Monday, October 27, 2014

The Gap Theory 546 - 3 - 7

So is our home a young earth created six days or is it billions of years old or does the truth lies somewhere in between?

There is so much about the age and properties of the universe in the Bible, to quote just a few;

Isaiah 64:1 said space can be torn, Psalm 102, "space can be worn out like a garment."

Job 9:8, "He alone spreads out the heavens, And treads on the waves of the sea."

The Gap Theory Revisited, a favorite topic for me. The only argument I would have against the gap theory is that, I really don’t have one and after digging deeper into the Word I believe that there is merit to the gap theory.

The English translation of Greek Septuagint that I have reads “1:1 in the beginning God made the heaven and the earth. 2 But the earth was unsightly and unfurnished, and darkness was over the deep, and the Spirit of God moved over the water.” God would not create a mess so this also suggests that Satan rendered it “unsightly and unfurnished.” So a possible gap to between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2?

Add to that, the original Hebrew reads “And the earth became without form” implying that when Satan fell and took a third of the angels with him, he caused disorder on God’s creation. So “the earth became without form” so the Spirit of God once more had to move upon the face of the waters.

The KJV is somewhat less descriptive:

Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 1:2, “And the earth was without form (H8414), and void (H922); and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

With thanks to Strong’s:

H8414 – “A masculine noun meaning formlessness, confusion. The exact meaning of this term is difficult at best since its study is limited to its relatively few Old Testament occurrences. It is used to describe primeval earth before the seven creative days”

H922 – “A masculine noun indicating void or emptiness. It depicts the state of matter after God had created it but before He had fashioned it for habitation”

H922 also describes the state of the land or earth after God judges it (Isaiah 34:11 and Jeremiah 4:23). It is used in combination with tōhû, without form, each time. So could these two verses be analogous to a judgment on the earth that occurred after Genesis 1:2?

H1961 – “A verb meaning to exist, to be, to become, to happen, to come to pass, to be done. It is used over 3,500 times in the Old Testament. In the simple stem, the verb often means to become, to take place, to happen….”
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Jesus refers to Himself as the Brazen Serpent of Numbers 21 546 - 2 - 4

Numbers 21:7, “Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.”

Here the people murmured against God and God sent serpents as punishment.
Numbers 21:8, “And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent (H8314), and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”

This was an interesting anecdote to the bite of a serpent in that a serpent is symbolic of sin and brass of judgment.

Numbers 21:9, “And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole (H5251), and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

Fast-forward hundreds of years to the time that Jesus spent instructing his disciples and, in this case, Nicodemus.  John 3:13, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down (G2597) from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” Here Jesus is alluding to his divine nature.

John 3:14, “And as Moses lifted up (G5312) the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:” The act of Moses in lifting the brass serpent was prophetic of Jesus being lifted up on the cross. Jesus carried our sin to the cross and provided us with the gift of justification before God.

John 3:15-17, “That whosoever believeth (G4100) in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting (G166) life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

We are given the free gift of eternal life, however, it is our choice as to whether we accept it or not. Unfortunately, it seems that the vast majority of people decline.

John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

H8314 - Burning, that is, (figuratively) poisonous (serpent); specifically a saraph or symbolical creature (from their copper color): - fiery (serpent), seraph.

H5251 - A flag; also a sail; by implication a flagstaff; generally a signal; figuratively a token: - banner, pole, sail, (en-) sign, standard.

G5312 - To elevate (literally or figuratively): - exalt, lift up.

G2597 - To descend (literally or figuratively): - come (get, go, step) down, descend, fall (down).

G4100 - To have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well being to Christ): - believe (-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.

G166 - Perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well): - eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).

Why is God’s Love so important? 503 - 2 - 4

God’s love is a supernatural and personal love. It is only dependent upon God and according to Nancy God’s love is Agape; pure and divine Love.

To assure our acceptability to a righteous God our awesome God made the supreme sacrifice of his only begotten son. Eons before God asked Abraham to make that ultimate sacrifice of his son Isaac. An angel intervened and a ram was provided as a substitute; prophetic of the Lamb of God being crucified.

Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Both John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 are a daily reminder of God’s longsuffering and merciful love for “such a sinner as I.”

According to Nancy there are many reasons why God’s love is so important in our lives.

Having God’s Love in our lives is the whole meaning and purpose of our Christian walk and is the only way others will know and see that we walk the talk as true Christians. Loving with God’s Love proves we are abiding in God and demonstrates that we are filled with the “fulness of God.” Nancy also talks to God’s Love as the perfect “bond of union,” between God and/or others and myself.

We are told by Jesus to love our enemies .Luke 6:27-28, “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”

This is a very difficult commandment for me to internalize in these days of ever increasing evil. I keep reminding myself that the Islamic terrorists are humans in need of salvation. I support Israel and the Jewish people and the unconditional covenants they have with God. It is so easy to love God’s chosen people, however, it is very difficult to love those who obsess about eradicating Israel. To the terrorists Israel represents the little Satan and the United States is the great Satan. Perhaps by the time this course is finished I will have some of God’s love leaking out of me towards those who would happily cut off my head for my support of Israel.

Why do I think “Agape Love” is growing cold in these end times? 503 - 3 - 2

Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity (G458) shall abound, the love (G26) of many shall wax cold.”
G458 - illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: - iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.
G26 - From G25; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast: - (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.
Jude 1:4, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” True of today's Laodicea Church. Revelation 3:15-16, "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."
Perhaps Agape Love has grown cold because much of the world has lost its moral compass and awe of God. Jesus talked about discipleship, sadly lacking today. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus told his disciples “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Also, John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Apostasy? Perhaps it's more about the idols in our lives. Video games are very violent, they remove one from the blood and guts as well as make for isolation. As an example, I was working for McDonald Douglas Helicopter Company (MDHC) during Gulf One in the early 90s. MDHC was the producer of the Apache Helicopter that took out Iraq's radar right at the start of the so-called war. For a weeks there was a video running continuously in our cafeteria of those first few moments. You could hear the helicopter pilot and copilot seemed to be amused as they talk about all the Iraq’s running for cover. They were shooting them like fish in a barrel rather than having an awareness that these were human beings.   
The theory of evolution has reduced God's creation, man, to the status of an animal. There is little value placed on the unborn and millions are slaughtered in the womb every year. The very definition of marriage is between one man and one woman seems to be a throwaway. By their fruits they are known doesn't seem to really be of concern today. Two men cannot create a baby any more than two women can.
As to the question of why I think “Agape Love” is growing cold in these end time; well, we are in the end times. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Timely then and timely now.

Who/ What Caused the Holocaust? 546 - 3 - 4

So just who was responsible for the Holocaust? Was at the culmination of the thousands of years of plotting and scheming by Satan that started in the garden? Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Was it “The Everlasting Hatred” of the Edomite’s and Ishmaelite’s? As an aside, the Edomite’s were the descendants of Esau and often battled the Jewish nation and/ or often allied themselves with whoever was fighting Israel, The Book of Obadiah is a one chapter book that really shows the anger of God. Jeremiah 49 predicted utter destruction of Edom as did the Book of Obadiah. Amos 1 also told of their destruction. Eventually the Edomite’s became absorbed in desert tribes, “a people whose name and language had perished. Obadiah’s prophecy had been fulfilled.” Origen (3rd century A.D.) Surprisingly enough, during the Great Tribulation the remnant of Israel will seek refuge in Edom/ Petra and will be supernaturally protected there.
Was it the Roman Catholic Church and who was/is responsible at least in part for the heresy of Replacement Theology? Was it the Reformers who never completed the Reformation and also allowed Replacement Theology to creep into the Protestant churches?
What of the concordats between the Roman Catholic Church and Adolf Hitler and Mussolini? By these agreements the church was not to interfere with the state and vice a versa. Pius XII earned the less than desirable title of “Hitler’s Pope.” The Roman Catholic Church has attempted to redact history, however, there are many, many pictures available demonstrating a very cozy relationship.
Was it the Christian church that failed to speak up? What of the ordinary people who claimed to have no knowledge of the ongoing Holocaust?
What of the United States and other countries that turned away Jewish refugees attempting to unload from ships?
Was it due to the adherence by most to the theory of evolution whereby man is only an animal? The theory of evolution has reduced God's creation, man, to the status of an animal. There is little value placed on the unborn and millions are slaughtered in the womb every year.
Currently, anti-Semitism is spreading throughout the planet like an out of control plague. So what made the Holocaust possible; fallen man.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The 40 years of Wandering in the Wilderness 546 2 - 7

Jude 1:5  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

I've stated before that either you trust in God or you don’t and do it your own way. It is very difficult for me to understand why the Israelite's kept doubting God’s Word! God had called down plague after plague on pharaoh and his people. God parted the Red Sea to allow the Israeli save passage and then closed it upon the Egyptians.

Before the Israelite's were to enter the Promised Land Moses sent in twelve spies, Caleb of the tribe of Judah, Joshua of the tribe of Ephraim and men from the other ten tribes. Upon their return Celeb and Joshua brought their good report, however, the other 10 spies were very fearful and murmured greatly. Numbers 13:32, “And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.”

Murmuring, not trusting God (disbelief) and being fearful, definitely on God’s list of no-no’s. Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Numbers 14:11-12, “And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.”

Moses connived God not to destroy the people. Rather God decreed that only those 20 years of age and younger and Celeb and Joshua would enter the Promised Land, as for the rest of the Israeli, Number 14:32, “But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.”

Later the Israeli decided to do it their way and enter the Promise Land against the advice of Moses. Numbers 14:41-42, “And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the Lord? but it shall not prosper. Go not up, for the Lord is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.” And smitten they were.

The parallel between the Israelite's and today is manifested in the great falling away, the apostasy so prevalent today. In addition to every moral depravity available on cable TV, the Christian channels seem to be catering to false teachers. Rather than being taught obedience most of the tele-evangelists seem to be of the name it and claim it ilk. There also seems to be an unholy marriage today between big business and politics where the “little guy” is being squeezed to death.

The signs of the end days are all around us but most people just don’t seem to want to do more than murmur about it. What’s needed is national repentance and a worldwide revival.
Hebrews 3 deals with the Israelite's not being allowed to enter God's rest due to the provocation found above in Numbers:

Hebrews 3:15-18, "While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?"

Being a “Hosea” so God can manifest His Love through me 503 - 2 - 1

Hosea 5:3, “I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.” Here whoredom is figuratively to commit idolatry; the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah, to (cause to) commit fornication, play the harlot.

The Prophet Hosea was to the Northern Kingdom what Jeremiah would later be to the Southern Kingdom. God used Hosea in dealing with the apostasy of the Northern Kingdom. In the first three chapters of the Book of Hosea he was instructed to marry a harlot and father three children; Jezreel (scattered), Lo-Ruhamah (not loved), and Lo-Ammi (not my people). The children were so named as they would be prophetic models for that time when Israel would be set aside.

God cannot condone sin and suffers when His people are unfaithful to Him, however, He will never stop loving His own. Thankfully He seeks to win back those who have forsaken Him.

A little background. King Jeroboam and his army had recovered all of the territory previously lost. While their previous loss had been a harbinger from God to repent the Northern Kingdom did not repent, rather they reveled in material prosperity. However, God saw it differently, that they had exchanged their heritage for pagan worship with the result of the downward spiral of morals (spiritual adultery) that accompanies spiritual ingratitude.

Eventually the children would be renamed. “And I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.”
Hosea presents a prerequisite to the Second Coming; Hosea 5:15, “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”

But as usual I digress. So back to the question would I be willing to be a “Hosea” so God can manifest His Love through you? I’m really not sure how to answer this as I would pray that God can manifest his love through me. However as I mentioned last week I tend to be critical of others as well is judgmental.

A few months ago I set up a little shop in what is a combination indoor flea market/ mini mall. One of my fellow vendors is very much into the New Age and has such a loving personality that she sees only the good in people. My heart goes out to her because she, like so many, is rushing down the wide path that leads to destruction. I don’t try to persuade her that Jesus is the only way, rather I am open about my relationship with Jesus and pray that some of my subtle hints eventually land on fertile ground. Perhaps both of us will make progress, my friend with seeking a relationship with Jesus and me by becoming a better person through whom God can manifest his love.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spending time alone with the Lord every day in order to live God’s “Way of Agape?” 503 - 1 - 5

For some reason this discussion question made me think back to an early class here at KI, Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines. At that time I was going through a very rough time emotionally. I had left my home in Arizona to help care for my mother in California. I found that I was very out of step with the majority the people from California who seem to be  New Agers, Atheist, Agnostic, Catholic, or indifferent to faith. The aforementioned discussion question concerned "Walking with God.” To me there seems to be an equivalency between spending time alone with God and walking with God. Both require daily/ hourly “Selah Moments.”
I took the time to reflect on Micah 6:8, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” I count it as a great blessing that years ago I bought several Cd's by The Maranatha Singers which I copied to my computers and NowBible MP3 player. When I would question “Why Me God,” I put on a headphone and listened to these Praise and Worship Songs including Micah 6:8. Another much needed Selah Moment and I rested in the knowledge that God had planted me in California where he wanted me to be at that time. After about 18 months I returned to my Arizona home and a cousin pretty much moved in with my mother. So for a little more than a year my life has been pretty much back to normal and I once again have my quiet time with God.
This brought me to another Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines discussion question concerning being a friend of God. Being a friend to God doesn't mean being his buddy, rather it means to obey him and be very much in awe of His Majesty. To walk with God; not walking ahead of God and not walking behind God. If I try to walk ahead of God I am basically trying to do it my way. If I walk behind God I lose that connection with him and can stumble. As friends we should spend quiet time together, “Selah Moments.” I must be worthy of God and as Jesus said in Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
But I digress, other than when I wake up and as I go to sleep my prayer time with God follows no real pattern. Throughout the day I reflect on God and often say thank you for all your blessings. I often pray that I will be a better and more loving person. I tend to be critical and judgmental, characteristics that don’t lend themselves to being very lovable. That said, the more quiet time I have with God the better I am at relating to other people in a more loving manner.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Why did Jude write his letter? 546 - 1 - 3

IMO, Jude’s letter was written for such a time as this and written to today’s “The Beloved.” As believers we are part of the beloved whom Jude is pressuring to “Contend Earnestly for The Faith.” Jude was writing to counter the apostasy that was occurring within the infant church and the arrival of many false teachers. As it was nearly 2000 years ago so it is today with those espousing the New Age as well as adherence to numerous cults.
Not being one to mince words, Paul had this much to say about false teachers. Galatians 1:6-8, “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. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
"I've often heard it said that Christianity is God reaching down to man and religion is man reaching up to God through his own efforts. I would like to add that religion is man reaching out his hand procure power and financial gain.
I have often written concerning the heresies and paganism of the Roman Catholic Church as they seem to hold an individual’s soul for ransom. Through the invention of purgatory the church has lined their coffers by the sale of indulgence and repetitive masses. Add to that the heresy of the claim of superiority of the utterance from the papacy to the Word of God and the doctrine of adding works to the gift of grace from Jesus when He said "It is finished."
There is so much more that could be added concerning the false teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, however, word count will not allow it. My heart goes out to the more than 1 billion who adhere to the Catholic faith. Hopefully they are saved as were the Israelites who wandered for decades but were not allowed into the Promised Land. The Israelites lost their rewards and inheritance but not their salvation. As for the Catholics, it is for God to judge.
Mormonism with its “Law of Eternal Progression” is attempting to evangelize the world. The major heresy of Mormonism is summed up in its central theological, "As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become; that trillions of planets scattered throughout the cosmos are ruled by countless gods who once were human like us. Elohim and one of his goddess wives came to Earth as Adam and Eve to start the human race. Thousands of years later, Elohim took on human form once again and journeyed to Earth from the star base Kolob. He had physical relations with the Virgin Mary in order to provide Jesus with a physical body.” Then there is the astounding heresy of claiming that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers.
Mormonism is quite insidious in that along with The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price they include the KJV of the Bible in their “The Complete LDS Scriptures.” Mormons refer to the Word of God and then totally disregard Revelation chapter 22. Several of the Mormons that I've spoken to consider that they are truly Christians. I suspect there’s going to be a rude awakening in their future, again it is for God to judge.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Contending for the Faith 546 - 1 - 2

CM poses the question asked by Jesus; Luke 18:8, “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” This is a very good question and rather complements another asked of a person claiming to be a Christian, “If you were on trial for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
In June we held an open house for my mother’s 102nd birthday. For two days I visited with family and friends and left feeling very uneasy about the ultimate destination of most who were visiting my mom. The majority of family members at the open house were from my father’s side, several being from the state of California. It was a mixture of indifference to the church combined with a few New Agers and Christian scientists.
Of mom's friends there was one couple who radiate Christian virtue and adherence to the Word. Many other friends were either indifferent or atheist, agnostic or Catholics. One cousin who has yet to unfriend me on Facebook took a rather aggressive approach with me and my Catholic sister-in-law. The cousin proudly stated that she was a Christian Scientist and therefore didn't believe in hell. Then looking directly at my sister-in-law she said and there’s no such thing as purgatory. Other than nodding my agreement about there not being a purgatory I pretty much kept to myself since this was mom’s party. It is now four months later and I still regret that I felt that I was not in a position to contend for the faith.
I primarily contend for the faith via the Internet. I blog and use Facebook as a witnessing tool. I suspect that most of my friends and family members on Facebook skip over my postings. Mostly I interface with like-minded people on Facebook so it’s mostly a case of “Singing to the choir.” Usually we reinforce our Christian faith, however, we sometimes get into very interesting discussions. A current example is the video, “The Blood Moon Theory DEBUNKED (2014-2015).”
While there has been no definite date setting concerning the timing of the rapture a rather lively discussion of pre-, mid and post tribulation ensued.
Blogging can lead to speculation as I have no idea who is reading my posts, only the areas on planet Earth where my readership is. The top ten readership for the past month include those from the countries of United States, France, Ukraine, Brazil, Turkey, Romania, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and Russia.
I've been encouraged of late by questions that have been asked by friends who seem to be more receptive to the gospel. Whenever the opportunity presents itself such as when I’m discussing the state of the economy, terrorism or Ebola I always make the comment that it is time to be right with God. As with my blog I don’t know if I’m actually reaching anyone, however, if I can just reach a few people with the Good News I will have contended for the faith.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What is our purpose as Christians and how are we to fulfill this purpose? SD503 - 1 - 2

As Christians we are to love God and then to love each other. For me, loving God is as natural as breathing. When I wake up in the morning I thank God for his blessings but often express sorrow that the Church has not been raptured. As I drift off to sleep I’m also thanking God for his many blessings. Throughout the day I often talk to God.

To be filled with God’s love requires that God is our focal point. If we are preoccupied with thoughts of ourselves, of our human nature, there is little room left for God. It is very difficult to channel God’s love to others unless we ourselves are filled with it. If we are truly topped off with God’s love and keep our mind stayed on him, we can leak love out to others while maintaining our level at full.

In my case, the rub comes when I consider to whom I’m letting love leak out to. As I understand, we are to hate the sin but love the sinner. This can be difficult for someone who tends to be judgmental as do I.

There are two guides that I find helpful, the Golden Rule and keeping in mind “What Would Jesus Do.” WWJD is a very high standard as Jesus was and is all about love. A standard that I all too often fall very short of.

Gandhi was asked once why he didn't become a Christian and he said it was because of Christians. Failure to walk the talk may have a negative effect one who is searching.

CM equates the Third Commandment to being an ambassador for God. If those of us who claim that we are Christians reflect self rather than Christ like behavior, let’s see. I believe the very descriptive word Jesus used was hypocrites.

We are to be true witnesses for God both in our actions and in displaying the courage of our convictions. My studies here at KI are helping me to become something of a Christian apologist. While I have so much to learn I find that I am becoming more and more able to hold up my end in a discussion on theology. 

My neighbor who adheres to the seventh-day Sabbath and I discussed Replacement Theology and I was surprised to find out that she is a proponent. I initiated the conversation by discussing the video “Let the Lion Roar.” In this video the narrator is told to “Complete the Reformation.” While my neighbor allowed is how she wouldn't be interested in watching the video we remain good friends.