Novus Lectio’s word

Good morning/evening readers,
As you know, my blog is about everything and anything. One day can be poetry, the next one can be a movie review. I’ve noticed that this last month my stats began to drop due to a change of topic. God doesn’t seem to be the favourite topic around here. I wonder why?
Is religion a creepy subject? Or does it feel uncomfortable to talk about the Scriptures?
Hmmmmm whatever the reason may be, I’ll keep on writing what I feel I should. When those ideas are finished, I’ll write about something else, but I’m sure that you’ll see stories found in the Bible these next few days. If you don’t want to read them, it’s ok. Not everyone wants to read long posts, but If you ever change your mind…..
See you soon.

What about … #27

Isaac Newton was an English scientist of the 17th century, thanks to him we know that the white light is actually a mixture of different colors of light, as well as the general laws he had formulated to describe motion and how it relates to its causative forces, among other theories which made of him a Legend. In his book Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy we find his biography at the beginning, this four pages are extracts of it. Lots of philosophers and scientists at that time (even nowadays) were almost non-believers (called philosophical theism). Such as Descartes, Kant, Huygens, Da Vinci or Spinoza.

Very few were religious, as if philosophy was a religion of its own. The philosophy is a way of seeing things or a way to live. We can be philosophers while being a religious person.
I find quite astonishing that a renowned scientist such as Newton was a religious man fond of the Bible. It is a pity that the western philosophy turned out to be quite an anti-religious system linked to secularism. You may find out more in two previous posts called faith, religion and secularism I & II.

What about … #25

Every serious believer (from any religion) longs to know the voice of God and His plan for every area of his life.

Believers will flock to conferences and queue up so a prophet can reveal or confirm God’s direction to them. So some people want to appear spiritually mature to their audience saying that they hear God.

How do they know it was God? How do they know it’s not just their ego?

For example, I read some time ago the story of a young man who was convinced that the Lord had told him to quit his full-time job and help the homeless with which he was involved in a center. He ended up losing his apartment, there was no open jobs at the time, and he had to take a lesser job to avoid homelessness himself!

There is more to the story that I can say, but I believe that the demonic realm was the author of this plan, not the Lord.  Their purpose was to drive this young man away from the Lord through disillusionment and disappointment. Fortunately, they were not successful, and he did learn some valuable lessons.

If someone really believes that God is talking to him, then he esteem himself a prophet. With this mindset one could commit all sorts of evils, and think nothing of it because God is with him, he is a “prophet,” a mouthpiece for God.

Looking on the internet, I found that much of violence and murders are made by people who think that God told them to, here are a few examples I found:

In 2004, a woman in Texas named Deanna Laney murdered her two very young children by crushing their heads with a rock because “God told her to.”

In Texas a charismatic Christian named David Conley, who is definitely possessed by demons, broke into a home, took hostage an entire family of eight, handcuffed them all, and executed all of them.

A man in California named Shelton Eugene Bradley murdered his mother because “‘God’ told him she was a witch and he had ‘divine’ instruction to kill all witches.”

and so on…..

Each person can read the Bible and perceive his own “truth,” it doesn’t mean it’s right.

As the holy Scriptures say:

If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)
So I looked for the beginning of this idea and here is what I found:

More often it means that the Christian hasn’t heard from God but wants to elevate his decision into something inviolable, wherein the Christian’s decision can’t be held to account. After all, it was from God.

Other times, the Christian has received a supposed revelation and encapsulates that revelation by saying “God told me.” Many times they have received a dream, or a ‘nudge’ or have heard that ‘still, small voice’ and are basing their decision on this personal revelation from God on those things instead of the word and then trusting to providence.

The ‘still, small voice’ is permeating Christianity, with the result that now most conversations among Christians are peppered with “God told me” as a result. This is partly thanks to Henry Blackaby, who opened the door to personal revelation in his “Experiencing God” workbook and series of lessons published in the 1990s. Baptists especially who had not been prone to mysticism prior to this, fell hard for the method the Baptist Blackaby was promoting. One reviewer of Experiencing God said here,

“many readers will nevertheless find great encouragement in hearing a still, small voice among a vast number of everyday experiences.”

Blackaby taught: God Often Speaks in a “Still, Small Voice” (I Kings 19:11–13). Sometimes God will speak through “the wind or an earthquake or a fire,” but most often He speaks in a still, small voice. Be attentive!”

‘Most often’? Where is that in the bible?

Relying on small voices, impressions, and God told me revelation diminishes the sufficiency of the bible by the fact that someone is adding to God’s revelation. The bible isn’t enough for them, when you hear people say “God told me, it really means:

I really think I should do ______ but I’m forgetting that the canon of scripture is closed and there is no need for further revelation. I want confirmation for my precarious decision, and I’m mistaking intuition for God’s voice. I’m forgetting to follow Proverbs 3:5-6.

Did they forget the Third Commandment, taking the Lord’s name in vain?

One way to take it in vain is to trivialize it, to be swift or short. We have to be careful never to ascribe to Him thoughts He doesn’t have, or things He never said. “God told me” very often does just that though, trivializes His name by ascribing things to Him He never said. It is a serious thing to say “God told me”!

God doesn’t speak with the human being anymore. He said all He had to say in the Holy Scriptures. He sent his messages through an angel; as He did with most of his prophets, through an inspiration; as He did with Jesus or behind a “veil”; as He did with Moses. We’re not as valuable or important as they were. If He wants to tell us something, He does it through a sign or intuition, it isn’t always easy to notice it. Usually it’s a feeling which doesn’t stay long, it’s more like “take it or leave it”. Some people mistake their own thoughts with this light feeling. But the more someone gets  used to it, the more he can tell the difference. But it’s absolutely NOT God talking to someone, I believe the spirit in us, is the connexion to God with which we get some tips when we need it or when we ask for it.

I also think that when we get to meet Him, we’re going to find out that the Lord didn’t initiate lots of journeys we took in His name.

People of the book – part 13

The weirdest of all! in the verse 19 of Deuteronomy chapter 18:
” And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”

We have a further fulfillment of the prophecy in Muhummed! Note the words-‘…..MY WORDS WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME,” and in whose name does Muhummed speak? We all know the answer even if we’re not Muslims: “in the name of God, most gracious, most merciful”

The Prophecy was fulfilled in to the letter. Every chapter of the Holy Qur’ân except the 9th begin with the formula: in the name of God, most gracious, most merciful.

The Muslim begins his every lawful act with this. But the Christian begins: “In the name of the Father, son and Holy Ghost.”
Concerning Deuteronomy chapter eighteen, I have given you more than 14 reasons as to how this prophecy refers to Muhummed and NOT to Jesus.

The Christian theologians are ignorant of even the name of God. Because “God” is not a name, and “Father” is also not a name.

Peolle of the Book – part 12

History tells us that the Archangel Gabriel commanded Muhummed in his mother tongue: “READ!” or “RECITE!” Muhummed was terrified and replied “I’m not learned!” The angel commands him a second time with the same result. For the third time the angel continues.
“Read: In the Name of your Lord who created. Created man from a clot.
Read: And your Lord is the Most Generous. He who taught by the pen.
Taught man what he never knew.”

Now Muhummed, grasps, that what was required of him was to repeat! to rehearse! And he repeats the words as they were put into his mouth.

The words (revelation) were actually put into his mouth, exactly as foretold in the prophecy under discussion: ‘and I will put my words in bis mouth.’ (Deut. 18:18).

That first Revelation is the exact fulfillment of another Biblical Prophecy. In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 29, verse 12, we read: “and the book is delivered to him that is not learned” (Isaiah 29:12). “I am not learned.” is the exact translation of the words which Muhummed uttered twice to the Holy Ghost – the Archangel Gabriel, when he was commanded : “READ!”
Let me quote the verse in full without a break as found in the “King James Version,” or the “Authorised version” as it is more popularly known “And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned”
(Isaiah 29:12).

It may be noted that there were no Arabic Bibles in existence in the 6th Century of the Christian Era when Muhummed lived and preached! Besides, he was absolutely unlettered and unlearned. No human had ever taught him a word. His teacher was his Creator:

Without any human learning, ‘he put to shame the wisdom of the learned’.”
See, how the prophecies fit Muhummed like a glove. We do not have to stretch prophecies to justify their fulfillment in Muhummed.

You may say that all your expositions sound very well, but they are of no real consequence, because we Christians have Jesus Christ the “incarnate” God, who has redeemed us from the Bondage of Sin.

Is that so? God didn’t think so! He went to a great deal of trouble to have His warnings recorded. God knew that there would be people like you who will flippantly, light-heartedly discount his words, so he followed up Deuteronomy 18:18 with a dire warning: “AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT WHOSOEVER WILL NOT HEARKEN UNTO MY WORDS WHICH HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME, I WILL REQUIRE IT OF HIM” . (in the Catholic Bible the ending words are – “I will be the revenger”, I will take revenge!)
Does not this terrify you? God Almighty is threatening revenge! We shake in our pants if some hoodlum threatens us, yet you have no fear of God’s warning?”

People of the book – part 8

So who is like Moses you might ask?

Moses had a father and a mother. Muhummed also had a father and a mother. But Jesus had only a mother, and no human father.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses!

Moses and Muhummed were born in the normal, natural course, i.e. the physical association of man and woman; but Jesus was created by a special miracle. You will recall that we are told in the Gospel of St. Matthew 1:18 “…..before they came together (Joseph the Carpenter and Mary) she was found with child by the Holy Ghost.” And St. Luke tells us that when the good news of the birth of a holy son was announced to her, Mary reasoned: “…How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the highest shall overshadow thee …” (Luke 1:35).
The Qur’ân confirms the miraculous birth of Jesus too. In answer to her logical question:
” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child, when no man has touched me?” He said (the angel) , “It will be so. God creates whatever He wills. To have anything done, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” (Quran, 3:47).

Isn’t it true that Jesus was born miraculously as against the natural birth of Moses and Muhummed?” I’m sure you’ll say “Yes”
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses. And God says to Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy 18:18 “LIKE UNTO THEE” (Like You, Like Moses) and up to now Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed married and begat children, but Jesus remained a bachelor all his life.
Therefore Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed were accepted as prophets by their people in their very lifetime. No doubt the Jews gave endless trouble to Moses and they murmured in the wilderness, but as a nation, they acknowledged that Moses was a Messenger of God sent to them. The Arabs too made Muhummed’s life impossible. He suffered very badly at their hands. After 13 years of preaching in Mecca, he had to emigrate from the city of his birth. But before his demise, the Arab nation as a whole accepted him as the Messenger of God. But according to the Bible: ‘He (Jesus) came unto his own, but his own recieved him not.’ (John 1:11). And even today, after two thousand years, his people- the Jews, as a whole, have rejected him. Am I right?”
Still Jesus is not like Moses, but Muhummed is like Moses.

Moses and Muhummed were prophets as well as kings. A prophet means a man who receives Divine Revelation for the Guidance of Man and this Guidance he conveys to God’s creatures as received without any addition or deletion. A king is a person who has the power of life and death over his people. It is immaterial whether the person wears a crown or not, or whether he was ever addressed as king or monarch: if the man has the prerogative of inflicting capital punishment – HE IS A KING. Moses possessed such a power. Do you remember the Israelite who was found picking up firewood on Sabbath Day, and Moses had him stoned to death? (Numbers- 15:35). There are other crimes also mentioned in the Bible for which capital punishment was inflicted on the Jews at the behest of Moses. Muhummed too, had the power of life and death over his people.

People of the book – part 6

There are hundreds if not thousands of prophecies regarding the supposed coming of Jesus in the Old Testament. Out of the ‘thousands’ of prophecies referred to, there isn’t a single prophecy where Jesus is mentioned by name. The term ‘Messiah’, translated as ‘Christ’, is not a name but a title. The word “Messiah” comes from the Arabic and Hebrew word masaha, which means to rub, to massage, to anoint. The religious significance is “the one who is anointed” – priests and kings were anointed in consecration to their offices. Messiah translated Christ does not mean God. Even the heathen Cyrus is called “Christ” in the Bible, (Isaiah 45:)
Is there a single Prophecy where it says that the name of the Messiah will be Jesus, and that his mother’s name will be Mary, that his supposed father will be Joseph the Carpenter; that he will be born in the reign of Herod the King? No! There are no such details! Then how can we conclude that those ‘thousand’ Prophecies refer to Jesus?”
To find the solution let’s see what Deuteronomy, chapter 18, verse 18 (Old Testament) says:

“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and I will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Remeber this verse, it is a very important one which we’ll be studying.

To whom does this prophecy refer? Without the slightest hesitation you will answer: “Jesus!”

Why Jesus? his name is not mentioned here.
You might say “no but it is said like unto thee – like you- i.e like Moses, and Jesus is like Moses”

So let me ask you who says that Jesus is like Moses? In which way is Jesus like Moses?

You might reply: In the first place Moses was a jew and Jesus was also a jew; secondly, Moses was a prophet and Jesus was also a prophet – therefore Jesus is like Moses and that is exactly what God had foretold Moses – “like unto thee”.