1,600 year old bible will go live online this week!

22 07 2008

If you haven’t heard…Codex Sinaiticus will be posted online for all to see and study….wow!

Here is a snippet of the press release….

BERLIN – More than 1,600 years after it was written in Greek, one of the oldest copies of the Bible will become globally accessible online for the first time this week.

read the rest here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25785089/





Video Teaser: Paul Washer “Not Ashamed of the Gospel”

15 07 2008

This is just a very short snippet of a sermon that is available at http://www.lanechaplin.com. It’s Paul Washer’s sermon entitled “Not Ashamed of the Gospel.”

Enjoy





Theology really DOES matter.

14 07 2008

This is a video from James White in which he asks the question: How would YOU answer Atheist Christopher Hitchens’ statement about man’s history and God’s plan?

I say it often and I’ll say it again, theology matters. Solid theology. Not a theology centered on man, but a theology centered squarely on God, His attributes, His plans, His glory.

Here is the video





Hymms vs “God is my boyfriend” songs…

7 07 2008

I was worshiping in church today and since we sing a mixture of modern Christian tunes and traditional hymns, I had a chance to do a “lyric comparison” between the old and the new…what I found was interesting, but probably not surprising…

Among what we sang were these two tunes: “I am a friend of God”, and “Holy Holy Holy.” I’d like to compare the two sets of lyrics and illustrate something.

Here are the lyrics from “I am a Friend of God”

Who am I that You are mindful of me
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me
How You love me it’s amazing

(Chorus)
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend

God Almighty, Lord of Glory
You have called me friend

(Repeat Chorus)

He calls me friend
He calls me friend…

and here is the lyrics to “Holy Holy Holy”

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
    Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
  2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
    Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
    Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.
  3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
    Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
    Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
    Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
  4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
    Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Right away I notice a few things:

The older hymn is “God centered” in its lyric. It’s all about God-adoration.

Secondly; I notice that there is a lot of good theology packed in this hymn:

God’s attributes;

holiness,

mercy,

might.

A partial description of the Trinity; “God in 3 persons,”

The fact that there is none like God,

that He’s eternal.

His power,

His love,

His purity.

Sin

Cherubim, Seraphim

As for the modern tune?

It sounds like a love song to the person who wrote it. It’s almost embarrassing to sing. It’s centered on ME.

And I can’t help getting almost physically Ill at the line “Is it true that You are thinking of me?” as if God is sitting up there just making goo-goo eyes at me and getting all gooey over the idea that He loves me soooooo much and how fortunate God is to have ME for a friend!

Yes, I realize that there are a couple of times in scripture where people are referred to as “Friends of God” but it’s just the general tone, and feel of the song that’s creepy.

These aren’t the only tunes that I’ve noticed this happening on, a lot of modern worship tunes basically worship the worshiper!

I’m not downing anything new, I’m just pointing out the trend that I notice of the “God is my boyfriend” type of subject matter that’s prevalent these days.

Your thoughts?





Does YHWH = Jesus and Elohim = god?

4 07 2008

Recently I had a discussion with a Mormon friend of mine; we were talking about the Mormon belief that Jesus Christ, and God the Father are “separate and distinct” gods and that Mormons believe that Jehovah (YHWH) is Jesus’ name and that Elohim is God’s name.

I had forgotten about this discussion until doing my morning reading. I was going through Deuteronomy 32, and I noticed that Lord and God are presented as equivalents within the parallelisms. Parallelisms are common in the OT and are characteristic of Hebrew poetry.

Here is the passage:

My teaching will drop like the rain, my sayings will drip like the dew,

as rain drops upon the grass, and showers upon new growth.

For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; you must acknowledge the greatness of our God.

As for the Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just.

He is a reliable God who is never unjust, he is fair and upright.

Aside from being a beautiful passage, what do we see? Clearly, Moses is speaking of God here. There is a lot of parallelism going on because this is in song form. The first line and the second line of each couplet are equal and complimentary.

teaching = sayings

drop like the rain = drip like the dew

drops on the grass = showers upon new growth

Proclaim the name of the Lord = Acknowledge the greatness of our God.

His work is perfect = His ways are just.

Never unjust = fair and upright

But what’s notable is that “Lord”, and “God” are aligned in the Hebrew parallel style just as all of the other synonyms. This song is written from Moses’ point of view…he is referencing one God; the God of the burning bush.

Not only that; before our passage, it says that Moses writes the words of this song down and commands them to put it in the Ark of the Covenant. He tells them:

31:26 “Take this scroll of the law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God.

The phrase “Lord your God” in Hebrew is:

“YHWH attem Elohim,” clearly speaking of one entity. Just as in the preceding song of Moses; Lord and God are synonymous; one is the proper name of God, the other is the generic term for God, as in “Fred, your teacher.”

If the words YHWH and Elohim are to be understood from the Mormon point of view (that YHWH is the name of Jesus and that Elohim is the name of God the father) then none of this would make any sense, it would become:

31:26 “Take this scroll of the law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Jesus Christ your God the Father”

That turns the verse into gibberish.

In fact; a simple search of the words “YHWH” and Elohim” reveals that the reference “Lord God” or “Lord your God” is found 562 times in the Old Testament in the context of referring to God.

So, where does the evidence lead us? To the idea that “YHWH” is Jesus’ name, and that “Elohim” is God’s name and that they are “separate and distinct gods” or that both words refer to the same being?

In other words; does the Mormon belief hold up under scrutiny?

No.

If you are Mormon, do you have any thoughts on what I’ve written here?





A Picture of Child Abuse

2 07 2008

From James White over at www.aomin.org.

A Picture of Child Abuse

06/30/2008 – James White

I was directed to this article about “Gay Marriages” (marriage, being defined by God, cannot be redefined by man, hence, these are not marriages at all, but celebrations of rebellion) and as I scanned down the page I encountered the picture found here. The AP picture by Tony Avelar carries the following caption:

Jennifer Kozumplik, left, and her partner of 17 years Nicole Webber, right, from Sacramento, Calif., hold their 18 month-old daughter Sophie as they pose for a photo after receiving their marriage license on the first day of same sex marriages at City Hall in San Francisco.

As I stared at the picture I could not help but see only one thing: the selfish, self-centered abuse of a beautiful little child by two people committed to the fulfillment of their own desires. I once again immediately thought of the comments of Rosie O’Donnell. She was asked about her “son,” and she said he has asked about where his daddy is. O’Donnell’s response is the very essence of self-centeredness: “I tell him Mommy only likes other Mommies.”
You can see the picture of the two lesbians HERE:

It is a measure of the decay of Western culture that self-deception is the activity of the day. We constantly cry, “for the children, for the children!” while abusing them to no end in the service of ourselves. It is purposefully abusive of a child to consciously deny to them a mother and a father. It is even worse to warp them, from the start, by providing two mothers or two fathers, neither of which is actually a mother or a father, since, by definition, those terms are defined by the other. None of these abused children actually have a true father or a true mother. A father is a man who heads the household and loves his wife as himself; a mother is a female who bears the children and nurtures them, honoring and loving her husband. These role models are never perfect even in the best situations, but the fact that there is failure in true marriage is no excuse for the creation of faux-marriages.
A further measure of the decay of our culture is the fact that men like myself will not long be allowed to deny the validity of these unions born of rebellion against God. Oh, I know, for the moment we are assured that we will not be forced to acknowledge these abominations before God, but let’s be serious. Look north. Look at Canada. Look to Europe. Homosexual activists, and the foolish politicians who pander to them, are not content with “equality.” They want uber-rights. They want to silence any reminder of their sin and rebellion. They will not stop until we are silenced or, in God’s grace, repentance comes to a nation, bringing His law back into the consciousness of the populace, resulting in homosexuality once again being seen for what it is: a shameful distortion and perversion of human sexuality. Of course, God may not grant repentance to that nation: He may well replace that nation with one that will hear His law. But in any case, anyone who trusts in the promises of the politicians that the “religious” will not be forced to acknowledge these “unions” should consider buying stock in companies catering to the Y2K problem.
But while I still have the freedom to say it, I will, and clearly: it is nothing short of child abuse to subject a little one to constant exposure to homosexuality and its perversion of human relationships. Homosexuals cannot reproduce naturally, of course, so they must do so through the perversion of the minds and morals of others. And they have found willing allies in politicians of all kinds who are willing to trade their souls for cash and votes. May God have mercy and bring true repentance!