God’s Plan

God’s plan

(1) “Get Satan to kill Me.”  This death will solve the problem started when I created a world where the potential for sin exists.

(2) When I die I will take responsibility for the fall that started all of this, and soak up all the sin it created.

(3) Once all the sin is in Me, I will bring it to the Lake of Fire, where I will continue to preach the gospel, even there.

(4) Anyone who trusts Me in their minds and with their actions will be forgiven for past sins.  I will encourage them to live perfectly, and forgive them when they fall short if they are continuing to show that in their minds and with their actions that they love me instead of the world.   The blood will be for those folks.  Everybody else has little clue as to what they are talking about.

(5) Paradise with everyone who has earned it.  Yes, that is right.  If you believe in me with your minds and your actions you will be hated and ridiculed and the work will be tough.  I say again: heaven is earned.  Every mentor and patriarch I put into The Bible for you did My works, they worked hard to earn My approval.

There is a reason you have to earn a living, earn every meal, earn a car, earn your grades, and earn everything in life:  It is because I put that nature into people: The need to earn what is had.  {You will reap what you sow.} in other words,  You will get what you have worked to earn.  Life with God is no different.  The only way that heaven differs from any other earned thing is that you earn heaven by denying yourself and walking for Me instead.  No thing you can do that earns My approval comes from you.  It comes from me, but you still have to do it.  If you do not, I will find somebody else who will, and you will be left in the dark.

(6) Those who have proven too slick to suffer for My sake will suffer for their own sake, for eternity with the rest of the selfish people who chose the maelstrom of living that is the world.

Training: What Track is The Good Track

What does a train look like?  It looks like a whole bunch of train cars with an engine in the front and/or the back.  The train cars are all connected.  They all take the same course.  That course is driven by one power.  The train’s engines are even called that: The Power.  An Engineer would say to the Conductor “What Power are we riding in tonight?”  “Good question Frank, I don’t know yet, if I had to guess I would say the red one.”

In The Good Book, we learn that we are all connected and powered by One Source: The One they call Jesus.  His name is Yeshua.  Nobody called Him Jesus. They called Him Yeshua.  Yeshua is Our Power.  He powers us up the ladder that leads to life and into heaven. Much like the Conductor and Engineer of a train, our job is not to direct the path, but to stay awake, communicate with the team, and hold on for the ride through all things that will try getting in the way.

The Good Book tells us that if we train up our children in the way of The Lord, then if they go astray they will return.  Tough question, please forgive me.  How many people do you know that have trained up their children in the ways of The Lord and then have found that their children do not return?

God does not make promises He does not keep; Sometimes though, people make mistakes in choosing the train that they connect their children to.  Unknowingly at first, and then when folks are corrected they generally don’t accept the truth.

The train of The Lord spans all generations.  The ways of The Lord are described in Torah.  In Torah, it tells us that God warns His children: Above all, keep My Sabbaths and Feast Days.  His Sabbaths and Feast Days include The Feast of Tabernacles, Trumpets and First Fruits.  The ways of The Lord are hard to follow, it feels weird, and it takes some humbling.  A lot of humbling.  Nine times out of ten it involves removing oneself from the social circle one has built (that’s the being set apart from the world The Bible talks about).  Big huge sacrifice right?  That sort of sacrifice is love that is worthy of giving to The Lord.  Basically your whole life.  All of it.  He is that awesome.

There is another train that dates way back.  Almost all generations even.  It began as Pagan holidays and rituals.  Pagan Feast Days are also based on the seasons, but do not oblige to The Lord.  Over the years Satan has found ways to take the filthy, dirty train that is those Pagan holidays and dress them up in costumes, and replace their pagan names with Christian ones.  Satan masquerades himself as an angel of light.  Christmas, Easter, and Halloween.  These are the holidays Satan uses to keep people with good intentions from finding their way out of Babylon.

To train your child up in a way that will lead to The Lord is to practice what The Lord has prescribed for all Israelites from the beginning.  As it says in His word:

“And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”

That verse was written to a woman who had been trained in Torah from the beginning of her life.  As she had heard from the beginning would be to practice Torah.  Yeshua showed that it is about what is going on inside the heart, and what is going on outside is a support system for a person who is truly seeking The Truth.

Through the the writer of 2 John, Yeshua foreshadowed the times we are in today, warning us that people would believe that because of the sacrifice He made, obedience is no longer necessary.  The sacrifice He made is what makes obedience possible.

If you would like to continue in disobedience the world will support you for it; However, you will have less of His ear, you will not be as protected by Him as you could be, and you will not be one who is pointing to and worshiping Him with your very rhythm of life.   By choosing disobedience, you choose to sacrifice what you could have with Him for what you already have with the world.

Teleios (Greek for Mature)

It is important to note that in the verses 25-31 God is inviting all evil people to let evil men and women become good.

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Look at the life of David, at the life of Samuel, the life of Paul, any of our patriarch’s.  Our natural inclination is to fall into the maelstrom of thought that these men and all their actions were perfect.  Our patriarch’s were not perfect, but by the power of God they were being driven to perfection continuously through all of their lives.  A lot of the writing in this blog, you may find, is not inviting you to adopt some radical new way of thinking, but is asking you to adjust only slightly what you already know.  Instead of buying a new watch, we are just adjusting it by an hour, getting away from keeping wrong time.

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Our patriarch’s are examples of people who were

  • Born into a life of sin {we are bound by sin at birth}
  • Came to trust The Lord (obedience)
  • And slowly became more and more like Him.  (moving towards teleios)

What is this process?  It could be called maturing into the person The Savior built each of us to be.  Becoming that man or woman He built us to be would be to hit the target He has set for us.  Ephesians chapter four teaches us what it is to grow in Christ, and it also accurately describes what it is to grow in the world.

The world does offer many various forms of growth and maturing in it’s ways.  These patterns of growth vary widely and include spiritual growth such as in various denominations of churches, even voodoo and magic for the very eccentric.  Physical growth like in body building and various sports.  Finally, mental growth as in scholarly institutions, government bodies and corporations.  It is important to note that many of our patriarchs were part of some of these lifestyles but still were uniquely being formed as a child of The Savior.  If you are a bureaucrat or a sports star or a corporate wiz, you are not being judged, you are being invited and encouraged to stand in more faith while continuing in the skill set God has placed under your responsibility.  God reared Daniel in a pagan political field (he was multiple pagan leaders’ most trusted and respected adviser) and God has reared countless unknown others in similar arenas.

According to Ephesians, the man of God will inevitably grow into the likeness of Christ: never proud or boastful, always forgiving, kind, long-suffering, and never fails in the missions set before him or her that are from God even if that mission is to fail at something.  Some glorious day, and presently in some glorious circles, {we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of The Son Of God, to a perfect man,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.}

 

We are vessels.  The world knows this about us and fills us with the idea of what it looks like to become mature:  Put away the former, childish ways of fantasy, and become a person oriented with the realities of the world.  You must lie to each other sometimes, you must steal in a cunning and guarded way that is difficult for others to pin down, you must malign your neighbors, clients, and co-workers when the time is right in order to achieve greatness, and above all when God is brought up, in order to protect your way of life you must deny the importance of supporting Him.  You must recognize Him as nothing more than a childish fantasy with a following of people who are childish and not connected to reality.  These are the true qualities of the mature man and woman, and what you should seek when finding mates, friendships and business partnerships.  This is safe.  This promises wisdom and honor, fulfillment and self worth.

Convincing, is it not?  That was taken straight out of what the enemy tries to teach us each and every day.  And for a short time or even a season it is safe.   Unfortunately though we reap what we sow.  When that time comes we recognize that tragedy strikes those around us in equal fashion.  This leads us to chalk it up to “the way life is.”  Folks who think like the world are surrounded by the world and do not know anything better than the rhythm of tragedy.

Without faith and hope, worldly folks (including those in our churches, yes, especially us) will never experience what it is like to live life with a light and easy burden.  The world is taught to believe that a light and easy burden either does not exist or is childish and immature.  What a laugh.  Immaturity is the very act of carrying the weight of the world and living through constant tragedy.  Worldly maturity does have it’s rewards, riches and glory, but in the kingdom of God it is childish, a result of pride and can be thwarted by admitting one has not been trying to live in perfection and accepting The Savior as one’s boss again.

Behaving as described is exactly the way one must behave in order for God to lovingly lift His protection, allowing the enemy to do what he does best.  Satan has come to lie, kill, steal and destroy.  Satan uses cunning metaphors and many psychological devices to keep the world sick.

When a person comes to God he or she begins to mature in a different way.  Godly people’s actions begin to illicit hatred from the world around us.  Our spirit begins to grow and in all things we find joy and steadfast love.

When God is bringing us to Teleios, the world will see us as immature.  If you are a pastor, look for this in your congregation and encourage that man or woman.  Spilling the beans is a sign of a man being brought to Teleios.  If you have one of those men in your congregation than you have one of The Savior’s own in your midst.  That man suffers everyday for the sake of the gospel.  Deep within, every Teleios man or woman knows that the behaviors of the world encourage the poisoning of the mind, the filling of God’s vessels with anything except for what it is meant to be filled with.  Housing Yeshua Ha-Mashiak in a suitable home requires a lot of beans spilling.  He knows what beans to throw out and what beans to hold onto.  What kind of crop is growing in your mind?Image result for colors pitcher

  • If one spends their time in and around the things of this world, dedicating themselves to those things or even just skating along without Christ, one will become like the world.
  • Contrary to this, if a man or woman spends most of their time around the things of this world, while just spending a few hours a day in fellowship, scripture, and prayer, the maturing process of God within that man or woman is guaranteed.  Literally guaranteed.  If you spend time with God you will become teleios like if you are alive you will breath.

It is by no work of man that he becomes evil or good, it is the work of the evil or good within the source of a man’s surroundings that does the work.  The only power we have over becoming perfected in evil or perfected in good is to choose to give our life to The Savior.  At that point the impossible to avoid work of Christ in our life will take hold.  It is the rigorous work of truly choosing to give up every day that causes us to live.

Worldly Maturing

Ephesians 4:25-31 (excerpts for listing purposes)  {Therefore, putting away lying…stealing…corrupt communication…bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking}

Godly Maturing

Ephesians 4:13 {Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (teleios) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:}

 


Teleios – Cognate: 5046 téleios (an adjective, derived from 5056 /télos, “consummated goal”) – mature (consummated) from going through the necessary stages to reach the endgoal, i.e. developed into a consummating completion by fulfilling the necessary process (spiritual journey). See 5056 (telos).

[This root (tel-) means “reaching the end (aim).” It is well-illustrated with the old pirate’s telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).]

Can We Judge The Heart?

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We can never know if a person’s actions are coming from a righteous place.  We all know that the pharisees were evil.  We know this now, but did they know it back then?  Jesus spent a great deal of time explaining to people that they should not be like the pharisees, and that the pharisees were evil.  I do not think He would have spent so much time teaching this if people already were fully aware of the pharisee’s “dead dry bones”

This applies to today as well.  Many of the church leaders today are being fooled into thinking that they are holy.  How can this be?  How can such tender and loving people be fooled into thinking that they are holy?  Because nobody can judge the heart.  Satan has adjusted the way he does things over the last few thousand years.

The Word tells us that {The heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it?}

Look at this:

  • The three wise men were seeking Jesus
  • Jesus’ parents were seeking Jesus when He taught in the temple as a boy
  • Thousands of people left their daily grind and followed Jesus when He was in ministry
  • The believing ill were healed after seeking Jesus
  • The disciples left their jobs, families and their whole lives to follow Yeshua
  • Today there are a few people who truly seek Jesus and are finding God, the keys to life, and an abundance of it.
  • The pharisees were seeking Jesus with all they had
  • Timothy, James, and Paul used the majority of their resources to follow Jesus.

Just like on sesame street all of these things have something in common, but one of these things just does not belong here.  Every above example is serving the purpose of finding Jesus.  Some of the folks in these examples might have more self serving reasons than others, but the one that truly does not belong is the pharisees, you got it!  They not only are the most self serving, but their intention was to kill Jesus.  You know how that goes, they saw the power of God, were threatened by it and needed to wrestle it into submission, call it out, destroy it, make it their own so that they could serve the people! Right!?  Ha ha, no no no, their intention was to serve themselves at every turn, even when they appeared to be serving others.  You see, the pharisees were so far gone, that they must have at some level been aware of their evil intentions.

The problem in our generation is that Satan has tricked most of our preachers in such a way that they are not aware that what they are doing is actually hindering god’s vine (the various denominations) from being grafted to the True Vine (not a church, but God Himself).  Most of us are being deceived into acting in self serving ways through seemingly innocent acts of service.  The Pharisees, though, they were not deceived.  They knew they were bad people.  Especially after Jesus explained it to them.  Nicodemus recognized this and came to Him.  If Nicodemus was acting genuinely (not as a spy) then He is to be treated with utmost respect.  He risked EVERYTHING to do what was right.

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This is the main point of this message: the tree was the same for each group of people.  If you caught any of them in the street and asked them what they were doing they would have said the same thing “I am looking for Jesus.”  The root and the fruit are both very different for the Pharisees.  The root for most of the other groups are a need for help.  The fruit for most others is/was thankfulness and gratitude.  Not for those bad boys the Pharisees.  Their root was a need to stay in power.  The fruit, once finding Jesus was mind games and nasty tricks.  Did anybody else, except for those in control play mind games and do nasty tricks to Jesus?

Let’s Get Real For A Moment

Why do you do what you do?   Why do you want what you want?  Your wants and intentions (your heart) controls what you do.  Where do you get these wants and desires?  Even if your wants and intentions are serving your church, ask yourself “How many times have I ran people out of the church based on what I judged to be good or bad?”  I want to ask you a serious and difficult question, please.  Could Satan be using you to keep your church from moving closer to the kingdom of God?  Tough question I know.  Do not avoid it.  Instead, face it head on in prayer and you will be pleasantly surprised with what happens next.

If God has sent a servant to your church, and you were part of the pack that ran that servant out, you will be held responsible for that.  The shame you are trying to avoid right now will become unbearable.  It will cause you to hide and to run away from Your Father, just as it is now.  {The heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it?}

There is Some One who can know the heart.  He can know your heart.  He can adjust it and make it nearer to His own.  He is much more likely to do this if you ask Him to.  Yeshua (Jesus) is capable of shaping your intentions and wants and needs to meet goals that will leave you with a great inheritance in heaven.  Make it a daily practice to give Jesus your heart.

Then when you must stand before The King of Kings to answer for your daily habits and the ripples you left behind based on your habits, you will be able to come before Him with fear and trembling, but boldly.  You will stand before Him knowing for certain that your actions did not come from you, but that they came from Him.  You will stand before Him because you will have proven to be a part of Him instead of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Faith without works is dead.  If your works are not His works, even if performed within the setting of a church, you are dead brothers and sisters.  Shalom and go with Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exodus: In An Angel’s Bosom

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In the last three months she had developed a clairaudiance.  Dodging, bobbing and weaving so to speak, in an effort to keep her son from the guards; From the soldiers; from the wise men; and the sorcerers.  It had served her well.  Now, though, came the time for her to put the babe in the hands of The Lord in a tough way.

Yeshua had motivated her to do some peculiar things, especially as of recent.  Never misleading her, she had learned to trust Him.  This though was not an easy step.  Some weren’t.  It seemed to be murder.  Nevertheless, the voice of God would not abate.  It was clear that she must place her son in the river.

The rain was warm on the Levite woman’s brow.  There was an easy mist forming in pockets as she was lead to the river’s edge.  Her motivation was that of any mother’s.  The idea of allowing the Egyptians to take her newborn son’s life was not an option.  Was she the only one striving to keep hers?

She walked briskly, holding the babe under her garments.  Drawing closer and closer to the Nile, she was nearing the place where people might see her.  The Levite woman’s clothes were damp, yet they still hung over her with ease.  The Levite woman looked for a good place where she could place the child.  Hearing footsteps, slow and meticulously placed in the wet sand and mud: squish, drain, pop, another pop and a long squish, “Oh no” she thought. She needed a place to hide and a distraction so her movements weren’t heard.  She tossed a small cobble into the air.  It arced up and over the path and into the sage brush on the other side.  She made a jump for a small hill next to her, not nearly enough for shelter but she landed and rolled flat with the baby in her arms at the same time that the cobble brushed through the foliage and plopped into the mud.  She hugged the ground and her energy was kept low.  The baby didn’t make a sound, the Egyptian passed, spooked and without a glance in her direction.

The desert was a land full of superstitions.  Over the generations these superstitions had woven themselves into the very nature of the Egyptian.  This, she had found was right in front of her all the time.  Once she could see it was so plain.  It worked to her advantage remarkably.

She was not even on alert at moments like this anymore.  Her energy was very balanced.  If she had been caught the Egyptians would have dealt with her in a most licentious way.  God had her heart and mind.  It was not easy to walk so close to Him.  She was derided by the leaders, both religious and non.  She was in constant warfare with herself. Against the wiles of her carnal mind:  it telling her how childish this God stuff was;  Yet, He prevailed when she was with Him in mind, and even when she wasn’t.

The basket she had made the day before was still there, waiting for to take it’s place in history.  What was His name?  She placed him in the basket.  She took a moment and just sat.  This was another step in her personal journey with The Creator.  There was a chorus happening all around her.  The falling drops on the water, in the vegetation, on the land, and over her son’s golden brown skin.

The river tugged him in as she shed her motherly tears.

A small, condensed ray raced toward the earth from the sky.  The water caught in it was, for a moment, a swirl of of beautiful bright colors.

“What have I done” The Levite woman wailed.  Her guts and better judgement immediately lashed out at her for being such a fool.  She prayed that she be given the strength to understand and abide in God’s will.   But alas it is written <For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.  We are fools for Christ’s sake.>

And goes the journey of the faithful.  She then remembered the situation at hand and that her options were slim to none.  She remembered the construction of trust that had developed between Her husband, YHVH, and herself.  She chose to allow her mind to be put at ease and she continued to morn the loss of her son.

The Unseen

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Prayer:

Hi Lo, reader.  How are we today?  Let’s say a prayer that Yeshua really lords over our lives for the remainder of this week.  That He brings us into deep fellowship with the church through His word.  He is king and loves us and we thank Him for that.  Change is what we seek, we want our knowledge of who He is to grace our minds and to bring us into a deeply intertwined communion with the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:

 {In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.}

Please, before reading ,watch this beautiful video that will aid us in this study.  If you don’t care to watch the whole thing just skip to four minutes and fifty seconds: Reuben Margolin: Motion Sculptor.

That is an artists perspective on this natural occurrence.  Here is another perspective from the scope of people who study God’s creation and all its behavior’s (most of them miss this point: that if God created such awe inspiring things than He must be eons greater than His own creation, and more complicated too!).  The only difference for this video that we might suggest is that at four minutes and twenty five seconds Dr. Quantum says “the electron decided to act differently”.  As we believers know, the electron was created, by Yahova, to act whichever way it acts in a given situation.  Check this out!: Double Slit Experiment.

If you are anything like me, you skipped over the verse above thinking I already have read that.  Tens of times.  Let’s concentrate on something: <And the earth was without form, and void>  Wow, that is deep.  Is scripture meaning to tell us that the world was created, yet had not come into tangible existence yet?  Let’s look at the earthly definitions of formless and then of voidFormless: without a clear or definite shape or structure (adj).  According to that definition it seems so.  An idea is formless, right?  Unwritten and written rules and laws are formless, yet they govern everything we do.  Lastly, There are a lot of things in the world of spirituality that are formless.

Now lets look at Void: A completely empty space (adj).  The earth, on the first day, was without a clear or definite shape or structure and was completely empty space.  We can then conclude that the earth existed before it existed.  Much like a bench that a carpenter makes exists, in his mind, before it exists.  Not really like that, it was more like it had existence yet was not . . . how do we say, matter.  That’s all, it wasn’t quite matter yet.  It was well on it’s way to becoming matter.

In studying these first few words of the Bible lets think that God is inviting us to understand the reality that we easily exist within, full of form and very tangible, is patterned after something that may not be quite like that.

Acts 17: 6

< And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;>

The way that things ordinarily function tend to change when disciples are around.  The people in control don’t care much for that.  hehe.  Now we are slightly straying from the point so let us get back on target.

Let us look at numbers.  The book itself probably attests for this idea in a great many ways however, we are going to look at a different numbers.  Spiritual things are not matter, but they have representations of themselves all around us.   We cannot buy 4 (the number).  We cannot hold 12.  We are not capable of creating 7.  We can though, hold 3 apples and the number three does a real fine job at pinning down the idea that is 3.  The closest we can get to holding 5 would be to make something into the shape of a 5 and then hold it.  In that case we are holding the representation of five.  Another way to hold the representation of five would be to hold 5 things.

If it were cameras some one might say “what’s with the cameras?” missing the whole five thing completely.  If you were holding something that were in the shape of a five someone might say “whats with the five?”  This idea of it being a representation is close to the point.

As we go further into the first few verses of scripture we learn that {darkness was upon the face of the deep.}  This was before there was any form yet.  There was yet to be an amount of matter to settle into a something to create a tangible deep.  So what can we take from this?  Lets take the representation of what deep is.  When we have a heady experience in conversation or God places something intense like an epiphany into a believer’s mind a man may think or say “man, that was deep” .  Darkness was on the face of that; and on the face of a group of liquids that have settled together into a something that holds enough of it for God to consider it deep.  Now we know that probably everything known to man is simply a representation of something spiritual.

Water is definitely a representation of something very powerful: it has polarity, is life sustaining, cleansing, dense, viscous, see through, dependable, and tangibly carries waves.  It says that The Spirit of God moved on the face of that.  What does it mean by “the face”?  I can bet that it means something close to “what the surface of something shows, or what can be gathered at first glance.”  <And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.>  Beyond that we read that there was light and a separation of it being good from the darkness.  The first day.

What we know light to be is photons that come in packets.  So aside from those little photon packets in the first day God didn’t create anything our human bodies would be able to exist in.  It is quite possible that those photons weren’t yet poking into the reality that had not yet been stretched out yet.  Who knows?  All we know is that it is some really cool stuff to think about.

We are so incredibly privileged to live in a world where we can come into direct relationship with Yeshua, Our God, who pokes through into our world presently in the form of acts of Fatherly advice and rearing, kindness, oppression and opportunity, Love and the need to change.  God we love You and thank You for Your patience with us as we try and make changes that are suitable to You.  Sanctify us for Your work.  You are everything, we lift up Your name and ask You to make it our will to properly sing Your praises.  JOY!

Who is your God? Church or God?

Today I had a really great conversation with a Muslim.  He was about my age, and we had a lot in common.  We both agreed to disagree on many topics, but to tell you the truth I learned from that boy, and he admitted, whether he wanted to or not, to have learned from me too.

He, on his own accord, without me doing any mental work at all, consistently brought up points that I was prepared for and was knowledgeable about.  Some of them I had literally studied just hours before.  The confidence this brought was key.

I believe because of some things God showed the muslim boy today through me that it will be easier, more sensible even for him to join the good guys.  One of the points brought up in this conversation is this:  What happened at the crucifixion seemingly causes us Christians to feel as if we are not responsible for our actions.

It is easy to fall into a Muslim’s trap when they bring up anything.  They have studied themselves approved in a much greater way than the average Christian.  They tend to spin a yarn that makes us look like irresponsible children and our doctrine like an unrealistic fairy tale.  Once this point is made by a Muslim (and they will make that point, trust me) it is important to recognize that any Christian who has given their life to a church, a denomination or to any representation of Christ will be obliterated by the Muslim in that argument and rightly so.  Why? Because those Christians have not yet experienced how God actually handles sin.  To those Christians, the gospel more or less is a fairy tale.  Forgive me for putting it that plainly.  I have been on both sides of this and I understand how you feel.

The Bible very subtly warns us of the difference between copy catting others who have given their lives to Christ and actually giving up one’s life for Him.  In Genesis we learn of Abraham walking with God.  When he is in the maelstrom that was Egypt during a famine, he withholds information from his enemies in order to both save himself, his wife, and his obedience to God.  He tells everybody that Sarah is his sister and moves forward trusting God will do the rest.  God does, and in magnificent fashion.  Abraham does it again when in the land of king Abimelech and the outcome is exactly the same.

Fast forwarding a few chapters we find Abraham’s son, Isaac in the same situation, with the same king even.  Isaac’s wife is on the line because she also is beautiful like his mother, Sarah.  Isaac probably thought quickly this worked for my dad and he tells the king “She is my sister.”

Uh oh.  Isaac’s copy catting does not quite work, spiritually, as Abraham’s did.  Withholding information and speaking something that is untrue are not the same thing.  A copy catter might do well verse for verse defending their beliefs against another’s beliefs.  Here is the problem with that though:  If we have not truly given our lives to Yeshua, we will leave that conversation worried about some of the points the Muslim had.  That will show through, subtly in our body language, the Muslim will pick up on it, and the Muslim will walk away with more faith in their religion because they noticed that they got to another Christian.

Please forgive me if that point was sort of rough.  Rectifying it is between you and God.  If you have had a lengthy and good relationship with Him (not your church, but Him) you understand what it feels like to no longer deal with guilt or shame. If you are not yet on that boat you can easily search your heart to avoid the worse of two outcomes for an unavoidable event: meeting Him.  Is church your God, or is Jesus your God?

That was point A.  Point B is more of a sword for your arsenal than an abrasive questioning of where you stand with God.  Please forgive me.  Muslims have taken our patriarch Abraham and twisted it to seem like He is their Father instead of ours.   The father of their faith even.  They are fighting for what Ishmael never had so many years ago.  There are a lot of similarities in the Muslim and Christian faiths.  There is a reason for this.  Abraham is the father of many children.  Isaac is the child that God instructed Abraham (even against Abraham’s will at points: Genesis 21:8-14) to favor.  Ishmael is Abraham’s firstborn son.  Ishmael is the root of the nation of Islam (Genesis 21:13 & Genesis 25:12-18).  The Torah tells us that the sons and daughters of the slave women were not treated the same as Isaac.  The servant women’s children were given gifts  but were driven out of their home with Abraham while Abraham was alive.  On the other hand, Isaac was given the inheritance (what Islam is fighting for). (all of this information can be found in Genesis Chapters 12- 26)

Christianity comes from this line: Abraham to Isaac to Jacob (called Israel).  Keep in mind that most of the sons and daughters of this tribe are disobedient children of God, but children from Abraham’s inheritance none-the-less.  On the other hand, Islam comes from Ishmael.  Why not Abraham to Ishmael?  Because there is a division between Abraham and Ishmael.  The difference in the parting Ishmael took from Abraham and the parting Isaac took from Abraham is this: Ishmael was:

  • Driven away
  • Given gifts
  • No inheritance.

There is a nation that comes from Ishmael (Genesis 21:13): Islam.  The nation of Israel and the sons and daughters of God comes from Abraham: Genesis 12:7 combined with Genesis 15:1-6 and is contextually accurate.

 


****Correction (2/28/017)***** Today I read Genesis 35, where God speaks to Israel describing to him that a nation will come from him as well.  The only difference then, between the sons of Ishmael and the sons of Israel are that God intended to bless Israel with the inheritance, whereas God intended to make a nation out of both of them giving only gifts but no inheritance to Ishmael. *********


 

Muslims are still fighting to take over the inheritance that is not theirs.  They have the option to come to faith in Yeshua, bringing them (in a roundabout way) into the inheritance that they are fighting for.

I do not think you will adequately defend the faith after reading this article.  Adequately defending the faith would be more well done through prayer and reading the scripture from this angle, knowing that Muslims like to say “Islam comes from the faith of Abraham”  or is “The Abrahamic faith.”  They berate Christians by telling them a bunch of stuff (mostly true stuff) the Christians haven’t heard before, intending on converting them.  By the time that a converted Christian finds out that the basis of their conversion was sprinkled with a lie or two, they are deeply entwined socially with Muslims and have seen how much less hypocrisy is in that church than their own and sometimes end up staying on a path that leads to destruction. Do not let them fool you!