Satan’s militia

I read on CNN today, about a small anti-government militia in the USA; who (it is alleged), had planned to attack law enforcement officers as part of their preparation for end-time battles.

I don’t think our glorified Jesus will need any help from us.

He commands, and His angels will do the ‘work’; in Matthew 13:40b-42(NLT), we read: ” … so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”

And, in Matthew 26: 50b-53, we find another couple of verses, which suggest that Jesus has a lot of angels under His command: ” … Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.

“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?”

Consequently, I’m of the strong view that these people, in this militia, are listening to the wrong voice.

All through the New Testament, we have ample evidence that it’s not our role to be involved in armed rebellion, on the contrary – so far as it is able, we should try to live in peace. Paul’s letter to the Romans 12:18-20 (NLT): Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,“I will take revenge; I will pay them back,”  says the Lord.

Instead: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

The special conditions that existed, in regard to the nation Israel (as described in the Old Testament), taking over their promised land – as part of their covenant with God – do not apply to us, as Christians.

This view is clearly made in Hebrews 8:6-7, 13 (NLT): ” … But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.  If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. … When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.”

There is only one voice that gets into the hearts of men and women – and, incites them to do acts of evil; it’s the voice of Satan.

What are your views?

Philosopher – anyone, can be one

On CNN – today, I noticed a video by a person going by the name of  Sam Harris, he calls himself a philosopher.

He delivers his views on religion – with the telling title:  ‘Religion distracts us from important issues.”

However, like a number of other highly visible ‘philosophers’, in the media, he makes a fundamental error in the use of the term ‘religion’.  It’s not that, ‘religion’ can distract us from any human issue – as defined in a dictionary (www.dictionary.com): Religion is “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.” People, who label themselves, as religious – are usually the source of fundamental errors – as, the history of world affairs,  amply demonstrates –  well, that’s my non-philosophical view.  🙂

The core of Mr Harris’ discussion – is really centred on the definition of an ‘important’ issue. Consequently, he is saying that ‘the set of beliefs which define any of the world’s current religions – do not cover any of the important issues, which concern the majority of this world’s population.

Any comments?

Israel

I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that, in general,  the world’s media has taken a distinctly negative view of Israel.

It is now reaching the point that many anti-Israel forces must be starting to think that it’s now, an ideal time to strike out against this little ‘nation’.  On the one-hand, the Israeli government needs to recognise, and do something about, the suffering, that some of their policies are causing to their neighbours. On the other-hand, the people of Israel should be given a reasonable degree of assurance of their continued existence, as an independent and viable nation. 

In regard to the peace process – there can be no progress while this tense atmosphere continues. There does not appear to be any solution on the horizon (at least for the next decade) – neither the United Nations or the USA appear to have any reasonable way to resolve this difficult issue.

It’s my view that God is preparing the scene for His entrance  – what do you think?

[Today (29 March), I found this short article, written by Bradley Burston in Haaretz , a short excerpt, follows: ” …  The freed person in us is justly terrified by the path to a shared Jerusalem. When the sea divides enough for us to see a path, the walls on either side threaten to collapse and drown all those they do not crush. We look to the opposite shore and see not the City of God but a wilderness.

But it is the freed person in us who takes the first step on to that uncertain path. And, in so doing, for the first time, knows what it is to be free. … “

I thought that his language was especially poignant and heart-felt.]