Theories against Jesus and how to answer them


First of all, I respect everyone’s opinions on here. You are free to comment if you disagree. Oh, and if you don’t like gruesome details, I would recommend you not read this post. Then again, the Bible is full of gruesome details. So if you can read your Bible, you can read this post.

The Hallucination Theory- This is the theory that Jesus’ disciples didn’t see Jesus, they “hallucinated” seeing him because of their grief.

How to answer: It’s proven that hallucination occurs one person at a time. It’s impossible for many people to hallucinate about one specific person at the same time. Jesus’ disciples said they saw Him all at once.

The “Unconscious” theory- This is the theory that Jesus didn’t die, that he was just unconscious, therefore it would be easy for him to “fake” the resurrection because he wouldn’t be dead to begin with.

How to answer: Roman Soldiers. They made sure all their victims were dead. If the victims were not dead, Roman soldiers would break their legs, making it harder to push up on the cross in order to breath. They didn’t break Jesus’ legs. Instead they drove their spear into his side. The spear went up through Jesus’ ribs and pierced his heart. Blood and water came rushing out. If people ask, “What’s the significance of the soldiers not breaking Jesus’ legs?” you can quote this from Bible scholars.

“When God gave Moses and Aaron the rules for the Passover, some might have sounded unconventional—for example, the clear prohibition against breaking any bones of the lamb that was sacrificed and eaten by each household. Why did God insist on this?

This command—that the Passover lamb not have its legs broken—carries symbolic weight. When Jesus, whom John the Baptist proclaimed to be “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), was crucified, not one of his bones was broken. John 19:31-34 tells us that when the soldiers came to Jesus to break his legs to hasten his death, they found that he was already dead, so they pierced his side with a spear but did not break his legs.”

P.S- I found this interesting:

“Jesus came to fulfill the predictions of the prophets, who had long foretold that a Savior would one day appear. He came to fulfill the ceremonial law, by becoming the great sacrifice for sin, to which all the Old Testament offerings had ever pointed. He came to fulfill the moral law, by yielding to it a perfect obedience, which we could never have yielded – and by paying the penalty for our breaking of it with His atoning blood, which we could never have paid.”

“Do not despise the Old Testament under any pretense whatsoever. Let us never listen to those who bid us throw it aside as an obsolete, antiquated, useless book. The religion of the Old Testament is the embryo of Christianity. The Old Testament is the gospel in the bud. The New Testament is the gospel in full flower. The saints in the Old Testament saw many things through a glass darkly. But they all looked by faith to the same Savior and were led by the same Spirit as ourselves.”

“Also, beware of despising the law of the Ten Commandments. Let us not suppose for a moment that it is set aside by the gospel or that Christians have nothing to do with it. The coming of Christ did not alter the position of the Ten Commandments in the least. If anything, it exalted and raised their authority (Romans 3:31). The law of the Ten Commandments is God’s eternal measure of right and wrong. By it, is the knowledge of sin. By it, the Spirit shows men their need of Christ and drives them to Him. To it, Christ refers His people as their rule and guide for holy living. In its right place it is just as important as ‘the glorious gospel.’ It cannot save us. We cannot be justified by it. But never, never let us despise it. It is a symptom of an ignorant and unhealthy state of religion when the law is lightly esteemed. The true Christian ‘delights in God’s law’ (Romans 7:20).”

Adapted from The Gospel of Matthew by J.C. Ryle (Chapter 5).

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The Election of 2016 and it’s aftermath


I’m probably going to get a lot of backlash for what I’m about to say, but I can’t just stand by and say nothing. To all those rioters out there: yes, I understand your feelings. You’re mad that Trump is President, and not Hillary. You may have some good and reasonable objections to why you don’t want him to be your President.

But, all the rioting, even if it is peaceful won’t change anything. Trump has been elected President and there’s nothing that can change that. Unless of course, he were to become impeached, but, that can’t happen yet since he hasn’t taken full control of the White House and if he were, you can’t make him become impeached either. It’s the House and the Senate’s job to do that.

All in all, we need to come together and accomplish what is good for the sake of AMERICA and our children and their grandchildren. Many have different opinions and I’m not trying to offend anybody here. Bye!

July 10, 2016- Carmel Baptist Church


I don’t mind if you object or comment, but these are some notes I took during our pastor’s sermon today. This is also what I got out of it as well.

_Sealed with the Holy Spirit_         Ephesians 1:1-22

I am Redeemed in Christ!

 I do not cease to give thanks for you,remembering you in my prayers,  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,  having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” Ephesians 1:16-21

Blessings this chapter covers: 1/3 of it is of The Father, the next third is of The Son, and last but, definitely not least, the Holy Spirit.

The Father  vs. 1-6

The Son   vs. 7-13

The Holy Spirit  vs. 13-14

God has blessed us immensely. He planned from the very beginning that we would be His Sons and Daughters.

Sealed generally is a means of safety and a feeling of being owned. -Esther 8

Here’s the best part,though, if you’re truly saved, the seal of the Holy Spirit cannot be revoked. In other words, once you’re a believer and receive the Holy Spirit, he lives in you and there is nothing that can snatch us away from God’s Love.

The time is now to start sharing the Love of Christ with all kinds of people groups, that includes homosexuals and other people that we aren’t exactly comfortable to be around. Muslims are included as well. Muslims need Christ and His Love.

Like my pastor likes to say, “Together (as in all the people groups), we make a beautiful tapestry.” The Love of Christ needs to reach these people. If they don’t know the truth, then how will they change without our Lord Jesus Christ?  The amazing part is all these people are made in God’s image, “the Imago Dei”.   Remember, Nobody is Beyond Reach!

Start with your neighbor or anybody you know pretty well. Also, remember to tell them that Life wouldn’t become easier when you’re a Christian. But when Life throws curveballs at them, they will have Jesus,(who was tempted and tried and mocked), to lean on through the trials and tribulations.

Finding Dory (a review from pluggedin.com)


MOVIE REVIEW
Dory’s mom and dad may not have always known exactly what to do for their adorable little blue tang daughter, but that didn’t stop them from trying their hardest.

They were convinced that a girl fish with short-term memory loss needed some simple things she could wrap a fin around. They wanted to give her a few sandy landmarks she could always swim toward even when the tides turned.

For Jenny and Charlie, no challenge was too large and no compliment too small. And their swim-against-the-current parenting style had its effect. For no matter what else she forgot, no matter how many wrong turns she took, no matter how often she repeated a task, Dory always remembered her loving mom and dad.

Now, as an adult, Dory finds herself having little flashback jolts of memory¬—tidbits about being caught up in an undertow as a child, and always following the shells, and a place called Moro Bay. And she knows she has to try to find a way back home. Why, her parents might be searching for her right now! So before she can lose everything she’s suddenly remembered, Dory gently tail-twists friends Marlin and Nemo into joining her on the trip.

The worrywart clownfish Marlin isn’t so excited about another swim into open waters. Who knows what sharp-toothed dangers they’ll encounter this time? But it’s kind of hard to say no after all the help his forgetful but faithful blue buddy once gave him.

POSITIVE ELEMENTS
In flashback, Dory’s parents are definitely loving examples as they quietly encourage and teach their young memory-challenged daughter. And the film makes it clear that their type of gentle and sincere love is a wonderful goal for any family. In that, the story strongly supports the benefit of having a mother and a dad.

Dory repeatedly recalls small memories of parental lessons encouraging her to always keep trying in difficult situations. And we realize that those seemingly forgotten tidbits had actually become a part of the fabric of who Dory is. In fact, Marlin and Nemo begin asking themselves, “What would Dory do?” when they find themselves in tough spots. Eventually, Marlin tells his blue friend, “You showed me how to do things I never dreamed I could do.”

It’s that brand of sincerity and positivity that win Dory a whole group of new friends who contribute to solving the mystery of her missing parents. One example: A grumpy old octopus named Hank goes from a dismal view of life to embracing its possibilities thanks to Dory’s friendship and optimism.

SPIRITUAL CONTENT
During a confrontation with a giant squid, Marlin tries to mollify the aggressive creature by saying, “Let us live and we’ll worship you. We’ll build a monument.”

SEXUAL CONTENT
Dory becomes confused by a young school fish’s question and starts talking about how babies are made, saying, “Well, when two fish love each other …” (She’s then interrupted.) And it should be noted that in our current cultural climate of hypersensitivity about sexuality and gender, some moviegoers are making claims that there’s a lesbian couple featured: That could only be a reference to two women walking together in a park. (There’s no accompanying indication of the nature of their relationship, and co-director Andrew Stanton’s response has been, “They can be whatever you want them to be. There’s no right or wrong answer.”)

VIOLENT CONTENT
There are several moments of peril. A few instances worth calling out: Vehicles swerve in traffic and a truck crashes; Marlin, Nemo, and Dory are attacked by a large squid that snaps at them with its beak; it grabs Nemo and tries to gobble him up before a large shipping crate crashes down on its head. Dory is repeatedly stung by an anemone. A nearsighted whale repeatedly runs into obstacles.

CRUDE OR PROFANE LANGUAGE
Characters call out “heck no,” “shoot,” “oh my gosh” and the crudity stand-in “holy carp.”

DRUG AND ALCOHOL CONTENT
None.

CONCLUSION
Movie sequels aren’t always the big splash their creators want them to be. Fans of a surprise-hit original are often disappointed on the second go-round. And critics … well, they’re critics. But Finding Dory might just surprise some of them. This fish-in-and-out of water tale doesn’t try to match stroke-for-stroke with Finding Nemo when it comes to story-surprise freshness. There’s no bad-fish smell here, but the pic’s slapstick adventure feels simple, comfortable and smilingly predictable. Where the film really swims like a champ is when it comes to the beating heart of things.

Let’s face it, the Dory we came to know in Nemo was little more than a cute and lovable sidekick whose mental struggles were good for a chuckle. But here she’s much more. We now see her through the eyes of a pair of loving parents who patiently want to prepare their tiny, afflicted Dory for the world she’ll soon encounter.

And then she’s accidentally swept away and they lose her.

And she loses them.

Dory’s determination to return home, then, becomes a series of teachable moments about loss, parental nurturing, friendship, dealing with handicaps and loving others. And even if kid viewers don’t reel in the full message, they’ll certainly feel the parts that most directly align with their own lives. After all, we live in a world where things don’t always seem safe. It’s an age when everyone is perpetually connected but still somehow feels more lonely than ever. Finding Dory can’t solve all that, of course, but it says there’s hope; there are friends; there’s the ongoing, loving embrace of family to help us cope.

And the movie does it all with whale-speak joy—delivering Pixar’s patented brand of quirky characters, goofy humor and delightful animated sparkle in a package that even Dory won’t soon forget.

“My Name is Pride” by Beth Moore


 

My name is Pride. I am a cheater.

I cheat you of God-given destiny…
because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment..
because you “deserve better than this.”
I cheat you of knowledge…
because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing…
because you are to full of you to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness…
because you refuse to admit when you are wrong.
I cheat you of vision…
because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship…
because nobody’s gonna know the real you.
I cheat you of love…
because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven…
because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.
I cheat you of God’s glory…
because I convinced you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you.
Untrue.
I’m looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry…
If you stick with me you’ll never know.

– Beth Moore