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Putting Zion in Perspective: Dirt Is Not Divine

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As a Christian, you might have noticed that there are a lot of Christian ministries, churches, and individuals who are associating themselves with the name Zion. You might also have noticed that a lot of modern day Christians are referring to Yahweh as the Light of Zion or the God of Zion or the something else of Zion.  So what’s with all the talk about Zion?  What exactly is Zion anyway?  Most importantly, is God a fan of our ongoing obsession with this term?  Or is this just one more misguided Christian tradition that we need to move past?  The purpose of this post is to help you get Zion in proper perspective. Read more of this post

Imitating the Idolatry of NT Jews: All Scripture is God-Breathed

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Why do Christians today say that the entire Bible is God-breathed or Divinely inspired?  Where do we get that idea from?  We get it from the apostle Paul.  Paul once said to Timothy:

All Scripture is Divinely inspired and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. (2 Tim. 3:16)

Of course when Paul said this, he was only talking about the Old Testament, because that was the only “Scripture” that he knew.  But today when we quote Paul’s words, we pretend that he was referring to both the Old and New Testaments, even though the New Testament that you know today wasn’t compiled until long after Paul’s death.  It simply doesn’t matter to you that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Hebrews, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Revelation were all written after Paul had died.  You still insist that when Paul said all Scripture was Divinely inspired, he was including documents that he’d never personally heard of.  Are you starting to get a feel for how ludicrous the modern day application of Paul’s words is? Read more of this post

Learning from Yahweh: What It Means To Be Holy

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Like the word grace, the word holy has multiple meanings. In the Bible, we find people, places, objects, actions, and God all being described as holy. This should immediately raise a red flag in our minds, because we should definitely not be viewing God Almighty on the same level as some cup or some human activity. In one passage Yahweh says that He is holy, and in another passage He says that the Israelites are a holy people. Obviously He is talking about two different kinds of holy because He certainly does not view Himself as being on the same level as human beings. Instead, He views Himself as infinitely superior to humans, which is why He says things like:

“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of Yahweh blows on them.” (Isa. 40:6-7)

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SAINTS: Who is your soul having sex with?

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Considering that He was speaking to people who put a lot of import on what someone’s name was, it was extremely significant that Yahweh gave the Jews an alternate Name for Himself: JEALOUS.

You must worship no other gods, for Yahweh, whose very Name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about His relationship with you. (Ex. 34:14)

Later on Jesus would come along and say that He was just like Yahweh. That means we have two Creators who could go by the alternate Name of JEALOUS. Then Jesus introduced the Holy Spirit as a third God who was equal to Himself and Yahweh. So now we’ve got three Creators with infinite power, love, and wrath who want us to know that JEALOUSY is one of Their defining characteristics. Read more of this post

Understanding Idolatry: The Problem & the Cure

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When we care about pleasing God, Satan will try to use our sincere desire to drive us to legalistic extremes. Idolatry is a prime example of this. At what point does something become an idol in your life? If we don’t have a proper understanding of idolatry, Satan can get us so paranoid that we feel guilty the moment we form any emotional attachments. This is not how God wants us to live. Humans are created as sensual, emotional beings. We naturally form emotional and psychological attachments to things which play important roles in our lives. God has no problems with this as long as we don’t get carried away.

If I show you a piece of blue material and I say “Is this darker or lighter?”, you are going to say, “Compared to what?” You can’t answer my question until I give you some standard to compare it to. It’s the same with the concept of idolatry. To simply ask, “Is this person or thing becoming too important to me?” is an incomplete question. We must first establish some standard that we are going to compare things by—some baseline measure by which we can say “If it’s more than this, it’s too much.” Read more of this post

Christians & Astrology

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Astrology is a serious religion, not just a harmless game or a silly superstition. Those horoscope booklets that you find for sale in supermarkets should be viewed like little bibles—religious texts which you are expected to refer to for guidance in life.  Your daily horoscope is really a prophetic newsflash about how your personal deities plan to shape your life for the current day, week, or year—depending on what timeframe the horoscope addresses. You see, according to astrology, your life is not your own—it’s being manipulated by a whole pantheon of gods. And where do these gods reside? Not in a distant heaven, but right here in earth’s solar system, within visual range of a telescope. How convenient. Read more of this post

The Christian Idol Industry

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In Isaiah 44, we find God sharing His perspective of people who make idols. It isn’t very pretty.

All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame. (Isa. 44:9)

After all, an idol is no different than a book or a desk: it is something people craft from the materials of the earth. It has all the power of…well, nothing. Read more of this post