Thoughts and Truth from the Impossible Life

What is going to happen

The greatest event of the 21st Century is about to happen; Jesus Christ is returning! He is first returning for His people; the born again believers who are looking for his return. “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up in the air with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1Thess 4:16-17)

Can you imagine CNN and all the major networks covering this story? Hundreds of millions of people will be missing from earth; as they will all disappear in one second. The world will be thrown into shock, fear and great despair with nobody knowing what will happen next. It will be exactly seven more years from this event before Jesus physically returns to earth to reign and rule on earth.

Today almost all major Bible prophesy scholars, Bible teachers and main line church leaders agree we are in the last of the last days, just before Christ’s return. The Bible says we will not know the day or the hour, but we will know the season. Jesus gave many signs to look for: earthquakes, famines, wars, etc. Probably the most imminent sign of Jesus’ soon return is the Middle East crisis we are now facing and how quickly it is fulfilling the prophecy foretold thousands of years ago in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This prophesy stated that in the end times, Iran and some of its surrounding neighbors will invade Israel. We are witnessing each day the increacing intensity of threats toward Israel by Iran and its allies as they march forward to fulfill this prophecy. Jesus’ soon return is being rapidly ushered in by the fulfilling of Bible prophecy as we watch daily the news.

God has given us much detail in the Bible of what the world would look like just before His Son’s return so none of us would miss it. God wants all of us to be ready. Listen to His heart from the Bible, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3: 9). Today while there is still time, we can get ready for Jesus’ soon return by receiving God’s forgiveness and new spiritual life which He has for each of us.

People tend to divide themselves into groups: good people and bad people. However all of us have disobeyed God at one time or another in our lifetime. Have you ever told a lie? Our conscience tells us that we have all said or done things wrong in our lives. Listen to God’s word from the Bible, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God says that every person who has ever lived has sinned. Unfortunately, this includes us all. No matter how good or how bad we have been, we all need God’s forgiveness because God says we have all sinned.

God in His word says “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3), “I tell you the truth, unless, a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3: 5). “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” (John 3: 6). Since God is a Spirit, only God can give birth in the Spirit. The Bible clearly says, you cannot enter the kingdom of God unless you are born of the Spirit. If you want to go to Heaven, you must be born of the Spirit. This applies to everyone, good or bad, as everyone must receive this new life from God.

Receive New LifeGod longs for all of us to come to Him and to receive His forgiveness and the new Spiritual life He has in store for us all. He has made a way for all of us. It doesn’t matter how much you have messed up your life with sin and wrong choices, it’s never too late. Salvation is free and comes by simple faith, by believing in God and His plan, don’t stumble over the simplicity of it. God wants you to receive His forgiveness and new life today, because Jesus is returning very soon. Don’t be left behind!

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Talking with Muslims about Qur’an Contradictions

Talking with Muslims about Qur’an Contradictions

A web page and a personal dialog need very different approaches. The big handicap of a web page is that I cannot lead a dialog but have to present my whole case in a monolog. Since I am not able to respond to the agreement or disagreement of my dialog partner I have to lay out the complete argument at once and can’t ask questions without answering them myself on the same page.

For everybody it is much easier to accept as well as be impressed with that which he found himself, therefore it is so much more effective to ask questions and help others to discover facts than to just tell them.

Also, be sensitive. The suggestion that there are contradictions in the Qur’an is an attack on the most holy and central element of a Muslim’s faith. If there is no need, I would prefer to not even mention the issue. But if the topic of the discussion moves in this way and the Muslim makes the property that the Qur’an is free of contradiction a major part of his argument, then you might want to have a few of them ready to talk about them.

But when you want to use some of the difficulties in the Qur’an, please make yourself thoroughly familiar with the argument first. Don’t use it if you haven’t clearly understood it yourself.

Second, reformulate it and make it a sequence of questions. Don’t come up to a Muslim and claim that Allah said to Moses that he can find Muhammad mentioned in the Gospel and that is a clear contradiction since the Gospel does not exist in Moses time.

Rather take the information you find in the article “Moses and the Gospel?” and ask the Muslim to read the verses 155-158 and that if he could tell you who speaks to whom in each of these verses. Maybe you can even be so bold to ask if the wrong interpretation is possible: In 157 and 158 “unlettered” is mentioned, and since 158 speaks to Muhammad, doesn’t that mean that 157 also have to speak to Muhammad? If the Muslim is fluent in Arabic or even has a clear perception of the English translation, he will deny and insist that 156-157 is spoken to Moses. After he has committed himself to that correct interpretation, THEN you ask the question whether it makes sense that Allah tells Moses that he can find Muhammad mentioned in the Gospel.

If he doesn’t realize it, ask him “Whom was the Gospel revealed to?”, and “When did Jesus live?” and supply the information if he doesn’t know.

This way the Muslim himself will discover the problem, instead of you pushing it on him, and after he has committed that 157 is spoken to Moses, he can’t really just change his mind after he has rejected the wrong interpretation already when you suggested it.

In a similar way, for any contradiction you want to use for yourself, reformulate it in a sequence of questions when you use it in a personal face to face dialog. Never give all the details away in the beginning. Leave some of it to strengthen your case after the Muslim will start to defend and try to explain it away. So, you will need some more material to back up your claim. On the web page, no interaction happens, and I have to give the whole argument away from the start.

But most of all, ask God that he will give you wisdom and love and sensitivity who to present these issues. We are not here to score points, but to win people. If you win the argument and loose the person then you have lost, not won.

December 29, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Return of Jesus

Gospel Preached in the Whole World – then The End will Come

Almost every Christian knows about the Great Commission. Jesus gave the Great Commission to the Church as their marching orders until His return.

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).

Jesus commanded us to proclaim the gospel to all peoples, making disciples and teaching them to obey everything He commanded.

However, some erroneously teach that we ourselves must complete the Great Commission before Christ can return. Here is the verse they quote.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).

The prophecy states that the gospel of the kingdom will be preached and then the end will come. Therefore, Christ cannot return until this message has been proclaimed in the whole world. However, this verse does not say who or how the gospel will be proclaimed to all nations. We might imagine that it would be the Church. Who else could proclaim the gospel to all nations?

The answer to this prophecy by Christ, is found in the Revelation 14:6-7.

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth–to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water (Revelation 14:6-7).

If this is what Jesus was referring to, then we should expect to see the end following this proclamation. Sure enough, that’s what we do find, in verses 15-16.

Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested (Revelation 14:15-16).

So, the gospel will be proclaimed by an angel to the whole world and then the earth is harvested. We also know that the harvest is at the end of the age when Christ returns.

The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels (Matthew 13:38-39).

God doesn’t have to wait for the Church to complete the Great Commission. Jesus will return at the appointed time, whether the church is ready or not.

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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