“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” ~ Isaiah 53:5 ♥
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” ~ Isaiah 53:5 ♥
Wow. Just wow. Wow. There are no other words. Watch. Be still. Listen. *NOTHING* that we lay at the feet of the Father will go unreedemed. I’m claiming this song as my lifesong. ♪♪
President Barack Obama stated at a press conference in Turkey last week that we Americans “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Muslim nation, but rather, a nation of citizens who are, uh, bound by a set of values.”
Obama has made similar statements in the past. In June 2007, he told CBS, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” Note the progression. In 2007, he said we are no longer “just” a Christian nation. Now, in 2009, he says we “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation” at all.
There is a sense in which this writer agrees with him. Unlike England at the time of our nation’s founding, we do not have an official state church. And I don’t want one — I don’t want Barack Obama to be the head of the church.
But that’s not what the U.S. Supreme Court meant when, in Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 143 U.S. 437 (1892), they held that “this is a Christian nation.” They meant that this nation was founded on biblical principles, and that those who brought these biblical principles to this land and who implemented those principles in our system of government were for the most part professing Christians who were actively involved with Christian churches. In my own book Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers (Baker Book House, 1987, 2008), I demonstrate that at least 51 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention were members of Christian churches, and that leading American political figures in the founding era quoted the Bible far more than any other source.
And the ideals on which they framed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution — that man is subject to the laws of nature and of nature’s God, that God created man equal and endowed him with basic unalienable rights, that human nature is sinful and therefore government power must be carefully restrained by the Constitution — are ideals that they derived, directly or indirectly, from the Bible. Some of these ideals may be shared by those of other religious traditions. But the Founding Fathers, with few exceptions, did not read the Koran, or the Upanishads, or the Bagavigita. They read the Bible, and they heard the Bible preached on Sunday mornings.
Besides denying that America is a Christian nation in his April 6 news conference in Turkey, President Obama told the Turkish Parliament on the same day: “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.” Arguably, this is a true statement — if by his “own country” Obama was referring to Kenya!
But seriously, the suggestion that Islam has shaped America in any substantial way is ludicrious. As Robert Spencer asks,
Were there Muslims along Paul Revere’s ride, or standing next to Patrick Henry when he proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death”? Where there Muslims among the framers or signers of the Declaration of Independence, which states that all men — not just Muslims, as Islamic law would have it — are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Were there Muslims among those who drafted the Constitution and vigorously debated its provisions, or among those who enumerated the Bill of Rights, which guarantees — again in contradiction to the tenets of Islamic law — that there should be no established national religion, and that the freedom of speech should not be infringed?
The primary contact our Founding Fathers had with Islam occurred during their struggles with the Barbary pirates, who from 1500-1800 carried over a million European Christians — including some Americans — into Muslim slavery. For centuries the Knights of Malta protected Europe from the Barbary pirates, but after their demise the European powers decided that paying tribute to the Barbary rulers in exchange for protection was easier and cheaper than fighting them. But this galled the Americans. In 1786, while Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were in Europe, they asked the ambassador from Tripoli by what right Tripoli could claim tribute from nations which had done his country no injury. Jefferson and Adams reported the ambassador’s response:
It was written in their Koran that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet [Mohammed] were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful [Muslims] to plunder and enslave; and that every muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.
Much of the Muslim world has a negative view of the United States. Sadly, President Obama seems to think the Muslim world will warm up to our country if our president shares their negative view. But the lessons of history clearly demonstrate that the world’s leading super-power is never popular. But to what country do the tired and poor of the world seek to immigrate — Afghanistan? What nation’s constitution do other nations look to as a model — China’s? And when other nations are stricken with disaster, to what nation do they turn for help — Sudan?
No, they temporarily set aside their “Yankee Go Home” placards and turn to America, the most generous nation in the history of the world, for help that is seldom denied. And America’s generosity is a response learned from our Christian heritage.
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The following is something I found on my Mother’s kitchen table. I read it, thought it was pretty good, and decided to type it up and post it on here. Word-for-word. Enjoy. 🙂
The theory of evolution of the Coca Cola can.
Billions of years ago, a big bang produced a large rock. As the rock cooled, sweet brown liquid formed on its surface. As time passed, aluminum formed itself into a can, a lid, and a tab. Millions of years later, red and white paint feel from the sky, and formed itself into the words “Coca Cola… 12 fluid ounces.”
Of course, my theory is an insult to your intellect because you know that if the Coca Cola can is made, there must be a maker. If it is designed, there must be a designer. The alternative (that it happened by chance or accident) is to move into an intellectual-free zone.
The Banana – the Athiest’s Nightmare.
Note that the banana:
1. Is shaped for human hand
2. Has non-slip surface
3. Has outward indicators of inward contents: green – too early, yellow – just right, black – too late.
4. Has a tab for removal of wrapper
5. Is perforated on wrapper
6. Bio-degradable wrapper
7. Is shaped for human mouth
8. Has a point at top for ease of entry
9. Is pleasing to taste buds
10. Is curved towards the face to make eating process easy.
To say that the banana happened by accident is even more unintelligent than to say that no one designed the Coca Cola can.
The person who things the Coca Cola can had no designer is:
• A. Intelligent
• B. A fool
• C. Has an ulterior motive for denying the obvious
Did you know that the eye has 40,000,000 nerve endings, the focusing muscles move an estimated 100,000 times a day, and the retina contains 137,000,000 light-sensitive cells?
Charles Darwin said, “To suppose that the eye could have been formed by natural selection seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.” If man cannot begin to make a human eye, how could anyone in his right mind think that eyes formed by mere chance? In fact, man cannot even make anything from nothing. We don’t know how to do it. We can re-create, reform, develop… but we cannot create even one grain of sand from nothing. Yet, the eye is only a small part of the most sophisticated part of creation – the human body.
George Gallup, the famous statistician said, “I could prove God statistically; take the human body alone; the chance that all the functions of the individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.”
Albert Einstein said, “Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe – a spirit vastly superior to man, and one in the face of which our modest powers must feel humble.”
1. Do you know of any building that didn’t have a builder? • YES • NO
2. Do you know of any painting that didn’t have a painter? • YES • NO
3. Do you know of any car that didn’t have a maker? • YES • NO
If you answered “YES” for any of the above, please give details:
Could I convince you that I dropped 50 oranges onto the ground and they by chance fell into ten rows of five oranges? The logical conclusion is that someone with an intelligent mind put them there. The odds that ten oranges would fall by accident into a straight line are mind-boggling, let along tens rows of five.
A. From the atom to the universe, is there order? • YES • NO
B. Did it happen by accident, or must there have been an intelligent mind? • YES • NO
C. What are the odds of 50 oranges falling by chance into ten rows of five oranges? ____________________________
The declaration, “There is no God,” is what is known as an absolute statement. For an absolute statement to be true, I must have absolute knowledge. Here is another absolute statement: “There is no gold in China.”
What do I need to have for that statement to be true?
• A. No knowledge of China
• B. Partial knowledge of China
• C. Absolute knowledge of China
“C” is the correct answer. For the statement to be true I must know that there is no gold in China, or the statement is incorrect. To say “There is no God,” and to be correct in the statement, I must be omniscient. I must know how many hairs are upon every head, every thought of every human heart, every detail of history, every atom within every rock… nothing is hidden from my eyes… I know the intimate details of the secret love-life of the fleas on the back of the black cat of Napoleon’s great grandmother. To make the absolute statement “There is no God,” I must have absolute knowledge that there isn’t one.
Let’s say that a circle represents all the knowledge in the entire universe, and let’s assume that you have an incredible 1% of all that knowledge. Is it possible, that in the knowledge you haven’t yet come across, there is ample evidence to prove that God does not exist? If you are reasonable, you will have to say, “Having the limited knowledge I have at present, I believe that there is no God.” In other words, you don’t know if God exists, so you are not an “atheist” – you are what is commonly known as an “agnostic.” You are like a man who looks at a building and doesn’t know if there was a builder.
The man who sees a building and doesn’t know if there was a builder is:
• A. Intelligent
• B. A fool
• C. Has an ulterior motive
Perhaps you have questions that hold you back from faith. First, almost every question you have about suffering humanity, etc., can be adequately answered. Second, we have faith in plenty of things we don’t understand. Did you understand the mechanics of television before you turned it on? Probably not. You took a step of faith, turned it on, and after it worked, understanding HOW it worked wasn’t that important. We accept that there are unseen television waves right in front of our eyes. We can’t see them because they are invisible. For them to manifest, we need a receiver, then we can enjoy the experience of television.
God is not flesh and blood. He is an eternal Spirit – immortal and invisible. Like the television waves, He cannot be experienced until the “receiver” is switched on. Here is something you will find hard to believe: Jesus said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). Either that is true or it isn’t. Jesus Christ says that He will manifest Himself to anyone who oberys Him. Approach the subject the same way you approached your first television set. Just take a small step of faith. If it works, enjoy it; if it doesn’t, forget it.
Or have you an ulterior motive? Could it be that the “atheist” can’t find God, for the same reason a thief can’t find a policeman? Could it be that your love for sin is clouding your good judgment? If the Bible is true, and Jesus Christ has “abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel,” then you owe it to yourself just to check it out. Here is how to do that:
With a tender conscience, check this list of the Ten Commandments:
1. Have I always loved my Creator with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength? • YES • NO
2. Have I made a god in my own image (a god to suit myself)? • YES • NO
3. Have I ever used God’s name in vain? • YES • NO
4. Have I kept the Sabbath holy? • YES • NO
5. Have I always honored my parents implicitly? • YES • NO
6. Have I murdered (God considers hatred murder)? • YES • NO
7. Have I committed adultery (which includes premarital sex and lust)? • YES • NO
8. Have I stolen (the value is irrelevant)? • YES • NO
9. Have I lied (including fibs and these questions)? • YES • NO
10. Have I coveted (been greedy or materialistic)? • YES • NO
If you have even broken one Law, then you have sinned again God and therefore will “surely die,” for the “wages of sin is death.” We are all guilty of breaking the Commandments. Listen to the voice of your conscience, and let it remind you of some of the sins of the past. We are not perfect as we are commanded to be (Matthew 5:48), either is our heart pure. On Judgment Day our transgressions will be evidence of our shame. Think of it: God has seen every sin we have ever committed. We share our thought-life with Him.
We are guilty of violating His Law a multitude of times, yet if we repent, God can forgive us because Jesus stepped into our courtroom 2,000 years ago and paid that fine for us. His death on the cross satisfied the Law we so blatantly transgressed, and at the same time demonstrated how much God loves us – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). His shed blood on the cross can make you clean in the sight of a Holy God… as though you have never sinned. God doesn’t want you to go to Hell. Please, forget your arguments, repent and put your trust in Jesus, and be saved from God’s wrath. Make Psalm 51 your prayer, then read the Bible daily and always obey what you read; God will never let you down.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I was surfing the web (www.google.com to be exact) looking for different things about “The Potter and The Clay”, and I came across an interesting blog. It’s title: “Memoirs of an Ex-Christian” (http://mexc.blogspot.com/). I looked at my computer screen with a puzzled look on my face. “Huh…”, I wondered, “I’ve never heard someone call themselves an ‘EX-Christian’ before…” My curiosity was pricked just enough for me to read a couple of his posts. I read a poem he wrote called “The Potter and The Clay” (http://mexc.blogspot.com/2008/10/potter-and-clay.html). I was shocked to see this man set HIMSELF up as the potter, and Almighty God as the clay. I have but one word for this: backwards. The only reasons I could find for his conversion to being an “ex-Christian” are as follows:
1. He prayed and asked for help, and when the answer didn’t come when he wanted it to – surely there must not be a God. (It’s simple really: God is God, and you are not. He’ll answer you when He’s good and ready… not when you begin a demanding tantrum.)
2. He can’t see God; therefore, what proof do we have that God is real. (shallow, faithless individual)
3. How can Christians say they have the absolute truth, when there is yet “no proof” (an ignorant statement)
4. (There are more… but instead of sporting with your intelligence, I’m choosing to just stop there.)
Below is my entire response to this individual’s post… I just couldn’t quit. 🙂 Every time I thought I’d end my response, the Lord would bring another Scripture to mind… enjoy.
 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
 For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
Hey! Satan thought the same thing you did. He tried to set Himself up as the potter, and God as the clay — just look where He ended up! Let me caution you to be very careful with your thoughts on this subject.
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 53:1)
I would like to think that you’re not a “fool”… I would like to believe that you have more knowledge than that. Here’s a definition for you:
1. a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.
2. a professional jester, formerly kept by a person of royal or noble rank for amusement: the court fool.
3. a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing or acting silly or stupid: to make a fool of someone.
4. an ardent enthusiast who cannot resist an opportunity to indulge an enthusiasm (usually prec. by a present participle): He’s just a dancing fool.
5. a weak-minded or idiotic person.
God doesn’t NEED to show Himself to you – He’s God. He CHOOSES to show Himself to those who have faith in Him. Sounds to me like you’re lacking in that area.
“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Thomas also doubted… and He got the surprise of His life. God is not a man that He should lie – so therefore, we KNOW that He is honest and true.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
In Matthew 4, Satan met Jesus out in the wilderness and tempted Him. Trying to get Jesus to admit He wasn’t Who He claimed to be (God in the flesh). Read on:
 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
One last thought for you…
“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) — I sure hope you’ll change your mind.
***Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with Mr. Ex-Christian?
By all means, please do so by leaving a comment under this post…***