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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple at Robbinsville, New Jersey will be the Largest Hindu Temple in modern times.

World’s Largest Hindu Temple Being Built in New Jersey.

 BAPS, Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Shri Swaminarayan temple, New Jersey, Robbinsville, World's Largest Hindu Temple in New Jersey

BAPS, Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Shri Swaminarayan temple, New Jersey, Robbinsville, World’s Largest Hindu Temple in New Jersey

Hindu Existence Media Bureau | New Delhi | Re-posting: 8 August 2014::  The world’s largest Hindu temple is about to open in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

The Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Shri Swaminarayan temple, known as a mandir, is a 162-acre complex which broke ground in 2009 and is set for completion in 2017.

According to The Times of India, 2,000 artisans in Rajasthan are hand-crafting the temples in Italian and Rajasthani marble. The finished pieces are then assembled in New Jersey by a team of master craftsmen.

The first phase of the project, The Great Prayer Hall — with seating for 1000 people — and Shikharbaddh Mandir temple will be inaugurated in August 2014.

Remaining construction includes a youth activity center, visitor’s center and food court, and a second, larger temple, the Great Akshardham Mandir, expected to be completed in 2017.

The current Guinness Book of World Records holder for the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple is the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, India, which sits on a 59-acre complex.

A special report update: In New Jersey’s Desi Central, a great Hindu temple rises:: TOI.

Spiritual leader His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj also holds the Guinness world record for creating and consecrating the most temples by one person — 713 temples in five continents between April 1971 and November 2007.

Courtesy: NBC News,  TOI & other links used here.

Related: One of World’s Largest Temples to be Inaugurated in New Jersey:: NDTV.

162-acre Akshardham coming up in New Jersey:: TOI.

$150 million Akshardham temple coming up in New Jersey:: The Amerian Bazar.

11 comments on “BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple at Robbinsville, New Jersey will be the Largest Hindu Temple in modern times.

  1. Bill Boyle
    August 8, 2014

    The Temple of Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur is shaping up to be mighty big. Will the New Jersey temple be bigger than TOVP?

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  2. bob crouch
    August 14, 2017

    THE BIBLE IS SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE

    For the Bible to be regarded as the inspired word of God, it must be scientifically accurate…since God would certainly know the facts about his creation. A word of caution, however, as we seek to evaluate the claim of scientific accuracy. Over time, science has often discovered new facts that confirmed a revised understanding of the truth, previously unknown. These discoveries have always been consistent with the Bible, however, at times a careful consideration of the words and (importantly) the context of the words must be made.

    The Bible is scientifically accurate and even contains enormous number of insights far in advance of their discovery by humans. In evaluating the Bible from a “scientific standpoint” we must keep in mind that the Bible is not a science textbook, it is a book to define human beings’ proper relationship with God. Therefore, one would not expect a great deal of discussion of science. However, as the summary below indicates, when there is a reference in it about a fact or nature, it is accurate, and in many cases there are insights provided thousands of years in advance of their understanding by science.

    The account of creation (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1900s). The account of creation as given in the Bible (Genesis 1) is accurate according to the steps understood by science. Written down originally by Moses, they were not fully recognized by science until the 1900s, using modern astronomy, physics, chemistry, paleontology, and geology.

    The hydrological cycle (the Bible: 3000 B.C.; science: 1700s). The hydrologic cycle was first written about in the book of Job, about 3000 B.C. It states,

    He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down
    their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind. (Job 36:27-28)

    In addition, Solomon described the hydrological cycle in about 935 B.C., saying,

    All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams from, there
    they return again (Ecclesiastes 1:7).

    Science, however, did not understand the hydrological cycle until Perrault and Marriotte correctly identified the process in the 1700s.

    The Earth hangs in empty space (the Bible: 3000 B.C.; science:1543). Ancient cultures believed many things, yet virtually all thought of the earth as being some type of flat, unmovable object. Many myths were associated with the various beliefs. The Bible correctly indicated that the earth was suspended in space:

    He spreads out the northern [skies] over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing
    (Job 26:7, brackets in original).

    Science did not discover this until Copernicus in 1543.

    Air has weight (the Bible: 3000 B.C.; science: 1643). Although ancient people widely believed air to be weightless, the book of Job indicated that it in fact had weight:

    To establish a weight for the wind, and apportion the waters by measure (Job 28:25).

    Torricelli, an Italian, discovered barometric pressure in 1643.

    Time, space and matter had a beginning (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1916). The Bible’s first words are “in the beginning.” And elsewhere, including the New Testament, there are references to the beginning of time (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; 1 Corinthians 2:7). In 1915, Albert Einstein’s equations of general relativity proposed a beginning of time, matter and space. Later these equations were confirmed by repeated experiments.

    The first law of thermodynamics (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1842). The law of conservation of energy indicates that matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed (just converted). There are many biblical references to God’s completion (that is, there was no more creation), going as for back as Genesis (2:2-3), and also in several other books (Psalm 148:6; Isaiah 40:26; 2 Peter 3:3-7; Hebrews 4:3-4,10). Joule and Mayer both independently discovered this in the same year (1842), what is now known as the first law of thermodynamics.

    The second law of thermodynamics (the Bible: 1000 B.C.; Science: 1850). Commonly known as entropy, this law states that all things progress from a state of order to a state of disorder (within a closed system) without a purposeful input of energy. Common illustrations: things decay, springs unwind, stars burn out, heat dissipates, and materials become mixed over time. There are many references to the principle of entropy in the Bible, for example,

    In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of
    your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like garment
    (Psalm 102:25-26).

    Other similar references include Isaiah 51:6; Matthew 24:35; Romans 8:20-22; 1 John 2:17; and Hebrews 12:27. In 1850, Clausius discovered this second law of thermodynamics.

    The Earth is a sphere (the Bible: 700 B.C.; science 1543). Most of the world thought that the earth was flat until after the time of Copernicus in 1543. However, the Bible referenced the Earth in form of a “circle” (or implied it to be a sphere, using a broader definition of the original Hebrew word khug): He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers (Isaiah 40:22).

    The universe is expanding (the Bible: 1000 B.C.; science: 1916). The motion of the heavens is predicted by the general relativity equations first proposed by Albert Einstein and since confirmed many times. Experimental physicists, such as Edwin Hubble, verified the predicted expanding universe as early as the early 1900s. However, the Bible indicated that the universe is expanding far earlier than that. As early as about 1000 B.C.; the writer of Psalm wrote,

    He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent (verse 2).

    Many other verses indicate that the heavens were (and are being) stretched out by God (Job 9:8; Isaiah 40:22; 42:5; 44:24; 45:12; 48:13; Jeremiah 10:12; 51:15; Zechariah 12:1)

    The stars are uncountable (the Bible: 600 B.C.; science: 1920s). Ancient people thought the stars were countable. In fact, in about 100 A.D., Ptolemy was actively cataloguing the stars, estimated to number 1100 at that time. Of course, modern science, starting in about the 1920s with new high powered telescopes, realized that the number of stars was in the billions. Later they recognized that there are about a billion galaxies, each with about a billion stars. However, the Bible recognized this when it proclaimed the stars “uncountable” in about 600 B.C.:

    I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before
    Me as countless as the stars of the sky (Jeremiah 33:22).

    The accuracy of the literal biblical statement can now be easily verified. If stars were ‘counted” at a rate of ten per second, it would take more than 100 trillion years to “count” the stars…which is clearly impossible.

    Global wind patterns (the Bible: 1000 B.C.; science 1960s). It took satellite technology to fully recognize the globe wind patterns that exist. However, the Bible indicated existence of such patterns in the book of Ecclesiastes, written by Solomon in about 1000 B.C.:
    The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course (1:6).

    Engineering of Noah’s ark (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1900s). The Bible defines the dimensions and building specifications for Noah’s ark (Genesis 6:15). Modern engineering has calculated that for a barge type design best-suited for rough seas, the design of Noah’s ark is optimum.

    Circumcision on the eighth day (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1947). No one really knows for sure why God specifically chose circumcision as the sign of his covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:11). Though it seems like an odd practice, research has indicated that it does have medical value. A study in the mid-1900s showed that Jewish women had a lower rate of cervical cancer. The smegma bacillus has been shown to be a major cause of cervical cancer. It can be easily carried in the foreskin of uncircumcised males and transferred to females through a abrasions of the cervix (as those occurring in childbirth).

    Interestingly, God specified that newborns be circumcised on the eighth day after childbirth (Genesis 17:12). Research shows that infants are particularly susceptible to hemorrhaging from the second day after birth to the fifth. A small cut can be deadly. Vitamin K, necessary for the production of prothrombin (the body’s blood-clotting substance) is not present sufficiently until days five through seven. It skyrockets to 110 percent of normal on day eight, and then levels off. The Bible specifies the best possible day.

    Quarantine (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1500s). When the Black Plague was killing much of Europe prior to the Renaissance, desperate nations turned to the Church for guidance. Germs and infections were not understood at the time. The clergy went back to the books of Moses for guidance and instituted the laws of Moses as taught to the Israelites, including those for dealing with infectious diseases like leprosy. Leviticus 13 stressed separating people with infectious disease from others. This, combined with the other laws of Moses, helped bring the Black Plague under control.

    Sterilization (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1800s). It is easy to take our understanding of germs and disease for granted. However, germs and sterilization were not understood until the time of Joseph Lister (1865), near the end of the Civil War. The Bible required sterilization for many things: infectious disease (Leviticus 13), childbirth (chapter 12), bodily discharges (chapter 15), and handling of the dead (Numbers 19).

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  3. wyan abo
    September 11, 2017

    What the Bible says about THE CHURCH:

    1. There is only one true church:
    • All believers have been baptized into one body 1 Cor. 12:13-20
    • Believers are one in body though they are many in number & diversity Rom. 12:4-8
    • Though it is difficult to understand (a mystery) all believers are of the Eph. 3:5-7
    Same body and follow the same Gospel
    • All believers are unique and especially joined together Eph. 2:10-22
    • All believers are one family in Jesus Gal. 3:26-29
    • All believers are spiritually one, just as Jesus and the Father are one John 17:11-13
    • All believers were designed by God to be one body Col. 3:15

    2. There is only one gospel message:
    • There is only one simple Gospel message which saves men 1 Cor. 15:1-14
    • The one simple Gospel message is frequently distorted II Cor. 11:3,4
    • Any message that alters the simple Bible gospel is false Gal. 1:8

    3. The true “Witnesses” are Witnesses of Jesus:
    • They practice an earth wide witness of Jesus Acts 1:8
    • Their message includes salvation in Jesus’ name Acts 4:12
    • Their message includes a confession of Jesus before man Luke 12:8,9
    • Their faith includes an experience of Jesus in their midst Matt. 18:20

    What the Bible says about FALSE DOCTRINES:

    • Perverting the Gospel Gal. 1:6,7
    • Deception of Satan II Cor. 11:13-15
    • Deceive many Matt. 24:5,25
    • Attract many II Peter 2:2
    • Covetous Titus 1:11
    • Love error II Tim. 4:3,4
    • Avoid Rom. 16:17,18
    • Test I John 4:1

    What the Bible says about the DEITY OF JESUS:

    1. FACT: The Bible reveals that Jesus is called God…
    • The Word was God John 1:1
    • Thomas said: “My Lord and My God” John 20:28
    • God the Father calls Jesus God Heb. 1:8
    • I AM – God’s name in the Old Testament Exodus 3:14
    • I AM – Before Abraham I AM John 8:58

    2. FACT: The Bible teaches that Jesus is Deity…
    • It was prophesied Isaiah 9:6
    • Acknowledged by Thomas John 20:18
    • Affirmed by the Apostles Rom. 9:5, Heb. 1:8
    • Acclaimed by witnesses John 1:14,18

    3. FACT: The Bible teaches that Jesus has the attributes of God the Father…
    • All Powerful Matt. 28:18
    • All Knowing Col. 2:3
    • Ever Present Matt 18:20
    • Eternal John 1:1,2,15

    4. FACT: The Bible teaches that Jesus is worshipped by…
    • The Old Testament saints Joshua 5-13-15
    • The Demons Mark 5:6
    • A certain blind man John 9:38
    • All Angels Heb. 1:6
    • The Disciples Matt. 28:17
    • The saints in glory Rev. 7:9,10
    • Mary Magdalene Matt. 8:9
    • Eventually, by everyone Phil 2:10, 11

    What the Bible says about The TRINITY:

    1. There is only one God:
    • The Lord our God is one Lord Deut. 6:4
    • There is no other god with Me, i.e.,as far as there being a god, Isaiah 43:10
    I am the only one in heaven
    • No God was formed before me or after me Isaiah 43:10
    • No God was formed before me or after me Isaiah 44:6
    • There is no other God Isaiah 44:6

    2. Yet each is called God:
    • Father Eph. 4:6; John 6:27
    • Son Heb. 1:8; Titus 2:13
    • Holy Spirit Acts 5:3,4

    3. Yet each is described as CREATOR:
    • Father Isaiah 44:24
    • Son John 1:1-3
    • Holy Spirit Job 33:4; 26:13

    4. Yet each is described as ETERNAL:
    • Father Psalms 93:2
    • Son Micah 5:2, Heb 1:8
    • Holy Spirit Heb. 9:14

    5. Yet each is described as INSPIRED:
    • Father II Tim. 3:16
    • Son I Peter 1:10-11
    • Holy Spirit II Peter 1:21

    6. Yet each is described as OMINIPRESENT:
    • Father Jer. 23:24
    • Son Matt. 28:20
    • Holy Spirit Psalms 139:7-10

    7. Yet each is described as OMNISCIENT:
    • Father Jer. 17:10
    • Son John 2:24
    • Holy Spirit I Cor. 2:10-12

    8. Yet each is described as OMNIPOTENT:
    • Father Matt. 19:26
    • Son Heb.1:3
    • Holy Spirit Rom. 15:19

    9. Yet each is described as HOLY:
    • Father Habak. 1:12
    • Son Acts 3:14
    • Holy Spirit John 14:26

    10. Yet each is described as RESURRECTED:
    • Father I Thess. 1:10
    • Son John 2:19-21
    • Holy Spirit Rom. 8:11

    11. Yet each is described as TRUTH:
    • Father I Thess. 1:9
    • Son John 14:6
    • Holy Spirit John 14:17

    12. Yet each is described as SANCTIFIYING the Believer:
    • Father John 10:29
    • Son Heb. 2:11
    • Holy Spirit 1 Cor. 6:11

    13. Yet each is described as PRESERVING the Believer to salvation:
    • Father John 10:29
    • Son John 10:28
    • Holy Spirit Eph. 4:30

    14. Yet each is described as being an INDWELLING PRESENCE:
    • Father Eph. 4:6, II Cor. 6:16
    • Son Col. 1:27; John 14:20
    • Holy Spirit I Cor 6:19; John 14:17

    15. Yet each is described as LEADING believers:
    • Father Deut. 32:12
    • Son I Cor. 10:1-4
    • Holy Spirit Isaiah 63:11-14

    16. Yet each DRAWS people to themselves:
    • Father John 6:44
    • Son I Cor. 12:3
    • Holy Spirit John 12:32

    God is one, and apart from Him there is no God. He exists simultaneously and eternally as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is the author and initiator of love. Jesus Christ, the Son, is God in bodily form, a tangible expression of all the Father is, and the only way to eternal fellowship with the Father. The Holy Spirit imparts truth, convicts of sin, and turns individuals to Christ. As a person repents of sin and submits to Christ, the Spirit irrevocably indwells that person and places him or her into Christ’s Body, the Church.

    Many non-Christian Organizations teach that the relationship between the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit should somehow be understood by man. Since the Trinity cannot be understood by man, then it cannot explain the relationship within the Godhead. Of course, this is the point exactly: God’s nature is past finding out, His ways are unsearchable; etc. The nature of God is beyond full comprehension of man and that is why He is God! (See Rom. 11:33-36)

    For humans to be able to understand everything about God, they would have to have the very mind of God. There are several verses in the Bible that show human beings cannot possibly understand everything about God or His ways. For example:

    “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the
    heavens – what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave – what can you know? Their
    measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.” (Job 11:7-9)

    “ ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.’ Declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens
    are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’ “
    (Isaiah 55:8,9)

    Such verses make it clear that human reasoning has limitations. Finite minds cannot possibly understand all there is to know about an infinite being. Creatures cannot know everything there is to know about the sovereign Creator. Just as a young child cannot understand everything his father says, so also we as God’s children cannot understand all there is to know about our heavenly Father.

    • Did you know that discoveries in particle physics require that God exists in more than 10-Dimensions of space and
    time? (Yet we can experience and visualize only three)

    • Do you realize that the Bible clearly indicates that God is simultaneously singular and plural? (This is definitely possible in extra dimensions of space and time)

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  4. fabio teci
    October 1, 2017

    Fully God and Fully Man

    Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
    (Hebrews 4:14-15)

    Before there was a world, before there were planets, before there was light, before there was matter, there was Jesus. Coequal, coeternal, and coexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit, Jesus was with God—and He was God. John 1:1–2 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” In John 1:14 tells us, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” When the Word became flesh, he dwelt in the womb of Mary and was born as Jesus. Jesus is the incarnation of God, the term “incarnation” means “to become flesh.” Jesus is God in flesh. Col. 2:9 says, “for in him dwells all the fullness of deity in bodily form.” Another term for the incarnation of God in reference to Jesus is the hypostatic union. The term “incarnation” does not appear in the New Testament, but the concept is definitely taught: John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9; Phil. 2:5-8; 1 Tim. 3:16; 1 John 4:2; John 20:28; Heb. 1:8.

    We cannot pinpoint the moment in time when there was the beginning, because John was going back in time to eternity past. He was going back further than our minds can imagine.

    Jesus is God, and He left the safety of heaven. He entered our world and breathed our air and shared our pain and walked in our shoes. He was fully God and fully man. This does not mean that Jesus had the capacity to sin; this could not and would not happen. Yet He was a man. He was in a human body. He felt human emotion. He faced physical limitations. He felt real pain. It was actual blood coursing through His veins. Yet He was deity. He was God in human form.

    Jesus did not become identical to us, but He did become identified with us. In fact, He could not have identified with us any more closely than He did. As Hebrews 4:15 reminds us, “We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

    It was total identification without the loss of identity as He became one of us without ceasing to be himself. He became human without ceasing to be God. Jesus left heaven, lived our life, and died our death. He has walked in your shoes—and then some.

    The Book of Hebrews links God’s saving power with his creative power. In other words, the power that brought the universe into being and that keeps it operating is the very power that cleanses our sins. How mistaken we would be to ever think that God couldn’t forgive us. No sin is too big for the Ruler of the universe to handle. He can and will forgive us when we come to him through his Son. Hebrews 1:3 it says: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
    Jesus sat down means that the work was complete. Christ’s sacrifice was final.

    Because God’s Children are human beings, made of flesh and blood, Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death. (Hebrews 2:14)

    Jesus (as God) had to become human so that he could die and rise again, in order to destroy the Devil’s power over death. When we belong to God (being a born-again Christian), we need not fear death, because we know that death is only the doorway into eternal life. All who dread death should have he opportunity to know the hope that Christ’s victory brings.

    God is holy, and he will not be associated with sin. All people are sinful and so they are separated from God. In addition, all sin deserves punishment. Instead of punishing us with the death we deserve, however, Christ took our sins upon himself and look for punishment by dying on the cross. Now we can rejoice in God. Through faith in Christ’s work, we become close to God (friends) rather being enemies and outcasts.

    Salvation comes by faith alone (Romans 1:16,17) We are not saved by good deeds, but when we commit our life fully to God, we want to please him and do his will. As such, our good deeds are a grateful response to what God has done, not a prerequisite to earning his favor.

    There are those who say that people must add something else to simple faith. No person should add anything to Christ’s offer of salvation by grace through faith. Human achievements, no matter how impressive, cannot earn a personal salvation and eternal life with God.

    It is Jesus Christ who saves us, not our feelings or actions. Jesus offers us salvation as a gift because he loves us, not because we have earned it through our powerful faith. Faith is believing and trusting in Jesus Christ and reaching out to accept his wonderful gift of salvation.

    If you were to die right now, do you think you would enter into Heaven? Would you like to have the absolute assurance that you will be welcome there? If so then, pray this simple prayer:

    Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I know I cannot earn my way into Heaven. I thank you for sacrificing your life so that my sins could be forgiven. I know the only way anyone can receive forgiveness is through you, and so I come to you now and ask you to come into my life, forgive me of my sins, cleanse me, heal me, and be my personal savior so I may have eternal life through you. I pray in your name Jesus. Amen.

    As a continuation of your faith in Christ, you should start studying the Bible daily in order to gain a closer relationship with God, also find a local church to attend that teaches directly from the Bible so you will have someone to answer any questions you may still have. Welcome to the family of God!

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  5. Guy Nue
    October 19, 2017

    GOOD NEWS

    Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. (1 Corinthians 1:22-25)

    Many Jews considered the Good News (Gospel Message) of Jesus Christ to be foolish, because they thought the Messiah would be a conquering king accompanied by signs and miracles. Jesus had not restored David’s throne as they expected. Besides, he was executed as a criminal, and how could criminal be a savior? Greeks, too, considered the Good News foolish: They did not believe in a bodily resurrection, they did not see in Jesus the powerful characteristics of their mythological gods, and they thought no reputable person would be crucified. To them, death was defeat, not victory.

    The Good News of Jesus Christ still sounds foolish to many. Our society worships power, influence, and wealth. Jesus came as a humble, poor servant, and he offers his kingdom to those who have faith, not to those who do all kinds of good deeds to try to earn salvation. This looks foolish to the world, but Christ is the mighty power of God, the only way we can be saved. Knowing Christ personally is the greatest wisdom anyone can have.

    The message of Christ’s death for sins sounds foolish to those who don’t believe. Death seems to be the end of the road, the ultimate weakness. But Jesus did not stay dead. His resurrection demonstrated his power even over death. And he will save us from eternal death and give us everlasting life if we trust him as Savior and Lord. This sounds so simple that many people won’t accept it. They try other ways to obtain eternal life (being good, being wise, performing religious rituals, etc.). But all their attempts are futile. The “foolish” people who simply accept Christ’s offer are actually the wisest of all, because they alone will live eternally with God.

    “There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on the save them.” (Acts 4:12)

    Many people react negatively to the fact that there is no other name than that of Jesus to call on for salvation. Yet this is not something the church decided; it is the specific teaching of Jesus himself.

    “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

    If God designated Jesus to be the Savior of the world, no one else can be his equal. Christians are to be open minded on many issues, but not on how we are saved from sin. No other religious teacher could die for our sins; no other religious teacher came to earth as God’s only Son; no other religious teacher rose from the dead. Our focus should be on Jesus, whom God provided us the way to have an eternal relationship with himself. There is no other name or way!

    The Bible says “…all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) It is impossible for us to live a life that is righteous enough for us to “earn our way into Heaven. Salvation is a gift from God as a result of our faith in Jesus Christ and our acceptance of His sacrifice for the atonement of our sins. (See Ephesians 2:8-9) You can become a Christian today

    If you are willing to entrust your life to Jesus, to allow Him to be your Lord, to take control of your life, Then pray this simple prayer:

    “God, I admit that I have sinned. I don’t want to be separated from You because I need You in my life. Please forgive me for all my sins. Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I invite You to come into my life to be my Lord and Savior. Make me the person You want me to be. In Your perfect name I pray. Amen.”

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  6. will trin
    November 11, 2017

    THE WONDERFUL TRUTHS OF THE TRINITY

    For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one (1 John 5:7).

    The above text is the clearest and most succinct statement of the doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible, but also probably the most controversial verse in the Bible. Many authorities believe it was not in John’s original epistle, but was added by some ancient copyist. Consequently, although it is in the King James Bible, most modern English translations omit it. There are others (including this writer) who are convinced it was in the original and should be retained.

    In any case, the truth of the Trinity is taught in many other passages of the New Testament and does not depend on this particular verse. It is undoubtedly the most distinctive doctrine of the Christian faith. Most religions are either pantheistic (e.g. Buddhism) or polytheistic (e.g., Hinduism). Two other religions are monotheistic (Judaism, Islam), but only Christianity recognizes the one real God (the Triune God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit), one God in three Persons.

    The sacred book of the Muslims, the Koran, regards Jesus as only a prophet, repeatedly denouncing as infidels all those who believe in the Trinity. The Jews often consider Jesus to have been a great teacher, but no more than that. To the Christian, however, the Lord Jesus Christ is a person yet God incarnate, God’s only begotten Son, the Creator, Savior, King of kings and Lord of lords. Christians also believe that the Holy Spirit is not just a spiritual influence, but a real person, the third Person of the Godhead.

    When an individual becomes a Christian, he acknowledges it by being baptized in the “name [note, just a single name] of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). He believes in one God, but not the unknowable, unapproachable “god” of Islam called “Allah.”

    Instead, he recognizes God as the infinite, invisible, omnipresent Father, but also as the Son, the visible, touchable, yet perfectly holy Word always revealing and manifesting the Father, and as the Holy Spirit, always present to guide, convict, and comfort. He is very real, eternal and invisible, omnipresent Father of all, yet visible and approachable through the Son and experienced and understood in the Holy Spirit. Majestic mystery, but wonderful reality!

    Christians believe in the Trinity, one God, not three gods, but three divine Persons, each equally and totally God. We cannot really comprehend this with our minds, but we can believe it and rejoice with our hearts. It is somewhat analogous to the “space” of God created the universe. Space is comprised of three dimensions, each of which permeates all space. This structure is helpful to illustrate the nature of the tri-une God. That is, God is one God, not three gods. Yet He is revealed as three Persons, each of which is eternally and completely God.

    This great truth appears again and again in the Bible, especially in the New Testament. But one can also discern it here and there in Old Testament. For example, note Isaiah 48:16: “Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and not the Lord God and His Spirit, hath sent me.” Note here that the Son, the divine Word who is speaking, is being “sent” into the world by the Father and the Spirit.

    But turning again to the New Testament, it is rather remarkable to note how all three Persons of the Godhead are significant in so many phases of the Christian life. First, as noted, the believer is baptized in the one Name but in every Person (Matthew 18:19) of the holy Trinity. Then, as he begins his Christian life, all three are still actively involved. “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14).

    The actual event of salvation requires a miraculous creation, with the believer undergoing “regeneration,” and thus becoming “born again.” This tremendous miracle is indeed accomplished only by the working of all three Persons of the Godhead.

    The apostle Peter also noted the action of every Person of the divine Godhead in the great work of saving those who trust in Christ: “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:2).

    Once we have been born again by the regeneration miracle of the Holy Spirit, our bodies become His temple. But this also means that the tri-une God Himself is there through the Spirit. We can be “strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in [our] hearts by faith;…that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-17,19).

    This was also implied in Christ’s original promised that He would send the Holy Spirit. “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth…for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you…At that day ye shall know what I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you…If a man love me, he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him (John 14:16-18,20,23)

    At that time, Christ also promised that the Holy Spirit would teach us, and that this also would involve Himself as well as the Father. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things” (v.26). The pervasive content of His teaching would, of course, concern the Lord Jesus Himself, as directed by the Father, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me” (15:26).

    Thus, in a wonderful sense, the tri-une Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one and all live in each Christian believer, teaching, strengthening, convicting, comforting,and guiding him in answer to his prayers. This is the marvelous truth of the Trinity.

    The Word “Godhead” appears just three times in the New Testament each from a slightly different, though essentially synonymous Greek word. The first occurrence of “Godhead” is in Acts 17:29.”…we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’ device.” That is, no one can make a model of our three-in-one God, neither any kind of graven image nor some kind of philosophical construct.

    But is seems that God Himself has made such a model. “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20).

    The physical universe is, in a very real sense, a trinity of trinities. Also, in a certain sense, human life is a trinity of body, soul, and spirit. In fact, tri-unity in various ways is often seen in the creation (but note that a “trinity” is not an entity composed of three individual parts, like the sides of a triangle, but rather an entity of three parts, each of which is the whole.

    Thus, although no man could ever model the Godhead, God has seemingly done this in His creation. But then the third mention of the Godhead is given in Colossians 2:9. “For in [Christ] dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” Thus, the Lord Jesus can say to His disciples: “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9), for He Himself is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).

    Another Biblical mention of the Trinity: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all”. (II Corinthians 13:14).

    What the Bible says about The TRINITY:

    1. Yet each is called God:
    • Father Eph. 4:6; John 6:27
    • Son Heb. 1:8; Titus 2:13
    • Holy Spirit Acts 5:3,4

    2. Yet each is described as CREATOR:
    • Father Isaiah 44:24
    • Son John 1:1-3
    • Holy Spirit Job 33:4; 26:13

    3. Yet each is described as ETERNAL:
    • Father Psalms 93:2
    • Son Micah 5:2, Heb 1:8
    • Holy Spirit Heb. 9:14

    II Peter 1:21
    4. Yet each is described as OMINIPRESENT:
    • Father Jer. 23:24
    • Son Matt. 28:20
    • Holy Spirit Psalms 139:7-10

    5. Yet each is described as OMNISCIENT:
    • Father Jer. 17:10
    • Son John 2:24
    • Holy Spirit I Cor. 2:10-12

    6. Yet each is described as OMNIPOTENT:
    • Father Matt. 19:26
    • Son Heb.1:3
    • Holy Spirit Rom. 15:19

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  7. Reid Crani
    February 9, 2018

    I believe in reincarnation, so why do I need Christianity?

    What makes you think that reincarnation is true? Believing it to be true doesn’t mean that it is. Yes, I know, believing Christianity is true doesn’t make it true either. But there is a big difference. In Christianity, we have Jesus. Jesus said He was the only Way. “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6). Jesus also performed many miracles. He walked on water, healed sicknesses, raised people from the dead, and claimed to be God in flesh. Because of these things, we need to look at Him seriously and consider what He is saying.

    Now, if Joe Schmoe on the street said that he was the only way to God, we’d look at him and say, “Yeah, right.” But, if Joe calmed a storm with a command, raised someone from the dead, walked on water, etc., that would add a lot of credibility to his claim. After all, he is demonstrating extraordinary abilities consistent with his extraordinary claim.

    This is the case with Jesus. He made extraordinary claims and performed extraordinary deeds. Therefore, it is logical to conclude that what Jesus said was true–especially since He claimed to be God (John 8:24, 58; 10:30-33; 5:18).

    Jesus commissioned the apostles to teach and preach the Christian faith. In Heb. 9:27 it says, “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” This verse alone shows that reincarnation is not true. Also, reincarnation negates the necessity of the Cross because reincarnation teaches, you can have different lives in which to try to “get it right.” Not so in Christianity. According to the Bible, God gives us one chance to escape the clutches of sin and damnation. God has given us the Law, which states that we are not to lie, to cheat, or steal. But, we all have. Therefore, we are all under the judgment of God, and He will execute His judgment upon sinners on the Day of Judgment. If reincarnation is true, then there is no Day of Judgment, no need of a sacrifice, and no need to trust in Christ.

    A person needs Christianity because reincarnation does not remove sin. Also, reincarnation contradicts the Bible which presents Jesus with His miracles, fulfilled prophecies, resurrection, and so much more. Reincarnation denies the Day of Judgment. Also, think about this. Reincarnation works with karma, the idea that your past lives of “goodness” or “badness” affects the quality and position of your next incarnation. The purpose of reincarnation is to help you develop perfect karma by which you might then achieve a union with the divine consciousness after you have learned whatever it is you are supposed to learn. The problem is that each person had a first incarnation. That means that each person then had perfect Karma since he had no previous life and had done nothing wrong. Therefore, if he had perfect Karma and didn’t learn or do what he was supposed to in his first life, then what makes him think that after hundreds of incarnations with accumulated bad karma that he will be able to achieve the perfect state of union with the divine consciousness that reincarnation moves him toward? It doesn’t make any sense.

    But what does make sense is that there is one God who has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, and the only way to have your sins forgiven is to trust in Him and not your own efforts through various lives to try to become perfect. That is why you need Jesus because reincarnation is not only false, it is empty.

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  8. dan ress
    March 22, 2018

    What is the difference between Reincarnation and Resurrection?

    by Ryan Turner http://www.carm.org

    The Bible certainly mentions a notion of a resurrection, but this is different from reincarnation (or transmigration) in several ways. Reincarnation is a rebirth into a new form of existence that may be totally different from the first form of existence. For example, a human could get reincarnated as an animal such as a cow. The cow is a totally different form than a human.

    On the other hand, in a resurrection, the human stays as a human. The Judeo-Christian notion of resurrection is a transformation of the body into an immortal form of existence, but there is a relationship between the physical body that dies and the body that is physically raised to immortality. The body that dies is the exact body that is raised, yet it is transformed. However, the resurrection is a physical one.

    After his resurrection, Jesus said, “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have,” (Lk. 24:39). In this passage, Jesus clearly affirmed the physical nature of his resurrected body. His body was identical to the body that had been killed. Jesus’s essence was not inhabiting another object.

    In continuation, Jesus also stated, “Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20The Jews then said, ‘It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ 21But He was speaking of the temple of His body,” (Jn. 2:19-21). In other words, Jesus’ body would be destroyed and then raised.

    In agreement with Jesus, the apostle Paul taught that physical resurrection of the body in 1 Corinthians 15 stating “So also is the resurrection of the dead It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body,” (1 Cor. 15:42-44). There is a clear connection between the physical body in the grave and the resurrected, yet transformed, physical body that is raised. The “it” that is sown is the “it” that is raised.

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  9. skyan foren
    June 5, 2018

    SCIENTIFIC FACTS & FOREKNOWLEDGE OF THE BIBLE

    Science means knowledge, and true science always agrees with the observable evidence. Scientific research continues to unfold the wonders and mysteries of our universe. Interestingly, there is one book that has anticipated many of these scientific facts. That book is the Bible.

    The following are several scientific facts found in the Scriptures. Many of these facts were penned centuries before they were discovered. Scientific foreknowledge found only in the Bible offers one more piece of the collective proof that the Bible is truly the inspired Word of the Creator.

    1. The earth free-floats in space (Job 26:7), affected only by gravity. While other sources declared the earth sat on the back of an elephant or turtle, or was held up by Atlas, the Bible alone states what we now know to be true: “He hangs the earth on nothing.”

    2. Creation is made of particles, indiscernible to our eyes (Hebrews 11:3). Not until 19th century was it discovered that all visible matter consists of invisible elements.

    3. Oceans contain springs (Job 38:16). The ocean is very deep, almost all the ocean floor is in total darkness and the pressure there is enormous. It would been impossible for Job to have explored the “springs of the sea.” Until recently, it was thought that the oceans were fed only by rivers and rain. Yet in the 1970’s, with the help of deep diving research submarines that were constructed to withstand 6,000 pounds-per-square-inch pressure, oceanographers discovered springs on the ocean floors!

    4. Joy and gladness understood (Acts 14:17). Evolution cannot explain emotions. Matter and energy do not feel. Scripture explains that God places gladness in our hearts (Psalm 4:7), and ultimate joy is found in our Creator’s presence, “in Your presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).

    5. The bible states that God created life according to kinds (Genesis 1:24). The fact that God distinguishes kinds, agrees with what scientists observe, namely that there are horizontal genetic boundaries beyond which life cannot vary. Life produces after its own kind. Dogs produce dogs, cats produce cats, roses produce roses. Never have we witnessed one kind changing into another kind as evolution supposes. There are truly natural limits biological change.

    6. Chicken or egg dilemma solved (Genesis 1:20-22). Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This question has plagued philosophers for centuries. The Bible states that God created birds with the ability to reproduce after their kind. Therefore the chicken was created first with the ability to make eggs! Yet, evolution has no solution for this dilemma.

    7. Which came first, proteins or DNA (Revelation 4:11)? For evolutionists, the chicken or egg dilemma goes even deeper. Chicken consist of proteins. The code for each protein is contained in the DNA/RNA system. However, proteins are required in order to manufacture DNA. So which came first: proteins or DNA? The ONLY explanation is that they were created together.

    8. The First Law of Thermodynamics established (Genesis 2:1-2). The First Law states that the total quantity of energy and matter in the universe is a constant. One form of energy or matter may be converted into another, but the total quantity always remains the same. Therefore the creation is finished, exactly as God said way back in Genesis.

    9. The first three verses of Genesis accurately express all known aspects of the creation (Genesis 1:1-3). Science expresses the universe in terms of time, space, matter and energy. In Genesis chapter one we read: “In the beginning (time) God created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter)…Then God said, Let there be light (energy).” No other creation account agrees with the observable evidence.

    10. The universe had a beginning (Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 1:10-12). Starting with the studies of Albert Einstein in the early 1900s and continuing today, science has confirmed the biblical view that the universe had a beginning. When the Bible was written most people believed the universe was eternal. Science has proven them wrong, but the Bible correct.

    11. The Second Law of Thermodynamics (Enthropy) explained (Psalm 102:25-26). This law states that everything in the universe is running down, deteriorating, constantly becoming less and less orderly. Enthropy (disorder) entered when mankind rebelled against God, resulting in the curse (Genesis 3:17). Historically, most people believed the universe was unchangeable. Yet modern science verifies that the universe is “grow old like a garment” (Hebrews 1:11). Evolution directly contradicts this law.

    12. Rejecting the Creator results in moral depravity (Romans 1:20-32). The Bible warns that when mankind rejects the overwhelming evidence for a Creator, lawlessness will result. Since the theory of evolution has swept the globe, abortion, pornography, genocide, etc., have all risen sharply.

    13. The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic Flood) would be denied (2 Peter 3:5-6). There is a mass of fossil evidence to prove this fact, yet it is flatly ignored by most of the scientific world because it was God’s judgment on man’s wickedness.

    14. Vast fossil deposits anticipated (Genesis 7). When plants and animals die they decompose rapidly. Yet billions of life forms around the globe have been preserved as fossils. Geologist now know that fossils only form if there is rapid deposition of life buried away from scavengers and bacteria. This agrees exactly with what the Bible says occurred during the global Flood.

    15. The earth was designed for biological life (Isaiah 45:18). Scientists have discovered that the most fundamental characteristics of our earth and cosmos are so finely tuned that if just one of them were even slightly different, life as we know it couldn’t exist. This is called the Anthropic Principle and it agrees with the Bible which states that God formed the earth to be inhabited.

    16. Our ancestors were not primitive (Genesis 4:20-22; Job 8:8-10; 12:12). Archeologists have discovered that our ancestors mined, had metallurgical factories, created air-conditioned buildings, designed musical instruments, studied the stars, and much more. This evidence directly contradicts the theory of evolution, but agrees completely with God’s Word.

    17. The order of creation agrees with science (Genesis 1). Plants require sunlight, water, and minerals in order to survive. In the first chapter of Genesis we read that God created light first (v.3), then water (v.6), then soil (v.9), and then He created life (v.11).

    18. Strong and weak nuclear force explained (Colossians 1:17) Physicists do not understand what binds the atom’s nucleus together. Yet, the Bible states that “all things consist”, or are held together by the Creator, Jesus Christ

    19. Atomic fission anticipated (2 Peter 3:10-12). Scripture states that “the elements will melt with fervent heat” when the earth and the heavens are “dissolved” by fire. Today we understand that if the elements of the atom are loosed, there would be an enormous release of heat and energy (radiation).

    20. Animal instincts understood (Job 39; Proverbs 30:24-28). A newly hatched spider weaves an intricate web without being taught. A recently emerged butterfly somehow knows to navigate a 2,500 mile migration route without a guide. God explains that He has endowed each creature with specific knowledge. Scripture, not evolution, explains animal instincts.

    21. Pseudo-science anticipated (1 Timothy 6:20). The theory of evolution contradicts the observable evidence. The Bible warned us in advance that there would be those who would profess: “profane and idle babblings, and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge (science).” True science agrees with the Creator’s Word.

    22. Science confirms the Bible (Colossians 2:3). These insights place the Bible far above every man-made theory and all other so called inspired books. In contrast, the Koran states that the sun sets in a muddy pond (Surah 18:86). The Hadith contains many myths. The Book of Mormon declares that Native Americans descended from Jews, which has been disproven by DNA research. The Eastern writings also contradict true science.

    23. Love explained (Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 4:7-12). Evolution cannot explain love. Yet, God’s word reveals that the very purpose of our existence is to know and love God and our fellow man. God is love, and we were created in His image to reflect His love.

    The cause of suffering revealed (Genesis 3; Isaiah 24:5-6). The earth is subject to misery, which appears at odds with our wonderfully designed universe. However, the Bible, not evolution, explains the origin of suffering. When mankind rebelled against God, the curse resulted, introducing affliction, pain and death into the world.

    Death explained (Romans 6:23). All eventually die. The Bible alone explains why we die, “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). Sin is transgression of God’s Law. To see if you will die, please review God’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). Have you ever lied? (White lies an fibs count). Ever stolen? (Cheating on a test or taxes is stealing). Jesus said that “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28). Have you ever looked with lust? Then you’re an adulterer at heart. Have you ever hated someone or called someone a fool? If so, the Bible says you are guilty of murder (Matthew 5:21-2; 1 John 3:15). Have you ever used your Creator’s name (Lord, God, Jesus, or Christ) in vain? This is called blasphemy, and God hates it. If you have broken these commandments at any time, then by your own admission, you are a blasphemer, a murderer, an adulterer, a thief, and a liar at heart. And we have only looked at five of the Ten Commandments. This is why we die.

    Justice understood (Acts 17:30). Our God-given conscience reveals that all sin will be judged. Down deep we know that He who created the eyes sees every secret sin (Romans 2:16). He who formed our mind remembers our past offense as if it just occurred. God has declared that the penalty for sin is death. Physical death comes first, then second death, which is eternal separation from God in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). God cannot lie. Every sin will be judged. His justice demands it. But God is also rich in mercy to all who call upon His name. He has made a way for justice to be served and mercy to be shown.

    Eternal life revealed (John 3:16). Scientists reach in vain for the cure for aging and death. Yet, the good news is that God, who is the source of all life, has made a way to freely forgive us so that we may live forever with Him in heaven. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners. Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God desires a loving, eternal relationship with each person, free from sin, fear, and pain. Therefore, He sent His Son to die as our substitute on the cross. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus never sinned, therefore He alone qualified to pay the penalty for our sins on the cross. He died in our place. He then rose from the grave defeating death. All who turn from their sins and trust Him will be saved. To repent and place your trust in Jesus Christ, make Psalm 51 your prayer. Then read your Bible daily, obeying what you read. God will never let you down.

    The solution to suffering (Revelation 21). Neither evolution nor religion offers a solution to suffering. But God offers heaven as a gift to all who trust in His Son. In heaven. “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

    The Bible offers the only remedy for sin, suffering, and death. God’s Word presents the only perfect, sinless Savior, one who died for our sins and rose from the dead. Jesus is the Creator (John 1: Colossians 1). He said, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). And He promises His followers: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” (John 10:28). Your eternal destiny will be determined by your choice. There is only one provision for sin. Jesus died in your place. Only faith in Christ’s finished work will you be saved. This is God’s free gift offered to all.

    Please do not let pride, religion, opinions, or love for sin separate you from God. No sin is worth an eternity in hell. Please heed Jesus’ words, “Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). If you do, you will live in heaven with our awesome Creator forever!

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  10. agnes loren
    July 24, 2018

    A Physician’s Look: The Agony of Love

    Personal Update, April 1998
    By Mark Eastman, M.D.
    (Former atheist)

    The Trials

    After Jesus’ arrest, they led Him away to the High Priest Caiaphas, where the Scribes and elders were assembled. During this inquisition we are told that “some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, ‘Prophesy!” And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands. (Mark 14:65)

    Beatings about the face received by a blindfolded individual cause even worse trauma because the victim cannot “roll with punches.” In the hours that followed Jesus received two additional beatings at the hands of Romans soldiers. (Matthew 27)

    Several disfigurement of the face would certainly have resulted from the brutal treatment. It is likely that the eyelids were swollen shut as a result of such beatings. This was done in fulfillment of Isaiah 52:13-14:

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted
    and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at
    thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his
    form more than the sons of men.

    Scourging

    After His trial before Pontius Pilate, Jesus was scourged (flogged) by the Roman guards. This process typically involved a whip with numerous leather thongs, 18-24 inches long, with bits of metal, bone or glass embedded in the leather. At times they would use an iron to beat the prisoner. According to Jewish custom, a prisoner was usually flogged 39 times (Forty minus one was a sign of Jewish mercy!)

    Scourging was an extreme form of punishment. The skin on the victim’s back was usually shredded, thus exposing the underlying muscle and skeletal structures. Severe blood loss and dehydration were the rule. Many victims died from such scourging.

    After the scourging of Jesus, the Roman soldiers beat Him a second time with their hands and with a reed. Then they put on him a “crown of thorns.” Jesus had not drunk since the night before, so the combination of the beatings, the crown of thorns, and the scourging would have set into motion an irreversible process of severe dehydration and cardio respiratory failure. All of this was done so that the prophecy of Isaiah would be fulfilled:

    I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked
    off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. (Isaiah 50:6)

    And:
    But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
    iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
    stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

    Crucifixion

    Crucifixion was invented by the Persians between 300-400 B.C. It was “perfected” by the Romans in the first century B.C. It is arguably the most painful death ever invented by man in where we get our term “excruciating.” It was reserved primarily for the most vicious of criminals.

    The most common device used for crucifixion was a wooden cross, which consisted of an upright pole permanently fixed in the ground with a removable crossbar, usually weighing between 75-100 lbs. Victims of crucifixion were typically stripped naked and their clothing divided by the Roman guards. In Jesus’ case this was done in fulfillment of Psalm 22:18, “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

    As a gesture of “Roman kindness” the prisoner was offered a mixture of vinegar (gall) and wine as a mild anesthetic. This anesthetic was refused by Jesus. (Matthew 27:34) Consequently, He bore it all! The Apostle Peter stated of Jesus:

    Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that
    we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose
    stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

    The victim was then placed on his back, arms stretched out and nailed to the cross bar. The nails, which were generally about 7-9 inches long, were place between the bones of the forearm (the radius ad ulna) and the small bones of the hands (the carpal bones). The placement of the nail at this point had several effects. First it ensured that the victim would indeed hang until dead. Secondly, a nail placed at this point would sever the largest nerve in the hand called the median nerve.

    The severing of this nerve is a medical catastrophe. In addition to severe burning pain the destruction of this nerve causes permanent paralysis of the hand. Furthermore, by nailing the victim at this point in the wrist, there would be minimal bleeding and there would be no bones broken! Thus scriptures were fulfilled:

    I can count all my bones: they look and stare upon me. (Psalm 22:17)

    He keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken. (Psalm 34:20)

    The positioning of the feet is probably the most critical part of the mechanics of crucifixion. First the knees were flexed about 45 degrees and the feet were flexed (bent downward) an additional 45 degrees until they were parallel to the vertical pole. An iron nail about 7-9 inches long was driven through the feet between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones. In this position the nail would sever the dorsal pedal artery of the foot, but the resultant bleeding would be insufficient to cause death.

    The Catastrophic Result

    The resulting position on the cross sets up a horrific sequence of events which results in a slow, painful death. Having been pinned to the cross, the victim now has an impossible position to maintain.

    With the knees flexed at about 45 degrees, the victim must bear his weight with the muscles of the thigh. However, this is an almost impossible task, try to stand with your knees flexed at 45 degrees for 5 minutes. As the strength of the legs gives out, the weight of the body must now be borne by the arms and shoulders. The result is that within a few minutes of being placed on the cross, the shoulders will become dislocated. Minutes later he elbows and wrists become dislocated. The result of these dislocations is that the arms are as much as 6-9 inches longer than normal.

    With the arms dislocated, considerable body weight is transferred to the chest, causing the rib cage to be elevated in a state of perpetual inhalation. Consequently, in order to exhale, the victim must push down on his feet to allow the rib muscles to relax. The problem is that the victim cannot push very long because the legs are extremely fatigued. As time goes on, the victim is less and less able to bear weight on the legs, causing further dislocation of the arms and further raising of the chest wall, making breathing more and more difficult.

    The result of this process is a series of catastrophic physiological effects. Because the victim cannot maintain adequate ventilation of the lungs, the blood oxygen level begins to diminish and the blood carbon dioxide (CO2) level begins to rise. This rising CO2 level stimulates the heart to beat faster in order to increase the delivery of oxygen and the removal of CO2.

    However, due to the pinning of the victim and the limitations of oxygen delivery, the victim cannot deliver more oxygen and the rising heart rate only increases oxygen demand. So this process sets up a vicious cycle of increasing oxygen demand, which cannot be met, followed by an ever increasing heart rate. After several hours the heart begins to fail, the lungs collapse and fill up with fluid, which further decreases oxygen delivery to the tissues. The blood loss and hyperventilation combines to cause severe dehydration. That’s why Jesus said, “I thirst.” (John 19:28)

    Over a period of several hours, the combination of collapsing lungs, failing heart, dehydration, and the inability to get adequate oxygen supplies to the tissues cause the eventual death of the victim. The victim, in effect, cannot breath properly and slowly suffocates to death. In cases of severe cardiac stress, such as crucifixion, a victim’s heart can even burst. This process is called “Cardiac Rupture.” Therefore it could be said that Jesus died of a “broken heart!”

    To slow the process of death the executioners put a small wooden seat on the cross, which would allow the victim the privilege of bearing his weight on his buttocks. The effect of this was that it could take up to nine days to die on a cross.

    When the Romans wanted to expedite death, they would simply break the legs of the victim, causing him to suffocate in a matter of minutes.

    At three o’clock in the afternoon Jesus said, “Tetelastai”, meaning “it is finished.” He gave up the ghost. When the soldiers came to Jesus to break His legs, He was already dead. Not a bone of Him was broken!

    How Should We Then Live?

    I realized that it is difficult to read the details of Jesus’ physical sufferings. And yet, when realize that He looked forward, on our behalf, to the cross, we are overwhelmed with His practical demonstration of love and, hopefully, a personal realization of our unworthiness. How should we then live? I believe that the Apostle Paul said it best:

    Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in
    the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but
    made Himself of no reputation,taking the form of a bondservant,and
    coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man,
    He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even
    the death of the cross. Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and
    given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of
    Jesus, every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth,
    and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
    glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

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    August 28, 2018

    Holy Spirit

    God has revealed to us [these things] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what person knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him. So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10-11)

    Now here is this great Being of God in our universe, this fantastic Being of infinite wisdom and mighty power. How can we know anything about him? Paul’s answer is that we cannot, except he discloses himself to us. You cannot find out God by searching. Man by wisdom does not know God. Man by investigation of all the natural forces of life will never find his way to the heart of God. Only God himself must disclose himself, must open himself to us. That he has done by means of the Spirit of God — the Spirit has come to teach us about God. The Lord Jesus himself appeared as a man in order that we might have a visible demonstration of what God is like. The simplest answer to the question, “What is God like?” is to say he is like Jesus, under all circumstances. But it is the work of the Spirit to show us what Jesus is like. Jesus said, “He will take of the things of mine and show them unto you,” (John 16:14 KJV). You can read the record of the Gospels, and read the historical record of Jesus, but the living Lord does not stand out from the pages merely by reading them. It is as the Spirit illuminates those pages and makes them vivid and real that you find yourself confronted with the living, breathing Christ himself. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. Paul describes the method that the Spirit has taken by which he does this fantastic thing. Verse 12:

    Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:12-13 RSV)

    [We have received] the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12b RSV)

    That is the reason why non-Christians can read their Bibles and it seems to be a totally different book to them than when a Christian reads it. Many of you have had that experience. Before you became Christians you read the Bible and it was such a dull book; there was nothing exciting in it. Then you became a Christian, you received the Spirit, and the result was that the book came alive. Things that you once had puzzled over became clear, and you found yourself fascinated by it. The Spirit began with the apostles; they were illuminated by him. Then another phenomenon happened, Verse 13:

    And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but words[implied here] taught by the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:13a)

    As you know, one of the major arguments of our day is over the question of the inerrancy of scripture. People are asking afresh today, “Is everything in the Bible true? Does the Bible speak with authority in every realm of life? Is it true in what it says about scientific, geographic, and astronomic matters, etc? Or is it true only when it tells you how to get to heaven?” The question is answered by Paul’s statement here. He says that when the apostles began to speak and to write the Scriptures, they did so by words taught by the Holy Spirit. What he is really talking about is a process by which the Spirit of God awakened the minds of the apostles to understand truth, and they chose their own words to express it so that every apostle’s personality comes through in the words that he uses. And yet, in a strange and wonderful way, those words which the apostles chose are words that God himself approved. Therefore, they come from him, not in a direct, but in an indirect sense.

    Paul says to Timothy, “All scripture is breathed out from God,” (2 Timothy 3:16). If that is true, then it comes from a God who cannot lie, a God who makes no mistakes, a God who sees the end from the beginning, so every word in Scripture is true. As the apostles wrote these things down, therefore, we can trust what they had to say.

    According to the Scriptures you receive the Spirit when you believe in Jesus. That is what he himself said. On the great day of the feast of the Tabernacles recorded in John 7, he said, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water,'” (John 7:37-38 RSV). John adds, “Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive;” (John 7:39 RSV). And in the first chapter of his Gospel, John says, “To all who received him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave power [power is the work of the Spirit] to become children of God,” (John 1:12 RSV). Everywhere in the Scripture you find that the moment you believe the word about Jesus — who he is, what he did, and what he can do for you as Lord of your life — in that moment you receive the Spirit.

    There is the process. It begins with the indwelling of the apostles, then the illuminating of the apostles’ minds, the preaching of the apostles in words chosen by the Spirit, the indwelling of every believer by belief in the word that the apostles preached, and the illuminating of the mind of each believer to understand truth as it fits his or her life directly.

    That is the process by which this great body of fascinating truth, the secret and hidden wisdom of God which is intended for our glorification, will begin to change our lives, our homes, our families, our community, our nation, and ultimately, the whole of the world. You would never think up that process, would you?

    The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
    “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
    (1 Cor 2:14-16)

    What is it that is the central thing about Christian faith?

    Well, the answer of Scripture, of course, is very clear. Both the Old and New Testaments indicate that the “main thing” about Christianity is Jesus Christ himself. He is the center of our faith, not even the Word about him, but he himself as a living Being who imparts to us new life by faith in his name. His life, his death, and his resurrection are the central themes around which all truth gathers. All truth, whether of a religious, a scientific, a moral or a polemic or political nature, whatever it may be, all truth must center around that. That is the central truth of Christianity. Therefore, the fundamental question of life from the Bible’s point of view is, “What is your relationship with Jesus? What do you think about Jesus?” Our Lord himself put it in those terms when he said to the people of his day, “What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?” (Matthew 22:42a KJV). The fundamental division of all humanity, therefore, comes right at that point. Are you related to Christ, or do you not yet know him? Are you regenerated by faith in Christ, or are you still on the way, perhaps yet to come to that encounter with him which will make the transformation in your life.

    Non-Christians cannot understand spiritual truths, and they cannot grasp the concept of God’s Spirit lives in believers. Many non-Christians do not approve or understand Christians who receive Christ as Lord and Savior and follow Him, believe is all seems so silly to them. Just as a tone-deaf person cannot appreciate fine music, the person who rejects Christ cannot understand truths from God’s Spirit. With the lines of communication broken, he or she won’t be able to hear what God is saying to him or her.

    No one can know what the Lord is thinking (Romans 11:34), but through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, believers have insight into some of God’s plans, thoughts, and actions. They, in fact, have “the mind of Christ.” Through the Holy Spirit, we can begin to know God’s thoughts, talk with him, and expect his answers to our prayers. An intimate relationship with Christ comes only from spending time consistently in his presence and in his Word. Now, have you received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Just ask Him to enter into your life and believe that He is the true and living God and that He can forgive all your sins: past, present and future! And you are guaranteed eternal life in heaven with Him, because He promises you will be saved by faith in Him alone!

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