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Monday, August 30, 2010

ENGAGING ISLAM and the MUSLIM AGENDA Part 2 (of 3)

~~ By James Fire

We continue now with part 2 of this article, and in this segment we shall look at the culture of Islam as it’s affecting our nation; from the President himself and the administration under him; does Barak Obama paint an accurate picture of what Islam is all about? How does he view America, and her history, and the part (if any) that Muslims play for her benefit? We’ll look at the landscape that is America and see how Islam is impacting the people. Of course, the agenda of Islam will be scrutinized as well, and we have a series of video clips from youtube that will display this very thing (In part 3)! So, without any further ado, let’s have a look and see what more we can learn about this religion and those that extol it:

SALAM, Mr. PRESIDENT! –

There is a lot of mystery regarding the current President, and his real identity: is he really an American born citizen or not? Is he a Christian? A Muslim? A Marxist Socialist?
*From Mychal Massie of World Net Daily, we have the following article –

If Obama were a Christian …

Who Is Barak Obama?(read the full article here)

Posted: August 24, 2010
1:00 am Eastern

“In the aftermath of Obama's unsolicited, controversial dictates over the Ground Zero Mosque [GZM] debate, White House image-makers are now trying to convince the public he is a devout Christian. Specific to that point, he may not be a Muslim, but I'm convinced he isn't a Christian, either.

As evidence of his devoutness, the White House has entered into evidence that he allegedly prays every day. Let me be clear – praying every day no more makes one a Christian than walking across a stream makes one a fisherman.

“A true Christian, i.e., a born-again believer, is a person who has put his faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ – including His sacrificial death on the cross as propitiation/payment for our sins, His crucifixion and resurrection and the understanding that this same Jesus will, at a time appointed return to gather unto Himself His own.

“Simply believing there is a God or "god" doesn't make one a Christian. The New Testament tells us, in James 2:19, that the very "demons also believe and tremble." In the Book of Job we have record of God addressing Satan (Job 1:6-12). Ergo, if Satan and the demons are acknowledged as knowing God exists from first-person experience – just believing there is a God simply places a person among a legion of not so pleasant beings.

“My point being – prayer and belief sans confession, repentance and acceptance of Christ in one's heart is hot air. Being a "good person" doesn't make one a Christian either, nor does being an outwardly religious person. Being a Christian, devout or otherwise, is more than that – it’s placing our [immortal souls] in the hands of One we have not seen, based on a faith that many scorn (John 3:1-21, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 3:21-28, Hebrews 11:1-3).

“Scriptures tell us that by our works we shall be known (Matthew 7:15-20). Where is Obama's fruit? I think it can be reasonably argued that, if he were a Christian following after Jesus, there would be no questions about his faith. If his actions were Christ-like, people wouldn't question whether or not he is a Muslim.

“This isn't about color or race [NOTE: Mr. Massie is a black gentleman]. There are many persons of color in very public capacities that do not have these questions swirling around them.

“If Obama had spent 20 years under a truly God-fearing, Bible-preaching, Christ-filled pastor, would we today have these questions? Obviously, we cannot say with absolute certainty that wouldn't be the case – but I submit the chances greatly favor that we wouldn't.

“A true Christian is more concerned about the eternal benefits of service than about endorsing behaviors and teachings that are antithetical to the God of Scripture. God doesn't care what color a person is, nor whether you are a man, woman or child – He cares that we accept His Son, lead others to Him, and live Christ-centered lives that make others want to be like "that" which they see in us.

“Specific to that point, I see nothing in Obama I want to be like.”

BY THEIR FRUIT –

As Mr. Massie stated, you will know a person’s genuine spiritual life by the kind of fruit they bear. Christians place the highest value in prayer, both private and public, and every where in scripture we are admonished to engage in this vital ministry.

How many remember when Barak Hussein Obama cancelled the National Day of Prayer? True this is a function that’s been inundated with all sorts of religious people, not just Christians; but the very act of canceling something that’s been a part of the tradition in D.C. since the days of Truman, who inaugurated it in 1952, and reached its zenith under the presidency of Ronald Reagan, was brought to a screeching halt by Obama, not in proclamation but in practice.

Nixing National Day of Prayer?

The decision was made by Wisconsin U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. She ruled that it violates the First Amendment's ban against a law respecting an establishment of religion.

Jordan Sekulow, an attorney from the American Center for Law & Justice, however, calls Crabb's decision "flawed," according to OneNewsNow.com, a Christian news site. Sekulow says the boundaries between religion and government are not blurred by the National Day of Prayer because the establishment clause Crabb cites in her decision is meant to prohibit the federal government from establishing a national church. Says Sekulow:

That's not what's done in this National Day of Prayer Proclamation. Here, we are again just signifying and looking back on our history, respecting our history of the founding of the Judeo-Christian country.

While it is true he made a proclamation for the day, (Presidential Proclaimation But What of Practice?)the actual practice and function for the day’s purpose was conspicuous by its absence anywhere about the White House. Incidentally, in that proclamation, Obama stated:


“As we observe this day of prayer, we remember THE ONE LAW THAT BINDS ALL GREAT RELIGIONS TOGETHER: the Golden Rule, and its call to LOVE ONE ANOTHER; to understand one another; and to treat with DIGNITY and RESPECT those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth. (emphasis mine)”

It’s a simple statement of fact that no where in the Quran does it declare Allah’s love for any one, nor does it encourage the Muslim to love others, much less one’s enemies.

(Where can it be shown in all the annals of history, where Islam was the predominant force, that others were treated with dignity and respect? A Muslim could say, and rightly so, where can it be shown in history that those Christians during the Crusades treated others with dignity and respect? Such as took up the martial banner in the Name of Christ, at the command of certain Popes to slay Jew, and Muslim, and any others who would not swear allegiance to the ‘Most Holy Mother Church’ did so, not in obedience to the commands of Christ in scripture, but at the command of Popes who were, just as much as the religion they headed, horribly wicked and corrupt.

Yet genuine Christians emulate the very person of Jesus Christ in love, peace, and compassion for others and are therefore in compliance with the Holy Bible. The Muslim who seeks compliance to the Quran would find themselves condoning if not participating in acts of coersion and violence. To examine this in more detail, see The Berean Call’s article “Islam is Peace?”

Islam Is Peace?

Barak Hussein Obama, self-proclaimed Christian is the very first President to celebrate Ramadan with an “iftar”; do you know what that is? I sure didn’t, but apparently Obama knows:

Mr. Obama's office issued a statement Wednesday noting that Ramadan is a time when Muslims reflect on the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and on the responsibility that people have to each other and to God. He said he looks forward to hosting a traditional "iftar" dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House later this week –

Obama's Statement on Occasion of Ramadan

Obama Comments On Ifta Dinner at Ramadan

(full statement and article above)

“These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, TOLERANCE, and the dignity of all human beings. Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and RACIAL EQUALITY. And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF AMERICA and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country. And today, I want to extend my best wishes to the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – as you welcome the beginning of Ramadan.
“I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month. (emphasis mine)”

A faith known for “racial equality”?? I’ve read Joan Peter’s book FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL and according to this former pro-Palestinian reporter and writer, the suffering and oppression that Jews endured in various Islamic nations (long before Nazi Germany) was appalling, and yet they were refused in their requests to leave those nations, with the exception of a few that had to pay virtually all they had just to escape with their lives! When Jews were released en masse, it was parallel to the events of Israeli victory in its wars with Islamic forces.

Two articles we’ve done on The RED PILL Consortium are based on this book: While the information contained in this book is excellent, it is also heart breaking and at times difficult to read. Should you wish to obtain your own copy, the book (after being discontinued for nearly 2 decades) is available once again!

Visit The Berean Call
and check on “products” and type in book title.

Ponderings On Israel

Revisiting From Time Immemorial

For a summary of Israel and its relations with Islamic and other nations through its history, read this excellent article from Koinonia HouseBetrayal Of The Chosen Article or if you prefer to listen rather than read check out these audio files: Betrayal Of The Chosen Audio Files

”Islam has always been a part of our country”?? Its true that Muslims have populated our land since the mid 18th century, but as individuals and families, not as a incumbant institution that was integral to the embodiment of America. Yet in almost the same breath we heard from Obama that America is not a Christian nation. I would challenge the reader to investigate the preamble of the constitutions of all fifty states and determine for themselves whether or not America is (or at least was in its foundation) a Christian nation, not a Hindu nation, or a Buddhist, or a Deist, etc.

See the following at this link -
God In State Constitutions of America

A TOWERING PRESENCE –

The hot topic, nigh well an enflamed one is this proposal for building a mosque and Islamic community center in the area of Ground Zero, at the site of the 9-11 tragedy. It would, on the outset appear that Obama endorses this construction, when in fact what he claims to have intended was (from Yahoo News):

" . . . my intention was simply to let people know what I thought. Which was that in this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion."

In accordance with the law, Mr. President? What if greater and greater concessions are made to Muslims, to the point where they are allowed to enact Sharia law? Under that system of Islamic government, NO ONE will have rights unless they are Muslim; all non-Muslims are, under Sharia law, considered “dhimmi”, subservient subjects under Islamic rule. For those of you not familiar with Sharia law and its implications, see the following review of a book, written by a Muslim woman who had to live under this oppressive system:

Cruel And Usual Punishment Review By Nonie Darwish

To see the article on Obama’s statements in their entirety, click here: Obama's Statement On the Ground Zero Mosque

Also from FOX News:
"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country," Obama told an intently listening crowd gathered at the White House Friday evening to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable." Does this commitment include biblical Christianity? Or has a double standard persisted in our nation in these days?

It would be interesting to know, who exactly was it, that sold this property to the Muslims who are intent on this purpose!
Practicing one’s religion is one thing, but building a mosque at Ground Zero is like building a monument to Adolf Hitler opposite the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem! Or as another stated on their sign, at the major media-censored event of Protesting Ground Zero Mosque: “You can build your mosque here when we can build a synagogue in Mecca! (seen in the youtube video below)”

The FOX News article ended with:
“While his pronouncement concerning the mosque might find favor in the Muslim world, Obama's stance runs counter to the opinions of the majority of Americans, according to polls. A CNN/Opinion Research poll released this week found that nearly 70 percent of Americans opposed the mosque plan while just 29 percent approved. A number of Democratic politicians have shied away from the controversy.”

Read the full article here:
Obama Supports Ground Zero Mosque

From MSNBC we hear from a New York born Muslim woman, and recently MISS USA, named Rima Fakih who (is pro-Obama incidentally) stated that she is against the plan to build the mosque and further stated:

“I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on constitutional rights of freedom of religion,” Fakih, 24, said from Las Vegas, where she represented the USA at the Miss Universe pageant Monday night. But she added: “I also agree that it shouldn’t be so close to the World Trade Center. We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion.”

The article went on to say that “A recent Time magazine poll showed 61 percent of those polled were against a mosque being erected near ground zero. The poll also famously had 24 percent of respondents believing the President himself is Muslim.

Miss Fakih isn’t the only Muslim speaking out against this project, there is also the son of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef who likewise adds his voice: “Cordoba Initiative hopes to build a $100 million, 13-story community center with Islamic, interfaith and secular programming.” In addition to the mosque, the project calls for a 500-seat auditorium, swimming pool, art exhibition spaces, bookstores and restaurants. “Please understand that I have no problem with buildings. But I have a very big problem with the politics and symbolism behind this building….If Cordoba and other Muslim organizations in America would like to ‘do a huge amount of good,’ let them build a hospital instead of a mosque. Build something that will help the families of the 9/11 victims. Do something productive for humanity in general, instead of challenging liberty and confusing people about the realities of Islam. This is how they can generate good will, not by building a rock of offense two blocks from Ground Zero.”

(Newt Gingritch, on July 21, 2010 went on record by stating some extremely poignant facts:

"The proposed 'Cordoba House' overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks - is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term.
It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.")

Taken from: Son Of Hamas Speaks Out Against Ground Zero Mosque

Still more Moslems, syndicated columnists, in protest of this GZM (Ground Zero Mosque): Muslim Columnists Voice Reason For Mosque

Yet another example of effective protest: A construction worker, Andy Sullivan, has created a blog in protest to this GZM; thousands are signing up, agreeing with “The Hard Hat Pledge” and not work on this project, including fellow construction workers, as well as manufacterers of steel, glass, lumber, and insurance. See the article here:

Hard Hat Pledge Against Construction of Mosque

Seen prominently among the protesters of the GZM were:

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller who are the founders of STOP ISLAMIZATION OF AMERICA, which sponsored the GZM rally (as seen in the youtube presentation directly below), have their respective web sites:

Jihad Watch Robert Spencer

Atlas Shrugs Pamela Geller

Here is a youtube presentation demonstrating just how opposed Americans are towards this agenda:

Salt In The 9-11 Wound

This concludes this 2nd segment of ENGAGING ISLAM and the MUSLIM Agenda. In the next and final segment we shall venture into the Muslim’s mind set, what makes some of these Muslims tick; we shall see some interactions between Muslims and Christians from ACTS 17 APOLOGETICS, and a blog article with commentary about this encounter (ANSWERING MUSLIMS.com). A series of video clips shall follow and finally how we as Christians are to respond to the enormity of this situation.

Until then: Go in the grace and the peace of God which is afforded to us by NONE OTHER than the LORD Jesus Christ, Who shall reign forever and EVER! AMEN!!
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

ENGAGING ISLAM and the MUSLIM AGENDA Part 1 (of 3)




~~ By James Fire

Most Americans knew very little about Islam prior to 9-11; they couldn’t begin to explain who Al’Qaeda were, or the Taliban, perhaps even the term “jihad” but there were some afterwards that began quick studies of this nearly fourteen hundred year old religion. For the most part however, we carried on with our lives, shaking our heads at the ‘extremists’ that engaged in further acts of terror and mayhem, all the while believing the propaganda that “Islam is peace”. How many times have you heard that before? Yet a strict translation of the word “Islam” renders it to mean something else entirely:

We need to know that the root word of Islam is "al-silm" which means "submission" or "surrender." It is not derived from the word “Salam” which means ‘peace’, as Muslims will have you believe. It makes it far clearer when one understands that by peace, the Muslim means that once the world is submitted to Allah, then, and only then, will there be peace! Until that Day, Islam must be engaged in the great struggle or ‘jihad’.
*In this article we are going to look at a brief history of Islam, its belief system, the current propagation of this religion (the fasted growing religion in the US and Europe, both by means of converts and rapid birth rates within existing Muslim families) throughout the world by means of “jihad” or literally jahada meaning “struggle” but connotatively referring to ‘war’.

NEWS UPDATE: 8-29-11 - Tax Funded Islamic Brotherhood,dedicated to jihad world wide, including America -
Stimulus Grants for Muslim Brotherhood Org

See also Investigative Project on Terrorism (pdf file)

~~end of update.

UPDATE: 4/2/12 - Eight Questions that Jacob Prasch, Bible scholar, teacher and Jewish saint born of God's Spirit through Jesus Christ, contributing writer of Moriel ministries asks of Muslims regarding the Quran, the Hadith, Allah and Mohammad that demands examination regarding the validity of Islam:

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Also we will examine how Islam is impacting America: from a Muslim-friendly President in the White House (who for all appearances, is a Muslim himself to one degree or another); to powerful Islamic communities within our borders, such as in Dearborn, Michigan with populations of Muslims that are entirely intolerant of anything non-Islamic; and a potential Islamic facility to include a GROUND ZERO Mosque [GZM (among other things)], at the location of the terrorist-destroyed World Trade Center (which doesn’t necessarily limit those culpable to Muslims alone by the way- look for “Loose Change” on youtube).

As Americans how are we to respond to this formidable force in our nation? Even more importantly, how as Christians are we to respond to an ever increasing threat that will brook no alternative religious beliefs? IT IS IMPERATIVE that the information produced in this article, and any web links associated with it, does not incite a hatred or belligerence against Muslims.

The LORD Jesus Christ commanded us to love our enemies, and this certainly includes Muslims (who would count us as their enemies if we would not submit to their Allah and convert to Islam). If we have Muslim friends or interaction with Muslims, we should earnestly pray for their salvation, lovingly offer them the Gospel, firmly but gently challenge their beliefs, while maintaining that our own are contrary to theirs, but always in a manner that is honoring to the LORD. In light of this, some web sites and good resource materials in the way of books shall be listed at the end of this article.

We shall prayerfully engage this subject and seek wisdom from the LORD for the answers to a Christ-honoring response to Islam!

The INITIATION of ISLAM – How It All Began:

A Brief History of Islam

by Grady L. Davis, M. Div., Ph.D.
Former Chairman of Directed Individualized Studies
Golden State School of Theology, Oakland, CA ©1983,2003,2004

“Mohammad was born in Mecca, Arabia in 570 CE [to] a prominent and highly respected family. [At] 25 he married a wealthy widow named Khadija.” Of all their children, only one daughter lived to adulthood (Fatima). “Mohammad spent most of his time in solitary meditation [and he] began to have many disturbing visions. Once he believed he saw the angel Gabriel [and claimed] that the angel gave him the following command:
“Recite, in the name of the Lord who has created,
Created man from clots of blood,
Recite, seeing that the Lord is the most generous,
Who has taught by the pen,
Taught man what he did not know.”


“The Arabic word for recite’ is Qur’an, meaning the reciting or the reading. Thus, the Qur’an, is the “reciting” of “revelations” given to Mohammad, [lasting] over a period of 22 years . . . Encouraged by his wife, he began to preach in the streets and market places of Mecca. Mohammad never claimed to be divine, but insisted that Allah had called him to be a prophet.
“Mohammad hated the idolatry and the immorality of the Arabs who lived in Mecca or came there to trade their goods. He was met with bitter opposition, but for many years his influential uncle, Abu Talib, was able to protect him.
“When both Khadija and Abu Talib died in 620 CE, plots were hatched to kill Mohammad and his followers. Finally, on July 16, 622, Mohammad was forced to flee to Medina, a friendlier city to the north. This flight, called the hegira, marks the beginning of Islam. The Muslim calendar starts with this date, and the years are counted from ‘A.H.’ meaning ‘the year of the hegira.’ Medina, which is the city’s current name, was first named Madinat an Nabi (City of the Prophet), in honor of Mohammad. Mohammad became the religious and political leader of the city.
“Soon the Meccans organized an army to destroy Mohammad and his followers. The fighting ended in 630 with Islam forces triumphant. Mohammad entered Mecca. He destroyed every idol in the Kaaba, the main temple, except the Black Stone, a sacred meteorite enshrined there.
“Mohammad then declared the Kaaba to be the most holy shrine in Islam. Since that time it has been the spot toward which all devout Muslims direct their prayers.
“During the next two years, Mohammad strengthened his position as the leading prophet and ruler of Arabia. He united the tribes into a vast army to conquer the world for Allah. His death in 632 A.D. did not lessen the fervor of his followers. They carried their faith across Asia, Africa, even into Europe—and to this day the growth of Islam has not ended.
“Islam” means "submission" (to Allah) and it’s members call themselves Muslims, meaning ‘those who submit.’ ”

Taken from the web site:

Looking at Historical Islam

For more on the biography of Mohammad and the History of Islam, particularly its campaigns of war, visit the following site below (NOTE: the extensive numbers of battles [over five dozen!] that this “religion of peace” has engaged in; even in its infancy this testifies to its integral nature):

A Chronology of Early Islam

The PILLARS of ISLAM –

1. Shahada
The Shahada is the Islamic proclamation that "There is no true God except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."
This is the confession that Allah is the one and only true God, that Allah alone is worthy of worship, that Allah alone is the sovereign lord who does what he wills with whoever he wills. It means that all his rules and laws found in the Quran are to be followed. It means that the Christian doctrine of God as a Trinity is false as are all other belief systems including pantheism.
Muhammad is the true and greatest prophet of Allah and recognition of Muhammad as the Prophet of God is required. It was through Muhammad that Allah conveyed the last and final revelation.

2. Prayer (Salat)
Prayer involves confession of sins which begins with the purification of the body and ends with the purification of the soul. Prayer is performed five times a day. The first prayer is at dawn and the last at sunset.
The names of the prayers are Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha. The Maghrib prayer is the sunset prayer. Isha is the prayer that is said after sunset. There is also a prayer that is said right after Fajr known as Shurooq.

3. Fasting (Saum)
The month of Ramadan is the month of fasting in Islam. It is an act of worship where the faithful follower denies his own needs and seeks Allah. Usually, this fasting entails no drinking, eating, or sexual relations during the daylight hours for the entire month of Ramadan.

4. Alms-giving or charity (Zakat)
Charity given to the poor. It benefits the poor and it helps the giver by moving him towards more holiness and submission to Allah. Alms-giving is considered a form of worship to God.

5. Pilgrimage (Hajj)
This is the pilgrimage to Mecca. All Muslims, if they are able, are to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. It involves financial sacrifice and is an act of worship. Muslims must make the pilgrimage the first half of the last month of the lunar year

Taken from the web site:

The Five Pillars of ISLAM

WHAT DO MUSLIMS BELIEVE?
“There may not be another religion like Islam with its simplicity and unity of beliefs. Whether one is a Muslim in Singapore or Saudi Arabia, a Sunni or Shiite, a scholar or poor person, the major beliefs are the same. There is little argument about their broad meanings. The Quran states that it is righteousness to believe in Allah, the last day, angels, the Book, and the messengers (Quran, Surah 2:177)

The major beliefs of Islam are the following:
• Monotheism: There is no other god than the one god Allah.
• Angels: Among the angels, Gabriel appeared to Muhammad from heaven with the words of the Quran.
• Prophets: There are many prophets, including Jesus but Muhammad is the last [and greatest] prophet.
• Scriptures: The Quran is the infallible, inerrant scripture revealed to Muhammad. The Torah and the Gospel were revealed to Moses and Jesus as inerrant in their times but they have become corrupt.
• Judgment: Everyone will be judged by Allah. [It is taught that all souls have two recording angels on the right and left shoulders, recording good and bad deeds, which at Judgment Day will be weighed in the scales of Allah to determine which book outweighs the other.]
• Paradise and hell: Distinctly different eternal destinies await the blessed and the damned.

Orthodox Islam accepts these beliefs with little wriggle room. Popular or folk Islam holds broadly to these beliefs but allows accretions to them. But no Muslim would deny what the Quran tells them to believe, namely, the substance of the above beliefs.
Taken from the web site (note: on this site, you need to scroll down the page to start reading the text):

Basic Beliefs of ISLAM

- Source: What You Need to Know About Islam & Muslims (link directly below) By George W. Braswell, Jr. Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2000.

Where Can I Buy What You Need To Know About Islam?

To learn more details on the doctrines of Islam, complete with scripture references from the Quran, visit this site:

Doctrines and Surah References in the Quran

DIFFERENT NAMES – SAME GOD?

It’s commonly quoted and believed that Muslims, Jews and Christians worship the same God, but is this true, or merely a feeble attempt at world ecumenism, or worse, an intentional deception? If one looks carefully at the attributes, conduct and expressions of religious truth declared, and performed by Allah of the Quran, and compare this to the God of the Bible, the realization becomes quite clear:

Follow this link to learn the details of this false claim of:

A Common Deity

Here are the essentials that prove that Allah of the Quran and YHWH of the Holy Bible are by no means the same God:

God — The Quran asserts that the god of Islam is the God of Christians and Jews (Sura 29:46). Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The god of Islam, Allah, is most definitely not the God of the Bible. Allah is presented in the Quran as an autocratic ruler who is aloof and arbitrary (Sura 5:40). Allah is unknowable whereas the God of the Bible is knowable (2 Timothy 1:12). Allah is impersonal, unlike the personal God the Scriptures reveal (1 Peter 5:6-7). Allah is unitarian (Sura 4:48) whereas the God of the Bible is trinitarian (2 Corinthians 13:14). Here is what the Quran says about the God of the Bible (Sura 4:171): “Believe in Allah and say not ‘Trinity.’ Cease! It is better for you! Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from his transcendent majesty that he should have a son.”

Allah is capricious (Sura 2:284), [that is, unpredictable] whereas the true God is [One Who declares His Word and binds Himself to it with covenants and promises]. And Allah is NEVER anywhere presented as a god of love — which is the essence of the nature of the true God (emphasis mine; 1 John 4:7-16).

Jesus — The Quran denies point blank that Jesus was the Son of God (Sura 112:2-3). It also denies His atoning sacrifice by claiming that he never died (Sura 4:157). A substitute died for Him on the Cross. Jesus was translated to Heaven, like Enoch, where He will remain until He returns to kill all pigs, destroy all crosses, and convert the world to Islam. Jesus will marry, reign for 40 years and then die and be buried next to Muhammad in Medina. Jesus is characterized in the Quran as nothing more than “an apostle of Allah” (Sura 4:171).

- Source: The Truth About Islam Dr. David R. Reagan from Lamb and Lion Ministries.

For more about the differences between YHWH and Allah, and further information about Islam, see the following site:

Allah and YHWH Are Not The Same God

CURRENT TRENDS in QURANIC CONQUESTS –

We already saw how Islam spread in its infancy and early history; now we can look at where and how Islam is spreading today. Included here is a web site that tracks Islamic activity the world over, including here in America.

NOTE: The founders and writers of this site apparently are atheists for the most part, thus we at T.T.U.F. do not endorse their belief system; nevertheless we cite this as a source due to their diligence of reporting Islamic activity. Also note that there is a listing of “jihads” under the left-hand column entitled History of Jihads; there are a number of web links on this column more than half way down the page for your perusal (in somewhat chronological order):

Historical and Contemporary Jihad

Islam claims to be the last and greatest revelation from Allah, and that this revelation was truly given at the first, to Adam and his descendents; Islam claims that not only Adam but also Noah, Abraham, Moses, King David, and even Jesus were Muslim! Further, its considered fundamental Islamic teaching that all human beings are actually BORN MUSLIM in spirit, but that this spirit is marred and altered by the (false) teachings of the parents (be they Christian, Jewish, Hindu, etc).

Thus if in fact, Islam is the last revelation of Allah, then it replaces all previous revelations (which Islam claims have been corrupted, particularly the Book, or the Holy Bible). This is the reason why fundamental Islam CANNOT co-exist peaceably with Judaism and Christianity, simply because these systems of belief have been made (in their view) obsolete, and it’s the duty of the Muslim to convert them from such corrupted, out-dated belief systems, while at the same time, honoring their prophets (Moses, David, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus) because they were of course, Muslim! Islam perceives Judaism and Christianity as perversions of the original intent of their Islamic founders, primarily Moses and Jesus and is therefore engaged in a RESTORATION movement, bringing Jews and Christians back to the one true faith.

Islam claims that Jesus in fact, in corroboration with Moses (who predicted that “the LORD would raise up another prophet, like unto me” Deut. 18:15) prophesied the coming of “Ahmed” or Mohammad, and they commonly use this as a proof text to support their view that Islam supercedes Christianity. Thus, if there are prophecies of Mohammad found in the Bible (in both Old and New Testaments), then these are very good reasons for Jews and Christians to drop their [distinctions] and divisions and become Muslims.

In the Islamic view of Christianity then, we have seen the following. 1) Islam is the original religion; it is the primordial religion, the religion of Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. In addition, all humans are born Muslims. 2) God has sent prophets throughout time to all the nations — prophets such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus. He has not only spoken through those prophets but given them books (e.g. the Torah and the Gospel). But their missions were limited, and their books were incomplete and later corrupted. 3) Mohammad is the final prophet foretold in the Bible, and his book, the Qur’an, is perfect, complete and incorruptible.
Islam is the only valid Faith. Because of the finality of Mohammad’s prophet-hood, combined with the completion of God’s revelation in the Qur’an, orthodox Muslims reject any new claims to divine revelation or religious succession beyond Islam. This is the Islamic evangelistic mind set.

For the more comprehensive article on these matters, see the following:

Knowing the Mind Set of the Muslim

This concludes this segment of the article, ENGAGING ISLAM and the MUSLIM Agenda. There will be two more segments, in which we will look at some current events regarding our present Executive Administration, controversial perspectives of the same, as well as Islamic ‘hot spots’ in our nation where Sharia Law (in some cases) is practically a fact of life! This and more to come in the following segments (2 and 3).

God bless and keep you all, in the most Holy Name of Jesus Christ our LORD, to Whom every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is LORD, to the glory of God the Father! Amen!
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR ABSOLUTE TRUTH?

by A.M. Kisly

Are you searching for absolute truth?

Through prophecy, the Bible authenticates that it alone transcends time and space. No other book dares to establish its credibility by telling the future in advance. The Bible is 100% accurate and prophecy proves it.

"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:27

One day the disciples came to Jesus and were given a private briefing regarding what signs to watch for before His promised return...

As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Verse 3)

And Jesus answered them and said to them, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." Matthew 24:4-8

In the Gospel of Luke Jesus says, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." Luke 21:25-26

Then Jesus told them a parable: "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." Luke 21:27-33

So what are these signs that Jesus was talking about? The Bible lays out mankind's destiny in the last days...ARE YOU PREPARED?

Eternal Productions Presents: Countdown to ETERNITY - Part 1 (of 7)



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Friday, August 27, 2010

WHO IS THIS KING OF GLORY?


Psalm 24

"The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah."


Jesus Died! - Paul Washer

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

TAKE....The Whole Armour of God....WITHSTAND in the Evil Day...and STAND!


Ephesians 6:10-13

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."












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Monday, August 23, 2010

GOT TRUTH? An Explanation of What Truth Is and How It Affects Us - PART 1 (of 3)

~~ By James Fire

(taken in part from Baker’s Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, John MacArthur’s The TRUTH War, Zondervan’s Pictorial Encyclopedia and the Holy Bible)

Pilate is often quoted with the question he asked while presiding in judgment over Him Who is Truth: “What is Truth?”

Philosophers like Socrates and others all the way to present day have asked whether Truth is absolute, others have asked if it even exists at all, in any form. Is truth knowable? Does it relate to reality (ontology- the philosophical study of the nature of reality:

What Is Ontology?), or is it merely conceptual?

The IMPORTANCE of the NATURE of TRUTH –

The nature of truth is important to the Christian faith. Christianity claims that there is absolute truth (even though a growing number of Christians polled deny this!) and that it corresponds to how things really are.

“God exists” is truth; it corresponds to reality and states that an all powerful Being exists in the real world. “God raised Jesus Christ from the dead” is also truth; it states that the Person who is Christ Jesus once died, but that He was resurrected from the dead by the power of God. These truths are not open to interpretation or to varying perspectives, nor will it comply with the will and, or desire of mankind. Truth in this sense is immutable, that is, it cannot change, any more than God Himself can change.

“God exists” is truth; it corresponds to reality and states that an all powerful Being exists in the real world. “God raised Jesus Christ from the dead” is also truth; it states that the Person who is Christ Jesus once died, but that He was resurrected from the dead by the power of God. These truths are not open to interpretation or to varying perspectives, nor will it comply with the will and, or desire of mankind. Truth in this sense is immutable, that is, it cannot change, any more than God Himself can change.

Another Truth: “God is perfect in Holiness and Truth”, thus if God were to change, He would leave that which is absolute perfection and become something less than He already is. He would cease to be God. The same can be said about the Truth, as Jesus Himself claimed to be the Truth (John 14:6); truth cannot change or be subject to the whims and desires of mankind for it is absolute. It’s an old expression, but quite true: “If you add to the truth, you’ve just taken away from it.”

This is why in a court of law (where truth is imperative in order to determine justice) the oath is taken, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” – Interesting how they want to take “God”, the One who IS Truth out of that oath!

One cannot have justice without truth, and truth suffers if there is no justice; we covered this in an article on The RED PILL Consortium –

DEMISE Of A Civilization - The Death of the Moral Siamese Twins - Truth and Justice

To tell something less than the whole truth is an omission of truth, and therefore the entire truth is not known. I can tell you that a man assaulted me violently, and you could sympathize with my victimization. However if I neglect to tell you that I tried to pick pocket his wallet, I have deceived you by omitting pertinent information, and so you have a false perception of reality.

I can tell you something more than the whole truth by adding some fabrication; perhaps I tell you that I could bench press 250 lbs, when in fact, I can’t even lift 220 lbs. This of course leads to the false impression that I am stronger than I really am. Those who would take away from God’s Word of Truth, or add to the same, are involved, knowingly or not, in deception!

What Truth Is Not:

There are many inadequate views of the nature of truth and most of these results from confusion between the nature (definition) of truth and a test (defense) of truth, or from distinguishing the result from the rule. Below are five primary examples taken from Baker’s Encyclopedia of Apologetics with Norman Geisler:

1) Truth is not “what works”

One popular theory is the pragmatic view of William James and his followers: truth is what works. According to James, “Truth is the expedient in the way of knowing. A statement is known to be true if it brings the right results. It is the expedient as confirmed by future experience.” That this is inadequate is evident from its confusion of cause and effect. If something is true it will work, at least in the long run.

Simply because something works, it doesn’t make it true. In a court of law, judges tend to regard the expedient as perjury. The results don’t settle the truth question either; even when results are in, one can still ask whether the initial statement corresponded to the facts, If it did not, it was not true, regardless of the results.

In a world such as we have today, when moral integrity is increasingly absent from the social fabric of life, people are more and more inclined to go with whatever benefits themselves, regardless of whether or not ‘it’s the right thing to do’. If a course of action, though it may be illegal or unethical, leads to one’s own benefit, then in a sense, such an action in the minds of pragmatists, is a ‘true or right action’. It used to be said by those conducting business with Wall Street ethics, “My word is my bond.” Today businesses routinely back out of contractual agreements and their motto is, “So sue me!”

If truth is absolute, then whether or not something is expedient for me, what determines one’s course of action will be, Is it right or wrong? Is this in accordance with moral truth? If a particular course of action will prove a disadvantage to me, but it’s the right thing to do, we must ‘bite the bullet’ and commit a self-sacrificial act for the good of truth and right.

Psalm 15:1-5

LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.


2) Truth Is Not “That which coheres”

Some thinkers have suggested that the truth is what it internally consistent; it is coherent and self-consistent. But this too is an inadequate definition. Empty statements hang together, even though they are devoid of truth content


“All wives are married women” is internally consistent, but is empty. It tells us nothing of reality. The statement would be so even if there were no wives. It really means “IF there is a wife, then she must be married.” But it does not inform us that there is a wife anywhere in the universe. A set of false statements also can be internally consistent. IF several witnesses conspire to misrepresent the facts, their story may cohere better than if they were honestly trying to reconstruct the truth. But it is still a lie. At best, coherence is a negative test of truth. Statements are wrong if they are inconsistent, but necessarily true if they are.

The world such as the one we live in is composed of universal, over-arching lies which are all (rudimentary) consistent with one another; one could perceive (erroneously) that this must be the truth. The world’s religions seem to have a central belief that salvation is by works, and yet because all of them are consistent, in this regard, one could conclude that there is some truth to this supposition (and that the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace (unmerited favor) is incorrect since it’s inconsistent with all of the world’s religious beliefs).

Likewise, in our ‘global village’ it’s perceived that the only way for mankind to survive is to become united, to live “in a world without borders” and because we are hearing this in such repetitive fashion, it’s assumed that such must be the truth. It would seem that a coalescence of consensus in the realms of politics, religion, economics, philosophy, sociology and psychology is happening before our very eyes, and in the overwhelming majority of the masses, one would require a considerable amount of fortitude to withstand and oppose such a societal tsunami. Where would one acquire such fortitude?

Psa 119:40-43
Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.



3) Truth Is Not “What Is Comprehensive”

Another idea is that the view that explains the most data is true. And those that are not as comprehensive are not true – or not as true. Comprehensiveness is one test for truth but not the definition of truth. Certainly a good theory will explain all relevant data. And a true worldview will be comprehensive. However, this is only a negative test of whether it is true. The affirmations of that view must still correspond with the real state of affairs. If a view was true simply because it was more encyclopedic, then a comprehensive statement of error would be true and a digested presentation of truth automatically would be in error. Not all long winded presentations are true and concise ones are not all false or superficial or incomplete view of what is true.

4) Truth Is Not “What is Existentially Relevant”

Following Soren Kierkegaard and other existential philosophers, some have insisted that truth is what is relevant to our existence or life and false if it is not. Truth is subjectivity, Kierkegaard said; truth is livable. As Martin Buber stated, truth is found in persons, not in propositions.

However, even if truth is existential in some sense, not all truth fits into the existential category. There are many kinds of truth, physical, mathematical, historical, theoretical, etc. But if truth by its very nature is found only subjectively in existential relevance, then none of these could be true. What is true will be relevant, but not everything relevant is true. A pen is relevant to an atheist writer. And a gun is relevant to a murderer. But this does not make the former true or the latter good. A truth about life will be relevant to life. But not everything relevant to one’s life will be true.

Mystical experiences can be wonderful and seemingly good, and if people experience these in reality, they supposedly must therefore be true. However, this is not the case. The belief systems that formulate in the mystical practitioners mind’s do not correspond to the truth found in God’s Word, but rather correspond to the same kind of ‘mystical truth’ as found in Hinduism and New Spirituality and New Thought beliefs. ‘Relevance’ is a term leaned heavily upon by Emergent Church leaders and authors as well and they make the claim that because their beliefs are relevant to our changing culture and speaks to “our needs” that they are therefore true. This is a false assertion.

5) Truth Is Not “What Feels Good”

The popular subjective view of that truth gives a satisfying feeling and error feels bad. Truth is found in our subjective feelings. Many mystics and new age enthusiasts hold versions of this faulty view, though it also has a strong influence among the experientially oriented Christian groups (note: We are finding in today’s Christian world view that the emotional, subjective basis for determining what is true is gaining greater momentum, whether a message delivered from a pulpit, or the viewing of a film, or the reading of a book, be it fiction or non-fiction or even what is experienced personally on a subjective level (i.e. meditative practices, so-called ‘health oriented’ exercise programs – things of the Eastern religious practices and culture); objective, measurable, determinable truth is being replaced essentially by “what feels good”.)

It is evident that bad news can be true. But if what feels good is always true, then we would not have to believe anything unpleasant. Bad report cards do not make a student feel good, but the student refuses to believe them at his or her academic peril. They are true. Feelings are also relative to individual personalities. What feels good to one may feel bad to another. If so, then truth would be highly relative. But, as will be seen in some detail, truth CANNOT be relative.

What Is Truth, Is What Truth Is –

Correspondence with reality: Now that the inadequate views of the nature of truth have been examined, it remains to state an adequate view.

Truth is “telling it like it is”. This correspondence applies to abstract realities as well as actual ones. There are mathematical truths; there are also truths about ideas. In each case there is a reality, and truth accurately expresses it. Falsehood, then, is what does not correspond. It tells it like it is not, misrepresenting the way things are. The intent behind the statement is irrelevant. If it lacks proper correspondence, then it is false.

Arguments for Correspondence:

All non-correspondence views of truth imply correspondence, even if they attempt to deny it. The claim ‘Truth does not correspond with what is’ implies that this view corresponds with reality. Then the non-correspondence view cannot express itself without using a correspondence frame of reference. In other words, in an attempt to deny correspondence, it has to use such a statement in the denial that implies correspondence!

Essentially, ‘Truth does not correspond with what is’ is a self contradictory statement.

If one’s factual statements need not correspond to the facts in order to be true, then any factually incorrect statement is acceptable. It becomes impossible to lie. Any statement is compatible with any given state of affairs. Also, if everything is true, then nothing is, quite simply because within the framework of ‘everything being true’ there would exist contradictory truths, and truth cannot contradict itself.

Communication depends on the informative statements. But correspondence to facts is what makes statements informative. All communication ultimately depends on something being literally or factually true. We cannot even use a metaphor unless we understand that there is a literal meaning over against which the figurative sense is not literal. For example, it’s been often argued by those who don’t believe in a literal hell, that “‘Gehenna’, a refuse field outside of Jerusalem, does not correspond to an actual place of torment, of eternal flames and punishment; it’s simply a metaphor” and the statement is left at that. However a metaphor expresses a truth that must correspond to reality, if it does not, then it remains static (no basis for truth) and is meaningless.

So, it would follow that all communication depends in the final analysis on a correspondence to truth.

MEET MR. TRUTH (And Get to Know Him on a First Name Basis) –

When Jesus said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6), it is argued that His demonstration of truth is personal, not propositional. This would seem to falsify the correspondence view of truth, in which truth is a characteristic of propositions (or expressions) which correspond to its referent. But a person, as well as a proposition, can correspond with reality.

As the ‘exact image’ of the invisible God (Heb. 1:3), Jesus perfectly corresponds to the Father (John 1:18). He said to Philip “when you have seen Me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). So, a person can correspond to another in his character and actions. In this sense, persons can be said to be true, or express the truth.

God is truth, yet there is nothing outside of Himself to which He corresponds. Yet according to the correspondence view, truth is that which correctly represents reality. Since God lacks correspondence, so this argument goes, the correspondence theory denies that God is true, as the Bible says He is (Rom. 3:4). However, truth as correspondence does relate strongly to God. God’s words correspond to His thoughts. So God is true in the sense that His Word can be trusted. God’s thoughts are identical to themselves, a kind of perfect “correspondence”. In this sense, God is true to Himself. If truth is understood as that which corresponds to another, then in this sense God is not “true”.

Rather, He is the ultimate reality and so the standard for truth. Other things must correspond to Him in a limited way in order to be called true, not He to them.

Along with Dr. Geisler’s remarks, I may add that the truth in correspondence is readily acknowledged in the fact that all Three Persons of the Triune Godhead correspond to One Another, with no variation or dichotomy among Them. What One declares, the Others affirm, and all that issues from God is true.

The Absolute Nature of Truth –

The relativity of truth is commonly a premise of current thought. Yet orthodox Christianity is predicated on the position that truth is absolute. Thus, the defense of the possibility of absolute truth is crucial to the defense of the historic Christian faith. According to theories of relative truth, something may be true for one person, but not for all people. Or, it may be true at one time, but not at another. According to the absolutist view, what is true for one person is true for all persons, times and places.

As argued above, there is only one adequate view of the nature of truth – the correspondence view. Nancy Missler, wife of Dr. Chuck Missler, after studying the scriptures on ‘truth’ came to the conclusion that truth is “when the word and the deed become one”.

Other views, such as coherence and pragmatism, describe tests for truth, not as explanation of the nature of truth itself. Factual truth is that which corresponds to the facts. It is that which corresponds to the actual state of affairs being described.

Relative truth – the relativity of truth is a popular contemporary view. However, truth is not determined by majority vote. Let’s take a look at the reasons people give for belief that truth is relative:

Of all, some things appear only to be true at some times and not at others, For example, many people once believed the world to be flat. Now we know that truth statement was wrong. It would seem that this truth has changed with the times. Or has it? Did the truth change, or did beliefs about what is true change? Well, certainly the world did not change from a box to a sphere. What changed in this regard is our belief, not our earth. It changed from a false belief to a true one.

Within a statement’s ‘universe of discourse’, every truth is an absolute truth. Some statements really apply only to some people, but the truth of those statements is just as absolute for all people everywhere at all times as a statement that applies to all people generally: “Daily injections of insulin are essential for continued life” is true of persons with some life-threatening forms of diabetes. This statement has an applied ‘universe of discourse’. It isn’t purporting to be a truth that applies to everyone, but if it applies to Fred, then it is true of Fred, for everyone (that is, ‘for continued life, it is essential that Fred must receive daily injections of insulin’). The caveat that this statement is false for people with a normally functioning pancreas does not detract from the statement’s truth within its ‘universe of discourse’ – diabetics to whom it is properly addressed.

Some statements appear to be true only for some. The statement, “I feel warm” may be true for me but not for another person, who may feel cold. I am only one within the statement’s ‘universe of discourse’. The statement “I [Norman Geisler] feel warm” (on July 1, 1998 at 3:37 p.m.) is true for everyone every where that Norman Geisler did feel warm at that moment in history. It corresponds to facts and so is an absolute truth.

ABSOLUTELY RELATIVE? –

Most relativists really believe that relativism is true for everybody, not just for them. But that is the one thing they cannot hold if they are really relativists; for a relative truth is just true for me but not necessarily for any one else. So, the relativist who thinks relativism is true . . . for everyone . . . is an absolutist. Such a person believes in at least one absolute truth.

I concur with Dr. Geisler’s observation; I am fond of responding to relativists who boldly declare, “There is no such thing as absolute truth!” with “Is that absolutely true?”

Herein lays the self-destructive nature of relativism: the relativist stands on the pinnacle of an absolute truth and wants to relativize everything else.

If relativism were true, then the world would be full of contradictory conditions. If something were to be true for me but false for you, then opposite conditions exist. If Billy Graham says “God exists” and Madalyn Murray O’Hare says “God doesn’t exist” and both are relatively true, then God existing and non-existing would by necessity be co-existing. This does not correspond with reality.

If relativism is true then no one is ever wrong – even if they are. As long as something is true to me, then I’m right even when I’m wrong. The drawback is that I could never learn anything either, because learning is moving from a false belief to an absolutely true one. The truth is that absolutes are inescapable.

Answering Objections –

Relativists have leveled several objections to the view of truth as absolute. The following are the most important:

No Absolute Knowledge: It is objected that truth cannot be absolute since we do not have an absolute knowledge of truths. Even most absolutists admit that most things are known only in terms of degrees of probability. How then, can all truth be absolute?

We can be absolutely sure of some things, I am absolutely sure that I exist. In fact, my existence is undeniable. For I would have to exist in order to make the statement, “I do not exist”. I am also absolutely sure that I cannot exist and not exist at the same time. And that there are no square circles. And that 3 + 2 = 5.

There are many more things of which I am not absolutely certain. But even here the relativist is misguided in rejecting absolute truth simply because we lack absolute evidence that some things are true. The truth can be absolute no matter what our grounds for believing it. For example, if it is true that Sidney, Australia is on the Pacific Ocean, then it is absolutely true no matter what my evidence or lack of evidence may be. An absolute truth is absolutely true in itself, no matter what evidence there is. Evidence or lack thereof, does not change a fact. And truth doesn’t change just because we learn something more about it.

In-between Truths: Another objection is that many things are comparative – like relative sizes such as shorter and taller. As such they cannot be absolute truths, since they change depending on the object to which they relate. For example, some people are good compared to Hitler but evil compared to Mother Theresa. Contrary to the claim of relativists, in-between things do not disprove absolutism. For the facts that “John is shorter in relation to an NBA player”, and “John is tall compared to a jockey” are absolutely true for all times, and all people. John is in-between in size, and it depends on which one to whom he is compared whether he is shorter or taller. Nonetheless, it absolutely true that John (being five feet ten inches) is short compared to most basketball players and tall compared to the majority of jockeys. The same is true of other in-between things such as warmer or colder, and better or worse.

No New Truth (or Progress): If truth never changes, then there can’t be any new truth. This would mean that no progress is possible. But we do come to know new truths. That is what scientific discovery is all about. In response to this, “new truth” can be understood in two ways. It might mean “new to us”, like a new discovery in science. But that is only a matter of us discovering an ‘old truth’. After all, the law of gravity was there long before Isaac Newton. Many truths have always been there, but we are just finding out about them. The other way we might understand “new truth” is that something new has come into existence that makes it possible to make a new statement about it that is only then true for the first time. That’s no problem either. When January 1, 2020 arrives, a new truth will be born. Until that day it will not be true to say “This is January 1st, 2020”; but when that happens it will be true for all people and places forever more. So ‘old’ truths don’t change and neither do “new truths” when they come to pass. Once it is true, it is always true – for every one.

Truth and Growth in Knowledge: It is also objected that knowledge of truth is not absolute, since we grow in truth. What is true today may be false tomorrow. The progress of science is proof that truth is constantly changing. This objection fails to note that it is not the truth that is changing but our understanding of it. When science truly progresses, it does not move from an old truth to a new truth, but from error to truth. When Copernicus argued that the earth moves around the sun, and not the reverse, truth did not change. What changed was the scientific understanding about what moves around what.

Narrow Absolutes: Of course truth is narrow. There is only one answer for what is 4 + 4. It is not 1. It is not 2,3,4,5,6,7, 9, or 10 or any other number. It is only 8. That’s narrow but it’s correct.

Dave Hunt is fond of saying that since relativists don’t adhere to absolutes, the next time they take a flight aboard an airliner, they shouldn’t be at all alarmed if the pilots states over the intercom, “I’ve gone to flight school and they trained me how to fly a plane, and day in and day out, I have flown any plane I’ve ever piloted, exactly the same way, and its rather boring, not to mention rather narrow minded. So, today I’m going to try something different, and just wing it; I’ll just go ahead and take off and once we are airborne, I’ll push whatever button or switch that comes to mind, and I’m sure it will all work out just fine. Whatever the means, we’ll get to our destination!” How many relativists would book another flight?

Non-Christians often claim that Christians are too narrow-minded because they claim that Christianity is true and all non-Christian systems are false. However, the same is true of non-Christians who claim that what they view as truth is true, and all opposing beliefs are false. That is equally narrow. The fact of the matter is that if C (Christianity) is true, then it follows that all non-C are false. Likewise if H (Humanism) is true, then all non-H is false. Both views are equally narrow. That’s the way truth is. Each truth-claim excludes contradictory truth-claims. Christianity is no more narrow than is any other set of beliefs, whether “atheism, agnosticism, skepticism, or pantheism”.


Dogmatic Absolutes: The claim that those who believe in absolute truth are dogmatic misses the point. If all truth is absolute – true for all people, times, places – everyone who claims anything that is true is ‘dogmatic’. Even the relativist who claims relativism is true is dogmatic. This person claims to own the only absolute truth that can be uttered, namely that everything else is relative.

Something important is overlooked in this charge of dogmatism; there is a big difference between the pejorative charge that belief in absolute truth is dogmatic and the manner in which someone may hold to this belief. No doubt the manner with which many absolutists have held to and conveyed their beliefs has been less than humble. However, no agnostic would consider it a telling argument against agnosticism that some agnostics communicate their beliefs in a dogmatic manner.

Nonetheless, there is an important distinction to keep in mind: Truth is absolute, but our grasp of it is not. Just because there is absolute truth does not mean that our understanding of it is absolute. This fact itself should cause the absolutists to temper convictions with humility; for while truth is absolute our understanding of absolute truth is not absolute. As finite creatures, we grow in our understanding of the Truth.

May I add that the one Person who does have a total comprehension and understanding of absolute truth is God Himself. Because God is all-knowing, it’s impossible for Him to learn. This also means that while our own comprehension and understanding of truth is finite, we can place implicit trust in the One who knows all that which corresponds to reality, as the Maker and Sustainer of reality. Faith in God and the truth of God’s Word is valid, sound, and justified.


SUMMARY –

Truth may be tested in many ways but it should be understood in only one way. There is one reality to which statements or ideas must conform in order to be regarded as true. There may be many different ways to defend different truth claims, but there is really only one proper way to define truth, namely, as correspondence. The confusion between the nature of truth and the verification of truth is at the heart of the rejection of a correspondence view of truth.

Likewise there is a difference between what truth is and what true does. Truth is correspondence, but truth has certain consequences. Truth itself should not be confused with its results or with its application. The failure to make this distinction leads to wrong view of the nature of truth. Truth is that which corresponds to reality or to the state of affairs it purports to describe. And falsehood is what does not correspond.

This article was reproduced in part from Baker’s Encyclopedia of Apologetics with Dr. Norman Geisler.

Sources used are as follows:

Anselm; Truth, Freedom and Evil
Aristotle; Posterior Analytics
Augustine; Against the Academics
Alan Bloom; The Closing of the American Mind
P. Copan; True for You, but Not for Me
N.L. Geisler; Thomas Aquinas, Ch. 6
J.F. Harris; Against Relativism
C.S. Lewis; The Abolition of Man
Plato; Protagoras
Plato; Theatetus
Thomas Aquinas; On Truth
D Wells; God in the Wastelands: No Place for Truth
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America: Robbed of our Christian Heritage


- by A.M. Kisly

"I think it's time that time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended that were intended for us by the founding fathers." Ronald Regan

In an age of lies, lies, and more lies, don't you think it's time we went back and found out what the truth is?



David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, Christian and constitutional heritage.

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David Barton is one of the foremost authorities on the moral and Christian foundations of our nation's Constitution and history. David works to foster the political responsibility of the People of God through his website Wallbuilders, briefings in Washington, and the spiritual heritage tours he gives of the Capitol. His goal is to preserve and advance our nation's Christian foundations and to encourage our representatives in Congress to strive to live up to the vision our Founding Fathers had for those who occupy such high office.

WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built – a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined. In accord with what was so accurately stated by George Washington, we believe that "the propitious [favorable] smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation which disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained."

WallBuilders is a name taken from the Old Testament writings of Nehemiah, who led a grassroots movement to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore its strength and honor. In the same way, WallBuilders seeks to energize the grassroots today to become involved in strengthening their communities, states, and nation.




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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Exposing Error: Is it Biblical?

by A.M. Kisly

There are many objections raised amongst believers today with regards to exposing error within the Church. Many claim it to be entirely negative, not biblical and of no real value. Such things are negative in the sense that they negates falsehoods; we shouldn't assume that if something is 'negative' that it is untrue or valueless. Warnings cover all sorts of roadways, machinery and appliances with negativities like "HAZARD: May cause electrocution" etc. but such warnings have their uses!

However, I would challenge any whose attitude against such warnings or “negativities” to examine the New Testament since a large portion of the NT, including the teachings of our Lord (Rev. 2&3 for example) and writings of the apostles teach a great deal about false prophets, false teachings, Satan’s devices, and damnable heresies.

Our Lord prophesied, "Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." Is that not true today?

Unfortunately, within our own day, it seems the masses are not heeding the warning…they are not heeding the warning, because sound biblical doctrine is being ripped apart or taken completely out of the Church.

The Bible warns us over and over not to harden our hearts, but to turn to Jesus. The wrath of God is inevitable and is seen throughout the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. It is not merely enough to believe that God exists or that the Bible is His word to us, for even Satan believes. True salvation comes to the man who acts upon that knowledge and comes to repentance committing himself completely to the Lord.

Is God willing that any should perish? Does He take some kind of sick pleasure in the death of the wicked? Absolutely not! The Bible repeatedly states that he is pleading with men to turn to Christ.

The danger comes to those who wait. It is those who harden their hearts, who resist, who put off until another day. Those who will not give up their sin, this world, nor the things of this world, are in grave danger. For this heart is in danger of becoming seared like scar tissue that is thick and hard and insensitive to the voice of God, who gives heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

1 Timothy 4:1,2 –

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”

In Hebrews 3:7-19 Paul warns again,

“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, (8) Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: (9) When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. (10) Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. (11) So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. (12) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (13) But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (14) For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; (15) While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. (16) For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. (17) But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? (18) And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? (19) So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief."

D. L. Moody, the great evangelist, was preaching in Chicago on October 8, 1871. A biographer writes, "Before him was the largest congregation he had ever addressed in the city. He concluded with a blunder that he had called the biggest in his life, one which he vowed he would give his right hand to recall. He, D. L. Moody, gave them a week to decide for Christ" (Richard K. Curtis, They Called Him Mister Moody [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962], p. 150). That night the great Chicago fire broke out and many of the people who were there were killed. Moody said that was the last time he ever told anyone to postpone a decision for Christ.

As the consciences of men become seared, and their hearts hardened to the truth, they will clamor towards doctrines that sound nice, but do not have the ring of truth. These doctrines are “doctrines of devils,” that entice the human nature with teachings that deny the true gospel of Christ Jesus. In 2 Timothy 4:3-4 Paul says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Many of today's so called "pastors" (or God's under shepherds) have basically written a new gospel, one that is socially accepted, entertaining, and tolerant of every religion…......DID I MENTION FALSE?

Can you imagine going to church one Sunday morning and your pastor announcing “Before we begin, I should let you know that I’ve found the Bible to be far too depressing and outdated. It has become a tool of intolerance and divisiveness in the world. It promotes exclusivity. It is both unloving and un-accepting of others faiths. We should pursue peace above all and global unity, so we shall no longer be using it in our services!”

Horrifying thought isn’t it? Yet isn’t this taking place in Churches across our country today?

Not only has sound biblical teaching been replaced by liberal inclusiveness, but mainline denominations are now openly embracing social tolerance rather than Biblical Truth. Mainline Protestant denominations no longer call homosexuality a sin; many are ordaining gay clergy and performing homosexual marriages. The Evangelical churches have opened the doors wide to New Age mystics and Eastern Philosophies. They are openly practicing contemplative techniques, yoga, chanting, and other false worship practices. In England, the Anglican bishops actually voted to affirm the deity of Jesus Christ. The United Religions Initiative seek to unite the worlds faiths in a spirit of cooperation…..they are doing this by placing the gospel of Jesus Christ on the same level as every other religious belief in the world.

Links:

Presbyterians Take Step Toward Ordaining Homosexual Clergy

Interfaith engagement -religious differences transformed for positive social change

Reckless Faith

Peace! Peace! Christians begging forgiveness of Islam?

"God" As A Crazy Stalker Girlfriend? (This is in reference to the latest piece of blasphemy in Christianity Today by chief editor Steve Galli - Divine Drama Queen)

Cornerstone Festival - What has happen to Christian Music?

If it were not for those watchmen on the wall sounding the alarm and proclaiming the truth of God’s word….and warning the Church to beware of these damnable heresies, then surely many more souls would be led to eternal destruction. According to Ezekiel 33:6 God is holding them accountable to warn and they will be judged if they don't remain faithful to their office!

How many false prophets have risen with perversions of the truth? How many false prophets stand at the pulpits of our churches? How many who claim Christianity are being deceived?

Paul stated in Acts 20:29-31

“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock

Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”

These grievous wolves that Paul warns us about are growing into packs of ravenous beasts who prey upon the flock of God. It matters not what church you attend, what denomination you prefer, Satan has only one purpose, and that is to devour God’s sheep.

Jesus said in Mark 13:22, “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”

Pastors would do well to note that we are living in "perilous times" and to warn their own flocks by exposing the many impostors of the gospel and the false teachings they represent. Paul addressed this in Acts 20:28, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Oh Laodicea, the Lord will soon speak to you, for you are so sorely in need of judgment. When the risen Lord will speak, it will be He who not only says, but is, the Truth. Though centuries have now passed from the beginning of the Church’s inception, the Church who was born looking for the return of the Lord looks no longer, for it is rare when one even mentions His return. Oh how your hearts once raced with excitement at His rending the clouds, but your eyes have turned away for your affections are elsewhere. For as the Bridegroom tarries, you have gone to sleep.

Where is your passion for the Almighty? Where is your passion for Truth? If religion is worthy of anything, it is worth everything but your hearts are neither hot nor cold. By religion I am referring to the Christian walk, a belief in the being and perfections of God, in the revelation of his will to man, in man's obligation to obey his commands, in a state of reward and punishment, and in man's accountableness to God; and also true godliness or piety of life, with the practice of all moral duties. You have become indifferent in things that are most important and passionate over things of no value. Why do you seek pleasure from the world when God has offered so much more?

You claim Christianity but love every false way. You have not only deceived yourselves but have taken others captive with you. Your manner of life bears no testimony of the truth. “Thy Word is Truth. “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.” John 17:17

Do you not know that judgment is coming?

Are we not called to contend earnestly for the faith? What is the faith if not the whole body of revealed truth?

The book of Jude states "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 3, 4). Paul likewise admonishes us to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Eph. 5:11).”

Every system of teaching can be judged by their fundamental truths of the faith. Here’s the question, what do they think of Jesus Christ? The Bible makes clear who Jesus is, and every false way will deny Him in His authority, His deity, His equality with the Father, and the truth of His Word. Jesus claimed there was only One way…through Him.

Error is error. Truth mixed with error is still error. “A little leaven leaventh the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9 C.H. Spurgeon said, "Discernment is not perceiving the difference between right and wrong, its perceiving the difference between right and almost right."

Let us therefore fight the good fight of faith, as good soldiers, not cowardly deserters, as honorable soldiers, not compromising the faith.

Exposing error is wildly unpopular work, but definitely worthwhile when one considers that we are not representatives of ourselves but of the kingdom of God, ambassadors for Christ…and to those souls who have become ensnared … it may mean everlasting life or death.
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