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FRIENDS WHO DECEIVE

September 24th, 2014 | By admin

by Katt Anderson

How many times have you thought you had a good friend and then find out the friend deceived you? Maybe they stabbed you in the back. You may have told them a secret and they told everyone what you said. This happens all the time and on every social level. It still hurts both the deceived and the deceiver.

In the book of Esther, you read how Haman wanted to hurt the Jews. In order to do that, he had to deceive the king. It wasn’t hard for him because the king trusted him. He trusted him and took his advice without question.

Haman was angry because one Jew, Mordecai, Queen Esther’s uncle, would not bow down to him. Of course, Haman didn’t know Queen Esther was a Jew. In order to hurt Mordecai, he had the king command all Jews to be killed. The king believed the Jews needed to be annihilated. He gave the command to do what Haman wanted. He trusted Haman. In the end, Haman was the one killed and not the Jews, but that’s another story.

Deceit has been going along since the world was formed. In Genesis 3: 13, Eve was deceived by Satan to eat the forbidden fruit. In Joshua 9, we read about the kings of Gibeon deceiving Joshua. You may think that was hard to do, but these men took old sacks, old wineskins, old clothes and old sandals to make it look like they had come a long way. Their bread was even hard and moldy. It worked. Joshua believed them, but he did find out they had deceived him.

Deceiving is lying. It’s making something look like it isn’t. We see this today in every walk of life. It’s happened to all of us. We really trust someone only to find out they are hurting us behind our backs. In truth they are hurting themselves. In Romans 16:17, we are told to avoid people who cause this kind of thing. In other words, stay away from them. Isn’t it encouraging to know it happened even during Bible times. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid these people. It’s hard to not come in contact with people who say hurtful things about us, but it’s best if we try to keep our distance from them.

We have all had these things done to us and it will continue to happen. Be very careful who you call a friend. Make sure that person loves you and cares about you. Avoid those who are hateful and spiteful. Be careful who you trust.

LEFT BEHIND: THE RAPTURE

September 22nd, 2014 | By admin

by Paul Holland In the fall of 1991, after being inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society while at Faulkner, I had the opportunity to attend the Alpha Chi regional conference in Atlanta, GA. At that conference, the attendees would present a paper they had prepared in their respective disciplines. After you presented your paper, you would open the floor to questions and discussion. I chose to write a paper on the book of Revelation and its use and abuse by those who believe in a literal thousand-year reign of Christ on earth. I specifically dealt with the Battle of Armageddon as it is presented in Revelation 16. After presenting that paper, I opened the floor for questions. One professor from another college asked me if I thought premillennialism was still an issue today (which was 23 years ago!). I told him that although it did not seem to be as widely spread as perhaps it once was, I did think it was still an issue. Twenty-three years later, a movie is coming to the box office, starring Nicholas Cage. The movie is titled, Left Behind. The movie is based on the book by the same title written by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. It is about the rapture and ensuing events as it is taught in the doctrine called premillennialism. The following comes from The Concise Evangelical Dictionary of Theology edited by Walter A. Elwell (page 313). The “millennial” part comes from the Latin word for 1,000, based on the 1,000 year reign found in Revelation 20:1-10. “Premillennialists” believe that the return of Christ will be preceded first by the rapture and then by certain signs – wars, famines, earthquakes, a great apostasy of Christians led by the AntiChrist, and the “great tribulation.” These events will culminate in the second coming of Christ which will result in a period of peace and righteousness when Christ and his saints control the world. THE RAPTURE: The Concise Evangelical Dictionary of Theology defines the rapture this way: “[A] phrase used by premillennialists to refer to the church being united with Christ at his second coming (from the Lat. rapio, “caught up”). The main biblical passage upon which the teaching is based is 1 Thess. 4:15-17.” Now, here are all the Bible passages that mention the “Rapture” in the NIV: (none); NKJV (none); RSV (none); ASV (none); NASV (none); KJV (none). You know what? That causes a very serious issue with the idea that the “rapture” is a biblical doctrine! As the dictionary points out, the primary text for the rapture is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. Take a look at this passage… The word “rapture” comes from the Latin (rapio) of the verb translated “caught up” in verse 17. As you can see from the context, the idea of the “rapture” is not found in the context. There is no suggestion of what is going on with the people outside of Christ at this time. All Paul is concerned about at this point is what happens to Christians – both living and dead. There are some passages that do picture the resurrection of those outside of Christ but these passages portray this as happening at the same time as the resurrection of the Christians: John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15. The Bible teaches there is only one resurrection and it will involve both the righteous and the wicked and will include both the living and the dead. What we do need to emphasize here is that the second coming of Christ is going to happen and it will be unexpected (2 Peter 3:10). While the second coming will catch all of us unexpectedly, it will only catch some of us unprepared. You do not have to be unprepared!


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