesitation, expecting nothing in return. You know where that love is directed; to God! So, don't worry about what you get in return. For the reward of your good deeds are not for your own pleasure, but for the Glory of God, and in knowing that we find pleasure.

Jesus' last commandment to us was to love one another as He loves the church.
For He is in all who believe, and they are in Him.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Happy Canada Day!

Give praise to God for our free and blessed country! And pray for our Prime Minister and the nation!

Humanity's Dilemma

The following is written by Ravi Zacharias in Can Man Live Without God:

". . . No matter what part of the world we come from or what strata of society we represent, we must all admit our own shortcoming—that we only feel exonerated when we gauge our level of saintliness in comparison to someone else of lesser esteem."

One of the most powerful stories I have heard on the nature of the human heart is told by Malcolm Mudderidge. Working as a journalist in India, he left his residence one evening to go to a nearby river for a swim. As he entered the water, across the river he saw an Indian woman from the nearby village who had come to have her bath. Muggeridge impulsively felt the allurement of the moment, and temptation stormed into his mind. He had lived with this kind of struggle for years but had somehow fought it off in honour of his commitment to his wife, Kitty. On this occasion, however, he wondered if he could cross the line of marital fidelity. He struggled just for a moment and then swam furiously toward the woman, literally trying to outdistance his conscience. His mind fed him the fantasy that stolen waters would be sweet, and he swam the harder for it. Now he was just two or three feet away from her, and as he emerged from the water, any emotion that may have gripped him paled into significance when compared with the devastation that shattered him as he looked at her. "She was old and hideous . . . and her skin was wrinkled and, worst of all, she was a leper. . . . This creature grinned at me, showing a toothless mask." The experience left Mudderidge trembling and muttering under his breath, "What a dirty lecherous woman!" But then the rude shock of it dawned upon him—it was not the woman who was lecherous; it was his own heart.

This is precisely the teaching of Christ's message. When we look into the human heart we see the lust, the greed, the hate, the pride, the anger, and the jealousness that are so destructive. This is the heart of the human predicament, and the Scriptures call this condition sin.

". . . Jesus talked about that, the heart of man is desperately wicked. Who can understand it?"

G.K. Chesterton said that there are many, many angles at which one can fall but only one angle at which one can stand straight. If we do not understand sin, humanity will forever test the angles. The worst effect of sin, according to Christ, is manifested not in pain or poverty or bodily defacement but rather, in the discrowned faculties, the unworthy loves, the low ideals, the brutalized and enslaved spirit.

If you reject this concept of sin as a Christian imposition upon our freedom, unsustained by modern psychological theory, listen now to these surprising words from Professor Hobart Mowrer, one-time president of the American Psychological Association, who taught at both Harvard and Yale. In an article in the American Psychologist in 1960 he said:

For several decades we psychologists looked upon the whole matter of sin and moral accountability as a great incubus and acclaimed our liberation from it as epoch making. But at length we have discovered that to be free in this sense, that is, to have excuse of being sick rather than sinful, is to court the danger of also becoming lost. This danger is, I believe, betokened by the widespread interest in existentialism, which we are presently witnessing. In becoming amoral, ethically neutral and free, we have cut the very roots of our being, lost our deepest sense of selfhood and identity, and with neurotics, themselves, we find ourselves asking, "Who am I, what is my deepest destiny, what does living mean?"

In reaction to the state of near limbo into which we have drifted, we have become suddenly aware, once again, of the problem of values and of their centrality in the human enterprise. This trend is clearly apparent in the programs at our recent professional meetings, in journal articles, and to some extent already in our elementary textbooks. Something very basic is obviously happening to psychologists and their self image.

Mowrer then quotes Anna Russell in a psychiatric folk song:

At three I had a feeling of
Ambivalence toward my brothers,
And so it follows naturally
I poisoned all my lovers.
But now I'm happy I have learned
The lesson this has taught,
That everything I do that's wrong
Is someone else's fault.

Can there be a clearer statement on the condition of the human heart? To be sure, Mowrer would not want to be perceived as espousing a biblical doctrine of sin. (Unfortunately, as many of you know, Mowrer's own life ended in suicide.) But he does confess outrightly that the humanistic trivializing of wrongdoing is utterly bankrupt and incapable of expressing our real human predicament. An admission such as this from one not sympathetic to Christianity signifies that the attempt to portray mankind without any transcendent accountability has inexorably contributed to our individual sense of loss and alienation. And once that feeling of trangement is etched upon our consciences, we are alienated not only from God, but even from ourselves and ultimately, from our fellow human beings.

Reference: Can Man Live Without God, Pages 136-138