I am sure many have wondered whether or not Jesus was born on the 25th of December. In fact, for the first 300 years, Christmas was never celebrated by the early Christian church. And it is almost impossible to imagine by some that Christmas would fall on any other day. The word Christmas means the mass of Christ. It is a (mass) celebration, which is sometimes called Eucharist, of the birth of Christ, His death and resurrection. Today Christmas is wrapped in superstition and merrymaking, but Christ seems to have been forgotten by the majority on this day. Which has led many Christians to repeat and circulate, as a reminder, the cliche Jesus is the reason for the season. On the other hand, the 25th of December has a history of pagan beliefs and customs and has little to do with Christ’s birth. Let us delve into the startling truth behind this widely celebrated holiday.
The signs of wars, pestilences, crime, and hatred are all around us! We are surely living in the last days, and soon and very soon Jesus would come the second time. There are many professed Christians today who claim that the law of God is no longer binding. “Those were the relics of the Jews”, some still claim. Would God abolish His eternal law in the end time? Does it have any significance to God’s last day people? As we go through this short study we would discover what is the Gospel that would be preached. We can ask ourselves two important questions; one, what gospel would be preached Just before the end of the world? and, two, what are the characteristics of those carrying this gospel?
As we notice the events taking place around us in this world; an increase of wars and rumors or wars, economic crisis, famines, natural disasters, mass shootings and deadly diseases, many wonder, when will all this be put to an end. Is Christ really coming again? Let us dig through the sure promises of God’s word concerning His second coming and find out how we are to prepare for that time! Continue Reading
The question has been asked, “is Jesus our Sabbath rest? Did Jesus fulfill the Sabbath?” Hebrews chapter 3 and chapter 4 is used to justify this teaching. Jesus our Sabbath rest is a concept which basically teaches that Christ freed humans from the works of the Law. Is this true? Let us walk through the bible to discover the real truth to this bible question!
A very common text is Matthew 15:11 which is often used to justify that the dietary laws for clean and unclean animals are no longer binding. Many have drank or eaten just about any and everything that can be consumed: octopus, bats, pork, frogs, lizards or even mice. Was the bible giving the license for the consumption of any and every kind of “food” when it mentioned, ” Not that which goes into a man that defiles him“?
The expression “first begotten of the dead” or “firstborn of the dead” has caused much perplexity. Let us walk through the bible to understand this sacred truth!
Skeletons, spiders, Jack O’ Lanterns, bats and many other decorations are installed. Blood dripping, dark spooky parties, strange occult chants, abnormal behavior, demons and devils throughout the cities and towns. Kids dressed in unusual costumes, like witches, zombies, vampires, etc. and go begging for treats from door to door, or cause mischief to those who refuse. Continue Reading
Every day we are placed in situations where we are required to put our trust in others. It is very difficult to trust someone we do not know or do not know of, but we do put our trust in them at times. Do you trust your mechanic, that they will do an honest job? Do you trust your manager that he will do what he promises? Do you trust your pastor, that he is telling you the full truth? The Easiest individuals to trust are those we know very closely, for we have many experiences with them, and know if they will fulfill their promise or not.
A frequently asked question, or I should say, a hot button in Christianity, whether a Christian man or woman becoming of modesty should wear makeup and/or jewelry. In this postmodern age, it is almost as if when you touch someone’s preferences, you do not have love. The church have gone into a state of relativism, rather than the self denial that Jesus speaks about in Matthew 16:24, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” We should not be asking, what is the least that I can do to be saved, but rather, what can I do to please my Lord. If it is not church policy, but a biblical principle, a self-denying Christian should not have a problem with obeying a thus saith the Lord.
Many religionist today use this as a reason to eat anything as long as it is prayed over, and keep any day “holy” as long as they are praising God. This text is often used as a rebuttal to continue down their path to perdition. Per contra, what does this text really mean, does it agree with popular belief, or is the meaning deeper than meets the surface.