Daily Bible Nugget #446, 1 John 3:15

The Nugget:

1Jn 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

My Comment:

This is a very striking statement from the book of 1 John. Since the consequence of “hating your brother” is to be devoid of eternal life, it is most important to understand the implications of this verse!

An important rule of interpretation which must be followed to understand what any given verse means is to carefully consider the context–what comes before and after the verse in question.

1 John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Note the motive assigned to Cain’s action of murdering his brother Abel:  in some sense, Cain was jealous or envious of his brother Abel because he recognized that Abel was righteous and that he was not.

1 John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

Another motivating factor in Cain’s murder of his brother Abel is hatred:  Cain hated Abel because he recognized that Abel was righteous and that he was not.

1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Very clearly, the death spoken of here is not physical death, but spiritual death. We know we have escaped spiritual death in our life because we love the brethren. Failure to love our brother means we abide or remain in spiritual death. Abiding in spiritual death means we are not saved (though we may think we are!). One example of our failure to love our brother (or sister–the terms here are called “generic” in English and Greek grammar so that the masculine gender is used for both genders) is to not receive, or not welcome a person into our church fellowship, contrary to the command given in Romans 15:7, “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” Failure to receive one another may indicate that those who shun and reject newcomers to their fellowship or church may be an indication that they are not saved themselves (though they think they are!). Failure to receive one another really exhibits hatred toward the rejected person or even family. Jesus gave severe warnings about this (see Matthew 25:40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46)!

John echoes this severe warning when he writes:

1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Therefore, anyone who hates his brother is a murderer and does not possess the gift of eternal life. There are different ways of manifesting hatred to our brother, and John will apply this truth to one of those ways shortly in the following context.

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:  and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Notice also, that 1 John 3:16 indirectly declares the deity of Christ. The words “of God” in the expression “the love of God” are not present in the Greek text, but they are implied, because 1 John 3:17 contains the expression “how dwelleth the love of God in him?”

1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”

When we encounter a brother or sister in the Lord who is in need, and we are in a position to be of help to them, but fail to act to help meet that need, John asks the pointed question, How can we claim that the love of God dwells in us?

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

It is easy to “talk the talk,” but the reality of our faith in Christ is demonstrated when we act in accordance with the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 3:19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

When we readily act upon the truth we know that we have learned of our Lord Jesus Christ as it is found in His written Word, this, John tells us, furnishes firm grounds for assurance on our part that “we are of the truth,” another way of saying that we know that we are truly saved and belong to Him.

There is much more vital truth contained in these verses than what I have briefly sketched out here. Now that I have shared the context for 1 John 3:15 with you as the first step in its  proper interpretation and application, the second step will be to share with you what the rest of the Bible has to say about the themes in 1 John 3:15 by means of cross reference Bible study, what I plan to share next time.

 

 

 

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What Does God Hate, Part Three

Pro 6:16  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 

Pro 6:17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

My Comment:

The third thing God hates is “hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17).

Here are the cross references that relate to this clause:

and hands. Prov 1:11. Gen 4:8. Gen 9:6. +Deut 19:10. *Deut 27:25 2 K 21:16. 2 K 24:4. Isa 1:15. *Isa 59:3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Mat 23:37, 38.

Looking at several of these in turn, we read:

Proverbs 1:10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 

Pro 1:11  If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 

Pro 1:12  Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 

Pro 1:13  We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 

Pro 1:14  Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 

Pro 1:15  My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 

Pro 1:16  For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 

Pro 1:17  Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 

Pro 1:18  And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 

Pro 1:19  So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

We are clearly commanded in God’s Word not to consent to associate with anyone who would entice us to shed innocent blood. In our day this would surely mean no Christian young person should ever associate with gangs and gang members to join in their evil activity. Also in our day, this command surely means that no Christian should ever join in with or support Islam. The very content of the Koran repeatedly commands Muslims to seek to kill Christians and Jews. The actions of some Muslims against Christians and non-Muslims are reported in the news quite regularly. No religion can claim to represent the truth of God when it teaches its followers to violate the religious freedom of others, when it teaches that anyone who turns away from their former Islamic faith must be killed, and when it advocates and cheers on the shedding of blood of innocent people.

Gen 4:8  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. 

Genesis 4:8 is the record of the first murder, and the first murderer. We are never to engage in shedding of innocent blood.  Those who do so will not inherit eternal life but eternal punishment unless they truly repent, as King David did.

Gen 9:6  Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. 

This is the biblical record of the establishment of government. The Bible supports and authorizes capital punishment for the crime of murder. Notice the mention of the fact that man is made in the image of God. To murder someone is an affront to God Himself. This shows how highly the Bible regards the life of every individual. Remember how Jesus spoke of the supreme value of each individual when He asked the question, “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” The implication in context is that the value of the individual is greater than the value of the entire world:

Mat_16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

I used this passage as one of my daily proverbs and quotations in my teaching to help students begin to grasp the value of each individual, starting with themselves. Because the thugs in the gang culture, and the hall-wanderers in public school have no grasp of the value of the individual, even the value they represent before God, that senseless violence against others continues. To stop the violence, teach the truth!

Deu 27:24  Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen. 

Deu 27:25  Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen. 

Deu 27:26  Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Engaging in murder places oneself under the curse of God, both here and now, and hereafter.

Isa 1:15  And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Notice that God will not hear the prayers of those whose hands are full of blood. The exception to this is that God will hear the prayer of those who truly repent, and turn their lives over to Him, and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior from sin.

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 

Mat 23:38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 

Mat 23:39  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. 

Note carefully that the chief sin Jesus focused upon in His lament over Jerusalem was their failure to repent of the long string of murders that had been committed against God’s prophets. Jesus said, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” This He spoke in reference to the predicted destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem. He said the Jewish nation would not see Him again until they turned to God, and in response to their repentance were moved to say, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Peter expands upon this important Bible theme as recorded in Acts 3:19, 20, 21.

Think none of this applies to you?

In the fall of 1953 or perhaps spring of 1954 I heard a striking presentation of the Ten Commandments in the form of a dramatic monologue at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It was a terrifying presentation. The Ten Commandments were presented as if a trial were going on. Bible passages that correlated with each commandment were given, such that everyone who heard that presentation certainly should have been convinced that if they thought they could qualify to get to heaven because they “kept the Ten Commandments,” they were wrong because they had broken each one.

How about the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” or as otherwise translated, “Thou shalt not murder.”  Surely, you might well suppose, I’m not guilty of that one!  Well, consider this related verse:

1Jn 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #445, Matthew 7:1

The Nugget:

Mat 7:1  Judge not, that ye be not judged.

My Comment:

It is very easy for us to pass judgment on somebody else. That is a dangerous habit to get into. Perhaps all of us at one time or another have been the target of someone else’s judgment about us.

It is unwise to pass judgment upon someone else because we usually do not know them well enough to make that judgment. But if we do know them thoroughly, we might have some basis to pass judgment privately with them alone. We all need to be open to constructive suggestions and the correction of others (Proverbs 9:8, 9;  Proverbs 13:1;  Proverbs 15:5; Proverbs 17:10;  Proverbs 19:25).

The playground taunt, “It takes one to know one,” is astoundingly true. Someone who passes judgment on another often is guilty of the same flaw in themselves. That may well be the point Jesus makes in Matthew 7:2.

The Apostle Paul gave some very good advice when he said,

“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).

Jesus gave us an important principle we must follow if we are to pass judgment on someone else:  “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). In the same chapter we read these words of Nicodemus in defense of Jesus: “Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?” (John 7:51).

But most often, the words of Matthew 7:1, “Judge not,” are quoted, often against Christians, by non-Christians. Sometimes it would seem this is the one verse in the Bible they think they know. They use this verse to ward off criticism against themselves for believing false doctrine, or for not living according to how the Bible tells us we are to live.

Perhaps the best answer to this mistaken application of Matthew 7:1 is to remind the accuser that Jesus commanded us not to be deceived (Luke 21:8. This expression is used in the KJV also at Deuteronomy 11:16;  1 Corinthians 6:9;  1 Corinthians 15:33;  and Galatians 6:7, all passages worthy of careful study by means of the cross references given for each). Jesus has told us, “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). Therefore, we are to be “fruit inspectors,” and on the basis of the fruit we do or do not see, Jesus wants us to make a careful judgment.

Not everyone who can talk religious talk, or even seemingly participate in spiritual activities such as prophesy in His name, cast out demons, and do many wonderful works, is headed to the right place. Of some, Jesus will say, “I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21, 22, 23).

It is our duty to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3). We are obligated to share the truth with another person within our circle of influence. “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him” (Leviticus 19:17). We are urged in the Bible to warn others who are mistaken in spiritual matters (Ezekiel 3:17, 18). We are encouraged by the prospect that if we warn another, we may save a soul from death (1 John 5:16 and James 5:20).  By God’s grace, He may allow us to literally “pull them out of the fire” by having compassion for them (Jude 1:22, 23).

Each of these Bible verses I have cited are well worth your further study by means of the full cross references I have given in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. You will be amazed how much you can learn directly from the Bible itself by studying it this way.

Here are the cross references for Matthew 7:1 that I have collected in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. Be sure to check them out:

Judge not. Mat 7:5, Gen 38:24, 1Sa 1:14, Isa 66:5, Eze 16:52, 53, 54, 55, 56, Luk 6:37; *Luk 7:43, +*Joh 7:24, *Joh 8:7, *Rom 2:1; *Rom 2:2; *Rom 14:1, 2, 3, 4, 5; *Rom 14:10, 11, 12, 13, *1Co 2:15; **1Co 4:3, 4, 5; 1Co 5:12; 1Co 10:15; %+**1Co 14:29, Jas 2:4; Jas 3:1; Jas 4:11, 12; Jas 5:9.

that ye. Mat 6:14; Mat 18:23-35, Eze 31:11, **1Co 11:31, *2Co 5:10; *2Co 13:5, *Jas 2:13; Jas 3:1; Jas 5:9.

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What Does God Hate? Part Two

Pro 6:17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 

The second thing God hates is “a lying tongue.”

It is better always to tell the truth. That way you won’t have the extra burden of trying to keep track of just what was it you told an untruth about. Only in an extreme case where telling the truth will lead to the harm of another individual would it be proper to not tell the full truth.

As Bible believing Christians we need to always do what is a good witness to our faith in Jesus Christ. Telling lies does not at all conform to what a good testimony should be.

Being caught in a lie ought never to happen in the life of a true Bible believing Christian.

I think the best way to find out what the Bible says about the subject of lying as it relates to Proverbs 6:17 is to consult the cross references in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury given for the key words a lying tongue and consider them carefully. Let me walk you through those references in turn:

lying. *Pro 12:22; Pro 14:5; Pro 26:28, Psa 5:6; Psa 120:2-3, *Hos 4:1; *Hos 4:2, *Joh 8:44, +Eph 4:25, *Rev 22:15.

(1) Pro 12:22  Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. (KJV)

Pro 12:22 The LORD hates every liar, but he is the friend of all who can be trusted. (CEV)

It would be a good idea to sustain a relationship with the LORD that results in His continued friendship, and not be a person the LORD hates. We ought to delight in the Lord, and live in a way that the LORD delights in us.

A cross reference given at Proverbs 12:22 that is not given at Proverbs 6:17 is the reference to Revelation 21:8,

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Note carefully the words, “and all liars,” and their promised destiny. Jesus once said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5). If you have a habit of lying, you surely must repent of this evil trait, and ask the Lord for His help in controlling your thought process and your tongue!

(2) Pro 14:5  A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. (KJV)

Pro 14:5 An honest witness tells the truth; a dishonest witness tells nothing but lies. (CEV)

Pro 14:5 A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. (ESV)

Proverbs 14:5 emphasizes that a liar breathes out lies, that is, tells nothing but lies. No true Christian should ever fit this description!

(3) Pro 26:28  A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (KJV)

Pro 26:28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin. (ESV)

Pro 26:28 Watch out for anyone who tells lies and flatters– they are out to get you. (CEV)

The strategies of the liar are made clear. The lesson: steer clear of such persons. They will do you no good. Especially is this true when a young man pursues a woman, or a young woman pursues a man. If either person may be characterized as a liar, drop the relationship. The same must be our stance in business and financial relationships. No true Christian ought ever be involved in trying to establish a relationship on the basis of untruthfulness. If you think you must lie to secure a desired relationship, you are trying to involve yourself with someone that is surely not right for you. It is time you draw close to God so He can draw close to you and direct you in the way you should go (Psalm 32:8). Trying to arrange things the way you want without following the guidance found in God’s Word is a very grave mistake.

(4) Psa 5:6  Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man. (KJV) 

Psa 5:6 You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. (ESV)

Psa 5:6 You destroy every liar, and you despise violence and deceit.

If you keep up the habit of lying, the result will be your destruction. Clearly, lying is not the way to conduct your life and what you have to say.

(5) Psa 120:2  Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. 

Psa 120:3  What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? 

Psa 120:2 Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Psa 120:3 What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? (ESV)

Psa 120:2 “Come and save me, LORD, from deceitful liars!”

Psa 120:3 What punishment is fitting for you deceitful liars? (CEV)

(6) Hos 4:1  Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 

Hos 4:2  By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

Hos 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel, for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land;

Hos 4:2 there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. (ESV)

Hos 4:1 Israel, listen as the LORD accuses everyone in the land! No one is faithful or loyal or truly cares about God.

Hos 4:2 Cursing, dishonesty, murder, robbery, unfaithfulness– these happen all the time. Violence is everywhere. (CEV)

When a person or nation does not truly care about God, lying becomes more prevalent. The cure for lying is to get right with God and make Him the priority in your life.

 

(7) Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Joh 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (ESV)

Joh 8:44 Your father is the devil, and you do exactly what he wants. He has always been a murderer and a liar. There is nothing truthful about him. He speaks on his own, and everything he says is a lie. Not only is he a liar himself, but he is also the father of all lies. (CEV)

Just as when Satan lies he speaks out of his own character, that character flaw can be a problem in our own lives until we fully commit ourselves to trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and doing His will.

(8) Eph 4:25  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 

Eph 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. (ESV)

Eph 4:25   We are part of the same body. Stop lying and start telling each other the truth. (CEV)

Eph 4:25 So you must lay aside falsehood and each of you practice telling the truth to his neighbor, for we are parts of one another. (Charles B. Williams NT)

There is deeper truth to be learned from Ephesians 4:25 than is expressed in our usual English translations. The Lavender New Testament is a very recent translation which conveys in English the distinctions present in the Greek grammar, distinctions usually lost in translation. Here is the note on Ephesians 4:25 as I have given it in the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury:

putting away. or, having put. or, having already put aside. Having already put aside translates the force of the aorist participle, apothemenoi, used of past time. “The kind of action in the aorist participle is punctiliar, i.e., finished action” (Summers, § 73, (6)). Here and at other important texts, translations represent the inspired writers as giving exhortation/instruction to their Christian readers to do something with respect to sin, something not yet done: “you must put off” (Eph 4:25; NIV); “let us lay aside” (Heb 12:1, NKJ); “casting away” (Jas 1:21, DV); “putting aside” (1Pe 2:1, NASB); thus making it seem as if the Christian is always in process of putting away sin, but never actually saved from sinning or the carnal nature in this life. But the aorist participle shows finished action in past time, and so translated: “having already put aside” (Eph 4:25); “having already taken off and laid aside” (Heb 12:1); “having already taken off” (Jas 1:21); “having already put off” (1Pe 2:1). Catholicism and large segments of Protestantism do not believe that Jesus can actually save/deliver from all sin now, as the Scriptures teach (cf. Eph 1:7; Eph 4:24; Mat 1:21; Joh 3:3; Joh 17:17; Rom 1:1; Rom 1:17; Rom 5:1; Rom 6:1, 2, 3; Rom 6:6, 7; Rom 6:14, 15; Rom 6:17; Rom 7:14; Rom 16:25; 1Co 6:9, 10, 11; 1Jn 1:9; 1Jn 2:1 and notes) [LNT, fn s]. Gr. apotithēmi (S# G659, Eph 4:22). Eph 4:22, Isa 1:16.

Rev 22:11 Evil people will keep on being evil, and everyone who is dirty-minded will still be dirty-minded. But good people will keep on doing right, and God’s people will always be holy.

(9) Rev 22:15  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 

Rev 22:15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (ESV)

Rev 22:12 Then I was told: I am coming soon! And when I come, I will reward everyone for what they have done.

Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

Rev 22:14 God will bless all who have washed their robes. They will each have the right to eat fruit from the tree that gives life, and they can enter the gates of the city.

Rev 22:15 But outside the city will be dogs, witches, immoral people, murderers, idol worshipers, and everyone who loves to tell lies and do wrong. (CEV)

The Bible plainly tells us that everyone who loves to tell lies and do wrong will not enter heaven. The list given in Revelation 22:15 excludes anyone who is sexually immoral as well. Anyone who practices these sins must understand that these sins will cost them the gift of eternal life which they could have had, if only they would have truly believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation.

If you have developed a habit of lying, you must repent and forsake that sin, or it will not only get you in trouble in this life, it will keep you out of heaven and God’s eternal kingdom in the next life.

That is surely why God has placed the sin of lying on His list of the seven things that He hates.

 

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What does God hate? Part One

Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night, alert with many ideas that you needed but could not come up with easily before? That happened to me last night, rather early this morning at 4:00 am. I decided I had better write those ideas down before I forgot what they were.

I have been searching for the notebook where I placed a list of ideas I wanted to write about here on Real Bible Study, but I have been unable to find that notebook yet. I know where it used to be, but I can’t figure out where that notebook is just now. My late night brainstorm supplied me with thirty new topics to write about, topics that should be most helpful to all readers here.

The first topic that came to mind is “What God Hates.” The related Bible passage is Proverbs 6:16-19,

Pro 6:16  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 

Pro 6:17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 

Pro 6:18  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 

Pro 6:19  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. 

The first thing that God hates is “a proud look.” The Bible has much to say about pride. What the world or our surrounding society or culture thinks about pride does not agree at all with what God has to say about this subject in His written Word!

The best way I know to find out what the Bible has to say about pride is to read the cross references given in the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. Let us do just that, and consider carefully each reference in turn.

A proud look. Heb. Haughty eyes. eyes lifted up. FS171Q16, +Psa 18:27, Figure Synecdoche (of Part), put for pride, which is indicated by this act. This is the first, and the others proceed downward; “eyes,” “tongue,” “hands,” “heart,” “feet,” and then the whole man (CB). +Pro 16:5; Pro 21:4 mg. Pro 30:13, *Psa 10:4; Psa 18:27; Psa 73:6, 7, 8; Psa 101:5; Psa 131:1, *Isa 2:11; *Isa 3:9; Isa 3:16, *1Pe 5:5.

Proverbs 16:5 tells us that everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to God and shall not go unpunished.

Proverbs 21:4 states that “An high look” and “a proud heart” is sin.  It states “An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.”  Interestingly enough, the marginal reading for “the plowing of the wicked” is “the light of the wicked.” That reminds me of what Jesus warned about regarding “If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness” (Matthew 6:23). The light of the wicked is sin. It is contrary to the light that Jesus Christ gives to those who believe and follow Him. It would be very wise to carefully consider the possibility, even the probability, that what you believe is wrong! If your light is from the wrong source, your light is darkness. If what you believe about God and spiritual things is not carefully grounded in what the Bible teaches, then what you believe is mistaken! This is a most important matter.

Proverbs 30:13 lets us know “There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.” It is as if they know everything already, and you cannot tell them anything. We all must be open to correction. When we are given the evidence that teaches us something new, when what is newly learned is contrary to what we thought we knew before, we must be willing to adjust our thinking accordingly.

Psalms 10:4 reads, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God:  God is not in all his thoughts.” Pride defines us as wicked in God’s eyes. The wicked, because of pride, will not seek after God. God is not the central concern of his or her life. Notice this verse contains a cause/effect relationship:  Pride is the cause of failure to seek after God. This ought to lead to a very blunt conclusion: if seeking God is not an active major concern in your life, that means you are wicked. William Kay comments on this verse: “The ungodly cares not to inquire after God; he thinks that God will not inquire after him;–as if to ignore facts were to destroy them.”

Psalm 101:5 warns, “Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure” (ESV).

Isaiah 2:11 warns, taking in Isaiah 2:10, “Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.  The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low.”

Isaiah 3:9 (ESV) warns that there are those whose speech and deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence. “For the look on their faces bears witness against them;  they proclaim their sin like Sodom;  they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.”  That is what God thinks about so-called “Gay Pride.” No Bible believing Christian can support what God declares is wicked.

Isaiah 3:16 (ESV), “The LORD said:  Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet” therefore the LORD will strike [them]. Digging into this verse a little deeper, using the cross references given at Isaiah 3:16, I note the reference given for “wanton eyes” to Proverbs 29:3 to be most significant:  “He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth” (ESV).

The problem of pride in both men and women manifests itself in lustful desires and relationships. The proud person who thinks he or she “has it all together” not only engages in wrong relationships, but also has a money problem:  they do not know how to properly manage money, how to stay out of debt, how to control their urge to show off by over-spending on what seems to be status symbols in their life, or by cheating or withholding from others money that belongs to them. I saw that repeatedly in my position as the union representative in two high schools where I taught. I had to file grievances against administrators who refused to pay employees their wages on time. More than one administrator eventually got caught misusing or mishandling school funds when the State financial auditor dug into the financial records of the school, I later learned. Proverbs 29:3 surely points to the financial responsibility problem that a person under the control of his or her pride will find himself or herself. It is actually a cause/effect relationship statement that is most insightful.

1 Peter 5:5 is a most helpful passage which contains the solution that must be applied by any person who has become ensnared by the problem of pride and its consequences:  “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble'” (ESV).

One of the key cross references given at 1 Peter 5:5 which gives additional insight into what we must do to rid ourselves of pride and clothe ourselves with proper humility is Isaiah 66:2, “For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD:  but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” God will “look,” or have regard for, those who are “poor” (Recall what Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” in Matthew 5:3. It ought to be clear that those who are not poor in spirit will not enter the kingdom of heaven:  compare 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10, 11): those who are “poor” is more literally wretched or lowly. The person God highly regards is also of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at His word. That word is what we read in the Bible.

Recall that Paul commanded us to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” in Philippians 2:12.  Philippians 2:13 is also most instructive:  “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” The Bible encourages us to draw near to God, and He will draw near to us (James 4:8). As we draw near to God by prayer and the reading and study of His written word in the Bible, God will furnish us with the needed grace and strength to live according to His will. May God enable all of us to do these things and live lives pleasing to Him as a result.

 

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My Sound Reasoning Ministries Radio Interview Notes from Today

I was kindly interviewed on Mr. Perseus Poku’s radio program today in California. The interview is about the origin and content of my book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. The goal is to help equip more Bible believing, Bible reading Christians with a tool for deeper Bible study.

Below are my preparation notes for the interview. Should I learn of a link to a recorded podcast of the interview I plan to post that once it is available.

http://srministries.org/new-treasury-of-scripture-knowledge-guest-jerome-smith/

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.-2 Timothy 2:15

Dear Bro. Smith, thank you so much for agreeing to share your wisdom with our listeners. Our interview is scheduled for tomorrow (March 27th) at 2:15 pm (Pacific Time). We will discuss the origin and content of the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

The producer of our show will call you before the program. I also wanted to share the questions with you prior to the interview. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  1. Please tell us about the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is my first revision (of the now three published revisions), which corrects, and expands the original work, The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

  1. What is the difference between the New Treasury and the original?

The difference between the New Treasury and the original Treasury is that I have:

(1) added many more cross references from 26 years of careful personal Bible study; I collected these references in the margins of several of my wide margin Bibles over those many years, and added still more references from 19th century works such as The Commentary Wholly Biblical and Young’s Concise Critical Comments;

(2) eliminated Roman numeral chapter designations. Because the modern print is far easier to read, users will also appreciate both the print edition of my New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and the newly updated (2016) software edition called The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury available for the free e-Sword Bible study program as a premium module;

(3) I have added eight or nine indexes to make it easier to find what you are looking for;

(4) I have corrected numerous (perhaps thousands of) printing errors that I found in the original work;

(5) I have added an altogether new feature that identifies every figure of speech found in the Bible with notes to explain them.

3. Why should a lay person be interested in this Bible tool? 

I designed the New Treasury for the ordinary lay person. The New Treasury can be used by anyone who reads the Bible and wants to understand it better. It can be used by young people, Sunday school teachers, and everyone else, such that anyone can use it with great profit for Bible study: it is very easy to use.

A lay person will get much more out of Bible reading when using The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or the new Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury software because it:

(1) provides help at every Bible verse by showing where the other verses are in the Bible that explain that one;

(2) connects Old Testament Bible prophecies (called Messianic Prophecies) about the coming Messiah with the New Testament fulfillment;

(3) it indexes at Isaiah 11:11 the prophecies that remain to be fulfilled at Christ’s Second Coming (one of many “hidden features” in this Bible study tool; other hidden features include an extensive list of cause/effect relationship verses at Psalm 9:10 and extensive notes about divine guidance at 1 Kings 12:7, and a list of the Rules of Interpretation at 2 Peter 1:20);

(4) it answers more Bible questions than almost any other Bible study resource by letting the Bible explain itself.

  1. How should we use the New Treasury when engaged in Bible study?

When you are reading a Bible chapter and come across a very inspiring verse, look up the references for that verse in the New Treasury or the Ultimate Cross Reference Guide for even more inspiration!

If you have chosen a “life verse,” gain more insight by reading all the other verses in the Bible that reinforce the themes of that verse.

When you encounter a Bible verse that you do not understand, consult the references in the New Treasury or UCRT to gain insight from all the other verses in the Bible that shed light upon that verse.

When you want to dig deeper into any subject you find in the Bible, consult the references to learn far more.

When someone else makes a claim about what the Bible teaches, you can verify the claim by using the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by comparing Scripture with Scripture. Thus, the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is useful for the study of apologetics. It is also useful to study hermeneutics or the Rules of Interpretation (see the Note at 2 Peter 1:20).
The Bible is a self-explanatory Book. The Bible is a self-correcting Book, in that if you are mistaken in your understanding, your understanding will not agree with what the Bible teaches elsewhere. A mistaken understanding of a verse or doctrine will always be found not to “fit” what the Bible elsewhere teaches.

  1. What is Scott’s Commentary of the Bible?

Scott’s Commentary is an early 19th century (1809) five volume Bible commentary widely used and respected two centuries ago. Its contents are still helpful. Its connection with the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is that the cross references found in the original Treasury are taken from the marginal references Thomas Scott placed in his commentary.

  1. Many of us are familiar with Strong’s concordance of the Bible. How does the New Treasury differ from the Strong’s concordance?

Strong’s Concordance is a complete index to all the words of the English Bible that identifies by a special numbering system the underlying Greek or Hebrew word translated by any given English word in the Bible.

The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge does far more than any concordance can do because:

(1) it gives the help you need right at the verse you are studying: it would be cumbersome and quite difficult to study John 3:16 using a concordance, but it is a straightforward procedure using The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.

(2) it connects verses according to the idea or theme, not just by the word;

(3) it identifies any figure of speech present in a verse, and links you to the rest of the occurrences of that figure and its explanation or definition.

(4) it identifies and lists (at Psalm 9:6) all the cause/effect relationship verses I have been able to find for practical application Bible study.

For example, there are many verses about prayer which do not contain the word “prayer.” If you are reading a verse about prayer, the New Treasury or the UCRT will link you to the other related verses about prayer that shed light upon that verse even if the words in the related verse are different.

If you wanted to find out what the Bible teaches about why some prayers are not answered, a concordance would not be of much direct help. But if you can find just one verse in the Bible about why God does not answer some prayers, the references in the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge will guide you to the rest of the verses on that subject. Check out Psalm 66:18, for example.

  1. The New Treasury contains numerous cross reference passages. For the sake of our listeners, please tell us what you mean by cross reference.

A cross-reference is a “link” to another verse in the Bible on the same subject, theme, or instance of a New Testament quotation of an Old Testament verse, or which otherwise has a connection to the verse you are consulting which will help you understand the verse much more completely.

  1. Please tell us more about the layout of the Treasury?

The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is arranged just like your Bible into the same Bible books, chapters, and verses. Every chapter is headed by an extensive outline of the chapter content. Every verse follows below in sequence, with the key words of each verse in boldface print. Following the key word are the cross references to the other verses in the Bible that relate to or explain that word, clause, or theme. Looking up each reference given will let you see how many other parts of the Bible shed light upon or explain that portion of the verse.
I have placed special symbols to indicate which references are the clearest, which are the most obvious in their connection, such that even a new user will see the connection without difficulty.

 

  1. Please tell us more about the indices found in the back and how to use them?

There are eight indexes in the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge:

(1) Subject Index

This index should be read, to learn what is in it. There is much more to be found in the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury related to the Bible than you could possibly imagine.

(2) Topic Number Index

This is a most important index. It too should be read. It has extensive sections on Bible promises, prayer, Messianic Prophecies fulfilled by Christ, and much more.

(3) Prayer Index

I developed this index from a nineteenth century work by Philip Waters, The Prayers of the Bible, probably the most extensive work ever written on the subject giving only the material from the Bible itself.

(4) Proverb Index

I developed this index from Charles Bridges’ commentary on the book of Proverbs.

(5) Name Index

This is the most complete index to the names in the Bible ever devised for the King James Version because it also includes names given in the translators’ marginal notes.

(6) Figure of Speech Index

The Figure of Speech Index is the most complete index to the Figures of Speech in the Bible ever produced. It is based upon E. W. Bullinger’s Figures of Speech in the Bible, but is more complete because I have included significant new entries from other sources.

(7) Strong’s Number Index: Hebrew

(8) Strong’s Number Index: Greek

The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury includes a new index to the 4000 Notes given in the Comprehensive Bible, the source of most of the notes found in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, an index apparently never before included in any printing of the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. This is now given as the

(9) Notes Index

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Must Christians observe the Seventh Day Sabbath?

My Comment:

I was very surprised to see this issue of the Seventh Day Sabbath raised by a Muslim participant in the “Islam and Christianity Debate Group.”

Here is the discussion as it has taken place so far:

The Challenge:

Uthman Muhammad Aboki shared Mafabi Twaha Nangoli’s post.

March 21 at 5:46am

THE ONLY COMMANDMENT THAT MOST CHRISTIANS FORGOT WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT BEGINS WITH “REMEMBER….”

 

“REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY…..” EXODUS 20:8.

 

Here is what Bible scholars talk about this whole issue:

 

“Many believe that Christ changed the Sabbath. But from his own words, we see that he came for no such purpose. Those who believe that Jesus changed the Sabbath base it only on suppositions.”

 

Amos Binney; Theological Compendium, page 180.

 

“There’s no scriptural evidence of the change of Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day of the week.”

 

Dr. E.T Hiscox, author of Baptist Manual.

 

“It is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath.”

 

Dr. R.W. Dale, The Ten Commandments pages 106-107

 

“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible doesn’t support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday…..Sunday is an institution of the Catholic church, and those who observe the day observe a commandments of the Roman Catholic Church.”

 

Priest Brady, in an address reported in the Elizabeth, N.J News, March 18, 1903.

 

It is up to you……….

 

Mafabi Twaha Nangoli: Student of Comparative Religion.

 

My response:

All this has been plainly and thoroughly answered from the Bible itself on my Real Bible Study website in many extended discussions with Seventh Day Adventists. But for a short yet conclusive answer, consider:

 

(1) There is no positive command given anywhere in the New Testament for Christians to observe the Jewish Sabbath.

 

(2) There are no cautions or warnings to Christians given anywhere in the New Testament about not keeping the Sabbath.

 

(3) There are no examples anywhere provided in the New Testament showing that Christians met regularly on the Sabbath day for specifically Christian worship. Early Jewish Christians did meet for Jewish worship on the Sabbath while they were still in good standing at the temple in Jerusalem or in their local synagogues, and they used this continuing contact with their fellow Jews as an opportunity to witness concerning Jesus Christ the Messiah. This was in compliance with the command of Christ given in Acts 1:8 to witness first to the Jews, then the Samaritans, then to the rest of the world.

 

(4) Christians met specifically for Christian worship, involving participation in the Lord’s Supper and the worship of Jesus, upon the First Day of the Week to memorialize the fact that Jesus Christ arose bodily from the dead upon the first day of the week as He had repeatedly predicted. See Acts 20:7, for example.

 

While Jesus walked this earth in Israel before His death and resurrection Jesus observed the Sabbath. In fact, He kept the whole law perfectly, something no one else has ever been able to do. Jesus said He had come to keep the law, not destroy it. Jesus fulfilled the law perfectly. The Law came by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ. Now that Jesus Christ has perfectly fulfilled the Law, we are no longer under the Law, but under Grace. The Old Testament sacrifices and ceremonies are no longer kept as they once were. Now that the types which pointed to Christ have been fulfilled, we are no longer under the Law of Moses, but under the Law of Christ.

 

The Sabbath commandment as it is given in the Old Testament is given specifically and exclusively to the Jewish people, with the further requirement that non-Jews living in Israel also keep the Sabbath. The Sabbath commandment was never directed to or given for the Gentiles or non-Jews who lived outside the nation of Israel.

Like · Reply · March 23 at 12:03pm

The Muslim response:
Uthman Muhammad Aboki Is to keep the Sabbath Day Holy no longer one of the ten commandments? Jesus observed it. If being Christ-like is what constitutes being Christian, then not observing the Sabbath as done by Christ becomes a serious omission.

Like · Reply · 1 · March 23 at 12:14pm

 

My answer:

Jerome Smith Uthman Muhammad Aboki, if you will read carefully once more what I posted above about the Sabbath, you will see that what I have written answers your objection or contention. It is a FACT that the New Testament repeats NINE of the ten commandments as commandments and applies them as matters Christians are to observe or obey. ONE commandment of the original ten is not repeated anywhere in the New Testament as a command that Christians are either asked or required to obey. I have already told you which commandment that is.

Like · Reply · March 23 at 6:15pm

 

Uthman Muhammad Aboki Jesus made no exception when he said, THINK NOT THAT I HAVE COME TO ABOLISH THE LAWS OR THE PROPHETS. Further, he said, those who shall tamper with the least of the commandments shall be call least in the Kingdom of Heaven.. One thing with the Christians over the years is that, they add or subtract from their Book of God as it pleases them!

Like · Reply · 1 · March 23 at 7:51pm

 

My response and challenge: Jerome Smith Uthman Muhammad Aboki, you need to learn more from the Bible itself about the present status of the Sabbath commandment as it pertains to those who believe on Jesus Christ since His death and resurrection.

 

For starters, learn what is meant by John 1:17,

 

Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

 

Then, learn what is meant by Luke 11:41,

 

Luk_11:41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

 

Take Luke 11:41 into consideration in the light of what Jesus said as recorded in Mark 7:15,

 

Mar 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

 

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has rendered the Mosaic dietary laws inapplicable to Christians today. The same is true of the Sabbath commandment. The Sabbath commandment was given to and for the nation of Israel exclusively, and those who live or lived there. It is not applicable to Christians today.

 

Of the Ten Commandments, nine are repeated in the New Testament as commandments applicable to Christians. The Fourth Commandment regarding the Sabbath is NEVER ONCE specifically mentioned as a commandment in the New Testament, and it is certainly never applied as applicable to those who now believe in Jesus Christ.

 

I have asserted a universal negative, namely, that the fourth commandment regarding Sabbath observance is never mentioned as a commandment in the New Testament, and it is never given or repeated as a commandment requiring Christian observance.

 

Now in debate and logic, a universal negative is easy to disprove: all you have to do is show me even one instance where the fourth commandment is mentioned as a commandment anywhere in the New Testament, and you have successfully proved me wrong, and I will have to “eat my words.”

 

Your job now is to give the precise New Testament Bible reference that mentions the Sabbath commandment as a command.

 

Let us see if you can do it.

 

If you cannot, any other argument you may wish to present is in vain and does not apply to the subject.

Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:01pm The Muslim response:

AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri Jerome Smith, I think you need to take a critical analysis of the verse very well. Was Jesus not a Jew, according to the Bible? We saw Jewish acts in his deeds & actions? & he did not abolish Moses’ faith. He even observed the Sabaath. No wonder he is an Isreali just like Moses & he bore witness of him.

Like · Reply · 7 hrs My response:

Jerome Smith I do not mean to be critical, but you need to go back and carefully read what I have written. I presented you a direct challenge. Now address the challenge, or you have surely lost the debate and by your own admission agree I am right.

Like · Reply · 6 hrs

AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri Jerome, this is how you fail. Islam does not debate, it “guides” to the right path

Like · Reply · 6 hrs

AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri My correction to your error was that you do not have any valid reason to deviate from the steps he laid down for you.

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AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri You are wrong, & you are trying to defend the wrong. That is stubbornness.

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Jerome Smith If that is so, then you represent a lost cause. You cannot stand up to the light of truth. You should be guided by what the Bible says. There is NO divine revelation from God that supersedes or replaces the Bible. Jude 1:3 is very plain, when it states:

 

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

 

“The faith” represents a complete body of revelation. “Once delivered” tells us it has been finally given, never to be revised or added to. “Unto the saints” tells us that this revelation was given to ordinary believers in Jesus Christ, not a hierarchy or religious establishment of some kind or other.

Like · Reply · 6 hrs

Jerome Smith AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri You state I am wrong. That is a meaningless statement until you provide specifics, actual evidence from the Bible correctly interpreted, that proves your statement.

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Jerome Smith AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri You state to me, “you do not have any valid reason to deviate from the steps He laid down for you.” I state to you, that you have given no basis from the Bible to prove that what you state is true.

 

Your error is your failure to read with understanding what I have posted above. You have also failed to address the challenge I pointedly gave to you. I spelled out exactly how you can prove me wrong on the issue of the Sabbath. Just provide one valid piece of evidence in the New Testament that answers or contradicts my negative universal claim. Now do that, and you will have proven me wrong. So far I hear birds chirping. You have not addressed the challenge.

 

Another error in your understanding is to make the false connection between how Jesus lived here on earth in His perfect human nature with the purpose of demonstrating perfect obedience to the Law of God as it was then represented in the Law of Moses. Jesus did not come to change or abolish that law, He came to fulfill it. By perfectly obeying that law, He fulfilled its requirements, as evidence and proof that He was qualified to be our Savior. Clearly Jesus kept the Sabbath, because that was a requirement in the Law of Moses that all Jews were to obey.

 

Now that Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses, and the types which it contained that pointed to Him, the requirements of the Law no longer apply to anyone who truly accepts what Jesus has done on the Cross for them, when He became our priestly-sacrificial offering for our sin, and demonstrated that God accepted that sacrifice when God raised Jesus Christ bodily from the dead on the third day, as Jesus repeatedly predicted would be the case.

 

Of the Ten Commandments, only nine are repeated as applicable to Christians, commandments which Christians are required to obey. One of the Commandments, the Fourth Commandment, is nowhere in the New Testament repeated as a commandment. This is a most significant omission. It is left unmentioned because it is no longer applicable, for it has been fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Christians are allowed to worship God on any day they choose. They may worship God on the Sabbath. They may worship God on Sunday. They may worship God on all seven days of the week, or every day. The Bible strictly warns against making the day of worship a legal requirement to be imposed upon all. To do so is to make law keeping a basis for salvation, and is a contradiction in terms of what Jesus came to do for us when He has freed us from the requirements of the Law as a means of salvation.

Like · Reply · 5 hrs

AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri You should get out of your hypocrisy & stop panel-beating everything he told you to do.

Like · Reply · 7 hrs

Jerome Smith AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri, you will get farther in life, and farther in your understanding of spiritual truth, if you learn to address the issues and answer arguments with evidence from the Bible to prove your assertions. Name calling, like saying of me, “You should get out of your hypocrisy” has no weight in discussion. Provide evidence that I have shown hypocrisy in anything I have said here. What “panel-beating” might be I have no idea. It is an interesting expression I have never heard or read before. Perhaps you will be kind enough to explain that expression for me.

Like · Reply · 5 hrs

AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri Are you ready to accept the truth?

Like · Reply · 4 hrs

My response:

Jerome Smith Once again, AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri, you have not addressed the issue.

 

Just the same, I will answer your new question.

 

Yes, I am always ready to accept the truth. If you or anyone can provide actual evidence that clearly contradicts my position, I am always ready to learn something new and change my mind to conform to what I have newly learned.

 

Are you able to make a statement like that?

Like · Reply · 25 mins

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Answering supposed Bible Contradictions

I responded to a post on a discussion thread in the Islam and Christianity Debate Group earlier today. Unfortunately, my answer would not post to the site, perhaps because this discussion thread has been closed. So, in order not to lose the effort I made to begin an answer to the question or challenge, I am posting the original question and my salvaged response here.

 

Olayiwola Abubakr Siddiqq. Gud of you Mr. Jerome Smith, I appreciate how you respond to this. Now, please also explain these verses to me may be it might be of help.

  1. Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel?

God did (2 Samuel 24: 1)

Satan did (I Chronicles 21:1)

  1. In that count how many fighting men were found in Israel?

Eight hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9)

One million, one hundred thousand (I Chronicles 21:5)

  1. How many fighting men were found in Judah?

Five hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9)

Four hundred and seventy thousand (I Chronicles 21:5)

  1. God sent his prophet to threaten David with how many years of famine?

Seven (2 Samuel 24:13)

Three (I Chronicles 21:12)

  1. How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?

Twenty-two (2 Kings 8:26)

Forty-two (2 Chronicles 22:2)

  1. How old was Jehoiachin when he became king of Jerusalem?

Eighteen (2 Kings 24:8)

Eight (2 Chronicles 36:9)

  1. How long did he rule over Jerusalem?

Three months (2 Kings 24:8)

Three months and ten days (2 Chronicles 36:9)

  1. The chief of the mighty men of David lifted up his spear and killed how many men at one time?

Eight hundred (2 Samuel 23:8)

Three hundred (I Chronicles 11: 11)

  1. When did David bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem? Before defeating the Philistines or after?

After (2 Samuel 5 and 6)

Before (I Chronicles 13 and 14)

  1. How many pairs of clean animals did God tell Noah to take into the Ark?

Two (Genesis 6:19, 20)

Seven (Genesis 7:2).

But despite this last instruction only two pairs went into the ark (Genesis 7:8-9).

It all look like contradictions.

Like · Reply · February 23 at 4:39am

It looks like there is now a new list of 10 supposed contradictions in the Bible. I have already answered another such list here before. The issue is, are there explanations of these supposed contradictions? If a contradiction is really not a contradiction, but a misunderstanding on the part of the Bible reader, then when a reasonable explanation is given, that dismisses the supposed contradiction.

 

But I have noticed that some Muslim readers are not willing to have the contradictions they post here actually answered. The problem is with them. They will not agree to allow an expert’s explanation to stand, for they have their mind made up already. That is not an honest way to arrive at truth, and proves the Muslims are wrong to begin with when they employ this tactic.

 

(1) Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel?

God did (2 Samuel 24: 1)

Satan did (I Chronicles 21:1)

 

I have provided the answer to this supposed contradiction in my new reference work on the Bible, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, as follows:

 

2Sa 24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

 

  1. he. That is, Satan, 1Ch 21:1. FS63A1, +Gen 14:20. Note (from the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, not in the Comprehensive Bible): This verse, when read without reference to any other part of the word of God, is very difficult to understand, and has been used by those who desire to undermine the justice of God, to shew that he sought occasion to punish—that he incited David to sin; and when he had so incited him, gave to him the dreadful alternative of choosing one of three scourges by which his people were to be cut off. On the face of the passage these thoughts naturally arise, because “the Lord” is the antecedent to the pronoun “he,”—HE moved David. But to those who “search the Scriptures,” this exceedingly difficult passage receives a wonderful elucidation. By referring to 1Ch 21:1, the reader will there find that Satan was the mover, and that the Lord most righteously punished David for the display of pride he had manifested. Oh! that Christians, who sometimes have their minds harassed with doubts, would remember the promise, that what they know not now they shall know hereafter (Joh 13:7); and if no other instance of elucidation than this passage occurred to them to remove their doubts, let this be a means of stirring them up to dig deeper than ever into the inexhaustible mines of the Inspired Word. 1Ki 11:14, **Jas 1:13; **Jas 1:14.

 

That is the explanation. The unexpressed antecedent of “he” in 2 Samuel 24:1 is to be supplied from the parallel account found in 1 Chronicles 21:1 where the proper antecedent is given. This resolves the contradiction, and no further explanation is required.

Remember that ancient writers and their writings do not always conform to what we as modern readers expect.

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Daily Bible Nugget #444, 2 Thessalonians 2:3

The Nugget:

2Th_2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

My Comment:

Being deceived about spiritual things is exceedingly dangerous. To know the truth about spiritual things, we must learn that truth directly from the Bible itself. Any viewpoint not in agreement with the Bible is wrong!

This post is a continuation of the previous post at Daily Bible Nugget #443, Ephesians 5:6, also posted today.

I am presenting a portion of the discussion at the “Islam and Christianity Debate Group” from today. You will find, if you read this discussion carefully and all the way through, that you will learn some aspects of important Bible doctrine you have not known about before. This is important reading!

Paul warns us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that we must take care that no man deceive us. There will come a falling away from belief in Jesus Christ, which ultimately will lead to the revelation of the man of sin, the son of perdition, the Antichrist. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ now as your Savior, for if you do not, and these times come to fruition in our day, you will be in for a heap of trouble!

The Muslim Challenge:

Uthman Muhammad Aboki The reasoning that a human being is God! How could he be God who worshipped God? How could he be God who was helpless before his torturers? How could he be God who wept? How could he be God who never knew when the Day of Judgement will be? How could he be God, who said he can, on his own do nothing? How could he be God, who hears from someone else and declares? How could he be God who is sent by God? How could he be God who admited there is Someone else who is greater than him? How could he be God who died, even if it’s for a minute? How could he be God who was raised from death by God? How could a jew be God?! How could he be God who lamented saying, My God My God, why have you abandoned me? Etc, etc.

My Answer:

Uthman Muhammad Aboki, you may have missed reading my answers elsewhere on this site to the several interesting questions you mention above. I will see if I can answer each question briefly in summary form:

 

Question 1, “How could he be God who worshipped God?

 

Answer 1: Unlike any other man who has ever lived, Jesus was both a man and God at the same time. The Bible shows that Jesus Christ had two natures in One Person. Jesus Christ in His divine nature has always existed (Hebrews 13:8; John 8:56, 57, 58; John 1:1; Micah 5:2) but since His birth in Bethlehem to the virgin Mary, Jesus has taken upon Himself a human nature, such that even now in heaven Jesus is still a man (1 Timothy 2:5). So while Jesus was here on earth in His human nature, He could properly worship God. I see no problem here.

 

Question 2, “How could he be God who was helpless before his torturers?”

 

Answer 2: Jesus Christ was hardly helpless. He voluntarily acquiesced to the abuse He suffered in order to be the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins. Recall that when Judas the traitor led the Temple guards and the Pharisees and Chief Priests to Jesus to identify Him in the garden of Gethsemane, once He was identified, and He spoke, all His would-be enemies fell to the ground as though He had powerfully knocked them off their feet, John 18:6. Remember that Jesus stated, in answer to Peter, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?” (Matthew 26:53, 54). Consider also what is stated about this in Hebrews 12:1-3,

 

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Heb 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Heb 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

 

Question 3, “How could he be God who wept?”

 

Answer 3: That Jesus wept does not denote weakness but His compassion. Just as Jesus had compassion repeatedly toward people He met in the Gospel accounts (Matthew 20:34; Mark 5:19; Luke 7:13), so God the Father has expressed compassion toward us in the Old Testament accounts (Exodus 34:6, 7; 2 Kings 13:23; 2 Chronicles 36:15).

 

Question 4, “How could he be God who never knew when the Day of Judgement will be?”

 

Answer 4: It is evident that Jesus did not know the day nor the hour of His Second Coming because it was not given by God the Father to Him to know at that time. The reason why Jesus was not given to know at that time the precise time of His return is that such knowledge if shared with us would directly conflict with the duty Jesus immediately commanded that we always ever be watchful for His return, as an encouragement for us to live at all times a life pleasing to Him so that we not be embarrassed or ashamed when He does appear for us (Mark 13:32, 33, 36; 1 John 3:2, 3). This is a strong encouragement to live a life of holiness until He comes (Hebrews 12:14), for without holiness no man shall see the Lord.

 

Question 5, “How could he be God, who said he can, on his own do nothing?”

 

Answer 5: Jesus was absolutely obedient to the Father’s will, such that at all times He did not pursue His own will, but the will of the Father. In His taking on human nature, Jesus took on also the position of the Second Adam, such that whereas Adam failed in his obedience to God, Jesus perfectly fulfilled as a Man His obedience to God, thus qualifying to be the perfect and sinless sacrifice for our sins as He became our atoning sacrifice.

 

Question 6, “How could he be God, who hears from someone else and declares?”

 

Answer 6: Once again, Jesus was sent by God, and it was His commission to declare God’s message faithfully and truly. To suppose this is detrimental to His Deity is to fail to acknowledge what the New Testament record clearly reveals, that Jesus possessed two natures in His one Person simultaneously, for He was truly man and so had a human nature, and He was truly God, for He ever possessed a Divine Nature. This is what is called in theology the Incarnation of Christ, and the Hypostatic Union. These truths are very clearly to be inferred from the evidence we are given about Jesus Christ in the divinely inspired record of the New Testament.

 

Question 7, “How could he be God who admitted there is Someone else who is greater than him?”

 

Answer 7: God the Father is called by the name Jehovah in many places in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ (who has always existed) in His pre-incarnate existence, that is, His existence before He was born in Bethlehem, is also called Jehovah in the Old Testament, as I have thoroughly and at length explained here before. At Genesis 19:24,   we read of two Jehovahs on the scene at the same time. The Jehovah that is upon earth had previously visited Abraham when three “men” (Genesis 18:1, 2) appeared while Abraham sat in his tent door. If you follow the narrative carefully in the subsequent chapters, you will read that two of the men are spoken of as angels. But the third Person is called the Angel of Jehovah, is also called Jehovah, and is also called God. Since the Bible tells us “no man has seen God at any time,” and tells us that “God is spirit,” and that spirits are invisible, so the Spirit who is Jehovah as God the Father so cannot be seen, the Person Who Abraham saw must be identified as Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate form, as Jesus Himself claimed in John 8:56, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” Jesus stated “Before Abraham was, I am,” thus affirming His eternal pre-existence and identification with the Jehovah who came to visit Abraham. Therefore, Jesus is the God that Abraham saw and talked to. But since, therefore, there are two Jehovahs in the One Godhead, Jesus as the second person called Jehovah has always voluntarily taken the subordinate position within the Godhead. Subordination does not imply inequality. As a man, Jesus on earth before His bodily resurrection from the dead in a glorified body, could properly say that the Father is greater than He. I see no problem there.

 

Question 8, “How could he be God who died, even if it’s for a minute?”

 

Answer 8: It is clear that the physical body of our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross. But since He possessed a conscious spirit, and since spirits cannot die, He as God the Son did not die in spirit, only His human body died, so He was always conscious as God and in full control at all times. See Luke 23:43 and Hebrews 1:2, 3.

 

Question 9, “How could he be God who was raised from death by God?”

 

Answer 9: The Bible attributes the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to all three persons of the Godhead:

 

(1) Jesus said He would raise Himself from the dead in John 10:17, 18. “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

John 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” Jesus Christ predicted this as recorded in John 2:19, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

 

(2) The Bible states that God the Father raised up Jesus in Acts 2:32, “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”

 

(3) The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead in Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” The same truth is taught in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”

 

Question 10, “How could a Jew be God?!”

 

Answer 10: The Messiah was predicted in many Old Testament prophecies to be a Jew, of the Seed of David (2 Samuel 7:12), and of the seed or offspring of Abraham (Genesis 22:18), and to be the son of God (Psalm 2:7). These predictions begin in the Book of Genesis (See Genesis 3:15; Genesis 49:10) and continue with more details throughout the Old Testament. The Deity of the Messiah is required and asserted in Zechariah 12:10, “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced” and affirmed in John 19:34, “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” and confirmed to be the fulfillment of this very prophecy (Zechariah 12:10) in John 19:37, where it is quoted: “And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.” The statement “They shall look upon ME” is spoken by Jehovah Himself in the context of Zechariah 12:10, thus proving the Deity of the Messiah. Therefore as the second Jehovah in the Godhead, the Messiah is God, born in Bethlehem in accordance with Messianic Prophecy at Micah 5:2, born of Jewish parents, and therefore Jesus Christ Himself is a Jew, but also He is God. The evidence is most clear and direct: this is what the Bible teaches, and I have carefully cited the Bible prophecies that prove this is so.

 

Question 11, “How could he be God who lamented saying, My God My God, why have you abandoned me?”

 

Answer 11: This expression, a quotation of Bible prophecy found in Psalm 22:1, is cited by Jesus Christ while on the cross. None of the generally known English translations give the proper rendering here. The Lavender Translation has it right, and says “Why did you leave me in this circumstance?” What circumstance was Christ left in? He was left in the redemptive role: suffering, bloodshed, death! God cannot leave, forsake, or run out on God the Son. God IS one, as in a state of being, and there cannot be departure whatsoever among the Trinity, of the One from the Other. God’s effort was not abandonment, but redemption!

 

Much more could be said upon this point, but my intention has been to keep this as clear and brief as possible. You have asked very good and helpful questions which have made this discussion possible. If you need me to explain any of these points more, please feel free to ask and I will be very pleased to do so, Uthman Muhammad Aboki. Thank you again for your very good questions.

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Daily Bible Nugget #443, Ephesians 5:6

The Nugget:

Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

My comment:

We must all learn to tell the difference between truth and error.  The Bible is absolutely true.  Those who do not believe the Bible are terribly mistaken in their belief system.

Once again I have participated in the “Islam and Christianity Debate Group.”  We need to be in prayer as a matter of spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18) against the wiles of the devil.  We need to earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3).  We need to learn the Bible well enough so that we can answer the challenges others might bring about the truth we believe (1 Peter 3:15).

The Issue:

The following was recently posted by a Muslim participant in the Islam and Christianity Debate Group:

March 13 at 4:50pm

I AM FILING A CASE TO THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT OF NIGERIA AGAINST PASTOR TB JOSHUA AND CO-PASTORS FOR SPEAKING LIE AGAINST JESUS CHRIST BY CALLING HIM GOD. In spite of the fact that there are more than five thousands tangible and incontrovertible evidences against the God Ship of Jesus in the Bible, I was completely aghast when I heard the so called prophet T B Joshua of Immanuel TV., who is one of the false prophets mentioned by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24 v 24 of the bible calling Jesus God in the presence of thousands of his audience among of which were professors, Doctors, Reverend Fathers and Mothers, pastors and Bishops tô mention but only a few, yet non of them could challenge TB Joshua debunking his puerile allegation against Jesus. As I was watching TB Joshua gesticulating with his professional style of sweets mouth public speaking through Immanuel TV as usual and his audience helplessly watching and listening to his accumulated lies and unfounded praise singing directed at Jesus, I almost cry with automatic alacrity when he said that Jesus is Almighty God. My conclusion was that both TB Joshua and other Christians actually read their bible without proper understanding of what they are reading. Any Christian who reads the bible and still called Jesus God should go back to nursery one to restudy his bible. For example, in Matthew 21 v 10 -11 Jesus is called a prophet of God, in Matthew 12 v 18 Jesus is called a servant of God, in Luke 4 v 18 Jesus said he was appointed by God as His messenger tô preach the gospel, in John 5 v 30 Jesus said he could do nothing by himself, in Mark 13 v 32 Jesus said he did not know the actual date when the last hour will come, in Mark 15 v 34 Jesus cried to God and called Him “MY GOD” in Mark 12 v 29 Jesus said that “”OUR GOD “”is Just one God, in Matthew 20 v 20-23 Jesus said he hás no power tô send even his brothers to heaven, in Matthew 23 v 9 Jesus warned his people not to call any person on earth as their God for only one God exist in heaven. There are millions of facts from the scriptures and other rational facts that authentically proved that Jesus does not hás even the least qualification of being God. In conclusion, I am ever ready to petition any Christian Hot gospeller like TB Joshua and others before any court of law for calling Jesus God and for deceiving and misguiding their innocent followers with their preposterous lies against Jesus Christ whose humanity is well spelt out in the bible. Let us meet in the court of Law and debate it out. Enough is Enough.

 

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My Response:

Jerome Smith I think you may need to reconsider your plan of action. You might very carefully study the answers I have already given here on this site about these very matters. Your knowledge and understanding of the Bible can be greatly enhanced if you get your information about what it means from someone such as myself. I have studied the Bible carefully since 1953. I have three scholarly reference works published about the Bible. My reference works are used and studied and highly commended by people from all over the world.

 

Jesus is directly called God in John 1:1.

 

Jesus is directly called God in John 20:28.

 

Jesus is directly called God in Titus 2:13.

 

Jesus is directly called God in 2 Peter 1:1.

 

Jesus is directly called God in 1 John 5:20.

 

God Himself directly calls Jesus God in Hebrews 1:8.

 

Steven the first recorded Christian martyr prayed to Jesus directly as God as recorded in Acts 7:59.

 

The Messiah is directly called the Almighty God in Messianic Prophecy in the Old Testament at Amos 4:13 in the Greek translation of the Old Testament generally called the Greek Septuagint or LXX. Amos 4:13 is alluded to or quoted at Revelation 1:8 and Revelation 4:8 where the name “Lord God Almighty” is used in reference to Jesus Christ where this title is taken from Amos 4:13.

 

The very beginning of the Gospel of Mark opens at Mark 1:2 with the statement, quoted from the prophets in the Old Testament, saying that Jesus Christ’s way would be prepared by John the Baptist, using the expression “Prepare ye the way of the Lord [Jehovah], make his paths straight,” thus directly identifying Jesus Christ as Jehovah. Jehovah is God, therefore Jesus is God.

 

These connections are obvious. Any Bible reader who fails to see them must be blind as a bat.

 

If you want a debate, let us have a debate. I was a champion debater in high school, and a champion debater in college. Bring it on. I invite and challenge you to try to do so. There is no way that you can win a debate on this subject against me.

 

When it comes to being deceived, it is most clear from the Bible that anyone who thinks they can come to God apart from Jesus Christ is most deceived for Jesus Christ declared no person can come to God the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

 

When it comes to being deceived, it is most clear from the Bible that anyone who does not give the Lord Jesus Christ the very exact same honor that they give to the Father is most mistaken and does not honor God the Father AT ALL. See John 5:23 and read my discussions here about what this verse must mean.

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Concluding Comment:

Missy Mercy responded by saying:

Uthman Muhammad Aboki you need to do your own homework and stop just repeating what others say and STOP PERSECUTING CHRISTIANS and/or anyone else. Where does Pastor T B Joshua make a false prophecy? He is preaching only The Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ from what I see! 

I just entered into youtube the name of the pastor in question (prophet T B Joshua of Immanuel TV). He seems like a ligit pastor to me. So I think you and others like you just want to imprison and kill all who do not think the same as you do? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouByvPPoWWc

Uthman Muhammad Aboki responded:  What a Miss of reasoning!

Missy Mercy responded, asking Uthman Muhammad Aboki to explain what he meant by that, commenting “We are not mind readers here.  Thanks.”

Uthman Muhammad Aboki responded with a most interesting set of questions, which I shall present and answer in my next post.

Missy Mercy meanwhile made the following comment:

Uthman Muhammad Aboki why do you ignore Jerome Smith’s response above.. He clearly answered many of your questions! 

As far as you concluding that Jesus could not be God because he did not know of the Judgement day. I am sure He did but Jesus came to earth to cleanse us of our sins so that we could enter into God’s kingdom. Some things like the Day of Judgment are purposefully kept secret because revealing such was not why Jesus came.

I think Missy Mercy did very well, and her answers continue but I will stop at this point.

It is imperative that we as Bible believing Christians know our Bibles well enough to accurately answer such questions as these that the Muslims raise.  The pen is mightier than the sword.  The fact that some Muslims are carefully reading the responses that the Christians have given is a very good thing.  If they come to believe correctly upon the Lord Jesus Christ, we will see them in heaven.  If they fail  to believe what the Christians are teaching them from the Bible in response to the questions and challenges they raise, then on Judgment Day they will have to answer for why they did not believe the truth when it was carefully, even individually, presented to them.

It is very dangerous to be deceived.  Jesus warned that if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

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