It’s Official: Muhammad Committed War Crimes

from Citizen Warrior

The following was written by Greg Hamilton and originally published onMalsi-Tung. Republished with permission.

The U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria published its findings on the atrocities committed by Islamic State. They have published a paper called “Rule of Terror: Living Under ISIS in Syria” which documents the ISIS tactics of killing, rape, enslavement, and sexual slavery. It defines these as war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Anyone with a reasonable knowledge of Muhammad’s life will know the following account:

Mercy: A boundless sea

God, who is rich in mercy…even when we were dead in sins.

Ephesians 2:4–5

A human being is never really aware of the great boundless sea of the mercy of God until by faith he comes across the threshold of the kingdom of God and recognizes it and identifies it!

My father was sixty years old when he bowed before Jesus Christ and was born again. That was a near lifetime in which he had sinned and lied and cursed. But to him, the mercy of God that took him to heaven was no greater than the mercy of God that had endured and kept him for sixty years.

I recall the story of an ancient rabbi who consented to take a weary old traveler into his house for a night of rest. In conversation, the rabbi discovered the visitor was almost 100 years old and a confirmed atheist. Infuriated, the rabbi arose, opened the door and ordered the man out into the night.

Then, sitting down by his candle and Old Testament, it seemed he heard a voice, God’s voice: “I have endured that sinner for almost a century. Could you not endure him for a night?” The rabbi ran out and overtaking the old man, brought him back to the hospitality of his home for the night.

Father, You are gloriously patient with mankind. I praise You for that, and I pray that You will prod Your believing children to go out and find those who are on the cusp of belief.

~ AW Tozer

Free to Live by Love

from Dan Ledwith at Learning to Be Full of Grace and Truth

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:1-6, NIV).

This is the third post in a series thinking about our relationship to God’s Law as Christians. In the first post we saw that God’s grace is both a freed from and a freed for. We were freed from somewhere so we could get to somewhere else. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6).

In yesterday’s post we saw that the freedom that Christ gives us is the desire to obey the law not out of fear or duty, but out of love for God. We are still commanded by God to live a life worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1). The way we are to do that is by living a life that is rooted in love. The Bible clearly teaches that love is the motivation that makes what we do pleasing to God.

You and I were freed to live by love. If that is true we need to be asking ourselves “What is my motivation for obeying God? Is it love? If it is not love, what is it; and what can I do to correct it?” I want to share with you three key ways that we need to be learning to help us apply this truth in our life:

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“Is Christianity the Problem?” – video debate

In 2007, Dinesh D’Souza, author of What’s So Great About Christianity, and Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, debated the question “Is Christianity the Problem?” at The King’s College in New York City.

Amazing Grace – Andre Rieu

It is always “amazing” to me how that such a song can elicit such strong reactions — even when there is no words, even when sung/played by people who often have no idea what the words really mean and just often have no grasp of the powerful message. If they only knew …

This is spectacular, both in sight and sound. This is Andre Rieu’s breathtaking performance of Amazing Grace, after a wonderful start of bagpipes and drums. It’s not surprising to see the emotional response from people in the audience, with tears flowing from their eyes.

10 Marks Of True Conversion

from HeadHeartHand by4  David Murray   – 2 comments

In the midst of a busy family life, it can sometimes be difficult to get or make the time to sit down with our wife or husband and discuss the Bible. The Bible can be at the center of our church life in weekly services, at the center of our personal lives in private devotions, and even at the center of our family life in family worship, and yet not be at the center of our marriage.

Shona and I have tried various strategies over the years to make sure that we are regularly discussing the Bible together, fellowshipping in the living Word. One thing we hadn’t tried, until recently, was for both of us to be reading the same book in our private devotional reading so that we can discuss the same passage when we get together. It also keeps us accountable knowing that she is going to be asking me what I thought about such and such a verse, and vice versa.

We started with 1 Thessalonians because it’s not such a familiar book as many of the others, and also because it’s quite short and do-able. No point in starting with 2 Chronicles and running out of steam by chapter 3.

After reading chapter 1, I decided to look up one of John Macarthur’s sermon on the chapter and it was a a wonderful eye- and heart-opener for me. He used the chapter to highlight 10 marks of true conversion that Paul noted in the Thessalonians. I’d recommend you read the whole thing, but here’s a summary of the ten effects of true conversion in a Christian’s life:

Monkeys, Typewriters, and Assumptions

from Come Reason

Have you ever heard the suggestion that given enough monkeys banging on enough typewriters with enough time, they will eventually produce something like a work of Shakespeare? That idea was first proposed by French mathematician Émile Borel1 and then used by British astronomer Arthur Eddington. Both were using the analogy to show while nothing can be considered impossible from a mathematical standpoint, certain ideas are so unlikely that they can be discounted.2

However, as what came to be known as the Infinite Monkey Theorem entered the popular culture, it seemed to be turned on its head. Many people seem to think that the analogy shows that absolutely nothing is impossible given enough time. The problem is m the analogy was used to show just how improbable a particular theory on gas movements really is by comparing it to something more easily pictured in people’s minds: monkeys producing works of literature. That’s why Eddington finished his version of the analogy with “The chance of the monkeys doing so is decidedly more favourable than the chance of the molecules returning to one half of the vessel.”3

The folks over at Uncommon Descent have written a detailed response to the Infinite Monkey Theorem and how it applies to the origin of life, but that isn’t my reason for writing this post. The more interesting point in my opinion is the assumptions that are carried along with the analogy itself. In Borel’s day, there were no such things as computers that could generate purely random outputs of letters, so he used a theoretical monkey to make his case. But the folks over at the University of Plymouth were intrigued by the concept, so they thought they’d give it a try on a much smaller scale.

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