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December 20, 2014


By NiteOwlDave

For some, the idea that eternal salvation is through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ raises a thorny question: How were people saved from their sins before the cross of Christ?

The Bible says God is fair. Where is the justice?

Well, let's try this on for size.

Before salvation became available through Christ's death on the cross, people were "saved" by obeying God's laws. Back then, appointed prophets spread the truth of God.

Before Christ, salvation was through the Jews; God’s appointed people.

Once a year, followers of Jehovah brought an animal (size depending upon their wealth) to the priest who would enter the holy-of-holies and place blood on the "mercy seat" on behalf of the people.

Instructions are given in Leviticus 30:10, a book in the Jewish Torah and the Bible.

This blood sacrifice symbolized the future sacrificial blood of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed at Calvary.

So what about the non-Jew, or "Gentile," as they were called in Scripture?

They were saved by submitting to the God of the Jews and obeying the same sacrificial instructions. Most Gentiles worshipped their own false gods then.

The Bible speaks of certain Gentiles, such as Rahab and Ruth, and even whole cities such as Nineveh, which repented at the preaching of Jonah.

The first blood sacrifice was initiated by God in the Garden of Eden, when He killed an animal for skins to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve, the first couple and the first sinners.

Their sin prompted God to send His Son to the cross several millennia later, to shed His blood for all mankind.

The first sons of Adam and Eve - Cain and Abel - got into a dustup over the sacrifice issue: God accepted Abel's animal, blood sacrifice, but rejected Cain's produce, non-blood offering. Out of jealousy, Cain killed Abel.

Throughout the Bible, God demanded a blood sacrifice as the payment for sin.

Animal offerings were representative of the once-and-for-all sacrifice of Christ. Hebrews 9:22 says, "Without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin."

God never explained why the Jews are His chosen race. The fact that Jesus was born a Jew was the final flourish of their hefty benefit package.

The country of Israel is geographically the center of the "world," the crossroads of three continents—Europe, Asia and Africa.

Throughout Scripture, the Jews are identified as the "chosen people," the nation of God.

Interestingly, the Jews have had a roller coaster ride since day one, because of their on-off relationship with almighty God.

And since God's chosen people rejected Christ as their Messiah they have paid a huge price.

In World War II, six million, of a world population of 16 million, wound up in Nazi concentration-camp ovens. And a study of Bible prophecy reveals the worst is yet to come for Israel.

That may sounds unfair, but Israel, like the Gentile, has been given free will—free choice.

December 3, 2014

Islam: Deceit From the Depths of Hell

‘The Qur'an instructs the killing of the infidel, or those who are non-Muslim.’

By NiteOwlDave

Evangelist Franklin Graham didn't mince words in a statement in October, 2001, about the actions of the often violence-driven followers of Islam.

In the wake of the September 11 Islamic terrorist attacks in Washington and New York City, Graham's hammer-job on the ruthless Muslim religion was refreshing and desperately needed.

"Islam," he said, "is wicked, violent, and not of the same god."

He went on to say in remarks broadcast on NBC, "I don't believe this is a wonderful, peaceful religion. When you read the Qur'an, it instructs the killing of the infidel, or those who are non-Muslim.

"It wasn't Methodists flying into those buildings (the Pentagon and the two World Trade Center towers). It was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith."

President Bush and other administration spokesmen are collared into offering sugar-coated praise about the "peaceful religion of Islam," which is a crock.

But, it was understandably stated to hold together the multi-country, multi-faith coalition which Washington patched together to flush out and stop terrorists world-wide. The terrorist cells are primarily Muslim extremists.

Refusing to take the political middle road followed by many political and church leaders - even by his famous father, evangelist Billy Graham - Franklin is not only correct in his observation about the Satanic Muslim religion, but he has earned the right to serve comment about the nation of Islam.

Graham's outspokenness came one day after his ministry's Operation Christmas Child began processing one million shoe boxes of toys, school supplies, and personal hygiene items for needy children overseas. Thousands annually are sent to many Muslim nations.

Graham oversees Samaritan's Purse, which has supported more relief and aid to Muslim people than to any other people in the world. Many millions of dollars in aid is regularly sent to countries like Bosnia, Kosovo, Lebanon, Sudan, and Afghanistan.

"As the leader of an international relief organization, my calling is to provide food, clothing, housing, supplies, and medical care to hurting people everywhere, regardless of faith," Graham said.

"As a Christian minister, my calling and focus are to proclaim the God of the Christian faith to all who will listen."

Muslims are Licensed to Kill

Muslims are authorized to kill in the name of their god, Allah.

Captured US Taliban fighter, 20-year-old John Walker Lindh, told CNN December 19, 2001, that he believed the Qur'an permits Muslims to kill in a holy war.

He defended the terrorists' suicide attacks on New York and Washington targets, stating, "In certain cases, Muslims, by necessity, can kill, and there are situations in which a Muslim can be killed (by other Muslims)."

When in power, the late Iranian tyrant leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, declared, "The purest joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for Allah."

When establishing and spreading his religion in the seventh century, Mohammed and his followers slaughtered thousands.

Said Mohammed, who declared war on the entire world, "I have been ordered by Allah to fight with people until they testify there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger."

Check out what Mohammed's Qur'an states in Surah (or Chapter) II (39):
"...Take not to yourselves friends of them (the disbelievers) until they emigrate in the way of god; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them..."

Peaceful guy, peaceful teachings? Hardly.

The god of Islam is certainly not the God of the Bible. The one and only true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does not force anyone to choose Him, nor kills those who refuse Him.

The Muslim "courage" to blow themselves up or to crash planes at a loss of their own and many other lives is based solely on the insane doctrine of Islam.

The only sure way in Islam of achieving Paradise is to sacrifice one's life in a jihad (or holy war). Suicide is forbidden as self-murder, but to sacrifice one's life in killing infidels carries the highest reward.

The reward is strange but oddly alluring. A jihad martyr is promised -

1. A palace of pearls in which there are 70 mansions.
2. Inside each mansion are 70 houses.
3. In each house is a bed made of 70 sheets.
4. Each sheet contains 70 beautiful virgins.
5. The "lucky" martyr is also assured that he will have the appetite and strength of 100 men for food and sex.

This is the fanatical dream that is fed to Muslim boys from earliest childhood.

The Media Blew It

Jerusalem Post writer Naomi Ragen hits the target in a September 20, 2001, page-one article under the headline "From a Distance: Mass murder, sex, and paradise", where she blasted the foreign press for buying the Muslim line.

"One thing that the reporters miss is that it's not nationalistic fervor or outrage at their 'persecution' that is motivating these young men, as much as the Muslim religious teachings that promise each of them unlimited free sex with virgins in paradise as a reward for spilling innocent blood.

"From my own experience with many good people abroad, this information is not well known. Recently, Bob Simon interviewed Mohammed Abu Wardeh on CBS's Sixty Minutes,” Ragen wrote.

"His remarks in Arabic were translated on the program as, 'God would compensate the martyr for sacrificing his life for his land. If you become a martyr, God will give you 70 virgins, 70 wives, and everlasting happiness.'

"The point is this," concludes Jerusalem Post's Ragen:

"Horny Arab teenagers are being convinced the way to sex in the puritanical Arab world (where brothers routinely murder sisters who are even suspected of losing their virginity), is through hate-filled mass-murders."

Author/speaker Dave Hunt points out that there are more than 100 verses in the Qur'an advocating the use of violence to spread Islam.

"In the Qur'an, Allah commands Muslims, 'Take not the Jews and Christians as friends... Slay the idolaters (non-Muslims) wherever you find them... Fight against such... as believe not in Allah...' (Surah 5:51, 9:5,29,41, etc.)," writes Hunt.

"Though most Muslims would shrink from obeying such commands, this is official Muslim and it cannot change without admitting that Mohammed was a false prophet and murderer."

Hunt goes on to say, "The suggestion that Islam as a religion does not condone violence; that radicals represent only themselves—an extremist and violent fringe—is simply not true.

"It is not because men are Arabs or extremists that they turn to terrorism, but because they are devout Muslims. Yet who will face this obvious fact?

"Hate for Israel and the call to destroy America for supporting her are what motivate the angry Muslim. No Arab map in the world admits Israel's existence.

"Terrorists act in direct obedience to Mohammed, the Qur'an, Allah, and Islam. While nominal Muslims reject the idea," says Hunt, "all Islamic scholars agree that it is the religious duty of every Muslim to use violence whenever possible to spread Islam until it has taken over the world."

Hunt continued, "The world has sided with Islam in its false claim to the land of Israel, which is now inaccurately called Palestine.

"This Promised Land, given to Israel by the God of the Bible, has been occupied by Jews continuously for the last 3,000 years, and they are the only people to have done so.”

The biblical stamp of approval confirming that the Jews have the ongoing right to the Land of Israel is clear.

Deuteronomy 1:19-21 state:

"Then we (Moses and the children of Israel) left Mount Horeh and traveled through the great and terrible desert, finally arriving among the Amorite hills to which the Lord our God had directed us.

"We were then at Kadesh-barnea (on the border of the Promised Land) and I said to the people, 'The Lord God has given us this land. Go and possess it as he told us to. Don't be afraid! Don't ever doubt’!”

Joshua 1:1-4 state:

"After the death of Moses, the Lord's disciple, God spoke to Moses' assistant, whose name was Joshua, and said to him, 'Now that my disciple is dead, lead my people across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.

‘“I say to you what I said to Moses’: 'Wherever you go you will be part of the land of Israel—all the way from the Nageb desert in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Euphrates River in the east, including the land of the Hittites’.”

Because of their disobedience, God allowed the Jews to be scattered to all corners of the globe following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Unlike any other race in history, the Jews remarkably retained their pure Jewish line. They therefore still remain distinct as God's chosen people.

All of “Palestine” was to be given to the Jews for a national homeland by a 1917 ruling of the League of Nations. But steadily the Jews were betrayed by Britain's administration of that mandate. The land was parceled out to Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, etc.

The most significant event in our whole generation took place on May 14,1948. The entire world was electrified when Israel declared its independence and became a recognized nation.

Over 55 governments have acknowledged Israel as an autonomous state, and today Israel stands as a full-fledged member in the United Nations.

Nevertheless, Israel is accused of occupying land which has been theirs for three centuries. And terrorists continue to prey on Israel and the US for supporting Israel's statehood.

What are the differences between Jesus of the Bible and Mohammed of the Qur'an?

1. The birth of Jesus as the Messiah was prophesied in Scripture. Mohammed's birth as the so-called Seal of the Prophets was not.

2. Through many witnesses, the Bible outlines the lineage of the Christ from Abraham through Isaac and Jacob to the tribe of Judah and out of the house of David. (Genesis 12:3, 18:18, 21:12, 22:18, 26:4, 28:14, 49:10; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalms 18:50, 89:3-4, 89:20, 132:11; Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1, 11:10; Jeremiah 23:5-6, 33:14-15).

3. It was prophesied through Isaiah that the Messiah would be conceived by a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). It was prophesied through Micah that He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). And it was prophesied through the typology in the third and sixth chapters of Zechariah that his name would be 'Joshua' (of which 'Jesus' is the Hellenized form).

4. Who prophesied the birth of Mohammed as a true prophet of God? No one. No one except Mohammed himself who wrote in Surah LXI (17), "Jesus son of Mary said, 'Children of Israel, I am indeed the Messenger of God to you, confirming the Torah that is before me, and giving good tidings of a Messenger who shall come after me, whose name shall be Ahmed’.”

5. Throughout the Qur'an, Mohammed refutes that Jesus was the Son of God.

a) "The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only the Messenger of God, and His Word that He committed to Mary, and a spirit from Him." Surah IV (18)

b) "The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a Messenger: Messengers before him passed away; his mother was a just woman; they both ate food. Behold, how we make clear signs to them; then behold, how perverted they are!" Surah V (19)

c) "The Creator of the heavens and the earth—how should He have a Son, seeing that He has no consort, and He created all things, and He has knowledge of everything?" Surah VI (20)

d) "The Jews say, 'Ezra is the Son of God;' the Christians say, 'The Messiah is the Son of God.' That is the utterance of their mouths, confirming with the unbelievers before them." Surah IX (21)

e) "They (the Christians) say, 'God has taken to Him a son.' Glory be to Him! He is All-sufficient; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth; you have no authority for this. What, so you say concerning God that you know not? Say: 'Those who forge against God falsehood shall not prosper. Some enjoyment in this world; then unto Us they shall return; then We shall let them taste the terrible chastisement, for that they were unbelievers (in Mohammed and the Qur'an).'" Surah X (22)

f) "Praise belongs to God, who has not taken to Him a son." Surah XVII (23)

g) "And they say, 'The All-merciful has taken unto Himself a son. You have indeed advanced something hideous! The heavens are well-nigh rent of it and the earth split asunder, and the mountains well-nigh fall down crashing for they have attributed to the All-merciful a son; and it behooves not the All-merciful to take a son.'" Surah XIX (24)

h) "God has not taken to Himself any son." Surah XXIII (21)

i) "He has not taken to Him a son." Surah XXIII (25)

j) “It was Mohammed's self-proclaimed mission "... to warn those who say, 'God has taken to Himself a son.'" Surah XXIII (29)

What bunk when weighed against amazing Godly biblical pronouncements such as -

1. "I will be his father, and he shall be my son." (2 Samuel 7:14)

2. "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given" (Isaiah 9:6). Through Gabriel to Mary: "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest" (Luke 1:32) and "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee: Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).

John the Baptist bore record that Jesus was the Son of God (John 1:32-34). God Himself testified twice of Jesus: "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17, 17:5; Mark 1:11, 9:7; and, Luke 3:22, 9:35). Saint Mark testified in his gospel: "Jesus Christ, the Son of God..." (Mark 1:1)

3. Even the unclean spirits recognized that Jesus was the Son of God: "And, behold, they cried out, saying, 'What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?'" Matthew 8:29 (30)

To casual observers and lifeless Christians, that Mohammed claimed God had no Son in Jesus does not seem to be so very damaging; after all, they think, he did acknowledge that Jesus was a prophet, "a Messenger of God."

They fail to see that for Mohammed to have stated that Jesus was not a prophet would have kept many from his own teachings; it would have precluded their even listening to his message.

Further, they fail to see that Mohammed had to include Jesus within his teachings if he was to be more convincing concerning his own authority.

It is easier to deceive if you pretend to build on an already-established foundation. It is easier to destroy if you claim a heritage in Truth, with Qur,an stuff like:

"Surely We sent down the Torah, wherein is guidance and light, thereby the Prophets who had surrendered themselves gave judgment for those of Jewry, as did the masters and the rabbis, following such portion of God's Book as they were given to keep and were witness to... And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus son of Mary, confirming the Torah before him; and We gave to him the Gospel, wherein is guidance and light, and confirming the Torah before it, as a guidance and an admonition unto the god fearing." Surah V (31)

Mohammed tries to persuade us that the Qur'an is just as scriptural as the Torah and the Gospels. He tries to make it seem as if the Torah and the Gospels and the Qur'an are equal parts in a threefold plan of divine revelation to humankind.

Why? The most effective way to win individuals over to your way of thinking is to, first, tell them what they already believe is true (so you don't alienate them) and, second, slowly persuade them that what they don't yet know or understand can be provided for, or answered by, your doctrines: The wolf-in-shepherd's-clothing approach, so to speak.

Both Moses and Jesus proved their words with works and signs following. The miracles performed through them punctuated the truths they spoke and the lives they lived. Christ Jesus said:
"...for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me." (John 5:36)

And: "Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, 'Thou blasphemer;' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: That you may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in Him." (John 10:36-38)

Mohammed did not prove his words with works. Oh, he frequently proclaims that the Surahs of the Qur'an are themselves "signs, clear signs."

But there are no accounts of miracles wrought through him, save those unreliable that are attributed to him through the imagination and fancy of his followers. Mohammed tries to explain away the absence of such proofs this way:

"It is He who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He may uplift it above every religion. God suffices as a witness." Surah XLVIII (33)

Mohammed claimed that it was only for him to deliver "the Message Manifest," the final word from God. Surah XLVIII (34)

He tried to delude the people into thinking that he was the Christ returned to earth. In doing so, the Devil sought to establish his authority for overturning the principles of peace, love, and forgiveness taught by the real Savior.

Jesus instructed us to love our enemies, to revile not when reviled, to forgive those who despitefully use us, and to refrain from judgment (the condemnation of our peers).

Hear what Mohammed had to say on those topics –

"O believers, prescribed for you is retaliation, touching the slain; freeman for freeman, slave for slave, female for female... In retaliation there is life for you, men possessed of minds; happily you will be god fearing." Surah II (35)

"And fight in the way of God with those who fight with you. ...And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; (your own) persecution is more grievous than slaying (others)." Surah II (36)

"Whoso commits aggression against you, do you commit aggression against him like as he has committed against you..." Surah II (37)
"Prescribed for you is fighting, though it be hateful to you." Surah II (38)

"...Take not to yourselves friends of them (the disbelievers) until they emigrate in the way of God; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them..." Surah II (39)

"This is the recompense of those who fight against God and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: They shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off, or they shall be banished from the land." Surah V (40)

"Fight them (the unbelievers), till there is no persecution and the religion is God's entirely." Surah VIII (41)

"It is not for any Prophet to have prisoners until he make wide slaughter in the land." Surah III (42)

"Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush." Surah IX (43)

"Fight those who believe n

ot in God and the Last Day." Surah IX (44)

"And fight the unbelievers totally even as they fight you totally; and know that God is with the god fearing." Surah IX (45)

"O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you, and let them find in you a harshness; and know that God is with the God fearing." Surah IX (46)

"The recompense of evil is evil the like of it..." Surah XLII (47)

"When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads." Surah XLVII (48)

"Mohammed is the Messenger of God, and those who are with him are hard against the unbelievers, merciful one to another." Surah XLVIII (49)

"Thou shalt not find any people who believe in God and the Last Day who are loving to anyone who opposes God and His Messenger." Surah LVIII (50)

"O Prophet, struggle with the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and be thou harsh with them." Surah LXVI (51)

It should be clear that the literature of Mohammed is hateful, encouraging people to live both in fear and by the sword in judgment of one another.

Compare the preceding quotations with the following instructions given by the Christ:

"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.

"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.

"Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

"For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? For sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? For sinners also do the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: For he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete, withal it shall be measured to you again." (Luke 6:27-38)

Having compared the previous passage with those immediately preceding it, which one of the two—Jesus or Mohammed—do you think is the true witness of the loving Father?

Considering what is written in the Qur'an, there should be little wonder why Bibles are not allowed into countries over which the banner of Islam flies. The people of those nations might be able to read:

"Put up again thy sword into its place: For all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." (Matthew 26:52)

"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword." (Revelation 13:10)

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: For it is written, 'vengeance is mine; I will repay', saith the Lord.

"Therefore, if thine enemy is hungry, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:19-21)

In short, they would find out that the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—the one of whom Christ Jesus came to testify— is a God of peace and love and not a God of war and hate.

Moreover, they would learn of the Levitical high priest and his role as intercessor for the children of Israel, offering sacrifice once a year for their sins, and how Christ Jesus was sent to sacrifice himself "once for all" (Hebrews 10:10).

They would learn how the Old Testament events, rules, and regulations were but a figure, or typology, of things to come.

They would learn to understand the role of the Lamb as Intercessor for all nations under the sun.

And, finally, concerning their relationship to Christ Jesus, they would learn that "there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

Throughout the Qur'an, Mohammed attempts to undercut the role of Christ Jesus as Savior. He tries to negate that the Lamb bore " the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors" (Isaiah 53:12) and that "he ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25):

"Intercessor there is none, save after His leave." Surah X (52)

"...No intercessors shall they have amongst their associates, and they shall disbelieve in their associates." Surah XXX (53)

"Intercession will not avail with Him save for him to whom He gives leave." Surah XXXIV (54)

"To God belongs intercession altogether." Surah XXXI(55)

"...The evildoers (those who do not believe in Mohammed and the Qur'an) have not one loyal friend, no intercessor to be heeded." Surah XL (56)

"...No soul laden bears the load of another." Surah LII (57)

"Come, now, and God's Messenger (meaning Mohammed) will ask forgiveness for you." Surah LXIII (58)

It is plain that Mohammed tried to set himself up in Jesus' stead. What of the crucifixion? In his own form of gnostic Docetism, Mohammed accounts the crucifixion:

"...They did not slay him, neither crucified him, only a likeness of that was shown to them." Surah IV (59)

Guilty of the ultimate crime against God are those who say that Jesus is not the Christ and that He did not die for our sins. For that reason alone, Mohammed condemns himself and his followers (so long as they remain his followers).

The Lord Jesus said: "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. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth in 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." (John 3:16-18)

"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: If another shall come in his own name, him ye shall receive."(John 5:43)

"If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin; but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father."(John 15:22-24)

Simply stated, without Christ Jesus we have no advocate with the Father. If we reject the One that God sent, we reject the mercy He extends to us through that one.


If our faith is firmly planted on the rock, Jesus Christ, we needn't really break a sweat. Christ is coming back for His own soon, and eternal Heaven with Him is our blood-bought, secured future.

This comment from a missionary to the Muslims in North Africa is worth sharing:

"As one who has been involved in bringing Holy Scriptures into Muslim countries by creative means for the last 12 years, I believe that getting the Word of God (most especially the New Testament) and encouraging them to read or listen to it is the best way to help most Muslims along toward salvation.

"This is because Muslims are taught all kinds of weird things about our Scripture. For them to see and understand its message is often an awakening which leads to openness to the Lord Jesus Christ.

"I have seen not only individual Muslims become Christians as a result of reading the New Testament, but have also seen a demographic attitude shift in a people group as a result of a long term, mass distribution of the New Testament and the Jesus film