Who Is Your Source of Hope?

Take it from me…it pays to pre-order books because sometimes you will get the book even before the national release date!  Yesterday, I received Dr. David Jeremiah’s latest book:

People Are Asking: Is This The End?

I read the introduction and the first few pages of Chapter 1 – “The Age of Anything Goes.” For an excerpt of the first chapter, scroll down the page at the following link and read Overview of Chapter 1: The Age of Anything Goes.

That excerpt is sobering, but now that I have delved into the entire chapter, the evil and depravity that is going on in the world today is so very discouraging, damaging and frightening!

I truly am saddened that the country that I grew up in from the mid-nineteen fifties through graduating college in 1977 has disappeared and been replaced with the “normalization” of the most egregious sinful secular-leftist and atheistic (even devil-worshipping!) kinds of immorality and death-cult beliefs that it is absolutely astonishing!

There was a time when Christian parents could shield their children from all of this, but no more.  The so-called “smartphones” that adults and children hold in their hands today are just a click away from pornography websites.

Excerpt from Chapter One:

Depravity in Our Minds

In January 2016, the Internet’s largest online pornography site released its annual statistics.  On just this one website in just one year – 2015 – consumers watched 4,392,486,580 hours of pornography.  Convert those hours into years, and it means those people collectively spent more than 500,000 years watching porn.

On this particular site in 2015 alone, people watched 87,849,731, 608 X-rated videos.  Over 87 billion!  That’s twelve videos for every man, woman, boy and girl on the planet.

The rate at which sexual depravity is being “normalized” is causing havoc upon many freedoms that Christians have enjoyed in the past.  Now, deeply held religious beliefs, freedom of speech, freedom to practice our faith in the public domain, freedom of association to reject the immoral cesspool around us, and most of all, the freedom to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ is actively being punished by “the powers that be” in government! This scenario is especially egregious in the liberal courts dominated by anti-Christian “judges” who decide to allow sexual immoralities described in God’s Word to trump the First Amendment rights of Christian believers.

I could go on and on…but most readers get the picture.

The saving grace in all of this is the fact that Christians know Who wins and triumphs at the end of days.  There will come a time when God’s mercy and grace will run out and the judgments will fall upon those who rejected God’s provision for salvation – the Cross of Jesus Christ!

This is probably the biggest reason why this blog exists.  To warn people about the schemes of Satan that are there to grab our minds, entice our flesh, and spiral us down into the cesspool of depravity through active sin;  in order to keep our minds, hearts, bodies, souls and spirits away from God.

God the Father,  who loves us so deeply that He sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place and free us once and for all from the penalty that we all deserve for our rebellion and sin; gives us the kind of hope that can never be achieved on our own.

What will YOU do (and decide about God’s provision through Jesus Christ) on this side of eternity?

Dr. Jeremiah masterfully shares the truth that for many people, their source of hope is sadly misplaced.  He states that “the question you must address is not whether America and the world will regain their footing, but how you will respond whether they do or not.”

“That is what this book is all about!”

Dr. Jeremiah explains the four common responses to the growing fears about the future.  Three are wrong, and one is right.

Wrong:

    1.  Denial – Living in the illusion that nothing will change, refusing to heed the clouds gathering on the horizon.
    2.  Despair – Collapse is inevitable, all is hopeless, nothing can be done and we are doomed.
    3. “Eat, drink, and be merry.”  As Solomon (see Ecclesiastes 8:15) warned us, all the pleasure we can get because there is “nothing new under the sun” is not productive.  It doesn’t give us hope.  In fact, it is “all vanity and grasping after the wind.”  (see Ecclesiastes 1:14).

Ecc 1:14

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Right:

The one right response is to look beyond the gathering storm to the one solid and certain source of hope–to God Himself.  Hope in the future of America and the stability of the world is little more than wishful thinking.  It is not reliable.  The hope God offers is the only realistic, absolute hope that carries the promise of a certain outcome.

The next three paragraphs in the Introduction are very powerful!

We do not know whether America will soon fall.  We do not know when the Lord will return.  But we do know that whatever our circumstances, God’s desire for us is to live without anxiety and with hope.  He offers you “thoughts of peace and not of evil.” and He wants “to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

In this book I will show you how to find that hope.  It is a hope that is not dependent on whether America falls or recovers or whether world order stabilizes or disintegrates.  It is a hope that rises above trouble and chaos, enabling you to keep your focus on your future reward and endure whatever comes, whether good or evil, with grace and equanimity.

Had to look that last word up in the dictionary!

equanimity:

1.

mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
Dr. Jeremiah continues:

The added benefit of this hope is that those who exercise it before others set an example that may just make a difference in the outcome.  Enough Christians exhibiting faith in God just might be the salt that saves America.

— Dr. David Jeremiah

San Diego, California

June 2016

Hat tip: David Jeremiah.org – “People Are Asking: Is This The End?”

Hat tips to all links.

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12 Responses to “Who Is Your Source of Hope?”

  1. GMpilot Says:

    I truly am saddened that the country that I grew up in from the mid-nineteen fifties through graduating college in 1977 has disappeared and been replaced with the “normalization” of the most egregious sinful secular-leftist and atheistic (even devil-worshipping!) kinds of immorality and death-cult beliefs that it is absolutely astonishing!

    I also grew up in the mid-1950s, and I am largely pleased that the country you knew has disappeared, because the country that I knew was quite different from yours.
    Those were times when children were taught to duck under their desks if Russian bombers were to appear over our cities, and when Negroes were forbidden to walk in the front doors of many businesses—even though their money spent as well as anyone else’s. There was still depravity and immorality—why else would Peyton Place have been one of the bestselling books of that era?–but it didn’t get as widely known as it does now. That was a time when priests could still molest altar boys and get away with it.
    If secular-leftists and atheists were responsible for those changes, it doesn’t speak well for God-fearing Christians!
    I don’t worship devils; I don’t even believe in them. But Christians do. Isn’t that odd?

    As for ‘death cults’, I can’t think of a better example than Christianity. Catholics at least admit it, with their icons of their god nailed to a plank. Protestants such as you have removed the image, but not the imagery. You’re always going on about Jesus’s “death” (how can a god die?) and his “sacrifice”. He came back a day and a half later, not only with his life restored, but also was promoted to the #2 position in the Universe. Some sacrifice!
    The biggest day on the Christian calendar is the celebration of the death of someone who didn’t actually die.

    There was a time when Christian parents could shield their children from all of this, but no more. The so-called “smartphones” that adults and children hold in their hands today are just a click away from pornography websites.

    I’ve heard that smartphones are good (I don’t own one). Smart users are even better.
    The idea, Christine, is not to shield children from porn sites—it’s to make them resistant to them. You know, that “armor of God” thing you’re so on about. I’ve heard there’s even lockout programs available, like the ones that have been on desktop computers for years. Your thoughts are not your children’s thoughts—they have their own minds. If you’re in a sweat over this, raise the kids so they simply won’t want to go to such a site…although when a presidential candidate actually suggests going to such places, you can’t prevent that…except by not voting for him.
    Your children are grown, and your grandchildren aren’t old enough to use a smartphone yet. There’s time.

    Have you been seriously thinking about all this, or is this just anxieties that Dr. DJ has stirred in your head?

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    • christinewjc Says:

      There is a Bible verse that describes the difference ( the only difference that eternally matters) between you and me. It doesn’t have anything to do with race, ethnicity, age or anything else. The verse tells us that “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
      You must have missed the post entitled, “The Wonder of Your Mercy.” Watch and/listen to the music video in that post. It conveys the message of “to us being saved, it (the cross) is the power of God.”

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  2. GMpilot Says:

    Followers of every religion say that. Most of them sing it, too.

    Every time you go into your societal rant mode, it’s usually because things aren’t going the way you believe they should. You go on and on about pornography on smartphones and corruption in high places, immorality (even in the churches) and ‘death-cult’ beliefs and cheating at dominoes. Yet you never conclude the obvious—that this is what your god wants. If he didn’t want this, it would not be happening. In fact, it couldn’t happen, because he’s God and all. I don’t understand why you’re not rejoicing, because your death cult has been predicting this time for the past 2000 years, and you’re going to be saved no matter what.

    You’re in a sad place right now. You despise Clinton, but you can’t bring yourself to vote for Trump. You want to vote, because that’s what citizens of a republic are expected to do…but you don’t owe loyalty to any nation, do you?
    Your fealty is to an absolute monarch in an invisible realm, somewhere.
    (BTW, you recently told me that’s not what your god is, but you never explained how that is so. I’d appreciate it if you would.)

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Yes. We learn via prophecy that what is happening today is what Jesus told us would be happening before, and at the time, of His return. He specifically told us in Scripture that It would be “as in the Days of Noah,” and “as in the Days of Lot.” Since we are experiencing what happened at those two Old Testament times of judgment, we continue to warn and exhort the true Gospel of Christ for the sake of salvation for the lost.

      You like to state what YOU think God wants. Your view is only linear (re: involving measurement in one dimension only) because that is your humanly devised attitude of a “safe place.”

      The Bible informs us of spiritual truth which are often hidden to those who reject Christ’s admonition to be born again, refuse to read and study God’s Word, and/or ultimately choose to reject what is necessary for the salvation of their souls. The Bible informs us what God ultimately wants for us. It doesn’t matter whether you (or anyone else) believes it or not.

      2Pe 3:9

      The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,[fn] not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

      Readers interested in what the Old Testament tells us in support of Romans 3, please look up these verses shared in the footnotes at the Blue Letter Bible site.

      NKJV Footnotes

      (3:4)

      Psalm 51:4

      (3:12)

      Psalms 14:1–3; 53:1–3; Ecclesiastes 7:20

      (3:13)

      Psalm 5:9

      (3:13)

      Psalm 140:3

      (3:14)

      Psalm 10:7

      (3:17)

      Isaiah 59:7, 8

      (3:18)

      Psalm 36:1

      I suggest reading all of Romans 3, and we find:

      Rom 3:10

      As it is written:

      “There is none righteous, no, not one;

      Mat 9:13

      “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.'[fn] For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”[fn]

      *[Note to readers here. Below this comment, there is a portion of what Matthew Henry wrote regarding this particular verse of Matthew 9:13.]

      I don’t expect you, GM, to recognize or even understand what I convey at this blog. You have always made it clear that you reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and therefore you will forever be opposed to it and trying to convince others to do the same.

      My purpose is to share the Gospel here for the sake of people who reach this blog to read. It is always my prayer that they are being ministered to via the absolute Truth in the Bible and will recognize their need for repentance at the foot of the Cross of Christ.

      You, on the other hand, like to disparage Christ’s sacrificial death because you either don’t understand God’s reasons for it or you just want to ridicule it. As I’ve said many times before, so be it.

      My prayer is that God is using me and this blog to share the truth. When I need correction, I always welcome it from other Christian believers. But you aren’t in that category. Therefore, my job here is to point this out to seekers of Jesus Christ as well as believers looking for truth and encouragement.

      *******

      *Matthew Henry commentary on Matthew 9:13.

      2. He urges the nature and end of his own commission. He must keep to his orders, and prosecute that for which he was appointed to be the great Teacher; now, says he, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance, and therefore must converse with publicans.’ Observe,

      (1.) What his errand was; it was to call to repentance. This was his first text (ch. 4:17), and it was the tendency of all his sermons. Note, The gospel call is a call to repentance; a call to us to change our mind and to change our way. (bold mine)

      (2.) With whom his errand lay; not with the righteous, but with sinners. That is,

      [1.] If the children of men had not been sinners, there had been no occasion for Christ’s coming among them. He is the Saviour, not of man as man, but of man as fallen. Had the first Adam continued in his original righteousness, we had not needed a second Adam. (bold mine)

      [2.] Therefore his greatest business lies with the greatest sinners; the more dangerous the sick man’s case is, the more occasion there is for the physician’s help. Christ came into the world to save sinners, but especially the chief (1 Tim. 1:15); to call not those so much, who, though sinners, are comparatively righteous, but the worst of sinners.

      [3.] The more sensible any sinners are of their sinfulness, the more welcome will Christ and his gospel be to them; and every one chooses to go where his company is desired, not to those who would rather have his room. Christ came not with an expectation of succeeding among the righteous, those who conceit themselves so, and therefore will sooner be sick of their Saviour, than sick of their sins, but among the convinced humble sinners; to them Christ will come, for to them he will be welcome.

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  3. GMpilot Says:

    We learn via prophecy that what is happening today is what Jesus told us would be happening before, and at the time, of His return. He specifically told us in Scripture that It would be “as in the Days of Noah,” and “as in the Days of Lot.”
    Let’s see…those all turned out well, right? All the wicked were destroyed, and all the righteous prevailed, and there has been peace and brotherhood ever since, and every man in every land acknowledges the One True God as the Father who loves us all. Oh, wait…
    Since we are experiencing what happened at those two Old Testament times of judgment, we continue to warn and exhort the true Gospel of Christ for the sake of salvation for the lost.
    IOW, since God failed to wipe the slate clean before, he sends out people like you as enumerators, so that next time he’ll be sure to get us all. If you’re right, I’m already on that list.

    You like to state what YOU think God wants.
    I can only guess, because I don’t know. All I have to go on is what’s been written about him. YOU, on the other hand, know absolutely, because you have the mind of Christ. You enjoy quoting Dr. DJ because he, like you, knows what God wants. But there have been many, many others with the same authority, who have also known what God wants. Some of those things the god wants have been wonderful, and others horrific. Again, all I have to go on is what’s written. How shall I determine which examples accurately portray the god’s desires?

    The Bible informs us of spiritual truth which are often hidden to those who reject Christ’s admonition to be born again, refuse to read and study God’s Word, and/or ultimately choose to reject what is necessary for the salvation of their souls.
    If it’s hidden, then he doesn’t want everyone to know! Jesus said something about that:

    And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know
    the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,
    “so that
    ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive,
    And hearing they may hear and not understand;
    Lest they should turn,
    And their sins be forgiven them.’ ”
    Mark 4:11~12 (NKJV)

    The Bible informs us what God ultimately wants for us. It doesn’t matter whether you (or anyone else) believes it or not.
    If it doesn’t matter whether I or anyone else believes or not, then there goes the whole rationale for evangelization.
    Then it becomes simply “I got mine, I’m saved and you’re not, so screw you, buddy.”
    If the all-powerful Lord of the Universe wants something to happen, then it will happen, and no amount of prayer or defiance or exercise of “free will” can change that. Conversely, if the god does not want something to happen, it won’t. So if the nation/world is failing fast, then this must be what your god wants; Christian doctrine provides no loophole.
    That means the End Times you’ve longed for are fast approaching (or maybe not: they’ve been postponed before), and you’ll soon be where you long to be and I won’t even be a memory to you. Rejoice.

    My prayer is that God is using me and this blog to share the truth. When I need correction, I always welcome it from other Christian believers. But you aren’t in that category.
    I’m not here to be your fanboy. But I’ve told you truthful things before, and you’d be a fool not to test the truth, without regard as to who says it. As Ben Franklin once wrote, “Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.”

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Sin permeates each and every soul and the penalty is death. Those who were deemed righteous in the OT were followers of God the Father, awaiting the promised Messiah. That is the reason why Jesus, the promised Messiah came to earth, preached the Gospel, died for our sins and rose from the grave. You see, God Himself bore our burden of sin and nailed them to the cross. Therefore, those who believe in Him though they die (physically) will never face eternal death in hell.

      Your retort that “God wiped the slate clean and failed at it” is rejected. See previous paragraph.

      We gain “the mind of Christ” by being born again; reading and studying the Bible. This brings Christians into agreement with what Jesus taught his disciples and what he ultimately achieved via the cross and the resurrection.

      GM wrote: “The Bible informs us what God ultimately wants for us. It doesn’t matter whether you (or anyone else) believes it or not.”

      You misunderstood that sentence. I was referring to the fact that the Bible reveals what God ultimately wants for us. Whether or not you believe that fact doesn’t matter. It is the truth. Christians are called to share the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Free will gives each individual the choice to believe in Him, or not. That is the “so be it” choice afforded to everyone. Rejecting God’s provision for salvation isn’t an aversion on or against Him. At the point of rejection of the truth, the consequences rest entirely on you.

      Yes. Christians can rejoice even in the midst of sin, evil and death. The reason? Because we have the hope that surpasses all understanding. In the original post, Dr. Jeremiah explains:

      We do not know whether America will soon fall. We do not know when the Lord will return. But we do know that whatever our circumstances, God’s desire for us is to live without anxiety and with hope. He offers you “thoughts of peace and not of evil.” and He wants “to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

      In this book I will show you how to find that hope. It is a hope that is not dependent on whether America falls or recovers or whether world order stabilizes or disintegrates. It is a hope that rises above trouble and chaos, enabling you to keep your focus on your future reward and endure whatever comes, whether good or evil, with grace and equanimity.

      Had to look that last word up in the dictionary!

      equanimity:

      1.

      mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.

      Why is this type of hope superior to any other?

      The hope God offers is the only realistic, absolute hope that carries the promise of a certain outcome.

      Unlike your accusation that erroneously stated your opinion of me (and other Christians, for that matter) that I think:

      “I got mine, I’m saved and you’re not, so screw you, buddy.”

      Dr. Jeremiah shares what we are to be doing during such a time as this:

      The added benefit of this hope is that those who exercise it before others set an example that may just make a difference in the outcome. Enough Christians exhibiting faith in God just might be the salt that saves America.

      GM wrote: “I’m not here to be your fanboy”….LOL! Hardly! Let’s get to the crux of the matter.

      It is ironic that you brought up “love your enemies.” Here is what Jesus said about that:

      Mat 5:44

      “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[fn]

      Luk 6:27

      “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

      Luk 6:28

      “bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

      Luk 6:35

      “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

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      • GMpilot Says:

        Those who were deemed righteous in the OT were followers of God the Father, awaiting the promised Messiah.
        Abraham founded three great religions, all of whom to this day can barely share the same room with each other—and then only at the highest levels of their clergy.
        Moses began his career by murdering an Egyptian bully, and later expanded it to kill tens of thousands, with and without help from his god, in both battlefields and cities, but who was banned from the Holy Land because he struck a rock in anger. Killing’s okay, but don’t break god’s holy rocks.
        Joshua was a land developer, fertilizing vast areas of newly-settled land with the blood and bones of the people who originally lived there. Later generations expected the Messiah to be much like him.
        Jephthah was a minor war hero who performed a human sacrifice to gain god’s favor. Be careful what you wish for.
        David…well, the little kids are told about the young David. The older one, who arranged a murder so he could take the man’s wife—no, you’ve gotta wait until you’re a little older to hear that, son. Then again, the Messiah himself was a descendant of that great king, and will someday sit on his throne, so he must have been okay.
        Did any of those OT heroes speak of an ‘anointed one’ in those days?
        No matter how ‘righteous’ one is, that kind of stuff would land you in jail today, even in the least religious nations!

        You see, God Himself bore our burden of sin and nailed them to the cross. Therefore, those who believe in Him though they die (physically) will never face eternal death in hell.
        That’s what followers of every religion say.
        If the god himself bore our burden of sin, then that god should be in hell, but he’s not, according to the book.

        Your retort that “God wiped the slate clean and failed at it” is rejected. See previous paragraph.
        God reportedly drowned the world (or at least a significant part of it) to erase all the sinful people, but he kept eight of those very same people on his special container ship. Being God and all, he must have known that they would sin too, but…
        He also obliterated Sodom and Gomorrah, but there may have been other towns near enough to have seen the flash and smoke, and heard the boom. There may have been dwellers from the doomed cities in those nearby towns, and one would think they would share in the guilt and also perish. Lot was allowed to escape, but he was widowed by the event, and…well, I suppose incest is okay if it’s in a go(o)d cause…and if the man is drunk, what happens isn’t his fault.
        God failed. Twice. Rejection not accepted.

        GM wrote: “The Bible informs us what God ultimately wants for us. It doesn’t matter whether you (or anyone else) believes it or not.”
        You misunderstood that sentence. I was referring to the fact that the Bible reveals what God ultimately wants for us. Whether or not you believe that fact doesn’t matter.

        Ultimately, what god wants is to destroy 90+% of us, and have the rest populate his realm for eternity. That’s what the bible reveals, in the very last book. (The Egyptian pharaohs wanted this too, but they didn’t claim to love the people they considered enemies.)
        First, that statement is a claim, not a fact. Even Revelation says it’s only what’s going to happen, the same way weathermen claim how many inches of rain we’re going to get tonight.
        Second, I don’t believe it, but you knew that already. I prefer to believe what’s real.
        Third, if it doesn’t matter, why do you and god get so upset when people don’t believe it?
        Finally, I didn’t write that first line; you did, in your previous post. Stop burning strawmen that you built.

        I’ll continue this, but I’ve other things to do today. While you wait, how about explaining why your god is not a monarch?

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      • GMpilot Says:

        Yes. Christians can rejoice even in the midst of sin, evil and death. The reason? Because we have the hope that surpasses all understanding.
        I know you can, but on this site I find both you and your blog buddies ranting and moaning about the way things are; B3A and his Superman references, for example, or twisting your knickers over Islamic billboards “in 134 places here in the United States!” Your hope doesn’t appear to be sustaining you over such matters.

        Unlike your accusation that erroneously stated your opinion of me (and other Christians, for that matter) that I think: “I got mine, I’m saved and you’re not, so screw you, buddy.”
        I didn’t say you think like that, which is why I wanted you to clarify that statement “It doesn’t matter whether you (or anyone else) believes it or not.” Your former associate steve, AKA Cryin’ Howl, said something similar to me a couple years back. I know there are Christians who do think like that. I’ve even met a few.

        It is ironic that you brought up “love your enemies.” Here is what Jesus said about that: *snip*
        Then why don’t you listen to those words as well as you quote them?

        “…I think that too many people are, unfortunately, living in fantasyland – and this may be one reason why some Americans re-elected a Marxist/Islamo-fascist tyrannical wannabe dictator for another four years.”

        YOU were the one living on the holodeck back then! It’s difficult to state so many falsehoods in one sentence, but you managed it. Bravo Zulu!

        “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

        That’s not what I read in his bestselling book…but in any case, you do not love your enemies. You disparage them in every way possible (and one of your enemies is a man who’s been dead for 44 years), in spite of the instructions of the heroes of that book. Maybe you can explain it away to me, but Jesus probably won’t buy it.

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  4. christinewjc Says:

    GM,

    I went through this comment thread and see that your initial questions still remain. Even after over 10 years of discussion between us via this blog (and my former blog and message board), you are not getting the answers that you are seeking. Therefore, it is my suggestion that you ask these questions of other Christians who may be able to give you the satisfactory answers that you are seeking.

    Here is an example of what you have written in this thread, some of which you have often asked about in the past:

    I don’t worship devils; I don’t even believe in them. But Christians do. Isn’t that odd?

    As for ‘death cults’, I can’t think of a better example than Christianity. Catholics at least admit it, with their icons of their god nailed to a plank. Protestants such as you have removed the image, but not the imagery. You’re always going on about Jesus’s “death” (how can a god die?) and his “sacrifice”. He came back a day and a half later, not only with his life restored, but also was promoted to the #2 position in the Universe. Some sacrifice!
    The biggest day on the Christian calendar is the celebration of the death of someone who didn’t actually die.

    Maybe…just maybe…Messianic Rabbi K.A. Schneider might be able to reach you and change your thinking away from the erroneous assumption that Jesus is “someone who didn’t actually die.”

    The Fall Holy Days: Day of Atonement .

    Rabbi Schneider does a great job of connecting the Old Testament Jewish Holy Days (and Scriptures) with the New Testament Covenant (and Scriptures) that combined, point to the Messiah Yeshua – Jesus Christ – as the final sacrifice and fulfillment of the OT prophecies…leading us to see God the Father’s (Yahweh) love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace for mankind.

    I just watched this episode last night and thought that Rabbi Schneider did an excellent job of connecting the Jewish Holy Day of atonement – Yom Kippur (Oct. 11, 2016) and Passover (April 10, 2017) – when the blood of lambs was spread over the top of doors so that the angel of death “passed over” the Jews who were slaves in Egypt before Moses led them out – to the final sacrificial death atonement achieved by the crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.

    Leviticus 17:11 says that “the life of the flesh is in the blood.”

    Lev 17:11

    ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

    Hebrews 9:22 informs us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission.

    Heb 9:22

    And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

    Much more is presented in Messianic Rabbi Schneider’s very educational video!

    I pray and hope that readers here will visit that link and listen, watch, and see how Jesus’ sacrificial death, resurrection, and ascension to God the Father accomplished salvation for those who believe in him!

    More in Hebrews 9.

    Heb 9:23

    Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

    Heb 9:24

    For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

    Heb 9:25

    not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another—

    Heb 9:26

    He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

    Heb 9:27

    And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

    Heb 9:28

    so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

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  5. GMpilot Says:

    GM, I went through this comment thread and see that your initial questions still remain. Even after over 10 years of discussion between us via this blog (and my former blog and message board), you are not getting the answers that you are seeking.
    It’s 12 years as of last Tuesday, to be precise. Happy anniversary, dear hostess.
    As for my not getting the answers: well, it’s just possible that there are no answers. You certainly have not provided any, and neither did Sosthenes, or Mr. Baker, or Cryin’ Howl, or B3A. The questions, many of them, were posed by others long before you and I were born, and they still stand. If Christianity could provide answers to them, then this would be a Christian planet, and there would be no need for you to point me to a Messianic Rabbi, because there would be none, and no need for any.
    You have also declared, more than once, (in this very thread, in fact) that I am not ‘seeking’ anything, but merely wishing to provoke. Decide, already.
    Therefore, it is my suggestion that you ask these questions of other Christians who may be able to give you the satisfactory answers that you are seeking.
    See my response above.
    Not that it matters to you, but I have asked these questions of other Christians. Did I not tell you some time ago that I’ve had similar discussions with one believer of my acquaintance, over a number of years? Even among some of my close friends, matters of this nature come up, and I speak my piece when they do.
    But I never, never, never say to anyone “Suppose after you die you find yourself faced by nothing!What will you do then?” because that sounds like a really poor threat. But believers say it all the time about their gods, and it actually sounds normal to them.

    Maybe…just maybe…Messianic Rabbi K.A. Schneider might be able to reach you and change your thinking away from the erroneous assumption that Jesus is “someone who didn’t actually die.”
    Maybe…and just maybe not. My experience is that dead things always remain dead, and the more violent the death, the greater certainty that the condition is permanent.
    Jesus was an exception because he was the son of a god? Where does that leave the unnamed man who was revivified by the bones of Elisha? How about the widow’s son (1Kings 17:17-24), or Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:49~56)? How about Lazarus, or Dorcas, or the grave escapees in Matthew 27? AFAIK, they weren’t persons of distinction, but Great Yahweh decided to let them go about after their expiration date. There is no account whatsoever as to what became of any of them later.
    Apparently dead men walking around was no big deal in that time and place.

    Rabbi Schneider does a great job of connecting the Old Testament Jewish Holy Days (and Scriptures) with the New Testament Covenant (and Scriptures) that combined, point to the Messiah Yeshua – Jesus Christ – as the final sacrifice and fulfillment of the OT prophecies…leading us to see God the Father’s (Yahweh) love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace for mankind.
    All
    mankind, or just certain portions of it? Did the rabbi specify?

    …the blood of lambs was spread over the top of doors so that the angel of death “passed over” the Jews who were slaves in Egypt before Moses led them out – to the final sacrificial death atonement achieved by the crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
    But none of Yahweh’s love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace fell on the Egyptians. No…he had a greater sacrifice in mind for them. First he slew all the eldest offspring, human and animal alike, and not satisfied even with that, saw to it that the Pharaoh and much of his army pursued the Israelites to the Red Sea, and made that sea even redder by killing them. too.
    Tell me again who comes to kill, steal, and destroy…please!

    I’ve said it before. You and I both know that Messianic Judaism is a minority branch in a minority religion, and does not represent mainstream Judaism any more than the Amish represent mainstream Christianity. If you really believed as Rabbi Schneider believes, you’d be a Jew, not an evangelical. Moreover, there are probably readers of this blog who would disagree more vehemently than I would.
    But I’ll repeat my earlier request. Please explain to me why you say your god is not a monarch. That should be easy.

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  6. christinewjc Says:

    12 years…the age of accountability in Judaism. That seems long enough of a time to attempt to reach a person with the Gospel.

    Yes. It’s ultimately between you and God regarding what happens to your soul in eternity. The Christians you mentioned who have posted answers to you in the past have surmised that you aren’t here to learn. You have made your decision and nothing that any believer could say further would change your mind.

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  7. GMpilot Says:

    12 years…the age of accountability in Judaism. That seems long enough of a time to attempt to reach a person with the Gospel.
    1. You’re not Jewish. Is that the age that Catholics recognized, as well?
    2. Oh, really! Didn’t Noah work at it even longer, between stages of ark-building? Didn’t you work at it at least that long with your own father? That’s the impression I got when you wrote about it.

    Yes. It’s ultimately between you and God regarding what happens to your soul in eternity. The Christians you mentioned who have posted answers to you in the past have surmised that you aren’t here to learn. You have made your decision and nothing that any believer could say further would change your mind.
    But you knew that anyway. Your holy book says that it’s God who makes that determination, and no one else.

    Are you trying to dodge the monarch question? Again?

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