Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hinduism in Light of the Bible



"Hinduism in Light of the Bible."
By: Pastor Steven L Anderson

Flip over to Exodus 23. The second book of the bible is Exodus. Chapter number 23. This morning I want to preach against the false religion of Hinduism. "Hinduism in light of the bible." Now as we get into this, let me just point out to you that Hinduism is one of the largest religions in the world, even though we might not think of it as such. In fact, according to a demographic study, there are 2.2 billion Christians in the world, basically one third of the worlds population, and obviously they are using the word christian very loosely, to include Catholicism and all these other false branches of Christianity. That’s one third of the worlds population, then there are 1.6 billion Muslims, which would be 23 percent of the worlds population, and then there are 1 billion Hindus in this world or 15 percent of the world's population approximately, I mean thats a huge number. I billion Hindus. Now in this day that we live, a lot of forces are at work to unite all religions together, in kind of a one world religion, one world government, "new world order" type of a movement in preparation for the Antichrist. Even some christian teachers are starting to say, “Hey, the Hindus are actually like unto us." 

In fact, I went hiking up in Sedona not too long ago, and a Hare Krishna met me there, and they were trying to recruit me to Hinduism. They were doing the Hindu version of soul-winning. And they were trying to tell me, "Oh, we believe in Jesus," and trying to act like there was some great connection between Hinduism and Christianity and so forth. But I am here to tell you that Hinduism is a false religion, and let me start out by giving you a quote from Joel Osteen, who is one of the most popular "Christian" teachers on the tv, radio...he has a massive following. And here is what he said, “I’ve spent a lot of time in India. I’ve been with a lot of Hindu people. They are nice, kind people who love God as well.” Now here’s the thing: I am sure they are nice, kind people but to say that the Hindus love God is false because they do not have the God of the Bible, and the Bible teaches that there is only one true God, and that all other gods are false gods. He also said, when he was asked if they would go to hell for not believing in Jesus, that he would not say that they would go to Hell. He said, "I don’t know. They just love God so much. I don’t know." But lets see what the bible says. Now according to Hinduism...let me just start out by making this first point. According to Hinduism,  God can be called by any name. The thing about Hinduism is that they are often known for having a multitude of gods. People will say that there are millions of gods, but really, most Hindus that you talk to only worship one God, and they think that their God is the one true God, but they're okay with all the other Hindus worshiping other gods because they are all just different manifestations of the same religion, the same god. They believe in their god, but they think it is okay to believe in him by a different name. It doesn’t matter what God's name is - that is one of the different things about Hinduism. The name of God is just not that important to them.

Well, let's contrast that with what the bible teaches, look at Exodus 23:13. The bible reads, “And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.” So the Bible is telling us here, that we should not name the names of false gods. So is this saying, "Hey, call God by whatever name you want?" No, he is saying not to use the name of other gods - don’t even name those names. Look at Deuteronomy chapter number 12, and while you are turning to Deuteronomy 12, I’ll read for you from Deuteronomy 18:20 “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die." Listen to this: Joshua 23:7 “That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods,” Did you hear that? Don’t make mention the name of their gods. He said, “nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.” Look down at you bible there in Deuteronomy 12:1. It says, “These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth. Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods,” Watch this! “and destroy the names of them out of that place. Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.” So right there he is saying to destroy the names of the false gods. Don’t even make mention of the names of false gods. Don’t even let those names come out of your lips. So to sit there and say, "Oh, it doesn’t matter what name they worship God by, as long as they are worshiping one God, then it's the same God." Wrong. It’s not the same God unless you have the right name, and that name is Jesus. Jesus is the name above all names.

Now if you would, go to Philippians chapter 2. Philippians chapter number 2. You see, just because someone believes in one God or worships one God or acknowledges that there is one God, does not mean that they are worshiping the God of the bible. Just because somebody says, "God bless you," does not mean that they are blessing you in the name of the Lord God of the bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God and the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Just because you say "God" doesn’t mean you are referring to the true God because the other nations have false gods, the bible tells us. In Philippians 2 the Bible is clear in verse nine what that name is. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Flip over to Romans 10, and while you are turning to Romans 10, I’ll read you the famous verse from Acts 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” 1 John 5:13: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” Notice the emphasis over and over again on the name: believe on the name, it must be the name of Jesus...and what's funny: I’ve even heard people say...listen there’s a reason why I am preaching this this morning because now you will even hear independent Baptists say these bizarre things. There is a great falling away taking place and you will even hear independent Baptists saying things like, "Oh, these people on this island or in this other country, they just kind of look up at the sky, and just kind of call upon God, and they don’t even know the name of Jesus, but they are saved because they just called upon God, whatever that means. No, the Bible says, "For whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." 

What is that name? Well, look at Romans 10:9. It says in Romans 10:9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I want to point out the word "for" at the beginning of verses 10, 11, 12 and 13. Do you see that? That is a conjunction that in our modern vernacular would be "because." We would use the word "because." In verse 9, he makes a statement. He says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Okay, ask the question, "Why?" Why does that save you to confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and to believe in your heart God raised him from the dead? Why does that save you? Well verse 10 tells us because "with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. “ Verse 11 tells us because "the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Because (verse 12) “there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him." And then in verse 13, it is because "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Therefore, the name of the Lord in verse 13 is "Jesus." When he says, "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” that’s referring back to verse 9 when it says “Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus." That name that is associated with salvation in the New Testament is "Jesus."

Now when Abraham called upon the name of the Lord, he called upon the name "God Almighty." That was the name by which he was primarily known unto the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They called upon God Almighty. When David talks about calling upon the name of the Lord, he’s calling upon the name "Jehovah," and in the New Testament, the name which God has given among men, whereby we must be saved is the name of "Jesus." Not just "God," not a "supreme being," but Jesus himself.

Now Joel Osteen says that the Hindus worship and Love God, which is why he can’t believe they’d be going to hell, or he doesn’t really know because they just love God so much, and his dad went there and says they love God so much, and he said they love God so much. Let me just state to you right now and prove to you that the God of Hinduism is actually Satan himself. I mean that literally, and I’ll prove it to you. Go to 1 Corinthians 10. I’ll prove this to you in many ways, but go to 1 Corinthians 10. And you say, "You just hate Indian people," or o"You hate Hindus." No! I love them. That’s why I am giving them the gospel. They need to call upon the name of the Lord and be saved. They need to confess the name of Jesus Christ. They need to turn from their vanities and idols and false gods, and they need to turn to the living and true God, and if we love them we are going to tell them the truth that Hinduism is a path to destruction and a path to hell, and that they need to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour. That is a message of love unto the Hindus today.

The bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:19, “What say I then? that the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” So what he is saying is that it is easy to look at the idol and to think of it as just a hunk of wood, a hunk of stone. It really isn’t anything. It’s an inanimate object. But Paul is saying here that it goes deeper than that because when they are bowing down to an idol, it’s not that they are just worshipping an inanimate object, but that literally they are worshipping devils. That’s what it says in verse 20: “I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice,” and the indians are Gentiles. "The things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” In fact, if you look up the word "gods" in the bible, the plural, lower case "gods" - that plural. Do you know what that represents in the hundreds of times that it is used throughout the bible? It represents devils. It represents demons. It represents false gods. False gods are actually demons or devils that impersonate God and that blind this world through false religion.

I am not going to name for you the main gods of Hinduism because the bible says not to even name their names. The bible says not to even let the names come out of your mouth, but there are three main gods that Hindus worship. What I want you to understand is that they are not worshiping a multitude of gods in a sense. Certain Hindus - one of them is their main god: the one that starts with a "V." Then other Hindus, the one that starts with a "Sh" sound is their main god. Then over here, another one that starts with a "D" is their main god. And yes, they do all have different subsets and millions of different names and manifestations, or avatars or what they call as gods, but the bottom line is that this is like different denominations within Hinduism. They kind of say, "Well, our god is the best one, or the main supreme god. Then others say, "Well, no, it’s actually the one we worship because he’s better," or whatever.

But at the end of the day, they're okay with the other gods, too, because they are all part of "Hinduism," so as long as you are...the way Hindus look at it from my study and understanding is kind of like, "You're either Hindu, or you're not." And if you’re worshiping another god, as long as you are following the basic teachings of the Dharma and the Veda and the stuff they believe in, then you're good. You're Hindu. We’ll accept you even if you're calling God by a different name because the name is just not that important. Well, we saw from the Bible that the name is really important.

But let me just tell you a little about their main gods. The one that starts with a "V" - just look at a picture of him. He is standing on a snake, and he always has these 5 cobras above his head. This is the serpent religion! What is the devil always signified by in the Bible? He is the serpent. He is the old serpent, the devil, Satan, the dragon. And if you look at their god - the main one, the most popular one, the big one that starts with a "V" - he has these 5 cobras above his head, and he is standing on a snake. Then you look at the second most popular god and see the same thing: snakes all around. Skulls, fire, snakes. You can just look at it, and you can see that it is demonic.

Not only that, but the one that starts with a "Sh" sound is like the false god of Judaism: both male and female. That’s not the God of the Bible. The God of the bible is always "He." He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. He is referred to as making man in his own image, etc. They have this god that is both male and female. Another thing about one of the most popular false gods is of Hinduism is that he is very quick to anger. He’s quick to anger, but he’s quickly appeased and quick to pardon. Well, God is the exact opposite because the bible says in Nahum 1:3, “The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”

Also, you’ll notice that these Hindu gods, when you look at images of them, they'll often be holding a pitchfork or a trident, which is the quintessential symbol we would think of with the devil - holding a pitchfork. Here you have a guy with snakes and flames and skulls and a pitchfork. This is their god. It’s a wicked religion. And then the third most popular - those were the two most popular - then the third most popular is a female goddess which involves the worship of literal human sacrifice. Now modern day obviously they don’t allow them to do this, but in the olden days they would. They would perform human sacrifices in many parts of India, even on a weekly basis, unto this false goddess, and there is the eating of blood...let’s see...eating blood and worshiping a female goddess, hmmm, sounds like a another religion I know, maybe like three miles from here. Maybe down in Guadalupe...but anyway: Catholicism. Isn’t it amazing how the devil has just the same false teachings that just manifest in different parts of the world, where he teaches this false worship of a female deity. This eating of blood and all these things that are the same, and there are more similarities with Hinduism that we will get to.

But look at John chapter 8. We started in Isaiah 43. I want you to put one finger in Isaiah 43 and another finger in John chapter 8because these two scriptures go together, and they’re very important. Now some people have considered Isaiah, the book of Isaiah...they call it the little bible because it’s interesting how Isaiah has 66 chapters, and the Bible has 66 books, and it really is amazing if you compare the 66 chapters of Isaiah with the 66 books of the Bible, there are amazing parallels that are kind of hard to write off as a coincidence. Like, for example, at the end of chapter 39, there is a major gear change in Isaiah. Chapters 40-66 are completely different then chapters 1-39. This is sort of like the Old Testament 39 books and the New Testament 27 books. You’ll find parallels in chapter 1. There are lots of parallels with Genesis if you compare chapter 5 of Isaiah with Deuteronomy. All kinds of parallels. The book of John with chapter 43, the book of Romans is quoting chapter 45, and you have parallels between Revelation and chapter 66. The list goes on and on. It’s very interesting, but one thing that’s interesting is when you compare this quote from the book of John with Isaiah 43, which would be the corresponding chapter. Look what the bible says in John 8:24. It says, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” Now what did Jesus mean by that, when he says “If you believe not that I am he, you’ll die in your sins“? Believe that you are who? because he says, "If you believe not that I am he, you’ll die in your sins." We look at Isaiah 43:10, and the Bible says this: “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” So what did Jesus mean when he said, "If you do not believe that I am he, then you’ll die in your sins?" He said if you don’t believe that I am the only saviour, if you don’t believe that I am he and that there’s none else. See, you can't believe in Jesus and believe in other ways of salvation and believe in other "saving graces." No, you have to believe that he is, and that he is him alone, or you’ll die in your sins the bible says.

The Bible says you must believe on Jesus with all your heart, not believe in Jesus plus something else, and so he says here, "I am he, and there is none else. Before me was no God formed, neither shall there be after me." “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” So when the Hare Krishnas or the Hindus or whoever try to tell you, Oh, well we also believe in Jesus," that’s not enough because they don't believe exclusively in Jesus because they believe in other gods and other ways of salvation, other scriptures. It has to be the Jesus of the Bible. See, many, many Hindus will even say, Oh, yeah, we believe that Jesus was a great teacher," and many Hindus even teach that Jesus during his teenage years (because you don’t really read about his teenage years in the Bible) they say, "Oh, well he went to India and learned Hinduism, and then he came back and was a great yogi in Israel." That’s what they say. That’s what they teach, and they try to claim that Jesus went there and learned their religion and brought it back, and whatever, and so they’ll often tell you, "Oh, yeah, Jesus, we believe in Jesus." But hold on. Is it the Jesus of the Bible that they believe in? The answer is no. Now they’ll even believe in a guy called Krishna, as in "Hare Krishna." They believe in a guy name Krishna who was like God in the flesh and born of a virgin. Imagine that. And people will say Krishna = Christ, but it’s the name of "Jesus," not just Christ. It has to be Jesus, and it has to be the Jesus of the Bible because Jesus was the word made flesh.

The Bible says, "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth." So you can’t separate the person Jesus from his word because he is the word made flesh. So if you have a totally different word, if you have a totally different scripture, then you have a different Jesus. You must have the Jesus of the bible, and you have to put all of your faith and trust in him, not in anything else. Not only that, but we have to realize that the devil is a great counterfeiter, so he’ll often mix in a little truth with the lies to make it believable. And so there are going to be similarities, of course, with Hinduism and Christianity because the devil is a counterfeiter.

Now one of the most interesting things is that if you go back to the oldest, most important Hindu scripture - they have all these different scriptures, Vedic literature and puranas and whatever else - but if you go back to their oldest, most important scripture, it’s called the Laws of Manu, and here is what is interesting: Manu is a guy who...basically,the whole world was destroyed with a great flood, and he was warned to build a giant boat and to get on that boat, and so he survived the flood and then every person on this earth is descended from this guy. Now does that sound familiar? It’s just like Noah, and its funny because even between "Manu" and "Noah" you can see the similarities in the names there, and this book goes back to like 1000-2000 BC. This is some time literally 3,000-4,000 years ago that this book was written, and isn’t it interesting that it tells the story about God destroying the whole world with a flood. One guy is the ancestor of all of mankind.

Now it’s interesting because the atheists of this world and the scoffers will look at that and say, "Oh, see, Christianity is just copying these other religions," but it’s only because they have been blinded by Satan that they cannot see what is so obvious. It's as plain as the nose on your face, that the reason all these different religions in the world all tell the same story about the flood, is that it really happened! It is so silly to say, "Oh, they just borrowed that story." No. Different cultures all over the world, totally separate from one another, all have the same story about the flood taking place. So obviously it’s because there really was a flood, so they’re all talking about it. and it’s interesting the time frame of when the book was written because if you think about when the flood took place, it was about 2,500-2,700 years before Christ. Different people will argue about the date, but again, it makes sense that a book that is about 4,000 years old in India, which is their most important scripture, would talk about the fact that there was a flood, and everybody descends from this one guy because everyone else was wiped out in a flood. Obviously when the Tower of Babel incident took place, people were scattered everywhere, and some of them went to India. They obviously took that important story with them. That's a pretty big story that you are going to tell, and you’re going to write it down.

So the devil is a great counterfeiter though. He takes the true story about the flood and Noah - true story, really happened - but then he just twists it and puts in all these false teachings in their book, whereas the Bible has the true account and all the true words of God. Here is another big thing about Hinduism. Go to Hebrews chapter 9. Another big thing about Hinduism is that they believe in reincarnation. This is the huge teaching in Hinduism. This is one of their most important beliefs. They believe people are on a cycle of death and birth and just constantly being reborn. There is rebirth and basically what you do is going to determine how good of a place you’re born into the second and the third time and the fourth time. There’s this cycle of reincarnation. But does the bible teach reincarnation? Well, look at Hebrews 9:27. It says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” So the bible says that it is appointed unto men ONCE to die, and after this is the judgment. No reincarnation here. Not only that, but even if the Hindus claim to believe in Jesus, they don’t believe in his death, burial, and bodily resurrection. That’s the gospel. They believe that Jesus died and was reincarnated, and keeps on being reincarnated, when the Antichrist comes, they’ll say, "Here he is again! Reincarnated once again!" Now everybody...go to Galatians 6...everybody also has heard the term "karma." That’s probably one of the most famous words from Hinduism: Karma. Let me say this: that is not a word that bible believing Christians should be using, and in our American culture today, everyone is talking about karma and bad karma and good karma. Why would we use the terms of a false religion like Hinduism? The bible says we should use the words that the Holy Ghost teaches, not the words which man’s wisdom teaches. Here’s what the Holy Ghost teaches: Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Oh, sort of like karma...NO, it’s not like karma! It’s like Galatians 6:7. It’s like sowing and reaping. It’s like reaping what you sow. It’s not like karma.

Now what’s interesting though is that the word "karma," literally in the original language, Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language, the word "karma," actually means "works." Works. It means "deeds" or "works" or "actions" that you preform. So isn’t it interesting that according to Hinduism, salvation is by works. Because having good karma is what is going to get you reincarnated in a better way, and then eventually they reach a state, not like heaven, but they end the cycle of endless rebirth. They reach that pinnacle point or whatever, and how do they get there? Works. That’s literally what they are saying when they say "karma." They're saying "works." And the bible says salvation is "not of works, lest any man should boast." The bible says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast," and the bible clearly teaches that grace and works are not compatible. Because "if it be of grace, then it is no more works." Basically he is saying that if it’s grace, it’s not karma that is going to get you there. He says, "If it be of grace, then it is no more works, otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace. Otherwise work is no more work. It can’t be both. And they say, "Oh, but if we do these good works, then we'll receive grace." That's what the Hindus teach. No. Wrong. You don’t receive grace by doing works. That's a contradiction in terms. Grace is unmerited favour. Grace is receiving that which you do not deserve, and it's not of works lest any man should boast. So this word "karma" is not a word we as Christians should be using.

We need to use christian terminology and should not use this Hindu terminology and let it creep into our mentality and our vernacular. Go to 1 Thessalonians 4. Another false teaching of Hinduism is that they say that people go to Heaven or go to Hell, but it's just temporary. They get punished, or they get rewarded, but then they get reborn, and they get reincarnated, so it’s temporary. But the bible teaches that both being saved and going to Heaven and going to hell are both permanent conditions according to the Bible. Look at 1 Thessalonians 4:17. It says, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:” watch this, “and so shall we ever be with the Lord. “ You see that once we are caught up to be with the Lord in heaven the bible says we shall ever be with the Lord, it’s not a temporary be with the Lord then not be with the Lor. Now you say well what about the new heaven and the new earth and we’re gonna live on this earth ya but we’re gonna rule and reign with Christ on this earth, we’re gonna be with the Lord. We’re gonna basic ah, let me break this down for you doctrinal because it’s important that we as christians know what we believe from the bible and what the doctrines of heaven are, this is what the bible teaches, you as a saved person were to die today and you have Jesus Christ in you and you are saved then the moment that you breathe your last breath, your soul will be in heaven there is no soul sleep or waiting in the grave, your body waits in the grave but you soul instantly goes to heaven because the bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Paul said I have a desire to depart and be with the Christ which is far better, for me to live is Christ and to die is gain and so to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Then what happens is at Christ’s coming in the clouds in first Thessalonians four what's often referred to as the rapture, it says they which are asleep in Jesus will God bring with him, so when Christ returns to this earth, okay, he’s gonna bring them with him okay in the clouds, and then when they're in heaven with him, they’re in heaven with him and then when he sets up his kingdom on this earth, they come and rule with him on this earth and then in the en, when there’s a new heaven and a new earth, the lamb is going to dwell among them. So once were saved, we don’t come back to the earth or lose our salvation, or go to heaven, then were kicked out or whatever, no. Once you're saved you shall ever be with the Lord. Whether its in heaven or the millennial reign on this earth or in a new heaven and a new earth. Either way your going to be with the Lord for eternity, you’re gonna be with Jesus and that’s it. Now hell is the same way, you know I’ll just give you one quick verse on this is Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” You know just incase you didn’t get the first forever he said they shall be tormented day and night forever and ever, just to drive that in, that hell is eternal and we, you know that’s a whole sermon in and of itself.

So flip to Deuteronomy chapter number four I want to give the conclusion but before I do let me just do a quick review of the false teachings of hinduism. What are the false teachings? Well number one they teach God can be called by any name it’s not that important. The bible says it’s critically important what name and he also stated that the name of false gods should be held in contempt, they should not be uttered, they should not be mentioned, they should be forgotten and destroyed, that’s what he said about the names of other gods. So thats a major false teaching. Number two they do not confess the name of Jesus as being the saviour, of the, the almighty, the one true God, they do not associate with the name of Jesus number two. Number three we showed that the god of hinduism is actually satan because he is represented by idolatry which the bible says those that sacrifice unto idols are sacrificing unto devils and we know that also he does not have the same attributes of the God of the bible. For example he is very quick to anger, for example he has both male and female, these are not the attributes of the God of the bible, also the god of hinduism is clearly satan because his images are serpents and skulls and and all these demonic type of representation that we would associate with the biblical version of who the devil is and satan, they are literally worshipping satan or their worshipping a female goddess with is completely foreign to the scriptural view of who God is, being masculine. And not only that even if they claim to believe in a krishna or whatever, it’s not the Jesus of the bible. They believe in reincarnation, we believe in a bodily resurrection once. Appointed unto man once to die, once to be resurrected. They believe in salvation by karma, which means salvation by works in their language, that’s what it means. We believe in salvation by grace through faith not of works. We don’t have to do any rituals, we don’t have to chant things or offer sacrifices or go to a tempe and perform rites and rituals, that you know, we don’t have to chant mantras and do yoga to be saved. Okay, those are works and deeds that they think is gonna bring them salvation. Where as we believe salvation is grace through faith. They believe heaven and hell are temporary states, we believe that heaven and hell are eternal. And that once you're saved you're always saved and that once you die without Jesus Christ and enter the flames of hell, you are forever doomed and shall perish.

So we can see that hinduism is clearly a false religion, clearly different than the bible, clearly a satanic religion, very wicked, so what is the conclusion. Well first of all the purpose of preaching this sermon is to avoid the false teachings of people like Joel osteen and other ecumenical teachers that wanna say hey there’s a lot in common and, and we actually are worshipping the same god because we’re all praying to god whatever name we use. You know we want to combat that false teachings in these last days and point out the difference between biblical christianity and these false religions and not seek to unite with false religion. It’s called ecumenicalism, ecumenicalism means bring all religions together and, and let’s put aside our differences, that is not what the bible teaches, that is the spirit of the anti-christ that teaches that. Okay but not only that I, I’m hoping that as you hear this sermon, you will be stirred up in your heart to want to reach hindus with the gospel because these people are blinded, you know they’re born into this, it’s not that they all just choose to go worship satan, no they're born into this false religion, their taught this from the time they grow up. They are blinded, their deceived and you know Joel Osteen said hey, they’re really nice kind people. I’m sure they are, I am sure they are very peaceful, nice, kind people but the road to hell is paved with good intentions and someone needs to bring them the gospel and shine the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ so that they might be saved but if our gospel be hid, it’s hid to them that are lost. In whom the God of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe not. And you say well do you, do I need to take a trip to India you know, I don’t know if I feel comfortable with that, but here’s the thing you don’t need to take a trip to India, you need to take a trip to ASU, you need to take a trip to South Tempe, listen to me. I have never gone soul winning in South Tempe in the nice neighbourhoods, the nice well to do neighbourhoods of South Tempe, off of Elliott and Warner. I’ve never gone soul winning in those neighbourhoods without knocking the door of at least one hindu, never and you know people want to talk so much about missions and all the trips and look I’m not against missions but you know what? It’s right here, save the plane ticket, save your money and you know what, it’s great to go and be a missionary in a foreign country but you know what you don’t have to go to a foreign country to be a missionary. Because you know what? If you want to reach Indians with the gospel, you want to reach hindus with the gospel of Jesus Christ all you have to do is go to South Tempe and knock doors in that neighbourhood or if you would like to talk to other hindus that are probably going to speak better english and, and be more receptive you can go to the campus of ASU because I have never gone soul winning on the campus of ASU without knocking the door of at least one person from India. Who can verify that what I am saying is true, who has gone soulwinning up on ASU and knocked the door of a lot of India, yeah they’re up there, they’re a student and they’re all studying engineering. Every single, you know you always ask them, oh what are you studying? Engineering, but I’m telling you, you can reach the chinese, you can reach the Indians, there are a ton of foreign students up at ASU and if you’ll just knock doors, if you’ll just go soul winning you can give them the gospel and the great thing about the ones that are here is that most of them speak english and by the way even a lot of people in India itself speak english now.

English is a major language in India itself and so there is not even a language barrier with these people, these people can be reached with the gospel and often they’ll listen to the gospel and be receptive to the gospel but who will go and knock those doors and preach the gospel to every creature, you see the way to reach them with the gospel is to just open our mouth boldly and speak the word of God. You say well I just don’t know a special presentation for hindu, look you don’t need a special presentation of the gospel for each religion. You know the same gospel saves everybody? You know you can just go through and show them that they are a sinner and show them hell and show them the life of Christ and his death, burial and resurrection? And show them it is a free gift, show them that it's by faith and you know maybe, maybe some of the things that you heard in this sermon, might show you a few things you might want to point out to them, you know at the end of your gospel presentation. But you know I always start out by giving everybody the gospel the same way. Instead of getting all complicate, why don’t you just give them the gospel because you know what it’s the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first and also the greek and you know also the hindu, it’s that gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, is the power of God. No matter who you are telling it to.

So you don’t have to show up with some customized hindu plan of salvation, no you just show up and you gave the plan of salvation but at the end of the plan of salvation, once you have gone through the whole gospel and made it plain, then at the end, maybe you can just emphasized, that what a minute all the faith has to be on Jesus, you can, you have to renounce these other gods, you have to renounce other gods that you are worshipping and acknowledge that this is the true God Jesus. You know that might be something that maybe you would want to emphasize more with the hindu then maybe somebody else who’s coming from some other you know denomination or background, you know you’re going to need to emphasize that more at the end. But you know what if you can give the gospel to a, a white people, you know if you can give the gospel to black people, if you can give the gospel to hispanic, if you can give the gospel to any nationality, if you can give it to one, you can give it to the other because it’s the same God over all, that is rich to all them that call upon him and it’s the same salvation, there’s one fold, there’s one shepherd, there’s one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and so we need to get the gospel to the hindus. And you don’t have to take a trip to India, you know if you want to go there, great but honestly it’s right here, I’m not even telling you to go to Phoenix or Scottsdale or Mesa, it’s here, it’s in Tempe, it’s in our town. Right here thousands and thousands and thousands of hindus that are ripe unto harvest for the gospel, that’s why I love soul winning because honestly it allows you to reach all people, it allows you to be a domestic and foreign missionary all in one, just by going out and knocking some doors, but let me just close on this thought to though I think a great stumbling block is to hindus being saved and really this isn’t just for the hindus. I think a great stumbling block to a lot of people are foreign nationalities, being saved is that we as Americans have ruined our testimony by being godless and wicked and worldly in the way we live our lives in our culture, we ruined our testimony. So that I think is a big stumbling block why people like hindus or muslims or other people could, could be unreceptive to the gospel. Is because we as American christians are ruining our testimony.

Look what the bible says in Deuteronomy chapter four because this has to do with evangelizing foreigners, look at Deuteronomy chapter four verse five it says “Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.Keep therefore and do them; “ WATCH THIS “for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, “ What’s he saying? When the nations see you keeping the word of God and following the commandments of the word of God, you’re gonna be wise in their sight. They’re gonna look at that and it’s gonna make an impression on them. It’s gonna be wise unto them, it’s gonna be something that they respect he says that your wisdom in the sight of the nations halfway through verse six “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?” Now here’s my question, do you think that somebody in India looks at a hollywood movie and says wow what nation is so righteous like america? Wow what nation is there that has God so nigh unto them? What nation is there that has such wise and righteous judgments and statutes? No you know what they look at it and see it as trash and then they, you know what they think about our culture? It’s trash and then you know what they think about our religion? That is’t trash. Now look this doesn’t just go for America because obviously we can not control the stupidity of our government, or the stupidity of hollywood or the stupidity of madison avenue. We have no control over that but you know we can at least control ourselves and control our families and control our church and basically we can at least be a shining light to the gospel, that not only preaches the truth of the grace of God and salvation but also lives a life that people can respect. So they would have an interested in hearing anything we have to say about God. Why would anybody want to listen to what you have to say about God when you live your life in a wicked worldly way? And they’re probably thinking to themselves, we are probable more moral than you are. Why should we accept the Lord Jesus Christ, so we can live like you? Why would we accept the Lord Jesus Christ, so are women can dress like hoochie mommas and hookers and whores? Why would they accept it? Cause they look at it and say immoral, they look at our culture and say it’s ungodly, you have no morals, you have no standards, you have no statutes and judgments to live your life by and it is a stumbling block to them being saved today because americans go over there and they’re wicked.

You know I read some story about the actor Richard Gere going to India and being arrested for publicly kissing a woman other than his wife. You know he’s just, he’s just is kissing on the mouth publicly some woman that’s not his wife, you know we would look, we should sustain that as being immoral. I mean how would you feel right now if some other woman came up here and I kissed some woman other than my wife right now. You would be horrified, you ot to be horrified but we watch it on tv, we watch it on movies, don’t think anything of it, it’s just fine and dandy and he did it, he’s arrested over there why? Because in their culture is actually in that sense more traditional and actually showing more morality in certain things. God help us as american christians when we drag the name of Jesus Christ in the mud but living a life of no morals, no standards and just living a life that’s just godless and impure and unclean. You know what? The world looks at that and they’re not impressed. Why would the, how are we going to reach the muslims and the hindus with the gospel if we don’t live a clean life? They’re gonna look at us and say why would I want to follow this religion? My wife has more clothes on then your wife. You wifes have naked, your wife’s in short shorts and a halter top. And you know okay so the muslims women are wearing a little too much clothing okay. Well were wearing too little you know, we need to find a something in between folks.

We need to follow the bible's standards for clothing and I’m telling you the bible is clear in Deuteronomy four, how we are going to reach other nations with the gospel by putting forth, by putting forth an image of following God’s law and following God’s righteousness. Thee, look you and I both know that the bible is better than anything that hinduism has in the way of scriptures, we know that the bible is greater than the Quran ever thought it’d be. We know that but the question is do they see this when they look at our lives or do they see a reflection of hollywood in us. I mean think about it, if we go through our lives and live a certain way are they looking at us and seeing a reflection of hollywood, madison avenue, and every or are they seeing a reflection of this book because the bible says if they see us living by this book we will be wise in their sight. They’ll say you know what even if we believe in a different religion you know what these people are living there life in a wise way that makes sense and thats moral and righteous and clean and then you know what, then when you open, I mean thats not enough, I am not preaching lifestyle evangelism folks, that’s not enough, you then have to open the bible and open your mouth boldly and preach the gospel. But you know what, what you need to do is both and not just sit there and say oh my testimony doesn’t matter at all. Well you know what, when you're living a godless wicked life people of other cultures are going to look down on you that aren’t as godless and wicked as america. I mean its pretty sad that, that I even have to say that. You know that other nations are looking down on us right now but it’s true they are. I mean think about it they look at america and think that we’re the capital city or the capital of sodomy. Why would I want to listen to a missionary that’s coming from sodom land. I am from the country of sodom and gomorrah and I am here to give you the gospel of Jesus. They’re like forget Jesus, we don’t want to hear about it. Cause they don’t want to sodomy and the fifth and you know what, if we as christians would stand up and condemn this stuff and fight against and distance ourselves from it but what are all the christians, oh lets just bring in all the homos, no we ot to be distancing ourselves from that. Oh but how are we going to reach the homos, we got to reach the poor little fagot with the gospel. Hey what about the billion hindus that are going to hell? You know what they are going to think you are a stinken fagot if you have all these weird queers coming in to your church, you don’t care about them. Cause we just want to make sure we reach, their reprobates, it’s too late. But oh we’re just so worried about, how we’re going to reach this little fairy, no what about all the billion people in this world that are worshipping these false gods of hinduism? You know why don’t you want to get them saved? You know they’re not impressed with you being a fagot or hanging around a bunch of fagots and I’m telling you we need to distance ourselves from the fifth of hollywood.

We need to distance ourselves from the smut of this world and you know when you go out and live your life in a permissive, you know promiscuous just impure, fifty way and hang around a bunch of fifty people and fill your mind with a bunch of junk and then you expect to be a good, shining light of the gospel of Jesus Christ it’s not working. We need to, we need to repair our testimony as christians so that the nations of the world will look at us and they’ll say you know what here’s the, here’s, this is a wise people, these people have God nigh unto them. I want to hear what they have to say and you know what God prophesied in the old testament if they followed God’s laws and his statutes that people would come from all over. People would flock to the nation of Israel. He said, just to want to learn about God like the, like the queen of Sheba she showed up and see was so impressed and just wow you know, this is great you know. These laws and these statutes and judgments its so wise and she was impressed and you know what, she went home and is bring a good report unto her people. That’s what america should be and you know obviously we can’t control what the people that are running our country are doing but you know what? At least we as baptist at least we as independent baptist or at least we at this church or at least you and your family can present an image to the people that you come into contact with of saying hey, we’re different we’re not, we’re not wicked people you know, we actually believe in following the bible and so that testimony is gonna help you be a better witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ when you do verbally open your mouth. See you need both you don’t want to just sit there and say oh ya I’ll just live my life and they’ll see it, no live your life then preach the word. But you don’t want to just preach the word as you just disregard the commandments of God because then you are a bad testimony, then they’re not going to be impressed, they’re not gonna see. The bible says righteousness exulted the nation but sin is a reproach to any people and you know what reproach means? it means people look at it and they’re just shaking their head. And you know we are a laughing stock of the world right now, go ahead and defend your pro and you know some of you right now, I bet you they’re somebody in this room, ah I can’t believe he said the word faggot ah oh. You know get out of here and don’t ever come back. Get out, get out because you know what you are the problem in america today if you're going to sit there and defend the sickest, vilest, fifty, perverse just get out. Get outta of here, I don’t want you around, you say oh I’m afraid when you preach hard against the homos, you know you’re going to lose people, I hope I lose people preaching hard against the homos, I hope you’ll get out if you approve of that fifth, that smut cause I don’t want you around my kids, cause I’m suspicious of you if you’re going to defend it. It’s sick, it's vile, it’s disgusting. Get out ohh, the world doesn’t accept this crap, it’s america that accepts this fifth, the rest of the world is looking at you thinking that you’re disgusting. And how are we going to reach them with the gospel if we don’t distance ourselves from wickedness and lift up this book as the standard. You show me in this book, you’re version of the homos and I’ll show you mine.

Let’s bow our heads and have a word of prayer. Father we thank you so much for the gospel of Jesus Christ Lord, it’s the good news, we need to get it to the world Lord, we need to get it to a billion hindus Lord that are not saved, I don’t care what Joel Osteen says Lord they’re not saved and we both know that. I pray that you would help us to be a burning and shining light of the gospel, help us to live a life that can be respected by other nations of the world, and help us to go out and knock the doors of South Tempe and knock the doors of North Tempe and reach these dear people and give the saving gospel of Jesus and we ask these things in your name, Amen

Thursday, April 9, 2015

"Marching to Zion" Trailer in 30 Languages So Far!



The translation project for our new film Marching to Zion has been going very well. So far the trailer has been translated into 29 other langauges. Here they are:

VIDEO:  Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and Yoruba

TEXT: Afrikaans, Albanian, Bulgarian, Burmese (Myanmar), Cebuano (Bisaya), Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Czech, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Setswana, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and Yoruba

The trailer will continue to be translated into many more languages in the coming weeks, but we are also working on getting the FULL MOVIE dubbed into as many languages as possible. Which languages get the full movie will be dependent upon how many people step up to the plate to provide translation and especially voice recordings for the various characters in the film.

For example, the full movie will be coming very soon in Brazilian Portuguese because a couple of great volunteers have stepped up to the plate and been sending me awesome, high quality voice-over for the film. As a result, the Portuguese version is pretty much half done. If you would like to see the full movie in your language, contact me at the church email address, and let me know what you can help with.

If you do not have the ability to translate text or provide audio recordings, you can help by making a donation at the church website and specifying which language you would like your funds to go toward. Many of these translations and voice-overs are being done by volunteers, but most are being done by professionals. The more funds are available, the more we can do.

Let's get this important film out to everybody in the world!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Crown King Scramble 2015 Race Report



Saturday, March 28, I ran my first running race of all time, the Crown King Scramble. The race is a 31 mile uphill ultra-marathon that begins at Lake Pleasant outside Phoenix, AZ, and ends at a small town in the middle of nowhere called Crown King.

The race started at 5am, and because I was so anxious the night before, I was only able to sleep for 90 minutes. When we started running, it was still completely dark outside and nice and cool. My strategy was to cover as much ground as possible before the sun came up because the heat makes it so much harder to run. Also, there was a cut-off time of 3.5 hours to reach the 15.3 mile marker.

For the first 13 miles, I ran everything, even the steepest hills. Then for the next 5 miles, I ran everything that was downhill, flat, or slightly uphill, and I only walked up the steepest hills (walking up a steep hill is at least as hard as running on flat ground). I made it to the 15.3 mile cut-off in 2 hours 57 minutes, so I had made the cut-off with 33 minutes to spare.

Everything was going great until around mile 18 when my quads began cramping severely. This was in the midst of some very steep climbing (see above elevation profile). I decided that maybe I was low on electrolytes because it was getting hot, and I was sweating a lot. The high in Phoenix that day was 97 degrees, and the high in Crown King was 77 degrees. At the aid station at mile 19.1, I guzzled a lot of Gatorade and drank a bottle of coconut water to try to get more electrolytes. Another runner gave me an electrolyte tablet that also helped, along with some Whole Foods antacid that I had brought. My quads stopped cramping, and I was able to keep running, but for the whole rest of the day, I felt like I was always on the edge of the cramps coming back.

Around mile 23 I started feeling good again and enjoying the race. I ran as much as I could, but as soon as my quads would feel like cramping, I would back off and walk for a while. The whole day I was checking the clock and doing the math to make sure that I would finish within the 9 hour cut-off. Since this was my first ultra (first race for that matter!), my only goal was just to finish before the cut-off. Once I got to the summit at mile 28.7, I knew for a fact that I would be able to finish well within the allotted time. The only thing left at that point was just 2.3 miles of downhill to the finish line.


There had a been a lot of pained faces along the trail that day, and a lot of expletives, but at this point in the race everyone is smiling. It's all downhill from here! The hardest part about this event is not the fact that it is 31 miles long, but the fact that there are 6,750' of climbing (the equivalent of climbing the Empire State Building more than 5 times). However, for some strange reason, I wasn't smiling. In my mind, I was very happy to be finishing a goal that I had been working toward for so long, and I was was definitely happy not to have to climb any more hills. But for some reason, a couple miles from the finish line, I started sobbing for absolutely no reason. They were not tears of joy because I didn't feel particularly happy. I wasn't in any pain. In fact, the whole race had been much easier than I had thought it would be. I think it was just that the stress my body had been put through was causing a chemical reaction that made me start crying even though there was no logical reason for it whatsoever.

For the last few miles, I lost all will to try and improve my time. I knew that I would for sure make it before the cut-off, and that is all that mattered to me, so I just walked the last couple miles. When I got to Crown King, I started running again, just so I could run across the finish line. The guy running right in front of me was greeted by his young son who ran up and gave him a hug right before he crossed the finish line. I thought to myself, "That is really nice. I wish my family could have been here." Just then I looked over, and my wife and kids were on the side of the course cheering for me! My wife had decided to bring the whole family up and surprise me (I had not planned on her picking me up. I had thought I would have to bum a ride back to the valley). I ran across the finish line, got my finisher's mug, and lay down in a cold stream. My final time was 8 hours 32 minutes. Out of 250 entrants, I had come in 186th place.

Although there were a few dark places (mainly between miles 18-23), I had a great time. The first 3 hours especially were really fun, running along at a good pace in the cool sunrise and chatting with other runners. I am definitely planning on doing another ultra-marathon in the very near future with the goal of running a faster time, and eventually I would like to try even longer distances. The closest thing to epiphany or spiritual enlightenment that I experienced on this run was that I finally understand why women sometimes break down crying for no logical reason (hormones!).

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Marching to Zion in Greek!



Πάνω από 4.000 χρόνια πριν, ο Θεός εμφανίστηκε στον Αβραάμ στη Μεσοποταμία και του είπε, "Άφησε την πατρίδα σου και το πατρικό σου σπίτι και πήγαινε σε μια χώρα που θα σου δείξω εγώ. Από τους απογόνους σου θα δημιουργηθεί ένα μεγάλο έθνος." Ο Αβραάμ υπάκουσε τον Κύριο και ήρθε στη γη της Επαγγελίας της Χαναάν, όπου έζησε μαζί με τον γιο του Ισαάκ και τον εγγονό του Ιακώβ, γη που αργότερα μετονομάστηκε "Ισραήλ."

Ο Ισραήλ και οι 12 γιοί του πορεύτηκαν στην Αίγυπτο λόγω λιμού στην γη της Χαναάν, και εκεί πολλαπλασιάστηκαν και έγιναν ισχυρό έθνος. Οι Αιγύπτιοι αισθάνθηκαν να απειλούνται από το ισχυρό έθνος του Ισραήλ που ζούσε ανάμεσά τους, με αποτέλεσμα να το υποδουλώσουν και να κάνουν τη ζωή του πολύ δύσκολη επιβάλλοντας του να δουλεύει σκληρά. Μετά από 430 χρόνια στην Αίγυπτο, οι Εβραίοι, οδηγούμενοι από τον Μωυσή, αποτίναξαν τα δεσμά της δουλείας και στη συνέχεια διέσχισαν την Ερυθρά θάλασσα και πήγαν στην Αραβία, όπου έλαβαν το νόμο του Θεού στο όρος Σινά.

Η γενιά των Ισραηλιτών, που έφυγε από την Αίγυπτο με τον Μωυσή δεν είχε το ελεύθερο να περάσει στη γη της Επαγγελίας διότι δεν πίστευε στον Κύριο. Αναγκάστηκαν να περιπλανηθούν στην έρημο για 40 χρόνια μέχρι να δημιουργηθεί μια νέα γενιά, που πίστευε στον Κύριο και αυτή η γενιά εισήλθε στη γη της Επαγγελίας με τον Ιησού του Ναυή.

Για περίπου 400 χρόνια, οι 12 φυλές του Ισραήλ διοικούνταν από τους Κριτές, σύμφωνα με το Νόμο του Μωυσή. Όταν θέλησαν να αποκτήσουν βασιλιά όπως όλα τα άλλα έθνη, ο Θεός διόρισε τον Σαούλ βασιλιά τους, ο οποίος παρέμεινε βασιλιάς για 40 χρόνια, τον διαδέχτηκε ο βασιλιάς Δαυίδ που βασίλευσε 40 χρόνια και στη συνέχεια ο γιος του Δαυίδ, ο Σολομώντας, που βασίλευσε 40 χρόνια. Κατά τη διάρκεια της βασιλείας του Σολομώντος το βασίλειο του Ισραήλ ήταν το πιο ένδοξο και τότε χτίστηκε ο πρώτος ναός, αλλά επειδή ο Σολομώντας απομακρύνθηκε από τον Κύριο στα γηρατειά του, ο Θεός του είπε ότι 10 από τις φυλές δεν θα είχαν τον γιο του βασιλιά.

Μετά τον θάνατο του Σολομώντα, το βασίλειο του Ισραήλ χωρίστηκε, και οι 10 φυλές του βορά διοικήθηκαν από διάφορους κακόβουλους βασιλείς, που δεν ήταν απόγονοι του Δαυίδ και του Σολομώντα. Το Βόρειο Βασίλειο διατήρησε το όνομα του Ισραήλ και είχε πρωτεύουσα τη Σαμάρεια. Το μικρότερο Νότιο Βασίλειο έγινε γνωστό ως βασίλειο του Ιούδα, είχε πρωτεύουσα την Ιερουσαλήμ και κυβερνήθηκε από τους απογόνους του Δαυίδ. Ξεκινώντας στο Βασιλέων Β' Κεφ. 16, ο λαός του Νότιου Βασιλείου έγινε γνωστός ως "Ιουδαίοι" ή "Εβραίοι" σύμφωνα με το όνομα του Βασιλείου του Ιούδα.

Εξαιτίας της έχθρας που έτρεφε γι' αυτούς το Βόρειο Βασίλειο του Ισραήλ, το βασίλειο ανατράπηκε και οι Ιουδαίοι αιχμαλωτίστηκαν από τους Ασσύριους. Οι Ισραηλίτες που απόμειναν «αναμίχθηκαν» με τα ειδωλολατρικά έθνη που εισέβαλαν και κατέλαβαν τη γη τους. Αυτοί οι άνθρωποι έγιναν γνωστοί ως Σαμαρείτες, και οι 10 φυλές του Βορείου Ισραήλ δεν έγιναν ποτέ ένα ενιαίο έθνος.

Οι υπήκοοι από Νότιο Βασίλειο του Ιούδα τελικά αιχμαλωτίσθηκαν και μεταφέρθηκαν αιχμάλωτοι στη Βαβυλώνα σαν τιμωρία επειδή πίστευαν σε άλλους θεούς και ο ναός τους καταστράφηκε, αλλά μετά από 70 χρόνια οι Ιουδαίοι επέστρεψαν στο Βασίλειο του Ιούδα, ξανάχτισαν το ναό στην Ιερουσαλήμ και συνέχισαν να κυβερνώνται από βασιλείς που ήταν απόγονοι του Δαυίδ.

Στους χρόνους που έζησε ο Χριστός, το έθνος του Ιούδα ήταν γνωστό ως Ιουδαία και ήταν υπό ρωμαϊκή κυριαρχία. Ο Ιησούς Χριστός και οι μαθητές του κήρυξαν το ευαγγέλιο σε όλη την Ιουδαία αναζητώντας τους απολωλότες αμνούς του οίκου του Ισραήλ. Μετά από τριάμισι έτη κηρύγματος, οι Ιουδαίοι απέρριψαν τον Ιησού ως Μεσσία τους και έπεισαν τον Ρωμαίο διοικητή να τον σταυρώσει. Τρεις ημέρες αργότερα, αναστήθηκε εκ νεκρών και εμφανίστηκε ζωντανός στους μαθητές του πριν αναστηθεί και καθίσει εκ δεξιών του Πατρός του στους Ουρανούς.

Λίγο πριν σταυρωθεί ο Ιησούς, προφήτευσε ότι θα τιμωρηθούν επειδή τον απέρριψαν και θα καιγόταν η Ιερουσαλήμ, θα καταστρεφόταν ο ναός, και ότι οι Εβραίοι θα οδηγηθούν μακριά αιχμάλωτοι σε όλα τα έθνη της γης. Αυτή η προφητεία εκπληρώθηκε το 70 μ.Χ όταν ο Ρωμαίος αυτοκράτορας Τίτος κατέκτησε την Ιερουσαλήμ. Για πάνω από 1800 χρόνια, οι Εβραίοι παρέμειναν διασκορπισμένοι σε όλα τα έθνη της γης.

Στη συνέχεια το 1948 συνέβη το αδύνατο. Ιδρύθηκε το κράτος του Ισραήλ, και οι Εβραίοι ήταν πλέον κάτοχοι της γης της επαγγελίας. Πολλοί Χριστιανοί δήλωσαν ότι επρόκειτο για θαύμα και ευλογία από τον Θεό, αλλά ήταν πραγματικά ευλογία του Κυρίου, ή εργάστηκαν κάποιες σκοτεινές δυνάμεις; Αυτή η ταινία θα σας δώσει την απάντηση.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Marching to Zion in Romanian!



Acum peste 4.000 de ani, Dumnezeu i-a apărut lui Abraham în Mesopotamia și i-a spus: „Ieși din țara ta, din rudenia ta, și din casa tatălui tău, și vino în țara pe care ți-o voi arăta. Voi face din tine un neam mare.” Abraham l-a ascultat pe Domnul și a mers pe pământul promis al Canaanului, unde a trăit împreună cu fiul său Isaac și cu nepotul său, Iacob, care mai târziu s-a numit „Israel”.

Israel și cei 12 fii ai săi au ajuns în Egipt din cauza foametei din Canaan și s-au înmulțit, devenind un popor puternic. Egiptenii s-au simțit amenințați de puternicul popor al lui Israel, care trăia printre ei, astfel încât i-au înrobit și le-au făcut viața amară prin asuprire cruntă. După 430 de ani în Egipt, au fost dezrobiți de Moise, apoi au traversat Marea Roșie și au ajuns în Arabia, unde au primit legile lui Dumnezeu pe Muntele Sinai.

Generației de israeliți care a părăsit Egiptul cu Moise nu i s-a permis să pășească pe tărâmul promis din cauza faptului că nu credeau în Dumnezeu. Astfel, s-au văzut nevoiți să pribegească în pustiu timp de 40 de ani, până s-a ivit o nouă generație care credea în Domnul și a intrat pe pământul promis cu Iosua.

Timp de aproape 400 de ani, cele 12 triburi ale Israelului au fost conduse de Judecători, după legea lui Moise. Când au vrut să aibă un rege, precum toate celelalte popoare, Dumnezeu l-a numit pe Saul să le fie rege. Saul a domnit peste aceștia timp de 40 de ani, urmat de Regele David, care a domnit timp de 40 de ani, și de fiul lui David, Solomon, care a domnit 40 de ani. În timpul domniei lui Solomon, regatul Israelului a atins perioada sa de glorie, și s-a construit primul templu, însă inima lui Solomon s-a întors de la Domnul la bătrânețe. Astfel, Domnul i-a spus că 10 dintre triburile sale nu aveau să fie conduse de fiul său.

După moartea lui Solomon, regatul Israelului s-a dezbinat, iar cele 10 triburi din nord au fost conduse de un șir de regi cumpliți, care nu se trăgeau din David și Solomon. Acest regat din nord și-a păstrat numele de Israel și în cele din urmă capitala sa a fost Samaria. Regatul mai mic, din sud, a fost cunoscut sub numele de Iudeea, având drept capitală Ierusalimul, și a fost condus de descendenții lui David. Începând cu Cartea a doua a regilor 16, cei din regatul de sud au fost cunoscuți sub numele de iudei, după denumirea regatului, Iuda.

Din cauza faptului că regatul Israelului de nord era un regat păcătos, a fost cucerit de asirieni. Israeliții care au rămas s-au amestecat cu națiunile păgâne care i-au cucerit și au ocupat pământul. Aceștia au fost cunoscuți mai târziu sub numele de samariteni, iar cele 10 triburi ale Israelului de nord nu au mai fost niciodată una și aceeași națiune.

Regatul din sud, Iuda, a fost cucerit, fiind integrat în Babilon, drept pedeapsă pentru că iudeii slujeau altor zei, iar templul a fost distrus. Însă după 70 de ani, iudeii s-au întors în Iudeea, au reconstruit templul la Ierusalim și au fost păstoriți în continuare de regi care se trăgeau din David.

În perioada în care a trăit Cristos, Iuda era cunoscută sub numele de Iudeea și se afla sub dominație romană. Iisus Hristos și apostolii săi au răspândit cuvântul Domnului în tot cuprinsul Iudeei, având grijă de oile pierdute ale Israelului. După 3 ani și jumătate de propovăduire, iudeii l-au respins pe Iisus ca Mesia și l-au convins pe guvernatorul roman să îl răstignească. După 3 zile, Iisus s-a ridicat din morți și li s-a arătat viu apostolilor înainte de a se ridica la cer la dreapta Tatălui.

La puțin timp după răstignire, Iisus a profețit că, drept pedeapsă pentru faptul că l-au respins, Ierusalimul va fi pârjolit, templul va fi distrus, iar iudeii vor fi duși în sclavie în toată lumea. Această profeție s-a îndeplinit în 70 d.Hr., când viitorul împărat roman Titus a cucerit Ierusalimul. Timp de peste 1.800 de ani, iudeii au rămas risipiți pretutindeni în lume.

Apoi, în 1948, s-a întâmplat imposibilul. A fost înființat Statul Israel, iar iudeii au pus stăpânire din nou pe tărâmul promis. Mulți creștini au calificat acest lucru drept un miracol și o binecuvântare de la Dumnezeu. A fost oare chiar o binecuvântare de la Dumnezeu sau au lucrat de fapt forțe necurate? Acest film conține răspunsul.