Let Our Works Speak To The Unbelievers

As a Christian, I know what it is like to be attack by non believes. I had some very hateful things said about me and what I believe. I have even had people attack my family for simply being a Christian and not necessarily anything I specifically believe. It does come with the territory.

However, it would seem that many who are calling themselves a Christian, feel that it is perfectly acceptable to behave just as the non believers who are attacking them do. Saying hateful in Vile thing in return. Some may even say it to a non-believer who is behaving civilized with them, because of what others have done to them previously.

This is not how Christians are to act. We are to “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) and we are not doing that when we are calling people names, launching personal attacks, being prideful, arrogant or putting others down.

One of the greatest Commandments we have is to love our neighbor. And really, how can we say we love our neighbor when are treating the non-believer so horribly? When our actions make it look like we hate them?

Sure, the non-believer may be hateful and vile towards us in his or her attempt to destroy us. However, the Bible does not tell is to follow all the rules, except when attacked by a atheist or muslim who is trying to hurt our feelings. We are to always be humble, patience, meekness, not prideful, be gentle with perfect courtesy toward all people. Because, we are to , “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against us as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” (1 Peter 2:12)

We are to use their attempts to destroy us, to being them to the Lord. Just as David did when his enemies had been spreading lies,and being deceitful. In the end, we need to trust God, “When you’re under attack, take refuge in the Lord as your righteous defender.” (Psalm 5:1-7)

Sadly, when many Christians are confronted on their unchristian like behavior/actions. I have found that very few change what they are doing. Either giving excuses as to why they can do what they are doing, ignoring the Bible. Or they claim I am not a Christian, because to them, a Christian does not call out other Christians for what they are doing. Therefore, because they deem me as not a christian, they feel that it gives them an excuse to continue with the unchristian-like behavior. No I’m completely unaware of any Scripture that says that, even if somebody is not Christian they can not point out unchristian-like behaviors and actions.

In many ways, I understand such people. When I was a new Christian, I had a hard time with this. I would fight back giving just as much if not more then what I was given. I said some horrible things to people as a reaction to what they are sub to me. I had a hard time being kind to those who are not doing so with me. It’s just taking me a long time to get where I am today. Even after all these years, I still find that I must pull myself aside and remind myself of how I should interact with others, others who I’m not exactly the nicest people towards me.

We must remember that our works are an indication of our faith. If we don’t act like we believe what we profess to believe, then why would a non-believer even take a serious? Why would they even consider what we have to say?

We must also ask ourselves, our we bringing glory to God with the things we say and do? Is our behaviors and actions resulting in a seed being planted? Or is wedge being driven in? Which do you think is more productive?


Beautiful words from the Bible

Some passages in the Bible say so much, with so little. And when Christ says something, there is something good being said and this is one of them that I just had to share this with you.

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV).

OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD: USA gets its man in the end

Well, I just got word that one of the worlds most evil, ungodly men Osama bin laden, is now dead. And has been for a week now while awaiting DNA testing. Originally it was reported he died in a bombing however, the president of the United States in his address to the people on this, reported he died in a fire fight.

Personally, I wish he would have been captured alive and held on trial so that the family’s of the innocent men, women and children he murdered in the name of his false god allah, could have had the chance to confront him in court and give him a peace of their mind before his sentencing. However, I will settle for this outcome.

Although, I will not celebrate Osama bin laden death. For I can’t get my self to feel good and celebrate how a man who rejected Christ as his lord and savor, only dies and is forever be separated from God.

The good thing that comes from this is that now, American and really the world in general can feel a little bit safer knowing that their is one less evil person out there who seeks to harm and kill anyone who does not fallow his false god allah. And the family’s of the people killed on September 11th can continue or even finish the healing process.

What Jesus suffered on our behalf, truly makes Him worthy of our worship.

We Christians hear it all the time, we even say it all the time. And that is “Jesus suffered and died for our sins.” But not everyone really understands just how he suffered.

When we envision what Christ went through, from the horrific whipping, crown of thorns on his head, to even him hanging on the cross. It’s not hard to figure out that He was suffering a great deal physically from this torturous event. However, what he suffered physically does not compare to how much He must have suffered when, Jesus took on our sin and became sin .

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

By taking on our sin Jesus (in the flesh) for the first time he became separated from the Father. And no doubt he suffered horribly from this overwhelming experience of taking on our sins. And we can’t really understand just how much he must have been suffering from this experience. After all, we sin so much that we have become used to this experience.

However, Jesus was not a sinner, so He would never experience the penalty of death/being separated from God as we do but, when He took on our sin for us he felt what we do/will feel. This must have been absolutely tremendously horrifying experience. Now He did not become a sinner when he took on our sins, he only experienced our penalty for our sins. And Him being somebody who has never experience what sinners have become so accustomed to in their daily lives. Means it must have been a real shock to Him.

But on our behalf (the sinners). Jesus as a man experiences all the horror of what it feels like to be separated from God. It is an amount of suffering that we the sinners cannot comprehend . As we squalor in our sins like a pig squalor’s in its waste, and are so use to it.

We could tell he was suffering as He was being made sin when he said,

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46

So certainly from this we can see that He was suffering a great ordeal from this experience that He was going through. What Jesus went through physically, I doubt it compares in anyway to just how much He must have suffering from feeling distant from his Father.

Truly, Jesus is worthy of our worship. For he suffered so much for us sinners.

Bible made for the outdoorsman.

Not too long ago I received a waterproof Bible as a gift. A gift that I requested. Mainly because I am very much into the outdoors of backpacking and canyoneering and just plain camping. However, taking a Bible Mountains wilderness and reading the Bible can be a little bit risky. As the typical Bible is not exactly made for the outdoors.

For one a little bit of water, either from rain, or an accidental dropping into the water. can cause a huge amount of damage to the Bible. Pages will stick together and if you try and pull them apart. Chances are they will rip.

Electing to stick your Bible into a baggie may protect it for the most part, however, you have to choose the time in which you read your Bible carefully. As there could be a high amount of humidity and fog that can also cause the pages of the Bible to get a damp. Not to mention you might take the Bible out and start read it only to fine your grubby little hands caused a little bit of a mess on the pages. And as the experienced outdoorsman can tell you a baggie or even a waterproof bag does not guarantee it will not get wet as it can always be a leak.

So when I heard about a waterproof Bible. I thought this is a great idea. And low and behold I ended up with one that I decided I would talk about here.

When those that produce this Bible claimed that it was waterproof, they really meant it. The pages are made out of plastic. It’s similar to the waterproof maps that one can buy at a local Map store or on specialty paper used to make waterproof maps. I’m not sure that plastic it’s made out of is also rip-proof in the same way those specialty maps are. However, I assumed that it is at least similar in that respect.
The quality of the Bible is awesome. It’s very well put together and seems like it will probably last a very long time, even in rugged conditions. Like when it’s tossed into my backpack with a lot of other things being roughed up. And whatever font they used is really impressive, as it is very clear to read just as they advertised. Which was a concern because they’re trying to make the book as small as possible, thus being as light as possible.

However, despite their attempt to make it as light as possible. It’s still not a very light Bible. Which is the only real drawback from this Bible because, I’m the kind of person likes ultralight backpacking. At least keeping my weight down. As it stands it seems to weigh a little bit more than my Norton’s new King James study Bible. Which actually is slightly bigger than the waterproof Bible. Which makes this Bible, the second most heaviest item I would take on backpacking trip backpacking trip.

However, sacrificing a few extra pounds on a trip in order to have a rugged and durable Bible that I can take with me, out in Gods creation, while reading about his creation, seems like a fairly good trade-off. All in all I definitely recommend it. And anybody who would like can get their own waterproof Bible can do so here at Bardin & Marsee Publishing.

So I give this Bible 4.0 out of 5 survival-berries

Pros: Great construction quality, waterproof, durable, easy to read font (even in low light)

Cons: weight and size.

I am working on a commentary for 1 Peter

I am doing something a little different and decided to upload a commentary that will be a work in progress for a while. Whenever I have some spare time I plan on loading and updating what I already have. So, even though it might say one thing. Later on I might change some of it and add more. So if you want to read it, you can click here. Or you can go to my papers page where he can also find a link to read it.