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miercuri, 12 iulie 2017

REINFORCING OR DESTROYING THE WORD OF GOD

Motto:

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Bible. The Gospel. The Good News. The word of God. His word is of the outmost importance for:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God".
(John 1:1)
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God".
(Romans 10:17)

So word is extremely important for God. Can anyone guess who else apart from the Christians is very interested in the word of God then? It is the enemy himself. The devil is Interested in destroying everything that is related to God's creation and if everything was created through the word,  the enemy would most definitely be interested in destroying the word. And we know that he is very skilled in wrapping the destruction of the mankind with seducing and tempting lies.

The contemporary Christian is confronted today with a flood of different translations and it is important not only to read but more important is WHAT you read and then of course HOW you read it. So is it ok to read just any translation of the Bible or not? Where does it lead us and how it will effect our present and eternal life? I think there is a way to put that to test. A simple test.

Is the version of the Bible that you are reading building your faith? Is it bringing up strong Christians around you? What are the fruits that it's producing in your life, in your church and in your community? Those are important questions and answering them with an honest answer could really help you without even reading the following.

I am Romanian. Born and bread. I give glory to God for through His mercy I understand and am studying the NASB and NKJV English versions of the Bible, the RVR1960 version in Spanish, the New Testament interlinear Bible in Greek with English translation, and two different translations in Romanian which basically means that I have a wide range of comparing different translations.

Of course, one can say that it is my education. Is it? How about Peter and Paul? Peter was a fishermen and Paul was a well educated men, yet after walking with Jesus Peter was perfectly capable of having theological debates with Paul. Apart from that, like with Paul, my eductaion has made it more dificult for me to understand the good news revelated in the Bible.

I have listed all of the above not to exalt myself but to emphasise the fact that more liberal translations have really no foundation to exist and one of the biggest lies that the enemy has spread in the Church today is the excuse that "easier to understand" versions are meant to help believers and on-believers alike to understand better the message from God.

If the Bible was a simple messagethis theology could stand although I personally doubt it even. The Bible is not just a simple message. The Bible is also THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. It has a life of it's own for it can speak in our life! The same words read today have a different meaning than years ago. 

I spek only for myself. This is not to be taken against my church. It is actually something I had on my heart and i came to the coclusion that the excuses made up for the more "liberal" translations have no support whatsoever and they even seem like heresy, blasphemy and rebellion against the Lord. How did I get to that conclusion? Well, when one draws the line with poros and cons gets to realize that what the translators are actually doing is nothing less than to attempt to substitute God and His work through the Holy Spirit. 

In doing so there is an attempt to "help" God  so to speak. To bypass the Holy Spirit. In doing so, the translator is positioning himslef on the same level with God. No need to mention who wanted to be like God: Satan. And a real Christian should know better than that.

We know that not everybody will be saved. We know the parable of the sawer. We know that not everybody who hears the word will accept it. We know that it is the Holy Spirit that selects whom He wants and convicts the heart of it's sin.

In 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 we can clearly read: "These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

In 1 Corinthians 12:8 we also read
"for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit"

Therefore it is clear that it is God who selects whom He chooses to give the knowledge and understanding. Jesus Himself spoke to many but not all understood even when He was speaking in parables so He could make it easier for them to understand.

I have four principles when analysing the word of God:

1. The Bible is the word inspired God.
2. God never changes
3. God never contradicts Himself
4. If not beyond reasonable doubt reject strange/new doctrine

According to those principles His word is everlasting. Who would dare to change or distort or dilute His words? Would I do it? No way. Would you? Who would then? Clearly not a saint. Not an angel. Not His people. For Jesus said: "'But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.'

Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them." (John 10:2-6)

In the above there are actually two very important things. The first one would be that those who know Him will follow Him and Him only and will not listen to the voice of others. Consequenly those who are not His will go astray.

Secondly, the word of God explained it quite clearly THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND. And this is Jesus Himself explaining, speaking to those who were supposed to know Him, for He was confronting the Jews. He Himself said that He has come to save them. Did they listen? No. Did they understand? No.

Wisdom, knowledge understanding are being revealed with the Holy Spirit that was send to us. Do you remember what other name Jesus gave to the Holy Spirit? HELPER!!! Consequently If the Holy Spirit is not at work in a person's life one can not help them and we should no interfere. 

Yes. We are to testify. We must testify. We are to speak the words of the Lord but the understanding comes through the Holy Spirit. But before even starting to think about it we need to have understanding, wisdom and knowledge ourselves. And for that there is no shortcuts. It takes time, effort and dedication. I am talking about DEVOTIONAL TIME: reading, prayer and fasting.

It is normal I guess to be tempted to think we are entitled to try and "help" the Holy Spirit for the generous cause of help others to understand, but in doing so we are actually denying the power of God. How? In wanting to mediate between man and the Holy Spirit what is actually on display is the desire to be like God, willingly or unwillingly, in full understanding or in full ignorance of what they are doing. Once again I will say it: the one who wanted to be like God was Satan. And he was cast out of Heaven. Who is willing to risk that?

Anybody who tries to "help" those who don't understand using a twisted, distorted or a personal interpretation of the scriptures, according to their own limited understanding is actually bypassing the Holy Spirit and the purpose it was sent to us. Consequently they are transforming the living word of God in a dead corpse. Working against the Holy Spirit? I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

As Christians, we know that we are limited in knowledge no matter what we do. Having Peter and Paul's example, clearly is understandable that while skills, inteligence, etc., are gifts from God, training and education have their part to play. But worldly training and education are no match against the power that comes through the Holy Spirit. So, by trying to help others through a "easier" and more "digestable" translation we are only giving that limited interpretation of the Scriptures, thus reducing or anulling it's power, implying in the process that we are omniscient which is God's attribute only:

"These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ."

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NKJV)

I don't even have to mention the fact that many versions of the Bible create as many different theologies (or viceversa) and so many different theologies are actually a sign of disunity which yet again is the work of the enemy.

preaching the word of God is a massive responsibility so those who present themselves in front of the Church with liberal translations where words and even entire verses are being cut out totally or deliberately translated in order to change the meaning of a phrase should be on alert: they might not bring salvation at all but the ILLUSION of salvation.

We know that the enemy is shrewd. We know that Satan can perform tricks and miracles and that he can even present himself as an angel of light. And we also know that in a court of law one letter or a comma missing could make the difference between life and death. How much more than is a coma or letter, or word, or phrase valuable for the word of God!

Jesus left us with His teachings through the apostles. The apostles were the eye witnesses. They left us with CLEAR instructions and the church survived for two thousand years through the slave society, dark ages, renaissance, industrial revolution, etc until today. In those days very, very few could read so the lack of understanding must have been tremendous.

Are we to understand that the modern man is less capable of understanding than the one of the dark ages? A foreigner can understand the scriptures in our native tongue but we still think we need to simplify the Bible? How does that work for you from a logical standpoint of view my dear brothers and sisters? Can we really find an excuse for using a "lighter" version of the Bible in the attempt to make disciples as we were instructed?

Are we entitled to teach anyone if we lack knowledge and understanding ourselves? Is it ok for a Christian to go out without being prepared? Don't we have to take the time and make the effort to instruct ourselves thoroughly through reading, prayer and fasting when Jesus clearly said that there are no shortcuts? 

For He said:
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep." (John 10:1-2)

We are commanded to make disciples indeed. But not anyhow for we might end creating disciples of the darkness. We are supposed to bring forth the light of te word not keep people away from that light. The words that compose the Bible were put one after another through the Holy Spirit who inspired the writers. 

Do you really want to take yourselves and others away from the word? If one lacks understanding let him ask it from the Lord through prayer. Do you trust the Lord? Do you believe Jesus or man? The Qumran is perhaps the most liberal interpretation of the Scriptures ever. And we know what it created. 

Each and every Christian is supposed to be a leader. We are all supposed to lead people to Christ. But we need to understand that our part is not to replace or bypass work of the Holy Spirit but to fully rely on the Lord. We are only to speak those words. The rest is up to God.  

luni, 21 noiembrie 2016

BIBLE vs. SCIENCE: NO CONTRADICTIONS. AT ALL.

The contemporary world has been infected with the idea that science is contradicting the Bible. As a former atheist I can only say that nothing could be further from the truth. It is quite the opposite!

My faith is not blind. Actually faith is never blind. It is linked to the rational as well as to the spiritual. Faith without the spiritual component is just a mechanical thing, having no real power. Faith without the rational component is actually nothing but religion. And religious is something I am not.

Science had it wrong for two thousands of years while the Bible was right all along about the Earth being round, and the expansion of the Universe, just two mention two of the many examples.

Therefore I came to believe that scientists are only discovering traces of creation. As a good friend said yesterday, scientists can say how but they can't explain why. When science contradicts the Scriptures it only means that there is something wrong with the theory in itself.

Apart from that, the biggest atheist geniuses ever to live developed theories that were proven wrong, which means that they are not infallible. From a logical stand point of view this should give everybody reasonable doubts over their theories rejecting the existence of a Creator. 

Over the last seventy years people were slowly and gradually dispossessed of the basic right of being completely and correctly informed on those matters. Since all the information they get is directed to the idea that there is no God and no Creation they have no other options simply because the alternative was taken away from them.

But anyone would understand that not exploring all the options could, probably would and usually will, bring us to the wrong conclusions. So the world today is being fed with lies. But who and why would they be interested in this? The Bible also gives the answer to that one and every Christian knows it. 

So why not explore all the options? Why not do a thorough research before we conclude? Why not be opened minded (I am not talking only about atheists rejecting the Bible study but also about the Christians rejecting scientifically proved facts)? For what are we to call someone who ignores things, facts, testimonies and discoveries from all around the world?

My name is Cristian Romulus Irinoiu and this is my testimony. I was and atheist. I was into science until I started STUDYING the Bible. Today I believe that there is a Creator and that I am not an accident. 

I believe that I have a purpose. I believe that there is only one True God who made everything. I believe that He has revealed himself to us in flesh through Jesus Christ. And I know that without Him all the knowledge is useless.


vineri, 11 noiembrie 2016

WHY I THINK DONALD TRUMP IS A DISASTER











I know. I am from Romania. And Romania is just so far away from the United States. Apparently there is no reason for me to be angry, upset, worried or sad over a Donald Trump's election. Apparently. For I beg to differ with every american that has voted for Trump.

I am a Christian so my reasons have nothing to do with the liberal views that seem to be the common ground for Trump's opponents. Believe it or not there are many aspects and ideas promoted by the man that I totally agree with, for I am no idiot and I can see that there are problems.

However, is not what he says but how he says it and the suspicion that he is deceiving and misleading the Americans. Apart from that there is circumstantial evidence which indicates that everyone should be worried about Trump. Here are some personal thoughts over which I will conclude and try to predict what is going to happen. First let's talk about my reasons for being on alarm mode.

On this one, personal experience comes in handy. I was born and spent my first twenty one years of my life in a socialist country, ruled by a communist party, where people were not allowed to speak their minds and dictatorship was overthrown through bloodshed. Those who died thought they were fighting for freedom while those of us who survived thought the things will get better. In fact they went worse and today we all realise that we were used.

Used as in manipulated. Took us a decade to accept that, which means that I lived another twenty one years in a country where people have been constantly deceived and manipulated by and with the socialist methods of propaganda. And when I could not stand it anymore I left. I could not live anymore among people who would not listen to the voice of reason and wisdom.

During the last twenty-five years we have seen a lot of things. We have witnessed the power of brainwashing to the extent that people elected politician who ARE in jail on most recent elections! That is the power of brainwashing at work, As I studied the matter, it is achieved through a weak educational system and keeping most of the population on the edge of survival.

The weak educational system is there to "create" people who are incapable of selecting the proper information and reaching reasonable conclusions. You think it is impossible? Think again. Think about the fact that we are able to trick our children's minds to believe that there is such a thing as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. It is possible to do that on a massive scale with the adults too.

Who would do such a thing and why? The question has an answer that is actually in the plain site. Most of us can't see the forest because of the trees as they say... I am not going to start the subject about that one as it is a long story. 

America is the leader of the free world and that is why everyone has an opinion. Enemies and allies are always looking to see what is happening in America. All around the world people are interested and that is why it would be ideal if the Americans would be all aware of the fact that they are responsible not only to themselves, as being a true leader involves great responsibility.

For instance Romania looks insignificant and very far from the United States doesn't it? But you see, it is the diplomatic relationship with the United States of America that give a sense of security to the Romanian people who are having an aggressive neighbour such as Russia at the border. And the feeling is that with Donald Trump nothing is secure anymore from that point of view, especially when there is suspicion over ties with the Russians.

Without America many smaller nations would stand no chance. That is why so many want a strong America and that is why there are also many who want a weak America. So I'll let you, the reader decide if Trump is making America weaker or stronger. The nation is being divided and even if the protests will stop the matters will still be unsettled. Divide and conquer. And who wants to divide and conquer America? Who? The answer to that question might enlighten many.

What is the problem with Donald Trump? Why is the alarm being raised? Actually it is many things. I am not going to talk about the fact that he has the appearance of a Russian or Slavic ethnicity. That is quite obvious in the part of the world that I am coming from and it is alarming in itself but it is also subjective. 

So let's talk integrity first. We have to do the integrity check, What are Trump's moral standards? The answer is very clear when one thinks about the standards for selecting his wife. Up until not so long ago no american would have ever elected a playboy star as their second lady but there was massive Christian support for Donald Trump!

Another alarm is raised by Trumps attitude and body language. It is a fact that most of the communication is non-verbal. If so, why is it that Trump reminds me of Mussolini, the former Italian dictator, who was best friends with another notorious socialist named Adolf Hitler? And just incidentally: did you know that Hitler rose to power feeding on the fear and manipulating the natural and desirable state of patriotism into the ugly nationalism exactly like Trump did this year? 

Hitler spoke used the Jews, Gypsies and others to create the idea that they are to blame for Germany's problems. Trump uses the Muslims, Mexicans and others for the exact same reason. We know what happened after Hitler came to power and the fact that Trump uses the same methods even though the names were changed, inflicting the idea that those are the ones guilty for America's problem raises a big alarm!

The fact that Trump's populism won by telling people exactly what they needed and wanted to hear does not mean that he will keep his word. Hitler never did, did he? And that is not everything. I come from a country where the socialist ideas and brainwashing methods are most effective even today to such an extent that the people actually elected politicians that are in jail for fraud so I know for a fact that it can be worse.

What is absolutely weird is that what I heard people who voted for convicts in Romania saying, I heard it said by Trump's voters. Not almost but EXACTLY the same words. And I do not believe in coincidences. I do understand that the American nation is need a solution. I do understand that they want it now. I do understand that many of them are of good heart. But Trump is not the solution.

In order to rebuild a nation the first thing that is needed is a reset. A return to the values that made it great. Donald Trump is exactly the opposite of that, for America was built on a Christian values. "In God We Trust" remember? So. I have many reasons to believe that Trump is a deceiver. And when I put in the balance the suspicion of being involved with the Russians, the alarm becomes what the Americans would express as DEFCON 1.

I have reasons to believe therefore that Donald Trump is going to do some of the things he said. But just those that will increase his personal power. The economy will slow down probably, before having an apparent boost for people living on the edge of survival are easier to control and manipulate. It is an indisputable historical fact that Hitler won the hearts of his people by boosting the economy only to bring Germany into ruins after a few years.

Of course, Trump will need to buy more time and if confronted with issues in the 2020 elections I would dare place a bet that, exactly like in Romania, he will put the blame on the "weighty legacy" that his administration had to face when taking over the office. I will not be surprised, and neither should you, for I have heard words like "We got our country back" from the Romanians and Americans alike. The EXACT same words.

Donald Trump is not the answer. And I don't think that there is anymore time to fix what just happened. Only time will tell. I love America. I really, really do. All my childhood friends know this. I used to love everything that represented America. Ever since Trump I can't say that anymore. I know I shouldn't say this for it might seem lack of patriotism but I sometimes feel I love America more than my native country.

A world without America is unsafe, and sadly,  I can't help thinking (hoping to God that I am dead wrong at the same time) that on the on November the 8th of 2016 the world stopped being a safe place. As I said I really hope and pray that I am wrong. I really do. From the bottom of my heart, may God bless America! God bless us all.

marți, 23 februarie 2016

WHY DON'T WE LIKE THE IDEAL MODEL?


I was in the middle of the call when I started writing my diary countdown about my weight loss. At some point I had to stop. Lack of concentration leads to no inspiration. Apart from that I consider it to be a blessing whenever I am asked for support, advice or help.

I know it means a lot for those who are asking for that, but it also builds me up, because I have to think, search, process data, reach a conclusion, search for more data, process it again and reach a conclusion that will ultimately be put in an action of some sort.

I myself think that I am not reliable although I try very hard. I am not like, but worse than Paul the apostle, who said:

" I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?"
(Romans 7:21-23)

Therefore, like Paul, I thank God for His grace, mercy and for all the opportunities to help the others. I consider it to be a blessing and a massive responsibility. And I myself am learning along the way.

Because I have Christ teachings as a road map I must report everything to this system of reference in order to help people that, most of the time, have another one that I strongly disagree with.

I usually disagree with standards they have adopted because I believe that, like in science (especially in physics), we have to have an ideal model in order to compare everything else to it so we can reach the best solution for the problem.

Well... Why would that be any different when it comes to morals and ethics, where the ideal model is JESUS? Why is He the ideal model and not other leaders? That is easy to answer! I can trust Him. And Him only. Why? The answer to this other question is so simple but most of the humans do not even realize it is there!!!

Let's say you are going to war and you are in the middle of a battle. How would you feel about a friend who is willing to give up his life in order for you live even after you mocked, slandered, beat and conspired to put him to death in the safety of the tranches previous to the battle? Isn't that a trustworthy friend?

Isn't that a real and true friend?!! Isn't that the ultimate friend?!! Well, that is exactly what Jesus did in the battle for life: not only that he willingly sacrificed Himself for us, but while on the cross, the humanity was mocking Him...

"Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

And they divided His garments and cast lots."

I would call that not a best friend but the ultimate friend. The ideal model of a friend. So Jesus truly is the ideal model. It is so easy to see that but people are like He said they would be, quoting the prophet:

"And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull.

Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,

Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them."

I find it absolutely amazing that people who think that they know better, dismissing the gospel although they have never read it, are actually FULFILLING a prophecy that was given 2700 years ago!!! Isn't that like WOOOW?!!

Well... It is to me. I do understand why people don't like comparing themselves to Jesus as the ideal model... All our filthiness, all our wickedness, all the bad things we are carrying in our hearts, every slander, gossip, all the sexual immorality it will make our conscience burn if we compare ourselves to Him!

We know that. Even more: whenever we do something wrong we know that it is wrong even before we act. We know that. But we still go on doing it don't we? So what do we do after the deed is done? We try to hide it from the others.

We know that we are safe because we see the faults of the others and we know that they will dare not expose us for they themselves will be exposed!

But with Jesus as a role model, no evil can be hidden in the dark. For the light will always expose all those things that are dwelling in darkness. It is a natural law. No one can deny that.

One may as well choose to continue living in the dark. But he or she would be only lying to themselves. So we'd better choose and embrace the ugly truth about ourselves, for the first step in order to solve a problem is to admit that you have it, not to hide it.

No one has to feel guilty or worry about what will happen if doing the right thing. For there is the good news: Jesus also came to set us free each and everyone of us. Individually.

He came to set us free from from the sin that we are being enslaved in. He came to brake the chains of fear. He came to tell us that LOVE, NATURAL LOVE, is the thing that needs to be the rule and the measure of our lives.

I so very often ask people who are challenging me about Christ: "What is so offensive about Christ teachings that you find is so unacceptable?"

And they go silent even if they would try and argue and fight it at first. Because there is actually none. Still, they continue living their lives according not to the ideal standard, which is Jesus, but to lower standards that would make them feel better about themselves. And you know that is the truth. In our hearts, each and everyone of us knows that this is the truth! Amen?!!

Have a beautiful day everyone! God bless!