There is a long list of reasons why skeptics and atheists doubt the veracity of the Bible. One of the reasons is the law code of Hammurabi dating back to around 1754 BC. This code of law was established by the Babylonian king Hammurabi for his subjects in the region of Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) “so that the powerful may not oppress the powerless.” History courses in schools make it their best efforts to subtly train the students’ mind to move their eyes away from God with comparing this to the Mosaic Laws. Some laws in here, admittedly, reflect the Laws of the Torah. However, as the Christian critically examines both laws, he would find that the Law of Moses was not a mere copycat, but a repudiation of the code of Hammurabi and a correction of true morality.
The Scriptures are filled with prophetic messianic messages about Jesus. The Lord even expressed Himself to be the Messiah to the hardened Pharisees in John 5:39 saying, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me.” It not only testifies about Him being the Messiah, but also being the second personality in the Godhead. In the book of Isaiah God proclaimed, “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give my glory to another, nor My praise to graven images” (42:8). Jehovah was very serious when He made such a proclamation: not one created being or materialistic idol will be glorified and praised as gods or as God Himself.
For a lot of women, the outer appearance means everything. So much time, effort and money goes into clothing and makeup that we don’t stop to think about what’s on the inside in our hearts. Sometimes we place our focus on only our apparel to please others or feel as if the outer appearance will determine our beauty. However, in the eyes of God, He cares nothing about our appearances, but what’s within us. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Whatever is going on inside of us ultimately determines who we TRULY are–good or bad.
The apostle Peter wrote to the women of God struggling with this issue of trying to be beautiful; which is why he wrote in 1 Peter 3:3,4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair or gold jewelry or fine clothes, but from the inner person of your heart, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Continue reading “The Perishable Outward Beauty”
Sometimes we truly do not understand what Christ did on the cross at Calvary; what He went through when He manifested Himself in the flesh. We are so intent on the things we have done in the past, feeling ashamed and guilty. We feel as though we won’t ever be forgiven, not even by God Himself. The truth of the matter is that when we begin to feel this way, we make void the sacrifice of Christ and minimize what His sufferings and death meant. The apostle Paul wrote that Christ’s shed blood was a free gift given by God in order for us to be set free from the guilt and shame of sin (Romans 3:24-26). When Christ said He came into this world to save us and forgive us of our sins, He absolutely meant it. He did not lie; it’s impossible for Him to do so (Hebrews 6:18).
Continue reading “Moving Past the Past”
Taking our last breath in this life not in Christ and still in bondage to sin results in eternal separation from God–separated from His glory, and separated from His presence. What places a barrier between us and God are our transgressions against His word. The prophet Isaiah stated, “Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you” (Isaiah 59:2). That’s how defiling sin is! Jehovah knew we would not master over our transgressions without His help, so He sent His only Son to be our atonement. Now it’s in Christ that we obtain victory; as the apostle Paul wrote, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Social media, work, financial stability, illnesses and school… just some of the few things that distract us and keep us from the Word of God because we’ve made those our main focus. As a result, we begin to doubt or forget about the hope we have laid up for us in heaven. We become distressed and anxious, constantly worrying whether or not we’ll make it to heaven. At least, that’s what I do and what’s happening to me at the moment. I’ve been struggling to keep up with this Christian walk. I constantly worry about money, my health, and my imminent departure from this earth I must face one of these days. Instead of diving into the Word to assure me, I’m on social media or doing assignments for school. How greatly I feel separated from the One who took me out of darkness with His blood! How foolish I am for forgetting the power of God.
God. The very word alone stirs up emotions among believers and nonbelievers regardless of it being positive or negative. It’s a powerful word, and He’s a powerful Being. Such a Creator has been worshiped, praised, and reverenced since the beginning of creation, and He’s also been provoked, tested and questioned. One of the most commonly asked questions by both believers and nonbelievers is: If God created us, who created Him?
“Einstein introduced his revolutionary General Theory of Relativity. In this, space and time were no longer Absolute, no longer a fixed background to events. Instead, they were dynamical quantities that were shaped by the matter and energy in the universe. They were defined only within the universe, so it made no sense to talk of a time before the universe began.” – Stephen Hawking, Origin of the Universe.
Einstein and Hawking stated the undeniable fact that time started when the universe began and that it would be silly to suggest that time started before the universe came into existence. Therefore, we can come to the conclusion that the things before which are not bound to the universe, space and time are eternal since everything bound by time has a beginning and an end. The fathers Continue reading ““In the Beginning, God Created the Heavens and the Earth.” OK, So Who Created God?”