When Christians would rather die than renounce Jesus, it speaks to the power ordinary people discover in Christ.
On May 26, 2017, a group of Coptic Christians, including parents, grandparents, and children, were traveling to a monastery to pray.
Their vehicles were stopped and surrounded by terrorists outside the town of Minya, about 140 miles south of Cairo, Egypt.
Some of the passengers were forced to exit the bus one by one. As each reached the door, a masked gunman asked, “Are you Muslim?”
None of them were.
Each was then given a chance to renounce Jesus Christ and convert to Islam.
When they refused, they were killed.
The attackers sprayed the other bus with automatic gunfire, then boarded it and killed the men, robbed the women of their jewelry and phones, and left Islamist leaflets among the bodies.
In total, 26 were killed and 25 wounded in the attack.
Carrie Gress writes about how Atheistic Progressives sponsor a large Anti-Mary element, while Muslim Fundamentalists target Christians and Jews.
“The antimary and this new antichristian movement are opposite sides of the same demonic coin. The two came together with Kathy Griffin’s beheading stunt this week.
“They share a common mission: to eliminate all that is good, true, beautiful, and holy. …
“There is a third alternative, however, that offers hope and a future. Christians must return to their faith and to the spiritual elements that we know destroy Christ’s enemy.
“As I wrote in The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis, after 2000 years, we know what these are: Mass, Eucharistic adoration, the Rosary, confession, Marian consecration. We know these things work.
“And there is more than enough evidence that Mary has been behind the vanquishing of Christian enemies for centuries. It is time we call upon her again to conquer all that is opposed to her and to her Son.”
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This is no doubt why the God-hating keepers of our cultural swamp are so determined to violate it at every turn.
“Women should adorn themselves modestly and appropriately and sensibly.” – 1 Timothy 2:9
This morning, I turned off a YouTube video about gut health, because it repeatedly superimposed the illustrative gut graphics on to a photograph of a nude female.
While I grant you the woman had a lovely belly, I saw zero reason for using a nude photograph rather than a drawing, particularly one that showed high enough to reveal the lower third of the woman’s breasts and low enough to make it clear she had waxed her pubic area.
Also this morning, I happened across a discussion of how prevalent pornographic sex scenes have become in mainstream broadcast television entertainment.
Everybody, it seems, has decided to play a game together, wherein we all pretend that viewing naked people simulating sexual intercourse on camera is as neutral an activity as watching the sun rise or contemplating the lotus flower.
If, on the other hand, you violate the rules of this game by confessing your unease, then the game dictates that everybody contemptuously dismiss your concerns with the barely concealed suggestion that your unease reveals a troubling lack of self-control and possible latent psychopathic sexual tendencies.
When I studied the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, I noticed that the Roman culture became decadent in this way way not long before it failed. Christians need to uphold, practice, and celebrate modesty as the virtue it is.
Interviewer: You were 33 years old, your initials were J.C. and you played Jesus.
Caviezel: Don’t you tell me it was a coincidence! Only atheists believe in coincidence.
Interviewer: How do you feel about the fact that playing Jesus made you unpopular with Hollywood producers?
Caviezel: Jesus was betrayed by his own people and abandoned by everyone. My duty was not only to show it all on the screen. My real duty is to live in accordance with the Gospel every day and to give witness to the truth.
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The Bible speaks about judging in different ways.
What Jesus meant when he said, “Don’t judge” was that we should never judge a person’s soul. Someone’s spiritual situation before God is between that person and God alone.
Jesus was not telling us to ignore the difference between right and wrong. St. Paul said, “The spiritual man judges all things” –1 Corinthians 2:15.
It boils down to the old adage, “Love the sinner; hate the sin.”
Moral relativism hinders us from real love by making us indifferent. It is simply not loving to sit back and never share the truth with those God has placed in our lives.
It can be difficult to do so in a loving manner, but we must prayerfully and humbly try.
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If Jesus Christ did not live, die, and rise again FOR REAL, then Christianity is nothing more than an empty, false religion. But history proves that He DID live, He WAS killed on the cross, and he DID rise again!
You don’t have to take any “blind leap” to believe in these fundamental claims of Christianity. Study the evidence. There’s plenty of it!
SIX COMMON MYTHS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY are debunked here:
Six Things People Get Wrong About the Resurrection, by Carl E. Olson
- “We really cannot know if Jesus even existed, never mind rose from the dead.”
- “We cannot trust the accuracy of the Gospels, as they aren’t actual biographies but works of mythology.”
- “The authors of the Gospels and the early disciples weren’t objective enough and were easily confused — especially when it comes to the Resurrection.”
- “The disciples may have made up the Resurrection.”*
- “The Resurrection cannot be proven in any way; it must be accepted entirely on faith.”
- “Jesus’ body was not resurrected; the Resurrection is a spiritual event only.”
It’s a good article. If you’re not familiar with these issues, I recommend you print it out and study it.
* The author says, “It is widely agreed that Jesus probably died in April of A.D. 30.” He’s got the date wrong. It should say A.D. 33. (He started his public ministry in A.D. 30.)