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Coexist: The Bumper Sticker

This might be the most popular bumper sticker in america.  A bit of a double-edged sword if you ask me.

While I partially agree with the message this bumper sticker is trying to promote, there is a second level message (at least to me) that this bumper sticker endorses that I totally disagree with (as would proponents of the of the vast majority of the three major world religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity).

What I agree with:

I agree with the general sentiment that people, regardless of their religious values, should do thier very best to coexist with people around them in day to day life; caring for one another and being loving representatives of their varying faiths.  I think this is something that everyone can agree is something to strive for and good for humanity, not to mention the reputation of their people’s collective faith system.

What I disagree with:

I disagree with, what I perceive to be, an underlying message of this bumpers sticker, which is to “Keep your religion to yourself”.  This viewpoint not only begins to scratch at the first amendment of the constitution (while not completely undermining it, it does undermine the SPIRIT of free speech, which is to allow people to express themselves in nearly anyway they see fit.  Obviously there are some exceptions.) it also flies in the face of one of the main themes of most organised religion: securing converts.  The idea of “Keep your religion to yourself” hinders the evangelism efforts of these religions and, for the people who hold this view, it shows either a lack of knowledge of, or a complete disregard for, the beliefs and rights of the adherents to their respective religions.

Ultimatley, I feel that it is, at best, a weak faith and individual, that emphasizes peace more than spreading truth.  Peace at the cost of truth, integrity and generally doing what is right is just cowardice.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me as a prisoner, but share with the sufferings of the gospel, according to the power of God.” 2 Timothy 1:7

What do you all think?

God bless.

-Neil



Another great video on Islam

Outstanding points here.  How can the Qur’an be the word of God, if it makes errors about common knowledge in what other religions believe?  Answer: The Qur’an is NOT the word of God/Allah.


More on Islam

Another video from AnsweringMuslims.com.  I can’t recommend this website enough.  The more I hear about Islam, the more I begin to understand just how dangerous it’s teachings are.

Let us pray that Muslims may come to Christ by showing them the truth with love, never with intimidation or violence.

-Neil


Video on John 1:1

If you have been reading the comments, you will see that TJ and I have been having a discussion about John 1:1 (Thank you TJ for your comments and encouraging me to investigate this matter further).  As I was searching, I found a video from Dr. James White.  I will be the first to admit that I am no Greek scholar (Dr. White however IS) and the nuances of the Greek langue , you’ll have to pardon the pun, “Is all Greek to me”.  (Oh I crack myself up).  However, I found this video to be helpful.  I hope you enjoy it.

On a side note, prayers for my wife, Jenn, would be appreciated as she is having some health issues right now (nothing serious, but the duration of her illness is becoming very frustrating for her).

God bless.

-Neil


In the News: The institution of marriage in Islam; a whorehouse for men, a jail house for women

http://www.faithfreedom.org/articles/women-in-islam/institution-of-marriage-in-islam-a-whorehouse-for-men-a-jailhouse-for-women/

A frightening view of how marriage exists in the Islamic world.  WARNING: Drawn Nudity, but if you can handle it without sinning, I HIGHLY recommend you read it.

Let us pray that things would change and that these practices would stop.

God bless.

-Neil


Witnessing to Witnesses

(I mean no offense to Jehovah’s Witnesses with posting the above image, I just thought it was funny.)

Three or four times in the past few months a few Jehovah’s Witnesses have come to my door;  a very sweet elderly woman (sadly her name is escaping me) and a man named Clay.  They have been very kind and I have let them know that I am a Christian, but  I feel like the next time Clay comes back, I may invite him in for a discussion on faith.  I have zero interest in converting to becoming a Jehovah’s Witness as I know their Bible is curropt and they teach falsehoods on God, Jesus, the holy spirit and salvation, however I would like to witness to this man.

I was wondering if any of you out there have had a discussion with witnesses in the past, and if so, what questions or tactics are good to take when witnessing to them?  Is there anything else you would recommend?

Please pray this man, that his eyes may be open to the free gift of salvation, through faith, in the authentic Jesus Christ.  Also, please pray for me that I continually have a humble, truthful and loving tone when talking to him.

God bless.

-Neil


Errors According to Roman Catholicism

I kid you not, the following statements were condemned as ERRORS by Rome.  Specifically, Paschasius Quesnel [Condemned in the dogmatic Constitution, “Unigenitus,”Sept. 8, 1713] (Link)

1380 – “All whom God who wishes to save through Christ are infallibly saved.”

In the words of Sheila Broflovski “WHAT WHAT WHAT?!?”  God can’t save a soul he chooses to save?  Isn’t God all powerful?  Isn’t he sovereign over all?  Anyone who has spent meaningful time in exegesis of scripture will be able to tell you this is COMPLETELY wrong.

I originally heard these on the Dividing Line podcast.  I was FLOORED.  Don’t be decieved by the fallibility and sinful cunning of man and works-based religions.  They are ALL in contrarty to God’s word.

If you are a Roman Catholic, I plead with you to let the scriptures speak for themselves.  Don’t believe something about God because a FALLIBLE man in fancy robes says so, read God’s word and decide for yourself.

God bless.

-Neil