“Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” ~ James 2:18
One way to look at this is that if you see a brother or sister in need, and there is something real or tangible that you can actually do, and instead all you actually do is pray for them, then your faith is dead…
God put us on earth to be blessings and helpers to one another. Why should God need to do a real miracle like splitting the loaves and the fishes when you can see to it that a hungry brother or sister gets fed, or be an answer to some other real need or prayer?
This is not to say don’t pray for or with that someone about their need. Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing.”
In Matthew 25, Jesus has some words to say on this subject…
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked, and clothed [thee]?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
The point is to be the instrument by which God answers prayer whenever you can be.
Which direction are you heading in?
As a guy who has studied the Bible for over 40 years, often in the original Greek and Hebrew languages, one has to wonder why I am NOT a “Christian”. Bertrand Russell, a founding father of analytic philosophy, wrote a paper nearly 100 years ago by the same title, Why I am not a Christian, and it is worth reading, but definitely not definitive on the subject and kind of sadly assinine looking back on it. Russell makes many good points but fails and I therefor must add my 2 cents to the equation.
Before one can be a “Christian” one has to define “Christian” in some reasonable way. Let’s see what we know about that…
Most “books” say that a “Christian” is simply a “follower of Christ” but if you read what Jesus said, you cannot believe that definition. It’s like saying a democrat is a follower of democracy or a republican is a follower of the republic concept. One can easily see that there is no such thing as those, because none of them follow, nor live up to, those ideals… but I digress… Let’s get to why I am NOT a Christian!
I was once told, by a reasonably credible preacher (George Crites, Christian Chapel, circa 1973) long ago that the term “Christian” was originally a derogatory and mocking term applied by the “heathen” meaning “little Christ” and I have to go back and really research that, but I’m going to run with that here. It makes sense, because it is often used the same way to this day. The first followers of Christ were called followers of the Way (Acts 9:2, 22:4, 24:14) because Jesus taught that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6)
What I DO KNOW is that of the original followers of Christ?
“Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” NKJV – Acts 2:4-5
Now either the first “Christians” were not “Christians”, or there appear to be few or no “Christians” on earth today by that description. One has to wonder whether or not if “Christianity” is long since dead. By that description it appears to be so. To me, most “Christians” look more like money grubbing Jews trying to get credit for everything they do for God, the kind of Jew that the 100% Jewish Jesus hated and focused on throughout His ministry. I see so many needs unaddressed that I shake my head and the sand off my sandals at every church I have been to that calls itself “Christian”.
That’s why I am NOT a “Christian”
(End of Part 1)
The Theory of Everything: God, Devils, Dimensions & Man is a journey through the blurry lines between science and spiritual and covers topics such as Evolution, Time, Space, Dimensions, Quantum Physics, Measurement Problem, Synthetic Universe, Digital Universe, Holographic Universe, Big Bang theory, Multi-universe / Multiverse theory, Darwin theory, and even ancient texts / Prophecy that line up eerily with modern scientific knowledge.
The Theory of Everything: God, Devils, Dimensions & the Illusion of Reality. The Theory of Everything shows that GOD is now SCIENCE FACT.
The Theory of Everything shows that while “Michio Kaku & Steven Hawking have interesting ideas, however, this video veers less to the direction of Darwin & the “extremely” improbable — more in the direction perhaps of those such as Sir Roger Penrose (a Steven Hawking’s mentor), Steven Meyer (ID), Niels Bohr (atomic structure), Sir John Eccles (Nobel Prize for consciousness), Max Planck (father of Quantum Physics), Albert Einstein (Relativity), Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle (teacher of Alexander the Great), Plato (student of Aristotle) — and (above all) — Jesus Christ. ” —– a review / quote we liked from a friend at NASA
Are Ancient Myths, Like Osiris and Horus, the Foundation for Jesus’ Life as depicted in the religious section of Peter Joseph’s Zeitgeist movie? Here are two “must see” debunkumentaries that fully expose the poor scholarship, factual errors, and blatant lies in the religious section of the Zeitgeist movie.
Both films examine the similarities and differences of pagan religions according to history and scholarly opinion. Additionally, they explore the historicity of Jesus, the Jesus Myth Theory, and Astrotheology. The viewer will also see critiques of the works of Zeitgeist sources cited in the Zeitgeist bibliography such as Acharya S, Gerald Massey and Jordan Maxwell. These documentaries expose the Freemasonry, Theosophy and New Age influences on Zeitgeist and the Zeitgeist Movement.
The first film, Zeitgeist Refuted, was made by Elliot Nesch. For a free DVD click here.
The second film is a presentation done by Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Liberty University, Dr. Mark Foreman. A soon to be published book where he has an in-depth chapter refuting “Zeitgeist,” is in this book: Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics.
Nephilim (DEFINITION): The Nephilim (nɛfɨˌlɪm) were the offspring of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men” in Genesis 6:4. The pre-flood / post flood, genetic hybrids of the ancient world. Ezekiel 32:27 “the fallen mighty (גִּבֹּורִים נֹפְלִים) of the uncircumcised (Nephilim), which are gone down ( יָרְדֽוּ) to the grave (hell) with their weapons of war. These are but a few of the writings from the Bible, the Book of Enoch and cultures around the globe…. demons to some, genetic hybrids to more, fallen angels to others, and “underworld gods” to still more.
Some commentators on the Nephilim topic have included: Ancient Aliens Debunked, L A Marzulli, Steve Quayle, David Icke, Chris White (Ancient Aliens Debunked) & others
This is one of those MUST SEE documentaries. “Ancient Aliens” is a series aired on History Channel that aims to prove that history is full of “proof” of the existence of aliens and extraterrestrial impact on mankind. Whether or not this is true is not the actual point of this documentary, but the careful examination of the “facts” presented by this series IS. Upon careful examination both the conclusions and the factual honesty of the series creators as well as the likes of Zechariah Stichin, Georgio Tsoukalos, and Erich Von Daniken are clearly left in question upon study.
|To see references, or to watch each section individually click on one of the following links:Megalithic sites:
Intro, Puma Punku, The Pyramids, Baalbek, Incan sites, Easter Island.Ancient artifacts:
Pacal’s rocket, The Nazca Lines, Tolima “fighter jets”, Egyptian “light bulb”, Ufo’s in ancient art, The crystal skullsAncient text issues:
Ezekiel’s Wheel, Ancient nuclear warfare, Vimana’s, Anunnaki, Nephilim, Misc. and conclusionA Chris White film.
David’s Notes: Dr. Patton has awesome credentials and is working on the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS). His findings show several points that will make Biblical naysayers re-think their beliefs, assuming they were honest and intelligent in forming their beliefs to begin with. Points made include:
1. The Essenes at Qumron had copies of New Testament books (Mark, Acts, Romans, I Peter) dating to 50-68AD, proving the New Testament was written on paper (papyrus) during the lifetimes of the Apostles.
2. The Essenes at Qumron studied the life of Christ.
3. The New Testament prophecies by Christ of the destruction of Jerusalem were made BEFORE Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans.
4. The Essenes at Qumron believed and were expecting a pierced and sacrificial “first coming” of the Messiah long before Jesus arrived and their belief was based on the Old Testament.
5. The Old Testament books of Moses such as Genesis were written far earlier than “liberal scholars” would have you believe.
6. The passage of time has not diluted or changed the scriptures as shown for example by the book of Isaiah in which the DSS, which is 1000 years older than the manuscripts used to translate the King James version, is virtually identical aside from a few misspellings and penmanship errors. (Note: There are exceptions to this committed by the Roman Catholic Church which shall be dealt with in another article, but they do not contaminate the pool of manuscripts used in modern translations.)
A maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.
- I cry aloud to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
- I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble.
- When my spirit grows faint within me,it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
people have hidden a snare for me.
- Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
no one cares for my life.
- I cry to you, Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
- Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
- Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me.