Friday, 28 August 2015

Why do I believe Holy Spirit baptism is important?

There were many debates in evangelical circles about baptism with the Holy Spirit. Often Christians from different denominations get stuck in this debate and sometimes even embarrassed. Yet John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus taught a lot about it that sometimes it's hard ignore it without intention. That's why I believe that Holy Spirit baptism cannot be ignored easy unless someone prepare a certain set of arguments against it. It's sad that many well-known evangelical leaders did their best in some cases to combat their congregations form receiving the baptism with Holy Spirit.

Why baptism with Holy Spirit is important for Christians?

1) Because it was taught by John the Baptist who was baptizing people in water but said someone (referring to Jesus) is going to baptize them with Holy Spirit and fire.

2) Because Jesus promised apostles that they will be baptized with Holy Spirit after His ascension.

3) Because it happened according to the words of Jesus, 10 days after the ascension of Jesus, the apostles were baptized with Holy Spirit.

4) Because the apostles themselves asked that those who believed in Jesus and repented must receive the Holy Spirit, in that days it was a natural expectation of the Church.

5) Because baptism with Holy Spirit it is a way to receive spiritual gifts like, speaking in tongues, prophesying, the gift of healing, the gift of knowledge etc. 

6) Because all biblical accounts lead us to conclude that is a normative for the Church and not something exceptional or only for the first period of the Church.

7) Because all prophecies from the Old Testament were fulfilled in this promise: God pouring out His Spirit not only on some elected Jewish people but on everyone who believe in Jesus, His Son.    

Friday, 21 August 2015

The expressions of individualism in our time

Back in 18 and 19 century in western world the individualism was expressed through colonialism,  through slavery and the desire to control riches. But today, perhaps one of the most powerful expression of individualism is sexuality.

This strong wave of sexuality combined with selfishness leads the modern society back to primitive behavior or profound unhappiness. More and more people will consider homosexuality as normal. Humanity ignores normality in marriage (a man and women), and considers normal all combinations: man with man, women with women, transgender man with man etc. When we ignore the rule of heaven given by God is like saying He did a mistake ordering the law of marriage.

I am afraid that this form a individualism expressed in gay marriage is a warning that God allowed us to hurt ourselves like in the past. History repeats itself just in different way. All the time pleasure must have its limits, we cannot do everything we like, we cannot do even what others would like to do without considering God's moral laws.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

THE BIBLE OR QUR’AN?

There are similarities between the Bible and Koran that's why some believe that Christianity and Islam have a lot to do in common.Yet there are some irreconcilable contradictions between them.
Let's take one for instance. In the Koran Jesus was never crucified and never died on the cross.
In the Bible all four evangelists (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John) say the same thing, then in the Book of Acts, also in all letters of the apostles it is said the same thing.

1) First, here is the strange thing: in the Bible we have so many witnesses saying the same thing, according to them Jesus died on the cross and was risen form the dead and then ascended to heaven, yet, after 600 years, a man  gets out from a cave and says that's not true. Although in the Bible all things are inspired, we consider that that a lot of Bible content was not written through dictation from God, it is a history with many accounts. History is history even in the Bible, although biblical history is giving account about God's people!

2) Most Islamic scholars contradict some details from the Bible and never as a whole from the beginning, although later in discussion they try hard to dismiss the authority of the Bible. One of the Islamic claims that Bible has been modified throughout centuries. Everyone can claim the same thing about Koran. Yet what is amazing about Bible that we have thousands of manuscripts that can prove anytime Bible's authenticity. Not the same thing we can say about Koran. Read about it more here or here.


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Quotes 05/08/2015

There are things within Christianity which can become a pleasure in our life, for instance listening Christian music,  yet Jesus didn't tell us to do the things we like the most, but things which fulfills the will of the Father.

That's why sometimes this implies taking the cross and following Jesus, because we can go alone to fulfill our purposes but not God's. Only Jesus can lead us on the path of fulfilling God's will through all difficulties and obstacles. 

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Quotes 02/08/2015

We live in a world where society cries louder and louder that Bible and its teachings are not anymore valid for this generation.

This could be a sign that God is evicted from people's lives under the pressure of sinful pleasures. Yet sooner or later Christian based societies will find out the huge mistake they made.

Remember you those who reject God; He is the source of everything, even pleasure was created by Him that's why He established some rules for it so we don't become slaves of it or to destroy other people's lives for our pleasure.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

The new Holocaust in 21'st century

In Middle East and North Africa started a new type of Holocaust. It's first Holocaust in 21'st century. Like 70 years ago, when millions Jews were killed by Nazi regime, ISIS a nationalist Islamic organization and other Islamic terrorist organizations are doing of fast process of extermination of Christians and other Muslims who do not fit the profile of their ideology.

There are similarities and differences.

One difference of today holocaust compared with 70 years ago is that now is made in the name of Allah for Islamic ideology. Hitler did for money and revenge.

Also, ISIS is doing part of this Holocaust for money and power. They confiscate a lot of goods, sell a lot of oil, and protect drug networks in order to share some profits with them. In killing always man sees a possible fortune, otherwise killing will not so appealing.

One of the questions that was constantly asked decades after Holocaust was if the Western powers could do something to stop Hitler doing such atrocities. And again we ask and probably many will ask later, can the actual Western powers do something to stop these terrorists or they have a reason for acting so slowly?

I am sure that after ISIS will be defeated many will ask the legitimacy of passiveness of the rest of the world toward millions of people trapped in cross fire.

The history repeats itself from time to time.
Humanity cannot learn the harsh lessons. After WW2 so many countries regretted their participation in helping Hitler, but it was too late. I wonder if  Western powers did not have the biggest contribution at formation of such organizations and if not more the we know in ISIS appearance is connected to oil business? The control of resource plays a important role in this conflict, and again Christians and Muslims are caught in this cynical war.

Since Satan took leadership of this world (to certain extent), we should expect that many things in this world will go from bad to worse. Humanity is incapable to keep peace even nations make every year different truces and agreements. After a while we find ourselves back in wars, back in conflicts. We see again and again tragedies at a global scale. That's make us cry louder; Lord Jesus come and save us, come and make justice in a such cynical world led and influenced by Satan.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Do Muslims have the answer to atrocities based on their ideology?

There are many debates in the West on Islam and its connections to atrocities produced in Middle East and North Africa. What is common in all these debates?

Firstly, most Muslim scholars don't admit the majority of atrocities saying they need to be documented properly and sources checked.

Secondly, most Muslim scholars don't admit that all Muslim criminals are theological inspired.

Thirdly, most Muslims scholars blame local governments for weakness and corruption saying that in true Muslim countries Christians would not be persecuted in any way.

So is that true?

Firstly, hello Muslims from all over the world. There so many cases that cannot be documented and checked because it's too risky. But media is full of video of people who flee from their home homes because ISIS or other Muslim criminal organizations. Only immigration is a proof that so many crimes happen in Muslim countries.

Secondly, most Muslim criminals say they do this for the sake of Allah and Muslim faith. Even those who leave Europe and fight in Middle East say the same thing. They claim in this way they found a sense in life. So again most of them are theological inspired.

Thirdly, simply it's not true, persecution exists even in well governed Muslim countries, like Saudi Arabia, Iran or Turkey. There is no Muslim country in the world where Christians are free except if that country has a secular leadership, in that case it might be easier.

For Islamic people the hardest thing to do is not stop killing although that's hard too, but to admit they do wrong.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Quotes 7/22/2015


Freedom is never sustainable without a strong foundation.  If we guard freedom only with laws, that is no longer freedom. Freedom must be guarded by conscience.

Over the ages from all kings who promised freedom their subjects none kept their promise forever. Jesus promises us freedom forever, freedom for all, freedom for being a child of God. What a promise! 

Freedom is very expensive

What is freedom for some means oppression for others. Freedom needs laws or conscience in order to be sustainable. The best of the two is conscience helped by virtues.

It is impossible to understand freedom without truth. The foundation of freedom is the truth.

The most important freedom is experienced when a man is no longer tied by vices, sins or haunted by conscience. Jesus said that no one can give us such freedom except if we know the truth. Truth will make us free.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Sexual indoctrination of society and culture

Morality became a sensitive issue once TV was used more and more on the face of the earth. People from TV and movie industry realized they need to something to keep the viewers closed to their TV sets. More TV companies had to face a lot of competition, so everyone tries hard to impress others.

There were many strategies in order to attract viewers: extreme videos with violence, with sexual content and with horror etc. The question remains, what humanity get out of it. See, at horizon many times emerge different movements, some fight for good things, others for bad things. Certainly there is not single good thing for humanity out of moral depravation. More people sick, more AIDS spread, more children born out of illegal marriage, millions of people depended of pornografy, actually there is nothing positively about sex indoctrinated culture.

Surely we live in the most sex indoctrinated culture ever. There were times in history when people perverted their sexuality but no to a such extend. Today, sexual indoctrination reaches a global level. Sexualization of education is another way humanity is indoctrinated. That's why they succeed.

We cannot understand why sexual minorities rule over majorities only if we consider the effect of sexual indoctrination over the years through any means available.

Like any trends in the world some come and go. Once communism was praised by many nations, other times fascism, see humanity must see the effects and it is not convinced by something evil until a immense tragedy will happen. In the same sense, I hope that one day humanity will see the real face of sexual indoctrination. Humanity can become a beast and its bad accepted behavior will lead to horrible acts that will scare even those who promote now by any means sexual indoctrination.