It was the best year of my life when I met and dated a JW girl. We had a lot of fun, a lot of laughs and what was by all appearances a loving, warm relationship. She was sweet, funny and really affectionate. For nearly the entire year she was in a wheelchair as the result of a car accident. One thing though was missing. As a Christian I had little time for God. I kind of forgot about Him. My JW girlfriend was pretty much my whole world. It wasn’t until much later that that I realized God would never bless our union. We were unequally yoked. She knew nothing about the free gift of salvation. Knew nothing of God’s grace. Nothing of the redemption through the blood of Christ. The Truth was not in her. The Kingdom Hall where she attended church services, teaches that Jesus was merely the chief of the angels; the Archangel Michael. His death didn’t pay the penalty for sin, but brought back the possibility for perfection in the human life. We can be righteous on our own. The deity of Christ as the Creator of all things is completely denied and really doesn’t play much of a role anymore. My JW girlfriend and I were spiritually incompatible. If we talked about the things of God, she refused to use the Holy Bible. Her religion has its own “bible” as do the other religious cults. The founder of the JWs, Charles T. Russell and two of his friends were in a basement with the Holy Bible and went through it verse by verse. If they disagreed with something, they merely made changes to it . Russell was offended by the Bible’s teaching on hell, that he changed it to eternal annihilation. In other words, all non JWs will cease to exist after death. They will only be in God’s memory. Try as I might to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to my JW girlfriend, it was all Greek to her. She said I was being weird.
When she healed from her injuries and began to walk again, she not only ditched the wheelchair, but she also ditched me. It was sudden, without warning. I didn’t even know what hit me. Were there signs she was losing interest? Personality change? I was so naive and clueless.I was so blinded by love I thought we were forever. It wasn’t until much later that I learned from a mutual friend that she had gone back to a guy she had dated when we first met. He wasn’t a JW. He had no religious beliefs and was an alcoholic.
For months afterwards, I couldn’t eat or sleep. I sank into a deep depression. Trying to snap out of it, I called a JW lady who lived up the road from me. Soon they were coming to my house weekly for bible study. I wanted to know what the JWs actually believe. Somehow I thought it would help me to understand my ex girlfriend better. Maybe I just wanted to feel closer to her by spending time with “her people.” It didn’t work. Instead, I felt something important was missing. I felt empty. It didn’t take long to find out what it was. Jesus Christ was missing. They didn’t even talk about him. I felt so guilty because I have been a Christian for many years and knew better. I quickly repented.
It’s been 14 years since I last saw my old JW girlfriend. I still think about her from time to time and, yeah, sometimes I still miss her. But I also know the union could never work. She completely rejects the Savior that I love and put all my faith in. I still pray for her that God will open her spiritual eyes and her heart to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ before it is too late.
The problem with Islam is that it had veered off course. It went in a completely opposite direction. Its very foundation is based on a false premise that Ishmael, not Isaac, was God’s promised child. From there they were at the point of no return. When a foundation is faulty, most teachings that comes from it may also be faulty. The God of the Holy Bible has always been known as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Ishmael is not mentioned because he was not one of the patriarchs who were all part of God’s redemptive plan. (Ishmael, instead was made the forefather of of 12 princes). Abraham’s spiritual descendants are all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Physically he is the father of many nations.
Muslims claim that the Bible as we know it today is not the same revelation that God originally revealed, because the people who handled the text did not record it accurately. They, along with other religious cults, believe that God stood by and allowed men to trample all over his Word, filling it with errors to the point that it’s corrupted. Yet, it’s these same religions that added and subtracted to the Holy Scriptures doing violence to it.. This is what the cults do.They write their own bible. Yet, when you ask them to show where the errors are, they become vague and you never get a straight answer. Look, God is not mocked. He will judge us by how we treated his Word. God promised to preserve his word and he has. His very holy character and nature depends on it. We are calling God a liar if we accuse Him of failing to do what He said He would do. God said: “The flower will fade, the grass will wither , but the word of God will endure forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) Psalm 118:89 says: “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” God’s word has already been settled in heaven. God entrusted the Jews with His holy oracles. (Romans 3:2) They painstakingly copied and recopied it over and over. So where are these so-called errors?
Instead of respecting the Torah and other books of the Jewish Scriptures which are the same as the Old Testament in the Christian Bible, Islam created the Qu’ran in order to defend a religion that all but abandoned God’s plan of salvation which is that all who live by faith become a child of Abraham and inherit the blessings promised to Abraham’s children. What does it mean to live by faith? It means we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for the sins of the world. This is what the Holy Bible teaches.
Some of the false beliefs of Islam is they completely deny the deity of Jesus Christ. To them he was just a good man. A prophet just like Muhammad. They also deny that Jesus was ever crucified. They claim he faked his death by merely swooning on the cross. I have heard some Muslims say that Judas Iscariot, one of the’ 12 apostles who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, actually took Jesus’ place on the cross and died. Muslims also believe that Jesus whom they call Isa, will one day return and convert to Islam. This Isa will work with the Mahdi who is the Muslim savior to force all non Muslims to convert under threat of death. If this isn’t blasphemy, I don’t know what is!
To be continued….
Islam, along with Judaism and Christianity believe they are descendants of Abraham. In the Qur’an, the Muslim’s holy book, God calls upon people to “follow the religion of Abraham” ( Qu’ran 3:95) Unlike Christians and Jews, Islam follows the ancestral line of Ishmael who is the forefather of the Arab race. They believe it was Ishmael, not Isaac, who was the child of promise to come from the loins Abraham. Because many years had passed after God made this promise, and still no child, Sarah herself was getting old and her womb dead, she began to have serious doubts. Even Abraham’s faith began to waver a bit. Like most Christians, especially today, Sarah couldn’t wait for God’s timing. She mistakenly thought she could help God speed things up by telling Abraham to sleep with Hagar, the Egyptian slave woman. Out of that union the illegitimate Ishmael was born. The Holy Bible tells us he was not the son God had promised Abraham. His birth was a result of disobedience on the part of both Sarah and Abraham. Genesis 16 tells us that Ishmael would be a wild man-a wild-assed man like a donkey. His hand would be against every man and every man’s hand would be against him. The meaning being that Ishmael would be hot tempered and warlike. Soon, Hagar and Ismael would be thrown out of their tent at Sarah’s insistence where they ended up wandering in the Desert of Beersheba. Sarah, at nearly age 90, did indeed become pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, (he was 100 years of age) at the very time God had promised him. Later, Isaac would go on to have a son, Jacob, who in turn had 12 sons that became the ancestors of the 12 tribes of Israel. God began to be known as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Ishmael is not even mentioned. Judaism then flourished and from the Jews came Christianity. So, where does Islam fit in?
Islam was founded back in the 7th century. This is very late in Christian and Judaism history. Although Muhammad was not the founder of Islam, he did much to reform it. The Quran, considered to be the sacred text of the Muslims, contains Muhammad’s teachings which he claimed was revealed to him from Allah by the angel Gabriel. Yet, there many problems with this religion. First of all, its foundation is flawed. Although they do believe in some of the writings in the Holy Bible, they have other beliefs which completely contradict what God’s Word says. They say that the Torah, the first 5 books of the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Bible, is so corrupted that the Qu’ran became necessary.
To be continued…….
Not far from where I live there’s a Messianic Fellowship building of worship where both Messianic Jews and Christians congregate on the sabbath. These Christians observe Jewish holy days. One of them owns a 2nd hand shop and always closes it on certain feast days like the Feast of the Trumpets. These so called Christians are similar to those Gentiles in the New Testament who were referred to as devout god-fearers. They put themselves under the Jewish law and would follow synagogue teachings. The Bible tells us that these God fearers were not saved (born again). Cornelius and Lydia are two examples. They were devout and worshiped God, yet Peter and Paul had to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them. They came to believe and were later baptized. It is not enough to be religious or even to believe in the existence God and have a form of worship, for even demons believe in the one true God and tremble. They of course do not posses salvation.
Why would any Gentile, especially those who claim to be Christian, want to put themselves under the law in this age of grace? The law was never meant for them. It was given to the nation of Israel to show the Jews what sin is and how far they have fallen.That man cannot save himself. He needs a Messiah. The law was never meant to be permanent as no one can keep the whole law. It was to pave the way for God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who alone saves us.
Most Messianic Jews still keep the Old Testament practices such as the sabbath, kosher laws, circumcision, holy days, etc. This is mixing the Old Covenant with the New Covenant. The Bible tells us the two are mutually exclusive. They no more mix than do oil and water. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law. He paid our sin debt in full. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek. We are all one. To accept Christ as Savior and at the same time adhere to law keeping is offensive to God. Its denying Christ’s complete atonement at the cross. God sent His only Son into the world who is now our High Priest forever. His blood alone forgives sins. If you call yourself a Messianic Jew because you believe that Yeshua is the Messiah, then you cannot continue with the Old Covenant.
It begs the question: Have Jews ever asked themselves why there has been no Temple since 70 AD? Why hasn’t God brought back animal sacrifices? How do they handle the fact that they haven’t been able to deal with their sins? Why is there no more physical priesthood in the line of Aaron? The answer is simple. Christ fulfilled all that through His perfect blood sacrifice. He satisfied all the demands of the law. The main function of a priest was to act as mediator between man and God.To kill animals and spill their blood to cover sin.Yet, Christ in this age of Grace is our sole Mediator.With the shedding of Christ’s blood we have remission of sins. Therefore, the temple is obsolete because now the body of the born again believer in Jesus Christ is a temple where the Holy Spirit indwells
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. This is the New Covenant. Christ did it all for us, By accepting Him as Messiah we have peace with God. Salvation is the work of God, not the work of man. Its a free gift. Accept it. Don’t try to earn it through a myriad of works, rules and law keeping. You’ll never make it.
I was watching a man preach on TV this morning. He was reading the Scriptures from his Android. What happened to his Holy Bible? Why has he tossed it aside during church on Sunday? It was good enough for Christians for thousands of years. To me, there’s just no comparison to flipping the pages of an aged worn Bible and looking at the highlighted verses and notes in the margins. There’s just something about holding the “Good Book” in your hands. I can hear people saying: “So what? What’s wrong with using a tablet? We are living in the information age. The age of advance technology.” Continue reading
I remember watching John Bradshaw speak on PBS one Saturday afternoon back in 1993. Self-help gurus and books had been extremely popular for more than a decade. My mother had just passed away after having triple by-pass surgery and I had taken a lengthy leave of absence from my job. Bradshaw was talking about healing our wounded inner child. How 96% of families are dysfunctional. (he actually said 96. Not 95 or 97) And how it’s sometime necessary when we become adults to nurture and embrace the child we once were. To validate that little boy or girl because so often we had no one validating us when we were children. He told the people in the audience to close their eyes and imagine themselves when they were very young. Continue reading