|Posted by Asa on December 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
I want to consider Islam for a minute. They too believe in God and live for His Glory, but do th
Why would Allah allow his Word (in the Bible) to become the foundation for the false beliefs through corruption, before making a new book with the aim of pointing to Muhammad as the 'True prophet' which mentions him only 4 times & Jesus even more - 25 times (calling Him the Word of God, Spirit of God, Jesus Christ, sinless Son of God & describing His virgin birth, how he could speak at 2 days old, how he made a live bird from mud, healed a leper & a blind man, raised the dead, went to Heaven, still lives & will return whereas Muhammad never raised the dead or healed the sick, that he died & no longer lives nor will he return). Why would Allah make the only woman mentioned in the Quran, Mary the mother of Jesus. If Allah wrote both which contradict each other in many ways, it's his fault when Christians believe the Bible to be God's uncorrupted Word. But, could the Bible have been corrupted anyway??
Just ask a Muslim when the Bible was corrupted. "If they say before 600 A.D. then how can the Quran admonish believers to read it? If they claim it was after 600 A.D., then they have jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire, for we have absolutely no doubt as to the accuracy of biblical manuscripts from at least the 3rd century forward. Even if Christianity were false, the Quran still has an insurmountable problem because it makes judgments against Christians for believing things that they do not (nor have they ever) believed. For example, the Quran teaches that Christians believe the Trinity is the Father, the Mother (Mary), and the Son (Sura 5:73-75, 116), and the Quran also teaches that Christians believe that God had sex with Mary to have a son (Suras 2:116; 6:100-101; 10:68; 16:57; 19:35; 23:91; 37:149-151; 43:16-19). If the Quran is really from God, then it should at least be able to accurately report what Christians believe."
The Quran is also confused between Mary & Miriam, who lived over 1,000 years apart. Mary was called 'sister of Aaron' (Qur'an 19:27-28). When Christians found this, they asked the Muslims of the time who were confused & questioned Muhammad. Muhammed said that it was a metaphor & that women were referred to as sisters of prophets in those days, which there's no evidence for at all today. The problem is that the Quran states that Mary was the daughter of Imran (Quran 3:36 & 66:12) who is the father of Moses, Aaron & Miriam only. In many ways, the Quran describes Mary as Miriam which shows it's more than just a title, Muhammad actually got this mixed up. This shows that Muhammad & the Qur'an was either mistaken or he lied. Either way, could this really be the Word of God?
|Posted by Asa on December 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
I wrote this poem a week ago after spending some time with God (at Ally Pally). It was so overwhelmingly powerful experiencing the presence of God & spending time with my Creator. But after I got the bus home, I saw many people & realised that most of them probably don't know God personally & I felt a sense of urgency to express how amazing life is with God & how empty it is without Him. But nothing to do with God's greatness or mercy could be described. So I skipped church to write the folllowing poem trying to express how I felt at the time:
If only words could express
The depths of God's love
In sending His Son
From Heaven above
How He came to give life
& set sinners free
Then died to take death
& let the blind see.
If only words could express
The price that He paid
For those who have failed Him
& often betrayed
How He rescues the fallen
& requires no return
For salvation we each are
Unable to earn.
If only words could express
The riches in Christ
The freedom, redemption
& limitless life
This is Neither for hope
Nor a Goal to achieve
Not deserved or rewarded
...A Gift to receive.
|Posted by Asa on December 13, 2014 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
Recently, God has opened my eyes to the fact that in many ways I was too religious in the way I lived & I'm now free from that...mostly. I feel it could be a problem in the lives of other Christians too because we many don't know that God calls us out of religion in the Bible. As Jeff Bethke put it; "Religion says DO, Jesus says DONE. Religion says SLAVE, Jesus says SON. Religion puts you in BONDAGE, Jesus sets you FREE. Religion makes you BLIND, Jesus makes you SEE" (Jesus > Religion video). The fact is, a Christian can't be religious in my view because we are either saved or not. It's an 'all or nothing' thing when it comes 2 Jesus & salvation in Him. You wouln't call your computer 'very on', in the same way we can't be 'very saved'. So Here are 3 ways we can be TOO RELIGIOUS in our attitude towards God:
1. We point the spotlight on ourselves & the way we're living. (what am I doing? how am I living? have I prayed or read enough today?)
2. We come to the Bible, rather than to Jesus.
3. We feel the need to tick boxes
Why aren't these attitudes good?
1. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:1-2)
2. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. (John 5:38-40)
3. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Col 2:13-14)
It is clear from the Bible that God doesn't want us to rely on our own works (Jeremiah 48:7 & even calling our righteousness 'filthy rags'!!). The problem with religion is it fixes the spotlight on us (am I living right?) rather than on God (is God being glorified through me?). We can try to hard to tick boxes. For example, we make sure we have our daily 'God Time' or we try to read our daily 5 chapters. But that makes it less about God & more about us reaching the set target which often actually becomes a limit (by saying, "I'll read for 5 mins", we're almost creating a deadend which we don't allow ourselves to pass or God's Spirit to lead). But with a relationship, the spotlight would be on God as we'd be doing (good?) works out of love & gratitude rather than to earn a reward or blessing (like the feeling of joy in what you've done).
So the question is...Are you living a / \ life where you go: "oh snap, God's been watching me for the past hour staring at a screen. Let me pull out a Bible!!"? Or are you living a \ / life, where your thirst & desire to grow closer to God drives you to dive into His Word, setting your mind on Jesus & things above (Col 3:1-2)?
Conclusion: It's not about where you are or what you're doing...it's about God!!
|Posted by Asa on March 17, 2012 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
My phone broke, and wouldn't turn on so i reset my phone. Then it worked!! But...i realised it deleted everything!!! All my apps, games...EVERYTHING!! & That's not the worst part...It deleted all my song lyrics for the whole of my new album i was about to record, 'More Than Music' & More of my songs as well that i put of hours of work into & i can't remember any of the lyrics!!! So that is my REALLY BAD NEWS!!!!!!! I'm so sorry for that coz i know you were all looking forward to that album, and i was too!! So i'm starting again with completely new songs and had to scrap the rest of them because i couldn't remember the lyrics!! Sorry again,