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Month: October 2017

Idolatry – Christians Warned in the Bible

Idolatry – Christians Warned in the Bible

The huge ancient city of Corinth was full of idols and idol temples. There was much readily available there to entice and tempt people into various forms of idolatry. Therefore Paul warned Christians: “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” (1 Cor 10:14 NIV) He didn’t just say to “avoid” idolatry – he said to run from it!

ancient and modern idolatry
The Bible warns Christians to flee from idolatry

In most places in the western world today, idolatry is not so apparent or visible. Nevertheless, the warning is just as important. In the Old Testament (OT) Israel was warned to keep the laws of the Old Covenant, or they would lose God’s favor. The first two of the ten commandments involve having no other gods but Yahweh alone, and not honoring any idol or image. (Ex 20:2-5) Israel broke this covenant because “they worshipped other gods” and “they worshipped idols.” (2 Kings 7:7, 12 NIV) This idolatry led to numerous other gross sins against Yahweh. The result was that the covenant was finally terminated by God. read more

Apocrypha – Inspired by God or Invented by Humans?

Apocrypha – Inspired by God or Invented by Humans?

The Apocrypha is accepted as being genuine by some people today, but rejected by many others. Some of it is included in various versions of the Bible, but is absent in most. Is it inspired by God, or invented by humans? Let’s examine some evidence to see if we can find the answer.

Apocrypha
Is the Apocrypha inspired by God or invented by humans?

The Jews knew of the Apocrypha, but NEVER ACCEPTED any of it as canonical. For the Jews, any books written after Ezra, Nehemiah and Malachi’s time (such as the Apocrypha) were not considered inspired. They considered the canon closed after this time (by circa 400 BCE or before). read more

Does the Bible Reference the Book of Mormon?

Does the Bible Reference the Book of Mormon?

Does the Bible Reference the Book of Mormon? Mormons (LDS) claim that it does. The main scripture they use to support this claim is Ezekiel 37:15-19, which reads:

The Book of Mormon
Does the Bible reference the Book of Mormon?

“The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows, ‘Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘Judah and those Israelites loyal to him.’ Take another stick and write on it, ‘Joseph (Ephraim’s wood) and all the House of Israel loyal to him.’ ‘Join one to the other to make a single piece of wood, a single stick in your hand. And when the members of your nation say, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean?’ say, ‘The Lord Yahweh says this: I am taking the stick of Joseph (now in Ephraim’s hand) and those tribes of Israel loyal to him and shall join them to the stick of Judah. I shall make one stick out of the two, a single stick in my hand.'” read more

Should Christians Honor Nationalistic Music, such as National Anthems?

Should Christians Honor Nationalistic Music, such as National Anthems?

Much is made in the United States about the Second Amendment. Many “Christians” know this is about firearms or guns. But how many Christians can tell us what the first and second of the Ten Commandments are about? Further, how many Christians know how the principles embodied in the first and second commandments are applied in the New Testament for Christians in daily matters, such as whether or not nationalistic music is something that should be honored by Christians? Let’s consider these important Bible principles now. read more