What’s In A Name?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decided to write a brief post today because I wanted to share something interesting that I discovered while reading the book, “Revelation:  Unlocking the Future” by Edward Hindson and Mal Couch. This is probably the third or fourth time that I have read the book, but each time I end up learning more and more. The Bible is God-breathed; which means that each writer was carried along by the Holy Spirit of God to write down their accounts of what they heard, saw, witnessed, participated in, and learned from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation. With such a book as the Bible, no one has ever “arrived” at knowing all that there is to know within such a wealth of knowledge that is contained within the pages of God’s Word!

In the Bible, names were often given to describe the type of person that they would be, the circumstances of their birth, their destiny, or any number of reasons for the name. For example:

Moses [N] [B] [E] [S]

taken out; drawn forth

Hitchcock’s Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

Isaac [N] [E] [S]

laughter

Hitchcock’s Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

[Recall that Isaac’s mother “laughed” because she became pregnant at such an old age.]

Jacob [N] [B] [E] [S]

that supplants

Hitchcock’s Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

Jesus [E] [S]

savior; deliverer

Hitchcock’s Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

Before I get to the piece of history that I learned, I want to preface this post with information about the Muslim man, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was one of the radical Islamic terrorists who was killed after the Boston Marathon bombing. Recall that his mother said, ‘If they are going to kill him, I don’t care,’ she told CNN of Dzhokhar. ‘My oldest one is killed, so I don’t care. I don’t care is my youngest one is going to be killed today. I want the world to hear this. And I don’t care if I am going to get killed too. And I will say Allahu akbar!’

The blogger at Sweetness and Light comments:

What is so “bizarre” about what she said? She sounds like a typically devout Muslim mother to us.

By the way, the only print version of this story seems to be from the UK’s Daily Mail. CNN not yet published a print version of this interview, even though it is their scoop.

It’s almost as if they don’t want to make the family look like Muslim radicals.

With that background information, I will continue on with what I discovered.

On page 36 where the authors of the Revelation book are discussing the letters to the seven churches, the church called Smyrna (which was a persecuted church at that time in history) the authors give us some history. After describing that the church was named after an aromatic perfume, was ruled by Anatolians, Lydians, and Persians, was totally destroyed and left in ruins but re-built by Alexander the Great, we learn that it later gave its allegiance to Rome. Cicero called the city “our most fathful and most ancient ally.” By New Testament times, Smyrna was a large Roman city with a prosperous Jewish community.

The authors wrote:

In A.D. 178 and again in 180, Smyrna was badly damaged by earthquakes and was rebuilt by Emperor Marcus Aurelius. In A.D. 325, during the Council of Nicea, Bishop Eytychius represented Smyrna. In the fifth centrue, Attila the Hun conquered the city. In A.D. 673 it fell to the Arabs, but was liberated until A.D. 1402 when it fell to Tamerlane, who massacred the Christian population in the name of Islam. 8

We can see that “Tamerlan” Tsarnaev was named after a person in history who massacred the Christian population at Smyrna in the name of Islam.

Interestingly enough, Tamerlan sought out a name change.

Excerpt:

(CNN) — A few months before the Boston bombings, the suspected mastermind of the terror attack, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, wanted to change his name, a U.S. government official told CNN Wednesday.

Tsarnaev, who was shot and killed in a massive manhunt, made an interesting choice for his new name.

He wrote that he wanted to switch his first name to Muaz, the last name of Emir Muaz — a Dagestan insurgent fighting in the Caucasus region of Russia, the official added. Muaz was killed in 2009.

Further down in the article, we discover more proof that this terrorist was named after the “warrior Tamerlane.”

According to the website http://www.thinkbabynames.com, the name Tamerlan is derived from Tamerlane, the feared 14th-century warrior who conquered parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. Tamerlane, the name used in the epic Edgar Allan Poe poem, is now more commonly called Timur by historians.

In this article link, we learn that the  FBI Admits It Missed Opportunities to Stop Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

In a newly unclassified report, bureau agents describe a “huge” lapse that could have “changed everything” about the Boston marathon bombing

Excerpt:

The report reveals that in March 2011, the Russian Federal Security Service provided the FBI with information that Tamerlan and his mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva were “adherents of radical Islam and that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was preparing to travel to Russia to join unspecified ‘bandit underground groups’ in Dagestan and Chechnya.

But according to that same report, when an officer from the FBI-led Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) questioned Tamerlan and his parents, the JTTF never asked about Tamerlan’s travel plans. Nor did the JTTF officer question Tamlerlan Tsarnaev’s wife or his ex-girlfriend, who had filed an assault charge against him in 2009. Though the report says that it is “impossible to know what the former girlfriend and wife would have told the FBI in 2011,” the authors also point out that after the bombing, both Tamerlan’s ex-girlfriend and his wife told law enforcement about his growing radicalism prior to 2011.

Perhaps it would have served them better to have also known just why a Muslim mother would even want to name her son after an evil historic figure like Tamerlane who massacred the Christian population in the name of Islam.  Radical Islamic terrorism is a continuing generational problem.  It will not be solved by releasing terrorists from Gitmo, hoping that they will not return to jihad.  But that is the ignorant mindset within the current BADministration.  Either that – or it’s all being done by design.  What do you think?

Remember the Saul Alinsky teaching tactics?  He recommended doing something with one hand (like allowing tens of thousands of South American children to cross the border and overwhelm the Border Patrol)  in order to not expose “the other hand” (which is to allow terrorists to cross the same border) while Zero dithers (purposely) by blaming Congress for not being willing to shell out 3.7 billion dollars to “fix the problem” – [yeah…right!].  We know that 3 million dollars would fly all of the illegals back to their own country and parents/guardians; and the National Guard on the border would stop the flow of illegal immigrants coming into America.  Problem solved!

Doesn’t look like Zero really wants to solve the border problem.  He and his nasty handlers continue to do anything and everything that they can to destroy our way of life here in America.

Hat tips to all links.

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11 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. gmpilot Says:

    “What’s in a name”, indeed?

    CJW: ”In the Bible, names were often given to describe the type of person that they would be, the circumstances of their birth, their destiny, or any number of reasons for the name.”

    Wow, I’ll bet young Gideon was a terror to have around! I’m so glad we don’t name children for ‘any number of reasons’ anymore.
    Joshua’s name means the same as Jesus’. That makes sense, since Jesus is merely the Greek form of that name. Jesus may have been a deliverer, but ol’ Josh is famous for delivering the sword, unlike his more famous namesake.
    I like Ezekiel; in our nation, it’s a wonder that name hasn’t become more popular! Like in the good old days before 1861, when many a slave had a biblical or Roman name just like their masters did. I wonder if it eased their suffering.
    Hitchcock’s Dictionary is quite certain that Job lived up to his name! Since his first family all stayed dead, I suppose god wasn’t into that ‘resurrection’ stuff then.

    As you must know, names fall in and out of favor. No American boy gets named Benedict these days, and I suspect it will be a long, long time before Adolf becomes common among Germans again. But John, and Joe, and Muhammad, and Michael, and some others, will likely be with us forever. Even though good and bad men have worn those names. A person is more than just their name.

    If you had stopped with that, it would have been a satisfactory post. But like any tinfoil conspiracist, you had to make a ‘six degrees of separation’ link between biblical names and Obama.
    With every passing month your circle is getting smaller; eventually there will be no room in it for anyone but you.

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  2. christinewjc Says:

    GM,

    I was making the point that the radical Islamic mother of the Boston bombing terrorists most likely deliberately named her eldest son “Tamerlan” after the Tamerlane of history who massacred Christians. Recall how the media of mass deception tried to keep the connection of radical Islamic terrorists from the Boston bombing story. If the suspects had been TEA Party members, you would have seen such a connection broadcast 24/7. Since Zero and his evil minions in the broadcasting industry control the message [you know- like all communist dictators do] the public doesn’t even know half of what this BADministration has done over the past 5-6 years. However, many have turned to alternative media and are getting the truth there.

    You label me as a “conspiracy” [theorist], yet millions of Americans now see the horrible damage that the puppet Zero and his satanic puppeteers are doing here in America and across the world. It’s absolutely terrible – on all levels. He is either ignorantly shirking his duty, stupidly [to use his own phrase] ignoring the Constitution [SCOTUS has smacked him back good with several rulings against his executive overreach], and seeing just how far he and Evilric Holder can go in getting away with breaking the law. Or, the havoc being wreaked here in America and across the world is all being done by design. Which one do you believe?

    I don’t know what you mean by my “circle is getting smaller,” so you will need to elaborate a bit.

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  3. gmpilot Says:

    ”Recall how the media of mass deception tried to keep the connection of radical Islamic terrorists from the Boston bombing story. If the suspects had been TEA Party members, you would have seen such a connection broadcast 24/7.”

    I recall…and I also recall that the same media (especially Faux News) quickly invoked ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ when the federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed. But even after the facts became known, nobody labeled Timothy McVeigh a ‘radical Christian terrorist’, and boys still get named Timothy.
    Christians have been known to take part in massacres, too. Not lately…but that could change if the conditions are right.

    “You label me as a “conspiracy” [theorist], yet millions of Americans now see the horrible damage that the puppet Zero and his satanic puppeteers are doing here in America and across the world.”

    Oh, yeah! The US economy was in free-fall when he took office, and he helped stop that. We were involved in two seemingly endless wars in Asia, and he helped end one and oversaw the withdrawal from the other one. Millions of people who didn’t have health insurance five years ago have it now, and he helped do it—in spite of the other party’s obstructions. My god, the damage he’s done!
    I’m glad you put ‘theorist’ in brackets, because you sure don’t have any facts.
    Anyone who learns their civics lessons from Burn Notice wouldn’t know a communist dictator even if he put his jackboot on their neck.

    “…the havoc being wreaked here in America and across the world is all being done by design. Which one do you believe?”

    I know which one you believe: that term ‘satanic handlers’ is a giveaway. I guess that means your god isn’t in control after all. But those same handlers would also manipulate Boehner, Cruz, the Koch brothers, and so on, because neither side matters to such people. Only power matters—their own.

    “I don’t know what you mean by my “circle is getting smaller,” so you will need to elaborate a bit.”
    You seem to believe you’re the only one who knows what’s really going on, even though you don’t quite believe you’re pure enough to change it. In the past, you’ve given your support to Oily Taintz, to Glenn Beck, to the T-Party, to those gun-toting “Day of Resistance” fools 18 months ago. You used to include these types under your “We the People” battle cry, but you don’t mention some of them at all anymore; you’ve kicked them from your circle.
    Someday you will be the only one left who can save the nation from the Evil That Is Obama; but by then it’ll be January 2017, and he’ll be out of office anyway.

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  4. Cry and Howl Says:

    Ah yes! A lively discussion. Just to cut out some of the above b.s. Let’s see, Obama “helped stop” the economical free fall. I’m just kind of wondering how? Stimulus? Saved the auto-industry? Stimulus … those shovel-ready, but not so shovel ready jobs. Auto-industry … oh yeah! good job there Barack … http://cryandhowl.com/2012/05/06/china-the-crown-jewel-in-the-general-motors-universe/
    seven out of every ten GM cars are built in China, hmmm … thanks Barack.
    Nearly 100 million out of work. about 47 million on food stamps. Unemployment for black community about 16% (low estimate). Ending two wars … we see how well that went in Iraq. We know better than 76% of American deaths in Afghanistan happened under Obama’s watch via his ROE policy and “winning the hearts” of the enemy instead of fighting them. I can’t wait to see the results of the five high-ranking terrorists he let go (besides a multitude of others … albeit more subtly) … oh that’s right, they promised not to participate in terror activities ever again. Except the guy who said upon his release … “I’ll see you guys in New York.”
    Millions have health care because of Obama … I think they stopped counting at eight million and about half of them really didn’t have it because they hadn’t paid their premium. Half of the other half already had insurance. Well done Barack. Oh yeah, he really took care of those U.S. military veterans! Wow now that’s charming. Even though the budget increased over 76% on his watch. Oh well, just add a few more bumps in the road along with the murdered in Benghazi, the Navy SEALs, hundreds of Mexicans and two U.S. Border Patrol Agents via Fast and Furious. Isn’t it a little odd Christine that quite a few people seem to exit the land of the living if they had contact with Obama and his past? The homos from his old Church he attended for 20 years but couldn’t remember any messages, and said homos claimed to have had “relations” with Barack … died (murdered about a month apart). The lady in Hawaii who okayed Obama’s long form birth-certificate … damn the luck, was the only one killed when the plane landed on water, even though she and all the rest got out of the plane and put their life vests on. Hey just a coincidence.
    Naturally Barack only heard about any of this stuff on the news or on the golf course during a little gossip.
    The other party’s “obstruction?” Uh Mr. Pilot, the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the Executive branch. Pray-tell … what obstruction? Mr. Obama didn’t need and didn’t get one Republican vote to shove something down the American people’s throats of which about 70% didn’t want and the majority of people even today still have an unfavorable view of Obamacare. I really thought that a man of your intellectual prowess would leave the Democrat talking points to those of lesser IQ.
    I love it when folks demonstrate a disdain for God and talk (write in this case) stuff like “I suppose God wasn’t into that resurrection stuff back then.”
    I tend to think that God can be into anything He wants to be and if people don’t like it I don’t think He really cares.
    I believe it’s written … “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.”

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  5. christinewjc Says:

    Dear, Dear DEAR Steve!!!

    Thanks for that awesome reply! Could not have said it better!! You covered all of the lies that typical progressives spew out there with TRUTH!

    Pressed for time right now but I just had to write this quick comment to thank you for sharing such wisdom. It is sad that it falls on the deaf ears of those like GM. But those who study God’s Word have the “ears to hear” and the “eyes to see” through all the muck and mire of sin and evil in this world.

    You are certainly a blessing!

    Your sister in Christ,
    Christine

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  6. gmpilot Says:

    steve: ”Ah yes! A lively discussion. Just to cut out some of the above b.s….”

    If you’d cut out some of the following b.s., there’d have been nothing left of your post, but I will respond to one little point.

    ”I love it when folks demonstrate a disdain for God and talk (write in this case) stuff like “I suppose God wasn’t into that resurrection stuff back then.”
    I tend to think that God can be into anything He wants to be and if people don’t like it I don’t think He really cares.”

    If he doesn’t care, steve, maybe you shouldn’t either. You won’t score any brownie points for him off of me.
    Did I get my readings wrong, or did Job’s first family remain dead? Was that their penalty for not being as righteous as their patriarch? (Well, we’re told Job’s wife showed disdain.) I mean, resurrection happens so often in the sacred scrolls: so often, that a couple of them don’t even have their names recorded, let alone any stories of what they experienced while…um…”in eternity.”

    I never said I didn’t like it, but the whole Job affair does show the Master of the Universe as a player of pawns. Better no god at all than a god like that.

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  7. christinewjc Says:

    GM –

    You miss the point regarding both the book of Job, as well as the person Job.

    When God said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job?” He was challenging Satan to take away one of His most loyal servants; with the instructions that Satan could not kill him.

    Despite all that Job endured, he remained faithful to God the end.

    Job was certainly tested. His life had been filled with prestige, possessions, and people. Then, he was suddenly assaulted in many ways, devastated, and caused to suffer. Even his own wife told him to “curse God and die.”

    No matter what Satan did to Job, he continued to trust in God.

    This account in Scripture is extremely important. Satan, the accuser, came to God claiming that Job was trusting God only because he was wealthy, healthy, and all was going well for him. And so, the testing of Job began.

    Look at the end of the verse (Job 2:3):

    There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”

    God is ultimately in control and only He understands why the good are allowed to suffer. This only becomes clear when we see God for who He is. We must courageously accept what God allows to happen in our lives and remain firmly committed to him.

    Job learned that when all else in his life is gone – God is enough. God is enough for all of us in our lives and in our future. We must love God although _______ (fill in the blank). I look at my life and see the pain and suffering that I and others have endured. In the end, I must admit that it made my faith stronger. In fact, many instances of suffering ended up making my faith stronger…even more so than the times of blessing.

    Jesus himself was tempted by satan after 40 days of fasting. Jesus used Scripture against the accuser:

    Mat 4:10

    Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, [fn] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” [fn]

    Tools specific to Luk 4:8

    Luk 4:8

    And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! [fn] For [fn] it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” [fn]

    There is a Bible verse that tells us, “all of creation groans for redemption.”

    Rom 8:22

    For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

    Redemption is the purpose of God’s Word – and Jesus Christ is the living Word who achieved it for us.

    Psa 130:7

    Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.

    This verse links Old and New Testament:

    Heb 9:12

    He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining [fn] eternal redemption.

    1Co 1:30

    It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

    I think that those who suffer should look at the story of Job and understand that those who endure the testing of their faith will experience God’s great rewards in the end.

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    • gmpilot Says:

      ”GM –
      You miss the point regarding both the book of Job, as well as the person Job.
      When God said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job?” He was challenging Satan to take away one of His most loyal servants; with the instructions that Satan could not kill him.”

      Christine, WHY did god ask that question in the first place?

      1 Cor 13:4~7 says this:

      Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

      Yet the god described in Job is the exact opposite of that. He is proud and boastful. He makes a bet with a man’s fate like a card sharp at a poker table. He arbitrarily allows Satan do do whatever he wishes to Job except kill him; and simply watches while Satan does his best to make Job yield. Any human ruler who did that would (rightfully) be called a monster, but when the Lord of the Universe is involved, nobody dares to use that word.

      I didn’t miss the point of Job. In fact, I’ll even say that he showed more perseverance than you have, with your whining about “Obama this” and “Soros that” and praying that god remove the ‘Muslim socialist’ before 20 January 2017. Like he should speed things up just for you!
      If there’s a point to the story at all, it seems to be: no matter how good/righteous/obedient you are, you can be gobsmacked exactly the same as the most unrepentant of sinners—which is basically the same as saying that god does not play favorites.
      If god’s not going to favor those who are on his side, why pray to him?

      I see you’ve carried this over into your new post, so I’ll continue there as well. Come out swingin’!

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      • christinewjc Says:

        I will comment on the 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 verses sometime later. Those verses are often used in wedding ceremonies, but it might surprise some people as to why those verses were originally written.

        GM wrote:

        Christine, WHY did god ask that question in the first place?

        This is answered in my new post. Here’s the entire verse:

        Job 1:9

        So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?

        Job 1:10

        “Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

        Job 1:11

        “But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”

        Satan is the accuser. His career is to steer believers away from faith in God. By saying that Job “fears” God for nothing, Satan is actually claiming two things. The term “fear” in the Hebrew concordance (regarding this verse) says that in this context, it means both reverence for God and being frightened. Satan’s challenge was that Job only revered God because of all of his wealth, possessions, health etc.; but when loss – even severe loss happens (the other side of the term “fear” here) such challenge to Job’s faith would (in Satan’s mind) cause him to perhaps “curse God and die” as Job’s wife had suggested.

        Like you, GM, many people think that believing in God should protect them from trouble, so when calamity comes, they question God’s goodness and justice. But the message of Job is that believers should not give up on God because he allows us to have bad experiences. Faith in God does not guarantee personal prosperity, and lack of faith does not guarantee troubles in this life. If this were so, people would believe in God simply to get rich or “make God in their own image” to be some type of “genie in a bottle” for them. God is capable of rescuing us from suffering, but he may also allow suffering to come for reasons we cannot understand. It is Satan’s strategy to get us to doubt God at exactly that type of moment.

        I mentioned in my new post that some of the greatest moments of suffering that I have experienced had been turned to joy. There is a greater purpose at work that we may not always be able to see.

        I don’t think that anyone suffered more than Christ did on the cross at Calvary. There is no greater love than for a Man to give His life as a ransom for His friends. That is what was accomplished on the cross. Sinners (which includes all of us) who make the choice to confess and repent of their sins and ultimately accept and believe in Jesus Christ are reconciled back unto God the Father through Him.

        Jesus told his disciples of the pain they would experience when Christ was crucified – but he also said that their grief will be turn to joy:

        Jhn 16:20

        “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

        Why?

        Because He is Risen!

        Mat 28:6

        “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

        Mat 28:7

        “And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

        Mar 16:6

        But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.

        All of Christ’s disciples (except John) were killed because of their spreading of the Good News of the gospel. Those who ran away (except John) when Jesus was being crucified, came back with steadfast faith and belief in Him. But they were not kept from trouble and death on the earth. Their rewards are in heaven, where Jesus’ kingdom resides.

        Jhn 8:23

        And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

        Jhn 18:36

        Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

        Those who seek “utopia” here on earth are all going to be extremely disappointed. It will NEVER happen until Christ returns and establishes the 1,000 year reign on the earth. This is Jesus’ gift to those who believe in, and love Him. That reign on earth will also complete the promises to the Jews regarding their Messiah.

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  9. gmpilot Says:

    CJW: ”…the message of Job is that believers should not give up on God because he allows us to have bad experiences. Faith in God does not guarantee personal prosperity, and lack of faith does not guarantee troubles in this life.”
    Absolutely correct, and yet it is this concept that many believers in this country have. Those who know the ‘truth”–i.e., people like you—have done little or nothing to correct this, and even you hold out the ‘judgement in eternity’ as a club to threaten others with.

    ”If this were so, people would believe in God simply to get rich or “make God in their own image” to be some type of “genie in a bottle” for them.”
    Some people do exactly that, as I’m sure you’re aware. It works often enough to get others to invest in the scam.

    ”God is capable of rescuing us from suffering, but he may also allow suffering to come for reasons we cannot understand. It is Satan’s strategy to get us to doubt God at exactly that type of moment.”
    Why are you so certain that we cannot understand god’s reasons? It’s not as if we’ve had them explained to us at any time. All we’re ever told to do is display faith and obedience. A human father realizes that as his children grow older, they will reach the right conclusions on their own, but the Father in Heaven seems to be terrified of that happening.

    ”I mentioned in my new post that some of the greatest moments of suffering that I have experienced had been turned to joy. There is a greater purpose at work that we may not always be able to see.”
    I know of no such moments. The deaths of friends and relatives is always a tragedy, even if the person died while saving someone else’s life. Sometimes people die “just because”, and if there are no answers in the here-and-now, there will be no answers in the hereafter.
    Unless, of course, you imagine yourself as a ping-pong ball, whacked this way and that by some deity and his adversary. They only care about the game, not the ball.

    ”There is no greater love than for a Man to give His life as a ransom for His friends.”
    How about one who yields his life for someone who is not his friend? Someone who, in other circumstances, would cross the street to avoid him? Or spit in his face upon seeing him? Most people would give up their lives for a friend, but to do it for an enemy—now that takes something!

    ”All of Christ’s disciples (except John) were killed because of their spreading of the Good News of the gospel.”
    We know Peter, Paul and James were killed. Judas died twice, and John died of old age; but what of the others? Church tradition says they were martyred, but do we really know? “Book, chapter and verse”, as you like to say.

    ”Those who seek “utopia” here on earth are all going to be extremely disappointed. It will NEVER happen until Christ returns and establishes the 1,000 year reign on the earth.”
    It won’t happen at all then, because I doubt that Jesus is ever coming back. Even if he does: why a 1000-year rule? Why not 666, 0r 10,000? Why would such a deadline matter to an eternal being? He already said “Look, I am coming soon” (Rev 22:12), yet 2000 years have passed and he’s still a no-show. That amount of time may mean nothing to him, but it’s certainly not “soon”. He’s under no obligation to follow our calendar, and it’s time Christians stopped trying to cover it up.

    “Faith is an unreliable method of obtaining information. What you believe in might be true, but the only way to be sure is to apply more faith.”

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