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A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP


by Neil Anderson

July 21

John 1:14 
The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth
 
What effect did the Fall produce in Adam’s mind? He and Eve lost their true perception of reality. We read in Genesis 3:7, 8, that they tried to hide from God. Doesn’t that reveal a faulty understanding of who God is? How can you hide from God? After the Fall, Adam and Eve weren’t thinking straight.
 
In essence, when Adam and Eve sinned, their minds were robbed of the true knowledge of God. In God’s original design, knowledge was relational. Knowing someone implied an intimate personal relationship. You can see it in Genesis 4:1: “Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived” (KJV). Yet we don’t generally equate a knowledge of someone with personal intimacy.
 
Before the Fall, Adam and Eve knew God, not sexually of course, but in the intimacy of a close, personal relationship which we associate with marriage. They knew God by being with God. When they sinned and were banished from the garden, Adam and Eve lost their relationship with God and the knowledge of God which was intrinsic to that relationship. And you and I inherited Adam and Eve’s darkened mind. Before Christ, we knew something about God, but we didn’t know God because we had no relationship with Him.
 
The necessity of being in relationship to God in order to know God comes into sharp focus in John’s announcement: “The Word”– logos in the Greek–”became flesh” (John 1:14). The word logos represented the highest form of philosophical knowledge. For the Greeks, saying that the logos became flesh was the same as saying that ultimate knowledge became personal and relational. God was announcing to the world through John: The true knowledge of God, which can only be discovered in an intimate relationship with God, is now available to the world through God in the flesh–Jesus Christ. In Christ we are able to know God personally, not just know about Him.
 
Prayer: Lord, I thirst for deeper intimacy in my relationship with You. I want to know You more personally today.


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PERCEPTIONS AND EMOTIONS


by Neil Anderson

 

July 20
 
Lamentations 3:22, 23 
The LORD’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compasssions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness
 
In a general sense, your emotions are a product of your thought life. If you are not thinking right, if your mind is not being renewed, if you are not perceiving God and His Word properly, it will be reflected in your emotional life.
 
One of the best scriptural illustrations of the relationship between perceptions and emotions is found in Lamentations 3. In verses 1-6, Jeremiah expresses despair as he wrongly perceives that God is against him and that He is the cause of his physical problems. In verses 7-11, 18, he vents his feelings of entrapment and fear. If your hope was in God, and these words were a correct portrayal of God, you would probably feel bummed out too.
 
What was Jeremiah’s problem? His perception of God was way off center. God wasn’t the cause of his affliction. God isn’t a wild beast waiting to chew people up. But Jeremiah wasn’t thinking right, perceiving right, or interpreting his circumstances right, so he wasn’t feeling right or responding right either.
 
Suddenly, Jeremiah’s countenance changes: “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The LORD’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness” (verses 21-23). What a turnaround! Did God change? Did Jeremiah’s circumstances change? No. His perception of God changed and his emotions followed suit.
 
You are not shaped so much by your environment as you are by your perception of your environment. Life’s events don’t determine who you are; God determines who you are, and your interpretation of life’s events determines how well you will handle the pressures of life. In reality we have very little control over our emotions, but we do have control over our thoughts, and our thoughts determine our feelings and our responses. That’s why it is so important that you fill your mind with the knowledge of God and His Word. You need to see life from God’s perspective and respond accordingly.
 
Prayer: Lord, continually adjust my perception of my environment to match Your perspective found in Your Word.


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CONFESSING WHAT WE BELIEVE


by Neil Anderson

 

July 19
 
Romans 10:9, 10 
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
 
One primary means by which we express our belief is confession–verbally expressing what we believe. In fact, God requires us to take our stand in this world. Jesus says, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38).
 
In rebuking the Pharisees, Jesus said, “For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned” (Matthew 12:37). And in Mark 11:23, He said, “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.” Notice that Jesus does not say we shall have whatever we believe, but we shall have whatever we believe and confess. Confession gives expression to what is believed. The confession of the mouth must accurately express the belief of the heart.
 
To defeat Satan, we must speak forth the Word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). In our English translations, two different words are used for the “Word” of God. The most common is logos and it indicates the whole revealed Word of God (John 1:1). The other word is rhema . There is only one Word of God, but the emphasis of rhema is in its expression. We are to hide the whole Word ( logos ) in our hearts, and when Satan attacks, we stand against him by confessing God’s Word ( rhema ).
 
Confessing what we believe gives proof to our faith. Confession doesn’t create faith; faith makes possible true confession. Confession is agreeing with God. It is living in the light by letting our life and our mouth demonstrate what we believe in our heart.
 
Prayer: Father, I desire that what my heart believes and what my mouth confesses today line up with the truth of Your Word.


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SUCCESS COMES IN CANS, PART II


by Neil Anderson

July 17

Romans 1:17 
The righteous man shall live by faith
 
Believing that you can succeed at Christian growth and maturity takes no more effort than believing you cannot succeed. So why not believe that you can walk in faith and in the Spirit; that you can resist the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil; and that you can grow to maturity as a Christian. Allow the “Twenty Cans of Success” you began yesterday to encourage you.
 
Twenty Cans of Success (continued) Why should I ever be in bondage knowing that there is liberty where the Spirit of the Lord is (2 Corinthians 3:17)? Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says I am not condemned because I am in Christ (Romans 8:1)? Why should I feel alone when Jesus said He is with me always and He will never leave me nor forsake me (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)? Why should I feel accursed or that I am the victim of bad luck when the Bible says that Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law that I might receive His Spirit (Galatians 3:13, 14)? Why should I be discontented when I, like Paul, can learn to be content in all my circumstances (Philippians 4:11)? Why should I feel worthless when Christ became sin on my behalf that I might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21)? Why should I have a persecution complex knowing that nobody can be against me when God is for me (Romans 8:31)? Why should I be confused when God is the author of peace and He gives me knowledge through his indwelling Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:33; 2:12)? Why should I feel like a failure when I am a conqueror in all things through Christ (Romans 8:37)? Why should I let the pressures of life bother me when I can take courage knowing that Jesus has overcome the world and its tribulations (John 16:33)?
 
Prayer: I rejoice in Your eternal promises, Lord. You are a Rock that never crumbles.


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Two Sisters

Expectations. What we project on others; expecting them to behave, say, do as we think they ought to; which results in us being disappointed, upset, offended and angry when they do not behave as we want them to.

So often, we think that other people should be like us. We assume that they have the same perceptions and way of thinking that we do and become frustrated when it becomes apparent that they do not think like us. I was thinking of Martha and Mary in the infamous Luke 10:38-42 story. Jesus and everyone in His entourage descends on Martha’s house and this throws Martha into a frenzy of preparing food to be hospitable for everyone who walked through her door. I can understand Martha at that moment. I would probably do the same, except that maybe, I now have the option of ordering pizza. But, if Jesus walked through my doorway, I would worry if the house was all clean for Him, if my floors had been mopped or if they are sticky. And, I would definitely rope my husband into helping me make everything acceptable for Jesus.

So, I can understand Martha’s frustration with Mary. Of all the times to go and do nothing, this was not it! The injustice of having to do everything and not being given help to do it. I wonder if Martha was upset at Jesus for showing up and expecting her to do everything without help especially since He was encouraging Mary to sit and do nothing. Perhaps that was why Martha directed her question at Jesus, to ask Him to say something to get Mary up and moving. I can only surmise. But, Jesus did the opposite and instead, basically told Martha to do the same thing as Mary. Be still and know that He is God. 

Martha had been projecting her expectations on Mary, thinking that she should respond to Jesus’ arrival in the same manner as Martha did. She wanted Mary to do what she thought was the correct thing; doing based on her own ability and capacity. Martha probably figured that she had to do it all if it was going to get done at all and if she was not doing it, who would feed Jesus and His entourage? She had forgotten that Jesus is more than capable and able to make miracles happen. Martha was relying on her own ability and expected that Mary do the same thing, rather than to lean on and draw from Jesus’ strength and ability to get things accomplished. Which was why she was frustrated and flustered.

She had also forgotten that Jesus did not ask her nor expect her to do what she was doing.

Jesus, being the Son of God, was more than capable of feeding them all if He had to and by doing things in her own manner and by her own ability, Martha might have forfeited herself from being part of a miracle Jesus could have and might have performed right there in her house. She had thought that it was expected of her to do as she was doing, perhaps because society and good manners dictated it; but not only that, she had expected her sister to be like her and to behave in the same manner.

So often, we act like Martha, doing things because we thought we should as Christians because of others’ expectations, and then we think that others should do the same as us (I am not referring to sin here, or being disobedient to the Word of God) and when it does not happen in the way we expected, we get frustrated and upset. Or become self righteous. Instead, we need to find out what the better way is and do that, lean on Jesus and rely on His abilities rather than our own and rest in Him to know that He is God and more than able to accomplish that which He said He would do in our lives. Let us not get all riled up, frustrated, offended and upset because we have chosen to do things in our own abilities or based on other’s expectations and are now expecting others to do the same when they have chosen to go a better way.

Like Mary, let’s sit at His feet constantly, waiting for His direction, and His timing instead of working ourselves up in a frenzy and possibly missing out on a miracle that He would have done had we just waited on Him.


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SUCCESS COMES IN CANS, PART I


by Neil Anderson

 

July 16
 
Mark 9:24 
I do believe; help my unbelief
 
Someone has said that success comes in cans and failure in cannots. The “Twenty Cans of Success,” taken from God’s Word, will expand your knowledge of our faith-object, the Almighty God. Building your faith by internalizing these truths over the next two days will help lift you from the miry clay of the cannots to the reality that in Christ you can do all things.
 
Twenty Cans of Success Why should I say I can’t when the Bible says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13)? Why should I lack when I know that God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)? Why should I fear when the Bible says God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)? Why should I lack faith to fulfill my calling, knowing that God has allotted to me a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)? Why should I be weak when the Bible says that the Lord is the strength of my life and that I will display strength and take action because I know God (Psalm 27:1; Daniel 11:32)? Why should I allow Satan supremacy over my life when He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)? Why should I accept defeat when the Bible says that God always leads me in triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14)? Why should I lack wisdom when Christ became wisdom to me from God and God gives wisdom to me generously when I ask Him for it (1 Corinthians 1:30; James 1:5)? Why should I be depressed when I can recall to mind God’s loving kindness, compassion and faithfulness, and have hope (Lamentations 3:21-23)? Why should I worry and fret when I can cast all my anxiety on Christ who cares for me (1 Peter 5:7)?
 
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your loving care reflected in the incredible promises in Your Word.


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DO NOT BE DECEIVED


by Neil Anderson

 

July 14
 
1 Corinthians 15:33 
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals”
 
Is it really possible for Christians to deceive themselves? Yes, it is very possible. We deceive ourselves when we think the unrighteous will inherit the kingdom of God. I heard about a young Christian woman who was living in a lesbian relationship and asserting, “My lifestyle doesn’t make any difference. God loves me and I’m forgiven.” But 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10, states, “Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals . . . shall inherit the kingdom of God.” Living a brazenly sinful life is strong evidence of an unrighteous standing before God. You are deceived if you believe that your lifestyle does not need to line up with your profession.
 
We also deceive ourselves when we think we can continually associate with bad company and not be corrupted (1 Corinthians 15:33). When I was a young Christian, I used to listen to records by an evangelist in New Orleans who was called “the Bourbon Street preacher.” This man lived in the red-light district and claimed to have a ministry to prostitutes and other questionable characters. But according to 1 Corinthians 15:33, anyone who stays in that environment too long will get into trouble. And that’s just what happened to this evangelist. He became so entangled with the seedy side of Bourbon Street that he eventually lost his ministry.
 
Does this mean that we shouldn’t minister to those with bad morals? No, we must share Christ with them. But if we immerse ourselves in their environment, our ministry will eventually diminish and our morality will be affected for the worse. John wrote, “Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning” (1 John 3:7, 8).
 
Stay anchored in God’s Word and don’t be deceived.
 
Prayer: Father, forgive me for little compromises I have made with the world. I desire to live in complete harmony with my profession of faith.


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CHILDREN AND THE OCCULT


by Neil Anderson

 

July 11
 
1 Corinthians 16:13 
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith
 
The school administration in a Christian high school found out that nearly every student in the school had played “Bloody Mary,” a popular party game among some groups of children. A common version of the game requires a child to go into a completely darkened bathroom alone, spin around six times, face the mirror, and call upon Bloody Mary to show herself. In many cases these children saw something frightening in the mirror. There was no physical explanation for seeing anything in a totally dark room. These children had unwittingly opened themselves up to the god of this world.
 
Bloody Mary is only one of the more “innocent” ways our children are giving Satan a foothold in their lives. Games like the Ouija board and Dungeons and Dragons are other common means by which children are introduced to the occult. The music, movies, magazines, television programs, and substances our children are exposed to create gaping doors of opportunity for Satan to seduce them. At one public high school in Southern California, 133 students were referred to the school psychologist during the first six weeks of classes because of their involvement with Satanism and the occult. Most children don’t even realize the spiritual bondage they are submitting to when participating in these activities. What’s worse, most parents don’t either.
 
Children are dabbling in all kinds of occultic experiences: astral projection, table lifting, fortune-telling, astrology, crystals or pyramids, automatic writing, tarot cards, palm reading, spirit guides and blood pacts. In addition, the New Age Movement, permeating our society and our public education system today, is the source of many pitfalls. Much of the world’s attempt to amuse and entertain our children leads them into darkness.
 
No matter how many dark doorways beckon to your children, Christ is the ultimate door to freedom. He is the truth and the light that dispels the lies of Satan and the darkness of the world. Teach yourself and your children to know and choose the truth.
 
Prayer: Lord, help me equip my children to recognize and dispel the darkness in the worldly amusements and entertainment which surround them.


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PREDISPOSED TO DO HIS WILL


by Neil Anderson

July 10

Luke 9:62 
No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God
 
Imagine, if you would, a door in the path ahead of you. God’s will is on the other side of that door. We crave to know what it is. Will God show us what’s on the other side of that door? No Why not? Because we have to resolve an issue on this side of the door first. If He is Lord, He has the right to determine what’s on the other side of the door. If we don’t afford Him that right, then we are not acknowledging Him as Lord.
 
Why do we want to know what’s on the other side of that door? Isn’t it because we want to reserve the right to determine whether or not we will go through it? Some boldly walk halfway through, but keep their foot in the door just in case they don’t like what they see and want to go back. It’s going to be awfully hard to continue walking with God if your foot is stuck in the door. Jesus said, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
 
One man probably spoke for many when he said, “I’m so used to running my own life. I’m not sure I even can or want to trust someone else. Besides, God would probably haul me off to some mission field I can’t stand.” What we need to realize is that if we did give our heart to the Lord, and God did call us to that mission field, by the time we got there, we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
 
Do you believe that the will of God is good, acceptable and perfect for you (Romans 12:2)? That’s the heart of the issue. In the Lord’s Prayer we are taught to approach God with the intent that His will be accomplished on earth. It makes no sense to petition God if we are not predisposed to do His will.
 
Prayer: Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, Lord. I open my heart for You to enter and accomplish Your purposes in me today.


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A Comparison Between Islam And Christianity

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El Shaddai (God Almighty) and Allah, who is real and who is right? Who should you follow and dedicate your life to?

Islam is labeled as the religion of peace, but is it really?

The Quran (the holy book of the Islamic faith) espouses hatred and violence in many places. The Christian Bible also speaks of violence as well. The difference is that in the Bible there were peoples and places God specifically commanded be destroyed in the Old Testament, violence is no longer commanded or encouraged. In the Quran, violence is open ended meaning the violence commanded by Allah is to occur even today. Look at one of the opening verses in the Quran; the tone of treatment towards people who do not follow Allah is set already:

Surah 1:7 The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians).

It was not always this way, in 622CE Muhammad made a treaty between the non-Muslim Arabs and the Jews and the Muslims having moved from Mecca to Medina. Each party was pledged to help the other, Muhammad having the final say in all things.

“The Jews shall be responsible for their expenses and the Believers for theirs. Each, if attacked, shall come to the assistance of the other.”

The following verses in the Quran clearly state to kill those who do not follow Islam. Worshiping Jesus in a Muslim nation is grounds to have your property taken away, to be beaten, and to be killed. One need only read today’s news to see this is true.

Surah 2:191 And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.

Surah 2:193 And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.

Surah 2:216 Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.

What does the Bible have to say about those who do not follow Christ or are our enemies?

Matthew 5:43-46 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Romans 12:18-21 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Clearly the Word of God says to pray for our enemies, for those who have hurt us, oppressed us or harmed us in any way. There is no command to kill them or even harm them in any way. Rather we are to pray for them and do them no harm regardless of what they do to us.

When the Pharisees were stoning Stephen to death, he prayed that the Lord would forgive them…incredible. Acts 7:59-60

When the Romans crucified Jesus Christ who is God Himself…He prayed to the Father that He would forgive them for doing so. Luke 23:34

What are the main points of the Bible and the Quran?

The Bible teaches we are to love God who gave us life and paid the price of our sins Himself in the person of Jesus. John 3:16, John 13:34, Jude 1:21

The Bible teaches forgiveness for all no matter what they have done to us. Matthew 6:14

The Bible teaches love Mark 12:31, Luke 6:35, 1 John 4:7, Ephesians 4:2

The Bible shows us how to treat others: Luke 6:31 Andas ye wouldthatmen should do to you,doyealso to themlikewise.

The Quran teaches to kill those who do not adhere to Islam:

Surah 5:33 The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.

Surah 8:12 When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them

The Quran teaches adherents to be violent towards those who do not believe as they do and glorifies it:

Surah 4:95 Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward.

Surah 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (People of the Book are Christians and Jews)

A Hadith of Islam – Bukhari (8:387) - Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.”

The Quran teaches that killing a family member is ok under certain circumstances:

Quran (18:65-81) - This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which don’t seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.” He was killed so that Allah could provide them a ‘better’ son. (Note: This is one reason why honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring (o.1.1-2).)

The Christian Law of Love and Islamic Sharia Law

The Christian Law of Love is simple really. Christ said we are to follow two commands that all the law and the teachings of the prophets hang upon:

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him,Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

How can everything hang on these two commands? Simple: if we love the Lord our God with everything we have we will do as He says. Second, if we love our neighbor (meaning all people) as ourselves, we will do no harm to them—no killings, no insults, no fighting, no lying, no defaming them, no hating…

How about Islam? We have seen already that the holy books of Islam specify subjugation, harm, and killing of those who do not follow Islam.

Sharia Law:

Jihad, defined as “to war against non-Muslims to establish the religion,” is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state (Caliph). Muslim Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule.

A Caliph is exempt from being charged with serious crimes such as murder, adultery, robbery, theft, drinking and in some cases of rape.

It is obligatory to obey the commands of the Caliph, even if he is unjust.

A Muslim who leaves Islam must be killed immediately.

Sharia dictates death by stoning, beheading, amputation of limbs, flogging even for crimes of sin such as adultery.

Non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims under the law. They must comply with Islamic law if they are to remain safe. They are forbidden to marry Muslim women, publicly display wine or pork, recite their scriptures or openly celebrate their religious holidays or funerals. They are forbidden from building new churches or building them higher than mosques. They may not enter a mosque without permission. A non-Muslim is no longer protected if he leads a Muslim away from Islam.

There is no age limit for marriage of girls. The marriage contract can take place anytime after birth and can be consummated at age 8 or 9.

See this article: What You Need To Know About Sharia Law

God or Allah?

So whom will you follow? The God (Jesus) of love or the god (Allah) of hate?
Jesus:

Gave Himself for us – John 3:16

Loves us – Romans 5:5, John 3:16, 1 John 4:19, Romans 5:8

Intercedes for us – Romans 8:1-39, 1 Timothy 2:5, John 10:10, Hebrews 7:25

Allah:

Commands all adherents to fight and kill non-believers – Surah 9:29

Adherents who fight are better than those who do not – Surah 4:95

Loves all who; fight for him, spend their money in his cause, obey him.

The love of Allah is conditional, IF you fight for him, judge rightly, persevere, trust him…there is always a condition.

Two choices; follow God who commands His followers to love and pray for all people including those who do not follow Him, or follow Allah who commands his followers to maim and kill those who do not follow him.

Jesus and judgment

We all are sinful; we all have broken God’s laws.

Have you ever lied?

Ever hated someone? (Same as murder according to Jesus)

Looked on someone with lust?

Used God’s name in vain?

Dishonored your parents?

Stolen something?

The punishment for breaking God’s laws is death. Not physical death but permanent spiritual death, separation from God forever in Hell.

Yet God in the person of a man; Jesus Christ, came here and first taught us about Himself, then willingly died for us so that we do not have to. Jesus took our punishment for us in accordance with His Father’s will.

Those who believe in Jesus will be judged based on what they did for God in life and need have no fear of the second death, permanent separation from God. Unbelievers are judged already because they do not believe in God (Jesus). Those whose names are not in the Book of Life (known by Jesus) will be judged for their deeds in the flesh and thrown in the Lake of Fire (Hell).

All who come to Christ in faith will be forgiven. The precious blood of Christ shed on the cross pays for all sins for all people, if they come to Him believing in Him and repenting of their sins. It is never too late to do so and there is no sin you cannot be forgiven for except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

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