Saturday, January 30, 2010
~~ By James J. Fire
How much can a single person influence the world? Alice Bailey accomplished more than perhaps she even realized; others picked up her 'illumined' torch and ran with it, long after her death, and brought to fruition much of what she envisioned for the future of this world, and how it would be shaped to suit the Plan of the ‘World Teacher’ or Maitreiya. As we continue this T.T.U.F. Profile on Alice Bailey, we look at some of the organizations she founded, such as:
Lucis Trust is run through an international board of trustees whose membership is said to have included: John D. Rockefeller; Norman Cousins; Robert S. McNamara; Thomas Watson, Jr. (IBM, former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow); Henry Clausen- Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern District Scottish Rite and Henry Kissinger. This would then tie Bailey's influential occult organization into the international conspiracy of elitists, including the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Bilderbergs, and the Trilateral Commission.
Posted by A.M. Kisly at 1:08 PM
Friday, January 29, 2010
~~by James J. Fire
As of this writing, the goal of the film AVATAR, to gross the 2 billion dollar mark is completely feasible; obviously it’s a smash hit with an extreme likelihood for a sequel, to which James Cameron seems agreeable.
I’d been hearing very good things about the movie, and when some from my church gave their ‘thumb’s up’ with no small amount of enthusiasm, I decided, being an avid fan of science fiction/fantasy, to go see it myself.
On the surface, the story of Avatar was very similar to other stories with the same thematic content. The outsider encounters the natives of the land, (sometimes) initially opposing them, but later becoming amicable to their culture, and eventually adopting it and them as their own.
We saw it in Dances with Wolves, we also saw it in The Last Samurai and several other films. The theme was successfully achieved in Avatar no less than these others, but what made this film stand apart was the beautifully alien aspects of the film: never before was I so awe-struck with the visual imagery of a film, not since the New Line Cinema cash cow of The LORD of the RINGS.
I chose not to see the film in 3-D (those glasses for some reason gives me a headache), but nevertheless, it had a profound impact on me. The vision of the film was quite literally like nothing I had seen previously. I, along with the spell bound audience witnessed flora and forests filled with fantastic plants, and trees both exotic and luminescent in vivid colors that were eye popping. Animals were both wondrous and terrifying to behold. The land, the ‘floating mountains’ and the whole world that is Pandora made me feel (along with the rest of the audience) like this was a place I wish I could visit.
In today’s hectic world in the midst of our concrete jungles, and demanding schedules, it’s no small wonder why we yearn for escape into a natural habitat where pollution, traffic, noise, overtime, deadlines, and modern hassles of every day life can’t touch us with their stress-inspiring influences.
This is the world that the main character, Jake Sully encounters, but not all is kind in paradise. There are dangers galore as well as mysteries on that alien world.
Here is an outline of the story, in brief:
In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na'vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture.
When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.
Plot Summary for AVATAR
During the course of the film, I became emotionally identified with the Na’vi and their plight as victims of the overpowering human forces of military might that would take what they wanted, regardless of the needs of the natives or their right to live as they would.
Comparing the simple, natural culture of the wonderful Na’vi with their respect for the land, and the animal life with the jaded, calloused, imperialistic humans who had no such regard, but were intent on mining a precious ore at any cost for huge profits, it wasn’t at all difficult separating the good guys from the bad guys.
Even Jake at the beginning saw his own infiltration into the Na’vi culture by way of his ‘avatar’ (an artificially produced hybrid of Na’vi and human genetic material to be inhabited psychically via high-tech gadgetry, by the human host [Jake Sully in this case] that can function just like the natives of the planet, breathing their air, eating their foods, adapting to the culture as one of their own) as “just another mission”, albeit the success of which would guarantee him a medical procedure that would give him back the use of his legs.
Greed and avarice for the precious ore, the mining of which would ruin the Na’vi race; the injustice of man upon man – Jake Sully, a war veteran, should have been afforded the procedure that would grant him the use of his legs due to his loyal service to his people, but instead won’t get the operation until he performs yet another task for the industrial giant corporation commissioned to mine Pandora; the cold indifference with which the military views the natives, which had also led to the ruin of planet Earth (it’s mentioned in passing that the planet’s eco-system was all but destroyed) reveals that mankind (even 150 years into the future!) hasn’t changed at all.
In the end, the story ends well, but with an ominous overtone that it’s far from over; the belligerent humans are escorted off the planet, but one gets the definite impression that they’ll be back with even greater forces and strip the land bare in order to get what they want!
As you can probably guess by now, I thoroughly enjoyed the film as a story. Being a science fiction nut, I relished all the different aspects of the film, most especially the scenery and the CGI effects but also the love story between ‘Jake-sully’ (pronounced as one name by the natives) and Neytiri, daughter of the Na’vi chief of the tribe.
So, no one can accuse me of bashing the film because I just didn’t like it! One might get that impression based on what I will now share as a Christian, coming from the world view that adheres to the Bible and biblical truth.
Why even discuss ‘biblical truth’ in connection with a fantasy film, a fictional story?
Simply because any story, even a fictional one presents ideas, and that’s where beliefs develop. There are times when we let emotions and emotional attachments lower our guard as it were, and subtle ideas can influence what we believe. One single movie isn’t going to alter our world view, but it can surely influence our thinking so that we become more open to ideas that we otherwise wouldn’t entertain.
So, with no small amount of emotional detachment I will now examine the different ideas presented in AVATAR and the world of Pandora, along with the spiritual dogma they convey.
The entire world of Pandora revolves around the central spirituality that is “Eywa” – the goddess Spirit that indwells all living things on the planet; essentially Eywa is the planet.
This is called pantheism - a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe.
The idea that the Deity of Pandora is feminine is in line with various religions, but this idea, in conjunction with a goddess that is basically ‘one with nature’ is thoroughly Wiccan (witchcraft) in concept.
Can’t the God that we as Christians know, possess a female persona?
No, simply because the nature of the feminine is to birth new life from itself, thus if the idea of a Goddess Creator were true, then She would create out of herself, and the universe would be an integral part of her.
The Bible teaches that God created Adam in His image, and it’s the male that provides the seed, which will initiate life, but that life is not something integral to himself; likewise God is transcendent from His creation – it’s not a part of Him.
Pantheism teaches that all of nature is a part of God/Goddess in essence, but if this is believed, then such a goddess is indiscriminate in her interactions with her creation-tornados, earthquakes, storms, and other acts of nature randomly kill off portions of her population regardless of who and what they are, whether they are ‘good pantheists’, dutiful caretakers of ‘Mother Earth’ or rabid industrialists bent on profits and personal gratification. Certainly diseases born on Earth victimize the new born, children, adults and the elderly with no sense of rhyme or reason.
Here are a couple of links that define pantheism and its belief system –
Pantheism from the Sacred Horse's Mouth
C.A.R.M.'s View on Pantheism
The Na’vi are a people steeped in the worship of nature, and utilize their ‘magic’ based on power emanating from Eywa, and this is shamanism, much like that of the native American religion. Possessing ‘strong medicine’ means using natural hallucinogens to acquire visions or obtaining knowledge not readily available through the five senses.
On Pandora, the Na’vi don’t use strong medicine, but rather have an open neural network capacity that derives from their spinal column and into their tails (yes, Na’vi have tails!). The tail of the Na’vi have filaments that intermesh with the same sort of filaments on other life forms (such as the flying dragons portrayed in the film, other animal life, and even the sacred Tree through which Eywa appears to communicate – we saw this when 'Jake-sully' attempted to communicate through his avatar with Eywa and warn Her about the imminent attack by the human military).
It’s interesting to note that in Eastern religions, inner harmony with Brahma (the ‘All’ of creation) as well as communication with the spiritual realm occurs when one aligns their charkas in order to become receptive to the influences of spirits and spiritual beings; these charkas are located where? – yup, you guessed it! Along the length of our spinal column (and no doubt our tails as well if we had any!).
This suggests that all living things are in some way sentient, that they are self aware, possess spirits and in some fundamental way, equal to but different than mankind. The very Native American practice of “thanking” the prey (a deer or buffalo, etc) for willingly sacrificing itself and allowing itself to be slain ‘for the good of the tribe’ was featured in this film. Here is the idea that all in nature are brothers: that just as the buffalo lays down its life to feed the tribe, members of the tribe will one day lay down their lives, be buried in the Earth, which will decompose and feed the grass, which will in turn feed the buffalo, which will again sacrifice itself to feed the tribe, etc. etc. This is known as the Circle of Life and is prominent in the philosophies of many Nature-worship religions.
The reverence of nature and the worship of such is something that’s been around since the beginning of the fall of mankind into sin. Since we are a part of nature, then we are by extension also worshipping ourselves. It’s as the Bible states:
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”
Romans 1:21-23, 25
UPDATE (5/18/11):The UN has developed a document that, if passed will grant the Earth 'human rights' and elevate her status to "a living being" much in line with pantheistic and pagan beliefs. Visit the following site:
~ end update.
Mother Earth's 'Human Rights'
While Pandora has its goddess, Wicca (and all pagan religions) has hers as well, known as Gaia: different name, same deal. A Feminine deity that incorporates nature as part of Herself. This is why the Environmentalist Movement is so heavily endorsed by witches of all types and breeds, and also by the U.N. and of course such esoteric organizations as the Theosophical Society and Lucis Trust which permeates so many organizations and influences our societal awareness (we are currently posting articles regarding these organizations under our ongoing series ‘T.T.U.F. Profiles'). It’s all a part of harmonizing the world into a unified, global government and religion that will honor Mother Nature/Gaia.
Dr. Greg Reid, founder of Youth Fire and author of several books, of late: Trojan Church, had this keen insight:
“In the Futurechurch (sic) there will arise an imitation of Christ Jesus and His bride, the church . . .” which is Lucifer who will inhabit the anti-Christ, and will demand the worship of every one on the planet, and his own bride, Gaia – Mother of us all!
Please don’t take me wrong; I’m not suggesting that the director/writer James Cameron is necessarily out to convert us all to a global consciousness and alter our world view to become more pagan and adhere less firmly to a stubbornly persistent Judeo-Christian ethic, but nevertheless the subject matter and content of this film has the propensity to play on our emotions and admonish us to take a look to our own goddess-world and see how she herself is being stripped naked, abused, ransacked for the sake of corporate profit.
I won’t deny that as Christians we ought to be concerned about being good stewards of our planet; I’m always picking up trash and disposing of it properly, careful to recycle, and use resources wisely. This doesn’t mean I worship nature. This doesn’t mean I find no fault with such corporate greed as well.
Yet the powers that be, have an intended goal of shifting our thinking into such a pantheistic view, as sympathetically portrayed in this film, for their own agenda; ultimately that agenda will result in the scenario described above. It’s sadly intriguing that the church is being swept up into the Emergent Movement and called upon to focus our affection and attention on the Earth, to clean her up: ecologically, socially, economically, etc. and this too will tailor the undiscerning Christian into shifting their priorities from the Kingdom of Heaven to a worldly kingdom preparing for the arrival of their ‘World Teacher’ a.k.a. the anti-Christ.
As I said, this film all on its own isn’t about to transform us all into a bunch of tree-hugging, New Age globalists, but it is another brick in the building of the structure of a philosophical Tower of Babel where paganism is paramount.
Christians should be aware of the underlying message this film delivers, and if parents allow their children to go see it, this could be used as an opportunity to educate them on the beliefs of Wicca, Earth religions, New Age dogma and how these are diametrically (and diabolically) different than what we have been delivered by our Deity, our heavenly FATHER Who reigns in Heaven for all eternity.
For a couple of final thoughts, please view this video clip on the subject by Alex Jones who has some interesting things to share:
Alex Jone's on Avatar and Globalization
Also in considering the appearance of the Na’vi, they are very tall, and blue skinned. How is this relevant? Think about the Hindu deities, among them, the god Vishnu, who is seen as the preserver of the Universe. Certainly the Na’vi are likewise intent on preserving their habitat, unlike the human military machine who want to destroy it in favor of profitable monetary gain. Both Vishnu and the Na’vi are seen as ‘Preservers’ in that sense.
So what does Vishnu actually look like? Follow this link to find out:
A Picture of Vishnu
And the following to learn more about the nature of Vishnu – there are interesting parallels between this Hindu god and the people of the Na’vi:
Who is Vishnu?
UPDATE - (As of 2-05-10)
Here is an article from the New York Times by a Mr. Ross Douthat; read the entire article about AVATAR here -
Heaven and Nature and Avatar
UPDATE (As of 2-28-10)This just in! The Berean Call's newsletter for the month of March has some very interesting insights and commentary on AVATAR!
Read the article here: TBC's Commentary on the film: AVATAR
May the TRUTH of our GOD in His Word guide our steps in avoiding deception and seduction in all its forms, in these last days.
Agape, grace & peace:
Nikaeo Aionios A.V.R.A.S.
Posted by A.M. Kisly at 7:38 PM
Monday, January 25, 2010
Knowing the “how” will point us to the various sources of these movements, and knowing what the agenda of these sources is, will lead us to the “why” of it all.
Essentially, to know what to expect in our future we might well look into the past and witness the philosophies and beliefs of key individuals who have brought about idealistic shifts in our world. Of course the Bible speaks with abundant clarity on what will transpire in what we recognize scripturally as “the last days” and this is, and always shall be the lens through which we at The TRUTH Under FIRE will examine this world-system.
The agenda or “Plan” will effect every church here in America, as well as those the globe over; if you don’t believe this, then you need to read this article and learn precisely what the strategy of the “Plan” is; its quite alarming, I can assure you. My desire in sharing this is to in fact raise the alarm and call Christian’s attention to this affair, so that we might be on our guard, test every teaching by the light of scripture, and remain steadfast in our prayer closets, never forgetting for a moment that this is a spiritual warfare!
So for this first ‘T.T.U.F. Profile’ I chose to take a look at Alice A. Bailey, a woman heavily steeped in occult and mystical practices as well as a high ranking member, and later on a leader of the Theosophical Society. Here is a brief biography of this woman (little known by today’s Christian culture) who has had a profound effect on our world:
Alice Bailey was born on June 16th, 1880 in Manchester, England; she was raised in an orthodox Christian family which she would say later, made her very unhappy and a bad tempered little girl. "Life was not worth living," she said, and the feeling of worthlessness and a certain amount of curiosity about life and death led her to attempt suicide three times before she was even fifteen.
In 1917, after the breakup of her first marriage she moved to the United States, where she was introduced to the teachings of Theosophy. It was during this period that she had met, and married, her husband Foster Bailey (33rd degree Scottish Rite Freemason). She turned out to be a good pupil. Bailey soon rose through the ranks and became the editor of the American Theosophists' newspaper.
To learn more about what ‘American Theosophy’ teaches, see the following web site:
American Theosophy In Their Own Words
Between 1919 and 1949 (her death), she produced twenty-four books, including an autobiography, nineteen of these books were supposedly written by her Tibetan Master DK (Djwhal Khul- a spirit entity that channeled information through her). During the intervening years, Alice Bailey spent most of it working out what she referred to as "The Plan." The results of which, influenced the birth of many New Age groups: The Church Universal and Triumphant, Benjamin Creme's The Tara Center, the Robert Muller Schools and The Temple of Understanding, to name a few.
But when did her spiritual journey into the occult and mysticism begin?
At the age of fifteen her first mystical encounter occurred while her family had gone to church. While she was in a room reading, a man wearing a turban on his head suddenly entered her room. Startled, and not being able to say a word —an obvious out of place character in 19th century Manchester — this stranger spoke to her:
“He told me there was some work that it was planned that I could do in the world but that it would entail changing my disposition considerably; I would have to give up being such an unpleasant little girl and must try to get some measure of self-control. My future usefulness to Him and to the world was dependant on how I handled myself and the changes I could manage to make. He said that if I could achieve real self-control I could then be trusted and that I would travel all over the world and visit many countries, "doing your Master's work all the time" ... He added that He would be in touch with me at intervals of seven years apart.”
The Comprehensive List of Alice Bailey's Writings
- UNFINISHED AUTOBIOGRAPHY, by Alice Bailey, 1951, Lucis Trust, pp. 35-36
This was to be Alice Bailey's first contact with her Master Koot Humi. These contacts with "Secret Chiefs"; "Familiar Spirits"; "Angels"; and "Ascended Masters" is a common theme in the annals of history and has been the origin of many religious, prophetic and occult movements throughout the centuries. Zoroaster, Mohammed, John Dee, Francis Bacon, Aleister Crowley, Helena Blavatsky, Joseph Smith, Edgar Cayce and Benjamin Creme immediately come to mind.
The encounter with her fated second "Master" — and soon to be writing partner for an international esoteric movement — occurred in 1919, while having a quiet time on a hill close to her house. She heard a note of music sounding everywhere which was followed by a voice (Djwhal Khul) that asked her if she was willing to write some books. Having refused, saying that she wouldn't engage in any psychic practices, the voice gave her three weeks to reconsider.
Alice completely forgot about the subject when the voice made its appearance as scheduled. Agreeing to give it a try for a few weeks the first chapters of of Initiation, Human and Solar were written. After about a month, Alice got scared; refusing to do anymore work the Master Djwhal Khul told her to discuss it with her Master Koot Humi. Koot Humi confessed that it was, in fact, him that told DK to contact her and he gave Alice permission to proceed — after giving Mrs. Bailey the proper technique for enhanced telepathic communication.
Between 1919 and 1949 (her death), she produced twenty-four books, including an autobiography, nineteen of these books were supposedly written by her Tibetan Master DK (Djwhal Khul). During the intervening years, Alice Bailey spent most of it working out what she referred to as "The Plan." The results of which, influenced the birth of many New Age groups: The Church Universal and Triumphant, Benjamin Creme's The Tara Center, the Robert Muller Schools and The Temple of Understanding, to name a few.
Alice Bailey had a profound influence on scores of people who, in their turn, influenced the world over for the benefit and direction of the New Age/Spirituality and the New World Order (global governance); one such person is Robert Mueller, an Assistant Director for the United Nations, who also developed his "World Core Curriculum", upon which our own American public school philosophical system is based. He credits the underlying philosophy of his work to Alice Bailey and Master Djwhal Khul, the Tibetan Master (Ascended Master, i.e. a demonic spirit):
Berit Kjos of CROSSROADS ministry relates the following:
"During a visit to Arlington, Texas, some years ago, a friend took me to see the original Robert Muller school. While she waited in the car, I walked past a little Buddha, climbed the steps to the front door, and rang the bell. Gloria Crook, the Director opened the door and asked why I had come. I listed my credentials: I was interested in global education, was concerned about the environment, and was an immigrant from Norway--a country well known for its global concerns and admiration for the United Nations. I must have passed the test, because she invited me in and led me into a massive hallway. Looking to the left, I saw a room full of young mothers and pregnant women in yoga position. On a table next to the doorway, I noticed a stack of papers. The title startled me: ‘Occult Meditation.’
"To those who don't know God, the occult seems good, not bad, I thought to myself.
“Are you familiar with Alice Bailey?” she asked me as we entered a large cluttered office.
“Yes.” I nodded, well aware of her links to Theosophy and the occult messages she channeled from her favorite spirit guide. “Didn't she write books full of messages she received from the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul?”
“Yes,” answered Ms Crook. “Here, sit down and look at some of them.” She pulled down several of Bailey's books from a shelf and put them in my lap. I silently thanked God for His spiritual protection as I flipped through the pages of the first one, Education in the New Age. ...
Finally Ms Crook pulled two large golden frames from the wall and showed them to me. I shivered when I looked at the first. It pictured a beautiful caligraphied rendition of “The Great Invocation,” an occult prayer used around the world to invoke a global outpouring of spiritual light and power (Brave New Schools).
What other influences did Alice Bailey have on people and organizations? We shall see . . . in our next article! Until then, go with God Almighty, our LORD and SAVIOR, Jesus of Nazareth! Read more!
Posted by A.M. Kisly at 2:00 PM
Thursday, January 7, 2010
By A.M. Kisly
I trust that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years celebration with your friends and family. As you may have noticed Jim and I some took time out with our own families as well.
The good news is that we can now get back to the business of proclaiming the truth as we bring you the many news updates and articles that will be forthcoming in the next days and weeks.
The following article was written by Ann Coulter, a well-known and outspoken writer and contributor of World Net Daily. Many of you may have seen the discussion on Fox News with regards to the comments made by Brit Hume. They were, in what I thought, very encouraging and compassionate words to Tiger Woods. I pray he heeds Brit's advice. As always, the liberal media, who are extremely anti-christ, anti-christianity, hate mongers and lovers if filth jumped all over Brit's comments, some demanding a public apology.
I say DON'T DO IT BRIT!
The following article by Ann Coulter was in my opinion a great response, as she so poetically and correctly states, "If you can find a better deal, Take it!"
If you can find a better deal, take it!
Posted: January 06, 2010
6:11 pm Eastern
Someone mentioned Christianity on television recently, and liberals reacted with their usual howls of rage and blinking incomprehension.
On a Fox News panel discussing Tiger Woods, Brit Hume said, perfectly accurately:
"The extent to which he can recover, it seems to me, depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So, my message to Tiger would be, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'"
Hume's words, being 100 percent factually correct, sent liberals into a tizzy of sputtering rage, once again illustrating liberals' copious ignorance of Christianity. (Also illustrating the words of the Bible: "How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words" [John 8:43].)
In the Washington Post, Tom Shales demanded that Hume apologize, saying he had "dissed about half a billion Buddhists on the planet."
Is Buddhism about forgiveness? Because, if so, Buddhists had better start demanding corrections from every book, magazine article and blog posting ever written on the subject, which claims Buddhists don't believe in God, but try to become their own gods.
I can't imagine that anyone thinks Tiger's problem was that he didn't sufficiently think of himself as a god, especially after that final putt in the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year.
In light of Shales' warning Hume about "what people are saying" about him, I hope Hume's a Christian, but that's not apparent from his inarguable description of Christianity. Of course, given the reaction to his remarks, apparently one has to be a regular New Testament scholar to have so much as a passing familiarity with the basic concept of Christianity.
On MSNBC, David Shuster invoked the "separation of church and television" (a phrase that also doesn't appear in the Constitution), bitterly complaining that Hume had brought up Christianity "out-of-the-blue" on "a political talk show."
Why on earth would Hume mention religion while discussing a public figure who had fallen from grace and was in need of redemption and forgiveness? Boy, talk about coming out of left field!
What religion – what topic – induces this sort of babbling idiocy? (If liberals really want to keep people from hearing about God, they should give Him his own show on MSNBC.)
Most perplexing was columnist Dan Savage's indignant accusation that Hume was claiming that Christianity "offers the best deal – it gives you the get-out-of-adultery-free card that other religions just can't."
In fact, that's exactly what Christianity does. It's the best deal in the universe. (I know it seems strange that a self-described atheist and "radical sex advice columnist faggot" like Savage would miss the central point of Christianity, but there it is.)
God sent his only son to get the crap beaten out of him, die for our sins and rise from the dead. If you believe that, you're in. Your sins are washed away from you – sins even worse than adultery! – because of the cross.
"He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross" (Colossians 2:14).
Surely you remember the cross, liberals – the symbol banned by ACLU lawsuits from public property throughout the land?
Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.
In the no-frills, economy-class version, you don't need a church, a teacher, candles, incense, special food or clothing; you don't need to pass a test or prove yourself in any way. All you'll need is a Bible (in order to grasp the amazing deal you're getting) and probably a water baptism, though even that's disputed.
You can be washing the dishes or walking your dog or just sitting there hating Susan Sarandon and accept that God sent his only son to die for your sins and rise from the dead ... and you're in!
"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).
If you do that, every rotten, sinful thing you've ever done is gone from you. You're every bit as much a Christian as the pope or Billy Graham.
No fine print, no "your mileage may vary," no blackout dates. God ought to do a TV spot: "I'm God Almighty, and if you can find a better deal than the one I'm offering, take it."
The Gospel makes this point approximately 1,000 times. Here are a few examples at random:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
In a boiling rage, liberals constantly accuse Christians of being "judgmental." No, we're relieved.
Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world because, if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies – no doing what all the other kids do.
And no more caring what the world thinks of you – because, as Jesus warned in a prophecy constantly fulfilled by liberals: The world will hate you.
With Christianity, your sins are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean and your eternal life is guaranteed through nothing you did yourself, even though you don't deserve it. It's the best deal in the universe.
You gotta love it when someone takes a stand for God!
Posted by A.M. Kisly at 10:16 AM