Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
January 8, 2011
There was a lot to write about this week -
Then I decided to write about all of them -
because it seems they all had something to do with bringing people to God -
The first thing was about Noah's Ark. The Ark shows up in the news from time to time. I even wrote about one possible finding in Noah's Ark Found? Not so Fast -
This time around, there's a theme park being planned by a creationist ministry -
But wait -
That's why the same group that "brings the pages of the Bible to life" at the privately funded Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., believes its $172 million biblically correct Ark Encounter will be a non-
Obviously, I'm no fan of the Qu 'ran -
1. We sent Noah to his people:
"You shall warn your people before
a painful retribution afflicts them."
2. He said, "O my people, I am a
manifest warner to you.
3. "To alert you that you shall worship
GOD, reverence Him, and obey me.
4. "He will then forgive you your sins
and respite you for a predetermined
period. Most assuredly, GOD's
appointment can never be delayed,
once it is due, if you only knew."
5. He said, "My Lord, I have invited
my people night and day.
6. "But my invitation only increased their aversion.
7. "Whenever I invited them to be forgiven by You,
they placed their fingers in their ears, covered themselves
with their clothes, insisted, and turned arrogant.
and then a little later in the same Sura -
21. Noah said, "My Lord, they disobeyed
me, and followed those who were
even more corrupted when blessed
with money and children.
22. "They schemed terrible schemes.
23. "They said, `Do not abandon your
gods. Do not abandon Wadd, Suwaa`,
Yaghouth, Ya`ooq, and Nasr.'
24. "They misled many. Therefore, let
the wicked plunge deeper into loss."
25. Because of their sins they were
drowned and assigned to the hellfire.
They found no helpers to protect
them from GOD.
26. Noah also said, "My Lord, do not
leave a single disbeliever on earth.
27. "For if you let them, they will only mislead your servants
and give birth to nothing but wicked disbelievers.
28. "My Lord, forgive me and my parents,
and anyone who enters my home as a believer,
and all the believing men and women.
But do not give the disbelievers
anything but annihilation."
If you have read about Noah in the Jewish / Christian Old Testament -
Ge 6:9 This is the account of Noah.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Ge 6:11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
As it turns out -
In the Islamic version -
In the Bible -
What it comes down to -
But what's happening with this Noah theme park?
No one gets any credit -
There's no warning from God -
There's no wrath of God -
There's no lesson to be learned.
Wouldn't Satan be thrilled about that development?
So what's the deal with the ministry running the theme park?
Are they lying -
Paying Taxes to Caesar
Mt 22:15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
Mt 22:18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”
Mt 22:21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Mt 22:22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
So let's hope it's not to get out of taxes.
Maybe they're just using God to make some money? Jesus let us know what He thinks of this type of behavior in Matthew 21:12-
Jesus at the Temple
Mt 21:12 Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’’”
Maybe one could argue that this is about a theme park and the Bible verses were about God's Temple. Given that the stated objective of the theme park is to create jobs and make make a profit -
I could go on with various other reasons why the ministry may want to claim a Noah's Ark theme park isn't religious. I can't imagine one that would be acceptable.
I'm all for bringing people to God -
The next one that I saw to write about has to do with "purity tests" in political parties.
It's a very short section of an article from msnbc. Just scroll down to the part about the purity test.
Basically, it has to do with litmus tests -
If you're expecting to government to do things like save people by not allowing them to have abortions or gay marriages -
God has made an invitation to each of us -
So make the government do it's work -
But at the same time -
And then there's the next item -
Why am I writing about this? Well -
Without getting into anything else about Islam , there's an interesting point here about who gets credit as well.
Islam has blasphemy laws for people that insult it -
Christianity also has a guide as to what to do with people who refuse to believe in it. One of them comes from Jesus Himself -
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
Mt 10:1 He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
Mt 10:2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Mt 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.
Mt 10:11 “Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
Jesus says "shake the dust off your feet when you leave". That's it. Don't yell at them -
Why just this simple command -
It would seem that the all powerful God of the Bible already has a plan -
Dt 32:34 “Have I not kept this in reserve
and sealed it in my vaults?
Dt 32:35 It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
In due time their foot will slip;
their day of disaster is near
and their doom rushes upon them.”
Dt 32:36 The LORD will judge his people
and have compassion on his servants
when he sees their strength is gone
and no one is left, slave or free.
Dt 32:37 He will say: “Now where are their gods,
the rock they took refuge in,
Dt 32:38 the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices
and drank the wine of their drink offerings?
Let them rise up to help you!
Let them give you shelter!
Dt 32:39 “See now that I myself am He!
There is no god besides me.
I put to death and I bring to life,
I have wounded and I will heal,
and no one can deliver out of my hand.
Dt 32:40 I lift my hand to heaven and declare:
As surely as I live forever,
Dt 32:41 when I sharpen my flashing sword
and my hand grasps it in judgment,
I will take vengeance on my adversaries
and repay those who hate me.
Dt 32:42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
while my sword devours flesh:
the blood of the slain and the captives,
the heads of the enemy leaders.”
Dt 32:43 Rejoice, O nations, with his people,
for he will avenge the blood of his servants;
he will take vengeance on his enemies
and make atonement for his land and people.
I know it's a bit long -
As for the New Testament -
No surprise there.
What may be a surprise is that it comes in a section which the NIV titles "Love" -
Ro 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Ro 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Ro 12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Ro 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
One says men must kill each other for God's sake.
The other says men must love each other for God's sake -
or God -
and God for taking care of Himself against those who refuse His offer?
The bottom line -
That's what free will is about -
So let's give God the credit He is due.
And accept His gift of salvation -