WAS THE MESSIAH REALLY REVEALED IN THE 20TH CENTURY?
Rev. Sun Myoung Moon was born in Korea around 1920 and he was raised a Presbyterian. He claimed he was visited by Jesus on Easter in the year 1935, in what is today North Korea, and was chosen by Jesus to finish the task Jesus was unable to finish. Later he also claimed to have communed with Buddha, Krishna and Moses. Apparently Jesus failed to save and redeem the world so Moon was chosen to have sex with 70 virgins, 70 married women and 70 widows so that he might procreate the Kingdom of God on earth. In 1946 he was arrested by North Korean communists and later released. The Presbyterian Church excommunicated him in 1948. In 1954 he formed the Unification Church and in 1957 published the Divine Principle which is his interpretation of the Bible.
The Hope of some for one united faith
Freemasonry’s roots go back to 16th century France. It was being practiced in England by the 18th Century. It was a secret fraternal order binding together professional men and master tradesmen [and, later, government officers and commercial men] who were Deist Rationalists, and who were opposed to the existence of established churches, mandatory church attendance, and any sort of monarchial or nobility-based political order. What follows is generally true concerning Freemasonry however there are variations of how it is practiced in the United States.
When folks consider becoming a Mason they must begin in the Blue Lodge. If a person persists they will attain the Entered Apprentice Degree then the Fellowcraft Degree and finally the Master Mason Degree. At this point the Mason has the choice to stay in the Blue Lodge or seek advanced degrees in the Scottish or York rite. The Scottish rite has the 4th through 32nd degrees. The York rite has 13 degrees. Once the 32nd degree is attained the Mason can petition to join the Shriners. Those who have mastered the advanced rites of Freemasonry and are accepted join The Ancient and Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
Is Hinduism the one and only true faith?
In this series of posts we’ve looked at godlessness, dabbling in cults and immersion in the occult that can lead to Satanism. The other end of the spectrum is a faith that embraces multiple gods.
Hinduism is a very diverse collection of beliefs, but it is fundamentally practiced as either a Deist monism or a pantheistic paganism with thousands of gods. The basic premise of Hinduism is Monism. Monism teaches that All is One. This gives sway to Pantheism meaning that All is God. So we are one with the universe and the universe is God so we are connected to the impersonal enlightenment. The problem is we are bound to this physical personal existence which inhibits us from joining with the true reality known as Brahman-Atman. The goal is to liberate oneself from this physical world of illusion. This is done by transcending this world through Yoga or Transcendental Meditation. The goal is to break the shackles of Karma which releases us from thinking and feeling so that we can be absorbed into the impersonal One. When we lose our personal identity we enter a state of bliss.
Do these modes of belief and thought represent THE truth?
For those who were not raised in a faith-based family or became disenchanted with traditional religion or were influenced into agnosticism, atheism, anti-theism and evolution by our education system any number of cults or the new age movement may appeal to them as a new form of enlightenment. Some folks while claiming to be Christian also dab in cultic practices and belief. One thing all cults have in common is a variant point of view on the person of Jesus as described in the Bible. This does not include Judaism since Christians and Jews claim the same book as Holy Writ but differ in its interpretation. Below are some of the cult’s views on Jesus.
Do any of the terms listed above represent THE truth?
Before any Christian can make a case that Jesus is the Son of God; Christians must address that God in fact exists. Agnostics claim that they are not sure God exists and are looking for more proof. Atheists don’t believe in the existence of God but recognize that others do. A true atheist isn’t bothered by others mention of God they just don’t want to be forced or belittled for not believing. Anti-theists hate what they say they don’t believe in. They want God removed from the public square and are ideologues who want others to reject faith as they have. Most evolutionists believe they have a theory that explains life on earth without the intercession of a causal agent. They are usually emphatic that creation science is not science but rather the creation myth repackaged. Since an alternative explanation of origins is vehemently opposed by most evolutionists, many in their ranks have elevated evolution from theory to fact. There are people who definitely believe in God, but are Evolutionists. Many Rabbinical Jews fall into this category. They say that God worked out Creation through evolution, and that the word “yom” or “day” in the Creation account can also mean “period of time”.
Many of us heard on the news or witnessed on the internet the murder of the Jordanian Pilot by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/Levant (ISIS/L) operatives. By quoting from the Qur’an and other Islamic texts Islamic Literalists like those who belong to ISIS/L believe they are following their revealed religion to the letter of the law as they interpret it. ISIS/L’s reading of the Qur’an leads them to assert that they are waging a defensive jihad — a total war to defend Islam against both non-believers and apostates, with the Jordanian being in the latter category as a professing Muslim who took up arms against the jihad. Thus, his execution was legitimate under Qur’an and Shari’a, but shocking and horrific to Westerners and to those, like the Hashemites of Jordan and many of those in the national elite, who are secularized Muslims. Obviously many in the Islamic world do not agree with this literalist interpretation. Whether most or many agree with this interpretation we are witnessing Muslims in the Middle east attacking ISIS/L not over their interpretation of Islamic texts but rather because these Sunni regimes are or eventually will be targets of the Islamic State. These Sunni Muslim regimes were not motivated by the slaughter of Americans, Christians, Shiites, and Yazidis but were moved by the horrible burning death of a Jordanian Pilot from an influential tribe in Jordan that fully supports Hashemite rule in the Kingdom of Jordan. There are MANY so-called “moderate” Sunni Muslims who accept killing of unbelievers, apostates, and open heretics [e.g., Shi’a], but draw the line at judicial killing or terrorist killing of other Sunnis, even if their faith is only nominal. Below we will examine these verses to determine if ISIS/L operatives burned the Pilot to death in accordance with the Islamic texts or in clear violation of these texts.
The recent events in France demand that we ask a fundamental question. Do the authoritative texts in Islam support acts of violence against those who are perceived as insulting the Prophet of Islam? First we’ll take look at what the Qur’an says then we’ll look at the traditions of Muhammad to determine if those acts recently perpetrated have any basis in Islam.
Before there was a single Qur’anic revelation concerning insults, Muhammad’s biography records in Ishaq 136 that one Al-Nadir said he was a better story teller than Muhammad. In Ishaq 308 he was decapitated by Ali. Ali was Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law who married Muhammad’s daughter Fatima. Although Ali became the 4th Caliph of Sunni Islam, Shi’a Muslims consider him the 1st Imam of Shi’a Islam. Continue reading