Has Christianity Become a Coward’s Religion?

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Has Christianity Become a Coward’s Religion? Renaissance political thinker Niccolo Machiavelli castigated Christianity for making its adherents weak. Looking to the next world, he charged, Christians forget their public duties in this world, leaving their communities weak in the face of their enemies. Early Christian martyrs were hardly cowards. There were martyrs in Machiavelli’s day as well, and as I write martyrs are being made every day as pious Christians are murdered by the thugs of the Islamic State. One wonders, however, given some recent trends, whether some Christians in…

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How is Islam similar to Christianity and Judaism?

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How is Islam similar to Christianity and Judaism?   How is Islam similar to Christianity and Judaism? Judaism Christianity, and Islam, in contrast to Hinduism and Buddhism, are all monotheistic faiths that worship the God of Adam, Abraham, and Moses-creator, sustainer, and lord of the universe. They share a common belief in the oneness of God (monotheism), sacred history (history as the theater of God’s activity and the encounter of God and humankind), prophets and divine revelation, angels, and Satan. All stress moral responsibility and accountability, Judgment Day, and eternal…

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Christianity and the Baha’i Faith

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Christianity and the Baha’i Faith Christianity : Are Baha’is Christians? Yes – Baha’is love and revere Christ and His teachings. The Baha’i Writings testify that “To be a Christian is to embody every excellence there is.” Love, compassion, honesty, truthfulness, kindness, patience, integrity, and humility – those qualities make up just a few of these many excellences. The Baha’i teachings also proclaim the reverence with which Baha’is view our Lord Jesus Christ: Know thou that when the Son of Man yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept…

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U.G. KRISHNAMURTI

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CHAPTER 35 U.G. KRISHNAMURTI  Back to the Table of Contents U.G. KRISHNAMURTI:Question: A  lot  of  things  you  have  said  sound  like  stuff  I  have  read  by  U.G. Krishnamurti…. Answer: I’ve read a lot of things from U.G. – no relationship  to J. Krishnamurti  – that I like, too. There are other things I’ve read where he seems to contradict himself a lot, things I disagree with, or maybe things I don’t totally understand. But here’s a sample from this “anti-guru” of what I like…. “People call me an ‘enlightened man’…

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JOINING TOGETHER

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joining-together:New  Human  Adults  who  have  just  made  it  to  the  back  of  the  movie  theater  will usually display some common personality traits. First, they begin to understand there are possibilities that were inconceivable to them as a Human Child. Even their freedom to walk around is a new sensation that takes some getting used to. Being up and out of their seats has given them new hope and new energy. They don’t necessarily understand what’s happening, but it excites them to find out, to exercise this freedom and explore these…

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PLATO’S CAVE

PLATO’S CAVE:Imagine that for your entire life you have been sitting in a chair in a movie theater. The place is dark, like all movie theaters; but you can feel… No… wait! Before we go there… There’s  a famous  allegory called  “Plato’s Cave,”  written  of course by Plato.  It’s a fictional  conversation  between  Plato’s  teacher,  Socrates,  and  Plato’s  brother,  Glaucon; and, essentially, the first part of the allegory goes like this… Socrates  asks  Glaucon  to  imagine  a  cave  inhabited  by  prisoners  who  have  been chained  and  held  immobile  since  childhood.…

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Talked to God Lately?

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Talked to God Lately?We all make time for what we value the most. Have you gotten into the good habit of praying to God on a regular basis? Need some instruction and encouragement? Here it is! How’s your prayer life? Some would answer, “What prayer life? I don’t have a prayer life. I’m too busy!” Yes, we are all quite busy, but is that a legitimate excuse? Several years ago, a good friend of mine passed on a phrase that his father used to tell him: “You make time for…

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How to Live the Best Life Possible

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How can you get the most out of this life, which you can only spend once?When I was 20, two questions weighed heavily on my mind: “What is the purpose and meaning of life?” and “How can I live the best life possible?”While reading one night, I stumbled upon a statement that I shall never forget: “Your life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you want, but you can only spend it once .” The realization was most powerful—I had only one life to live. There were many…

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God’s Not Dead… but Christian Films are on Life Support

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As unfortunate as it may be to admit, “Christian movies” have something of a track record.Often the purpose of the filmmaker is clear, if not bluntly stated: to win souls, bolster the faith of believers, or even simply to get the name of Jesus to a theater near you. All too often, however, these well-meaning Christian films are marked by substandard acting, careless plot-holes, and contrived situations. Christian audiences flock to see such films, forgiving shortcomings and encouraging friends and family to support the Christian film industry by going out…

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Jesus Christ’s Resurrection: Our Hope of Life

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 Two men ran through the streets of the city, trying to see if it was true. Over the final sprint one outran the other and arrived on the scene first. Stopping, he stooped down and looked into the space and noticed the linen cloths that had once wrapped a body. Astounded, he didn’t immediately enter.His friend, not hesitating, tucked his head and went inside. He also saw the same linen cloths, with a separate piece lying nearby. He too was stunned.Then the other joined him inside. Staring at the empty,…

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Bible Translations, The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn’t What You Think It Is

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Bible Translations: When Americans reach for their Bibles, more than half of them pick up a King James Version (KJV), according to a new study advised by respected historian Mark Noll.The 55 percent who read the KJV easily outnumber the 19 percent who read the New International Version (NIV). And the percentages drop into the single digits for competitors such as the New Revised Standard Version, New America Bible, and the Living Bible.So concludes “The Bible in American Life,” a lengthy report by the Center for the Study of Religion…

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Call to Think for God, The

When I was approached last December about the possibility of bringing this commencement address, it was because of the thought, or hope, that I might be able to cast light on the problem of how to balance the intellectual life with the spiritual life. I work as a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California, which calls for something in the way of an intellectual life – or at least a sturdy appearance thereof – and I have recently published a book on the spiritual life and its…

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Spiritual,spiritual gifts,spiritual gangster,spiritual warfare

Prayer is our spiritual oxygen, and just as oxygen is vital to our natural life, so prayer is vital to our spiritual life. We need to pray regularly and continually in order to live as God intended.Each of us will face trying circumstances in life. We could never win a war without fighting some battles. We’re going to have trials, but in our trials we can build our faith. We do not have to be moved by the circumstances in our life. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,…

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The Holy Bible in Urdu with narration on CD-R in the form of Software

For the first time in the world history, The Holy Bible in Urdu with text and narration on Internet. Blessings of the Lord Jesus are with you always! We are serving the Lord Jesus Christ as we can. We upload Holy Bible in Our Local Language (To spread word of God in Pakistan and India with local language (Urdu) through internet we have done the bible with audio, you can read and listen bible in Urdu. Our Future Projects Read More…  This website is supported by prayer, gifts and contributions from people like…

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Am I Just A Christian

An article appeared several months ago in Truth Magazine entitled “Is It Possible To Be Just A Christian?”  I want to answer that question,  but from a different standpoint.  The author brings out the point that people of the world consider themselves and others as Christians because the affiliate themselves with a particular religious organization other than the church that we read about in the New Testament.  A well written article by brother Heath Rogers dismissing that claim by correctly stating,  “the preaching of the apostles did not produce Catholics, …

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Toward Many Gods?

It used to be the case that an Independence Day celebration at the city park, a political rally, the dedication of a public building, or some other civic ceremony in the United States would begin with a prayer offered by a local minister. Organizers then started inviting a cross section of the community’s clergy to take part. The Roman Catholic priest would share the podium with, say, the Baptist minister; then they would invite the Jewish rabbi. Today, depending on the religious makeup of the community, a Muslim imam, a…

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Parenting: The Joyful Impossibility

It was eleven o’clock on a Sunday night, and I was pulling out of the grocery store parking lot exhausted and overwhelmed. After we had put our four children to bed, later than we had planned, Luella discovered that we had nothing in the house to pack for lunches the next day. With an attitude that couldn’t be described as joy, I got in the car and did the late-night food run. As I waited for the light to change so I could leave the parking lot and drive home,…

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How the Lord’s Prayer can help us pray

Recently in our youth bible study we looked at the Lords’s Prayer. This is a short section in the gospels when Jesus takes his disciples aside and gives them a model of prayer they can follow. What we found as we studied this simple prayer is that it is really comprehensive! It gives a great balance between praising God and placing requests before God. What is the Lord’s Prayer?You’ve probably seen the LORD’s prayer before, but just in case you haven’t, here it is from Matthew 6:9b-13: 

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Are Christians Freed From the Old Covenant?

Many professing Christians are confused about what Christ’s sacrifice actually did away with, and what God requires of His people today. Many view the Old Covenant this way: If priestly duties, such as ceremonial washings, animal sacrifices, etc., are done away, then so is everything that God commanded under the Old Covenant. The following letter excerpts show the need to properly understand this subject:“You probably will notice the emphasis of the book [of Leviticus] is on the ceremonies and rituals that God commanded of the Israelites. The book…seems to be…

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Telling the Gospel Through Story

Steve was a house painter from England vacationing at a beach in the Philippines with his family. I happened to be staying at the same resort. One day during a conversation that began to turn toward spiritual things, Steve said, “I’ve talked to numerous religious leaders but they’ve never been able to answer my questions satisfactorily. So I’ve given up on religion and am trying to live a good life.””What were your questions?” I asked.”The main one is, why is the world so unfair? Why is there pain and suffering…

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The faith of Christ

Way back in the 50’s a debate started regarding the translation of certain key passages in Paul that had to do with justification by faith. The question was whether or not we should translate these passages as referring to Christ’s faith or to ours. Of course, most post-reformation translations take these passages as obvious references to our faith in Christ. In the Greek language, however, the construction could be translated either as a subjective genitive (Christ’s faith) or as an objective genitive (our faith in Christ). Interestingly, the King James…

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Receiving the love of the truth!

Everyone likes freedom and liberty. Nobody wants to be bound or stuck to something that is unpleasant. Lets have a brief look at this scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2; 8 – 10 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

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What is Biblical Christianity?

What is Biblical Christianity?Purpose in LifePurpose, meaning, a reason for living—these are all things we desire and search for in life. Despite steps each one of us takes to find purpose and meaning, we still feel empty, unfulfilled. That is because there is a spiritual emptiness in each of our lives. We each have a hole in our heart, a spiritual vacuum deep within our soul. Possessions won’t fill this hole, nor will success. Relationships alone cannot satisfy this emptiness, and morality, in and of itself, falls miserably short of…

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What is the Gospel?

Introduction:Some call it the Gospel. Others, the Good News. And some, the Evangel. Regardless of the designation, the “Gospel” is passed around by a variety of churches and sects. One hears it in the preaching of tele-evangelists, or reads it in a wide-range of writings. For many the word “Gospel” has become a simplistic statement unclearly referring to Jesus as a person. What is the “Gospel”? Not everyone gives the same answer. One group will answer that it is the good news that Jesus returned invisibly in 1874 or 1914…

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Christmas – Does It Really Matter? [2 Corinthians 6:14-18]

The subject of Christmas in a Christian country is a sensitive one. Even though journalists, commentators, historians, and pundits make the origins of Christmas clear, the vast majority of Christians may respond: “Does it really matter? Who cares?”Well does it really matter whether a Christian celebrates or observes Christmas or not? Most will even be puzzled by that question, for, “Doesn’t everyone celebrate Christmas?” Well, no, actually. Some individuals and groups of Christians have made the decision not to celebrate or observe Christmas. Why? Could two billion Christians be wrong?…

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The Holy Spirit as “Helper”

Some have asked of the Spirit-Helper Jesus promised is still at work on his disciples. With an open mind consider the following. Is it fair to state that the verses to follow were spoken in private company with the eleven apostles?John 14:15-17 — “If YOU [APOSTLES] love me, YOU [APOSTLES] will observe my commandments; 16 and I will request the Father and he will give YOU [APOSTLES] another helper to be with YOU [APOSTLES] forever, 17 the spirit of the truth, which the world cannot receive, because it neither beholds…

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Christ – the Day of Death Better than the Day of Birth

Nearly two billion Christians throughout the international globe called Earth will celebrate the resurrection of Christ in the Easter festival. Untold millions of colored eggs, supposedly laid by rabbits, will be eagerly searched for by brightly dressed children. Hundreds of millions of Christians who seldom attend church will make their yearly pilgrimage dressed in Easter finery. Billions of dollars will be spent and made on Easter related things – from special candies to new bonnets.On December 25th nearly two billion persons in every nation on country on earth will celebrate…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

 “What’s your religion?” said the firm, authoritative voice. The sergeant’s eyes remained fixed on his clipboard waiting for my response. The Army induction center didn’t seem like the place that I would be confronted with spiritual questions, but religious preference was a standard question asked of every inductee. It would be stamped on my dog tags, I suppose to guide funeral services if I were killed in combat. I hesitated briefly from answering… knowing that I had not attended church for several years. But I began to think… “I must…

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