Chronic depression is one of the most difficult problems a person can have. The person wants to within oneself. It is almost like the sickness becomes a kind of companion. The person lives in his or her own little world.
Something positive has to be done about it. One has to depend on God more. “All things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23
THE GIFT OF HEALING
I believe God is still in the business of working miracles:“If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
The disciple of healing who has been given the gift of healingis only a catalyst. The real healing takes place by God, the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus Christ. Jesus can heal mental illness of all kinds through His spiritual world that requires FAITH.
Once healed, what do we do for encores?
This reminds me of an incident that I had when I was a newspaper boy. The wind took away the first newspaper of my pile to be delivered. When I went to recover this first copy, I was shocked to see three others flying in the wind.
Yes, you can recover the first lost newspaper (mental problem), but you must be wise about dealing with the possibility of an ongoing mental problem to be solved physiologically.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” Proverbs 12:15
“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Sometimes temptation is not a struggle against personal weakness, but it is a strategic demonic attack to derail one’s faith. Yet, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” James 4:7. When we are tempted, God will provide a way out: “And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Resisting temptation, repenting of sin, and renouncing the works of the devil and forgiving those who have harmed you account for 98% of all deliverance. Deliverance simple removes any obstacles so we may receive God’s blessing.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12Yet, the area of evil influences goes unnoticed and unaddressed in the pursuit of God’s healing. Too many Christians are quickly turning to professional counselors when a problem arises. God wants us to be healed and He wants us to be blessed. His power of deliverance is much greater that that of a gifted counselor.
Over 95 % of most people have no physical manifestation of evil. Yet, most believers will admit that certain areas of their lives are not submitted to Christ. Ironically, many faithful Christians have lived with hidden sins, compulsions, and fear and it never occurred to them that they are in need of deliverance from evil spirits. Of course, there are those who think that they can solve the problem themselves. So, pride prevents those from receiving God’s forgiveness and mercy.
Fear and unforgiveness are the biggest obstacles to being set free. It is the most prominent entryway of the devil: we need to respond to trauma, abuse, and issues involving family and friends. Once an entryway is exposed from this evil world such as alcohol, drugs and pleasure seeking, taking authority is very simple.
During a prayer of deliverance one may be asked to renounce a specific spirit. For example, you would repeat after the deliverer: “I renounce the spirit of unforgiveness, hurt and rejection. I forgive you _____________ or I renounce the spirit of adultery and unfaithfulness.
Then all healing happens when we repent or forgive and turn to God; it is then when we experience His love and acceptance. The interplay between healing and deliverance is integrated. Healing cannot be done unless there is total deliverance.
S. Lewis claims that there are two basic errors we make related to the existence of devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence and the other is to have an excessive and unhealthy interest in them, like the voodoo followers. This could lead to a self-inflicted curse or a pact with the devil. The fortune tellers need to create a dependence on their followers.
The occult is a common entryway of the devil. These ungodly superstitious beliefs are the most wicked, because occult practice is a violation of the first commandment:”you shall have no other gods before Me.”
We know that there are some demons that are more wicked than others. “Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”Luke 11:26 The occult spirit guards the door and must be delivered first.
Many Christians are lukewarm; some proud Christians would rather be in control rather than being dependent on God. Fear is usually the root cause for us to need to be in control. Many cannot admit how poor and needy and desperate they truly are:”having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people”2 Timothy 3:5. It becomes the trap of religiosity.
We must become aware of the need for and reliance on Christ. The popular Alpha Course reduces the gospel to the simplest terms: (1) Sorry (2) Thank you (3) Please: with a request (please) that the Lord, Jesus, come into our lives. That is the purpose of the Ticket to Heaven.
What of those who are not believers? Deliverance and healing has been successful for those, too. We do not know how the Holy Spirit acts in their lives. Perhaps this new freedom will become a wake-up call.
In order to prevent any re-occurrence, the follow-up prayer is important; it is mandatory to begin to read God’s Word.—every night in the Bible. One needs to fill the void and to experience God’s love. It is recommended to start with John 14 to 18, which is all about God’s love. Read it, even out loud, as if it was God’s Word to you. This should be done until all the healing is complete.
Now that one is set free, on has greater freedom to make the right choices. In addition, one must cleanse their home and destroy anything that represents the kingdom of darkness.
What of those who really do not want to be free? They love their lifestyle. They may not be ready to take responsibility for their lifestyle. Some have actually been delivered several times, yet they have become demonized again. One is simply not ready. If a person does not sincerely want to submit to Jesus, deliverance prayer will not help in the end.
What of those who are so angry that they feel that they cannot forgive and they want even revenge? This may be impossible for us but God has provided a way: “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 What is required is faith. The solution has its roots in an influence of evil spirits, which must be bounded and delivered. Are you willing to forgive______________. “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins ”Matthew 6:15. Healing flows from forgiveness.
Do you remember the words of Jesus on the cross, when He said, “Forgive them; they know not what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 God is willing to release the power of these words again through you. The situation in which you find yourself may have resulted from someone who carelessly followed his or her own demons. So it is understandable.
Before starting His ministry, Jesus came to John to be baptized. The Spirit of God descended upon Him. The following words date back to the fourth-century Church as part of the formula used in baptism: “I renounce Satan and all of his works and all of his empty promises…”
We need to demystify the works of the devil. It often is considered only as a one-time event isolated from normal Christian growth. Actually, this ministry has resulted in a great deal of conversion, because people can observe God’s Hand. There is usually a peace covenant that accompanies the experience of deliverance. It is likened to a spiritual shower, but in a physical sense.
One of the problems of deliverance ministry is the failure to incorporate this spirituality in the broader Christian life. The Deliverance ministry should be a regular part of the sacrament of reconciliation. It should also be introduced as part of the initiation process as well as spiritual counseling and pastoral care.
Who can deliver evil spirits? Those who deliver spirits will make themselves available to do God’s divine will. They are able to love someone with the love of Jesus. “When Jesus had called the Twelve tog ether, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases” Luke 9:1. Yet, they should not presume to think that they can drive out demons unless they have received the power of the Holy Spirit. This is called being baptized in the Holy Spirit, which can be done in the Life of the Spirit Seminar, or a similar program, which is available at some churches.
“At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” Philippians 2:10. Authority is the power to act on behalf of somebody else. Our authority is in our relationship with Christ. We gain more authority as we bring more areas of our lives under His authority. The greater the anointing, the greater the authority the person praying has received.
Taking authority is an expression of our faith. “Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it (the demon) out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith.” Matthew 17:19, 20
“For the Spirit that God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power.”2 Timothy 1:7 Missionaries who follow the Great Commission of healing and deliverance observe that their anointing becomes stronger with more missionary work. In My name they will drive out demons; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well”Mark 16:17, 18
Praying in a team can be more effective. Sometimes one member of the team can receive discernment. Getting started can begin with a question, “What would you like Jesus to do for you?” or simply “Tell me what is going on.”
NOTE: it is true that in the Catholic belief that only priests with the proper authorization of the bishop can perform official exorcism using a formal rite. There is no restriction on lay Catholics in the area of simple deliverance: And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My Name they will drive out demons Mark 16:17.
Scott Peck, a psychologist and author of the famous book, The Road Less Traveled, had identified a personality disorder, which encompass an evil streak. He spent years with several clients, who did not fit with known psychological profiles. He later finally discovered they were obsessed by evil spirits, of which he knew very little. He finally referred to these clients as People of the Lie from the title of his book.
This disorder was distinguished by:
Consistent destructive, scapegoating behavior, which often can be quite subtle. (Scapegoating is a hostile social – psychological discrediting routine by which people move blame and responsibility away from themselves and towards a target person or group.)
Excessive and often covert intolerance to criticism
Pronounced concern with a public image and self-image of respectability. This contributes to a stable life-style but also to denial of hateful or vengeful motives.
Intellectual deviousness, with a mild schizophrenic-like disturbance at times of stress.
DELIVERANCE AND EXORCISM
Exorcism is exercised in case of possession, while deliverance deals with the influences that are not full possession. There are very few cases of possession as compared to ever pervading influence of different kinds of evil spirits affecting many people.
“The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so.The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” Deuteronomy 18:9-15
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” Philippians 2:10The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me Luke 4:18“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
These evil spirits are legalistic and they must be delivered in the Name of Jesus Christ by their function, otherwise the specific spirit would simply say “they are not talking to me” and they will stay.
WHO HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DELIVER EVIL INFLUENCES A faithful Christian who is sinless: otherwise the evil spirits will just laugh at one’s sins.
The person being delivered does not have to be Christian. In fact, if you are a die-hard Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist or any other religion you are in for a big surprise. You will only know by trying it: you have every thing to gain and nothing to lose.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil … The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” 1 John 3:8In the Name of Jesus Christ, you can take authority over all evil influences and break these influences over your life. This is accomplished together with one other Christian who is of God or is very close to God.
HOW DO YOU KNOW A DELIVERANCE HAS TAKEN PLACE?There is a definite sense of peace, which envelopes over the one being delivered. You definitely know something has happened.
Then comes Deliverance!!!
You may be wrapped up in a prickly blanket of sadness, you may be depressed, stressed or anxious, but it isn’t your fault.
You can help yourself more than anyone. The evil influence on you can be defeated through Jesus, the Source of strength. “Every knee will bend before Me” Romans 14:11 That includes all evil spirits influencing you.
To our friends who are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist, Taoist, Mormon or Jehovah Witness:
To our knowledge, there is no one in your religious belief that can bind and deliver demonic spirits. There is a reason for this: demonic attacks are warded off in Jesus’ Name. It requires a bible oriented Christian to do the deliverance. You still can be delivered from your attacks, but it needs that all important Christian to command all evil spirits to go to Jesus Christ who will dispose of them according to His Will and to never return .
GOD WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.
Stand up to your Enemy.
“I bless you and I shower My graces upon all My children.
The war is intensifying between good and evil in the world. It is affecting every country.
There is also a war within the Church founded by My Son, Jesus. The evil one is getting stronger and he has many powerful people on his side.
Most of the Church is asleep and not aware of what is happening. I call the Church to wake up before the faith is eroded from the hearts of the believers. Do not let the evil one continue his rampage without a challenge.
With the power of My Son, Jesus, he can be defeated. Wake up and arm yourselves with His armor and you will win.
The devil is destroying the morals of the people. He is destroying Christian marriages and leading many into drugs, alcohol and sexual license.
Stand up to your enemy now with My grace and he will be defeated.
I bless you.”
The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:
Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.
The short form is “In the name of Our Lord Jesus, I bind and deliver the evil spirits of … to go to the abyss.” This is said for each individual evil spirit.
The following prayer can be done together: the person to be delivered must also pray during “OUR PART“: “Come, Holy Spirit, Come” or “Come, Lord Jesus, Come” silently.
Your Christian friend will command these spirits to go back where they came from (the abyss) to be soon replaced with the Love and Blessing of the Lord: Free in Jesus
The void that that takes place brings a complete sense of peace, and you will now be free in Jesus.
(In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command all evil spirits influencing you now, as you read this, to be quiet and not to give you any evil thoughts. This I command in the Name of Jesus.)
If you don’t believe this, try it and see for yourself. You will definitely know in three minutes that a physical change has taken place.
The person delivered must now thank God for the spiritual healing every day until the total deliverance has taken place and to thank Him whenever he or she thinks about it. One must soak oneself in God’s love by reading the Bible: the short gospel of Luke for beginners and later the gospels of John.
The delivered person does not want to ever go back to the ever pervading influence of evil spirits. It is very important to connect with a Bible-oriented church.
This same prayer of deliverance can be used to exhort evil influences on members of your family by name in the same manner with you as the intercessor and with your prayerful Christian. They should be made aware of your prayer as a gentle mention that you have prayed for them so they can become more sensitized to God’s Love.
This prayer of deliverance can be printed, quartered and kept in your wallet.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17(1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
Jesus is alive today!He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions,when you ask God for it earnestly.
In ancient Greece, it was called, “divine madness”. During the U.S. Civil War it was called, “soldier’s heart”. During World War I it was called, “shell shock”. During World War II it was called “combat fatigue” and during the Viet Nam War it was called, “PTSD (Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder). We are simply calling It TRAUMA,which is an evil influence that needs to be delivered away from the patient.
Governments are spending millions of dollars to try to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) on its returning soldiers. Psychologists are at a loss and end up relying on medication, but the problem doesn’t go away.
Postpartum depression (PND) develops after a mother gives birth. PTSD and PND Can Happen to All Who Experience Trauma or Witness Trauma.
God Heals PTSD and PND through His Deliverance. This includes Dysthymia, a mild chronic depression.
Some More Serious Symptoms of Demonic Attack related to Fear:
Seizures of panic or other fear that is terrifying.
Terrifying doubt of one’s salvation even though they once knew the joy of salvation.
Dreams or nightmares that are of a horrific nature and often …recurring.
Bizarre terrifying thoughts that seem to come from nowhere and you cannot control them.
For Jesus, there are no countries to be conquered, no ideologies to be imposed, no people to be dominated. There are only children, women and men to be loved.
IF WE CAN’T CRITICIZE ISLAM, WE CAN’T REFORM IT
Muslims are on the defense because they have been criticized in the news: 9/11, daily terror attacks, the accelerating Islamization of Europe, and the development of nuclear weapons by Pakistan and Iran.
It is not “Islamophobic” for someone to criticize Islam. On the contrary, criticism is a prerequisite for any lasting reformation within Islam. In order to initiate a major Enlightenment within Islam, we must recognize the undeniable fact that Islam itself, including the Prophet and Koran, is not infallible and must be subject to criticism. This is a very hard trutheven if Muhammad himself claimed he was to be the last prophet!
There are Islamic scholars and intellectuals who are not afraid of calling things by their names, and who openly express concerns about the contemporary problems within Islam.
We talk about “radical” Islam, but, in a sense, there is nothing radical about Islam. It does not require a radical transformation of the self as does Christianity. In Islam, man is not made in the image of God. Consequently, there is no call to holiness, no requirement that “you … must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” Matthew. 5:48
“We … are being changed into His likeness from one degree of glory to another” 2 Corinthians 3:18, and “though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed everyday … preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” 2 Corinthians. 4:16-17. Whatever one may think of the truth of the Christian message, the message is that humans have a very high calling. The difference between this vision of man and the rather low estimate of human potential contained in the Koran is profound.Continue reading ISLAM VERSUS CHRISTIANITY 2→
In Alcoholic Anonymous they have asaying for insanity: trying to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. We are often guilty of insane behavior.
First we must identify what our real needs are. For example, caring for children can mask the need to care for ourselves. We can get stuck trying to meet false needs.
There are four essential needs
Affirmation: we need to be acknowledged and appreciated.
We need to express love: to hug and share.
We need to share our emotions and our experiences: what we think and what we feel.
We need to grow; we need space and opportunity to grow.
JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU
I have Defeated the Devil.
“I love you.
Come and join Me in the desert. I am here in a large cave where I spend My days with the Father in prayer. I am getting ready to begin My public life to bring the Good News to the people. Here in the desert I was tempted by the devil three times.
A recent UN report lists all the ways laws officially support men over women. Men abuse women in every society, but few males do it with as much impunity, violence and regularity as the Indian male. In India, women and girls continue to be sold as chattels, married off as young as 10, burned alive as a result of dowry-related disputes and young girls are exploited and abused as domestic slave labor.
No right to marital property: Upon separation or divorce, an Indian woman is the entitled only to maintenance from her husband. She has no right on the assets, such as house or commercial property, bought in her husband’s name during the marriage. So if she leaves him or gets divorced, even years after the marriage, she is potentially without assets. Indian government policies do not consider the work done at home by a woman as having an economic value.
Hindu laws of inheritance: In the case of Hindus, the property of a woman who dies without a will is handled differently from that of a man. In the absence of spouse and children, the husband’s heirs inherit the woman’s estate. Even if the deceased woman was ill treated in her marital home, her husband’s mother or father will get her property instead of her own mother or father.
Prohibition of Child Marriage Act: The marriage of a 1-year-old or 10-year-old is valid. The law only prevents the marriages of children; it does not render them illegal once they actually happen. The married children, however, have the right to declare it void. A woman can call off a marriage until she turns 20, whereas a man has till age 23.
Age of consent: A man can legally have sex with his wife even if she is a minor, as long as she is above the age of 15. Over 45% of Indian girls are married before the age of 18.
Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act: Women are still not equal guardians of their children. A father is considered the “natural guardian” of a child, although the custody of offspring under the age of 5 will ordinarily be awarded to the mother.
The Goa Law on polygamy:A law recognises the second marriage of “Gentile Hindu” man of Goa if his previous wife does not have any children before age 25 or if she does not have a male child by 30.
Three possible reasons why people may go through a phase of being interested in someone of the same sex could be curiosity, slower sexual maturity, or misguided messages from the media that approve of homosexuality. There is no conclusive proof that homosexuality is inherited. (Experts such as Harvey, Nicolosi, Whitehead, Rudegeair et al, say that it is more likely to be socially caused, e.g. by a non-loving parent and/or various other types of neglect).
NOW HERE IS THE REAL KICKER.
A pastor, who is very connected to God, tells a story. He asked God why it is that his brother was gay and yet hes was not. You will not find this answer in any psychology book.
God said that when his brother was in the womb, there were destructive arguments between the mother and the unreasonable father. His brother took the side of the mother, his more feminine side.
A combination of both biological and social factors combined mold people into who they are and determines the mindset of one that chooses to engage in criminal behavior. We are not saying that homosexuality is criminal, but there are similarities.
The social environment is the main reason why individuals commit crime, and, secondly, crime occurs and is fostered by biological traits that eventually lead to criminal behavior. So it is all about the environment: one’s peers are those individuals that tend to coerce or indirectly effect the decision making of another. It’s also all about the biological rejection of a parent from a child in the womb.
HOW DOES THE CHURCH REGARD HOMOSEXUALITY?
To have a homosexual orientation means to be sexually attracted to someone of the same sex. The homosexual act is an act of grave, but the tendency towards the act is seen by the Church as a disordered condition.Whilst never accepting the sin we must always love the sinner, always being ready to give a respectful account of the truth.
PALESTINE LIBERATION ARMY (PLA) was established as the official military branch of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)in 1964.
Arafat was elected president of the Palestinian Authority (PA)with an overwhelming 88.2 % majority. Arafat accepted the UN Security Council Resolution 242, promised future recognition of Israel and renounced “terrorism” in all its forms, including state terrorism. (SEE TAQIYYA BELOW)
Arafat statement was encouraged by the US administration, which insisted on recognition of Israel as a necessary starting point in the Camp David peace negotiations.
Arafat statement indicated a shift from one PLO primary aims (the destruction of Israel) towards the establishment of two separate entities, an Israeli State within the 1949 armistice lines and a Palestinian State in the West bank and Gaza Strip. Barak offered Arafat a Palestinian State in parts of the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip with an outlying suburb of Jerusalem as its capital.
Yet, Arafat was influenced by the rise of HAMAS and the Palestinian Jihadorganizations, which were employing new tactics such as “martyrdom operations” (also known as suicide bombing). Israel was hit with opposition from grass roots Palestinians who unable to do anything so they reverted to suicide bombing.
As is, HAMAS stands accused of using schools and hospitals to hide weapons, effectively using civilians as human shields. This is a war crime, but so is bombing targets in the knowledge that civilians will be killed. Consequently, every step that the Israelis take to try to eliminate the rockets and the militants that plague them bears a cost.
And herein lies the ultimate logic of Israeli strategy. In their use of force they are sending the message not only to HAMAS but also to international mediators that left to their own devices they will continue to use force until the rockets stop.
Muslims are allowed by taqiyya to lie about their religious beliefswhen this will support the advancement of Islam. Nonie Darwish, in The Devil We Don’t Know, describes how Islamic Sharia law incorporates taqiyya: “Sharia itself allows lies not only with infidels, but also to solve disputes among Muslims and in the wife/husband relationship, thereby covering practically all relationships. The individual Muslim is taught that protection of Islam is a sacred communal obligation that is more important than family, life, or happiness.” So who are we to believe? Sharia law itself allows lies with infidels.Continue reading PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE 2→
PARABLE OF THE WISE AND FOOLISH BRIDES MAIDS Matthew 25.1-13 (AO32)
Why did the five “wise” bridesmaids not share their extra oil with the “unwise” or “foolish” ones whose lamps began to flicker around midnight? It would have been the charitable thing to do.
The story makes it clear that some of the bridesmaids were ill-prepared to participate in the wedding rituals.
The bridegroom was a bit late. The foolish bridesmaids did not have enough oil to keep their lamps burning, so they missed out. Lesson learned.
If I were to improve the story, I would have created another “teaching moment”. I would have had the good ones actually give away some of their oil to the foolish ones to teach about the virtue of “sharing”. It would have achieved two lessons with one story — one about preparedness and the other about generosity.
THE END TIMES
The parable is a metaphor for the end-times, that time we find out our final destination.
The civilization that had produced cities, libraries, and observatories and opened itself to the world had now regressed and become closed, resentful, violent, and hostile to discourse and innovation.
What happened? It is permissible … to ask oneself why Arab civilization, after having thrown such a live light on the world, suddenly became extinguished; why this torch has not been relit since; and why the Arab world still remains buried in profound darkness.
The Islamic turn away from scholarshipcan be traced back to the rise of the anti-philosophical Ash’arism school among Sunni Muslims, who comprise the vast majority of the Muslim world. The ethos in the Islamic world was increasingly opposed to original scholarship and any scientific inquiry that did not directly aid in religious regulation of private and public life. The Ash’arites believed the Koran to be co-equal with God and therefore unchallengeable.