I would love to see a televised press conference wherein a reporter asks Obama two questions: “Have you ever recited aloud the Shahada” (“There is no god but Allah, and Mohammad is his prophet”), and, secondly, “Are you a Christian or a Muslim?” Of course, since Muslims are not only allowed to kill others and themselves in the furtherance of Islam, they are also permitted to lie and deceive in the furtherance of Islam. Surprised? I would like to see the cameraman then focus a close-up on Obama’s face. I bet you would see beads of sweat break out on his brow as he stumbled through an answer, or, more likely, ignored the question and turned to another reporter and asked, “Next question, please.” Remember, the “unpardonable sin” in Islam is for a Muslim to abandon Islam for any other religion. (Forgive me for calling Islam a religion). In Islam it is blasphemous (and worthy of death) if one defames the false prophet Mohammad or states that Jesus Christ is, or was, the Son of God. So, I would like to see a third question asked of Obama, “Do you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God?”
On March 3, 2007, while being interviewed in his office by a New York Times reporter, President Obama stated that he believed the Muslim call to prayer was “one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset.”
On September 7, 2008, George Stephanopoulos interviewed Obama on ABC’s This Week. During that interview, Obama stated that “John McCain hasn’t talked about MY MUSLIM FAITH.” George Stephanopoulos corrects Obama, saying, “Your Christian faith.” Obama rephrases himself and says, “My Christian faith.”
On August 13, 2010, the New York Times reported that “Obama Strongly Backs Islamic Center Near 9/11 Site,” stating under that headline, “President Obama delivered a strong defense on Friday night of a proposed Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan, using a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan” to make known his views in this matter.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2012, Obama stated that “the future MUST not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” It doesn’t take an English Major to figure out that the obverse of that statement is “the future MUST belong to those who honor the prophet of Islam,” and, by extension, ISLAM! And Obama is doing everything he can to make certain that becomes a fact in the United States. I assure you he cannot get enough Muslim immigrants onto American soil before leaving office in less than 90 days. And he has groomed Hillary Clinton to do the same. You can bet her policies will assure that more and more Muslims, tens of thousands of them, will enter the United States and spread across this country from coast to coast. Folks, believe this, Islam IS the wave of the future for America!
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“I say the truth in Christ. I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 9:1). The apostle Paul wrote those words two thousand years ago. I understand fully why he had to preface his remarks with that declaration for when one is fully submitted to the total LORDship of Jesus Christ, when one has often cried out in such surrender, “Use me, O God. Enlighten me, my Creator. Show me your reality and power,” then, and probably only then, the world of the Spirit begins to open up, the shadowy parallel world of the Spirit advances and real, genuine, unarguable contact is achieved between creature and Creator. That is WHY I so often have said, “There is no joy like the joy of obedience.” You cannot outgive God. It is absolutely and totally impossible. Get real with God and see if He doesn’t get real with you.
And to think what I have achieved in my seventies could have been achieved in my teen years or twenties!!! I think there will be a lot of weeping at God’s throne when men and women realize what they forfeited by walking in the flesh rather than in the spirit. “Of all sad words of tongue are pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been.'” I have forgotten the author of that quotation, but they probably were first spoken or written by one who realized that of which I now speak.
God cannot lie. It is impossible for God to lie. And through His prophet Jeremiah God states emphatically, “You shall seek me, and find me WHEN YOU SHALL SEARCH FOR ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART, and I will be found of you,” says the Lord! (See Jeremiah 29:13-`14). Few do this, thus few make real, valid and tangible contact with their Creator.
I have heard it argued that God will not put more on us than we can bear. That might well be so, but Satan will. Satan will make a person’s life so miserable that he or she will turn to alcohol or drugs to numb the pain. Satan will make life so miserable and depressing that some despondent humans see death as a welcome release and the only reasonable solution to their problems.
“I have fought against it, but I cannot fight any longer.” That was the note left by a suicide. Here’s another: “All will and determination to fight has left me….l have reached the end of the trail. I feel justified in terminating a life which no longer holds any hope.” I assure you, God understands the suicide’s dilemma and is not angered in the least by their situation or even by their choice to put an end to their own life.
Suicide is NOT the unpardonable sin. Many think it is, reasoning, “How can one ask forgiveness for committing the act of suicide? They can’t ask for forgiveness after they die – they’re dead. And if they were really sincere in asking for forgiveness before taking their own life, then they would stop and not commit suicide!” Right? Wrong! Millions die suddenly, having no warning whatsoever that their life is about to end. Most of those who so die have committed many sins, sins for which they have not asked forgiveness prior to their death! Does that mean they die lost? Unforgiven? Of course not. If that were the case, many dedicated Christians would die unforgiven.
One suicide wrote of how he saw life as a dirty trick pulled on mankind by some malevolent god. Another forty-seven year old suicide wrote of how there wasn’t forty-seven days of his life he would wish to live over again. One divorced sixty-one year old female wrote that she had lived sixty-one years too long, “The breaks were against me to the last.”
Suicides can be any age. Sometimes even children commit suicide. Often many suicides are teenagers. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people aged twelve to nineteen years in the United States. According to the CDC (the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) in 2013 there were 41,149 suicides in the United States!
In Part 2 of this continuing article, we will look at some suicides mentioned in the scriptures, and we will examine more closely how God really views the act of suicide and the person who commits that terrible act.
I was just playing that song, The Love of God, on my keyboard. I wish I could convey to all whom I ever meet just how great is the love of God for the human race, “for God so loved the human race that He gave His Only Begotten Son” to buy us back from Satan’s enslavement. He is not willing that ANY human being should perish and lose out on eternal life. He’s got a plan, and what a marvelous, carefully thought out plan it is. Abraham understood this plan. So did Moses – that is why Moses could so easily tell the Israeli armies to spare neither infant nor suckling when destroying the pagan cities that had spread across Canaan. No human being was to be spared. Because God had a plan – a plan Moses, the meekest man who had ever lived up to that point, a plan he understood. He knew that God planned a resurrection for all and would bring them back to life in a far better world, a world where Satan could deceive them no more. Living in poverty and squalor, a life of misery and pain, disease and premature death, these beloved creatures of the Most High God had their lives taken swiftly and, yes, mercifully. Because God had a plan. And Moses understood that plan. He knew that someday every last one of them will hear the same words Lazarus of old heard, “Come forth!” And they will arise from the dust and be given a long, long lifespan in God’s utopian kingdom and THEN offered the gift of God’s Holy Spirit and with it eternal life, immortality, life unending.
Moses is credited with writing one Psalm and one Psalm only – the 90th Psalm. In that Psalm Moses wrote: “You turn man to destruction, and say, ‘Return, ye children of men.'” (verse 3). Using the Israelite armies, God annihilated tens of thousands of pagan peoples, but Moses understood God’s plan was to bring them back to life again in a far different world than that which they had known. Continuing with this Psalm of Moses, we read: “For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” (verse 4). Since, in death, there is no knowledge of passing time, no day and night, seasons and years, these pagan nations instantly die and instantly return to life regardless of how the living observe and reckon time! Continuing with verses 5 and 6, “Thou carry them away as with a flood; they are as asleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up. In the morning it flourishes, and grows up; in the evening it is cut down, and withers.” There time on earth is short and soon ended. But that is not the end of the story. They will someday come forth in a great resurrection, returning to physical life and given the opportunity to THEN join the great eternal family of God.
If preachers would just read the Hebrew prophets, believing what they read, they would know why scripture affirms God IS love! And they, too, would see what Moses saw and would glorify God for His great goodness, His fairness, and His awesome plan of the ages.