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The western church and the atheist victory

There is a well used adage that all evil needs to triumph is that good men do nothing. But there is something even worse – when good men see evil for decade after decade and still do nothing.  Such is the state of the western Church.  In the NIV, Jeremiah 3, starting at verse 6, is headed ‘unfaithful Israel’.  Few Christians would see a parallel between the Israel God judged with invasion and captivity and the western Church over the last 50 years.  Israel and Judah actively aligned themselves with foreign powers, embracing their gods and their ways in the hope it would bring them peace, security and acceptability.  They ignored God’s prophets who warned them to hold to their covenant with their God and forsake their infatuation with foreign cultures.

The contemporary Church has been thoroughly unfaithful.  To garner acceptability it has embraced the declining values of a failing western culture.  No good has come of it.  Its silence or complicity has aided the liberal and atheistic cause by failing to stand in its way.  Moral and spiritual cowardice has marked its way. If God were to send another Jeremiah or an Ezekiel to speak to today’s church, predicting what they would probably say is not difficult.  Here is the short list:

  • If you love your God, return to obedience to his commands:  Stop committing adultery and divorcing the wife of your youth. Honour your bodies as his temple.  Stop your promiscuity and reject homosexuality.
  • Judge situations on the basis of God’s commands.  Do not claim you are not to judge on matters on which God has already judged, providing you are not acting hypocritically.
  • Stand against the teaching of evolution.  Believe in an old earth if you must, but do not forsake the fact that God committed six literal acts of creation. Defend God as creator.
  • Do not remain silent any longer on the false god Allah and his false prophet. Tear down the pretentious arguments and practices ranged against the true God in the West by this satanic faith.
  • Stop supporting the politicians and political parties, that continue with laws and policies God hates, with your vote.
  • Publicly tell the people what is good and what is evil – to love God is to hate evil.
  • Stop preaching a gospel of relationship and centre it instead on repentance from sin and Jesus as Lord.
  • Leaders! Stop cloistering God’s people in your entertainment citadels.  Equip them properly to defend the faith(Jude 3) and proclaim the gospel of the kingdom.Send them out to be bold and courageous.
  • Publicly and relentlessly bring down the pretentious arguments ranged against God by prominent atheists.

 

ISIS is Islam

Here are two letters written by two Christians intent on informing politicians and the general public about the realities behind the Islamic threat. Their latter’s ignorance about Islam is truly astounding. A Princeton Islamic scholar, Bernard Haykel, has recently ‘come out’ by acknowledging the jihadists in ISIS and other Islamic terror groups are acting in accord with the teachings of the Koran and the example set by their prophet, Mohammad. This will be a revelation to many who listen to silly rhetoric claiming the terrorists are not properly following their religion. They are, it is just that most Muslims don’t want to go around killing people. They don’t really understand their faith, preferring to sideline the teachings that tell them Islam is all about bringing the whole world into submission to their Allah – by persuasion or violence. They can’t live up to the full demands of their faith because they just want to live peaceful lives. It does not take much to radicalise elements within the Islamic world because, being zealous for their faith and because they want assurance of salvation they turn easily to violence when incited to do so. This is not about cultural differences and the need to ‘understand each other’. This is spiritual. Islam is, at its heart, a vicious theocratic world view and has demonstrated its thirst for violence ever since its inception.
Here are the letters. A quick note concerning the context for each precedes them:

 

Letter One: Sent to New Zealand politicians in response to their concerns over sending a small training team to Iraq to help prepare Iraqi troops in their fight against ISIS.

I am writing to you and other MP’s to say some things that seem to have been left out of the debate on the Islamic issue. I’ve been into Muslim no go zones in the UK, faced off against Islamists in London and been into Islamic countries:

1. When NZ faced the Nazi threat, along with its allies, it saw not just an ‘existential threat’, but genuine evil. Now when confronted with the manifest evil in ISIS and the existential threat posed by the possible emergence of an new caliphate, along side a possibly nuclear armed Iran, we prevaricate over sending a mere training unit. All I’m seeing here is self-serving weakness. Australia already has 600 troops in Iraq while we huff and puff. I was opposed to US action in Iraq but the wolves have now been let loose – like it or not

2. The constant statements that Islam is a religion of peace and the jihadists are an extremist aberration is nonsense. This is what their prophet said to his followers; “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’” (Stark, 2009, God’s Battalions) Islam reveres its prophet who ordered over 60 violent jihads and led close to 30 of them personally. The so called extremists are only obeying their prophet and their ‘holy’ book. In the Koran there are 100+ calls to violence and jihad on an unrelenting basis until all are submitted to Allah.

3. Most of the ‘violent’ verses (e.g. in Surah 9) are in later surahs which under Muslim rules of exegesis abrogate earlier verses. So the ‘peaceful verses’ are abrogated. Thus the peaceful Muslims are in fact simply nominal Muslims. Their desire to live peaceful lives has nothing to do with Islam. What the violent Muslims are doing today is entirely in accord with Islam and consistent with the great swath of Islamic history from the 7th Century to 1683 when they were stopped at the gates of Vienna (not for the first time).

Its time you MPs grew a spine, woke up and spoke up. There is much more at stake here than your precious parliamentary careers. You need to put NZ, civilisation and humanity first.
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Letter two: Sent to a prominent national New Zealand radio host ho went on to read it on air:

Congratulations on your interview re Islam…a rare ray of light among dark clouds of apparently intentional misinformation. ISIS conforms exactly to the central authorities of Islam: the Koran, the Hadiths, and the example of Mohammad himself as portrayed in Islamic literature. The Islamic understanding of these was locked in over a 1000 years ago and any deviation from this understanding is apostasy. ‘Reformers’ are killed.

Mohammad authorised lying – Taqiyya – to further the Islamic cause, thus the deceptive claims by Muslims that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’. By ‘peace’ is meant the final state they envisage when Islam controls the world. Until then there is bloody war with all opposition to Islam, following the example of Mohammad. Some peace. Western leaders who recite this mantra are water carriers for Islam.

Mohammad oversaw and personally participated in the beheading of 700-900 Jewish men in Medina on one day, who had surrendered to him in good faith…and dispersed their women as sex slaves to his followers. Thus the contemporary mass beheading of those who oppose Islam and the taking of captured women as sex slaves.

Mohammad married his favourite wife Aisha when she was 6 and consummated the marriage when she was 9 and he over 50. This is confirmed by several Hadiths attributed to Aisha herself. Thus the legitimisation of child marriage by Muslims. It must be legitimate because the Islamic ‘perfect man’ did this.

Such behaviour has gone on consistently for the 1400 years of Islamic history with an estimated 270,000,000 people dying as a result of Jihad during that time.

ISIS is the authentic historic face of orthodox Islam.
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Dealing with the problem of evil

The presence of evil in the world is often used by atheists and back-slidden Christians to justify their unbelief.  They erroneously claim evil would not be found in a world created by an all-loving and all-powerful God.  From there they conclude God cannot therefore exist.  This argument appears to have validity until the bigger picture is considered.

God is all-loving for those that accept him by faith.  He is also all-loving in the sense that he wants everyone to accept him and join him for eternity.  Jesus Christ sacrificed himself on the cross to make that possible. He submitted to evil to make freedom from evil, for eternity, possible for all.  God is also all-powerful, but there is abundant evidence that God never claimed he would use that power to prevent evil in a world that refused to honour him with the free will he had given its people.  In fact he judged the whole world in Noah’s time by killing everyone, other that Noah and his family.  He ordered the genocide of tribal groups  and he used war to bring down empires and judge his own people.  In John’s Revelation God fore-swears that he will destroy vast numbers of people  and devastate the environment in the end times Tribulation. This is not a God to trifle with.

It is simply not possible to reduce God to a IF he-has-these-attributes-THEN-he-would-do-such-and-such equation.  As we demonstrate in our article, all the factors pertaining to evil’s existence are far more complex than a manufactured argument that rests on bald assumptions about several facets of God’s nature. Atheists may be content with resting their case on this argument but all they will do is condemn themselves.  They can beat their chests about what they think God should do, but they cannot expunge God with an over-simplified and banal excuse.  Go to the articles section and read  The Problem of Evil – No Problem After all.   

Unbelievers should tremble

If you are an unbeliever and want to know how Christians become Christians go to our Articles menu and open, An Appeal to Unbelievers.  We start by identifying the most likely reasons you have chosen to justify being ‘unsaved’.  Then we briefly describe why those reasons  are errors in fact and logic. We provide you with references to go to for further information.  We don’t make it easy for you.  If you want to discover why your reasons for falsely believing your atheism are unjustified you will have to do some work.  However, if you find the basic critique of your unbelief convincing enough, we also explain the ‘good news’ of Jesus Christ.  In other words we give you the steps you need to take to become a Christian.   Yes, all those well known words are in the article – evolution, hell, sin, evil, the Bible and God, of course.