There is a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there. The first due to ignorance and the second due to bias and/or ulterior motives. It is getting more and more difficult to sort out what is truth and what is a lie; what is fact and what is fabrication. Integrity is becoming a thing of the past. And that is because of the growing moral breakdown.
When there is no Deity as moral authority, and man establishes himself as that moral authority, then all hell is literally let loose. Liberalism is destroying this country inside and out, because it rejects any notion of a God. Therefore, everyman is his own god and his own moral authority. Evolution becomes the ‘new religion’ and the idea that man can evolve to the level of a god is the natural progression. Through the ‘god of science’ we can continually make ourselves more and more superior. When society gets to that point (and ours is getting there rapidly), every evil side of man rears its ugly head. Because there are no moral boundaries established. How can there be? Whose opinion is determined to be superior to all others and on what basis? Mankind is thus doomed, as he now appoints himself to be no more than an evolving animal without moral boundaries. I can do whatever I please, whatever makes me happy, regardless of what you think. But, you say, we have laws that establish boundaries. Laws perpetually change according to the now popular opinion of the majority. Up to twenty years ago, homosexuality was frowned upon. The Bible’s definition of it as sin was respected and accepted. Now, gay marriage is becoming the law of the land and the bible is frowned upon. There are no absolutes when there is no moral authority. Sharia law allows men to kill women caught in adultery, or homosexuals caught in the act, or those who refuse to become Islamist. But that’s a religion you say. No, it is not. It is a set of laws based on an ideology, not a religion. Islam is the religion.
So then, where do we find this, absolute, this authority that can set boundaries and rules of morality. Well, we can – create a god, appoint him our moral authority. But see, that doesn’t work because it’s roots are in dishonesty. Eventually someone finds out it’s all a hoax and we’re back to square one again.
What’s happening here though, is that we are getting the cart ahead of the horse. God established and made known His existence to man from the very beginning. Every oldest and original culture on the face of the earth has both the creation story and the story of the flood in its folklore. Which also establishes the existence of the Devil, Satan himself. And there are only three religions in the world whose ‘holy book’ contains the book of Genesis from which both the creation story and the flood story come from. Those being; Christianity, Judaism and Islam. All other religions contain man-made deities or great distortions of the Bible at their core. The book of Genesis used by the Christians and the Jews is identical. The Koran only contains portions of Genesis and even those give a different spin on things.
The writer of the Koran, Mohammed, is recorded in history as a liar, thief, murderer and a pedophile. He proclaimed himself to be a prophet, even though the Jewish Rabbis refused to call him one because he failed to perform two miracles. So he just killed the Rabbis. Further, he never made a prophecy that came true. I think we can safely say the Koran is not our source for a moral authority.
This then leaves the Old Testament of the Jews, and the same Old Testament plus the New Testament of the Christians. The main difference between the Christians and the Jews is Jesus Christ. Christians claim He is Who He says He is; Savior, Messiah, God the Son. Jews deny He is any of these and they are still waiting for their Messiah. However, a sizable and growing faction of Jews, called the Messianic, have accepted Jesus Christ as Messiah and Lord. So now you are left with three choices; the Christians and Messianic are right, the Traditional and Orthodox Jews are right, or there is no God.
I obviously have chosen to believe that Jesus Christ is Who He says He is. He and the Bible are my sources of the absolute truth. He and His Word (Bible) are my moral authority and they set my boundaries. What convinced me? Bible prophecy for the last days. The more I studied (40 years now), the more convinced I became. The Bible’s prophetic accuracy is astounding and nothing short of miraculous.
Without God in the picture, man fails to recognize that he was created separate and superior to the animals and that he has a higher purpose. Every individual is uniquely designed by God with their own unique destiny. God says, “I knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb.” (Jer. 1:5) Do you think the devil wants you to know this? Of course not. He is extremely jealous of the relationship you can have with God. Because he threw that all away.
Because you can rely on God as a good God and the Bible as truth you have your absolute, reliable source for what is good and what is truth. And as you study the Bible and get more of it deep down in you, you will find the gift of great discernment. You will be able to discern the truth from a lie. You will look at people through God’s eyes and not man’s. You will no who is a deceiver. Like the Bible says, “You will know them by their fruits.” (Matt. 7:16) What kind of fruit has Obama produced? Has he fulfilled any of his promises? Has he kept his word? (“I will never support gay marriage.” “I will never try to take your guns away.” “I will cut the deficit in half in my first four years.” “I will not make your taxes pay for abortions.”)
The Bible has proven to be the irrefutable truth by those who study it (not just pick at here and there, now and then or just listen to what someone else has to say about it) and live it. The Bible has never been proven to be wrong historically, scientifically or prophetically. In fact, the Bible has consistently proven to be ahead of time in all of these areas, not obsolete, as proclaimed by those who don’t study it.
Historically; Archeology repeatedly verifies what the Bible says about people, places and times. Recently, the city of David has been uncovered, which the nay-Sayers claim never existed. The Koran on the other hand; (See Koran 28: 5-6,8) Mohammed teaches here that, Haman (A Persian in the Bible’s Book of Esther) was an associate of the pharaoh in Egypt, who lived 900 years earlier in the days of Moses! To accept this, Muslims must assume that a Persian name Haman, was also a male name in Egypt centuries earlier! Mohammed also confused King Saul with Gideon, who chose 300 warriors out of 10,000 by the manner in which they drank water from the lake (See Koran 2:249 and Judges 7:1-7).
Scientifically; The Book of Job was written 4,000 years ago. In chapter 38 verse 31, God is admonishing Job and putting Him in his place when He says, “Can you bind the cluster of Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? In 1967, the Naval observatory first discovered that the stars that make up the belt of Orion, are moving away from each other, separating. The belt is loosening! Enoch in chapter 18 tells of being taken up by angels in a ship and seeing the Pleiades, south of the equator and that the earth is round (not flat) and looked like a bowl of porridge. From NASA photos we know the earth does indeed look like a swirling bowl of porridge and well before Copernicus, he validated that the earth is round! How long before? Well the Pleiades have not been south of the equator since 3000 B.C or just before the flood! The Koran, well it says that a man’s sperm comes from his chest and that’s the best that it can do!
Prophetically; Daniel, living in the Babylonian Empire, accurately lists the next succeeding empires throughout the remaining history of man with complete accuracy. The prophet Isiah, in Isa. 44:28 & 45: 1 foretells that King Cyrus will free the Jews from captivity. This was made 200 years before King Cyrus was born! And now its predictions for the last days are coming to fulfillment right before our eyes. (See Word file; “Time Line for the Last Days”) The Koran on the other hand makes no predictions at all. However, Mohammed said he was visited by Michael the Archangel and told that the Arabs would never lose a war to the Jews. Hmm; First of all, Michael is the Archangel over Israel so why would he not protect his own people and second, I seem to remember a little ‘6 day war’ in 1967. Ya, the Jews were outnumbered 300 to 1 being attacked by both Egypt and Syria, yet the Arabs got their behinds kicked and lost a lot of territory to the Jews. The outcome is so miraculous that West Point will not include it in their war studies. Oh, and then the same happened in 1973. And it’s about to happen again shortly, in what is called the Psalm 83 war. Israel is going to again expand her borders, but more greatly, and she is not going to give any territory back this time! She will even capture Mecca! That’s the end of Islam because that is where the Mahdi and Mohammed and Jesus Christ are all supposed to return according to the only one other Islamic prophecy.
Look at what this nation has inherited since the banning of prayer in school in 1968. Rising attacks on Christianity, and the Bible and the eroding of the Judeo-Christian principles to the point of now calling them obsolete and mocking them. What used to be called sin is now openly accepted and even promoted and encouraged. With gay ‘marriage’ becoming the law of the land, next it will be the pedophile demanding their ‘rights’ and the courts will have no moral base on which to stop them! So now parents will have to fear for their children’s lives. Because the wonderful ‘tolerate everything minded liberals’, who never think beyond the end of their nose and never calculate the consequences of ungodly actions make us reap what they sow. (Interesting side-bar; The Bible is called ‘Hate Speech’ for condemning homosexuality – But the Koran condemns it also and worse, condones the killing of anyone that refuses to become Islamic! Yet it is not called hate speech by these same liberals). Not only because they fear getting their heads lopped off, but because Islam serves their New World Order purposes; chaos and reduction of the population. But they attack Christianity because it flies in the face of the New World Order, it opposes and exposes their true goals. God says in His Word that homosexuality; defiles a land, defiles a nation and defiles a people and that it is an abomination (Lev. 18:22-30). But man always thinks he knows what is better for him. Just like a rebellious child to its parent. The parent has been on the earth a little longer and knows more about the consequences attached to misguided or foolish behavior and harmful actions. But God, well He only created everything in existence, so don’t you think He might know what He’s talking about.
Since we’ve decided to ignore His advice look where we are now. Our economy is ready to collapse, rampant unemployment (Judgment in the form of the removal of God’s hand of blessing), rising lawlessness, the most corrupt government and courts this nation has ever seen, living in a fearful state of terrorist attacks, natural disasters increasing in number and strength (Judgment in the form of the removal of God’s hand of protection). Does this look like we’re headed in the right direction? Now think back to the 50’s and the 60’s. We were a God fearing nation and the most prosperous and most powerful nation in the world!
If the Bible and God are real, you can most certainly count on the fact that Satan is real. And his only desire is to rob, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) He is clever and cunning and he fills your mind with lies and deception. He tells you that you can become a god and then shows you “lying signs and wonders” (2 Thes. 2:9&10) to convince you. And of course man himself is full of the original sin, pride. And as the Bible says, “The heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can understand it.” (Jer. 17:9) “The carnal mind [of man] is at enmity with God.” (Rom. 8:7) “Friendship with the world is enmity with God.” (James 4:4) This is man’s true nature and Satan feeds it and leads us deeper and deeper astray.
But because God does love us, His creation, even more than a parent loves his child, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us. Adam and Eve had dominion over all the earth, eternal life, paradise and a personal relationship with God Himself. They lost it all when they listened to, believed and followed the devil’s instructions. Man had now turned dominion of the earth over to Satan. So that is why Jesus, relinquished His heavenly estate and became born as a man. As a man, He could pay our penalty for sin by living a sinless life, shedding His blood and dying on the cross. His resurrection returned our dominion over the earth, our relationship with God and restored the gift of eternal life. All you have to do is believe and accept His gift. Ask Him to forgive and cover your sins with His shed blood and to come into your heart as your Lord and Savior. He promises to make you a ‘new creation’. “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things now become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17) It is the only way man’s heart, that inherently evil heart, can be changed.
Then, you are also now able to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Besides being baptized in water, there is also the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers you to ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’. He enhances your relationship with God, gives you power over the devil and gives you deeper understanding of the Word.
For more about this, see the Word File; “Filled with the Spirit”