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Why Me?


1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger,
         Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
 2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak;
         O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
 3 My soul also is greatly troubled;
         But You, O LORD—how long?
         
 4 Return, O LORD, deliver me!
         Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
 5 For in death there is no remembrance of You;
         In the grave who will give You thanks?
         
 6 I am weary with my groaning;
         All night I make my bed swim;
         I drench my couch with my tears.
 7 My eye wastes away because of grief;
         It grows old because of all my enemies.
         
 8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity;
         For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
 9 The LORD has heard my supplication;
         The LORD will receive my prayer.
 10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled;
         Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly. Psalm 6 (NKJV)

 

For many like me who suffer through chronic illness many questions arise like "Why me?" Lord, if you can create an entire universe and can do what ever you please, why can’t you make me completely whole again? Why must I suffer and groan on my bed every night without seeming relief? At times I feel so tired and the desire to go home is so great. It just seems that in my life I have suffered one great tragedy or illness after an other and yet so many seem to have it so easy. Many times in the midst of these trials God seems so far away and that I have been abandoned. Why can’t I get a break in life? Why me? My flesh wants to live a normal life. But then……

9But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

10So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength). 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (AMP)

How many times have I heard the Spirit whisper that to me me just when I needed to hear it?

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

All things work together for good. Yes even the bad things like illness and tragedy. With out suffering there is no growth.

"Jesus didn’t save you so you could cruise to heaven in a luxury liner. He wants you to be useful in His kingdom! The moment you got saved, He enrolled you in His school the school of suffering and affliction." – David Wilkerson

I have very big problems with those who say that as believers we should not be poor or sick. That everything should be rosy in our lives. Those who preach such things are preaching a false gospel. Many that are lost are turned of by such a message. Name me one apostle that did not suffer in some way because of his faith. I have even heard it preached that if Paul knew the things we do today, that he would not have had to suffer??? What makes us better than Paul or any of the apostles? If Christ suffered, we will suffer with Him because if the world hated Him it will hate us also.  

For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake not only to believe in (adhere to, rely on, and trust in) Him, but also to suffer in His behalf. Philippians 1:29 (AMP)

Wow! We have been granted the privilege to suffer for Him. How many of those "God wants you rich" preachers quote this? This world will never give us the comfort that we can only find in Christ. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.

Imagine the poor souls that are told that they don’t have to suffer and then when suffering comes, because of the false hope they have been given, they fall away. Prosperity preachers will have a lot to answer for.

You see, even though I am tired and weary of the suffering and may because of my flesh complain now and then, I know that through it God is working out a marvellous plan. Many watch me and say; "How can this man still put his hope in Christ with all He has been through?" "How can He still worship and have joy and peace?" I know the world is watching me and others who face severe trials to see how we face them. This is the witness that brings people to Christ. It is the joy and peace in the midst of suffering that they see. A joy and peace that they can’t even find even in their prosperity. It is a joy and peace that this world can never offer them. It is only found in Christ and through the Spirit.

17And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.

18[But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us! Romans 8:17-18 (AMP)

3Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.

4And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.

5Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 (AMP)

Why me or you? Because we have been chosen to show this world that through it all our hope is not in this world. It is not in people or things or even in our own health. Our hope is in Christ alone. There is coming a day very soon where every tear and all sickness will be done away with. A day where will be in our Lord’s presence forever. Yes for now it may be hard, but always remember what He said to Paul He says to you; “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

And finally, this great promise from Romans;

35Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword?

36Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter.

37Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

38For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,

39Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39 (AMP) 

 

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Single Parents Support


During this time that I have not been well, God’s Spirit has been gently showing me some things That I feel need to be addressed. We live in a day and age where because of divorce and the preeminence of pre-marital sex and other abuses a large part of the population is made up of single parents. Being a single parent has been an eye-opener for me. There are many struggles and pitfalls that we run into and sometimes the only help we find is when we turn to God. My heart goes out to those who struggle but don’t know the help that Christ can bring. But for those of us that know Christ it can still be hard. What is the church doing to help single parents? Yes, many are in that situation because of their own failures and sin, but it doesn’t mean that they should be treated less then any other member of the church. And yet in many churches they are.

External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world. James 1:27 (AMP)

You need to understand that single parents fall under this category. They may not be widows or widowers, but they are in the same boat. We all know the effect of missing one parent can have on a child.

If indeed you [really] fulfill the royal Law in accordance with the Scripture, You shall love your neighbour as [you love] yourself, you do well. But if you show servile regard (prejudice, favouritism) for people, you commit sin and are rebuked and convicted by the Law as violators and offenders. James 2:8-9 (AMP)

The royal law tells us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves and that we are not to show prejudice or favouritism. But yet how many of us do? How many times have you let the cries of single parents fall on deaf ears? How many times in a church are the needs of this group ignored and others promoted? We have groups for singles, youth, married couples, seniors, and many more. Being a single parent is one of the loneliest places you can be and yet for a large part they are ignored. I have yet to attend a church that has a group that specifically reaches out to single parents and offers support and help where it is needed. And I have attended many in my wanderings before God finally settled me where I am now.

So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers]. Galatians 6:10 (AMP)

Single parents may have failed but they are no different in God’s sight than any other of His children. They have been forgiven just as much as you have. They need to be treated with the same love and respect as any other child of the kingdom.

If anyone fails to provide for his relatives, and especially for those of his own family, he has disowned the faith [by failing to accompany it with fruits] and is worse than an unbeliever [who performs his obligation in these matters]. 1 Timothy 5:8 (AMP)

Many take this verse as meaning your immediate family and I believe it does also but also believe it talks about the Body of Christ. If we are not caring for those that God has given us in the church, how can we care for any others He brings our way? There has to be a balance.

I will be looking into starting a Single Parents Support Group within the next month. Hopefully this will not only be an encouragement for those who are single parents in the church but also will be a source of evangelising those who have not found the hope we have. I ask for your prayers in this and I would also ask other single parents in other churches to see if God lays it upon your heart to start one in your area as well. But please first seek the council of your pastor and elders before you do. Make sure it’s from God. We need each other and I believe that the children of single parents become the responsibility of the Body in raising as well. I thank God for all those who have come into my children’s lives and helped them through crisis when I as single parent felt overwhelmed. Pray for the single parents in your church and community. Ask God how you can help as well.

And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me. Matthew 25:40 (AMP)

 

Some Helpful Resources;

Focus On the Family Canada

Christian Single Parent Resource

A Cup of JoyA Christian faith based not for profit resource center for single parents.

 

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Nine Ways to Worship


by Stephen M. Newman
Pastor of Worship and Arts
September 15, 2005
 
It’s captivating to read through the Psalms and see the variety of ways in which David worshipped. When we pause to ask ourselves what we are doing during our worship times today, we are often faced with several questions. How do we worship? What are we able to do and still be reverent before the Lord? What is God’s desire for our worship? Does God give us the right to pick and choose how we worship?

The Psalms have given us nine different expressions of worship, and these expressions stem from David’s desire to worship the Lord wholeheartedly and without reservation. Oddly enough, these expressions are not foreign to us, but we fail to practice them in our corporate worship for one reason or another.

Listed below are the nine expressions of worship that we will focus on in this article. They can be broken down further into three physical expressions.

The Spoken Voice
1. Speaking – Psalm 34:1 says, "I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips."
2. Shouting – Psalm 27:6 says, "Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord."
3. Singing – Psalm 47:6 says, "Sing praises to God, sing praises to our King, sing praises."

Our Posture
1. Bowing – Psalm 95:6 says, "Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker."
2. Standing – Psalm 119:120 says, "My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws."
3. Dancing – Psalm 149:3 says, "Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp."

Our Hands
1. Playing Instruments – Psalm 33:2, 3 says, "Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy."
2. Clapping – Psalm 47:1 says, "Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy."
3. Lifting Hands – Psalm 63:4 says, "I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands."

None of these expressions of worship are foreign to us. They may be foreign to our present worship experiences, but not to our culture. When there is a wedding and the bridal march begins, what do people do without thinking twice? They stand in honor of the bride and groom on this special day. When a man asks a woman to marry him, he gets on his knee to propose to her. Why? Because he wants to show her that this is an important event and that she is being honored as someone very special. Dancing plays a part of our culture in that it expresses celebration, intimacy, and individuality. We clap with enthusiasm for everything that pleases us. Musicians will play their instruments for hours on end with no one listening. Speaking doesn’t need to be mentioned at all. Have you ever been to a ball game where the parents of the players were present? If so, you’ve experienced shouting at it’s best. Singing is done by the talented and untalented alike, and is often done in cars, showers, and on stage. We are a musical people. Lastly, we look at lifted hands. In sporting events or competitions we see this quite often. Whenever a player scores a basket or touchdown the hands go up. It a natural response to an amazing task performed.

Why share all this? We know it, right? Yet, we fail to exercise all these in public worship. David used these expressions because he wanted to worship God with his entire being. His heart was to worship the Lord with everything he had, and he held nothing back in his worship. He wanted to share with us his heart and desire to worship, and he wanted us to enjoy pleasing the Lord through God’s creation…our bodies and souls.

What else can we learn from David? He not only practiced these expressions regularly, he didn’t really care what others thought about it. Even his own wife thought he was nuts and yet, God thought enough of it to call him "a man after His own heart". Who is our audience? Who is it that we are trying to please in worship? It better be God. Is He pleased with our worship? I hope He is with mine.

I challenge you to seek the Lord in these expressions. Ask Him what He would have you do in your times of worship. Is your heart moved to dance before the Lord and yet you choose to sit? Are you moved to get on your face before the Lord and yet stand because you are afraid of what the person next to you will say? Remember worship is not about you, and it’s not about imitating your neighbor. It’s about letting the Lord lead you to worship Him in a manner that He desires and that we need. What benefit could we possibly gain from kneeling before the Lord? How about humility? What could be gained from shouting to the Lord? How about boldness to speak His name in public? What could we learn about lifting our hands to the Lord? How about submission to Him? James 4:6 tells us, "But He gives us more grace. That is why the scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’"

Let us always seek to grow in our worship to the Lord. May we ever allow His spirit to move in us as He directs our actions and responses in worship. After all, it’s about Him and for Him. What we receive is a heart of humility, grace, and reverence before the God who saved us from sin to be His children forever.

 

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God’s Valentine to You


Valentine’s Day. Twenty-five years ago I sat on the edge of my bed in tears and recommitted my life to Christ. I gave Him my heart and He became my valentine. He wrote His on my heart. My whole life changed that day. I remember taking down my grand-fathers old bible out of my closet and reading it. The words jumped out at me. God was speaking to me. He was telling me how much He loved me. He was telling me that He loved me even before I was in my mother’s womb Me, Gerry Desjardins who had trouble believing that anyone could ever love me.

The Bible tells us that "God is Love" (1 John 4:8). But how can we even begin to understand that truth? There are many passages in the Bible that give us God’s definition of love. The most well known verse is John 3:16, "For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life." So one way God defines love is in the act of giving. However, what God gave (or should we say, "who" God gave) was not a mere gift-wrapped present; God sacrificed His only Son so that we, who put our faith in His Son, will not spend eternity separated from Him. This is an amazing love, because we are the ones who choose to be separated from God through our own sin, yet it’s God who mends the separation through His intense personal sacrifice, and all we have to do is accept His gift.

Another great verse about God’s love is found in Romans 5:8, "But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us." In this verse and in John 3:16, we find no conditions placed on God’s love for us. God doesn’t say, "as soon as you clean up your act, I’ll love you; " nor does He say, "I’ll sacrifice my Son if you promise to love Me." In fact, in Romans 5:8, we find just the opposite. God wants us to know that His love is unconditional, so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us while we were still unlovable sinners. We didn’t have to get clean, and we didn’t have to make any promises to God before we could experience His love. His love for us has always existed, and because of that, He did all the giving and sacrificing long before we were even aware that we needed His love.

God is Love, and His love is very different from human love. God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him, and He sacrificed His own Son (who also willingly died for us) to restore that relationship.

When the Scriptures say, "God is love," they aren’t telling us that God is some nebulous, warm fuzzy feeling of love. The writers who penned the scriptures weren’t saying that in our limited form of human love we will find God. Not at all. In fact, when we read that God is love in the Bible, this means that God defines love. And when we say that God defines love, we don’t mean that He defines it like Webster might define something, we mean that God is the very definition of love itself. There is no such thing as love without God. As hard as we might try, we cannot define love outside of knowing God. This essentially means that our human definition of love, the God kind of love, is false.

God is the Creator of all things, and by His very nature, He is love. God says love is unconditional and sacrificial, and it’s not based on feelings; therefore, love is not an "intense affection based on familial or personal ties". To understand what true love is and to be able to truly love others, we must know God, and we can do this through a close personal relationship with Him. We can have that close relationship with God by putting our faith in Jesus Christ, who was God’s sacrifice of love for us.

God is Love! As such, true love, God’s love, can be summed up in this passage of scripture: "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellow men] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].

8He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.

9In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him.

10In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.

11Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another.

(1 John 4:7-11) (AMP)

If you want to know this love, true love, get to know God. He is ready to pour out His love on you, and He wants to teach you how to love others as He loves you.

Why not on the day that represents love, give your heart to the one who loves you more than you can ever comprehend. Jesus loves you. His heart is calling out to you. "Let Me be your Valentine."

 

 "For God so loVed the world,
        That He gAve
             His onL
            BegottEn  
                  SoN
                      That whosoever
        Believeth In Him
           Should Not perish,
        But have Everlasting life."

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Muslim Violence: Caution and Pity


We are living in very dangerous times and if you are a believer you need to very much be in prayer. When you look at the rise of Iran and their nuclear aspirations and the election of Hamas in the Palestinian Territories . When you see Israel trying to appease those who are calling for her destruction by planning to give up the West Bank and parts of Jerusalem. When you see people around the world trying to appease a religion that is bent on the destruction of anyone who goes against their beliefs. When you look at the riots and violence that a single editorial cartoon caused. It is time to pray. Islam is not a religion of peace as many would have you believe. Let’s stop with the political correctness. It is a known fact that most terrorists in the world today are devout Muslims who are obeying what the Quaran has told them to do. They are not freedom fighters as some would have you believe. They are bent on the destruction of Israel and then the Untied States. They are bent on the destruction of anyone who stands up against their ideals and endorses freedom. They will never agree to peace. The sad thing is that many who are Muslims don’t even know he truth behind their religion. They need to find the truth and that is only found in Jesus Christ. We are closer to the end and Christ’s return then ever before. Pray, Pray, Pray especially for the Muslims. Tonight they are planning a demonstration here in Montreal. Enough is enough.

 
Muslim violence: Caution and pity

Posted: February 10, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jay Stapleton


© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

The confounding and conflicting reports surrounding the Muhammad ‘toons are still pouring in. The fast breaking news – cartoon authenticity, religious blasphemy, riots and deaths – is providing a window into the soul of the Muslim community. This time, however, the events can’t be pinned on a few Islamic fanatics. The magnitude and scope of Muslim reaction is revealing the hostile mindset of the broad Muslim world. It ought to evoke both pity and caution.

Muslims worship the god Allah; I worship God Who became Man, Jesus Christ. I would choose to die rather than deny Christ is God. Millions of other Christians share the same conviction. When we see images of Jesus submerged in urine, depictions of Him as a sodomite, or movies portraying Him as an adulterer, we’re insulted, grieved and angered – but we don’t set out to kill the culprits responsible. At least not en masse.

But provoked Muslims are a different story. The demeaning Danish cartoons have ignited mass rage in the Islamic world. We’ve bewilderedly witnessed the demand for blood, the burning of buildings, threatenings and death. If one compares the Christian community’s restrained response to the defamation of Christ with the murderous Muslim outrage over denigrating cartoons, a clear truth emerges – Christians and Muslims are different from one another. Our differences are rooted in our vastly divergent beliefs about God.

As a Bible believing Christian, I know myself to be created in God’s image, marred by sin, and loved by God. Jesus Christ died for me, and when I put my faith in Him, God forgave all my sins, and accepted me into His family. I can now talk to God, and know Him personally. I’ve been promised eternity in Heaven with Him. Not so with the Muslim.

A Muslim worships Allah, but Allah is completely incomprehensible to him. Muslim scholars call this "The Difference." There is nothing about Allah that is comparable to man. To compare Allah to man or to man’s thoughts is forbidden. When Allah describes himself in the Quran as "merciful" or "compassionate," he is not to be understood in terms of human mercy and compassion. Such a comparison is considered blasphemous. What does Allah mean then, when he so describes himself? No one knows. No one can know Allah, or be sure of his ways. That’s "The Difference."

I’ve dialogued with a number of Muslims over the years, and they’re usually offended at my assurance concerning Heaven. They have no such assurance, for Islam offers no personal relationship with Allah. The relational basis for my relationship with God is that I’m created in His image and likeness. Muslims regard the biblical teaching that man is created in the image of God as perverse.

Islamic theology decrees that man is not made in the image of Allah, cannot comprehend Allah, nor have a direct relationship with Allah. Because Allah is under no obligation to any man, he may cast the most devout Muslim into hell, should he choose to do so. Of course, blowing ones’ self up in jihad for Allah will likely tip the balance in one’s favor – a strong motive for Islamic martyrdom.

The bottom line is that Allah’s complete incomprehensibility and total "otherness" leaves a huge void in the heart of the Muslim. Because man is driven to worship something he can relate to, the vacuum created by the incomprehensible Allah is often filled by Muhammad. Although worship of the prophet of Islam is forbidden, the practice is revealed in the constant reverencing of his name. The problem is, Muhammad makes for a very vulnerable god.

Insult is inflammatory when it strikes a note of truth (like a cartoon can do), and Muhammad’s dubious legacy and integrity are defended furiously. The recent Islamic uproar reminds me of the old joke about the preacher who was writing out his sermon notes. Toward the end, he jotted to himself in the margin "Weak point – pound fist, speak loudly." Likewise, in the Muslim rioting and burning, we’re seeing evidence of vulnerable weakness, not zealous conviction. I despise public denigration of Jesus Christ, but He needs my defense about as much as a lion needs help from a duck.

I have a sense of pity for these rioting, Muslim crowds. In defending Muhammad (and previously, the flushed Quran), there’s a desperate attempt to show some fealty to Allah, the unrelatable one. There’s also reason for caution in these events. We’re not watching the actions of a few, fundamentalist radicals. These are the actions of a huge, violent and deadly dysfunctional religious family now living in our midst. May the love of Christ – and not resentment – prevail in our hearts.


Jay Stapleton lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children. He pastors Calvary Christian Fellowship and oversees Praying America Back, a ministry committed to intercessory prayer on behalf of America.

 

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Danish Blasphemy vs. Muslim Hypocrisy


 
There is nothing I hate more than politacal correctness. It has overtaken our society. Jesus had no favourites. He loved the prostitute as much as He loved the rich young ruler. Those He had problems with were the Pharisees and groups like them who saw themselves as being above others. As Christians I would hope we would never see ourselves like that. If not for God’s grace we are just the same as anyone else. The difference is that we have found the truth and because we have found the truth we should be excited to share that truth with others no matter who they are or what their background. Never to lord it over others. Nobody is society is deserving of special treatment. In God’s eyes we are all the same and we will all be judged according to one criteria, Who do you say Jesus is?
 
These also are sayings of the wise: To discriminate and show partiality, having respect of persons in judging, is not good. Proverbs 24:23 (AMP)
 
To have respect of persons and to show partiality is not good, neither is it good that man should transgress for a piece of bread. Proverbs 28:21 (AMP)
 
For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another]. Romans 2:11 (AMP)
 
25For he who deals wrongfully will [reap the fruit of his folly and] be punished for his wrongdoing. And [with God] there is no partiality [no matter what a person’s position may be, whether he is the slave or the master] Colossians 3:25 (AMP)
 
Danish blasphemy
vs. Muslim hypocrisy

Posted: February 7, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jim Rutz


© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

The flap over the cartoons of Muhammad has vividly shown, once again, that we’ve been snookered into playing a one-sided game. And if you dare question the rules, you’re a hateful, narrow-minded bigot.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, homosexuals, liberals and a potpourri racial minorities must be treated with kid gloves in all public media and private conversations. In matters of action and politics, they should normally be given preferential treatment.

     

  2. Conservative American white Christian heterosexuals are fair game.

That’s it.

Of course, blacks constantly find themselves on both ends of the stick, favored and disfavored. But that deserves another entire column or two.

Jews also get shoved out toward both ends of the spectrum of respect. On their behalf, we bristle with anger and disgust when the president of Iran vilifies the historicity of the Holocaust. But although the killing of 6 million Jews should never be forgotten, it has now become a hollow number in our cultural catechism, isolated from its larger context in World War II. Can even one college graduate in 10 discuss the quantity and makeup of the other 56 million or so who joined them in death? Our reaction to the Holocaust should remain a hugely important matter for us, yet it has fizzled into a set of politically correct rules that cloud the importance of those who died.

That brings us to the matter of the dozen second-rate cartoons of Muhammad as compared to the vicious, demonic violence and hatred that flow daily from Muslims to Christians and Jews. Nobody is telling the story of the perhaps 10,000 Christians who die each month at the hands of Islamists. To the press, our treatment of jihadist prisoners is a far larger issue. (By the latest official count in World Christian Encyclopedia, 14,000 Christians die as martyrs in an average month, and I am told by compilers of the statistics that the bulk of them are killed by Muslims in Muslim lands.)

In my past writings, I’ve tried to emphasize how nice the typical Muslim is – and how warm and hospitable my many Muslim friends have been. But now we’ve entered an era where the host of refugees called Palestinians have fairly and squarely chosen the path of violence. Until now, we have viewed them as oppressed victims deserving of our continued largess. But in their election they forfeited the right to pity and welfare. They have joined the jihadist forces and freely chosen to be military enemies of the United States and Israel. I feel our wisest option is to cut off all aid now.

Yes, the cartoons are certainly in bad taste, but not nearly as bad as the tasteless destruction of the Second Century, 175-foot tall statue of Buddha by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. There should be no debate about Muslim "taste." Slaughter has been a central part of Islamic history ever since Muhammad realized his 10 years of preaching hadn’t succeeded and shifted gears by raiding a caravan and turning his movement into a convert-or-die war against all mankind. (And let it be understood that the horribly executed medieval Crusades were conceived mainly as an attempt to take back the Holy Land that the Muhammadans had conquered by the sword.)

As Phyllis Chesler has observed:

There are now penalties for trying to tell the truth about the danger of jihad or about the barbaric and pathological nature of militant Islam today. If you tell these truths in the Arab and Muslim world, you’ll be beheaded, probably tortured, certainly jailed, exiled if you are lucky. Many Muslim and Christian dissidents have suffered precisely this fate … Try to say this in Europe and you might be butchered, as Theo Von Gogh was, or simply imprisoned in purdah, veiled, or threatened, forced to go into hiding, or honor-murdered as so many Muslim girls and women are.

On the street I hear "Jesus Christ" all the time, and I’m not supposed to act offended. But try using an epithet about Muhammad around Muslims and see what happens. Or see what happens when you mention "Life Alert: The Medical Case of Muhammad," a book by a neurologist and psychiatrist which shows from accepted historical records that Muhammad was merely the victim of partial complex seizures, which cause religious delusions. You will find that political correctness is a one-sided game.

Let’s stop playing it.


James Rutz is chairman of Megashift Ministries and founder-chairman of Open Church Ministries. His recent book, "MEGASHIFT: Igniting Spiritual Power," announces major upgrades in human life and a coming transformation of society.

 

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Amazing Facts


50,000 of the cells in your body will die and be replaced with :new cells, all while you have been reading this sentence!

One human brain generates more electrical impulses in a single day than all of the world’s telephones put together.

The total length of all the blood vessels in the human body is about 97,000 km. This is over twice the circumference of the Earth’s equator.

Our brain is more complex than the most powerful computer and has over 100 billion nerve cells.

Our eyes can distinguish up to one million colour surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.

Our hearing is so sensitive it can distinguish between hundreds of thousands of different sounds.

When you examine these facts you begin to see just how complex we are. The Psalmist in speaking to God was in awe of this complexity. He says in Psalm 139:13-16 "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous – and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed." (NLT)

You are a wonderful being. The Bible says that when He created us He was very pleased. (Gen 1:31) But sin came in and we were separated from Him eternally (Gen. 3) and sin required a sacrifice. Imagine being in a situation where your children were standing in front of a speeding car and the only way to save them was to push them out of the way sacrificing yourself. Well the punishment for sin is that speeding car. The Bible says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He sent us His only begotten Son (Jesus). It was Jesus that stepped in front and pushed us out of the way. He sacrificed Himself on the cross so that we no longer have to fear the punishment sin deserves. All He asks is that you accept Him as your Saviour and turn from your sins. It is a free gift.

Here is another amazing fact. The majority of human beings alive today will not accept that free gift but would rather accept the punishment for sin. That punishment is an eternity without God. It is a place called hell. There are no parties there. No meeting up with old friends. It was a place that was created for the devil and his demons. Never for you. Listen to what Jesus says himself in Matthew 13:49-50 "So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Are you going to stay in front of that speeding car or are you going to accept the sacrifice that has been made for you? If we can aid you in making this decision please do not hesitate to write us

 

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