"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life"

Father God, thank you for the love of the truth you have given me. Please bless me with the wisdom, knowledge and discernment needed to always present the truth in an attitude of grace and love. Use this blog and Northwoods Ministries for your glory. Help us all to read and to study Your Word without preconceived notions, but rather, let scripture interpret scripture in the presence of the Holy Spirit. All praise to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

'We Came to Establish the Laws of God' - Really?

On Saturday, ISIS fighters weighed in on their attempts to take Kobani, arguing it wasn't a fight against the Kurds.

"We came to establish the laws of God — not to fight the Kurds," a fighter in army fatigues said on a video uploaded to YouTube. The video was uploaded by a user who appears to be embedded with the militants in Kobani. It appeared genuine and reflected Associated Press reporting.

But another fighter who appeared to be from a European country, judging from his accent in Arabic, described their aim "to liberate the land from the filth of the apostates, the PKK and others," referring to Kurdish secular fighters — who are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim — as apostates.

The fighter said the U.S.-led coalition to fight the militant group was a sure sign of the justness of their cause.

"As for the planes that shell us 24 hours, day and night, by God we say: they increase our faith, assuredness and steadfastness. We know we are on the right path because all the (non-believers) of the world have gathered against us."

So, what's wrong with this picture? Absolutely everything! If the whole world is against you, you can be sure of one of two things - either you are completely wrong, or you are Israel. 

If your faith increases because more and more of you are being blown to Hell by American bombs, you are utterly insane.

The justness of your cause has nothing to do with the coalition that has formed against you. It has everything to do with your ridiculous belief that you are doing God's will by killing, beheading, raping, and abusing men, women and children. Your biggest enemy, you've apparently claimed are Christians. So, how is it that you are massacring and persecuting the children of the Son of God?

Look it up in the Quran: Jesus was born of a virgin, He performed many miracles, and it will be Him that you stand before in judgement on that great and terrible day. It's all in the Quran. So why persecute He who has the power to throw you into Hell? That's not very smart.

You came 'not to fight the Kurds', bull! You would kill every single person on earth who doesn't convert to your absurd religion.

'We came to establish the laws of God', yet you have no idea what those laws are. You are interpreting Mohammed's writing as God's law, yet his own wife Aisha saw through his veneer. His pronouncements from God very often were convenient for himself - given special permission to have more wives than anyone else, given a word from God telling his son to divorce his young bride so that Mohammed could marry her.

The command to marry his son's wife is most certainly not from God who sees marriage as two becoming one flesh, for life. Even if separated, the two are still one flesh, and so if another marries a woman who had already been married, he is causing her to commit adultery. I'm positive that God did not command the poor bride to be forced into adultery. If you think so, you have no idea Who God is.

The Laws of God
God handed down His laws to Moses and the Hebrews lived under the Mosaic Law for about 1500 hundred years, and guess what - it didn't work! It was never meant to. God knew that fallen man could never live a sinless life according to rules and regulations. The purpose of the law was to prove that men were evil, were predisposed to sin, were incapable of keeping the laws of God. That's why God instituted the sacrificing of animals to cover the sins of men, because even the best of them sinned.

Then 2000 years ago, God sent His Son, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed many great miracles, and, in the end was crucified by the 'religious' people of the day. He allowed Himself to be crucified because He then became the perfect and final sacrifice for all of mankind's sin. To ignore Him is to be stuck in your sins with no possible way out.

Jesus took the Laws of Moses and made them far more difficult. He said stuff like: You have heard it said that a man should not commit adultery, but I say to you, if a man looks upon a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

So how did making the law more difficult to keep help things? Because after Jesus resurrected from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father, He sent His Holy Spirit to enter all those who call Jesus 'Lord'. It is by His Spirit that we can approach a state of sinlessness. 

Jesus changed the world from a state of legalism, to a state of grace. It is by His grace that we can be saved from Hell, and it is by faith in Him that we can live a life that is useful to God. It is by His Spirit that we can love one another, even our enemies as Jesus commanded us.

Jesus gave us new laws to live by: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the shut-ins, look after widows, don't harm the children. I admit, unfortunately, that there are many Christians in the west who ignore those particular scriptures, and it will cost them dearly. 

Literally everything your two spokespersons said above is the precise opposite of the truth. Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life, no-one can come to the Father but by Me.