Daily Bible Nugget #480, Psalm 34:4

The Nugget:

Psa 34:4  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

My Comment:

Psalm 34:4 was a verse that I rested on after the events of March 13, 1986. I mentioned what happened on that date in the Preface of my book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, where I wrote, “I almost did not live to finish my editorial work on the New Treasury, for I was shot in the head by an unknown assailant on March 13, 1986, when I had typed the text only as far as 1 Samuel 3. The Lord miraculously spared my life. During my recovery, I kept working on the book, often without income. This time away from teaching permitted a more thorough revision and expansion than I originally planned.”

I was knocked to the ground by the force of the shot, and I fell into the mud of the parking lot, breaking and losing my glasses. I was escorted—literally carried—by two teachers to the ambulance which had pulled up to the front entrance of the school where students were entering for the start of the school day. The students were laughing and making fun of me as if they were rejoicing that I had been shot. One of the two teachers was so upset at the behavior of the students that he gave his two-week notice and quit teaching.

I had been harassed and bullied by students every day at Southeastern High School. These were not my own students. My own students usually treated me with respect and appreciated that I was doing all I could to help them improve their reading comprehension skills. Other students came to my classroom door to hurl insults at me. They called me names. They constantly threatened me with physical harm. They threw textbooks at me and broke my glasses on one occasion. Before that two students broke into my locked classroom, ordered the ninth grade students to stand along the walls of the classroom, while the two intruders proceeded to hurl desks at me. I was hit in the head, and required stitches, and was out of school for a month recovering. When I appeared in court, the judge “hurled the book” at the two students and ordered them to be jailed for two years.

Another time a girl with a very short skirt came into my room during my world history class and sat in the upper-level seating and mocked me, asking if I enjoyed what I saw. She said she bet that I had never before seen what she was showing me. All the while she was “calling me out of my name” and using very foul language. When I reported the incident, absolutely nothing was done to her for such outrageous behavior.

Kindly forgive my rant, but when I read online where thankfully only a very few of my Christian acquaintances are posting “memes” and writing comments about “white privilege,” they do not know how hard it was for me to try to serve the Lord as a teacher in the black community when I am not black because of the persistent racism I was subjected to on the part of unruly students at Southeastern High School. I was in the minority, and I certainly was not benefiting from any so-called “white privilege.” Christian people of color need to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) and stop playing this unwinnable game of always being the victim, and always dwelling on the past.

What is needed is a focus on the present and how to reach minority students to help them be successful in life.

I learned by direct experience that what most students need is to (1) increase their level of reading comprehension and (2) learn to embrace moral and spiritual principles that will guide them well in life.

I solved the reading comprehension problem by writing my own self-instructional reading program which raised student achievement an average of two years in a single semester.

I solved the morality issue by sharing daily proverbs and quotations with my students and having them write about them. Students told me that the proverb and quotation weekly writing assignment turned their lives around.

Even visitors to my classroom (college coaches, college admissions officers on career day, etc.) remarked at how different my students were compared to the rest of the students they observed whether in other classrooms at my school or other schools in the city. They said my students were better behaved, more respectful, more focused, and knew where they wanted to go and knew how they were going to get there.

I have been the victim of “gun violence.” But I do not believe that we need more “gun control.” We need to understand and follow the Bill of Rights and Constitution in this country.

The First Amendment DOES NOT forbid me as a teacher from teaching morality and moral values to my students, including the morality of the Bible. That is what is needed to restore morality to this country.

The Second Amendment has a clause that reads “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” Most judges and legislators and even our current President, President Trump, seem not to fully understand what that clause means.

Guns are not the problem. People are. This includes people in law enforcement and the FBI who KNOWINGLY ignore alerts they receive that if followed up properly would prevent most of the “mass shootings” at places like our public schools and other “gun free zones.” Gun-free zones are a very bad idea. Criminals know they can carry out their murderous plans without the fear that anyone will be there who will shoot back.

Many if not most of the shooters in the mass murders that have taken place are between the ages of 16 and 25 who were also on the kind of drugs or medicines that contain warnings that the medicine is not to be given to patients in that age range because of the small but dangerous risk that the side effects of the drugs may lead them to commit such acts.

It looks to me like it is not a problem of guns but of improperly prescribed medicine.

It is not the problem of guns but of law enforcement officials who fail to act on alerts they receive that would let them know someone may engage in a mass shooting at a school.

It is not the problem of guns but of school administrators at all levels who gloss over student felonious behavior and fail to report such behavior so the school violence statistics won’t look so bad. It goes back to the moral principle I have stated often before:  Where there is no penalty, there is no law.

I am thankful that most of my minority students came from family backgrounds that were solidly Christian. My students at Southeastern High School and at Denby High School displayed more appreciation to me as a Christian teacher who cared for them than students I taught at a Christian school in Florida.

It was not my own students who gave me trouble, but the undisciplined and disrespectful students from elsewhere in the school who because of their assured anonymity felt free to cause me as much trouble as they could. And that problem lies squarely at the feet of school administrators who did not maintain proper control of the school. At Southeastern High School more students were wandering the halls during class time than were in classes. No wonder such schools start out with a ninth-grade class of 1000 students and graduate only 300 of them four years later.


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The Bible and Reincarnation


by Vijay Chandra

The whole thrust of the Bible opposes reincarnation. It shows that man is the special creation of God [man is the apex of God’s creation]. Man was created in God’s image with both a material body and an immaterial soul and spirit. He is presented as ‘distinct’ and unique from all other creatures—angels and the animal kingdom alike.

The Bible also teaches that at death, while man’s body is mortal, decays and returns to dust, his soul and spirit continue on either in a place of torment for those who reject Christ or in paradise [heaven] in God’s presence for those who have trusted in the Savior Jesus Christ. Both categories of people will be resurrected, one to eternal judgment and the other to eternal life with a glorified body [John 5:25, 26, 27, 28, 29]. The emphatic statement of the Bible, as will be pointed out below, is that “it is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgment” [Hebrews 9:27].


This statement and the concept that mankind’s creation in God’s image is unique from animals and even angels stands totally opposed to the idea of ‘reincarnation’—dying and coming back as another person or in the form of an animal or insect, etc. The claim of some that they have information of their past history is nothing more than some kind of encounter with demonic powers who have been present throughout history. In the Hindu scriptures, this is emphasized and this puts fear in the hearts and minds of Hindus.

There are six basic theories.

The human race has come up with six theories about what happens to us when we die.

  1. Materialism: Nothing survives. Death ends all of me. Seldom held before the 18th century, materialism is now a strong minority view in the industrialized world. It leads to atheism.
  2. Paganism: A vague, shadowy semi-self or ghost survives and goes to the place of the ‘dead’—the dark gloomy underworld. This is the standard pagan belief. Traces of it can be found even in the O.T. Jewish notion of ‘sheol’. The ghost that survives is less alive, less substantial, less real than the flesh and the blood organism now living; it is something like a ‘ghost image’.
  3. Reincarnation: The individual soul survives and is reincarnated into another body. Reincarnation is usually connected with the next belief, pantheism, by the notion of ‘karma’: that after the soul has fulfilled its destiny, and learned its lesson sufficiently, it reverts to a divine status or is absorbed into [or realizes its timeless identity with] the divine All.
  4. Pantheism: Death changes nothing, for what survives death is the same as what was real death, only the one, changeless, eternal, perfect, spiritual, divine all-inclusive. Reality is sometimes called by a name [Brahman] and sometimes not [as in Buddhism]. In this view—that of Eastern mysticism—all separateness, including time, is an ‘illusion’. Therefore, in this view, the very question of what happens after death is mistaken. The question is not solved but dissolved.
  5. Immortality: The individual soul survives death, but not the body. This soul eventually reaches its eternal destiny of heaven or hell, perhaps through intermediate stages, perhaps through reincarnation. But what survives is an individual, bodiless spirit. This is Platonism, often confused with Christianity.
  6. Resurrection: At death, the soul separates from the body and is reunited at the end of the world with its new, immortal, resurrected body by a divine miracle. This is the Christian view. This view, the supernatural resurrection of the body [1 Corinthians 15:1-25] rather than the natural immortality of the soul alone, is the only version of life after death in Scripture. It is dimly prophesied and hoped for in the Old Testament, but clearly revealed in the New Testament.


For both [5] and [6], the individual soul survives bodily death. That is the issue we shall deal with here. We do not take time to argue against paganism, reincarnation, or pantheism, but only against modern materialism [1] since that is the source of most of the philosophical arguments against immortality in our culture.


Why does Christianity reject Reincarnation?

We can give ten reasons for the rejection of the devilish doctrine of reincarnation:

This doctrine was developed to put fear into the hearts of Hindus and Buddhists.

  1. It is contradicted by scripture [Hebrews 9:27].
  2. It is contradicted by the orthodox tradition, in all churches.
  3. It would reduce the incarnation, referring to Christ’s incarnation [John 1:1-18, Philippians 2:5-11] to a mere appearance, the crucifixion to an accident, and Christ to one among many philosophers or ‘avatars’—a mere reincarnation. It would confuse what Christ did with what creatures do: incarnation with reincarnation.
  4. It implies that God made a mistake in designing our souls to live in bodies, that we are really our spirits in prison or angels in costume.
  5. It is contradicted by psychology and common sense, for its view of souls as imprisoned in alien bodies denies the natural psychosomatic unity.
  6. The false doctrine of reincarnation has a very low view of the body, as a prison, a punishment.
  7. It usually blames sin on the body and the body’s power to confuse and darken the mind. ‘This passing the buck’ from soul to body [just like Gnosticism] as well as from will to mind, confuses sin with ignorance.
  8. The idea that we are incarnated in order to learn lessons we failed to learn [so getting another chance to do good, etc.] in past earthly life is contrary to both common sense and basic educational psychology. I cannot learn something if there is no continuity of memory. I can learn from my mistakes only if I remember them. People do not remember these past ‘reincarnations’.
  9. The supposed evidence for reincarnation—remembering from past lives while under hypnosis or ‘past life regression’ can be explained—if they truly occur at all—as mental telepathy from other living beings, from the souls of the dead humans in purgatory or hell, or from demons. The real possibility of the latter should make us extremely skittish about opening our souls to ‘past life regression’.

    [It must be noted that while I agree with the demonic aspect, I do not agree with the idea of purgatory nor can I agree with the idea of the souls of the dead humans communicating with living people. The dead are confined, according to Scripture, and cannot reveal themselves. This is suggested in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16 and the extreme surprise of the witch of Endor when she saw Samuel who was dead (1 Samuel 28:8 ff). She claimed to be a medium or one who contacts the dead, but when Saul requested that she contact Samuel and when God brought him forth, it startled her and brought great fear. This appeared to be her first experience with the real thing, i.e. with seeing the dead because this is normally not possible. When people do experience such experience or contact, what they are seeing or experiencing is better identified as demonic].

  10. Reincarnation cannot account for itself. Why are our souls imprisoned in bodies? Is it the just punishment for evils we committed in past reincarnations? But why were those past reincarnations necessary? For some reason at the beginning of the process that justly imprisoned our souls in bodies in the first place? This must have antedated the series of bodies. How could we have committed evil in the state of perfectly pure, heavenly spirituality? If we sinned in that paradise, it is not paradisiacal after all. Yet that is the state that reincarnation is supposed to lead us back to when all our embodied yearnings are over.


If the answer is given that our bodies are not penalties for sin but illusions of individuality, the pantheistic One becoming many in human consciousness, no reason can possibly be given for this. Indeed, Hinduism calls it simply [lila], a divine play. What a stupid game for God to play! All the world’s sins and suffering are reduced to meaninglessness.

And if evil is itself only illusory [the answer given by many Hindu Gurus and mystics] then the existence of this illusion is itself a real and not just illusory evil. Augustine makes this telling point:

 Where then is evil, and what is its source, and how has it crept into the creation? What is its root, what is its seed? Can it be that it is wholly without being? But why should we fear and be on guard against what is not? Or if our fear of it is groundless, then our very fear is itself an evil thing. For by it the heart is driven and tormented for no cause, and that evil is all the worse if there is nothing to fear yet we do fear, thus either there is evil which we fear, or the fact that we fear is evil [Confession, VII.5].


So what is the answer? It is found in the Holy Scripture, the Bible:


  • The first, most glaring dissimilarity between reincarnation and Biblical doctrine occurs in the idea of a recurring cycle of existence. Does each person live many times in the same or different form?
  • The answer from the Bible is “it is appointed for men once to die, and after this comes judgment” [Hebrews 9:27].
  • The Bible pictures death as a separation of the soul from the world, Christ himself describing death as God requiring man’s soul [Luke 12:20].
  • When a believer in Christ dies, rather than merely being promoted to a higher status for another lifetime, he or she enters his or her eternal estate, secured for him by God’s grace. The divinely inspired apostle said ‘We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and be home with the Lord’ [2 Corinthians 5:8]. Christ’s record of the rich man and Lazarus shows that both the saved and the unsaved enter their respective rewards following death [Luke 16:19-31].
  • So then, one’s life is not followed by an indefinite number of succeeding lifetimes. This vital difference established, more tangible differences emerge.
  • Classical ideas of reincarnation know nothing of a “Personal God” who enters a holy relationship with His creatures [John 3:1-16]. In fact, Ultimate reality is usually conceived as a cognitive process within man himself, rather than a personal God. Further, reincarnation schemes make men’s spiritual advancement contingent upon his mortal efforts, attempting to make merit outweigh demerit. Christianity shows, however, that salvation cannot be earned by sinful man, but rather, it is merited by Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection for all who believe [Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as the result of works; that no one should boast”.
  • Also, many theories of reincarnation hold that man’s spiritual, physical, and moral conditions are determined by a former life and therefore not under his control [Bible rejects this theory]. Physically, this has led to a passive, pessimistic acceptance of untold misery that was actually unnecessary. Spiritually, it is even more devastating. The Bible reveals that no one is bound in his sins against his or her will, and though born under Adam’s curse, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” [1 John 1:9]. As Isaiah says in Isaiah 1:18, through God’s forgiving grace, “though your sins be as scarlet, they will be as white as snow, they are red like crimson, they will be like wool”. Consequently, the Christian does not worry about his or her merit outweighing his demerit, for his or her sins have been forgiven, God having promised that “I will remember their sins no more” [Hebrews 8:12]. The Hindus or other religions that believe in reincarnation must deal with the sin issue. If, as they believe, by their good deeds they will come as human beings and if they continue with their sins and then die and coming as human beings again—it is like a prison house with no way out. Hindus need liberation from this devilish doctrine of reincarnation. It will only happen when Jesus Christ frees them from their sins.
  • Some people attempt to equate reincarnation with the Christian doctrine of the resurrection, but in doing so violate the meaning of both reincarnation and resurrection. Reincarnation advances a future life on earth, bound by similar constraints and physical laws while the resurrection speaks of that time when earthly bodies with all their accouterments will be transformed and fitted for their eternal estate [John 5:29]. Reincarnation holds that matter is essentially evil [Gnosticism’s teaching], while resurrection demonstrates that there is moral dualism between matter and spirit. Reincarnation posits a future life in a different body [or even a different physical order entirely], while resurrection promises that one’s body will take on a new, incorruptible glorified form. Describing the resurrection, Paul says [in 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44] “it is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body—it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body”. 


Dear Hindus – seek forgiveness of your sins through Jesus Christ or the doctrine of reincarnation will lead you to eternal hell from which there is no escape.

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Daily Bible Nugget #479, Hebrews 12:14 Part 3

The Nugget:

Heb 12:14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

My Comment:

The importance of holiness cannot be overstated. Without holiness, you will not see the Lord. Now while it is true that “every eye shall see Him” (Revelation 1:7), it is also true that no one has ever seen God (John 1:18). But Jesus promised that “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). When Jesus returns, He does not return invisibly (as the Jehovah Witnesses mistakenly teach), but most visibly:

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

All will see Jesus Christ when He returns at His second coming, both saved and unsaved, believer and unbeliever. But seeing Jesus as God in His full glory will be reserved for the “pure in heart,” those who have eagerly pursued holiness (Hebrews 12:14).

I have been expounding or explaining Hebrews 12:14 by means of a much beloved hymn, “Take Time to Be Holy,” and have so far discussed several of its clauses:

Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always,
And feed on His Word.

(4) Make friends with God’s children;

This is absolutely important, and sometimes sadly lacking in our day. It is essential for all Christians, especially new Christians, to make the right friends. You need Christian friends of all ages. You need Christian friends who will help you grow in your own Christian life.

The right Christian friends will keep you on the right track:

Heb 3:12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 

Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 

Heb 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 

True Christian friends will keep track of you, will stay in touch with you, and provide the encouragement and example you need to stay strong in your Christian faith. If you start to slack off in your commitment to Christ, they will lovingly but firmly call you on it.

Note that this process takes place daily, not once a week when you might see them at church. A genuine Christian friend will be there as soon as you need support, encouragement, or correction, before you have had the chance to go too far astray and harden your heart against spiritual things like Christian fellowship, the Bible, and God Himself.

Contrary to those who wrongly teach the false doctrine of “Once saved, always saved,” it is possible for true believers to fail to “hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast to the end” (Hebrews 3:14), a warning against the clear danger of falling into either moral or doctrinal apostasy. Choosing and keeping solid Christian friends and staying in regular contact with them is one way to keep from falling away from your faith in Christ.

Are your closest friends individuals who strengthen your Christian life? If not, and you are a Christian, I suggest that you seek out real Christians, strong Christians, Biblically informed Christians who will be an encouragement to your Christian life. If there are no people like this in your present circle of friends and acquaintances, then I urge you to take the needed steps in your life to find them by going where they are most likely to be found–usually in a strong, vibrant, Bible teaching church which has made the proper provision for Christian fellowship. Unfortunately, most churches do not fit this description. Find one that does.

What if, after a diligent search, and exerting real effort to find such a church, you discover you can find no such church where you live?

I will here directly contradict the assertion of a number of well-known Bible teachers and pastors who claim “There is no such thing as a lone wolf Christian.” Nonsense. Prove to me from the evidence in Scripture that the Ethiopian eunuch who came to firm faith in Christ (Acts 8:37, a verse that might be missing from your Bible). We have no evidence in the Bible or history that he went back home to a vibrant, Bible teaching, Bible believing church that believed in soul winning. That does not mean his spiritual life was doomed to failure. He had a Bible to read and study. And so do you, probably more complete than the one he had at that time. That is all you need. Read and study and obey God’s Word.

Make sure you do not select the wrong friends to be in your life. Wrong friends can do much damage to your life spiritually, emotionally, and even economically.

Paul gave some helpful direction on this theme, but if you, like me, usually read the Bible in the King James Version, you will probably never notice this verse because in the KJV it is poorly translated, at least the KJV English used at 1 Corinthians 15:33 is indecipherable for modern readers. So let me share the verse in modern English:

1Co 15:33 Don’t fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you.

That ought to be clear enough!

If you are a Christian and single, having never married, you must take extra care to follow the advice of the Bible and not your emotional attachment or attraction to the wrong kind of friend. You must marry a solid Christian who, if you are a woman, can serve as the spiritual leader in your home. If you are a single Christian man, you must marry a solid Christian woman who shares the positive spiritual values you embrace as a strong believer, and be a strong enough Christian to be the spiritual leader in the home. To fail to follow this advice will stunt the spiritual impact you ought to have on others, and will negatively affect the spiritual lives and destiny of your children as well as generations to follow, to Satan’s delight.

It ought to be obvious just what kinds of friends Christians should make, but just in case you have missed the point, or need more Bible direction and encouragement in this direction, carefully consider Psalm 119:63,

Psa 119:63  I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. 

The greatest hindrance to “make friends of God’s children” is the failure of individual Christians and individual church congregations to obey Romans 15:7.

Rom 15:7  Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. 

Rom 15:7 Honor God by accepting each other, as Christ has accepted you. CEV

Rom 15:7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. ESV

Rom 15:7 So then, take one another to your hearts, as Christ took us, to the glory of God. (Bible in Basic English) 

Not to receive or welcome or accept one another short-circuits, hinders, the work of God, and will no doubt bring judgment on those who shun others and refuse to make friends of newcomers to their congregation. I would venture to suggest that any church where shunning is practiced is likely a church that is not true to the Bible, and that those who practice this evil are not saved.

Rather, we should “Make friends of God’s children.”

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Daily Bible Nugget #478, Hebrews 12:14 Part 2

The Nugget:

Heb 12:14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 

My Comment:

It is about time that everyone who claims to be a Christian sit up and take notice what Hebrews 12:14 teaches. It is a direct matter of salvation. Perhaps because so many are mistaken about the subject of holiness they are among the many that suppose they are saved but in actuality are on the broad way that leads to destruction, not the narrow way that leads to life (Matthew 7:13, 14). Jesus Himself said “few there be that find it,” speaking of the “narrow way.”

Back to Hebrews 12:14. Here is my note for holiness that I placed in my newest Bible reference book, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury:

and holiness. Gr. hagiasmos (S# G38, Rom_6:19). Note that holiness is an absolute requirement for salvation in this life. Holiness is a matter of our present state. It is not merely imputed or forensic, a so-called matter of standing that does not reflect our state. While the verb underlying holy has a future tense form in the Greek language, the future tense never occurs in the Greek New Testament. “This fact deals a deadly blow to the false doctrine that complete sanctification or holiness awaits the believer on the other side of the grave… Clearly there is no salvation or sanctification after death” (Malcolm L. Lavender, The Fallacy of the ‘Sinning Christian’, p. 95).

Now, what must one do to be counted holy? The best and most practical instruction about that which I have found is contained in the words to the hymn, “Take Time to Be Holy.”

Last time I covered the clauses:

(1) Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
(2) Abide in Him always,

Today, I continue with the following clause:

(3) And feed on His Word

You cannot succeed in the Christian life if you fail to “feed on His Word.” His Word is found only in the Bible. You need to read it as often as you can. I suggest start first with the New Testament. Just like you need physical food for your body every day, you need the spiritual food provided in the Bible every day. You surely take time to eat your meals–if you didn’t, you would soon starve to death. If you fail to take in spiritual food by reading and studying the Bible, you are inviting spiritual death to take place.

1Pe 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Jer 15:16  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Job 23:12  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Psa 119:9  BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Joh 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 

Psa 119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Act 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

2Pe 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 

The ONLY source of information we have about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the New Testament. I encourage you to read the New Testament carefully and repeatedly in order that you may grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is a most essential way to “pursue holiness, without which no man will see the Lord.”

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Daily Bible Nugget #477, Hebrews 12:14, Part 1

The Nugget:

Heb 12:14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

My Comment:

This is a most important verse to understand. Notice it tells us that no one shall see the Lord without holiness. Knowing how to be holy is a critical issue for if you fail to follow holiness, you fail to have eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven and in His future eternal earthly kingdom.

These important words may sound strange to younger, modern ears. What is meant by holiness? What does it mean to follow or pursue holiness? Just how may this all-important command be obeyed?

I find the answer in a Gospel hymn written well over a hundred years ago titled “Take Time to Be Holy.” The author is William D. Longstaff, who lived from 1822 until 1894. The hymn tune is “Holiness,” composed by George C. Stebbins, who lived from 1846 until 1945. Here are the words to this hymn:

(1) Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord.

We must speak often to the Lord in prayer. There is much in the Bible about this:

1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

Php 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Pro 15:8  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. 

1Pe 3:12  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 

(2) Abide in Him always

We must abide or remain in Christ. How do we abide in Christ? The Bible once again has much to say about this:

1Jn 2:5  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 

1Jn 2:6  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
To abide in Jesus Christ involves our keeping his commandments. It means that we walk, or live in a manner, that reflects how Jesus Himself lived.

1Jn 3:6  Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

1 John 3:6 is a very controversial verse because the truth it teaches does not  conform to the theologies most of us have been taught. The plain truth is that a genuine Christian does not practice sin. A true Christian does not live a sinful life style. Whosoever continues remaining in Him does not keep on sinning. It is not morally possible for a person to continue remaining or abiding in Christ and keep on sinning at the same time. It is not possible to mix sin and righteousness in the same life, any more than light and darkness can be mixed in the same space. It is only possible to continue one or the other.

Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 

Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 

Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 

Joh 15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 

If you are abiding in Christ, you will bear much fruit. If you are not abiding in Christ, your life will not bear fruit for Christ. If your life does not bear fruit for Christ, you will never see heaven.

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Did Jesus know everything at the same time He didn’t know everything?

The Nugget:

Joh 21:17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 

My Comment:

Peter recognized that Jesus “knew all things.” Peter understood that Jesus knew everything. This is the Bible doctrine of the Omniscience of Christ. My elderly friend “Uncle Frank” now many years ago used to ask the question, “Is Jesus God?” Most knew the answer and responded “Yes.” Then Uncle Frank asked a follow-up question, “Does God know everything?” Even children got that one right and answered “Yes.” Then Uncle Frank asked the question, “Did Jesus know when He was coming back?” This one was and is a much tougher question. The correct answer is “No.” Uncle Frank and I discussed this question many times. We thought then that most likely Jesus chose not to know. That may be the one thing the Father has kept as a very close secret. But that does not negate the Omniscience of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Muslim Response to My Answer of Yesterday:

Am sorry that u had to make it long when answers should be simple, anyone who will read your answer will know you havent answered my question, but you are only trying to bring me verses from the bible that supports that jesus is god, please read the question understand then answer, am not being rude mr smith but its the truth. See the question and answer it the way it is, no need to start giving me verses which support he is god

My Response and Answers to the Rest of the Questions:

Amin Imran, please be patient. I am not finished yet. You did NOT ask ONE question. You asked several. Do you want answers or not? Are you seeking the truth or are you just playing games? What may appear to you to be a simple question may well turn out to be a complex matter when I address the issues you have raised carefully. Now I suggest, before you offer any more complaints about my answers, that you go back and read what I have posted several times until you grasp the truth of what I answered. Obviously, to be valid, my answers must be based on what the Bible teaches. So please do not criticize me for appealing to the evidence the Bible provides.
(2) Was Jesus finite and infinite at the same time? Yes.
Jesus possessed two natures at the same time. He was a human being, a man, born of the Virgin Mary. He was also divine, for in becoming a human being He did not lose His divine nature. In Christian theology, this is called the doctrine of the Incarnation.
The human nature of Christ was in some sense finite. The divine nature of Christ was of course infinite. Both natures are evident in the Gospel account as given in John 3:13,
John 3:13  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 
In His human nature Jesus at the time He spoke these words in John 3:13 was on this earth. Jesus claimed while He was speaking here on earth that He IS in heaven at the same time, which reflects the fact of His divine and infinite nature.
(3) Was He fallible and infallible at the same time?  NO. Jesus was NEVER fallible. He was always infallible. Jesus never sinned. Jesus never made a mistake.
John 8:46  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
(4) “So he felt hungry and not hungry at the same time because GOD doesn’t eat or feel hungry.”
This is not a question but an assertion on your part. Your assertion is misguided and mistaken.
Was Jesus truly human? Yes. As a human did Jesus feel hunger? Yes. The Bible teaches that Jesus was tested in all points just like we are but he passed the test and did not sin.
Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
In His divine nature, Jesus could not suffer hunger. That Jesus always possessed a divine nature is taught throughout the whole Bible. I already furnished you PROOF of the Deity of Christ as taught by the New Testament, taught directly and indirectly, in my answer to the first part of your question above.
(5) “Did he know everything at the same time he didn’t know everything?”
Jesus was fully omniscient.
John 21:17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 
Notice that Peter acknowledged the omniscience of Jesus Christ when He said, “Lord, thou knowest all things.”
I already gave you proof of the omniscience of Christ in my first answer to your first question as evidence of the deity of Christ. Other Bible verses which show the omniscience of Christ include John 2:24, 25; John 11:14 (Jesus knew Lazarus was dead before anyone brought Him word of the death of Lazarus, and days before He got there with His disciples); Matthew 9:4 (Jesus knew their thoughts); Matthew 11:21 (Jesus asserted He knew how the historical outcome of a long-past event would have turned out differently had those people heard His word and seen His miracles); Matthew 17:24-27 (Jesus knew what had been discussed before Peter arrived and knew where to find the required money to pay the tax He and Peter owed–in the mouth of a fish Jesus knew would come along and bite Peter’s fish hook and give up a coin of the right value to pay the tax).
One thing Jesus stated He did not know, and that was the exact time when He would return. The best explanation I have learned is that Jesus did not know this fact because the Father determined not to share this information with anyone else, even the angels. This does not negate all the other evidence we are given in the Bible that demonstrates the omniscience of Christ.
(6) “Did he worship to God at the same time be worshiped?”
This question takes us back to the issue of the two natures of Christ, His divine nature, and His human nature.
In His human nature while on earth our Lord Jesus Christ prayed to the Father as “my Father,” and referred to God as “my God.” He offered thanks in prayer to God. Jesus as man worshipped His Father, Who is God.
But while He was here on earth “in the flesh” in human form, He also continued to possess His divine nature. I see no problem or contradiction in that fact of Scripture.
It is also true that while Jesus was here on earth as a human being, a man, He received worship.   
Mat 14:33  Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. 
John 5:23
23  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
King James Version

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Was Jesus Divine Yet Human?

The Nugget:

Titus 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 

My Comment:

Notice that Paul in Titus 2:13 calls Jesus Christ both God and Savior. In the Greek text this is stronger and more evident than in the English translation. This is an example of Jesus Christ being directly and unequivocally called God in the New Testament.

By the rule of necessary inference Titus 2:13 also teaches and confirms the doctrine of the Rapture. Like the subject of the Trinity, which this verse also confirms, the exact word we use to name the doctrine is not used in the Bible text, but by necessary inference the truth of the doctrine is certainly there.

Once we establish the doctrine of the Deity of Christ, we have verified the doctrine of the Trinity by necessary inference.

The Muslim Question:

Was Jesus Divine yet human? was he finite and then infinite at the same time? that he was fallible and infallible at the same time? So he felt hungry and not hungry at the same time because GOD doesn’t eat or feel hungry. Did he know everything at the same time he didn’t know everything? Did he worship to God at the same time be worshiped? HELP ME PLEASE

My Original Comment:

It is all quite plainly told in the Bible. If you will read the New Testament carefully you may begin to understand these truths.

The Muslim Response:

We don’t comment because you want to comment, you comment when you know the answer because I can’t see any answer. If you know the verses why not bring them here please

My Answer:

Amin Imran, thank you for asking. I will be very happy to answer your questions and give you the relevant Bible verses.
While some Christians may suggest these things are “mysteries,” I don’t see them that way at all. They are plainly stated in the Bible.
(1) Was Jesus Divine yet human?  Yes.
The divinity or deity of Jesus Christ is taught by the New Testament and the Bible as a whole both directly and indirectly. What is taught indirectly I define as things we know from what the Bible says by the rule of “necessary inference.”
A. Directly
John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
Notice that Whoever it is that is here called “the Word” is stated to be God.
Applying the rule of interpreting according to context, we learn that this Person called “the Word” became flesh and dwelled among us, and that this person is identified as Jesus Christ:
John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 
Joh 1:15  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 
Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 
Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
John 20:25  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 
Joh 20:26  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 
Joh 20:27  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 
Joh 20:28  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 
Joh 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 
Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, did not believe what the other apostles told him, namely, that Jesus had risen from the dead and they had personally seen Him. Thomas was absent when Jesus had appeared in person.
This time, Thomas was present when Jesus entered the locked room where they all had gathered. Jesus addressed the doubts of Thomas and gave him the direct evidence Thomas had told the other apostles he required before he would believe.
Thomas believed the evidence and responded to Jesus Christ, recognizing that He was both his Lord and his God when Thomas said, “My Lord and my God.”
This is direct evidence that the apostles now understood who Jesus really is:  both their Lord and their God.
Any attempt to reduce this great confession of faith on the part of Thomas to a mere exclamation represents a failure on the part of those who do that to understand the scope and purpose of the Gospel of John, as stated by John in the very next verses:
Joh 20:30  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 
Joh 20:31  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Titus 2:13
13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
King James Version
Notice that Jesus Christ is called “the great God” and also “our Savior.”
The grammar of Titus 2:13 both in English but especially in Greek requires that we understand in this passage that Jesus Christ is here called God.
B. Indirectly
Mar 2:5  When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 
Mar 2:6  But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 
Mar 2:7  Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? 
Only God can forgive sins. Jesus on this occasion proved that He had the power to forgive sins by demonstrating that He had the power to heal. Those in the audience believed that only God could heal.
Mar 2:8  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 
Mar 2:9  Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 
Mar 2:10  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 
Mar 2:11  I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 
Mar 2:12  And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. 
On this occasion Jesus Christ demonstrated His Deity two ways:  (1) He perceived what they were thinking, showing that Jesus Christ possessed the divine attribute of omniscience;  (2) He forgave the paralytic his sins, something only God can do, then demonstrated he had that power by healing the man before their very eyes. By the interpretive rule of “necessary inference,” Jesus demonstrated His deity publically where all those present could see the evidence for themselves that Jesus was God in human flesh.
There are several more parts to your question, and I am happy to answer those also, but I did not want to make this comment too long.

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How to stop the school shootings


There really are sensible, practical, and effective solutions staring us in the face.

Individual students and teachers surely were aware of potential issues with this student. The student came from a difficult background. The student complained of being upset at being bullied.

The direct answer I found as a teacher was to encourage my students to write frequently. I shared with them proverbs and quotations daily to help them focus on better values and moral principles. I had them write what I called “Proverb Interpretation Compositions” and “Proverb Application Compositions.” My students told me verbally and in writing that this assignment “turned their lives around.”

I learned right away as a new teacher that if I failed to reach a student while he or she was in my class, that student might be headed for great difficulty in life, starting with dropping out of school.

If we learn the truth that every person is worth more than the whole world, as Jesus clearly taught, then we will hold each person in the highest regard. We will value every person supremely. We will do everything we can to reach out to every student and connect in a way that will bring out the best in them. When students observed and experienced that I really cared for each of them they usually responded positively. Some did not. It was my hope then and now that they would be reached by another teacher who had contact with them.

This is a most important issue. For many students who seem to end up on the “bad side” of life, the real issue is that they have not been successful in learning to read well.

I solved that problem for my struggling students by writing my own self-instructional reading program. I wrote it that way so they could do the work without my constant help.

I know that when I was allowed to use this program it transformed the attitudes and lives of my students because they showed remarkable improvement in reading comprehension and experienced success in all their other classes too.

When I taught world and American history at Southeastern High School I was given a box of 8 textbooks, not all the same title, to teach five classes of 35 or more students. Fortunately, I had a wonderful department head, Mr. Mercer, who granted me permission to do anything I could to help my students.

I wrote and typed up my own teaching materials. I placed them in sheet protectors and little binders to make what I called “selections” at my own expense. I typed up my self-instructional reading program in this loose leaf sized format. It had been in a 3 x 5 card format until then.

One day, the school principal called me into his office and showed me his latest copy of his principal’s notes. They contained a report at showed Southeastern High School had shown the greatest improvement in reading achievement of Detroit’s 22 high schools. He told me that improvement was traced to my history class students. He said he wanted to appoint me to the position of Reading Specialist. He wanted me to teach reading in a special program. I refused to take the position because I wanted to remain under Mr. Mercer’s supervision. The principal repeated the requests, and the third time I agreed with the stipulation that I was to be free to create my own materials and not be required to use the materials supplied by the Detroit Board of Education. I also requested that the English Department Head be kept off my back. The principal agreed.

I was given the supposedly lowest-achievement students who were at the greatest risk of dropping out. In fact, I was told that most of the students assigned to my new program would probably drop out before the end of the semester.

The first question my new classes asked me was, “Mr. Smith, is this a class for dummies?” I told them, “Absolutely not. If you follow my directions you will turn into geniuses.”

It turned out that most of my students did not drop out, but improved their reading achievement, and successfully went on to college.

Now, if the Lord enabled me to successfully help at-risk students, where are the rest of the Christian teachers in our public schools? At present they are stifled and cannot really teach what they know ought to be taught by those above them that may know less than they do.

That happened to me too, but I refused to be stifled. I even dared the administrators at Cass Technical High School, the first high school where I taught English, to a public debate, and if they did not wish to debate me directly, I challenged them to secure the services of the head of the ACLU. I figured I knew the law better than either they or he did.

I could say that because I had taken a course in school law at Wayne State University where I was working on my Master’s degree. The professor was so impressed with my work he took me to meet the head of the law school.

My “remedial reading” students were so excited about what they were learning in my class that they talked about it to their other teachers. One day the social studies teacher asked me, saying, “Mr. Smith, I know you are a well-educated man. But the students tell me that you do not believe in evolution. Is that true?” I said it certainly was. Then the teacher asked, “Would you be willing to debate the science teachers about this?” I said, “Any time. You don’t need to give me any time to prepare. I’m ready.”

The debate took place.

My science teacher friend, Darryl Hackett, an experienced attorney who taught school for fun and the joy of teaching, not because he needed the income, said in front of the science department teachers at Southeastern High School who had challenged me to a debate, “Jerry, you should have been an attorney.” He was an experienced debate judge and said I had won the debate.

A good while later in my teaching career I was given a handwritten list of 21 students by Coach Stuckey at Denby High School, the last school where I taught, students who had earned full athletic scholarships to college. As a result of having these students use my reading program and my volunteer tutoring of them after school to help them pass the ACT test, they became qualified for their scholarships.

I have never seen the name of any of my former students in the news because they were involved in crime.

I know my solutions work.

If President Trump is looking for answers let him know I have them!


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That pesky “Exact Word Fallacy” again

The Nugget:

John 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 

My Comment:

John 1:29 is a key verse important to our understanding of just who Jesus is.

What I posted 39 weeks ago:

The Muslim Question:  “If He (Jesus) is God, why did he cry unto God? Vividly, Jesus never said He is God.”

My Response:

I’ve answered this question before on this site, but I am happy to share my answer again with you.

Jesus on the Cross cried unto God. Jesus during His ministry cried unto God (see Hebrews 5:7). While here on earth Jesus was a man.

Careful study of all the evidence in the Bible will lead to the conclusion that the Lord Jesus Christ possessed two natures at the same time: He possessed a human nature, and He possessed a divine nature. In theology this is called the hypostatic union.

As to the claim you make that “Jesus never said He is God,” that does not at all prove that He was not God while on earth as a man.

If Jesus is not God, then why did His own disciples write in the New Testament in such a manner to clearly show that they believed that Jesus was God?

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

The grammar of the Greek text of the New Testament at John 10:30 clearly declares the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“I” (a singular pronoun) and the Father (a singular noun) connected by a plural verb in Greek, “are” (Greek, esmen), followed by a SINGULAR predicate adjective “one” (Greek, hen).

Jesus and the Father are distinct in Person, but One in essence and being and purpose. They are consubstantial, the very same substance or essential nature.

This declares and makes Jesus God. This means there is more than one person in the Godhead. We speak of the Father as the first person of the Godhead. We speak of His son Jesus Christ as the second person of the Godhead. We speak of the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead.

The New Development on this Older Thread:

Today a Muslim posted a response to what I wrote 39 weeks ago, saying:

“Let’s agree for the sake of argument that Jesus was a man on earth. Now bring an evidence verse from Jesus’ mouth that he says he is God in heaven. A VERSE please. I don’t need your explanations please, only a verse from the Bible.”

My Latest Response:

Ali J. Tari, I do not agree to furnish only a verse from the Bible. The reason that I do not agree is that many readers are not able to correctly understand a verse given by itself. Readers often do not understand the Bible or any other work of written literature for they do not know the rules of interpretation that apply.

Your request to “bring an evidence verse from Jesus mouth that he says he is God in heaven” is a good example of the “exact word” fallacy. Such a question is framed on purpose to be impossible to answer. Therefore, such a question is not a valid question.
But in answer to your challenge I furnish the following valid evidence:
We know Jesus is in heaven now.
We know that Jesus Christ was called “the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
In the book of Revelation, we see Jesus depicted as the Lamb. The Lamb is ascribed all the terms of honor and worship that God the Father is given. Since Jesus is given the same honors as God the Father is given, this proves that Jesus Christ is true deity, and that the New Testament writers by divine inspiration indicate this repeatedly. See Revelation 5:12 compared to Revelation 7:12.
Rev 5:12  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Rev 7:12  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. 
This seven-fold ascription in Revelation 5:12 to the Lamb is given in Revelation 7:12 to God.
This is proof enough for anyone whose heart is truly open to the truth.

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Daily Bible Nugget #476, Exodus 23:1

The Nugget:

Exodus 23:1  Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

My Comment:

I was motivated to write about Exodus 23:1 today by something I saw reported that President Trump recently wrote:

“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” Trump wrote. “Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” AP report

President Trump is exactly right.

There have been repeated waves of slander lodged against President Trump himself.

There have been waves of slander lodged against Justice Roy Moore, of Alabama. The slander actually cost him the election to the U.S. Senate. He would have been a superb Senator because he knows the law, he understands the Constitution, and he firmly stands up for what is right.

It was reported that the opposing political party actually paid for robocalls soliciting anyone who would lodge allegations of impropriety against Moore to come forward with a promised payment of $7,000 for any who would do so.

The Bible has much to say against such tactics.

No Christian who believes the Bible should ever be in support of such wicked slander against anyone, let alone another Christian.

What the Bible has to say about this matter needs to be thoroughly taught to every person, and especially every Christian.

I have been disturbed at the extent to which some Christians have been deceived by the major media reporting, reporting which is almost always propaganda for the “left.” The “political left” in our time is not democratic but socialist, even communist. Those who are taken in by the falsehoods of the left are in a sorry state, having swallowed the poisoned wells of misinformation provided by the “left.”

Jesus warned us not to be deceived.

It is about time we took His warning seriously.

I invite you to dig deeper into the Bible on this subject by studying the following cross references I have given for Exodus 23:1 in my newest Bible study tool, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. I share them below for your study.



shalt not. Exo 23:7, +*Exo 20:16, *+Lev 19:16, 2Sa 16:3; 2Sa 19:27, *Psa 15:3; *Psa 101:5; Psa 120:3, *Pro 10:18; Pro 17:4; Pro 25:23, Jer 20:10, Mat 28:14, 15, Rom 3:8.

raise. or, receive. Psa 15:3 mg. +*1Ti 5:19 note.

an unrighteous witness. Deut 5:20; *Deut 19:16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, *1Ki 21:10, 11, 12, 13, Psa 27:12; *Psa 35:11, +Pro 6:19; Pro 12:17; Pro 19:5; Pro 19:9; Pro 19:28; *Pro 24:28; Pro 25:18, Mat 19:18; *Mat 26:59, 60, 61, Luk 3:14; Luk 19:8, *Act 6:11, 12, 13, **Eph 4:25, 2 Tim 3:3, 1Pe 3:16, Rev 12:10.



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