Now is the time for all Christians everywhere to wake up

One of the sad realities within the local church today centers on the fact that numerous born-again Christians have little or no knowledge of the spiritual warfare that takes place all around us. The Bible is crystal clear in proclaiming that there is a battle raging in the heavenlies as the forces of evil continue to wage war against not only the Creator, but also against all who trust in Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord. Islam is just one of the examples of that warfare.

Now, just one, (of many) reasons you can trust the claims of the Bible over other world religions.

The Bible is accurate geographically, historically, and scientifically. For example:
-In one of the oldest books in the Bible, Job said more than 4000 years ago that the earth hangs on nothing (Job 26:7). Scientists didn’t discover that fact until 1650! Hindus believed that the earth rested on the back of an elephant that stood on the back of a turtle that was swimming in a great endless sea.
-The Qur’an, written in the seventh century AD, says that the sun sets in a muddy spring (Surah 18:86). But 1700 years before Muhammad, David said the sun is actually on a circuit “from one end of heaven…to the other end” (Psalm 19:6).

The Bible has been proven accurate in all its claims. In fact, it has been ahead of the scientific world on a lot of discoveries. It isn’t up until recently that the scientific community has begun to understand the scientific principles listed in the Bible. Nothing archaeologically or scientifically has ever proven the Bible wrong. Whenever archaeology or science disagrees with the Bible, further research shows the Bible was accurate.
The same can’t be said about other religious books. Why would you believe something that has been proven false over and over again?
There are a lot of reasons for doubting that any of the versions of the Qur’an are inspired by the Creator of the universe.

-It contradicts known facts of science. For example, it teaches that the sun actually descends down into a muddy spring on the earth (Surah 18:86). You could get away with a statement like that in certain parts of the world in the seventh century. Obviously, today, we know that the sun is actually on a circuit through space and Mecca with its black stone is not the center of the universe.

-The Qur’an contradicts known facts of history. For example, it denies that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a cross (Surah 4:157), something that has been substantiated not only by the Bible but also by extra biblical sources, such as the Jewish Talmud and Flavius Josephus. Archaeology is not kind to Islam, which is one reason why Muslims try to destroy ancient artifacts.

There aren’t any good reasons to accept the Qur’an as inspired by God. The most popular evidence that Muslims try to give for the divine inspiration of the Qur’an is its literary beauty, but this is a very questionable means of testing a document for divine inspiration. What would stop us from believing that Shakespeare’s or Dr. Seuss’ writings were also divinely inspired? After examining these things, it would be safe to conclude that the Qur’an is not a divinely inspired book.

– Pastor Ward Clinton

Injil Markus tells us about Messiah

Inil Markus is a gospel of activity and energy.  No story of His infancy.  Injil Markus starts with “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus the Christ.”  It portrays the active career of Jesus on earth.  Its form is that of an original dialogue which is demonstrated by some abrupt and broken sentences.  This particular gospel account lays an emphasis upon the works rather than the words of Jesus.  One Greek word is translated as: “immediately,” “anon,” “forthwith,” “by and by,” “as soon as,” “shortly,” and “straightway.”  It is used 41 times in this gospel.  The last meaning is truest to the Greek idea and may be called Mark’s characteristic word.

Injil Markus is an account of vividness and details.  It shows the awe and wonder produced upon those who were actually there to see and hear the works and teaching of Jesus.  This Gospel relates the actions of Jesus and His disciples and the multitudes.  Jesus “looks around,” “sat down,” “went before.”  He is grieved, hungry, angry, and indignant, wonders, sleeps, rests, and is moved with pity.  He is a man but He is no ordinary man for He is far and away much more than that.  He is holy.  He is a greater than Hercules or any other hero whom men have ever encountered.  He is certainly vastly superior to Mohammad, who is dead and will not be back.  If you insist on calling Jesus a prophet, then you must acknowledge that He is the final prophet because He lives and He is returning.

Injil Markus is a gospel of power over the evil spirits.  Here, as in no other gospel, the devils are shown to be inferior to Jesus.  They recognize Him as the holy one from God and acknowledge their subordination to Him by pleading with Him as regards what shall be done with them (5:7, 12).  Messiah has power to still the storm, control disease and death, and even power to conquer the unseen worlds of the jinn and the angels.  The Roman, who found deity in a Caesar could submit to one who had shown Himself King in every realm and whose kingdom was both omnipotent and everlasting, both visible and unseen, both temporal and spiritual.

Injil Markus is a gospel of wonder.  Everywhere He goes Jesus is a man of wonder that strikes awe and terror in those who see and hear Him.   Some of these may be seen, especially in the Greek, in 1:27; 2:13; 4:41; 5:28; 6:50; 7:37.  Archbishop Thompson puts it this way, “The wonder-working Son … sweeps over His kingdom swiftly and meteor-like” thereby striking awe into the hearts of the on-lookers.  He is “a man heroic and mysterious, who inspires not only a passionate devotion but also amazement and adoration.”

It is the best gospel to be used to introduce the real Isa to those who really have not had the opportunity to hear the whole truth about Isa [Jesus].  This gospel shows, more than any other, Jesus was no wimp – He was a man’s man.  Even the Koran claims that Jesus (Isa) was a holy man while Muhammad clearly was not.  Jesus (Isa) will return to this earth, Muhammad will not.  Seek and learn.  It is the Holy Bible that accurately tells what Messiah will do when He returns, not the traditions of men or other prophets or their books.

However, in his appearance, we need to remember, Messiah appeared to be just an ordinary person which is the reason why so many failed to see and understand in that day what they should have seen and understood.  The one true God was trying to show them truth but they themselves had closed their own eyes to the one who cared about them as well as you; they had chosen to remain disbelievers in the Messiah and therefore committed shirk.  Yes, this is a true saying:

The one true God cares about you.

The God of Father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob hears and answers

–Pastor Ward Clinton