Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christ's Vicarious Performance - The Missing Heart of the Gospel



CHRIST'S VICARIOUS PERFORMANCE

The Missing Heart of the Gospel and the Whole Antidote to Condemnation and Failure

(LIVING WISDOM Life and Counselling Skills, 2010 David J Riddell, Nelson, N.Z.)


Before we can properly understand just what Christ has done, we must first grasp who Christ is. Before everything else, He is a vicar / priest to the whole world, and this is how we must understand Him, if we are to avoid turning faith into another work." (Dietrich Bonhoeffer. German theologian and WWII martyr).

A very early quote from the Patristic's reminds us that "Those unincluded in the Incarnation are forever the unredeemed". (Therefore, unless Christ included all people in His righteous identity we have no right to tell everyone that "Christ died for them". He cannot die for those whom He did not include, so unless 'He' includes 'all', He could not represent any.

Vicarious

Vicarious - from whence comes the word 'Vicar' and Priest - actually means 'the one for the many', or 'on behalf of all'. Words used in the New Testament which witness to its truth are 'Emmanuel - God with us', 'The Son of Man', the 'Second Adam', the High Priest, the 'Incarnation', and the 'Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world. But the emphasis of all of these titles is upon the being of Christ, as distinct from His actions. Evangelicals know that Jesus died for us, but this is only possible because 'He' included us, i.e. we were 'in Him' from the beginning. But we do not place ourselves in Him by virtue of our willpower, commitment, or exemplary behaviour. Rather, we discover that we are already 'in Him' when we realise that what he did at Calvary, He did for us, or more accurately, as us, and thus we may "accept Christ" as our true self - our true identity, as St Paul also discovered. So it is in accepting Christ, that we are then enabled to accept ourselves. This is vital to grasp, in order to achieve true peace with God's fierce righteousness and escape the unrelenting searchlight of our own guilt, idealism and the tyranny of perfectionism which can easily spoil our best moments. Who can honestly examine their shame until they are certain that it won't all result in God's rejection of them?

'For Us' means 'As Us'.

So it is more accurate to say He died as you. Nothing too new here, this of course is basic evangelical theology - the substitutionary atonement / sacrifice. What is not so well understood, and what is more needed in a performance driven world (and church), is that He also therefore lived a perfect life for us - all of us. Indeed that he lived perfectly as all of us. And this is exactly the point that Paul is at such lengths to make in Romans 5, when he opens up the vicarious nature of Adam and Christ. Adam has vicariously doomed us ALL to failure, futility and death - but the Second Adam has 'performed' perfectly before God, on behalf of ALL. His 100% pass is ours to rest on / accept / appropriate. In other words there are no more 'brownie points' left for you to earn, 'cos Jesus has got the lot, on your behalf. Is this real for you yet, or are you still focused on others opinions of you, or yourself and your own performance? Remember Paul's words; "Indeed I do not even judge myself, but leave all that to Him..." (1 Cor. 4:3). Result; a joyful end to unhealthy introspection, idealism, perfectionism, guilty condemnation, spiritual 'driveness' and inadequacy - fear of failure. It is true peace with self and God the 'Good News' (Uon galeon).

This then sets up a place of utmost security in which therapy may safely progress - from which one can only then consider one's own or one's client's real faults and true guilt - without anticipating a knee-jerk reaction or psycho-spiritual danger. This is also the way to get past the over-powering reaction to deny, justify, trivialise or hide in any one of our multitude of psychological defences, in order to hang on to home-made innocence. The Christian gospel is thus the only totally safe context for depth psychology to operate in. (A person too defensive or too proud to accept correction is simply too scared to humble themselves, because their necessary innocence remains in real jeopardy.)

Without this understanding properly laid down, a dangerous and subtle shift occurs in many Christians thinking. What happens is that their confidence gradually and imperceptibly shifts from faith in Christ, to faith in themselves, by constantly inspecting their own commitment, performance, spirituality, and religious efforts, under the influence of repeated criticism, either from themselves or others. This always results in the insecurity endemic to self-righteousness. To these grace-talking-but-performance-driven people, Paul's words to the Galatians still invoke a wake-up call: "Oh you foolish Galatians, having begun by the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh (will-power and try-harder)?" (Galatians 3:3). Restitution must precede full restoration to psycho-spiritual health and self-respect, but who can humble themselves before people and make themselves so vulnerable, (apologise, back-down, pay-back, confess wrongdoing, humble themselves) until they know that they are STILL SECURE in God's approval, throughout? (This is the number one healing factor for a troubled marriage where pride is the primary problem.)

Human 'Being' or Human 'Doing'?

Now it's time to make the paradigm shift from doing to being, from performance to grace, from guilt to gratitude - He has won the victors crown on our behalves - and to relax in the realization that our efforts are no longer the vital factor. Indeed "gratitude that his service isn't vital, is really the only legitimate motivation for a Christian to perform any act of service." (Augustine). Finally, we have come into the 'rest' that Hebrews promises us. Our law then, is the 'royal law', the New Testament 'law of liberty', found only 'in Christ', in a place free of fear of condemnation. We'll let Dietrich Bonhoeffer sum it up... "If Jesus is not God, then he can't help us. If Jesus is not man, then He (still) can't help us."


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Monday, December 21, 2015

I was Banned by Facebook for an Absurd Offense

A few days ago I posted this picture on my Facebook God or Absurdity page along with the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim :



I made the picture in response to the idiotic #WeAreAllMuslim campaign started by Michael Moore which included a picture of himself standing in front of Trump Tower and holding a sign saying
'WE ARE ALL MUSLIM':


 
His idea is to oppose what he sees as anti-Muslim rhetoric from Donald Trump and others, and he is trying to encourage people to stand up for Muslims and show their solidarity with them.
(See Michael Moore starts #WeAreAllMuslim Campaign in Front of Trump Towers - Jihad Watch)

But as David Wood rightly points out in his recent video on this topic, Michael Moore needs to look up 4 words in the dictionary: 1. We, 2. Are, 3. All, and 4. Muslim. Not only is he being absurdly stupid but he is also insulting Islam because of the strong distinction made in Islam between those who are actually Muslim (who have submitted their lives to Allah and accept that Muhammad is the prophet of Allah) and those who are not Muslim (who according to Islam are kafirs (non-Muslims / infidels) that should be killed if they will not submit to Islam).

With that said, this morning when I logged in to Facebook I was met with the following message: "We Removed Something You Posted. We removed the post below because it doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards":




As a result of my "offending" I've been banned from Facebook for 24 hours and threatened with being banned from Facebook altogether if I continue to post things that they consider to be violating their community standards:


For some reason Facebook didn't seem to have a problem with the other picture I made and posted just a few hours after the first one:


In the wake of all of this I made another review of Facebook's community standards and can only see two possible categories that I may have been deemed to have violated - one is using "hate speech", and another is related to expressing support for "dangerous organizations". I've done neither of those things. My only real "crime" is that I've offended Muslims who either don't have a clue about what it really means to be a Muslim or I've been on the receiving end of Muslims who are engaging in taqiyya (lying for Islam) in order to try and keep people deceived about what Islam really is.

If Facebook were honest they'd have another section in their community standards - "offending Muslims" which it would seem is not allowed under the new Facebook fascism (a.k.a. sharia law compliance). 

Most of the employees at Facebook are most likely to be liberals, and a small number are likely to be Muslims, so I can understand them getting upset at my anti Islam posts which are hitting on many things that the politically correct brigade deem as un-PC "hate speech". (I regularly post things on the God or Absurdity page about issues related to the evil of Islam, as well as the evil of abortion etc)

We are NOT all Muslim #WeAreNOTAllMuslim, but I have to wonder if Facebook staff are all Muslim with the way they are kowtowing to Muslims in an effort to try to preserve Islam's image.


Believe it or not I don't hate Muslims. I love Muslims. I love them enough to speak the truth in the hope that they will realise how evil Islam is and leave their false religion so that they can find the truth and forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ alone.

Some might argue that I shouldn't do anything to offend Muslims, but why should the truth be suppressed? Why should we have to tiptoe around Muslims like we might tiptoe around the mafia, especially if Islam is supposed to be 'the religion of peace'? It's not like my offending post was saying anything that isn't common knowledge - that ISIS / the Islamic State are claiming to be Islamic - they even have the Islamic shahada on their flag.

Others argue that Islam is not a violent ideology and that ISIS aren't Muslim, but this simply isn't true. Everything that ISIS are doing is based on the Quran and the Sunna (the actions and sayings of Muhammad which are recorded in the Hadith and Sira.)


Liberals and moderate Muslims are desperate to avoid the association between ISIS and Islam. As I said to a Muslim the other day who had objected to my #WeAreAllMuslim post: "So you've got no problem with verses like this? ["I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and every fingertip of them." Quran 8:12] The Quran is full of over 100 jihad verses...


This Muslim is so ignorant of what the Quran actually says that even when confronted with a direct quote from the Quran commanding beheading of infidels he can't accept that it's in the Quran. Amer said he would leave Islam if the above verse was in the Quran, which I'd love to think is true, but he never responded after this. (From my research and experience talking with Muslims I've found that over 90% of Muslims have never read all of the Quran, and when confronted with the many verses of violence from the Quran they usually end up playing intellectually dishonest mind games to avoid the obvious).

All of this censorship is highly hypocritical of Facebook because they allow things that are much worse than what I posted that are often mocking Christianity, contain graphic violence, are x-rated, or sometimes contain a combination of all of the above.

There is even a Facebook page called "Death to America & Israel" that regularly has extreme posts inciting hatred and violence in particular against Israel and the Jews.
(See God or Absurdity Blog: Facebook's "Community Standards" Hypocrisy
and Religious Censorship Rising on Facebook, iTunes, Conservatives Cry - Charisma News)

We are living in a time when Islam is becoming more and more of a problem around the world with terror attacks happening with increasing frequency, and yet so few are willing to speak out against Islam out of fear of offending. If we continue to try and appease the bullies we are destined to live in subservience to them. The Islamic term for this is called 'dhimmitude', and it's a state that most are living under without even realising it.
(See TheReligionofPeace - Islam: Requiring Other Faiths to Pay Up
and Boycott Halal - God or Absurdity Blog.)

As the well-known saying goes - 'evil triumphs when good people do nothing'. Don't be one of those people who do nothing to stand against injustice. We all have a voice and can make a difference if we join together and stand up for what is right. In the words of Charlie Hebdo, "I would rather die standing than live on my knees."


The main reason that Islam seems to be taking over the world and creating terror is because most people are afraid to speak the truth about it and do what it takes to oppose it. The West's rejection of Christianity has created a vacuum that is enabling Islam to come in and to flourish.



The ultimate solution to the problem of Islam and the problem of terrorism is the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I talk with Muslims online I explain to them why Islam is evil and why they need to turn to Jesus. I encourage them to read the Quran and the Bible for themselves and to seek the truth. While most Muslims can't handle the truth, some do listen (and even with those that seem not to listen you never know what is going on in their hearts), and I've had one Muslim so far that is very close to giving their life to Christ as a result of hearing the gospel through this ministry. (I think that person may even have given their heart to Christ but they are struggling to publicly profess their faith out of fear of what will happen if they do so).

If you'd like to keep up-to-date with 'God or Absurdity' I encourage you to subscribe to my blog here by submitting your email in the box above on the right (Follow by email). That way if the God or Absurdity Facebook page does get shut down and removed by Facebook you'll be able to be kept informed about what is going on. If that does happen then I'll try and create a new Facebook page with a slightly different name. I also have a Google Plus account which I use sometimes but I have found it isn't as good as Facebook due in part to being less popular and also it seems to have more atheist trolls.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Muhammad Prophet of Islam Meme

 

MUHAMMAD PROPHET OF ISLAM - MURDERER, RACIST, RAPIST, PEDOPHILE

I've FACT CHECKED the above meme and found that it's all factually correct and based on authentic Islamic scripture:
 

  • OWNED 40 SLAVES

(I've added numbers in the quotes below for clarity)

"These are the names of Muhammad's male slaves: (1) Yakan Abu Sharh, (2) Aflah, (3) 'Ubayd, (4) Dhakwan, (5) Tahman, (6) Mirwan, (7) Hunayn, (8) Sanad, (9) Fadala Yamamin, (10) Anjasha al-Hadi, (11) Mad'am, (12) Karkara, (13) Abu Rafi', (14) Thawban, (15) Ab Kabsha, (16) Salih, (17) Rabah, (18) Yara Nubyan, (19) Fadila, (20) Waqid, (21) Mabur, (22) Abu Waqid, (23) Kasam, (24) Abu 'Ayb, (25) Abu Muwayhiba, (26) Zayd Ibn Haritha, and also a black slave called (27) Mahran, who was re-named (by Muhammad) Safina (`ship')." (Zad al-Ma'ad, pp. 114-116)

Muhammad's Maid Slaves "are (28) Salma Um Rafi', (29) Maymuna daughter of Abu Asib, (30) Maymuna daughter of Sa'd, (31) Khadra, (32) Radwa, (33) Razina, (34) Um Damira, (35) Rayhana, (36) Mary the Coptic, in addition to (37, 38) two other maid-slaves, one of them given to him as a present by his cousin, Zaynab, and the other one captured in a war." (Zad al-Ma'ad, pp. 114-116)

"Mohammed had many male and female slaves. He used to buy and sell them, but he purchased more slaves than he sold, especially after God empowered him by His message, as well as after his immigration from Mecca. He once sold one black slave for two. His name was (39) Jacob al-Mudbir. His purchases of slaves were more than he sold. He was used to renting out and hiring many slaves, but he hired more slaves than he rented out." (Zad al-Ma'ad, p. 160)

"Then I put on my clothes and went to Allah's Apostle's residence, and behold, he was staying in an upper room of his to which he ascended by a ladder, and a black slave of Allah's Apostle was (sitting) on the first step. I said to him, 'Say (to the Prophet ) (40) 'Umar bin Al-Khattab is here.'..." (Sahih Bukhari 6:60:435)

(http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Qur'an,_Hadith_and_Scholars:Slavery)
(http://www.islam-watch.org/Larry/Blacks-Muslims-Should-Be-Ashamed.htm)

 

  • KEPT FEMALES AS SEX SLAVES
"O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war, and the daughters of thine uncle on the father's side and the daughters of thine aunts on the father's side, and the daughters of thine uncle on the mother's side and the daughters of thine aunts on the mother's side who emigrated with thee, and a believing woman if she give herself unto the Prophet and the Prophet desire to ask her in marriage - a privilege for thee only, not for the (rest of) believers - We are Aware of that which We enjoined upon them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess - that thou mayst be free from blame, for Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful." (Qur'an 33:50 - Pickthall)

(http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/015-slavery.htm)

"Muhammad was married to thirteen women, including eleven at one time.  He relegated them to either consecutive days or (according to some accounts) all in one night.  He had sex with a 9-year-old girl and married his adopted son's wife (after arranging a quick divorce).  On top of that, Muhammad had a multitude of slave girls and concubines with whom he had sex - sometimes on the very days in which they had watched their husbands and fathers die at the hands of his army."

"Qur'an (4:24) - "And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess."  Allah even permitted Muhammad and his men to have sex with married slaves, such as those captured in battle."

(http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/025-muhammads-sex-life.htm)


  • CALLED BLACK PEOPLE "RAISIN HEADS"


Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet said to Abu-Dhar, "Listen and obey (your chief) even if he is an Ethiopian with a head like a raisin." - Sahih Bukhari 1:11:664
Narrated Anas: The Prophet said, "Listen and obey (your chief) even if an Ethiopian whose head is like a raisin were made your chief." - Sahih Bukhari 1:11:662
Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah's Apostle said, "You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin." - Sahih Bukhari 9:89:256

(http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Islam_Illustrated:_Raisin_Heads)


  • MARRIED HIS WIFE AISHA WHEN SHE WAS 6 YEARS OLD
     
  • RAPED HIS WIFE AISHA WHEN SHE WAS 9

"Narrated Hisham's father:
Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married 'Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed that marriage when she was nine years old.
" (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236)


(http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/prepubescent.htm)

 

  • BEHEADED 500 - 800 JEWS

(http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/muhammad/myths-mu-qurayza.htm)


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