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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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Created For God, Created to Work In Relationship With God

By:

Steven  Daskal & Joe Butta

Christian Messianic Analysis & Apologetics

 

          26   Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

          29   And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.   — Genesis 1:26-31 (NKJV)

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THE FALLACY OF RELIGIOSITY

By:

Joe Butta and Steven Daskal

Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics

A fallacy is a mistaken belief based on flawed reasoning.  Religiosity is excessive devotion or piety to a system of rituals and formulas in the search for connection to deity.  The point is that some people who drape themselves in religion can often see themselves as superior to others who they view as less enlightened than themselves, or even as “unclean”. This thought process is not exclusive to any one faith.  It can be found in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as pagan religions. All religions have adherents who use their religion for what they can get from God; for the control they can gain over other people or even influence over God; for what they can do or accomplish for their religious system to gain recognition and praise; and for what they must practice or do in order to avoid God’s wrath or gain God’s favor. Most folks are raised into a faith system either intentionally by parents, teachers, or religious leaders, or just follow what “others” seem to think. We will examine these faiths and discuss each according to the points we disclosed above. Finally, we will examine how this works in each faith then offer a conclusion that we believe articulates what God really wants for us.

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THE TANAKH, TALMUD AND TRINITY

By:

Joe Butta and Steven Daskal

Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics

For the past 2000 years Rabbinic Jews and the followers of Jesus of Nazareth have failed to come to a common understanding concerning how to interpret the Tanakh or Jewish Bible. Rabbinic understanding is grounded in the following verse found in the Book of Deuteronomy:

6:4 “ Shema Yisrael, Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echud” This can be translated as ‘Hear O Israel the Lord our God  The Lord alone or The Lord our God is one Lord or Listen Israel YHVH is our God,  YHVH  is One’.  It is understood that YHVH is God.  Echud can be understood in the sense that Only YHVH is God. No other god is God.  Also there is one God and it is YHVH Alone.

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THE EXILES AND PROMISE OF PROPHETS…SIN IS THE PROBLEM

By:

Joe Butta & Steve Daskal

Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics

The Prophets Daniel, Ezekiel and Obadiah were all sent to the exiles in Babylon but a Persian King Cyrus was sent to defeat the Babylonians and permit the Jewish exiles to return to the Promised Land. During these years the Jewish exiles did learn from the past.  They stopped worshiping foreign gods.  God used several of the Persian Shah-en-Shah’s [King of kings], starting with Cyrus, paused under Xerxes I [Ahasuerus], renewed under Darius and Artaxerxes I, to provide protection to the Jewish people and encouragement for them to return to the Promised Land, rebuild Jerusalem, and re-build and restore worship to God Almighty in His Temple.  This was a fulfillment of God’s promises through the prophets that the exile would extend roughly seventy years, and that during that time, the Jewish people were to submit to their new rulers [first the oppressive Babylonians, and then the more tolerant Persians and Medes], serving them loyally, sowing crops and building homes.  During that time they would learn to set aside their idolatries and recommit themselves to the LORD Almighty, the God of the Patriarchs, the God who spoke to them through the smoking cloud over Sinai.

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The Kings of Israel and Judah…Sin is the Problem

By

Joe Butta

Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics

The Israelites then demanded their own human king [NOT the LORD] to be “like the nations around us.” God through the prophet Samuel anointed Saul from the tribe of Benjamin.  Saul got off to a good start, but as he aged, His sinful pride and disobedience led to his losing his anointing, the defeat of Israel, the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, and the demise of his family. God through Samuel anointed David long before the final destruction of the House of Saul.  God pushed young David through a series of trials and tests to prepare him to be the next king.  He, too, began well, but in the later years of his reign he sinned greatly. The prophet Nathan was sent to confront David, and David repented, though he and his family paid a heavy price for his sins for the rest of his reign and into Solomon’s.   The LORD appeared twice to Solomon, who like his two predecessors began well but became prideful and wayward later in his reign.  Solomon chose to take many wives and concubines, allowing them to bring their pagan idols into the royal estates, and condoning their worship, leading to growing corruption throughout the kingdom.  This angered God who punished Solomon by telling him that the kingdom would be divided and most of it taken away from his heirs, but that he would retain Judah and Jerusalem for his father David’s sake.  This came to pass when Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king and chose to ignore his father’s advisors’ sound advice, alienating the northern tribes who revolted under Jeroboam.

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Strategically Sharing Christ

By

Steve Daskal & Joe Butta

Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics

The following broad strategy for reconnecting active Christian evangelism with Christian charity within and beyond the church came to Steve Daskal while in prayer on a very different subject. We’ll share it to provide a seed for future thought by other believers on the subject. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Premises:

  1. Over a century of Marxism-inspired, humanist-materialist [a.k.a. Progressive] indoctrination through academia, media, and State-run schools have resulted in a broad acceptance of class- and/or race- based envy and resentment, using an euphemism as “social justice.” This is especially true in the secular world, but sadly even to some degree within the church. Efforts by the better off to care for the less well off are viewed primarily as guilt-driven recognition of “what is due,” rather than a demonstration of care or love — especially if the sharing is primarily material without a direct personal connection. Such charity is viewed as insufficient, implies the assistance is given as assistance rather than compensation for past injustices, and is treated as an inadequate supplement to State-mandated enforced giving.

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THE REAL STAR OF DAVID, SUN AND CRESCENT MOON

By:

Joe Butta & Steve Daskal

Genesis: Chapter 1

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for the appointed times and for days and years.15 They will be lights in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights—the greater light to have dominion over the day and the lesser light to have dominion over the night—as well as the stars. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth, 18 to dominate the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 Evening came and then morning: the fourth day.   — Genesis 1:14-19 (HCSB)

 The earth in which we live was draped in darkness until the light was made to shine upon it. The lights in the sky are to serve as signs for appointed times, days and years. The greater light [sun] dominates day, stars are visible at night while a full moon would dominate the night.

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Abram’s Pilgrimage – Beginning the Faith Walk [Faith of Or Fathers 2]

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By Steven E. Daskal

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 Genesis 14:1-17 Abram again acts as a responsible and courageous leader towards Lot, despite their somewhat strained parting. Abram led out just over 300 men to engage the victorious armies of 4 kings [really city/tribe chieftains, but still probably substantially outnumbering Abraham’s little tribe]. The pursuit ranges over 100 miles — a considerable distance, even if all concerned were mounted.

 

Genesis 14:18-24 We see Abram as obedient, humble, & faithful in thanksgiving to the Lord. After his victory over the Aramean kings who had carried off Lot and his people, when Melkhizedek came out to him, he gave his tenth-part offering to God, and also claimed no part of the booty from the pagan kings, only the restoration of what was his prior to the attack. Why did Abram behave as if he were accountable to Melkhizedek? Why did Abram give such a substantial offering to him? It would seem that Melkhizedek was clearly a priest of the One God, and even though Abraham’s coalition partners were pagans, they were not astonished at what he did.  [Read Psalm 110, esp v4]

 

Gen 15 The LORD’s promise reiterated for a 4th time (twice directly, once via Melkhizedek), now as a formal Near Eastern covenant, more explicitly defining both the land of promise and the people of promise. 15:6 “Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” This is pivotal. It is repeated by Paul in Romans 4 and in the author of Hebrews in Hebrews 11.

 

Gen 16:1-6 Abram believes God’s promises, but still thinks he is obliged to do something himself. Working on that false premise, backed by Sumerian/Babylonian custom and law, Abram accepts Sarai’s traditional and well-intentioned but short-sighted and foolish offer. Abram rejected passivity in one sense, but like Adam with Eve, followed Sarai’s worldly suggestion, and then did not accept responsibility or lead courageously when friction arose between Sarai and Hagar, or between Ishmael and Isaac decades later.

 

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