Category Archives: Atheism

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ATHEISM/EVOLUTION

Agnosticism, Atheism, Anti-theism, Evolution (September 2015)

Creation and Evolution (August 2012)

NEED PROOF TO BELIEVE AND TRUST THE BIBLICAL GOD? (September 2017)

SCIENTISM AND UNBELIEF (July 2017)

SECULAR HUMANISM AND SIN: DETERMINING WHAT IS ULTIMATELY RIGHT OR WRONG-  (October 2017)

UNBELIEF: THE NEW BELIEF (July 2017)

 

CHRISTIANITY

Apostolic Faith (June 2014)

Baptism: Its Origin (October 2014)

FROM BEING AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN TO BECOMING A BIBLE BELIEVING AND PRACTICING CHRISTIAN (July 2018)

Biblical Christianity (September 2013)

BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY AND SIN: DETERMINING WHAT IS ULTIMATELY RIGHT OR WRONG –  (November 2017)

Catholics, Orthodox and other Christians (February 2016)

Christian Anti-Semitism (January 2011)

Communion (April 2017)

Counterfeit Christians (April 2016)

Disciples must love (May 2011)

Making of Christian Anti-Semitism (May 2011)

Past Christian Behavior (October 2011)

Professing Believers (October 2011)

Significance of Christmas (December 2014)

Strategically Sharing Christ (February 2018)

What’s Wrong with the Church (February 2013)

Why having a relationship with Jesus matters (October 2019)

 

FAITH ISSUES                                                                                                                    

Author Comments (July 2010)

Book Review: JEWISH PEOPLE AND JESUS (January 2011)

Does Unity require Unanimity? (March 2016)

Gay Marriage (February 2012)

Genesis – Judges…Sin is the Problem (April 2018)

Created For God, Created to Work In Relationship With God (February 2019)

Establishment of the Hasmonean Dynasty…Sin is the Problem (April 2018)

EXILES AND PROMISE OF PROPHETS…SIN IS THE PROBLEM (April 2018)

Has Anyone Seen the Face of God? (January 2018)

Is America under God’s Judgment (March 2015)

IS THE GOD OF THE BIBLE OK WITH ABORTION (February 2019)

Italian Catholic (January 2011)

JEWISH PEOPLE AND JESUS (March 2011)

Kings of Israel and Judah…Sin is the Problem (April 2018)

Kirkus Review: Dawn of Islamic Literalism (August 2013)

MATTHEW CHAPTER 16: ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE (January 2018)

Media Campaign (February 2011)

Providing appropriate responses to the libertine sexual mentality (June 2020)

Review: Jewish People and Jesus (November 2011)

ROME AND THE JEWISH RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP…SIN IS THE PROBLEM       (April 2018)

Rubber meets the Road (February 2011)

The Fallacy of Religiosity (December 2018)

Understanding Perspectives (November 2016)

Why a Dad is needed in an Ordered Universe (September 2017)

WHY A MULTITUDE OF CATHOLICS BECOME BIBLICAL/EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS (January 2017)

 

HISTORY: BIBLE RELATED

Caiaphas (February 2013)

George Washington (November 2012)

Holy Week (April 2011)

Intro to Hebrew History (January 2015)

Palm Sunday to Passover (April 2011)

 

ISLAM

BECOME MORE DISCERNING ABOUT MUHAMMAD’S ISLAM (May 2020)

Biblical Christians and All Muslims (May 2017)

Can the Ahmadiyya Muslim community speak for Islam (May 2015)

Dawn of Islamic Literalism (March 2013)

Insulting the Prophet of Islam (January 2015)

Is Islam an ideology of peace? (May 2017)

Is Islam the Ultimate truth as Muslims claim? (January 2016)

Ishmael and Isaac (August 2013)

Islam Sanction Burning? (February 2015)

ISLAMISM AND SIN: DETERMINING WHAT IS ULTIMATELY RIGHT AND WRONG- (June 2017)

Muhammad’s Islam Unveiled (January 2016)

Muslim Denial (July 2014)

Pope Francis and Islam (June 2014)

Ramadan: Is this something Jews and Christians should observe? (June 2016)

Taqqiyah Kitman & Murunah (October 2018)

 

JUDAISM

Broken Covenant (January 2014)

Holy By Promise living on Promise (April 2015)

Jewish Views on Jesus circa 30 A.D. (October 2013)

Habakkuk (August 2017)

Is This Any Way to Celebrate New Year? (October 2019)

Khabad Lubavitch (December 2015)

Khanakah – The Feast of [Re] dedication (December 2015)

Khanukah – The Feast of (Re-)Dedication (December 2019)

Passover and the Church (May 2020)

Rabbinic Judaism (November 2015)

Rabbinical Opposition (August 2011)

Rabbis: December 25 (December 2011)

Responding to AISH.com (April 2014)

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur (October 2019)

Shavuot/Pentecost: The First Thanksgiving (May 2020)

Significance of the Sabbath (December 2019)

Sukkos: Feast of Tabernacles ( October 2019)

Tallit (May 2012)

 

MESSIAH [MOSHIAKH]

Ben Joseph & Ben David: Jewish Messiah (March 2011)

Hanukkah: The Messiah (December 2012)

Israel: Does the Hebrew Bible indicate the Anointed One of the House of Israel, is divine? (October 2016)

Israel: According to the Jewish Bible did the Lord ever become a man? (September 2016)

Messiah: Melchizedek (November 2012)

THE REAL STAR OF DAVID, SUN AND CRESCENT MOON (February 2018)

Why Some Jews Become Messianic Jews (January 2017)

Yeshua and the Rabbis (August 2011)

Yeshua’s claim of divinity are either true or false (May 2016)

 

OTHER RELIGIONS                                                                                                                     

Black Hebrew Israelites: Are their claims true? (June 2018)

Buddhism (October 2015)

Cults/New Age Movement (September 2015)

Freemasonry (March 2016)

Hinduism (October 2015)

Jehovah Witnesses (March 2016)

LDS/Mormons (February 2016)

Major Faiths (July 2012)

Satanism (September 2015)

Unification Church  (April 2016)

 

SALVATION

Greatest Gift God can give us (June 2015)

Passover : The Meaning (April 2011)

Reconciliation (February 2011)

Salvation: Jews (May 2013)

 

TENAKH [TANAKH]

Abel (September 2012)

Abraham (July 2013)

Adam (December 2011)

Faith of Our Fathers 1] It began with Abram (January 2015)

Faith of Our Fathers 2]  Abram’s Pilgrimage-Beginning the Faith Walk (February 2015)

Faith of Our Fathers 3] Abram to  Abraham – Holy by Promise (April  2015)

Faith of Our Fathers 4] Abraham & Isaac – Justified by Faith (June 2015)

Faith of our Fathers 5]- Isaac Strong, Sad Finish (July 2015)

Faith of our Fathers 6]- Jacob Becomes Israel – Rivalry & Deception to Blessing (September 2015)

Faith of our Fathers 7] Joseph – Prisoner to Prime Minister (November 2015)

How many times did Moses climb Mt. Sinai? (August 2017)

Life of Joseph (December 2013)

THE TANAKH, TALMUD AND TRINITY (July 2018)

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Providing appropriate responses to the libertine sexual mentality

By:

Joe Butta

Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics

The libertine sexual mentality believes that individuals are free to engage in any type of sexual encounter as long as all parties are consenting to it. This includes all forms of heterosexual sex between unmarried couples,  between an unmarried and married person, between married folks who are not married to one another and between multiple partners at one time both married to others or unmarried.  This also includes homosexual sex between unmarried folks and those who are legally married according to state law. This does not mean that all libertines believe anything goes.  For example many are fine with heterosexual sex between consenting adults but draw the line at homosexual sex. For those who believe this, because it is self satisfying , it is truly liberating,  In these days with birth control and legalized abortion many think sex without consequences is reality.

Recently the news has been filled with accusations from those with a libertine sexual mentality that certain Christian or Christian affiliated organizations are hateful.  Recently many Catholic and otherwise Christian organizations, including those who help the needy, have been ostracized for believing in the tradition definition of marriage as describe in the Bible.  These are all symptoms of a much greater problem. That problem is SIN.  Sin is willful disobedience or rebellion against the law. It resides in the heart of humankind and convinces those who are non-repentant that human reason and that which is self-serving is the true path.  With SIN present laws can be changed and that which was previously considered unacceptable becomes not only acceptable but good.  Those who keep the traditional understanding can then be marginalized and attacked verbally and at times physically.

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IS THE GOD OF THE BIBLE OK WITH ABORTION

By:

Joe Butta and Steve Daskal

In today’s emotionally charged social atmosphere, all controversial issues become politicized. Secular Humanists see abortion as a woman’s rights issue whereby the pregnant woman alone should decide what is right for her body and her life.  The life growing inside of her is subordinate to what she believes is best for her situation. Since the Supreme Court ruled in the 1970’s on the constitutionality of abortion in the Roe vs Wade case secular humanists assert that what they long believed was “right” had become legal. Recently, certain states are relaxing restrictions on late term abortions and one governor has spoken about allowing babies who survive an abortion to perish outside the womb [infanticide]. The purpose of this post is not to debate but to illustrate what the God of the Bible conveys concerning life in the womb and babies.  According to the God of the Bible any departure from a person’s love for Him, obedience to His will, not our own, is considered sin. It is sin in our lives that the God of the Bible seeks to remedy. For anyone who considers themselves Christian or a Tanakh believing Jew it becomes an issue of consistency with biblical truth. With these views established we turn to the scripture.

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SECULAR HUMANISM AND SIN: DETERMINING WHAT IS ULTIMATELY RIGHT OR WRONG

By: Joe Butta & Steve Daskal

CHRISTIAN MESSIANIC ANALYSIS AND APOLOGETICS

It is nearly 2018 and things that would have been unimaginable in the 1950’s are today protected by laws in various western nations.  The question is…How did we get here and who determines what can be described as normal behavior?

Secularism is not new.  It was rampant in the latter days of ancient Greece and the latter 2/3 of the Roman Empire.  Alexander’s Hellenism was very humanistic — while pagan rituals were retained, they were not taken very seriously as a belief system, but rather as a justification for the imperial cult and the sports, sex, and self-indulgence that was the norm for the free minority and eagerly sought by the enslaved majority.  Similarly, the Roman Empire became increasingly secular by the end of the Antonid [first] dynasty.  Again, pagan rituals were retained, but as a justification for the imperial cult and the orgiastic rituals of the various sects and cults that grew up around this or that “deity.”  Secularism arose at the end of these civilizations and played a role in their end, because the beliefs and values which motivated them during their rise became hollowed-out shells of what they once were, getting paid “lip service” but not being taken seriously.

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Scientism and Unbelief

The unbelievers in our schools and universities often teach that the existence of so much evil in this world negates the existence of a holy and righteous God. Life itself proceeds with no discernible purpose. Events that occur in the cosmos appear to be totally random.  The First Law of Thermodynamics proves since energy cannot be created or destroyed the universe has always existed.

Since we cannot argue that creation exists then how can creation exist apart from an act of creating initiated by an unseen Creator?

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UNBELIEF: THE NEW BELIEF

Most people throughout history believed or practiced their religion because they were raised to do so, made to feel guilty if they failed to do so, or coerced by social pressure to “fit in” with their family/clan/neighbors/local elites.  Prior to the 20th century, there was generally little questioning of authority, and swift, vigorous punishment for those who dared to do so. What people learned in the home and school was also not all that demanding – it took an hour or so on a sabbath-day, or was the “price” for a feast day off from one’s work demands, or on fairly rare occasion required some self-denial for a fast day.  There were always privileged, authoritative “religious” to obey:  priests/monks/nuns on up through archbishops, or rabbis, or imams/mullahs, or the like, many of whom in turn had still higher human authorities to whom they were held accountable. These religious did not share their shortcomings, therefore many of the laity were convinced that they, unlike themselves, didn’t have any.

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Creation or Evolution

 

Bible:

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, Elohim (“God”) created the heavens and the earth.”

Science:

According to what we know, the universe came into being between 13.7 billion and 15 billion years ago. That of course is from our perspective as we can observe a universe that is expanding. The Hubble Telescope and other instruments show that expansion is taking place. This means that there must have been a beginning or a Big Bang that started the expansion. This is very similar to fireworks that explode and push everything outward from its inception. The explosion that would have occurred to produce the universe as we perceive it, would have created a blinding light that would have lasted over 300,000 years. After 325 million years, what came into existence would have begun to be observable as the light from the initial blast subsided. As a result of this event, space, matter, time and energy came into existence. Continue reading

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