Monday, April 16, 2012

Some comments on a Monday:

I have discovered that bible.org has excellent articles on the Bible and Christian doctrine.

Iran: That’s nice that the parties had talks. Iran still has not allowed inspections of their atomic facilities. Iran is stilling for time. Israel should not let them get away with it. It would be wonderful to sit in an armchair and play Gandhi/ MLK Jr., but the brutal reality is that if Iran develops nuclear weapons, Iran will use nuclear weapons against Israel and the United States.

Syria: Mr. Assad, stop killing your people.

President Obama: When he doesn’t know what to do, he goes on vacation. He sends his kid on vacation at a cost to taxpayers of millions of dollars, while telling us he will cut the national debt. Nonsense. Actions speak louder than words, Mr. Obama.

 

Iranian Pastor Held for Being a Christian

Though still facing a possible execution, imprisoned Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is still alive–and recently passed his 900th day behind bars for being a Christian, Baptist Press reports. I’ve received a false report that he was executed. The Obama Administration should lobby hard for the pastor’s release.

Iran

Iran laughs at Western sanctions while the U.S. sends a second aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf. Iran does not believe that Israel is capable of wiping out Iran’s nuclear program, nor does Iran believe the U.S. will help Israel mount a joint attack. I doubt that threats, sanctions, saber-rattling (or aircraft-carrier rattling) will stop Iran for one minute.

What Obama will do in an election year is anybody’s guess. If I were President, I’d give Iran a short timeline to come to the table, and if they did not come in good faith, I’d order a joint attack. No way can we allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

Easter

Christ is risen. Alleluia.

He died for my sins on the cross, and three days later He rose from the dead, giving me the promise of eternal life. This is how God showed His love for me.

The Atonement

One of the first books I read as an adult Christian was Walter Martin’s Essential Christianity. He used Scripture to show the support for central church doctrines. To be a genuine believer, a Christian must share certain core beliefs. Christ’s atonement on our behalf is one core belief, a central doctrine of the Church.

“God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.” Romans 3:25 (NIV). “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:9 (KJV). Hebrews 9:22 states as follows: “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

But some people can’t accept the atonement. They don’t want to talk about blood, or God’s wrath, or sin and the need for God’s forgiveness. Paul knew that this time would come. “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3.

Christianity is not about your feelings or mine. It is about God’s truth, about turning to God’s Son, who died on the cross, who shed his blood, to save us from God’s wrath. Being a “good person” is not enough to connect with God. You have to swallow your pride and submit to God, who created the heavens and the earth.

As we enter the Easter season, let’s remember that the Son of God took human form and shed his blood on the cross to save us from our sin and from God’s wrath. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we have access to God.