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This video is one of best music videos that I have seen in a long time and makes me more grateful for God’s forgiveness for my sins because I didn’t deserve it but he went to the cross anyway making a way of reconciliation for me back to him

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among[h] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”- Luke 7:41-50

If we were made in God’s image, that would mean that we have some of his creative attributes. If that is true, what is man able to create? Watch the amazing video below to find out. It is truly out of this world.

As a side note to my atheist friends, do you think it is possible that this could ever happen by chance?

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Relativism – Is there such a thing as absolute truth?

April Fools Day Mr Atheist – Is this you?

When I first became a Christian, one of the things that we were taught is that we had to be careful how we lived because if the rapture came while we were sinning, we would be left behind or if I died suddenly before repenting, then I would be lost. Many a Christian lived in bondage and in fear of sinning while Jesus returned. Then after a while, I began to think logically. Even though we are christians, we all still sin everyday. If I went by the logic that I was taught, that would mean that a lot of people would die in their sins and not be taken with Jesus when he returns because at any given point in a day, many christians would be sinning because of our fallen nature meaning that everything would have been in vain. Or they have a sinful thought (which one of us haven’t) and then some tragic happens before they had time to repent, for example, 9/11, they would be lost in the same way that an unbeliever would be lost. There would be no guarantee of our salvation and it would basically be a gamble. It made no sense and made the cross of Christ a bit useless and ineffective. My salvation would be based on what I do and not what he has done. That was until I fully understood what Christ actually achieved.

Christ’s death on the cross and his atonement for our sins was not just limited to the past and the present but also stretches into the future

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit………..For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:1,5)

I now understand that once I have repented and put my trust in Christ for my salvation, ALL of my sins have been forgiven. Past present and future. I do not have to live in fear that when Christ comes or when I die, I might be ‘caught in the act’ of sinning in one form or another. I can live with the freedom knowing that even if I have sinned ‘before I have repented’, I will not be condemned and I will not forfeit my inheritance in Christ. Note though that this applies to those that ‘walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit’. In other words those who have had a true and not false conversion and have truly repented.

Now…….

I can hear many people saying ‘Well that’s OK then. If my future sins are forgiven, then I can live how I want’. If those are your thoughts and you’re thinking is how much you can sin and ‘get away with it’, then there is good chance that you are not truly born again and could be self-deceived. Because a true believer hates his sins and has NO desire to continue sinning. This is just one of the ways you can know if you are a true christian.

I always like to see it as me and Christ swapping jackets. Christ takes my ‘sinful’ jacket in exchange for His ‘righteous’ jacket. Christ in my jacket was punished at the cross and when I stand before God, He only sees the righteous jacket and therefore I am not punished because all my sins have been accounted for and taken on by Christ. WHAT A GREAT DEAL!!

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor 5:21)

For more on this topic and a further explanation, click here

If you would like to know how you can have your sins forgiven, click here

I could not believe it when I saw this video but then again, I could for this is indicative of the state of the church at present. What is even sadder are the sheeple in the congregation who are laughing, praising God and there doesn’t seem to be any disgust with what they have just heard.

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6)

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)

It is not ‘sad‘ to love God who created us.
It is not ‘sad‘ to want better for your children or to have moral values.
It is not ‘sad‘ for a young person to refuse to conform to a society that lives only for ‘the weekend’!
It is not ‘sad‘ to have an ambition to help others & share the gospel.

What IS ‘sad‘ is the thousands of people dying every day who are unsure of where they’re going, people living without hope. Lives ruined by alcohol and drugs from years of too much partying and parents encouraging their kids to drink. Broken young girls without good role models selling themselves short and guys more than happy to take advantage. People worshipping money & career, filled with greed and hatred. Countless addictions and illnesses including depression. A media society which promotes sex, murder, lying, cheating and stealing – THAT’S SAD!!!!.. and when someone refuses to take part in this almighty mess we persecute them and call them ‘sad‘.

I know a better life, I have hope and a future so you’ll never see me back round to the way I once was. When you know and understand the truth He changes you. He gives you a new heart and new desires, the ‘old life’ is no longer fun – it’s empty and meaningless.

If you’re fed up with the constant pointless grind of life or wondering ‘what if there is a God..’ I urge you to seek Him now before it’s too late. Get down on your hands and knees and beg Him for forgiveness and to save you. Secure you’re salvation!

I know where I’m going which is why I refuse to waste my life. Do you?

If you have been speaking to people about the truth of the gospel, one of the most common arguments that you will normally hear are things such as ‘thats your truth’ or ‘whats true for you is true for you and whats true for me is true for me’.

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In (John 18:38), Pilate asked the question is “What is truth?” when the Truth (John 14:16) was standing right in front of him.

One of the reasons why people do not like to admit that there is such a thing as absolute truth is because if, for example, the bible is true,  then they will have to admit that they will have to stand before a holy God on judgment day to give an account. So what they do instead is make up their own reality and their own god. Their god just goes around loving and forgiving everyone but has no sense of ultimate justice and just let lawbreakers off the hook.

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One of the arguments that I normally use is if you have a person who jumps off a tall building believing that he can fly. His belief will not save him no matter how hard he believes because the law of gravity (absolute truth) will kick in. In the same way, it doesnt matter what a person believes. What matters is what is actually true.

I saw this article on the CARM website. It does not try to prove that christianity is true (I have done a series on this previously) but it does talk about the foolishness of relativism.

Relativism is perhaps the easiest of all positions to refute. When someone states that all truth is relative or that there are no absolute truths, then it is a simple matter of demonstrating the illogic of their position. These short replies to their statements are just what you need.

Following are some statements made by those in relativism. Find one that fits, copy and paste the reply into a window and see what they say.

  1. “All truth is relative”
    • If all truth is relative, then the statement “All truth is relative” would be absolutely true. If it is absolutely true, then not all things are relative and the statement that “All truth is relative” is false.
  2. “There are no absolute truths”
    • The statement “There are no absolute truths” is an absolute statement which is supposed to be true. Therefore it is an absolute truth and “There are no absolute truths” is false.
    • If there are no absolute truths, then you cannot believe anything absolutely at all, including that there are no absolute truths. Therefore, nothing could be really true for you – including relativism.
  3. “What is true for you is not true for me”
    • If what is true for me is that relativism is false, then is it true that relativism is false?
    • If you say no, then what is true for me is not true and relativism is false. If you say yes, then relativism is false.
    • If you say that it is true only for me that relativism is false, then I am believing something other than relativism; namely, that relativism is false. If that is true, then how can relativism be true?
    • If you say that it is true only for me that relativism is false, then am I believing a premise that is true or false or neither?
    • If it is true for me that relativism is false, then relativism (within me) holds the position that relativism is false. This is self-contradictory and can’t be true.
    • If it is false for me that relativism is false, then relativism isn’t true because what is true for me is not said to be true for me.
    • If you say that what is true for me is neither really true or false, then relativism isn’t true since it states that all views are equally valid and by not being, at least true, relativism is shown to be wrong.
    • If I believe that relativism is false, and if it is true only for me that it is false, then you must admit that it is absolutely true that I am believing that relativism false.
    • If you admit that it is absolutely true that I am believing relativism is false, then relativism is defeated since you admit there is something absolutely true.
    • If I am believing in something other than relativism that is true, then there is something other than relativism that is true – even if it is only for me.
    • If there is something other than relativism that is true, then relativism is false.
  4. “No one can know anything for sure”
    • If that is true, then we can know that we cannot know anything for sure which is self defeating.
  5. “That is your reality, not mine”
    • Is my reality really real or not? If it is, then my reality states that relativism is false. If my reality is not true, then relativism isn’t true either since it states that my reality is true.
    • If my reality is different than yours, how can my reality contradict your reality? If yours and mine are equally real, how can two opposite realities that exclude each other really exist at the same time — especially since reality is that which is true?
  6. “We all perceive what we want”
    • If we all perceive what we want, then how do you know that statement is true since I can want to perceive that your statement is false?
    • If we all perceive what we want, then what are you wanting to perceive?
    • If you say you want to perceive truth, how do you know if you are not deceived? Simply desiring truth is no proof you have it.
  7. “You may not use logic to refute relativism”
    • Why may I not use logic to refute relativism? Do you have a logical reason for your statement? If not, then you aren’t being logical. If you do, then you are using logic to refute logic and that can’t happen.
    • Can you give me a logical reason why logic cannot be used?
    • If you use relativism to refute logic, then on what basis is relativism (that nothing is absolutely true) able to refute logic which is based upon truth since you must assume relativism is absolutely true to be able to refute logic.
    • If you use relativism to refute logic, then relativism has lost its relative status since it is used to absolutely refute the truth of something else.
  8. “We are only perceiving different aspects of the same reality”
    • If our perceptions of reality are contradictory, can either perception be trusted?
    • Is truth self contradictory? If it were, then truth wouldn’t be true because it would be self refuting. If something is self refuting, then it isn’t true.
    • If that is true that we are perceiving different aspects of the same reality, then am I believing something that is false since I believe that your reality is not true? How then could they be the same reality?
    • If you are saying that it is merely my perception that is not true, then relativism is refuted. If I am believing something that is false, then relativism is not true since it holds that all views are equally valid.
    • If my reality is that your reality is false, then both cannot be true. If both are not true, then one of us (or both) is in error. If one or both of us is in error, then relativism is not true.
  9. “Relativism itself is excluded from the critique that it is absolute and self-refuting”
    • On what basis do you simply exclude relativism from the critique of logic? Is this an arbitrary act? If so, does it justify your position? If it is not arbitrary, what criteria did you use to exclude it?
    • To exclude itself from the start is an admission of the logical problems inherent in its system of thought.

When I heard it, it was such a shock. She was only 31 and had some kidney problems but she was always bubbly and friendly. As far as I know she was not a Christian and I dont know if she became one before she died. We take life for granted even as Christians. I never gave her the gospel as she worked in a different department but I hope that someone did in her 31 years.

She was one of the 150,000 people who died that day. Lets do everything in our effort to get this message out.

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