In the only Psalm he wrote, Moses said “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” Psalm 90:10.
If you have been following this blog you know I turned 71 this year. Therefore, I am living in those borrowed ten years. Wow! However, as I looked in the mirror this morning I noticed someone else or at least I thought I did. On the other hand, I have noticed this for some time now. That image in the mirror is getting more clear as time passes. What is it; or rather who is it I see in the mirror? Well, I see my father. For those who know me; you say how can that be when your father passed away several years ago? I know, I know, but it certainly looks like HIM!
Now you and I know it is not my deceased father I see in the mirror but it is simply my own reflection that is seen there. Nonetheless, it is that reflection in the mirror which reminds me more and more of my father with each passing day. Why, is this? Part of the answer is; I have inherited my earthly father’s DNA. Putting it in Bible terms it is “the image of the earthy”. That is the physical side of it.
So too, because I have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as my own personal Saviour I am promised I “shall also bear the image of the heavenly” 1Corinthians 15:49. This latter promise is all “…thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 15:57. This body which is of the earth is “corruptible” and “must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” 1 Corinthians 15: 53. The incorruptible and immortal is the spiritual side of it.
This old, worn out body of flesh, in which I was born, will some day pass away but the Lord has a new body waiting for me. As Paul wrote “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” 2Corinthians 5:1. Thank you Lord!
Question: “HOMOSEXUALITY? There is no reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to the 1946 RSV so why do you oppose it?”
Answer: “This question is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, taken from the words of the publishers of the new “Queen James Bible” for gays, which is now available and is a re-version of the King James Bible with editorial changes to make it pro-homosexual. The publishers state their reason for doing this as: “Homosexuality was first mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this – only interpretations have been made. Anti-LGBT Bible interpretations commonly cite only eight verses in the Bible that they interpret to mean homosexuality is a sin; Eight verses in a book of thousands! The Queen James Bible seeks to resolve interpretive ambiguity in the Bible as it pertains to homosexuality: We edited those eight verses in a way that makes homophobic interpretations impossible.” (LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual.)
It is true the words “homosexuality” and “homosexual” do not appear in the King James Bible, which was printed in the year 1611, but the simple reason is that those words hadn’t even been invented, even though the sexual act between males is clearly described in the King James Version (KJV) Biblical record. e.g. from the Old Testament: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination” (Leviticus 18 22 KJV) and: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: (Leviticus 20:13 KJV). If you like to check the Apostle Paul’s use of the Greek word “arseno – koites” in 1 Corinthians 6: 9 (Strong’s number 733), which shouldn’t need any translation as a description of anal sex. Of course the similarity of the Greek to the vulgar Anglo Saxon ‘arse’ which has been doing the rounds for the past 1,000 years or so does not prove the case. You can either plug the English word homosexual into a modern online English Greek dictionary and find the translation is still arsenokoites, or you can trace the meaning from its parts arsenand koites which refers to men in bed. And when men are sleeping together – we think you’ve got the point.
In 1 Corinthians 6: 9 chapter Paul wrote on the sinfulness of homosexuality. The King James Translators rendered the Greek as “abusers of themselves with mankind.” The word “homosexual” wouldn’t be available in English for at least another two and half centuries. The Oxford Dictionary informs us the word “homosexual” has its origin in the late 19th century, and is a blend of the words “homo” (from the Greek: homos, meaning ‘same’) and “sexual” (no explanation necessary).
Many words have been added to the English language since 1611, and some of these are used in more modern translations of the Bible. As long as they are accurate translations of the original Hebrew and Greek this is quite appropriate, and it is no excuse for perverting the clear meaning of a passage, as the “Gay Bible” crowd have done. Acts of homosexuality (and Lesbianism) are clearly described in the Bible and exclusively mentioned in the context of condemnation and judgement, even in the New Testament, e.g. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; … For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:18, 26-27 KJV)
The argument that “only eight verses” interpret homosexuality as sin is no excuse for changing the meaning of any Scripture. Truth is never determined by the number of times something is mentioned in the Bible. God needs only tell us once to pronounce something right – or wrong!
At the end of their introduction the Queen James publishers quote the famous verse: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) We would remind us all that the gift of everlasting life is given to those who repent of their sins, rather than pretend their sins don’t exist. The Apostle John reminds us: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:8-9)
The Apostle Paul reminded the Christians at Corinth that they once participated in many sins that would exclude them from the kingdom of God, including being “effeminate”, and “abusers of themselves with mankind” as translated in the KJV. Modern translations use the word “homosexual” here, which falls just a little short, as the King James Bible has translated two Greek words referring to both passive (effeminate) and active participants in homosexual acts (abusers). So much for “I am gay but not practising,” claim of some clergy! Paul then reminds the Corinthian Christians of the glorious truth: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (I Corinthians 6:11 KJV)
By deceiving people into denying that homosexuality is sin, the Queen James publishers are hindering their followers from receiving the wonderful free gift of forgiveness and new life in Christ, and in so doing are locking people out of Jesus’ Kingdom here and for eternity. They need to repent now, and do so publically!” http://askjohnmackay.com/no-reference-homosexuality-in-bible-prior-to-1946-rsv-why-oppose/
At the outset let me say this is NOT a depiction of Mohammed!!!!! Therefore there is no need for beheadings, riots, killings etc. by those who claim to be Muslims but are supposedly not! This is a forensic expert’s recreation of “…the face of Jesus resulting in a look that’s a far cry from the tall, Caucasian man that we know.
Using a new scientific field known as forensic anthropology, British scientists teamed up with Israeli archaeologists to create a computer-generated picture to show what the Son of God may have looked like.
The Mirror reports the striking image was created by Richard Neave, a retired medical artist from the University of Manchester, who used forensic anthropology usually used to solve crimes.” http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/experts-use-forensics-tests-to-discover-what-jesus-christ-may-have-looked-like/news-story/9c9a08c91bbf4c5fa7c0094022beb1dd
No, the forensic expert is safe since it is a depiction of the Lord Jesus and not Mohammed. The God of Scripture is different than Allah in that it tells us in 1 John 4: 8 “God is love.” If once isn’t enough we are told again in 1 John 4: 16 that “God is love.” Because He is love we are told that He would “…have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” 1 Timothy 2:4. Yes, the God of Scripture desires for ALL to be saved. The Christian message is to repent and believe to receive eternal life (John 3:16) but if you refuse it is not the messenger that will deal with you but God.
Yes, the world need not fear the Bible Christian so therefore why does it fear and hate Christians so much? The Lord Jesus said it this way “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you” John 15:18. Therefore they hate Christians because they hate Him!
Oh by the way, I don’t need to know what Jesus looked like when on earth for He said to the man we know as doubting Thomas “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Scripture whether it is read or sung is a comfort to the soul as one walks through this world to the next. May this video be blessing to you. More of these songs may be heard at http://www.freescripturesongs.org/scripture-songs/.