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.
Wine or alcohol making is something which was done very early in history and something that is even more common today. Though the taste of some fermented beverages are not too pleasant, many are addicted to this liquid drug. Is drinking alcohol a sin, or does God allow us to drink in moderation? What about 5%? Though science has shown benefits and also risks of moderate drinking, let us go through some of the many bible texts concerning the use of alcohol to see what the Lord approves.
The term “Predestination” is understood by many in to be the divine foreordaining of all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some and not others. John Calvin interpreted biblical predestination to mean that God willed eternal damnation for some people and salvation for others.
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“?
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
There are many suspicions as to what the mark of the beast is. Some of those are: it is a tattoo of 666, it is a supercomputer in Russia, it is a chip beneath the skin, or even some strange barcode on the forehead, etc. However, no matter how crazy or plausible these suspicions may sound, there is only one meaning to this text. God is the author of absolute truth, and we seek to reveal that truth through this study, the real meaning of the mark of the beast.
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.