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Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:5-7 – A Temptation to Test God

Matthew 4:5-7 – A Temptation to Test God

|| Luke 4:9-12

MT4:5 Then the Devil took Jesus along into the Holy City[1] and stationed him on the Temple[2] battlement MT4:6 and the Devil said to him, “If you are a son of The God hurl yourself down, for it has been written [in Psalms],[3] ‘He will give His angels charge regarding you and upon their hands they will lift you so you will never strike your foot[4] upon a stone.’” [Psalm 91:11, 12] MT4:7 Jesus replied to the Devil: “Again it is written,[5] ‘You shall not put YHWH your God to the test.’[6] [Deuteronomy 6:16]

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Maquete of the Temple in Jerusalem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After being led by the Pneuma to be tempted into the desert [see also (James 1:13,)] Jeshua, the son of God, was taken to  the pinnacle of the temple, to overlook the city of Jerusalem, which has to be the capital of the Kingdom of God. Jesus once again is mislead by the thoughts which promise him that angels on their hands shall bear Jesus up when he jumps from the high wall.

Jesus did not want to test God. He had enough trust in Him and knew everything would happen like God had it in His Plan according His time set. Jesus also did not need a sign to have a proof who he was.  He was well aware that he was a son of David, a son of Abraham and a son of God. He also knew very well that God is the Most Powerful of all beings. He did not have to get a prove of that.  Satan, the adversary of God, also knows it very well that God is the Omniscience, Omnipotent, Absolute Sovereign. Both knew how the Elohim Hashem is the Most High Almighty Who conducts His army of angels like He wants to do it.

Jesus himself had to believe he was a son of God, like we should have to believe that as well likewise that Jesus is the sent one from God and not God Himself.

“”I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24 NIV)

In this world we may find lots of people who want to find out if God really exist or would do this or that for them. We also may find lots of people who have changed their god because when they prayed, asking their god to do a certain thing, when he did not do that, they left him or her. (This happens a lot in South America, where so called Catholics have a pleiade of gods and goddesses.)

In this fragment we do hear again one of the many “ifs” the adversary of God sows in the world.
He brings up to the sent one from God:

  1. If thou be the Son of God, turn stones into bread {#Mt 4:3 }
  2. If thou be the Son of God, leap from the top of the temple {#Mt 4:6 }

which shall later be repeated

At the Cross, if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross

  1. The cry of the rabble {#Mt 27:40 }
  2. The cry of the soldiers {#Lu 23:37 }
  3. The cry of the thief {#Lu 23:39 }

Today in Christendom we still find lots of people who still not want to believe Jesus is the son of God, but prefer to make him a god son, hoping that he would do more and better things than his heavenly Father the Only One True God. They keep preferring to believe in some one who could be seen instead of trusting the One no man can see and live.

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[1] Holy City: Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is called “the holy city” in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 11:2; 21:2, 10; 22:19).

[2] Temple: The Greek here is HIEROU.

[3] It has been written [in Psalms]: The Devil quotes Scripture. The quotation is Psalm 91:11, 12.

[4] Your foot: Is there a sarcastic allusion to Genesis 3:15?

[5] Written: The quotation is from Deuteronomy 6:16.

[6] Test: Compare 1 Corinthians 10:9.

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Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:1-4 A Wilderness Temptation

Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:25-35 – Simeon’s Blessing and Warning

Jehovah God Maker of the entire universe served by a well-trained army

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Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:8-11 – A Temptation to Gain World Rule

Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:12-17 – Galilee Saw A Great Light

Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:18-22 – The Calling of the First Disciples

Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:23-25 – Kingdom Preaching and Healing Draws Crowds

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Additional reading

  1. satan or devil
  2. First month of the year and predictions
  3. Jesus begotten Son of God #6 Anointed Son of God, Adam and Abraham
  4. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  5. A Start for looking at the unseen and the treasure to look forward to
  6. Looking at the seen and going for the unseen
  7. Song of Praise for the Elohim Set-Apart
  8. God’s wrath and sanctification

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Further reading

  1. Daniel Fast
  2. April 10, 2016
  3. Exodus 17:2 Testing The Lord By Grumbling
  4. Judges 6:36 | Fleece Moment
  5. The Temptation of Jesus
  6. January 7 Matthew 4:1-11
  7. SMS 145 Matthew 4:4
  8. Nothing to Prove
  9. Dubious Authority
  10. A journey in the Wilderness
  11. Miss Jane Pittman and the Temptation of Christ
  12. May 20 @ Luke 3-4
  13. The temptation of Jesus (Word among us)
  14. Temptation of Christ
  15. The Temptation’s of Christ Explained
  16. Food, Power, and Minions #1
  17. Food, Power, and Minions/ Today Woodstock, Tomorrow the World!
  18. Food, Power, and Minions #3
  19. Mathew 4: Lessons from the temptation of Jesus
  20. Are We Testing God?
  21. Christians & Depression IV: The Truth
  22. Dead Sea Blues
  23. Wilderness, Temptation, & Life…
  24. Temptation, and Beauty
  25. Here’s an honest admisson, maybe you can identify with me
  26. Do You Require Proof?
  27. Letting go of the fear of the darkness
  28. When we mess up: Jesus was tempted in every way we are
  29. Wilderness Jesus: Sermon for Lent 1, 2016
  30. The Wilderness of Lent: A Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, 2016
  31. Why Jesus is not Like Evel Knievel
  32. Trusting in God Alone
  33. Lead me into temptation – just one more time!
  34. Getting Testy
  35. Are We Testing God?
  36. Tribulation: Temple or Tabernacle Tent

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From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah

Whatever language is your native tongue or first language, God has taken care every person wherever in the world shall be able to read His Word and shall be able to come to understanding.

We also know the importance of the preaching of that Word of God. Coming closer to the end-times the Word of God shall be preached all over the world. To do that, God uses lots of people. They may come from all sorts of walks of life and from all sorts of denominations. One main same crunch and likeness point is that they are real lovers of God who want to show the world Who God is and which way we have to go to reach the goal God has set in front of mankind.

It are those lovers of God, who are willing to study God His Word and prefer God His Word above the words of mere human beings, that want to show the world how Jesus is the Way to God and not to himself, like some trinitarian Christians may think. Jesus knew very clear Who God was and that he is lower than this Mighty God Who knows everything, whilst Jesus had to learn everything and did not know a lot of things, even had no knowledge of very important things at the end of his life and after he was resurrected from the dead.

All over the world you may find sincere Bible Students of different denominations, but all with the same goal, to worship One and Only One True God, the God of Israel.

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Evangelisation by going from door to door by the Jehovah’s Witnessess (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People may know the Jehovah Witnesses very well and may not see that there are also many other lovers of God who preach for that same Jehovah, because He is the Elohim Hashem Adonai Whose Name is Holy and should be praised. Many others than the Witnesses of Jehovah witness for Jehovah. The Jehovah’s Witnesses also should know they are not the only ones preaching in the name of God.

Christians should also know that it are not only Christians who worship God, because that is too often a wrong thought of many Christians. In the world there are many religions where people try to build up a relationship with God. They all may have their own peculiarities, but they are looking for the same Spirit, the Eternal Divine Creator. Some of them still may not know His real Name, and use titles which also belong to Him. Others may use a name or title not familiar in an other culture or language.

What is important that wherever people are in the world, whatever language they speak, is that they come to know the Most High Divine Creator.

2016 has been a very particular difficult hoar year where several groups did everything to blacken religion and in extremis those religions where there are people who try to worship only One True God in the best way they can think of. In Europe, Asia and America Jews were bullied and felt threatened. Muslims did not have it easy either by some so called Islamic groups blackening their religion and having so many people getting afraid of everything that smells of the Islam world.

The fear ISIS brought over Europe was so much damaging to the Muslim community that it got envisioned as something from the devil by many Christians and atheists. Many citizens could not at all bring up any respect for the way how those people wanted to commit themselves to their faith.

The Muslim faith came to be in such a bad light that everything close to a Mohammedan has gotten a bad smell. For that reason it is not bad Christians better to revise their view and should have a closer look to the real sincere Muhammadan or real Muslim.

Lots of people did everything to get religious people to become divided. Lots of so called Christians started to oppose Muslims, calling them names and even attacking them. The other way round certain Islamic countries took adversary to Christians who also used God’s title Allah.

It is nice that we may find you here as one of our readers. Perhaps you also know other sites of International Bible Students or do you also visit other sites of Bible Scholars, like Bijbelvorsers. In March we also presented already some new websites for 2016 which make an effort to bring people to God. As such for English readers there is the site and blog Relating to God.

We also do find it important that we as children of God come to know other creatures of God and come to understand the way of thinking of such other human beings.

For this reason we would like to present to you two new websites which also try to bring people to the One and Only One True God.

The first one, which started at the end of November, may be from an awkward person asking lots of questions. As Lastige Vragensteller or Troublesome Inquirer, he poses many questions but dares also to look at the many answers Muslim and Christian writers may offer to humanity and compares it by what he can read in what those religions say what their Holy Writings are. As such you shall be able to compare Quran verses with Bible verses and perhaps find some light shed on what Muslims might believe right or wrong and on what Christians might believe right or wrong according to their own writings.

That inquirer is not afraid to question both religions and to notice how in Islam Faith as well as Christian Faith there are groups which do not adhere the teachings of who they say they are following. For him it is clear that there are false teachers as well in the Muslim as in the Christian world and that we should be very careful before we judge one or the other group, knowing that there is such thing as not true Islam and not true Catholicism or not true ‘Christianism’ in Christendom opposed to Christianity which always should be pure, with people following the teachings of Jesus.

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The other new website which stared only a few days later, in December, also wants to tackle the differences in Christendom and/or Christianity with the thought of the Jewish rabbi Jeshua, who is by English speaking people mostly called Jesus. Immanuel Verbondskind looks at that Christ from the Christians and concludes that there are many Christians who have taken Jesus as their god, though that master teacher never claimed to be God, and as every Jew only worshipped One Singular and not a Tri-une god.

Comparing the writings on which Jesus based his teachings, namely the Tanakh, with the Torah, the Writings and the Prophets, Immanuel Verbondskind also looks at the second group of Writings (the Kethuvim Beth or Messianic writings) and notices how many Christians have gone far away from what is really written in the original texts, often also having wrong ideas because they do not understand the Jewish way of thinking.

For this writer and his blog it is of utmost importance to return to the original texts and to keep to the infallible Word of God, which is handed over to mankind by the pen of several by God chosen men, scribes and prophets. for that reason he also first looks at how we do have to come to read those precious Scriptures which god gave to mankind to come to know Him.

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Both blogs focus on God’s Word and say that Voice of God should be the Guidance in our life and not the dogmatic teachings of people.

As a young wanderer Immanuel Verbondskind shall look at the way of speaking of the different religious entities, which both claim to worship One God. He shall look at the religious penmen or theologians and shall uncover their teachings which are not in line with the Biblical teachings. Though for him is it clear that Christians concerning God should be in line with Jews, but Christ Jesus can never be the God of the Jews, like it also never was the God of Abraham nor the God of Jesus himself.

So many Christians have lost the track and have come to believe more the false teachings of a three-headed god, because they did not listen to God, not to God His sent one, the son of man and son of God, rabbi Jeshua or  Jesus Christ and do not come to see the Plan of the Master Maker God.

Reading the Holy Scriptures is essential to come to the Truth. At this website we do expect to have several quotes from the Holy Scriptures to be presented and to be looked at, when speaking about certain Jewish traditions and Christian traditions which have nothing to do with God יהוה (YHWH = Yod Heh Vav Heh = Jehovah) His Word but where imposed to man by ‘theologians‘ or rebbe.

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We do hope you may find interesting articles at those two sites which each looks from a different angle at Christianity.

Enjoy reading and get inspired to take up your bible and to compare what is said with what is written in the Bible.

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Many churches

Good or bad preacher

Male domination and tyranny giving opportunities to defile the Name of God

Our openness to being approachable

You Are The Truth

Helping websites to prepare for the last days

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Additional reading

    1. Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam
    2. 2013 Lifestyle, religiously and spiritualy
    3. At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights
    4. Digging in words, theories and artefacts
    5. Approachers of ideas around gods, philosophers and theologians
    6. Daring to speak in multicultural environment
    7. Maybe it is About Me
    8. Exceptionalism and Restricting Laws
    9. Manifests for believers #5 Christian Union
    10. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
    11. Engaging the culture without losing the gospel
    12. Why the church keeps losing it’s grounds.
    13. Looking for a biblically sound church
    14. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
    15. Bible in the first place #1/3
    16. Jewish and Christian traditions of elders
    17. Three new sites to discover the real Jesus
    18. A Place for Questions
    19. New websites for 2016 to take in mind and to visit
    20. The Evidence, You Decide website

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Further reading

  1. Denominations
  2. Examining Christianity’s Roots & Denominations
  3. Denominations & A map of the most common Christian denominations by county
  4. Denominaitons & Largest 25 Denominations/Communions from the 2012 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.
  5. Is Roman Catholicism Just Another Denomination?
  6. One Voice
  7. The Bigger Picture
  8. The urge to merge: A few notes about Presbyterian agencies
  9. Growing God’s Church: How People Are Actually Coming to Faith Today
  10. Token Minorities in Reformed Churches
  11. The Church Should Maintain Theological Distinctions
  12. Loyalty Today
  13. Dedicated to God, Not a Denomination
  14. Diversity, Unity, Liberty…Love
  15. Why Prayer Meetings Fail
  16. Aren’t They all Churches of Christ?
  17. Don’t Ever Call Me a Baptist
  18. Who is a Heretic?
  19. Christianity & individualistic communities; the perfect exclusivity storm
  20. Your church isn’t THE church: tribal denominationalism
  21. Is Our Jesus Unnecessary? The Long Erosion of the PC(USA)
  22. Her God, His God, Your God, My God
  23. Christian traditions: Where do we fall short? II – One Body
  24. The Not So Assemblies
  25. An Agnostic Christian Socialist’s Confession of Faith
  26. Church of Christ: Part 1
  27. Church of Christ: Part 3 – What’s Going to Happen?
  28. Why Should Churches Connect?
  29. A Church of their Word

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Random Observations From My Most Recent JW Convention Experience

It is lovely when a person feels he or she has guidance to know when to listen, when to speak and how to speak. For a non Jehovah’s Witness or some one not used to find huge groups of believers together it might be a special occasion. What seemed to have something very special did not turn up to be lively and enjoyable.

To find yourself directing conversations, giving you words to say (or telling when to shut up), and protecting your conversations from the bullies must be a great feeling in the end and perhaps making it an experience to do again (?).

We are not sure what the “ “going undercover” among the Jehovah’s Witnesses” intentions are and why they think the JW’s are missing something (what?) out on.

The writer calls himself a am a born-again, evangelical Christian, seeking to influence Jehovah’s Witnesses

away from their dependency on the Watchtower Society, and toward a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Normally we would expect the JW also to have a real relationship with God and Jesus. Though we are also afraid that many of them their relationship may be troubled because not originated in the right soil, having no “Freedom from fear, guilt, and shame”.

Normally from any serious bible student, whatever which denomination, you would expect that they pray for and receive Holy Spirit guidance and power.

About the (sometimes horrible) music (created for female voice not counting in man’s voice) it is true that as flawed as other’s their church’s services may be, they are probably light-years away and better than any JW meeting, where for us often joy seems to be missing.

Like ” “going undercover” among the Jehovah’s Witnesses” writes “Perhaps attendance at a JW meeting should be mandatory for every Christian believer, just to give them a new appreciation for their own church experiences.”

Congreso Nacional Juvenil3.jpgBut Christians do have to be very careful not to want more entertainment than Bible reading and modesty of contemplative service.
In certain churches of Christendom we do see too much of the heavy music and dancing, chanting to a godman and not keeping to Biblical truth but including lots of pagan actions and ideas. (Like by the Pentecostals.)

For those looking for God such a JW meeting at the other hand may be a good occasion to ‘sniff’ their ways of thinking and handling, without being too much in the focus, able to hide in the masses.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Circuit Assembly and a Pillar to freedom

Jesus’ footstep followers, irrespective of sectarian lines

Authority from the One God to one mediator between God and men

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The month of July saw a number of weekends at the Cow Palace (San Francisco) dedicated to the annual Jehovah’s Witness convention. These are 3-day conferences repeated identically, so as to accommodate a number of “circuits” or regions of JW congregations. My friend Mark and I attended this last Saturday only (not all three days). Here are some of my experiences and observations.IMG_1388

  1. The Watchtower Society is investing in some high-tech tools. There are now 2 large screens flanking the stage, rather than one as in the past. Several professionally produced videos were used to illustrate practical applications of the teachings, in contrast to the live dramas of the past. And one longer, rather well-produced video depicted a modern version of Job’s trials. (I was actually impressed with it–there was really not much to criticize.) The video was the newest “release” announced at the end of the day, another high-tech…

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Back from gone #3 Giving worries to God and believing in His promises

Exploiting tensions over immigration and home-grown jihadis

A great wooden horse (the horse being the emblem of Troy), hiding an elite force inside, and fooling the Trojans into wheeling the horse into the city as a trophy, today repeated for Europe, which that mighty man wrought and endured in the carven horse, wherein all the chiefs of the Islamic State are sitting, bearing to the Europeans death and fate! – At the Istanbul Archaeological Museum in Istanbul, Turkey

The massive influx of people fleeing the wars in their countries is frightening lots of Europeans and Americans. The refugees come by thousands and for many this could be as a Horse of Troy, bringing in also dangerous Muslim extremists.

Throughout Europe we see lots of anti-refugee activities and people trying to bring fear over others about a possible Islamisation of Europe. Others also consider this a time to save Europe from Jewish domination. Apparently Jack Sen wants to merge a host of tiny groups under his leadership and call it the ‘Jack Sen Five.’ Those who seemed to have been gone now seem to come back, like the former leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, often known by the pseudonym Tommy Robinson, who will make his political comeback next month by fronting the relaunch of the UK arm of Pegida, the German anti-Islam organisation whose provocative rhetoric has prompted attacks on refugees. Rallies by the Pegida movement demanding a tightening of German immigration policies in Germany and Belgium could attract many people. When we look at and hear these protesters their slogans we can hear similar reactions as Germany heard in the 1930s. This time all over Europe we start finding people of all ages marching against a multicultural society. In France the anti-immigrant party, the National Front, after the November attacks, got yesterday at the regional elections again a gain of lots of votes, giving it now a fixture of the political landscape.

The “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD) founded only a few months before the 2013 Bundestag election, managed to grow very rapidly and can be considered to be the most successful new party since 1953. but the one who wanted to be sole party leader,was ousted in favour of Frauke Petry, until then Bernd Lucke his co-leader and head of the Saxonian state party. Once received a place in the European parliament only two of the seven MPs elected in May 2014 remained loyal to the party. Christian fundamentalism and the interests of the formerly landed aristocracy (von Storch) and UKIP-style euroscepticism (Pretzell) could find their place in the party, but State level leaders such as Höcke (Thuringia), Poggenburg (Saxony-Anhalt), and, more recently, Gauland (Brandenburg) have re-discovered the rhetoric of the 19th century Völkische Bewegung that pre-dated the Nazis, and are building bridges to Germany’s New Right “think-tanks” as well as to Pegida and other anti-refugee and islamophobic groups. {Kai Arzheimer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Mainz and Visiting Fellow, Department of Government, University of Essex in Kai Arzheimer- Germany’s new AfD party: state of play}

The Jews from their site are fearing that the Muslims may become a potential hazard because intolerance is an integral part of their culture (according to them and many others).

The report, by the anti-racist group Hope Not Hate, chronicles 920 anti-Muslim organisations and key Islamophobes in 22 countries, noting that such groups are becoming increasingly well-resourced, particularly in the US, where eight foundations have donated more than £38m since the 9/11 attacks. In those groups we may also find people who call themselves Christian, but clearly show a lot of hate to people of an other skin colour and of an other faith than their own.

Hope Not Hate’s chief executive, Nick Lowles, warned that in Europe the hatred of Muslims

“was moving from the margins to the political mainstream”

while in the UK violence and prejudice against Muslims was likely to increase as far-right groups exploit tensions over immigration and homegrown jihadism. {Anti-Muslim prejudice ‘is moving to the mainstream’}

After the financial crisis we seen the last decade the ideas of the 1930s are flourishing again.

In the few weeks after the November 13 attacks in Paris Islamophobic attacks in London had more than tripled. In Germany and Sweden several cowardly attacks brought fire at night to state buildings which had to house the refugees.

Fundamental  Muslims and fundamental Christians

The fundamental Christians have found a counter -pole in the fundamental Muslims. The last ones do give those European conservative  and some evangelical Christians reason to make a counter movement and have them bring fear over others. They try to get others to believe that all those refugees are a danger for our religious freedom and that they will bring an end to our ‘Christian nation‘. Funny you may call it that those sympathisers with Pegida shouting out and celebrating its hatred towards refugees, Muslims, journalists, and everyone who doesn’t fit in their narrow minded world are wanting to do the same thing like the Islamic State members want to do in their region, but this time for a so called Christendom or Christian State.

Only looking at the UK we can find that Yaxley-Lennon can get more more than 109,000 followers on Twitter. He is lauded as an inspirational figure by both the militant and political wings of the counter-jihad movement. Other UK-based groups include Liberty GB, an anti-immigration political party, whose chairman is Paul Weston, the former Ukip parliamentary candidate. He is named as a regular contributor to the Gates of Vienna blog, where he writes about impending civil war against Muslims and “white genocide” in Britain. That the Gates of Vienna website inspired Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and as such it is deeply troubling that they are continually available to inspire others.

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Wilders delivering a speech in 2010

The Dutch politician and leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid – PVV), Geert Wilders, raised a Roman Catholic, but left the church at his coming of age, but feels our nations are in danger of an “Islamisation” which has to be stopped soon before we shall be trampled by people who shall dominate us and shall not give us any freedom to run around like we want. For him the Quran is such a dangerous poisonous book as Mein Kampf .

Tolerance becoming a less popular act

Europe which would call herself democratic has opened and closed certain doors to bring a sort of selective politics whereby certain parties are silenced and where certain groups tried to silence others. The so called open mindedness spoken off in the 1950s seems to be far gone and the idea of a Europe for all sorts of people living in freedom with each other has come more and more under pressure. We also can see that the social media are more and more used to shun others and to be a means of putting pressure  onto others.

Many who call themselves Christian forget that the person they call the founder of Christendom or Christianity was a man of peace and tolerance. That master teacher, rabbi Jeshua, today better known as Jesus Christ, had a loving spirit not excluding others because they were not like minded or because they did not want to believe the same things he did.

That master teacher who did not want to do his own will, but managed to do the will of his heavenly Father, the Only One True God, told others about his loving Father and how that Holy Spirit wants us to come together as children of God, respecting all creatures (man, animals and plants). Today in Christendom we see again the discord between different Christian groups and a growing intolerance against other thinking denominations and in particular non-trinitarian denominations, like we could see in the 19301940s when several of our brothers and sisters were put in camps and killed by the German Nazis.

Putting worries aside

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Lots of people are also afraid many mosques shall come to be build in their region; – Ortaköy Mosque, along the Bosphorus, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whilst globally, anti-Muslim sentiment is growing in the wake of the attacks in Paris and concerns over the continuing refugee crisis, we should be careful not to be taken by such fear bringing people. Wrongly at least half of those surveyed in Italy and Greece by a Pew Research Center thinktank study in 2014 of seven European Union countries had a negative opinion of Muslims living in their country, with the most favourable rating of 72% in France. But a YouGov poll in the spring of this year, after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, showed 40% of French people held negative views of Muslims, the same level as in the UK.

In case those people would have a strong faith they should not be afraid that such strong faith would be erased by the fewer minority adepts of the Quran. Those who belong to the Christian faith should when they are real disciples of Jesus Christ  continue in the way of life Jesus presented to them.  That is a life where the person has an open attitude to all others and with a willingness to help everybody.

When giving a hand to those entering Europe and showing your willingness to help them it would be strange if they would act against you. concerning loosing the faith we are warned:

“Let him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)

First of all when a believer in God trust Him instead of following those men who are trying to mislead many and to use them for their own rapport making them more powerful, the faithful to God shall receive enough knowledge from the Word of God to guide them through the difficulties and to this period of time.

Safeguarding the heart

As believers in God and following His sent one, Jeshua, the Messiah we are counseled:

“More than all else that is to be guarded, safeguard your heart, for out of it are the sources of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Jesus showed that it is from the heart that wicked reasoning, adultery, murder, and so forth, emanate. These things would lead to death.

18 However, whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and those things defile a man.+ 19 For example, out of the heart come wicked reasonings,+ murders, adulteries, sexual immorality,* thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 20 These are the things that defile a man; but to take a meal with unwashed* hands does not defile a man.” (Matthew 15:18, 19, 20)

We should always check what people say and see if they live according to what they are preaching are telling the world. Guarding against such heart reasonings by supplying the heart with life-giving spiritual nourishment, the truth from the pure Fountain of life, will keep the heart from going wrong and taking the person out of the way of life.

For setting the mind on the flesh means death,+ but setting the mind on the spirit means life and peace;+ because setting the mind on the flesh means enmity with God,+ for it is not in subjection to the law of God, nor, in fact, can it be. So those who are in harmony with the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:6-8)

When hearing all those protesters and the ones opposing to those with an other faith, we should take care of our imperfect mind and heart which can be like a watch that is going either too fast or too slow or having a pendulum going from one site to the other. Being guided by it could bring us serious trouble. We need to calibrate our mind and heart by God’s reliable standards.

 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,+ And your ways are not my ways,” declares Jehovah. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So my ways are higher than your ways And my thoughts than your thoughts.+ (Isaiah 55:8, 9)

when we trust God we can give Him are worries and ask Him to share His thought with us. This He did already for many ages. In the Bible we can find lots of His thoughts to guide us through life. those given words we should trust.

The phrase “In God We Trust” has long appeared on U.S. paper currency and coins. In 1956, the U.S. Congress passed a law declaring that expression the national motto of the United States. Ironically, many people — not just in that land but throughout the world — put greater trust in money and material wealth than they do in God. — (Luke 12:16-21.) we also can see that when they fear they could loose some money or that they have to share with others, they will come in disagreement and would like to exclude the others, like now the refugees.

When we really bear God in our heart and allow Him to guide us we should not worry so much. though it is one thing to claim that we trust in God, it is quite another to show it by our actions. As true Christians, we must do more than simply say that we trust in Jehovah. Just as “faith without works is dead,” so too any claim that we trust in God is meaningless unless we back it up by our actions.

26 Indeed, just as the body without spirit* is dead,+ so also faith without works is dead.+ (James 2:26)

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Preceding articles:

Back from gone #1 Aim of ungodly people

Back from gone #2 Aim of godly people

To be continued: Back from gone #4 Your inner feelings and actions

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Additional reading

  1. Paris attacks darkening the world
  2. Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism
  3. Impact of the crisis on civil society organisations in the EU – Risks and opportunities
  4. Walking alone?
  5. A small trouble is like a pebble
  6. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  7. God Feeds The Birds
  8. Rejoicing in the day
  9. Some one or something to fear #1 Many sorts of fear
  10. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  11. Why is it that Christians don’t understand Muslims and Muslims do not understand Christians?
  12. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  13. Jehovah steep rock and fortress, source of insight
  14. Give your worries to God
  15. Look for today
  16. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  17. Home-stayers and their to do list

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Further literature

  1. How the Migrant Crisis is Tearing Europe Apart
  2. The new German “Wutbürger” – A short history of PEGIDA
  3. Pegida – The German Taliban
  4. Pegida holds first anti-immigration rally after Paris attack
  5. Happening: Anti-Migrant Demonstranten in Dresden Carry Russische Flaggen
  6. November 9th – PEGIDA Munich blocked from racist march on historically charged date
  7. Neo-Nazis No-Show Their Annual March in Dresden. Is Pegida to Blame?
  8. Pegida Munich – photographer handcuffed
  9. Pegida Can Be Tamed
  10. Diverse, Tolerant, Open – We Don’t Want Pegida
  11. You Don’t Belong Here, Pegida Told
  12. Pegida Marches through Stormy Munich as Citizens Block Road
  13. Kai Arzheimer- Germany’s new AfD party: state of play
  14. What to say?
  15. #HenrietteReker – Something is rotting in Germany (and we are not talking about Volkswagen)
  16. PIGIDA
  17. Meanwhile Back In The Czech Republic
  18. Tommy Robinson has a Right to Speak
  19. @FellowLiberals: Are We Lying To Ourselves About How “Tolerant” We Are?
  20. God, Help Me Not to Hate Those Who Hate
  21. Promoting tolerance and respect through music
  22. We’re all still friends in Sarajevo
  23. Restoring Radical Empathy
  24. Pakistanization of India?
  25. India blames industrialised nations for deadly floods
  26. The intolerance debate
  27. Why Don’t Moderate Muslims Denounce Terrorism?
  28. Map of the day II: Googling up racism
  29. Our Cowardly Presidents #1: On Campus
  30. The full response (or “Pseudo-Secularlism” versus “Hindutva” Agenda)
  31. A House Divided: How Hatred Aimed At Any Group, Is an Assault On Us All
  32. Jamal Bryant’s Hypocrisy and Intolerance
  33. Not Easily Offended
  34. How Dare He Feel Insecure?
  35. Extremism
  36. Auf der Flucht
  37. Und Pegida sagt den Tischspruch.
  38. Neue 10 Positionen der PEGIDA
  39. Woher kommen die sogenannten “Flüchtlinge”?
  40. Das Spiel mit der Angst
  41. Ambassador Opher Aviran
  42. Die Kraft ist in euch selbst
  43. Wat is de toegevoegde waarde van Pegida?
  44. Druk van tegenprotest houdt ruimte voor Pegida klein
  45. Praktische informatie Stop Pegida in Rotterdam
  46. Hatet viser sitt ansikt

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2015 het jaar dat ISIS duidelijk maakte dat het ook in Europa is – Vervolg 1

Met de aanslagen in Parijs is bij vele mensen de angst ingeslagen. Voor het eerst sinds 1962 werd in Frankijk de noodtoestand uitgeroepen. De Belgische regering deed er dan nog een schepje boven op door Terrorisme Fase 4, het hoogste niveau, in te stellen en onduidelijke informatie naar de pers toe te sturen.

Het mag geen wonder heten dat weer eens met zulk een daad van onmenselijkheid de niet-gelovigen een reden vonden om de Godheid aan te vallen. Maar ook bij de christenen werden vele vragen en opmerkingen gesteld. De christelijke wereld leefde mee met Parijs en had oog voor alle slachtoffers, niet-gelovigen, Joden, Christenen en ook de moslims die er het leven bij lieten.

ChristenUnie-leider Gert-Jan Segers twitterde :

“Als je gelooft in een god die blij zou zijn met al die doden en gewonden in Parijs, geloof je in een god van niks.”

Bepaalde groepen van Christenen zien ook niet in dat Allah, de God van de Moslims ook onze God is maar dat de terroristen Zijn naam misbruiken. Arjen ten Brinke twitterde:

“Vanavond (14 november, red.) mocht ik spreken voor een groep mannen in een schuur in Ridderkerk. We zongen ‘Our God is greater…’ Yes! Juist in tijden dat het tegendeel misschien waar lijkt te zijn. In deze tijden is het niet de vraag: ‘God, waar bent U?’ Maar misschien wel Zijn vraag aan ons: ‘Waar ben …. jij.'”

Anderen wensten zoals Ronald Plat een verkeerd beeld geven over de Islam door de terroristen over een kam te scheren met de ware Islamitische gelovigen. Hij schreef:

“Het ware gezicht van islam is weer zichtbaar geworden, dit keer in Parijs. Volgens de wereldleiders, die slechts marionetten zijn in de handen van de illuminati (de verduisterden), is islam een religie van vrede. Islam betekent letterlijk “onderdrukking”. Het systeem wil mensen in religieuze slavernij brengen waarbij geweld niet wordt geschuwd. (…) Wat moeten wij doen? Spreken met autoriteit tegen islam dat het totaal instort, verdwijnt uit Europa en dat het zijn slaven moet vrijlaten. Bid, bid met autoriteit leger van God…”

Met zulke misleidende berichten moeten wij als ware Christenen opletten niet in de val te trappen van hen die tot oorlog tegen de Islam willen oproepen.

Gelukkig zijn er ook andere gelovigen in het Christendom die waarschuwen om niet zomaar geweld met geweld te gaan beantwoorden.
Wouter van der Toorn schreef:

“De grote vraag is wat we terug gaan doen en hoe we gaan antwoorden. Waarschijnlijk nog meer bommen op ‘die ander’. Maar het zal het niet oplossen. Wie bommen zaait, zal bommen oogsten. (…)  Jezus had geen softe boodschap toen hij zei: ‘Heb je vijanden lief’, ‘zegen wie je vloekt’, etc. Het was wel de enige boodschap die de muur van haat tussen mensen, culturen en nationaliteiten kon afbreken.” {Lees hier de volledige blog van Wouter: Haat gaat niet ver genoeg}

Ware volgelingen van Christus Jezus horen die vredesboodschap van Christus uit te dragen en zich zoals rabbi Jeshua, Jezus Christus te gedragen. Het mag dan wel niet ongewoon zijn dat je heftiger reageert als ellende dichterbij huis komt, maar als volgeling van Jezus Christus horen wij ons in toom te houden. Wij horen op alle ogenblikken, onder alle soort verleidingen, ons te beheersen, hoe moeilijk dat soms ook moge zijn. Dat is een onderdeel van de werken van geloof in welk bepaalde groepen van Christenen niet wil geloven, maar die essentieel zijn in het verwerven van het koninkrijk. Jezus heeft daarom verscheidene parabels of gelijkenissen verteld over het werken voor God en over het mogelijk mislopen van de toegang tot het Koninkrijk van God.

In het Bataclan-theater werd gezongen over de duivel toen terroristen begonnen te schieten

Dat er op het moment dat de terroristen schietend binnenkwamen, de band een van hun oude composities, ‘Kiss the Devil’, van hun album Peace Love & Death Metal speelde, willen bepaalde Christenen als voorteken zien dat hier de duivel in het spel was. Maar indien dat zo zou zijn is het vreemd dat zulk een Metal-groep die zingt

I will kiss the Devil on his tongue

en in sommige liedjes wel de verheerlijking van de duivel weer geeft, is het toch raar dat dan die duivel hen zou gaan treffen. De duivel waarvan sprake is in de bijbel is het algemeen kwaad en zijn de tegenstanders van God in het algemeen. als Metal groepen als tegenstanders van God worden aanschouwd behoren zij tot de zelfde gemeenschap als diegenen die zich nu voordoen als voorvechters van God, maar het niet zijn. Het is niet omdat zij een van Jehovah Gods titels gebruiken dat zij in naam van deze Godheid mogen spreken. Duidelijk doen zij heel wat dingen die tegen de lering van Allah ingaan.

Buitenstaanders zouden moeten komen in te zien dat datgene wat ISIS predikt helemaal iets anders is dan dat in de Koran wordt gevraagd van de gelovigen.

Als men weet dat de oorlog die deze jihadstrijders voeren al meer dan 150 mensen per dag heeft doen sneuvelen, gedurende vier jaar, en dat zij meerdere jonge meisjes vernedert en verkracht hebben alsof het niets is, terwijl zij jongere vrouwen ook niet ontzien en het als normaal beschouwden om moskeeën en de daarin aanwezige heilige boeken of Korans te vernietigen, kan men er niet naast zien dat deze vechtlustigen er enkel op uit zijn om hun macht te vergroten en een staat te vormen die zij Islamitische Staat (IS) willen noemen maar een zeer slecht deel van de wahibistische Islam cultuur (salafiyyah of ahl al-tawhid) als norm aan iedereen willen opdringen.

Reeds lange tijd heeft IS ook opgeroepen om Europa te laten inzien wie er de baas wil worden. Het is niet van de laatste maanden dat Al Qaeda en IS Europa lik op stuk willen geven en willen laten aanvoelen dat het voor deze Islamitische strekking menens is. In onze contreien hebben wij dan ook kunnen zien hoe sommige jongeren in de verleiding zijn gekomen om mee in het avontuur van IS te stappen en mee ten strijde te trekken tegen wat zij ongelovigen, infidelen, ongetrouwen of ontrouwen noemen. Het is dat laatste dat hen laat verantwoorden om andere Moslims om het leven te brengen, omdat zij worden beschouwd als ontrouw en als verraders van het ware geloof.

Tegen die oproep tot het plegen van dit soort aanslagen is het voor onze open samenleving heel moeilijk om goed op te treden zonder voldoende politionele bescherming en onderzoeksmogelijkheden van de geheime diensten. Steeds moet er afgewogen worden in welke mate de privacy van de mensen kan bewaard worden en niet zal geschonden worden.

Zich tegen zulke fanatiekelingen beschermen terwijl men de mensenrechten van godsdienstvrijdheid wil respecteren is ook niet altijd eenvoudig. Moeilijk is het ook voor de regering en media om een juist licht te laten schijnen op de situatie als de Moslimgemeenschap ook geen of onvoldoende stappen onderneemt om zulke terreurdaden af te keuren. Ook is het teleurstellend dat er nog steeds moslims zijn die zich met dit terrorisme laten meeslepen. De afkeer van de islam zal er bij anderen waarschijnlijk alleen maar groter door worden. Moslimmigranten in Europa zullen als gevolg hiervan nog meer met wantrouwen worden bejegend.

Nochtans zouden de Westerlingen zich moeten afvragen of dat de terreur veroorzaakt bij zogenaamde Christenen (zie de vele vuurwapenfeiten in de Verenigde Staten van Amerika) en Joden (zie wat er gebeurd in Palestina) of al die slachtoffers van geweld in Afrika hoe dat zij het allemaal moeten verduren en in welke verhouding dat staat tot het leed dat hier met 130 doden in één nacht werd gebracht.

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Voorgaande:

2015 het jaar dat ISIS duidelijk maakte dat het ook in Europa is

Tekenen te herkennen in Tijden der Laatste dagen

Vervolg: 2015 het jaar dat ISIS duidelijk maakte dat het ook in Europa is – Vervolg 2

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Aanvullende lectuur:

  1. Onderdrukking
  2. Kijk op het Vrije Wereld Handvest
  3. Virussen van onze maatschappij
  4. Nieuwkomers, nieuwelingen, immigranten, allochtonen en import
  5. Christelijke beleving in België
  6. Rellen in Frankrijk en Belgë
  7. Moslims, Christenen en Gratis Heilige Boeken
  8. Is Islamfobie uitgevonden door fundamentalistische regimes
  9. Sharia een kwaad voor Islam
  10. 15 jaar cel geëist voor leider Sharia4Belgium
  11. Op weg naar 2014-2015
  12. Wat heeft zovelen ertoe gebracht naar Duitsland te willen emigreren
  13. Fundamentalisme en religie #1 Noorwegen
  14. Fundamentalisme en religie #2 Frankrijk en België
  15. Fundamentalisme en religie #3 Vluchtelingen en racisme
  16. Fundamentalisme en religie #4 Verdrukking
  17. Fundamentalisme en religie #5 Verguisde Koran
  18. Een Manifest voor Gelovigen
  19. Hoe de Satan vandaag rond toert
  20. Being Charlie 1
  21. Ingrijpende gebeurtenis en Gespannen kabel
  22. Wie brengt het Kwaad over ons
  23. Oorlog in kerkenland
  24. Eindtijd
  25. Is er een komende Eindtijd
  26. Doemdagscenarios
  27. Laatste dagen omroepers
  28. Harold Camping komt met nieuwe dag op de proppen zonder verontschuldiging
  29. Newsweek vraagt zich af of wij nog onwetend willen houden
  30. Tekenen der Laatste Dagen
  31. De nacht is ver gevorderd 1 Voorwoord
  32. De nacht is ver gevorderd 3 Studie 1 Zijn het de laatste dagen? 2 Wat betekent dit alles?
  33. De nacht is ver gevorderd 4 Studie 1 Zijn het de laatste dagen? 3 Hoe pakken we het aan?
  34. De nacht is ver gevorderd 9 Studie 2 Schrik of troost 5 Menselijke politiek of Gods hand
  35. De nacht is ver gevorderd 10 Studie 2 Schrik of troost 6 Gebeuren in oordeel
  36. De nacht is ver gevorderd 11 Studie 2 Schrik of troost 7 Lessen voor ons
  37. De nacht is ver gevorderd 17 Studie 3 Lessen uit het verleden 6 Wat er van ons wordt verwacht
  38. De nacht is ver gevorderd 18 Studie 3 Lessen uit het verleden 7 Conclusie
  39. De nacht is ver gevorderd 19 Studie 4 Wat te doen
  40. De nacht is ver gevorderd 20 Studie 4 Nu actueel: Financiële Crisis
  41. De nacht is ver gevorderd 21 Studie 4 Nu actueel: Optreden van de kolonisten
  42. De nacht is ver gevorderd 25 Slot
  43. De Dag is nabij #2 Bruikbare informatie
  44. Een Drievoudige God of simpelweg een éénvoudige God
  45. Elohim’s keuze in de wereld
  46. Een goddelijk Plan #4 Beloften
  47. Voorbijgaande wereld maar toch blijvend
  48. God die Zijn stem laat horen en Zijn wonderwerken laat zien
  49. Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #3 Stem van God #3 Ernstig te nemen zegenende stem
  50. Woorden neergeschreven ter toerekening van elke mens
  51. Bijbel, zwaard van de Geest in de eenheid van het geloof en van de kennis van de Zoon van God om tot een volkomen mens te komen
  52. Zeggingskracht van beelden in de Bijbel #2 Vorm van beeldtaal
  53. Zeggingskracht van beelden in de Bijbel #3 De Gelijkenis
  54. Zeggingskracht van beelden in de Bijbel #4 Verpersoonlijking
  55. Elohim, Mar-Yah laat Zijn wonderwerken zien
  56. Het begin van Jezus #6 Beloften van innerlijke zegeningen
  57. Jezus van Nazareth #6 Zijn unieke macht
  58. Voortekenen voor Jezus wederkomst
  59. Visie op Jezus’ wederkomst van invloed op vraag hoe met deze aarde omgaan
  60. Toename van aardbevingen
  61. Omgaan met zorgen in ons leven
  62. Meeslepen of laten verleiden
  63. Zorg dragen om als Christus te worden
  64. Door moeilijkheden zien dat de bijbel waar is
  65. Praat een beetje met de Pottenbakker
  66. Uw strijd ontwikkelt uw sterke punten
  67. In de hand #3 Vertrouwen in de Juiste
  68. Mogelijkheid tot leven
  69. Geloof tonen door werken
  70. Wees de eerste naar het veld en de laatste naar de bank
  71. Laat ik mijn werk goed doen
  72. Gods werk op Gods manier gedaan zal nooit Gods voorzieningen ontbreken
  73. Wees niet bang om uw beste te geven om wat schijnbaar kleine banen zijn
  74. Beter het einde van iets dan het begin
  75. God wordt heerser van onze passies
  76. Weet dat die tyd van einde van alles is naby

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Verder aanverwante lectuur

  1. De omroepen Samen bezig om het volk te laten weten wat gaande is (naar aanleiding van Parijs, niets in Nederland)
  2. Drie aanslagen op 1 dag: Gecoordineerd of lonely nuts?
  3. In het kalifaat van de schoonmaakturk
  4. trengere controle bij grenzen of strengere controle van verdachten?
  5. Paris attacks: Where did it happen?
  6. Paris attacks: What happened at Casa Nostra? (part 1)
  7. Paris attacks: Casa Nostra, what happened? (part 2)
  8. Attacks in Paris, an overview with the “best”camera shots taken
  9. Paris attacks: Café Comptoir Voltaire suicide bomber
  10. Le Bataclan is allang doelwit
  11. Bataclan attack: Picture this
  12. Wie is eigenaar van de Bataclan?
  13. Victims of Paris
  14. Another survivor of the Paris attacks
  15. Aanslagen
  16. Hebben we beeld?
  17. Aanslagen Parijs 13/11: De eerste Hollandse getuigen
  18. Aanslag was geen verrassing
  19. In tijden van hoax aanslagen worden de bepaalde types op een heldenschild getild
  20. Waarom gebeurt dit allemaal?
  21. Geert Wilders oogt krijgshaftig
  22. En Israël natuurlijk
  23. Succes verzekerd, bleek al snel
  24. Wanneer we Ons Veilig Voelen en Zelfverzekerd kunnen de Meningen van Anderen Ons niet Beheersen.
  25. Waarom jihadi’s niet onze eigen schuld zijn
  26. Lady Diana: Het was niet eens de Alma-tunnel
  27. La Douleur
  28. Je Suis ISIS
  29. Frankrijk is oorlog verklaard
  30. Realisme biedt geen garantie
  31. Cynisch is de rauwe werkelijkheid
  32. My unpopular opinion?
  33. En de Denen komen met vergelijkbare oplossingen: controle en surveillance!
  34. NOS: Carnaval Braunschweig afgelast om terreurdreiging carnaval
  35. Gedachtenpolitie.
  36. Vrede en vrijheid
  37. Gratis en Ludiek
  38. Je suis
  39. Charlie
  40. John Lennon’s Imagine is hét NWO lied bij uitstek
  41. Wat menselijkheid naast het mens-zijn
  42. Blauw – Wit – Rood

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Uit de oude doos: Belgische Bijbelstudenten op het Wereldwijde Net

Mits de website van de Vereniging voor Bijbelstude zal worden opgegeven willen wij toch nog enkele artikelen bewaren voor het nageslacht en ons eigen archief.

In 2010 schreven wij de 25ste oktober om 4:44 am:

De Belgian Biblestudents – Belgische Bijbelstudenten zijn nu ook op het wereldwijde net te vinden.

First article for the opening of the WordPress site of the Belgian Bible Students - Eerste artikel bij de opening van de WordPress site van de Belgische Bijbel Studenten

November 2005
First article for the opening of the WordPress site of the Belgian Bible Students – Eerste artikel bij de opening van de WordPress site van de Belgische Bijbel Studenten

De Belgian Biblestudents of Belgische Bijbelstudenten waren midden van 2010 over gegaan om zich meer kenbaar te maken. Hiertoe leek het Wereldwijde Internet de ideale manier. Op 2 Juli 2010 brachten zij Getuigen voor God en Christus op de Microsoft Networks Space van Bible Students from Belgium Bijbelstudenten uit België – Windows Live Space .
Nu zijn zij echter geconfronteerd geworden dat deze wijze van publiceren via Windows Live opgeheven wordt. Daarom hebben zij ook de overstap gewaagd naar de update en verandering naar  WordPress.  Nu blijkt echter dat de teksten die op  Windows Live Space  waren geplaatst niet automatisch konden overgebracht worden op het nieuwe platform. Hiertengevolge moeten wij al de teksten nu manueel overbrengen welk nog een tijdje in beslag zal nemen.
Graag wensen wij al de lezers van dit platform ook al uit te nodigen op onze pagina’s. Iedereen is welkom bij  de Belgische/Belgian Biblestudents: Belgian Biblestudents – Belgische Bijbelstudenten .
"Vele kerken" one of the first articles by the opening of the WordPress site Belgian Bible Students - Tussen de "Vele kerken" konden de Belgische Bijbelstudenten sinds 2011 op een WordPress site de mensen aanspreken

“Vele kerken” one of the first articles by the opening of the WordPress site Belgian Bible Students – Tussen de “Vele kerken” konden de Belgische Bijbelstudenten sinds 2011 op een WordPress site de mensen aanspreken

De komende dagen zullen wij een beeld trachten te scheppen van de reden waarom er zo veel verschillende kerken zijn en waarom doorheen de geschiedenis van het Christendom er steeds mensen waren die er de voorkeur aan gaven zich enkel te houden aan het Woord van God in plaats aan de vele geschriften die er doorheen de geschiedenis ontstonden rond religie en God. Wij zullen laten zien waarom er veel theologen de verkeerde kant uitgingen en zand in de ogen strooiden van vele mensen.

Voor hen die werkelijk willen te weten komen wat God van hen verlangt is het niet slecht om te beseffen wat er door de eeuwen heen verkeer is gegaan en waar de klepel hangt.
De Belgische Bijbelstudenten hopen met hun overzicht van de Geschiedenis van het Christendom en de Christenheid een beeld te scheppen van de positie van de student van de Bijbel.
Dus kijk de komende dagen uit naar artikels over de invloeden van de Hellenisten, Renaissance, de Hervormingsbeweging, Campbell, Thomas, Russell en andere op Belgian Biblestudents – Belgische Bijbelstudenten.

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We are redeemed; we are “bought with a price”

We are redeemed; we are “bought with a price,” even ” the precious blood of Christ.” He is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. This being so, eternal torment cannot be the penalty for our sins, because our Redeemer, upon whom they were laid, is not suffering eternal woe. He tasted death for every man, and the evidence that His sacrifice was satisfactory is in that lie was raised from the dead by the power of the Father.* (Eph. 1: 18, 19; Acts 2: 24.) Let those who believe in eternal torment ask themselves the solemn question, ” Has a ransom, a propitiation, a corresponding price, a satisfaction, ever been offered for what is due on account of my sins ?”

Since the Scripture teaching on the Ransom makes clear so much that before was not so, it is not surprising that William Tyndale, the great Reformer, said that the doctrine of the Ransom is the “touchstone to try all teachings.” A few illustrations of the Ransom teaching as a “touchstone” have been given. The student will at discretion apply this “stone” to other religious or so-called Bible teachings. Whatever he finds out of harmony with the Ransom is to be rejected
forthwith; time spent with it is wasted. Although there may be beautiful thoughts expressed by some who openly or covertly deny the Ransom, we are not to go through their error for the sake of a few good things which, by the grace of God, we can get from His Word, without wading through a mass of false teaching.

But some one will say that the Apostle commands us to ” prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thes. 5: 21.) It cannot be that the Apostle means that God’s people are to undertake to acquaint themselves with all the details of all the religious teaching in the world. Life is too short for this. He Himself wrote that there was one foundation, Christ, and other foundation can no man lay. If a teaching be presented for our consideration, we are not to shut our eyes and ears, and, as it were, run away from it without knowing what it is. We are to prove it ; and the first question will be, Does it agree with the one foundation, the fact that Jesus “gave Himself a ransom for all ? ” If it do not agree, even though the words ” r a n s o m ” and ” p r o p i t i a t i o n ” be frequently employed, the task of proving it is finished — perhaps in
one minute — and our obligation toward it is discharged in full. If the teaching presented be found to be harmonious with the Ransom, it will be right for us to examine it more closely, and derive whatever blessing we may from its presentations.

The Ransom as a “touchstone” will not only be a test of all teaching brought to it, but it may also be a test of the student, in that some long cherished beliefs may be found to be inconsistent with the faith in the Ransom. Happy will he be to whom the “touchstone” does not become a “stumbling stone and rock of offence,” as it was to the Jews, and is now to a large number in Christendom. — 1 Cor. 1: 2 3 ; 1 Pet. 2 : 8.

-NCA 1929, April, p. 29

“2 to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their [Lord] and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:2-3 NAS)

“and, “A Stone Of Stumbling And A Rock Of Offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this [doom] they were also appointed.” (1 Peter 2:8 NAS)

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NAS)

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In I Corinthians 6, the Apostle Paul exhorts the brethren not to practise sin, because (v. 19) “. . . ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price.”

Bought with a Price

Now just how was this transaction fulfilled? Was the Lord Jesus as a sinless spirit being in heaven, and before He came to the earth, so valuable that His life was of sufficient worth to cover the whole human race? or so valuable as to be worth more than all the human race?

Some Christians think along these lines. Yet this is not the way the Scriptures describe the transaction.

The Scriptures say that He “gave himself a ransom for all.” Ransom means “corresponding price,” or “a price to correspond.” When we go into a shop to buy an article we are told the price. We hand over the counter just exactly the price demanded for the purchase of that article. The seller hands over the article, which now belongs to the purchaser. The article has changed hands at a price satisfactory to both parties. If the shopkeeper likes he may quite rightly and justly give you your money back, and you may justly retain the article also, receiving the price as a gift along with the
purchase. Thus, you see, everything is quite in order, and each party to the transaction is still perfectly satisfied.

Just so, along lines somewhat similar, was the ransom or corresponding price paid for the purchase of the human race, and himself, the price paid by Jesus the Purchaser, was returned to Him when He was raised from death by the Father, to whom He had offered himself without spot.

-NCA 1929,May p. 104

The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus was born, got a beginning, after the many years he was been promised to come. After he learned how to behave and what to do, getting the Bible teaching from his earthly parents (Mary and Joseph) and his Jewish teachers in his parents community (the Essenes) he came into the public around the age of thirty and had himself baptised by his cousin John. At the moment he raised from the water the heavens opened and God declared that there the world could see His beloved son.

“16 And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, [and] coming upon Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”” (Matthew 3:16-17 NAS)

It was by that son of man and son of God that we could find salvation because it was God Who did raise an horn of salvation to us, in the house of David His servant.  As such the salvation is of the Jews, but Jesus, who only wanted to do the Will of his Father, was not recognised by the majority of the Jews as the Messiah. They rejected him, but Jesus invited all to come to him and to accept him as the Way.

It was for all people that Jesus voluntary gave his body to be brought on the ‘slaughter bank’ by impalement, coming his life to  an end. The God of gods Who is the Most High and can not die made Jesus than higher than the angels (though he was lower than them before) and took him to sit at His right hand to become a mediator between God and man.

It is God’s wish that  all flesh shall see the salvation of God. And those who want to belong to the Body of Christ do have to take care that many people come to see who Jesus is and what Jesus has done. They have to take care that people come to know what they worship and that they get a  “stedfast” belief in the Word, and become of all accepted worthy, that Christ Jesus came to the world to save sinners,  for the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.

For God did not send His son to the world that he may judge the world, but that the world may be saved through him, and find hope for all of their beloved, a chance to enter the Kingdom of God for free, because the Ransom is paid by Christ Jesus.  And there is not salvation in any other, for there is no other name under the heaven that has been given among men, in which it behoved us to be saved.

As followers of Christ, bought free by him, we should present ourselves also to him and his heavenly Father.  For it was becoming to Him, because of whom are all things, and through whom are all things, many sons to glory bringing, the author of their salvation through sufferings to make perfect.

“And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant — ” (Luke 1:69 NAS)

“And All Flesh Shall See The Salvation Of  God.’”” (Luke 3:6 NAS)

“”You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.” (John 4:22 NAS)

“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost [of all.]” (1 Timothy 1:15 NAS)

“”For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”” (Luke 19:10 NAS)

“”For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” (John 3:17 NAS)

“”And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”” (Acts 4:12 NAS)

“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10 NAS)

“Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6 NAS)

The Servant of his Father asks from us also to become servants for God, for Christ and for each-other. To be worthy to come in front of the heavenly Father we do have to Flee from Immorality and have to do our best to stay clean and worthy to enter the gates of the Kingdom. We thereby should always Remember the day that we were running in the darkness and should therefore be patient with others trying to bring them to God. Christians do have the task to tell others why we need a ransom, and to let there eyes be opened to come to see that there is a Ransom for all.

No person has greater love than this one who surrendered his soul in behalf of his friends. In the ransom by Jesus Love is been perfected with us.

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Preceding articles:

You do not belong to yourselves,for you were bought with a price

Joining for a new year in the assurance to be bought with a price

Nazarene Commentary 1 Corinthians 6:15-20 – Flee from Immorality

To be continued with: How Many were Bought

Find also on this subject / Vindt ook over dit onderwerp:

In English Atonement and the race been bought

In het Nederlands: Verzoening en de gekochte race

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Additional articles:

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  2. Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:67-80 – Zechariah’s Prophecy
  3. God’s Special Gift
  4. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  5. One mediator
  6. Why do we need a ransom?
  7. Ransom for all
  8. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  9. Love been perfected with us
  10. No person has greater love than this one who surrendered his soul in behalf of his friends
  11. Your Sins Are Forgiven
  12. Called Christian
  13. Servant of his Father
  14. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
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  16. Patient waiting
  17. Fellowship
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