Why study the Old Testament?
I mean, it even has the word “old” in it. Why would should we study something that’s old when we have the New Testament? True, the New itself is around 2,000 years old, but it’s newer than the Old Testament; therefore, isn’t it better? So why then should we study the Old one?
The New Testament is better, for it contains within it the story of Jesus–his life, death, and resurrection. However, there’s a reason why the Old Testament makes up 60% of the Protestant canon. Actually, there’s many reasons, which I’d like to bring to your attention to consider, for I believe there are many Protestants who give too little attention to these 39 books, and believe they are of less importance than what they truly are. (Perhaps, because our Catholic brethren put too much emphasis upon the Old Testament; therefore, we swung too far on the pendulum to create our Protestant identity, while the truth rests in the middle–balance.) After all, Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (And if the New Testament wasn’t fully written yet, what books of Scripture do you think he was referring to?) Continue reading
Does Hell exist?
Yes, I believe it does, because that is what the Bible teaches. Though I don’t believe it’ll be what a lot of people imagaine when they think of Hell, such as no red devils with horns or pitchforks. Yet strangely, the Scriptures are very vague when it comes to describing what this place is like, leaving room for much speculation. (It’s actually Jesus who gives us the most insight about this topic, just as he does about Heaven). But perhaps this is for our own good, so that we won’t spend too much time studying this dark topic, or elevating ourselves as judges who can determine who belongs in this place and who doesn’t. The Lord merely providing us a warning of its existence, and letting us know just what we need to know of the topic, nothing more.
Hell is described as a place of fire and a second death for those who do not repent of their sins (Revelation 21:8), a place of eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46), a place of destruction and absence of God’s presence for those after the Day of Judgement, those who do not know God and who did not obey His Word (2 Thessalonians 1:5-12), a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50), a place where the worm never dies and the fire never ceases (Mark 9:42-49), a place that his been prepared for Satan and his followers (Matthew 25:41), and a place where Satan will not rule, but be punished like all who will dwell in this place– for he too will be thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur and be tormented both day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).
I believe Hell is a place that exists, but I want to ask you–do you believe that Hell is real? If you said, “Yes,” then why? Do you believe that Hell is a place because you have read and studied the Bible for yourself? Or just because someone else told you that there is such a place? Continue reading
The other day, I had a headache–probably from the neglect of drinking enough water. So, what was my first reaction? Well, venture to the kitchen to the medicine cabinet, to grab the bottle of Aspirin, having great anticipation that the two red pills I held in my palm would relieve me of my pain.
Modern medicine is a wonderful gift. We have the ability to cure diseases, to stay healthy, and to even make a motionless heart beat again. But, as with everything, there are also cons which come from that gift–one being our natural blindness to the spiritual. Continue reading
Recite what has been revealed to you of the Book, and establish the prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing.
This quote comes from the the Qur’an. However, knowing this or even quoting this verse does not make one Muslim. True, the Qur’an is a crucial part in the Islamic tradition, but it takes more than being able to quote a verse or two from this book in order to be a faithful follower of Allah, such as performing the Five Pillars: saying the declaration of faith, prayer, giving alms, fasting during Ramadan, and making a pilgrimage to Mecca [if one is financially able to]. It takes more than knowing the Qur’an to be a Muslim, for anyone can memorize pages in a book.
It takes more than knowing the Bible, to be a Christian. Continue reading
The Book Thief, is both a beautiful, yet terribly heartbreaking movie. I saw it for the first time tonight and was moved by it. And the book which it was based on is now on my list of ‘must read.’ One of only a few hundred which I would like to.
The film, gave an amazing perspective which I have not seen before, a peak into the lives of the Germans during World War II. I’m not talking so much about the soldiers or the Nazis, which do play a small role within the movie, but the common folk. The poor who were suffering just as much as the rest of Europe from poverty, disease, and fear. And seeing the harrowing brainwashing, creating nationality loyalty to Deutschland, the Nazi Party, and the Führer, especially from the children, who are so easily moldable. It was . . . a different kind of movie. Continue reading
In chapel this past Monday, I was privileged to hear the amazing testimony of Dr. Cheri Yecki. I hope you take the time to listen to the story of this courageous woman, and find encouragement from her words as well. For she is truly a Warrior of the Faith.
[Skip to 19:52 for Dr. Yecki]
Jesus is Lord.
Jesús es el Señor.
Jésus est le Seigneur.
Jesus ist der Herr.
Иисус есть Господь. (Iisus yest’ Gospod’ .)
耶穌是主。(Yēsū shì zhǔ.)
Gesù è il Signore.
Yesu ni Bwana.
イエスは主である。(Iesu wa omodearu.)
Ісус є Господь. (Isus ye Hospodʹ.)
Jesus é o Senhor.
Many nations, many peoples, many languages–