In Canada today, the two most dramatic symbols representing our society, our freedoms – even our very identity as Canadians – are arguably: – The poppy, which we wear with pride around Remembrance Day (November 11) annually, and… – The Cross, which we revere every day of the year.
So it should be no surprise that BOTH symbols are under fervent attack by secular humanism and the rise of false religions, more than any other in Canada today. For if the enemies of everything we hold dear simply strike at our foundations, this entire structure we call “Canada”…
…will come crashing to the ground.
We are NOTHING as a country, if we choose to ignore the individual and corporate sacrifices, (in “sweat, blood, toil and tears”, as Winston Churchill once said), of the brave men and women who have served in our Canadian Armed Forces with honour for 152 years and counting.
On Remembrance Day annually (November 11), we pause for a moment at 11:11 AM local time, in whatever part of this HUGE country’s we may be in, to commemorate the moment when, on that date and time in 1918, the Great War – the “War to End All Wars”, the “Seminal Catastrophe”, or the “European War” as it was known, finally came to a close.
This was the first global war in world history. Starting in Europe on July 28, 1914, and carrying on for 1,567 days until November 11, 1918. 70 million troops marched onto battlefields in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It was also the deadliest, claiming 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians, as a direct result of the war, and over 20 million others from diseases like the Spanish flu, that claimed another 50 to 100 million, starvation and scattered genocides that followed.
We wear a poppy to commemorate what our soldiers did there because it MATTERED. Our young boys stepped into living Hell on hardened battlefields, that had equally hard names to pronounce and spell – like Ypres, Festubert and Givenchy (1915), The Somme (1916), Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Lens, Passchendaele and Cambrai (1917). In every situation, we did things beyond our training. We successfully completed missions that France and England, who had 1,000 year old military histories, couldn’t do. Canadian soldiers often did the unthinkable – at times, even the impossible – for 1,567 days (from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918), and we assisted the Allies in defeating the Central Powers, which included three Empires (German, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian), as well as Bulgaria.
Little Canada was not even 50 years old when the war started. Only 8 million residents in the whole country then. We grew up into adulthood before the eyes of the world. So foundational was our input in World War I that the last 100 days, from August 8 to November 11, 1918, are known today as “Canada’s Hundred Days”. At one point during World War I, 7% of Canadians were in uniform, one of the highest participation rates by any army in any war in world history. If the US had that size of army based on population, it would number 22 million. If China did, their armies would have number 97 million.
We wear a poppy to show solidarity with the everyday Canadians who fought for us so long ago. They were us. A total of 619,636 Canadians enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the war, 424,000 served overseas – and 59,544 died during the war (51,748 as a result of enemy action, and 7,796 from “friendly fire” incidents, accidents and disease). Hundreds of thousands more worked in the war effort back home, in administration, factories making munitions, equipment, tanks, planes, ships, uniforms, and growing and packaging food and medicine. There wasn’t a familiy in Canada that was untouched by the war – there were likely few in the country that didn’t know someone overseas. Many also knew someone who died there.
And this war was not as advertised – it did not “end all wars”. In fact, just 21 years later, the world would once again be set on fire, with battles raging on three continents, as Hitler and his Nazi hordes attempted to conquer the world. By the time the final bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki on August 8, 1945, and the two wars had finally ended in Europe, Africa and Asia, over 60 million people had died, including 25 million Russian civilians alone.
We wear a poppy to remember that Canadian soldiers changed the world. And Canada had become a new symbol of freedom and hope in the world. We sent over 1 million soldiers to Europe, many of whom didn’t come home for 6 years in World War II. Tens of thousands didn’t come home at all. We declared war on Hitler just one week after Great Britain and France did, on September 10, 1939. We weren’t forced to – the King had told our government that we had free will to determine if this is was a cause we wanted to send our boys into harm’s way for. We debated it in Parliament, we thought about it, we prayed about it. And we did it. Once we declared war on September 10, we had troops on the ground in Europe just 2 weeks later.And our boys volunteered for it. It took the US another 820 days before they joined the war, and their troops had to be drafted, even then, to do so.
We wear a poppy over our hearts, because we loved these young men, and because they gave all they had, with all their hearts, for us. We honour the heroic contributions of our soldiers, over the last 1.5 centuries, to the building of our nation. And to the freedom enjoyed by the entire Western world. They were literally a force for good that stopped the forces of evil spreading across the globe.
Speaking of which – there are some misguided Cretans who introduced a rainbow poppy this year, just before British Armistice Day – like the gay community wasn’t getting enough attention during commemorations for our war dead? Attempting to turn the poppy into a culturally misappropriated gay symbol is outrageous.
These are likely the same morons that wear a pink triangle as a symbol of connection with the LGBT community – not realizing that the symbol was introduced in the Nazi concentration camp system, along with the yellow star, to help sort out which prisoners were which.
It is also truly disgusting that some in the Muslim community boycott the sale of poppies because they consider it a symbol of “racism”, and some Legion branches in the UK stopped selling them in “certain areas” of Britain to avoid offense, though they have been selling them throughout the UK since 1921. This vocal minority of Muslims try to extinguish the symbol altogether – yet they are hardly the spokespeople for racial tolerance in the world.
In Canada, our freedoms are only authentically maintained when our people still hold dear to the sacrifices symbolized by thePOPPY – and we must “NEVER FORGET” to STAND AND SALUTE those who shed their blood for victories over dictators and despots.
However, that freedom only truly exists in Canada and indeed in EVERY nation on Earth, when the people hold EVEN MORE dear to the Sacrifice actualized by the CROSS of JESUS CHRIST – and we must “BE IN REMEMBRANCE” to KNEEL, BOW AND CLING to the One who shed His blood for our final victory over the Devil and even Death itself.
I STAND to honor the anthem and the flag, and symbolically pin a poppy OVER MY HEART today, with pride and thankfulness.
I KNEEL and BOW to honor the Cross, and literally invite the Saviour of the World, Jesus Christ, to LIVE INSIDE MY HEART, with humility and thankfulness.
Because of the sacrifices of Canadians – on far off battlefields – many individual freedoms are enjoyed today by the Canadian people.
But without the Sacrifice of Christ – “on a hill far away” – WE HAVE NO FREEDOM AT ALL – either on this Earth or eternity to come.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
“It is forfreedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12)
“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”(Psalm 119:45)
Following our popular article “Easter: Through Muslim Eyes”, published Easter 2016, we want to take a look today at what the Quran, and Muslims, say about Jesus Christ himself.
Believe it or not, Jesus is the most mentioned person in the Quran; 25 times by the name Isa, 3rd-person 48 times, 1st-person 35 times, the rest through his titles and attributes. That’s right – Jesus is in the Quran more than Muhammad! Here’s the catch – in the Quran, Jesus is the precursor / John the Baptist figure for Muhammad. And regardless of whether He’s talked about as a Prophet, a “pure boy” as the Quran also states, even born of a virgin – Jesus is most definitely NOT considered to be the Son of God, as you will soon see.
If you watch any amount of mainstream news, you have likely been convinced that Muslims believe Jesus was a good teacher or a great Prophet, and that they may have issues with the Church and Christians, but not with Christ. You’ve likely even heard that “Allah” is just another word for “God”. I would imagine you’ve also heard that when you boil it all down, we all really serve the same God, underneath it all.
If you’ve heard all this and believed it – you’re in for a rude awakening.
There is a popular belief, spread often by non-Muslims, Western nations’ leaders, and of course by Muslims themselves, that not only is Islam a “religion of peace” (which ironic, outrageous and oddly humorous, in light of the news we read every day), but that Allah and the God of the Bible, and Jehovah of the Jewish Talmud, are all one and the same Divine being.
That is absolute rubbish, and as you are going to see, from quotes pulled from the Quran itself, not only does Islam believe that Christ is NOT the Son of God, the Quran actually states that any one believing that Jesus is the Son of God – should be destroyed by God for their perverted way of thinking. Open your hearts and minds, folks. We are in a war for our very souls. And Islam is our declared enemy. We cannot allow anyone to tell us differently – for we are being led to the slaughter if we do.
Before we get to Jesus, we need to focus on Allah in the Quran. He is the central figure of the Islamic religion and the one who apparently created the world, and gave us all life. But if you are being told that He and Jehovah God of the Bible are one and the same, you are going to have to take a second look at the very words from the pages of the Quran themselves. Whoever Allah is, he is not what Christians would recognize as the God of the Bible.
Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, but the Quran says:
Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) 2:
And they say, “None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.” That is [merely] their wishful thinking, Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.” (2:111)
So, the Quran teachers that it is wishful thinking for Christians to think they will enter Heaven through the work of Christ. That is absolute BLASPHEMY
Yes [on the contrary], whoever submits his face in Islam to Allah while being a doer of good will have his reward with his Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve (2:112)
Continuing from the verse above, we see that only those who believe in Allah will be rewarded. In other words, Christians and Jews don’t get any rewards in Heaven, as they don’t believe in Allah.
The Jews say “The Christians have nothing [true] to stand on,” and the Christians say, “The Jews have nothing to stand on,” although they [both] recite the Scripture. Thus the polytheists speak the same as their words. But Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ.(2:113)
And who are more unjust than those who prevent the name of Allah from being mentioned in His mosques and strive toward their destruction. It is not for them to enter them except in fear. For them in this world is disgrace, and they will have in the Hereafter a great punishment. (2:114) They say, ” Allah has taken a son.” Exalted is He! Rather, to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are devoutly obedient to Him (2:116) Indeed, We have sent you, [O Muhammad], with the truth as a bringer of good tidings and a warner, and you will not be asked about the companions of Hellfire. (2:119) And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper. (2:120) Those to whom We have given the Book recite it with its true recital. They [are the ones who] believe in it. And whoever disbelieves in it – it is they who are the losers. (2:121) They say, “Be Jews or Christians [so] you will be guided.” Say, “Rather, [we follow] the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth, and he was not of the polytheists.” (2:135) Ask the Children of Israel how many a sign of evidence We have given them. And whoever exchanges the favor of Allah [for disbelief] after it has come to him – then indeed, Allah is severe in penalty. (2:211)
The Quran mentions in chapter 3, verses 52-53, that the disciples submitted to the faith of Islam:
When Jesus found Unbelief on their part He said: “Who will be My helpers to (the work of) Allah?” Said the disciples: “We are Allah’s helpers: We believe in Allah, and do thou bear witness that we are Muslims.
Our Lord! we believe in what Thou hast revealed, and we follow the Messenger; then write us down among those who bear witness.”
— Quran Surah Al-Imran 52-53
The longest narrative involving Jesus’ disciples is when they request a laden table to be sent from Heaven, for further proof that Jesus is preaching the true message:
Behold! the disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?” Said Jesus: “Fear Allah, if ye have faith.”
They said: “We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle.”
Said Jesus, the son of Mary: “O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us—for the first and the last of us—a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs).”
Allah said: “I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that resisteth faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not inflicted on any one among all the peoples.”
— Quran Surah Al-Ma’ida 112-115
In Islam, Jesus is believed to have been the precursor to Muhammad, attributing the name Ahmad to someone who would follow Jesus. Islam traditionally teaches the rejection of divinity, that Jesus was notGod incarnate,nor the Son of God and, according to some interpretations of the Quran, the death and crucifixion are widely denied and not believed to have occurred.Despite the earliest Muslim traditions and exegesis quoting somewhat conflicting reports regarding death and length of death, the mainstream Muslim belief is that Jesus did not suffer death but was instead raised alive to heaven.
That is a huge problem. If Jesus did not die, then His blood was not shed for our sins. Our sins are therefore not cleansed – we would continue to require the sacrifice of animals, and the shedding of their blood in order to merely cover, but not cleanse, us of sin. The Bible says that Jesus “died (comma) and was buried (period), then ladies and gentlemen, we have a dead religion serving a dead God. And we remain dead in our sins.
Islam would like to perpetuate this myth, because underneath it all, Islam is a false religion, which could only possibly have one source or founder – one who seeks to be as a God, one who seeks to replace God. And Islam cannot accept Jesus in the form that He stated he was, because to do so would be to recognize Islam is a false religion.
Why do I say this? Because Jesus Christ himself said:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life – NO ONE comes to the Father but by me”. (John 14:6)
So for a Muslim to say that Jesus was a good teacher, a good man or a good Prophet even would be nonsense, and a lie. Jesus couldn’t possibly be ANY of those things if He was also a LUNATIC OR A LIAR.
Jesus didn’t say He was a good guy. He didn’t claim to be a good teacher or a good prophet of truth – He said He IS truth. He doesn’t just possess truth, or share truth, or understand truth, nor is he one that lives in truth or walks in his Truth or whatever nonsense we hear today. Jesus Christ said that He IS Truth. Period. If you want to know what’s real, who is the one you must serve, who has the backing of God the Father, and who rules and reigns the universe, look no further than Jesus Christ. For either he’s a liar, a lunatic….
Or the Lord He said He was.
The Bible says that “Jesus died (comma), was buried (COMMA), AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY”. That’s the Good News friend – that tiny little punctuation mark, signifying that the story isn’t over – that there is so much more to Jesus than a dead God.
Today, I can go visit Mohammad’s grave. Buddha’s gravesite is accessible for me to visit. Joseph Smith, Jim Jones, David Koresh – there have been so many men over the centuries who came along and said “look at me, I have the truth”. Follow me, I know what I”m talking about – and none of them did.
And in almost every case, they had to do something about Jesus Christ first. They had to write him out of their religion, or write him in as some secondary player. Because keeping Jesus the way the Bible describes Him would be to confirm they are living in a false religion. Creating a false religion is even worse – there is likely a special place in Hell for those like Mohammad, Joseph Smith and more, who have intentionally led millions astray – knowing FULL WELL that they weren’t God, nor His representatives on earth.
They all KNEW they were just mere men, but somehow they convinced millions to go along with them over the centuries, because they may have had some learned truth deep inside. The Devil can tell the truth too – just enough to convince you he’s real. Then, when he has you, you may even start to realize you have been deceived. At that point, you may be in such bondage to the religion chosen – such is the case with Islam – that you can’t break free.
Islam teaches that you must pray 5 times a day. You can’t ever escape it – because in Islam, there is no overall forgiveness of sins. You are bound to a sense of religious duty, or you will die in your sins. It is terribly sad that so many millions of people are so bound by Islam, that they can’t put it down to review another possibility for faith – it is always before them, always surrounding them, and to deny it could even mean death.
As long as they are kept busy with the trappings of faith, they can ignore the fact that their religion isn’t changing them positively on the inside, isn’t bringing them hope or peace or assurance of life after death, or health when they are sick.
To be blunt, if they ever had an encounter with the teachings or person of Jesus Christ, they would realize right away they were being hoodwinked where they were. However, most religions have a response for the teachings and person of Jesus – either they discredit Him as being lesser than He is, or they discredit His followers’ weaknesses as proof that He couldn’t possibly be that great of a God. They don’t explain, however, how they are justified in their faith, when many of them are even weaker than we are. After all, it is not Christians that are accused the most of terrorist attacks globally.
Mahatma Gandhi said, concerning believers in Christ:
“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
But wait – Gandhi never said that. There’s no proof that quote ever came from him. But so desperate are some to discredit Jesus or the Church, they are convinced that making up nonsense about either is better than nothing. A similar quote appears to be from an Indian philosopher named Bara Dada, brother of Rabindranath Tagore. The full quote from Dada appears to be from the mid-1920s:
“Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians, you are not like him.”
With all due respect, I call BS here. Jesus truly IS as ideal and wonderful as the man claimed, and what difference does it make whether man is weak and frail or not, it’s not a reflection on the God we serve, nor can one say “Yah, God’s got some great ideas, but Christians just wreck it for me”. If you are that weak minded that you can only follow a philosophy or belief that is full of rock solid followers – you must not believe in ANYTHING then. Because ISLAM IS FULL of weak followers – as well as crazed ones that won’t think twice about blowing up a crowded market full of women and children in the name of Allah.
There are weak people in every industry, every career, every nation, every religion. The above is much the same as saying “I like the laws around here, but the cops are so bad, they wreck it for me, so I can’t respect the law now.” Well, Good News then – the law doesn’t care whether you respect it, or like its enforcement agencies or not.
Go ahead and break the law, thinking that you are justified in doing so. Jail will be just as small, the food just as nasty, and orange will be just as much the new black. The law doesn’t care if you respect it, agree with it, appreciate it, understand it or accept it. If you don’t obey it, you will be punished by it – and you have no choice in that matter.
The same is true of God – go ahead and deny His teachers or the teachings of Jesus Christ Himself. Tell Christ that Christians have wrecked it for you, or “but I’ve got my guy – I think I’ll just continue to go along with him.” Well, that’s entirely your choice, but you’re still going to Hell regardless. Jesus isn’t an OPTIONAL God, like a side of fries with a hamburger. Jesus is GOD. Mohammad never said he was a God. Neither did Buddha, Confucious, Joseph Smith or a host of others. Jesus did. Several times in fact, and you MUST face what Jesus said about HIMSELF, before you can ever buy into what others say about Him.
Oh but Jesus? Yah, they all have a replacement, a crisis actor all trained up and ready to go to try to replace him. It’s Jesus all the religions of the world are gunning for. It’s Jesus they cannot just allow to exist, nor can they allow His teachings to spread very far. Because they all know He’s the real deal, and His very existence confirms that they are liars and frauds. There aren’t “options” when it comes to religion.
There’s Jesus or there’s Hell. Period. He’s not a menu item on the religious buffet of the week. He’s the only game in town. Run after your circus acts all you want to – it doesn’t make them any more real life than before. Watching too many cartoons, even believing they are all true, still won’t make them real, no matter what you think.
The Bible says that “it’s appointed for man once to die, and then the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) You don’t get to come along after the fact and say “oh, I don’t believe in any of that”. 5 minutes after you die, as you stand before God, He’s not going to be concerned about your belief system at that point, because for you, it will then be already too late to change anything anyway. One can not simply take Islam back for a full refund, once you realize you have a dead, defective religion that didn’t save you from your sins and keep you from the wrath of almighty God.
Whether you believed in it or not. He really was so ideal and wonderful, as this man suggested, then why isn’t he following Jesus Himself? Oh, he’s not following Jesus because Christians are such bad examples? Nice try, but that doesn’t justify you staying where you are. Whether or not he truly had legitimately terrible treatment by Christians or not, no one is going to be able to use that as an excuse when they stand before God.
Jesus Christ has taught every man all they need to know to accept Him and live out their lives. The Qu’ran even contains some of the teachings of Christ. They fact that they reject those teachings as weak or a lie – but somehow still try to propogate the belief that they admire Jesus is nonsensical. You can’t call Jesus a liar and a Prophet at the same time. You can’t cherry pick the rules and teachings and beliefs you want, and reject the rest.
They believe that anyone rejecting the faith can be killed. They believe that they have permission to kill non-Muslims if they will not accept the faith. They spread their religion, not through love, one person at a time – but through conquering nations by the sword. In a sense, that’s cheating when it comes to creating a religion. Unfair advantage – just gather enough of an army together, and the rest is all downhill from there.
Why do you think they want to immigrate to non-Muslim countries with some intense volumes of people? It’s an invasion! They want to seek to weaken our flanks and to slowly erode our freedom of religion.
Here’s the bottom line – Islam came along at least 700 years after Jesus had already left for Heaven again.They don’t get to define terms or who God or Jesus are. They don’t get to decide for the rest of us whether Jesus died and was raised again or not.
They are a false religion in the opinion of the Church, and Mohammad merely tried to respond to the Christian presence throughout the world, by creating this religious system. The religious aspect of Mohammad was quickly lost behind the military actions he took, as the religion at the time never really took root. So he conquered by the sword, spreading their “faith” by force.
What do Muslims mean by the “polytheists speak the same as their words“? Polytheism is the belief in many Gods. Where on earth do they get the idea that either Jews or Christians promote such nonsense? Because we believe in the TRINITY in Christian circles. And Allah is to judge believers in Christ? That’s odd, because the Bible says that “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom 8:1)
“And yet some people assert, “God has taken unto Himself a son!” Limitless is He in His glory!” [2:116], the Qu’ran states.
Some “assert” that God has taken a son? So in other words, the Quran is debating this? It seems so.
Nay, but His is all that is in the heavens and on earth; all things devoutly obey His will. – 2:116 (Asad)
Al-An’am (The Cattle) – 6:101 [read in context]
“The Originator of the heavens and the earth! How could it be that He should have a child without there ever having been a mate for Him – since it is He who has created everything, and He alone knows everything?” – 6:101 (Asad)
This is the weakest and most nonsensical statement of them all. God is not limited in his ability to have a Son, who could exist from eternity past until now, just like God does Himself. God is the Creator – He wouldn’t require the same physical methodology of reproducing as man does. HE CREATED the system that man uses to have children – he’s not bound by its principles, any more than God must adhere to the principles of time, space, gravity, and a host of other concepts that man is bound to or constrained by on earth.
And why would have had to create Jesus at all – why couldn’t Jesus have existed as long as the Father had? The Holy Spirit as well has always been – He was not manufactured by God at some point down the road – He has always been.
Islam is going to have to do a lot better than that.
At-Tauba (The Repentance) – 9:30 [read in context]
AND THE JEWS say, “Ezra is God’s son,” while the Christians say, “The Christ is God’s son.” Such are the sayings which they utter with their mouths, following in spirit assertions made in earlier times by people who denied the truth!  [They deserve the imprecation:] “May God destroy them!”  How perverted are their minds!  – 9:30 (Asad)
So when people try to tell you that the God of the Bible and Allah are one – NEITHER Christianity nor Islam believes that at all, and in fact each believes the other is a FALSE GOD. Islam goes one step further, saying that God should destroy us for believing in Jesus being God’s Son.
So, in conclusion, when Muslims try to define Jesus, recognize they are doing so without any direct connection to Him when He was alive. They created a religion 700 years later and conveniently made the central figure of the human race a cheerleader for their false religion. Who could deny it – Jesus was long gone. Yet they also re-defined who Christ even was at that time. Explain how they would be able to do so, when not a single Islamic follower in world history was anywhere near Jesus when He walked on the Earth Everything they state then is hearsay.
Matthew 16:13-17 says it all, better than I ever could:
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
I am asked many questions on Quora about Christianity, in general, and specifically about the story of Jesus Christ. Many ask where Jesus is buried, or if one can visit his gravesite. I am so thrilled to say that NO, you cannot – for His tomb was only borrowed for a few days, and today is empty… Here’s my response to one of those Quora questions.
Happy Easter – Christ Is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
It has struck me often of late that, if you were to visit almost any Catholic Church on earth, as well as many Anglican, United or other traditional mainline churches – you would find images of Jesus Christ proudly displayed in them all, usually displayed in one of three scenes or poses:
PERPETUAL PAMPERS: Jesus is often seen as a baby under the age of 1, sitting on His mother’s lap. Incidentally, only ONE of these works of art is confirmed to be of Mary and the baby Jesus. Can you tell which one?
(Hint: It doesn’t matter – ALL of these images depict Jesus either gesturing a Satanic symbol or with some pagan symbolism, especially the tridents you see above, or the globe in His hand). It’s outrageous – these images are also believed by some to be Semiramis (the mother) and Nimrod or Baal (the Baby), or other variants of divine feminine and baby, of which there are over a dozen other pairs. The Devil clearly knew the prophecies of Jesus being born of a Virgin, and so He had false gods coming out of the woodwork, from virtually every major empire or significant culture of the day, including:
JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God
Semiramis(Goddess Mother or “Queen of Heaven”) (Babel)
Ashtarte or Ishtar (Babylon)
(This is where Catholics get EASTER from)
The Winged One or Baal the Sun God (Babylon)
Cybele (Goddess Mother) Asia
Fortuna (Pagan Rome)
The Boy Jupiter (Pagan Rome)
Isis (The Queen of Heaven) Egypt
Osiris or Horus (Egypt)
Isi (Goddess Mother) India
Irene (Goddess of Peace) Greece
The Boy Plutus (Greece)
Rhea (Mother of Gods)
Bacchus (God of Party going) of Ancient Greece
Shing Moo (Holy Mother of China)
The Centaur (Greece)
MILQUETOAST MESSIAH: Who or WHAT is this milk-white-skinned, halo-enhanced, androgynous, suspiciously-transgendered looking creature, that is once again making the Satanic symbol of the trident? And he looks like he’s wearing lipstick, and what happened to the majority of the beard on his face? Jesus is often depicted as an adult like this – a weak-kneed pantywaist who looks like he can barely hold up both arms.
That “sacred heart’ of Jesus doesn’t really relate to Jesus at all. In fact, if you look above, you’ll see that another Roman deity is also often portrayed as either having a heart or trying to pierce ours with an arrow – on Valentine’s Day. Yep, Cupid is a false god. And by including this pagan symbol on Jesus as a “sacred heart”, pagans of the Roman world could continue their blasphemous worship of their gods, by dressing up Jesus to look like a Ken doll (that clearly looks like he’d rather be Barbie).
HANGING AROUND: Most common of all – Jesus is permanently hanging on the Cross in Catholic churches. Catholic so-called “leadership” wants us to believe that this is a much more spiritual and respectful representation of Christ, than they believe an empty Cross represents – because it apparently “reminds them more of what Christ did for us”.
Which is frankly nonsensical – Christ’s death alone would have done NOTHING for us. He’d be of no more significance than a dead Mohammad, Buddha or Joseph Smith. ALL of us die – that’s not an accomplishment – in fact, it’s an incredible DEFEAT when the dead one also happens to be the SON OF GOD, killed by MEN – the Creator killed by His Creation?
No matter how horrible the death may be, or the noble mission that caused the death to take place – only His Resurrection granted Him (and us) victory over sin, hell, death and the grave. Which is something that the spirit of antichrist does not want to highlight at all. And contrary to the Exorcist and other related demonic portrayals, the Devil is not afraid of your crucifix. Holding it up in front of the demon-possessed won’t do any more to move a demon out of a person than holding up your driver’s license would. If the demon puts on a show that he’s being “cast out” – I would be very concerned being that exorcist, because he’s about to get a new demonic tenant living in him.
DEMONS AREN’T AFRAID OF YOUR CRUCIFIX (Sorry!)
Let’s get real for a moment – crucifixes or crosses don’t scare demons – and how DARE Catholics use such a powerful symbol as the Cross as some kind of spiritual lucky rabbit’s foot. In fact, the horrid practice was spread throughout the world. If demons are scared of crosses, they sure liked to use them a lot to brutally kill people around the world:
Crucifixion was invented by the Persians in 300-400BC
Crucifixion (or impalement), in one form or another, it was used by Carthaginians and Macedonians
Alexander the Great is reputed to have crucified 2,000 survivors from his siege of the Phoenician city of Tyre, as well as the doctor who unsuccessfully treated Alexander’s friend Hephaestion. Some historians have also conjectured that Alexander crucified Callisthenes, his official historian and biographer, for writing disparaging things about him.
In Carthage, crucifixion was an established mode of execution, which could even be imposed on generals for suffering a major defeat.
Romans developed it as a form of capital punishment for serious crimes. The upright wooden cross was the most common technique, and the time victims took to die would depend on how they were crucified. Historian Josephus stated that the Roman soldiers would amuse themselves by crucifying criminals in different positions.
The rebel slave Spartacus and 6,000 of his followers were all crucified along the highways into Rome – to show everyone what happens to traitors.
During the siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD, it was written that many Jews were crucified to the walls of the city.
Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor, abolished crucifixion in the Roman Empire in 337 out of veneration for Jesus Christ, its most famous victim.
Regardless, I believe this is a form of idol worship, for:
It obscures the glory of Christ – it hides the fact of His deity, His victory on the Cross, and His present kingdom.
It displays His human weakness, while hiding from the viewer His divine strength;
It depicts the reality of His pain, but keeps out of our sight the reality of His power.
In all 3 depictions of Christ above, they share one common theme – regardless of which one you’re looking at, Jesus is portrayed as powerless and impotent in all of the scenarios.
If Jesus never grows up, then Mary can be (and has been) introduced as a co-mediator to help the little guy out – which is what the Catholics did at Vatican Council II in 1959, bestowing the titles of Mary as Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix (#62) in official documents. In its basic definition, a mediator is one who serves as an intermediary between two other parties. Oftentimes, the mediator assists in reconciling differences and bringing the parties to an understanding. It’s like Catholics are wanting to intentionally go against the Scriptures, that state, in 1Tim. 2:5: ““For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”
Co-Redemptrix is also used by some Catholics, referring to Mary’s role in the redemption of all peoples – a highly controversial theology that isn’t official church theology, but still held by millions to be true. Co-Redemptrix refers to a subordinate but essential participation by the Blessed Virgin Mary in redemption, notably that she gave free consent to giving birth to the Redeemer, which meant sharing his life, suffering, and death, which were redemptive for the world. That’s like saying Abraham Lincoln’s mom freed the slaves, and Adolf Hitler’s mom was responsible for the Holocaust. Good or bad, our mothers do not claim responsibility for our actions simply because they may have given birth to us.
Jesus’ death alone on the Cross is not the power behind the story of Easter. Anyone could die on a cross, as calloused as that sounds. In fact, 2 other thieves died on crosses flanking both sides of him that very day.
1 Corinthians 15:3 says:
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried…
Now, if we were to note a period (.) after the word “buried”, and that was it – then ladies and gentlemen, you’re serving a dead God in a dead religion. Which, sadly, is where the majority of the world finds itself tonight.
Muhammad, founder of Islam, is dead, and you can visit his grave at the Al Masjid an Nabawi mosque, also known as the Green Dome, in Medina, Saudi Arabia – where he was buried on June 8, 632 AD. They added the mosque over his tomb in 1279 AD.
Gautama Buddha is also dead, and his body was cremated in Kushinagar, India around 483 BC, and the relics were placed in monuments or stupas, some of which are believed to have survived until the present. Ramabhar Stupa in Kushinagar was built over a portion of the Buddha’s ashes on the spot where he was cremated by the ancient Malla people. The cremated remains of what an inscription says is the Buddha, also called Siddhārtha Gautama, have been also discovered in a box in Jingchuan County, China, along with more than 260 Buddhist statues
Confucius is also dead and you can visit his gravesite at the Cemetery of Confucius, in his hometown of Qufu, in Shandong province, China. At his gravesite, where he was buried in 479 BC, today 70 generations of his family are also buried – 100,000 people in all!
Gurdwara Kartarpur (meaning “The Abode of God”) was established by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism in 1522. When Guru Nanak died in 1539, Hindus and Muslims disagreed on how to perform his last rites. A samadhi (according to Hindu tradition) lies in the gurdwara and a grave (according to Muslim traditions) lies on the premises as a reminder of this discord. The gurdwara is located in a small village named Kartarpur on the West bank of the Ravi River in Punjab, Pakistan.
Taoism was founded by Laozi, the author of the Tao Te Ching, who is very much dead today. According to Taoist legend, Laozi transmitted the Tao Te Ching at the request of a border guard before departing from China (i.e. from known civilization). He is believed to have lived out the rest of his days in communion with Nature. No one knows where he was buried, or even if he was, after he departed to the West from China in 531 BC.
Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) is dead, and was buried at the Smith Family Cemetery, Nauvoo, Illinois. After destroying a newspaper that printed negative material about him and his church, Joseph was arrested for “suppression of freedom of the press” and imprisoned at the Carthage Jail. On June 27, 1844, a mob of 200 men stormed the jail where Smith was being held, and murdered Joseph and his brother Hyrum.
The Cave of the Patriarchs is located in the ancient city of Hebron, West Bank, Israel – and is generally considered by Jews, Christians and Muslims to be its spiritual center. All three major Abrahamic world religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) have factions that believe that the compound encloses the burial place of: Adam and Eve; Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebekah; Jacob and Leah.
The founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) – Mary Baker Eddy – is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after dying on December 3, 1910.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon founded the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, or the Unification Church, in 1954 (also known as the “Moonies”). On September 15, 2012, he was buried at his house in Cheongseongsan, in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.
On January 24, 1986, L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, died in Creston, San Luis Obispo County, California, and was cremated – his ashes then scattered on the Pacific Ocean, per his wishes. He has a simple gravestone at the family home in Hubbardsville, New York.
CHRISTIANITY…AND CHRIST…ARE INCOMPARABLE
What sets Christianity apart from all the other religions is that according to 1 Corinthian’s 15:3-4:
:3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY according to the scriptures
That’s the good news, friend! The Gospel, in a nutshell, is forever enshrined in four words:
The Cross (Jesus died)
The Crypt(Jesus was buried)
The Comma(that little punctuation mark that tells us that story didn’t end there, that there was more to come, for on Sunday morning there was…)
The Comeback (Jesus kicked the end out of His tomb and rose from the grave, triumphant over Death, sin, sickness, Hell and the grave).
I call on Catholics around the world to take our Saviour down from the Cross. To leave Him there is blasphemous and depraved – it acknowledges His Death without His Resurrection – meaning He is NOT GOD and has no power to forgive sins, set us free or give us eternal life.
There is no greater testimony of the power of God today than an EMPTY Cross and an EMPTY TOMB – For He is not on it or in it any longer, nor did it have power over Him. He cried from the Cross: “IT IS FINISHED” not “I AM Finished”.
Take Him down off the Cross, off His mother’s lap – and out of the tranny make-up bag.
I echo the powerful words of Alfred H. Ackley – credited with writing 1500 hymns, gospel songs and children’s songs – but likely his most famous is also his most powerful:
“I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today. I know that He is living, Whatever men may say. I see His hand of mercy; I hear His voice of cheer; and just the time I need Him He’s always near.
He lives! He lives!
Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me
and talks with me
along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives,
salvation to impart! You ask me how
I know He lives? He lives within my heart!’
For 2,000 years, the Church has either been up…or getting up off the floor. She has withstood more opposition than any other single institution in history, with more challenges to her very existence over the last 2,000 years than She should ever have been able to withstand…
Yet stand she does, bearing the scars of many battles, both internal and external, over many centuries. The Church should not even exist today – Her continuous presence over 2,000 years defies logic and reason, and leaves one with only one possible rationale – the hand of God Himself must be resting upon Her. Today, as we conclude this series on the Body Christ, we catch a glimpse of her true character demonstrated through the centuries – that of the Church Triumphant.
DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ was arrested, sentenced to death and crucified. Most of his followers scattered, including Peter, Jesus’ choice as new Head of the Church, who denied Christ three times that night. Jesus is buried in a borrowed tomb. He arose the third day, appearing to his disciples and then ascending back to Heaven, commanding the Church to go into the whole world and spread His message. For the first 300 years, most of those who did were executed for their faith.
APOSTLE JAMES THE LESSER BEHEADED
Apostle James was arrested and led to execution. His unnamed accuser was moved by his courage, and not only repented and converted, but asked to be executed beside James. Both were beheaded.
APOSTLE PHILIP CRUCIFIED
Apostle Philip became a missionary in Asia. He traveled to the Egyptian city of Heliopolis, where he was scourged, thrown into prison, and crucified
APOSTLE SIMON THE CANAANITE CRUCIFIED
Apostle Simon the Canaanite AKA the Zealot visited Britain twice, and on the 2nd mission, he was crucified there.
APOSTLE JAMES KILLED WITH A CLUB
Apostle James (possibly the brother of Jesus) was elected the head of the Church in Jerusalem. At age 94, he was beaten and stoned by persecutors, who then killed him by hitting him in the head with a club.
NERO AND THE GREAT FIRE OF ROME
Beginning of Roman persecution of Christians, under Emperor Nero, who blamed the Church for the Great Fire of Rome in AD 64. Some historians think he ordered the fire and blamed Christians because they were already hated. Many Christians died at this time.
APOSTLE PETER CRUCIFIED UPSIDE DOWN
Apostle Peter, first Head of this new Early Church, was arrested under orders of Emperor Nero and was crucified upside down at his own request
APOSTLE PAUL BEHEADED
Emperor Nero condemned Apostle Paul to death by decapitation.
APOSTLE ANDREW CRUCIFIED
Apostle Andrew, the brother of Peter, went to Patras in western Greece, where the Roman proconsul Aegeates had him scourged, tied rather than nailed to a cross, so he would suffer longer. He lived for two days, during which he preached to passersby.
APOSTLE BARTHOLOMEW SKINNED ALIVE, BEHEADED
Apostle Bartholomew preached in several countries, including India, where he translated the Gospel of Matthew for believers. IThere, he was skinned alive and then beheaded.
APOSTLE THADDAEUS CRUCIFIED
Apostle Thaddeus, according to several stories, crucified at Edessa
APOSTLE THOMAS SPEARED
“Doubting” Thomas went to preach the gospel in Greece and India, where he angered local religious authorities, who martyred him by running him through with a spear on December 21.
APOSTLE MATTHEW STABBED TO DEATH
Apostle Matthew, former tax collector turned missionary was martyred in Ethiopia, where he was supposedly stabbed in the back by a swordsman sent by King Hertacus after he criticized the king’s morals.
EMPEROR DOMITIAN DEVELOPS EMPEROR WORSHIP
Emperor Domitian revived the practice of the imperial cult, which had fallen somewhat out of use under Vespasian. Significantly, his first act as an Emperor was the deification of his brother Titus. In 95 AD, Domitian executed or exiled several family members on charges of “atheism”. Members of the Senate were terrified of him, but in the end, he was assassinated by them.
DEATH OF JOHN – END OF THE APOSTOLIC AGE
The Apostle John was the only one of the original disciples not to die a violent death. According to Tertullian (in The Prescription of Heretics), John was to be plunged into boiling oil in the Colosseum in Rome, which seated between 50,000 and 80,000 people. But a great miracle took place, and John did not suffer any harm. Historians reported that the entire audience of the Colosseum were converted to Christianity because of this great miracle, during the reign of Emperor Domitian. John was then banished for the rest of his life to the Isle of Patmos. There, he received the Revelation of Jesus, which became the last Book of the Bible. He died there, 30 years after the other Apostles.
BISHOP OF JERUSALEM EXECUTED
Simeon, cousin of Jesus and Bishop of Jerusalem, was killed for political (anti-Semitic) reasons
BISHOP OF ANTIOCH MARTYRED
Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, martyred in Rome
POLYCARP, BISHOP OF SMYRNA, MARTYRED
Polycarp was one of the greatest stories of martyrdom in the history of the Early Church. A 2nd-century Christian bishop of Smyrna, he had been a disciple of the Apostle John. He died a martyr, bound and burned at the stake, but the flames would not burn him. So he was stabbed when the fire wouldn’t kill him, but he bled out so much, he put out the fire.
EMPEROR SEVERUS FORBIDS CHRISTIAN CONVERSIONS
Emperor Septimius Severus forbids conversions to Christianity Judaism)
WIDESPREAD PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH
Emperor Decius decrees Empire-wide persecution of the Church. Many Christians were killed, and others denied the faith to escape persecution – which heavily influenced the development of Christianity, shaping Christian theology and the structure of the Church – and helped spark explanations and defenses of the Christian religion.
CONSTANTINE GIVETH, LICINIUS TAKETH AWAY
Roman Emperor Constantine the Great had become a Christian believer. Emperor Licinius had wed Constantine’s half-sister Constantia, and the two leaders split the empire between them. Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, which granted rights to Christians and restored their property. Licinius was not a believer, however, and within 7 years, he marched against Constantine – both wanted the entire Roman Empire. In 320, Licinius expelled believers from the army and civil service and killed some for their faith.
Christianity was never so faithful to the Cross than under persecution When Christianity was made the state church of the Roman Empire in 380 AD, the Church became corrupt and barbaric. In AD 392, pagan religions were outlawed, and Christian monks persecuted them and robbed from their temples. Pagans were forced out of government offices by AD 416 to demand they convert.
END OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
In September, 476 AD, the last Roman emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was deposed by a Germanic prince, and the Dark Ages began in Europe – a time when the Church took great control over the people and brought much evil and paganism into the Church
THE DARK AGES
The cause of this “Dark Age” was the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and the waves of invasions that followed. Many believed the Church caused or significantly contributed to the fall of the Western Empire, and the resulting corruption of the leaders of the Church in Rome damaged the reputation of the Church to this day.
PAGAN RITUALS IN THE CHURCH
Pope Gregory encouraged Augustine to go to the Anglo Saxons to be a missionary, but encouraged him to turn the pagan temples he found into Churches, keep some of the pagan ceremonies and incorporate them into Christianity – which was totally blasphemous.
During the Saxon Wars, the Christian king Charlemagne waged war on the pagan Saxons for over 20 years, seeking to Christianize and rule them. In AD 782, Charlemagne massacred 4,500 rebel Saxon prisoners and made it a law that one must convert to Christianity….or die. The Saxons were the last groups to be converted by Christian missionaries, and mostly because of death threats.
EAST-WEST SCHISM SPLITS THE CHURCH
The East-West Schism, also called the Great Schism, was the church split between present Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox churches, which has lasted since the 11th century. Three men all claimed to be Pope at the same time, causing a split for the next 1,000 years. Under a mysterious set of circumstances, Pope Francis and the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church met urgently together in 2017 for reasons unknown, for the first time in 1,000 years. The head of the Orthodox Church then went to Antarctica and performed a bizarre ceremony, consecrating the land to God.
FIRST CRUSADE AGAINST ISLAM
The First Crusade (1095–1099) attempted to recapture the Holy Land, called for by Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont in 1095. Crusaders conquered the Holy Land, culminating in the July 1099 re-conquest of Jerusalem and the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
SECOND CRUSADE AGAINST ISLAM
A great defeat for Christian armies, the only significant success of the Second Crusade came when 13,000 Flemish, Frisian, Norman, English, Scottish, and German crusaders in 1147 travelled from England to Portugal, where they stopped and helped the Portuguese army expel the Muslims from their capital Lisbon.
THIRD CRUSADE AGAINST ISLAM
The Third Crusade , also known as The Kings’ Crusade, was an attempt by European leaders to reconquer the Holy Land from Saladin. They conquered Acre and Jaffa, reversing most of Saladin’s conquests, but didn’t capture Jerusalem. The Pope had a heart attack and died when he heard the news about Jerusalem.
FOURTH CRUSADE AGAINST ISLAM
The Fourth Crusade, called by Pope Innocent III, originally intended to reconquer Muslim-controlled Jerusalem by means of an invasion through Egypt. Instead, a series of events ended with the Crusaders sacking the city of Constantinople, the capital of the Christian-controlled Byzantine Empire.
FIFTH CRUSADE AGAINST ISLAM
The Fifth Crusade was an attempt by Western Europeans to re-conquer Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land by first conquering the powerful Ayyubid state in Egypt. Their attacks on Jerusalem ended in defeat
SIXTH CRUSADE AGAINST ISLAM
The Sixth Crusade started as an attempt to regain Jerusalem but involved very little fighting. The Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II negotiated the Kingdom of Jerusalem into regaining some control over Jerusalem for most of the next fifteen years (1229–39, 1241–44) as well as over other areas of the Holy Land.
SEVENTH CRUSADE AGAINST ISLAM
The Seventh Crusade was led by King Louis IX of France, but he was defeated by the Egyptian army, and captured by the Muslim armies, who demanded 800,000 gold coins for his release and return to France.
EIGHTH CRUSADE AGAINST ISLAM
The Eighth Crusade was launched again by Louis IX of against the city of Tunis, but he died just after arriving on the shores of Tunisia, with his disease-ridden army dispersing back to Europe shortly afterwards.
NINTH CRUSADE AGAINST ISLAM
King Edward sailed to Acre, Israel, and saw several impressive victories – but he eventually had to withdraw because of issues at home. Soon after, the last remaining crusader stronghold on the Mediterranean coast was destroyed. The last Crusade had been lost.
The King and Queen of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella began this horrific reign of terror against Jews, pagans, Muslims and anyone else that would convert to Christianity. The nightmare went on for over 250 years, and saw 150,000 convicted of “crimes”, and up to 5,000 executed
The Protestant Reformation was a church split in Western Christianity initiated by Martin Luther and continued by John Calvin and others in 16th-century Europe. It started with the publication of the Ninety-five Theses by Martin Luther in 1517. Catholic doctrine teaches to this day that Protestant Christians will not go to Heaven and ironically, Protestants believe the same of most Catholics.
The major target of the Portuguese Inquisition were those who had converted from Judaism to Catholicism, but were thought to still be practising Jews. Many of these were originally Spanish Jews who had left Spain for Portugal, when Spain forced Jews to convert to Christianity or leave. The number sentenced is estimated at around 40,000 and over 1,000 were executed.
The Church begins to target itself for annihilation when this Inquisition was declared by the Pope in Rome. Responsible for prosecuting individuals accused of committing offenses relating to heresy, including Protestantism, sorcery, immorality, blasphemy, Judaizing and witchcraft, as well as for censorship of printed literature. The most famous victims were Copernicus, who devised a theory that the Sun was at the center of the universe, and the famed astronomer Galileo, who was put under house arrest for the rest of his life. Between 50,000 and 70,000 cases were tried, and 1,500 were executed.
MARY WORSHIP BEGINS
The Catholic Church elevated Mary to the level of mediator, advocate, and co-redeemer of humanity, in direct contradiction of Scriptures. Pope Pius IX declared Mary “immaculate,” or sinless, thus giving her the position of mediator, in opposition to 1 Timothy 2:5:”For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.
MEXICAN CHRISTIANS MARTYRED
The number of Catholics killed in Mexico from the late 1800s to 1930 is estimated at 107,000,
The Boxer Rebellion in China is responsible for at least 200,000 Christians and foreigners being executed.
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND SOVIET UNION KILLS MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS
Czar Nicholas and his family are assassinated in the Russian Revolution, and Christianity is declared illegal by the Communists. The state advocated the destruction of religion, and it pronounced religion to be superstitious and backward. The Communist Party destroyed churches, ridiculed, harassed, incarcerated and executed religious leaders, flooded the schools and media with anti-religious teachings. The total number of Christian victims under the Soviet regime has been estimated to range between 14-22 million.
THE NAZI NIGHTMARE
Atheists and neo-Nazis today like to claim Adolf Hitler was a Christian – nothing could be further from the truth. Under the dictator and his Nazi Party, thousands of Lutheran pastors were executed, along with up to 1 million Christian believers during the war.
COMMUNIST CHINA KILLS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS
An estimated 700,000 Christians are martyred by Communist China.
NORTH KOREA KILLS BELIEVERS
Before World War II missionaries were active throughout the Korean Peninsula, then a Japanese colony, and more than a fifth of the population was Christian – about 2 million people. Between 300,000 and 500,000 Christians are believed to remain in North Korea today, with hundreds of thousands sent to the largest concentration camp system in the world.
UGANDAN CHRISTIANS MARTYRED
300,000 Christians are believed to have been killed under Idi Amin in Uganda between 1971 and 1979.
BOKO HARAM SLAUGHTERS CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA
Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, The Taliban and ISIS begin a reign of terror throughout the world against the Church of Jesus Christ. In this photo, Boko Haram set fire to a Nigerian church, murdering dozens of Christians
Let’s get real for a moment – my personal views on Israel have no correlation to the following statement:
Jews Are NOT “Christ-Killers” Theologically and practically, the Jews did not kill Jesus.
However, let me hit the nail on the head a little harder – to believe otherwise is just plain ideological. Nah, let’s really show our cards – anyone who claims to be a student of theology or history is actually just a plain old STUPID anti-Semitic racist to call the Jews “Christ-killers”.
First of all, friends, Jesus died of his own free will. You cannot kill God even if He was also 100% man. The Bible says Jesus “gave up the ghost” (John 19:30, King James Version). No one took his life from Him, He gave it up because He loved us. Full-stop. Period.
Theologically, to be blunt: it was your sin and mine that nailed Him there – that had Him agonize there. YOU put Him there. MY SIN made him writhe around in pain there. And He could have called even 10,000 angels to deliver Him had He felt that necessary or desired – in fact Revelation 5:11 says there are at least “10,000 times 10,000” – or 100 million angels – that still reside in Heaven. No one had Jesus “over a barrel”.
He died on purpose, after being betrayed by one follower (Judas) and denied 3 times by another (Peter) – yes, both being Jews. But this latter Jew, Jesus said, was going to be THE leader that built His Church and even Hell itself wouldn’t/couldn’t stand in Peter’s way. So pretty tough to argue theologically that the Jews killed Jesus, or that their involvement in his death somehow disqualified them from His interest. Jesus, after all, named a Jew as the Head of the early Church.
Politically and practically, again let’s get real – the Jews of the day had no political, judicial or military power. They could not have put Jesus to death if they had wanted to – they had no legal or judicial authority. If they had, it’s pretty likely they wouldn’t have brought him before a clearly unconvinced (and possibly irritated) Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect of the equally Roman province of Judea, in the middle of the night to get his ruling. The Jews hated the Romans more than they ever did Jesus.
May I also remind you that Roman nails were pounded into Jesus’ hands and feet – as if the conquering Romans would be caught dead using inferior “local” supplies. It was also a Roman spear that was thrust in Jesus’ side, and hours before, 39 Roman whiplashes with a Roman cat-o-nine-tails that ripped his back to shreds (40 was the death penalty).
A deeply-injuring crown made of 6″ thorns was crafted by Roman hands and pushed deeply into His head by mocking Roman soldiers. Roman soldiers also punched him, ripped out his beard, sold his clothes and gave him vinegar to drink when He was thirsty. And the form of execution used was called crucifixion, a solely Roman invention.
Yes, Jewish leaders called for Him to die, but the whole city at that time had turned against Him – many would have been from other cultures and races as well. And at the point of his death – the only people left to witness it were two Jewish women. Jewish believers in Jesus took Him down before Sabbath, wrapped Him in burial robes and had Him buried in the “borrowed” tomb of Joseph of Arimethea.
Borrowed…a grave? Why? Did these Jewish followers of Jesus maybe believe that He wasn’t going to need it for long?
Let’s also not forget – two Jewish women (Jesus’ mom and Mary Magdalene) were the first visitors to Jesus’ tomb, and those same two Jewish ladies were the first to be given the angel Gabriel’s earth-shaking news that “He is not here, He is risen“. Jesus then appeared at once to as many as 500 people after His resurrection – all Jews – who had chosen to follow Him.
So friend, with all due respect, regardless of your personal beliefs about Israel or the Jews today, the whole “Christ-killer” insult just makes you look like a raging pinhead. You and I killed Him. He came because “allhave sinned and come short if the glory of God”. To summarize: Jesus (himself a Jew by both race and religion growing up) died, not merely at the hands of one race – but for the sins of all of them.
Today, even most non-hostile or even “supportive” Christian pulpits barely speak about Israel – it’s like She doesn’t really exist, or their pastors are embarrassed by Her or don’t hold much credence or importance to her value to the Church or the world. Well, I am afraid I probably wont agree with most of these pastors on the topic of Israel, so their silence on the subject doesn’t remote concern me – I doubt I’d ever be caught dead in most of those churches anyway. So don’t bother inviting me.
You see, in the midst of everything I have just said about what I do not believe or think about Israel, and in the midst of all that negative press that Israel gets today…
…When I hear the name ‘Israel’ in the news, my heart jumps a bit, because they are talking about my best friend. OH WAIT, you assumed that because I was not a “fan” or “supporter” of Israel that I didn’t like her? Ah yes, easy conclusion to come to in this day and age – if you are also a deranged, looney leftwing jackass. You might want to go back and read it all again, because this Prairie boy from Canada, that never met a Jew until he was about 38 years old and has never been to Israel, is absolutely, unquestionably, madly, insanely, totally and devotely IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
Those closest to me have learned quickly that to ignorantly (or intentionally) bad-mouth Israel’s actions, intentions, motivations and character in my presence and/or in my home is the best way I can think of to be shown the door. Yes, I have quite literally and actually thrown a person out of my home for continuously berating Israel. In my defence he was warned. I have even thrown half-eaten carrots at the TV when CNN smeared Her name in the mud with lies and endless stupidity.
I have referred to President Barack Obama often by the moniker “that idiot” when he felt it more important to be buddies with the imperialist Islamic Republic of Iran than with our best friend, the State of Israel. And when he said he was “the closest thing to a Jew” that the White House had ever seen, after he had just snubbed the Israeli Prime Minister’s recent historic speech to Congress, I unloaded both barrels in this blog about it. No sir, “Osama bin Obama”, how dare you mock my beloved Israel and her Prime Minister Netanyahu – who’s IQ is double your own. You are a ridiculous fraud that brings shame to your office.
All the more reason why I felt it necessary to write this post today – and make no apologies for the fact that I am totally, singularly, openly, completely, eternally, logically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually IN LOVE WITH Israel, the Jewish people and the Jewish state itself.
When I was a child I had a similar love for the mythical land of “Narnia” and it’s lion leader “Aslan” from C.S. Lewis’ the Chronicles of Narnia. Narnia and Israel share a similar allegorical foundation for the Christian believer – they both represent the spiritual Kingdom of God, the Church and/or Body of Jesus Christ. The difference being, of course, that Israel actually exists.
From those allegories, I’ve learned that, from God’s perspective, it’s Ok to be in love with Israel – because GOD IS IN LOVE WITH HER TOO. My love for Israel has grown incredibly deep over the last 5 years particularly – and the last 18 months specifically – solely independent of any outside voices or influences in my life. I have merely been paying attention to Israel Herself, and her actions, and She has won my heart.
I’ll even go so far as to throw out this radical statement – I would not think twice about taking up actual arms and going to war for Her, should Her survival ever be threatened. I cannot imagine a more noble death than dying to protect Her freedom and ensure Her survival.
I am not ashamed to confess it. I have logically thought through my thoughts and feelings. I have not been whipped up by the evangelical fervor of some travelling “flavor of the week” TV evangelist road show. Israel has shown Her own true character in bits and pieces through various means, and I began collecting them. Now I have gathered together these reasons why the Jewish people and the State of Israel are so critically important to me into a 4th posting in this series, Why I Am MADLY IN LOVE With Israel. I hope and pray you will open your heart and mind to Her – let Her show you who She is, and you will grow to love Her too.
The world grows more hostile toward Israel everyday and I grow more defensive of Her and protective of Her daily as well. The previous generation did not stand up in the defence of the Jewish race, partly due to fear, partly due to an innocent belief that such a horror was not possible, and partly due to being an active participant in the atrocities of the Holocaust. In 2015, we are under no such illusions. Evil exists when good and decent folks do nothing.
I refuse to make that my epitaph. I will not allow future generations to say that about me. I will give the remainder of my life to defend Her, love Her, support Her, encourage Her and as needed, protect Her and die for Her if necessary. I know that million of Christians have had the same love affair with Her. I’m not jealous, I’m happy to brag Her up in hopes YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH HER TOO. This is a sovereign move of God as He shows the world that She is still the Apple of His eye and the timepiece of history. Open your heart. Pay attention. She will speak to you to you too.