Christmas and the Attack on Christianity

I thought I would re-re-post this article as I am still reading a lot of utter nonsense about Christmas!

It amazes me on how much can come out of the Miracle of Christmas. How so many people and faiths show their true colors, including the worldview/religion of Atheism and Paganism. The confusion is so deeply rooted that I find that even Christians don’t know what to make of the Holiday. Just recently I was in a room with several atheists (I would presume atheists) that felt it was ok to openly criticize how” stupid” Christians are to celebrate December 25th as that was the birthday of Mithras, and he was born of a virgin…etc. Well, very little research is necessary to see that the “myth” of Mithras is quickly brought into light as a “myth” and all other written myth facts on other mythical beings as stated in the documentary “Zeitgeist” et al. are erroneous and just plain lies from the producers. Mithras was written to be “born out of a stone,” according to that myth. If not bold face lies, then adequate research was not done and was a direct attack on Christianity.

Yes, it is true that the Bible does not tell us to celebrate December 25th as Christ’s birthday and you will likely not find a Theologian that would say that it is. In theory, Christ’s date of birth is thought to have been during the spring harvest. In fact, nowhere in the Bible does it read that we must celebrate it. However, that does not mean we cannot celebrate our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

What has spurned on this article is the brashness of how the Antichrist atheists and Pagans openly will throw around such vitriol. If I was just to walk into a room and started mocking homosexual’s or racial slurs in a place where I did not know the cultural, religious or racial makeup of the crowd, I could be sued out of my jeans!

I truly believe that as Christians we should keep our eyes on our Lord Jesus. Why do we as Christians not stand up in allegiance to this onslaught? Is it in our character to let it go? Jesus taught us to love, persevere humility, sacrifice, and forgiveness. How should we respond? “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places,” Eph 6: 12

The writer of the Book of Peter warned us Christians about the coming persecutions:

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? 19 Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” 1 Peter 4: 12-19

We are clearly in the end times. Persecution and yes, MURDER of Christians will exponentially rise as it did in the past. So how are we to handle this? 1 Peter 3: 13-17 says it all.

“And who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.”

Christianity is a real threat to their ways of the world. Don’t kid yourself! Keep your eyes on the cross!

Remember to be ready to make a defense to everyone as Peter wrote. Christian Apologist Greg Koukl uses what he coins as “The Columbo Tactic,” that is when confronted by an attack or accusation start by asking the question, “What do you mean by that?” then you can follow up by “How did you reach that conclusion?” After those probing questions, you will find their argument will not hold up, or at least getting them to think, thus dropping a pebble in their shoe.

Remember that Christian Persecution is rampant and that it is, as usual, open season on Christians. Please remember to pray for the persecutors and always keep Christ your primary focus. As the scripture that Peter wrote:

“And who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts…”

Merry Christmas! Stay on guard! Glorify Christ in all you do! AMEN!

 

God Bless

Brian Mason

What? Mary Is Part of the Trinity? The Quran Says So!

The Quran is wrong in so many places. I will visit more of these errors in up coming blog posts.

– Surah 5:116, “And behold! Allah will say: ‘O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah?” ” He will say: “Glory to Thee! Never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden.”

Let’s take A look at Muslim commentary on this verse.
– Commentary regarding Surah 5:116, “And, mention, when God says, that is, when God will say, to Jesus at the Resurrection in rebuke of his followers: ‘O Jesus, son of Mary, did you say to mankind, “Take me and my mother as gods, besides God”?’ He, Jesus, says, shuddering: ‘Glory be to You!, exalted be You above all that does not befit You, such as [having] a partner and so on…” (http://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp?

As a note, commentary on Surah 4:171 mentioned above also reveals that Mary was mistakingly considered part of the Trinity as is described in the Quran.

– Commentary regarding Surah 4:171, “So believe in God and His messengers, and do not say, that the gods are, ‘Three’, God, Jesus and his mother. Refrain, from this and say what, it is better for you, [to say], which is the profession of His Oneness. Verily, God is but One God.”(http://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp?

Mistake:: Surah 5:116 implies that Christians taught that Mary is not part of the Trinity (which the Quran says is three gods). Christianity has never taught that Mary is to be worshiped or part of the Trinity. The Quran made a mistake.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Do We Need “Good Works” and “Faith” to be Saved? Book of James Explained

The Roman Catholic Church is quite clear in their stance that Roman Catholics must have “Good Works” as well as Faith to be saved. It is in their Catechism:

The specific precepts of the natural law, because their observance, demanded by the Creator, is necessary for salvation,” (CCC, par. 2010).

“The Decalogue [the Ten Commandments] contains a privileged expression of the natural law. It is made known to us by divine revelation and by human reason,” (CCC 2080).

” . . . the Second Vatican Council confirms: ‘The bishops, successors of the apostles, receive from the Lord . . . the mission of teaching all peoples, and of preaching the Gospel to every creature, so that all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments,'” (CCC 2068).

However this is not a biblically based doctrine. It is a dangerous doctrine that if the Roman Catholic believes, will be on their way to hell. The RC will cite the book of James as proof that works are required for Salvation! However this is not true.

James begins this section by using the example of someone who says he has faith but has no works, “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” (James 2:14). In other words, James is addressing the issue of a dead faith; that is nothing more than a verbal pronouncement. It is empty of life and action. He begins with the negative and demonstrates what an empty faith is (verses 15-17, words without actions). Then he shows that that type of faith isn’t much different from the faith of demons (verse 19). Finally, he gives examples of living faith that is words followed by actions. He writes of Abraham and Rahab as examples of people who demonstrated their faith by their deeds. In brief, James is examining two kinds of faith: one that leads to godly works and one that does not. One is true, and the other is false. One is dead, the other alive; hence, “Faith without works is dead,” (James 2:20).

Please pray for the Roman Catholic follower to repent and leave that apostate religion.

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Apostles’ Creed

 
 
 
This creed came from the early Western church and should be thought of as a summary of the Apostles’ teaching rather than directly attributable to them.  Originally it was essentially a baptismal confession and had several variations.  The form in use today dates from the eighth century.

 

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, 
born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried.
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sin;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting. Amen.

As a footnote; The word “catholic” in lower case “c” is the universal Christian Church, not the Roman Catholic Church.

 

The Reliability of the Bible

Recently I posted a video of Dr. James White doing a sermon on “The Reliability of the New Testament”. To further buttress his sermon I would like to add some points on not only the reliability of the New Testament, but the Bible in general:

1. The Bible is 98% textually pure. Through all the copying of the Biblical manuscripts of the entire Bible, only 2% has any question about it. Nothing in all of the ancient writings of the entire world approaches the accuracy of the biblical documents.

2. The 2 percent that is in question does not affect doctrine. The areas of interest are called variants, and they consist mainly in variations of wording and spelling.

3. The NT has over 5000 supporting Greek manuscripts existing today with another 20,000 manuscripts in other languages. Some of the manuscript evidence dates to within 100 years of the original writing. There is less than a 2% textual variation in the NT manuscripts.

4. Some of the supporting manuscripts of the NT are:
1. John Rylands MS written around A.D. 130, the oldest existing fragment of the gospel of John.
2. Bodmer Papyrus II (A.D. 150-200).
3. Chester Beatty Papyri (A.D. 200) contains major portions of the NT.
4. Codex Vaticanus (A.D. 325-350) contains nearly all the Bible.
5. Codex Sinaiticus (A.D. 350) contains almost all the NT and over half of the OT.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Are We To Obey God’s Law or Mans Law?

Obey God’s Law:
1. (Acts 5:29) – “But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.”

Obey Man’s Law:
1. (Romans 13:1) – “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”

2. (1 Peter 2:13) – “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,”

Our absolute commission is to obey God. Christians are to follow human law with the exception of when human law infringes upon God’s Law. God tells us in scripture to also obey human laws, so we should. The other side of it is that if Man’s Law collides with God’s Law we are to obey God over Man.

God Bless

Brian Mason

What Are Some Problems of Atheism?

Here is a post from Chris Lockwood (comment) on Quora.com:

I tried to respond to this comment directly. however the site was not allowing me access.

I will dissect and refute the points that Mr. Lockwood posted, as this is a very typical response that atheists have against Christianity.

“Religions are like viruses (I do not mean this in any kind of derogatory way).”
– Oh no, I always use the word “Virus” as a term of endearment!

“To spread and remain viable, they evolve and adapt to pressures around them.”
– I wish he would have elaborated on that statement, but it is easy to just come up with such statements.

“There are a lot of dead religions today because they lacked mechanisms to ensure survival.”
– This inadvertently defends the Christian Faith, as it is the Truth and Christianity is stronger than ever.

“Twenty-first century Christianity is almost unrecognizable compared ninth century Christianity.”
– I again wish that Mr. Lockwood had elaborated more upon that statement with examples. He may have been thinking about Roman Catholicism as it is always changing and non-Christian. As well the Holy Bible has remained the same, barring different language translations, as the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Papyri confirms the written Word. (See link on bottom for an in depth article)

“Religions thrive on blind faith acceptance of authority and doctrine…”
– Blind Faith is actually dangerous. How would you know if there were false prophets? Jesus said: 1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” A verse telling us that blind faith is wrong! The verse is telling us we should “test the spirits” to see if they give evidence that they are indeed from God.
– Evolution is a great example of “Blind Faith! Faith is trust in something or someone. It is a confidence that something is true even if that which is believed cannot be logically proven as being true. Faith is often based on experience, the repeatability of events with logical expectation that such events will continue in the same manner, etc. Sometimes faith is based on no evidence and no logic. This is called “blind faith”.

“…often creating an emotional attachment to their belief and a blindspot where reason is concerned. This is an enormous obstacle to overcome. As a result, atheism is viewed as a threat to the point that atheists are often demonized and ridiculed.
– Oh really, let’s see what the famous atheist Richard Dawkins has to say about that….”Ridicule (Christians) is the best response, never violence. Laugh at them, mock their ridiculous beliefs…(Twitter Jan 10 2015 9:46 AM.)

“The emotional attachment people many people have with their religion is so strong that it obscures logical discourse”
– Just like evolution?

Here is his post in full:

“Here’s the thing: Religions are like viruses (I do not mean this in any kind of derogatory way). To spread and remain viable, they evolve and adapt to pressures around them. There are a lot of dead religions today because they lacked mechanisms to ensure survival. Twenty-first century Christianity is almost unrecognizable compared ninth century Christianity.

Religions thrive on blind faith acceptance of authority and doctrine, often creating an emotional attachment to their belief and a blindspot where reason is concerned. This is an enormous obstacle to overcome. As a result, atheism is viewed as a threat to the point that atheists are often demonized and ridiculed. (This reaction is designed more to keep the religious within their ranks, rather than to convert atheists.) The emotional attachment people many people have with their religion is so strong that it obscures logical discourse”.

Chris Lockwood, Graphic Artist
Quora.com
Posted May 5, 2015

God Bless

Brian Mason

https://carm.org/a-brief-history-of-bible-translations