Occasionally there are conundrums in the Bible that are difficult to understand and appear to demonstrate some error of God, or some anomaly that appears to demonstrate that God never kept his promise. Detractors of Christianity can’t wait to jump on a troubling verse or a parenthetical scripture.
The British song group, The Beatles, created the song, “All Ya Need Is Love.” That song theme has exploded over the years, sending inclusion groups for sustainable global peace, parading into the streets with banners – hawking, “Love People / Don’t Hate.” The idea is what politicians report as, “Keep it simple stupid.” After all, who can walk out into the public main stream and say that he or she is against loving others?
Many Charismatic and Pentecostal churches like to present Christ’s statement in Mt.16 and 18 as a personal reward card for claiming mammon while on this earth. They will promulgate the idea that if one loses, or unties their faith, to receive a blessing of mammon, it will come back to the “releaser.” Speak to it, they say. If the disciple lacks the faith he then binds up, or ties up, his blessing of mammon. Therefore, name it and claim it!
The simple answer may sound like Bill Clinton sophistry, “It depends what politics is.” But the fact is many people have different ideas as to what politics are. For purposes of this article, I will define that word in the English and in the Greek.
The Lame Man is Healed by Saints Peter and John by: Gaspard Poussin (1615-1675)
“Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, ‘The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.’ And let not any eunuch complain, ‘I am only a dry tree’” [Is.56:3].
“Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou hast ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger” — Ps.8:3 – Modern Masoric Text
The title is somewhat confusing, but I shall offer that there is a dramatic relationship between weapons that prod people in various directions of travel – some toward, and others away from their goal.
Bill O’Reilly’s book is patently a disaster, when evaluated for Biblical or historical research. His claim to Roman Catholicism is exaggerated, for his Christian testimony is nowhere to be found. His work reads like the effort of a high school sophomore. It is riddled with hyperboles, and personal beliefs that present themselves as manufactured history.
A Hollywood movie depicted the exploits of “The Three Hundred” – a group of blood thirsty Spartan soldiers who held off the armies of Persia. And of recent origin is the “Three Hundred, of British Commonwealth fame, who mingled their financial resources for reorganizing the World Empire of Britain .
The following article is an excerpt from my upcoming book: Living Christianity, The Secondary Doctrines of Christ.