Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What elements in your life have been built on the foundation of “wood, hay and stubble”? What elements have you built upon the foundation of “gold, silver and precious stones”? 534-19-6

The early years I spent in church with my children should count as precious stones however the later years that I failed them in their Christian upbringing would certainly count as stubble. Not only did I fail them, I failed myself and my early commitment to God. I’m now working to correct this mainly through non-confrontational postings on my Facebook wall which I pray they will read, who would have thought…social media…

I shared another Christian’s Facebook posting about 2 Timothy 4:3-4 and “Sugar coated preaching.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “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.” From my reply, “Sugar coated preaching is certainly prevalent today in this apostasy church age. I’m currently writing a post for Koinonia Institute (KI) titled, “What elements in your life have been built on the foundation of ‘wood, hay and stubble’? What elements have you built upon the foundation of ‘gold, silver and precious stones’? As I reflect on this question I see more stubble than precious stones in my life. We are in the end days and it is time to turn from false teachings and to the pure Word. Time to work on those things pleasing to God!
I raised my two children as a single mother from their ages of two and three. I managed to graduate from college and held down good jobs. Both of my children have very successful careers, however… My daughter has lived in the SF area for years and supports same-sex marriage. I thank God and her hormones that she married a man. However, no precious stones for me there. My son was a commercial pilot and now is in management. For years now I’ve tried to interest him in Christianity without much success. Again, stubble.

Today I witness to the readers of my blog and on Facebook and wonder if this is considered by God to be building on a good foundation. Three decades ago I took advantage of the opportunity to describe the Bear Valley, CA area as God’s Cathedral on the Today Show during an interview. This witness went out to perhaps millions of people and although I wasn’t looking for precious stores, perhaps a little one.
As I go through life in my later years I try to be an ambassador for God.


Explain Biblical meekness. In what ways are you seeking meekness? What hindrances do you frequently encounter? 534-19-4

God hates pride and Jesus certainly had a lots to say about hypocrites; Matthew 23:2,7 "“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness."

Bible versions matter; only four references to the word “Meek” in the INV and 29 in the KJV according to the Biblegate website and 16 to 3 with the BlueletterBible website; Strong's H6035, "poor, humble, afflicted, meek"

There are references to meek/ meekness in the Old Testament:

Numbers 12:3, “(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)”

Psalm 22:26, “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.”
Psalm 25:9”The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”

Psalm 37:11 “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
Zephaniah 3:12, “I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord.”

As in the Old Testament, so in the New Testament:
Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
To me being meek before God is similar to having the innocent mind of a young child:

Luke 18:17, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”

Mark 10:15, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein”
Hebrews 12:5, “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:”

And full circle to Jesus and hypocrites:
Luke 18:14, “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

Luke 13:34, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”
Romans 1:22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”

Pride, perhaps my greatest failing, I remind myself daily that what I’ve accomplished in my life was made possible through God.
More about meekest:

(The man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
Numbers 12:2-4 (in Context) Numbers 12 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations 
2.Psalm 22:26, “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.”
Psalm 22:25-27 (in Context) Psalm 22 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations 

3.Psalm 25:9

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psalm 25:8-10 (in Context) Psalm 25 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations 
4.Psalm 37:11
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Psalm 37:10-12 (in Context) Psalm 37 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations 

If the Jews were held responsible to know “this thy day”, do you think there is an equal accountability for Gentiles? Explain your answer from scripture. 534-18-6

In reading Romans Chapter 1:18-forward, we are without excuse if we reject the eternal power of our Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent awesome God. God does his utmost to get our attention and to turn us from our inmate fallen and sinful nature. Romans 1:20-21 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

I'm currently studying the book of Ezekiel. God used Ezekiel to warn the Jews that their captivity in Babylon was not a temporary issue; that they would be in captivity for decades. Ezekiel’s task was to confront Israel with her sin and warn her of impending destruction. Ezekiel employed several means to focus on the people’s need for judgment including signs, sermons and visions. Ezekiel acted what would happen to Jerusalem, interesting actions by this “Watchman on the Wall.” His warning were mostly ignored and Jerusalem was destroyed
In Ephesians Chapter 2:11-22 Paul speaks of “Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ.” Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” Fellow citizens, same responsibility to God.

During this month of May extreme weather continues a week after the horrific tornado that leveled much of Moore, OK. When the “experts” blame the wild weather on global warming and/or climate change on humans I have to agree with them, however, it's not because of our carbon footprint. Rather it is our insistence on pursuing our sinful nature. Given our country's acceptance of same-sex marriage, unfettered abortion and throwing Israel under the bus, God has been dropping his hedge of protection from our country. God has used many disasters to get our attention.
In his book “The Harbinger” Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn warned that the reaction of the United States to 9/11 was to shake our fist in God’s face as in the case of the Northern Kingdom. "The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars." Isaiah 9:10. Since 911 there have been many more attempts by God to call us to repent. Rather them repenting we coined the word “Strong.” After the Boston Marathon bombing we heard “Boston Strong.” After the horrific tornado in Moore, OK we are “Moore Strong.” So God continues with the wild and deadly weather.
Jews or Gentile, we are accountable to God.

http://www.raptureready.com/featured/funk/ooo.html deals with our Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent God!
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Monday, October 14, 2013

Where do I go from here? I605 6 - 8

Another year has passed me by and it's my birthday, always a time for reflection. Today I turned 72, an age sometimes marginalized by younger generations or, as others would say,”70 is the new 40.” All though I’ve lived pass the younger Biblical age of three score and ten [KJV], every day brings more opportunities and challenges.

Given the current and rapid descent into immorality, I’m sometimes tempted to once again drop off the power grid. However, I’m convicted that I’m still expected to bring unbelievers into the kingdom.

So “where do I go from here? The Issachar Tract provides a through grounding in written endeavors. In addition to all the opportunities KI offers to publish, my goal is to combine concise writing skills with the ability to deliver them in a public forum. In my opinion developing oral skills and using these via public speaking would be a complement to what I’m learning here.
The Issachar Tract reminded of my years as a member of Toastmasters. I dropped out of Toastmasters more than 15 years ago but now I really see value in getting involved once again. Many of the Christians that I know tend to reinforce each other rather than going out and spreading the word. That's not to take away from the churches who support the mission field, however, what of more direct individual involvement?

So I surfed the Internet looking for a Toastmasters club reasonably close to my Quartzsite, Arizona home. The nearest clubs are held at a correction facility and are closed clubs. A few telephone conversations resulted in my acquiring information for starting a Toastmasters group right here and Quartzsite, Arizona.

There are many unknowns respecting starting a charter Toastmasters club; finding enough year-round residents interested in joining to start a club, raising the thousand dollars required to get started and then to find a meeting location. One real advantage here in this little town is that we have seven evangelical churches. Also we have a rather active Chamber of Commerce as well as a Rotary Club. I have no assurance of any interest in a Toastmaster club much less success. As one who likes a challenge, I’m in the process of developing a plan of action to form a club starting with discussing it with the pastor the local AOG Church.
A little back-ground on Toastmasters:

"The purpose of Toastmasters is to help members overcome apprehensions about speaking in public and to improve communication skills. This goal is accomplished by providing a self-paced, focused speaking program and a supportive, experienced group of people to assist you." (Toastmasters)

A typical Toastmaster meeting is divided into four segments: a business portion, Table Topics, prepared speeches and evaluations. 4. Evaluations by club members provide feedback to both prepared speakers and meeting leaders. The evaluator usually is a more experienced club member who gives an oral evaluation and provides written comments to each speaker.
As with QARP I found being a Toastmaster evaluator to be most challenging. The part of the meeting I most enjoyed was Table Topics which involved giving a two minute extemporaneous talk. A helpful skill for an aspiring Christian Apologist,

Works Cited

[KJV] Psalm 90:10, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

Toastmasters International Publications and District websites. Sandra Amelino, DTM,  New Club Extension Chair 2007

Discuss the difference between inferences and assumptions. What is a justifiable assumption? How is making an unjustified assumption or invalid inference used in the Strawman Fallacy? How are words like “seem” or “appear” danger signs? I605 5 - 2

Assumptions are generalizations and/ or beliefs that often are deeply embedded in a person’s mind or can be a part of a group think. At the individual level these are things/ facts that are taken for granted with the result that the person assumes that he or she does not have to defend them. As an aspiring “Watchman on the Wall” I answer to a higher authority so I’d better be correct.

The election of 2012 in the United States was group think on steroids with the result that assumptions became fact in the minds of many of the electorates. The GOP was accused of conducting a war on women due to the party’s pro-life stand. This spin of a war on women took on a life of its own and became an unjustified assumption which resulted in an invalid inference that cost the GOP many votes and possibly the election.

A valid inference is a conclusion that something is true based on something else being true.
The Law of Rational Inference:
All A is inside B
All B is inside C
Therefore all A is in C
In high school I learned this as “If A = B and B = C, then A = C.
Unfortunately unjustified assumptions led to invalid inferences. In the case of the “War on women”, availability of free birth control was the mantra, the opposing view. Birth control costs very little and this unjustified assumption led to invalid inference.
Words like “seem” or “appear” are weak words that imply rather that outright stating something. Using expressions like “It seems that” or “It appears that” imply agreement or a fact. More of group-speak resulting from group-think.
With a Straw Man, “a person misrepresents his opponent’s position and then proceeds to refute that misrepresentation rather than what the opponent actually believes.” In addition to the fabled war on women the strawman (scarecrow) was alive and still looking for a brain during the run-up to the presidential election of 2012.  The hidden “47 percent” video was used to beat up on then candidate Mitt Romney. Add to that Bain Capital and the war on the “rich” was on. This war has festered into “The One Percenters” and a war on capitalism. Group think is so much easier than thinking for oneself and we are reaping the whirlwind!

How it Works
•You read or listen to what someone states explicitly, but then you make an unjustified invalid inference (something that they did not state explicitly) from the statement that they made.
•Then you take the unjustified, invalid inference you made and use a valid logical argument to refute that inference.
•That is a Strawman Fallacy.

Using the Strawman Fallacy can affect and possibly even destroy the reputation of the author that it is being used against.

The One Percent: Obama’s Dog Bo Gets a Private Helicopter & Security to Martha’s Vineyard: The Obama’s dog has arrived for the family’s annual vacation in style, jetting in on a state-of-the-art aircraft with his own contingent of security agents.

Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2013/08/the-one-percent-obamas-dog-bo-gets-a-private-helicopter-security-to-marthas-vineyard/#UFMRWQqB0FY9MdBQ.99

“Romney answered without hesitation: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it— that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.” (Corn Locations 277-281)

Write a 300-word Standard Summary of any article or briefing I605 3 - 7

“Another Gospel” By Grant Phillips Published 07 July 2013 on Rapture Ready Website

The author shares that he has been warning for some time about false teachings by false teachers who are spreading another gospel. These teachings are throwing people into confusion as well as perverting the gospel of Christ. Add to that the authentic gospel of God is being twisted into “The Faith Movement” a message “straight from the lying tongue of Satan.”

The author starts by quoting Galatians 1:6-7, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” The author recommends that every Christian should be like the Bereans and quotes Acts 17:11.

As for discernment Mr. Phillips uses the example of examining hundred dollar bills. He would expect his wife who has worked in the banking industry to spot a counterfeit bill when he might not be able to. As Christians we are to be more discerning than the unbeliever, however, millions are being swayed by “Another Gospel,” we are without excuse.

Those in the Faith Movement deny the fear and respect due to the Almighty God who created us and instead want their ears tickled. Humanism is the god of today and leading many from the real gospel to another gospel that appeals to pride, the same pride from the same source as in Genesis 3:4-5.
So what is the answer? Mr. Phillips says, “Get into the Bible; The Bible is the only place you will find the Truth.” My. Phillips also recommended a book titled “Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century” by Hank Hanegraaff. The book goes into the specifics of these false teachings.

Added later:
Thank you Matthew and I agree with your comment, “A great metaphor for the Christian - constant, intimate exposure to the real until the fake is obvious.” Now that I’m no longer writing a “Standard Summary” I’d like to add my comments.
Last week I wrote about my time circling the New Age drain. From New Age I moved on to “New Thought” which is pretty much New Age without the crystals, cards and such. Based on Grant Phillips’ recommendation bought the book “Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century” by Hank Hanegraaff. His book added cold facts and documentation to the discernment that I learned from my time in the New Age/ Thought. Now when I reflect on those years I Think that I could have lost all hope of salvation had I not fallen in love with Jesus as a child; He never gave up on me.
So much of New Age and New Thought are alive and well in what is called the Faith movement “Christian churches” today. There are the “Name it and claim it” prosperity churches. Jesus healed people as did his disciples and the gift of healing is actually given to some believers. That said, there are many charlatans in the faith movement. Benny Hinn comes to mind as I tried watching him a few times. I suspect the people who jump out of their wheelchairs and run around the stage are plants. At the age of six I had paralytic polio which left me with a deformed but still somewhat usable hand. The day Benny Hinn can replicate with my left hand what Jesus did with the man with a withered arm I will I will modify my stand.
Fake healings and “show me the money” churches are only the tip of the iceberg.. The whole concept of the authority of God is being undermined by the Faith movement. It has the effect of expected God to be our personal goffer. Not a good idea! That is was finished when Jesus said “It is finished” is disputed by some in the faith movement.
Given some of the faith movement nonsense that passes for Christianity little surprise many turn away from salvation.  It has been said by some of the reason they're not Christians is because of Christians. Sadly, there is validity to the statement.

What are the main differences between a Bibliography and a Works Cited listing? What are the main purposes for the Works Cited listing? When should you begin compiling one? I605 4 - 6

Bibliography vs Works Cited

A Bibliography is so “Yesterday.” In lower tech days a bibliography dealt with hardcopy books and other printed information including but not limited to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and journal articles.
Works Cited is more universal as today there are many other sources available to the researcher. The Internet abounds with websites such as Wikipedia, websites that appeal to special interest groups including Christianity blogs and more. Information is also available via CDs and DVDs.
Add to the above, there are eBook type tablets. Amazon introduced their Kindle Book several years ago and both Amazon and Barns and Noble have eBook software that will work on computers, tablets and cell phones. Years ago I bought the early Kindle Book and have since graduated to a Kindle Fire tablet.  My Kindle Fire Cloud area contains hundreds of books of which I’ve download the majority to my Kindle. This gives me the ability to carry hundreds of books on my tablet.

The Kindle provides the researcher with a unique opportunity with respect to a Works Cited listing. The problem comes when citing the location of the material to wish I'm referencing. Some of the books downloaded include both the page number and the location of Kindle. However, many of them include the location number only. So when I cite a reference found on Kindle with location number only it will not be very helpful to someone picking up the actual hardcopy the print format. As an example:
Fasano, Thomas (2011-05-27). A Concise Guide to MLA Style and Documentation (Kindle Locations 54-57). Coyote Canyon Press. Kindle Edition.

What are the main purposes for the Works Cited listing?
A Works Cited listing should prevent any possibility of the researcher being accused of plagiarism. Anyone reading the researcher paper and wishing to find out more about the subject can readily find source material.

When should you begin compiling a Works Cited listing?
I should begin to compile a Works Cited listing as soon as I have a topic. When answering DQ#2 I noted two of the examples that may be relevant to research dealing with the New Age/ New Thought so these I added to my list.

Backos, Marcia. “Should Christians Practice Reiki?” Reiki for Christians. n.p. 20 Apr 2004. Web. n.d. <http://www.christianreiki.org>
Smith, Warren. Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church. 2nd Ed. Magalia: Mountain Stream Press, 2004. Print.

Added later:
Back in my sister’s early days of doing genealogical research she had to rely on old books and microfiche and would record ancestors’ names, birth and death plus all sources on hardcopy charts. By the time I continued her family research software was available. A large amount of family information online was either entered by researchers doing questionable research or not complete enough information to be very helpful. At one time there were 148 references to one of my ancestors that have since been cleared up.   

Pick an area of interest that you would like to become an expert on. Describe the area of interest and what steps you would need to take to become an expert in this area. Are there any new skills you would need to learn? I605 2 - 5

An area of interest that I would like to be more expert in is countering the influence of the New Age today. 20 plus years ago I was part of a charter group of friends and coworkers who met every Friday night to discuss/ learn something in the area of the New Age. For a few years our classes were led by a published author who has written books both on crystals and dream interpretation. All this may sound a little bit far out for one belonging to a Christian Think Tank, however, our group was rather well grounded. What belonging to this group did for me was to provide me with discernment concerning how attractive and persuasive the New Age can be and to spot its influence today.

A few years ago I was attending a “dinner and a movie” get together where we would share a meal and watch a DVD having to do with Christianity. One night a member I just met announced that she was a prophet and showed a DVD, “The Finger of God.” I watched as balls of energy were being thrown and people falling down and the claim was made of golden teeth appearing as well as a glowing white angelic being (Lucifer is an angel of light). My New Age discernment went into overdrive. I was taken back more than 20 years to when I was dating to a man who was a Sai Baba devotee. My impression of the “Finger of God” was that it was a re-play of Sai Baba and his manifestation of gold dust and golden teeth in people’s mouth.

Sai Baba has a website with the stated goal, “This site is presented and offered to Lotus Feet of Sri Sai Baba, may it serve its purpose, be informative and helpful to mankind. O Sai Baba, may your blessings be with all of us. O Sai Baba, our Guru, we surrender to you and seek your guidance in all walks of life. O Sai Baba, may you and we be one.

Several years ago a few friends were watching the “revival” at Lakewood Florida night after night. In my opinion, just more recycled New Age.

My concern is that today many Christians are being pulled into what are, in my opinion, false beliefs by the siren of the New Age. I sometimes attend a local Pentecostal church with friends. The Finger of God DVD was brought up by the pastor so the subject is alive and well. Add to that a cousin is getting very much into eastern religion. I have good friends who often attend seminars presented by Patricia King. Ms. King was shown in a YouTube video as the Holy Spirit supposedly descended upon her. All I saw was her squirming around a lot in her chair and acting rather strange.

New Agers are very taken with ET and evolving to the next and higher dimension. Back in the day I realized that based on the limits of classical physics these being were bleed through from another dimension. Now I believe that I was very close to the truth with the exception that these are demonic beings, not ET. So this leads me to another favorite subject, transhumanism, a discussion for another day.

While I have the discernment to spot New Age enticements I need to be more able to ascertain that I am correct in my discernment and also that I have a gentle way of discussing this with friends and family. I have already nearly lost friends over criticizing Ms. King. Interestingly enough one of my New Age friends from 20 years ago and I are friends on Facebook and she often “likes” my postings so you just never know.

“Finger of God or More Word-Faith Deception?” Posted  by Mike Spaulding in Signs of the Times            15MondayFeb 2010

Our little group started to disintegrate when one woman came in and announced that she was a white witch. The final demise of the class was when another woman from a 12 Step program started to monopolize the meeting


What main question is the key to deciding between the three major Theistic religions--Modern Judaism, Islam and Christianity? Choose one of the following and discuss the evidence given which supports it: I605 1 - 6

Theism is the World View that believes there is an infinite God that is outside of the universe and yet within it. This God created and sustains the universe and can act within it in supernatural ways; miracles are possible and do occur.

The belief in the deity of Jesus Christ is the key to deciding between the three major Theistic religions. Judaism denies the divinity of Jesus Christ and drops out of consideration. The holy book of Islam, the Quran, is a redacted plagiarizing of the holy Bible which has Jesus being subservient to both Allah and Mohammed. The Jesus of the Quran is far closer to the person referred to by the Book of Revelation as the false prophet.

We are left with Christianity and the question, “Did a historic Jesus exist?” Was this statement by Jesus the truth? John 8:58, “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

The historian Josephus referred to Jesus in his book "Antiquities of the Jews" which he finished near the end of the first century AD. During the time of Pilate Josephus tells us:

1.            There was a wise man who was called Jesus

2.            His conduct was good and he was known to be virtuous

3.            Many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples
Josephus goes on to report that Pilate condemned Jesus to be crucified and to die. I don't think that Josephus mentioned the fact that the disciples deserted him after his arrest; however he states that "those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship.’ Add to that the disciples “They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive."

Josephus also revealed how the new high priest of the Jews, Ananus the younger, took advantage of a gap in Roman rule to kill James, the brother of Jesus. This is the same James who deny the truth of his brother Jesus’ birth and divinity until after the resurrection. Psalm 69 alludes to the rejection of Jesus by his family. James went on to be very proactive in the church of Jerusalem and actually wrote a book of the Bible.

What of the empty tomb? The inscription from Tiberius with severe punishment for removing bodies from a tomb may well have been a reaction to Jesus not being in the tomb. What of the 500 witnesses who saw the resurrected Jesus?

“Prophecies that Jesus Christ Fulfilled” lists more than a hundred Old Testament Prophecies fulfilled by Jesus.


God stepped out of eternity to become a man and suffer and die in our place.

Holy Bible (KJV)

“Worlds Apart A Handbook on World Views” Second Edison  by Norman L. Geisler and William D. Watkins
“I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek
“Christian Apologetics” by Norman L. Geisler

Added later:
Was this statement by Jesus the truth? John 8:58, “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

Psalm 22, could have been dictated from the cross. Zechariah 11:12-13, “And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.  And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.” So long before Judas betrayed Jesus the amount he received plus the use to which the blood money would be used were prophesied long in advance. Isaiah 52:13-14, "See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. Many were amazed when they saw him - beaten and bloodied, so disfigured one would scarcely know he was a person." Isaiah 53 is simply astounding as is Daniel 9:25.


Compare one of the following pairs of overall worldviews by describing the similarities and differences I605 - 1 - 1

Well, that was very interesting. I was working on answering this discussion question when there was a knock at the door. Two of the sweetest most clean-cut young men were on my doorstep and of course holding a book of Mormon. Actually, I'm looking to be a Christian apologist and I sure had my opportunity. The young men seemed to be somewhat aware of the warning in the Book of Revelation 22:18-19 concerning adding or taking away from the Word of God. We had a rather interesting discussion about the Prophet Joseph and I gently compared the authority of the Book of Mormon to that of the Quran. After some discussion we were at an impasse but prayed for each other. Perhaps I went too far in mentioning that the Prophet Joseph Smith was a Mason and that as with the Masons so with the Mormons; there is a huge group of low level workers and just a few of the elevated elect. Well, now back to the business of KI.

According to MacArthur, “A worldview is, first of all, an explanation and interpretation of the world and second, an application of this view to life." and Geisler and Watkins have it as "A world view is a way of viewing or interpreting all of reality. It is an interpretive framework through which or by which one makes sense out of the data of life and the world."

As for a comparison of Theism and Deism, the first requirement is a belief in a God. The worldviews of Theism and Deism affirm that there is an infinite God who is uncaused, immutable, and eternal and is the creator/ originator of the Universe. God created the world out of nothing and is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.

The term theism derives from the Greek theos meaning "god". The God of Theism is a personal being who interacts with His creation who He sustained. God is tripersonal; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God created a perfect world for His creation man who is made in His image and is immortal. Not only is there a moral law; morals are absolute. God did not want a world populated by robots so He gave mankind free-will. We know how well that worked out in the garden and only the gift of the Son on the cross could offer man the possibility of redemption. It is man's destiny to be rewarded or punished.

The Deist believes that an infinite god created the world and left it on its own rather than the Theist God who intervenes in history. Another major difference between Theism and Deism is that miracles are possible and occur in the former but may be possible but do not occur with the later. To the Deist God is infinite and one in nature rather than a trinity. Other points of departure include the defeat of evil, morals and an immaterial afterlife in the case of the Deist.


Holy Bible (KJV)
“Worlds Apart A Handbook on World Views” Second Edison  by Norman L. Geisler and William D. Watkins

“I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek
“Christian Apologetics” by Norman L. Geisler

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As an aside, we in the United States are repeatedly told by our pastors, by our church teachers and church leaders that America was founded as a Christian nation. And until the current administration, politicians also made the same claim. This contention would be true if limited to the arrival of the Puritans at Plymouth and the early history of the new world. However, a number of our founding fathers were Deist as well as being of the order of Masons. The Masons have so rather occult leaning but that could a subject for another KI course.

However,  not be so bad if it were confined to the. If that were the case, it would be an accurate statement, in this writer’s opinion. The problem arises when one marks the foundation of our country at the American Revolution and the establishment of the United States. It is at this point where all Bible-believing Christians should be very wary, since the working of occult societies during this era was at an unprecedented height. Some historians even argue that you simply cannot understand the history of the world for the past few hundred years if you do not take these societies into account. Their members have been the planners, leaders, and engineers of a global agenda, one that they do not readily share with the rest of the world. More importantly, they often use “religion” as an instrument to manipulate the masses, their belief being that the end justifies the means.

“Apollyon Rising 2012: The Lost Symbol Found and the Final Mystery of the Great Seal Revealed” by Thomas Horn

"Zenith 2016, Did Something Began in 2012?" by Thomas Horn Series so to be released in book form