Why are YOU living in where you are in 2012? Consider this:
“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. ” (Acts 17:24–26)
According to God, the reason you and I live where we do is because that’s the perfect time for us to seek (and help others seek) and find God. For those living in America, we are so blessed that the persecution Christians face is extremely light compared to our brethren in first century. How can we best use our situation for God’s glory? Here are some excellent thoughts on the matter at: http://alivewithchrist.com/christianitywithoutfear/
A very popular doctrine taught by religious leaders today is that when you become a Christian your physical life will immediately improve. Typically, these teachers will also tell that you’ll be even more blessed if you send them a hefty check! Is this what the Bible teaches?
We know that the apostles were beaten and persecuted around every corner (cf. 2 Cor. 11:23-33)
We know that Jesus Himself was hated by the religious leaders, His physical relatives, and was even rejected by His closest disciples in His hours of physical agony.
The Bible certainly DOES NOT teach that Christianity eases all of our physical burdens. A relationship with God is meant for one thing; eternal, spiritual healing.
So why does God allow His Christians to suffer? Find out at http://alivewithchrist.com/whydochristianssuffer/
In 1986, Shirley MacLaine wrote her acclaimed work Dancing in the Light, describing her personal spiritual journey. In her book she made one very interesting claim that sparked new thinking throughout a variety of Western Religious groups:
“I am God, because all energy is plugged in to the same source. We are each aspects of that source. We are all part of God. We are individualized reflections of the God source. God is us and we are God.” (p. 339)
Maclaine’s conclusion is descriptive of the New Age religious movement which combines both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions. It tries to mold Christianity with Eastern Mysticism. Many professed Christians are starting to embrace various elements of the New Age movement saying that it grants them a deeper, more experiential spiritual connection. So we need to ask ourselves; is Christianity compatible with these New Age beliefs? God Himself posed this question to His people long ago:
“To whom would you liken Me And make Me equal and compare Me, That we would be alike?” (Isaiah 46:5)
The Jews in Isaiah’s time have polluted themselves to the point that God has no choice but to send them into Babylonian captivity. But this punishment will only be temporary, and God foretells Babylon’s ultimate collapse (46:1-2). God wants to remind His children of His supremacy over the so-called “gods” of the Babylonians and so He asked them if there was anyone who even compared to Him. This was more of a rhetorical question, and God answers for them:
“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me.” (Isaiah 46:9)
God doesn’t simply reject Shirley Maclaine’s belief that she “is God,” He goes one step further to say that there is nobody who is even close to being “like” Him. According to God Himself, there is no way to combine Christianity and the New Age movement. We have a simple choice: we can forsake God to dabble in this man-invented false spirituality that claims that “God is in everything, and everything is a part of God”, or we can submit ourselves to the One Maker, Sustainer, Giver of Life and Judge. The New Age movement tries to degrade God to a sub-human level, worshiping the created rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). If we want to know the one true God, we must first know our place in the grand scheme of things.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8–9)
Have you ever glossed over the titles of books in a religious book store or a “self-help” section? Typically you find a picture of a very successful looking man or woman with a million-dollar smile sprawled across the front cover. Some of these titles suggest that Christianity is all about “Becoming a Better You.” This form of marketing appeals to a popular mentality that “God wants me to be happy, and to be the best me that I can be…” Apparently if Jesus ever wrote a book (and He did through inspiration), it wouldn’t exactly fit in with most books in the religious section. In fact, CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
Perhaps you’ve seen a T.V. commercial advertising for new members to join their particular religion. One series of commercials you might find on the air specifically caters to people who want a relationship with Jesus as long as they don’t have to change their lifestyle. Each commercial is designed to show how this “church” is more tolerant than other religious groups, and always ends with the same statement: “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here…” This is the basic religious philosophy of many religious groups in the “community church” movement. The basic idea is that God loves you just as you are, and He’s not really concerned with how you live your life as long as you “love” Him.
Unfortunately for those who have bought into this recent philosophy, the Bible couldn’t be more clear that CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE