Monday, March 31, 2014
I reluctantly went to see Russell Crowe's Noah, and justified paying Paramount (the producers of the blasphemous "The Wolf of Wall Street") the cost of the ticket because a popular television program had invited me to share my thoughts.
Noah's producer, Darren Aronofsky, once said, "All of my charity work has always been about the environment," so I can understand why he thought that the biblical narrative is about saving innocent animals. But what was he thinking when he had Noah build the ark with the help of a rock
group? These embarrassingly absurd rock people stomp around almost every scene of the first half of the movie. From a production viewpoint, I expected better and more sensible motion graphics for such a big budget movie.
From a biblical viewpoint Noah himself is about as far away from the Noah of the Bible as he could get. Perhaps the best way to describe him and what he does in the movie would be to liken it to Hollywood doing a movie about Napoleon, and portraying him as a tall Japanese-speaking crocodile hunter, who was into sky-diving and Russian roulette.
However, there's something more sinister about the production of this movie. It's more than just a grown man with a childish imagination playing with an expensive toy. It is the blatant mischaracterization of a man of God in an attempt to undermine the authority of the Word of God. If Hollywood's "Noah" is a financial success, I suspect that a sequel will be a blasphemous mischaracterization of Jesus and His work on the cross. As with "Noah," this will be given a pass by many professing Church leaders who are mesmerized by the glitter of Hollywood. These are dark times indeed.
Yet my fading hope is that if Hollywood ever sees fit to portray another biblical figure, they will get it right. They can have their poetic licence, but they must stay faithful to the script revealed in the Scriptures. If they do that, I will encourage Christians everywhere to flood the theaters, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that conviction.
In the meanwhile, I am encouraged that over 100,000 people freely saw our version of Noah within the first two days of its release. May those who have a Noah craving get their fix at www.NoahTheMovie.com
Friday, March 28, 2014
I often quote Charles Spurgeon. He went to be with the Lord over 100 years ago, but his amazing words are still bringing life to many. I have often said that small minds use big words to impress small minds and that some of the most educated people in this world are the dumbest people on earth. Spurgeon was both brilliant and simple. He had a vocabulary of 23,000 words. Shakespeare had 23,000 words. If you are average, you have about 13,000 words. Spurgeon had the brilliance to keep it simple so that the simple could understand his brilliant message.
The Christian preacher isn’t motivated by his ego. He isn’t out to impress his hearers. He wants sinners to avoid Hell and make it to Heaven, so he keeps the message simple, and this is the simple message: God is holy, we are sinful and therefore justly heading for Hell. He is rich in mercy and has provided a Savior so that we could be forgiven and granted the gift of everlasting life. The Christian gospel is the simplest of messages with the most profound consequences. If you are interested in finding everlasting life, simply do the test: www.needGod.com
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The word “hope” in the English language has become a weak word, possibly because so often hope doesn’t deliver. We “hope” the home team will score in the last minutes of the game, but the clock runs out and they lose. We hope grandma will get better, and she doesn’t.
However, “hope” in God’s promises are radically different. The Bible says that we have a hope that is as “an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.” (Hebrews 6:19). Most things in which we put our hope (in this world) will often end up in disappointment. That’s the sorry well from which so much country music draws its material. However, if you put your hope in God, you will never be disappointed. This is because God cannot lie. He always keeps His Word.
The Scriptures say that if you are not born again and trusting alone in Jesus, you have no hope, and you are without God (see Ephesians 2:11-13). What a joy it is to have this immutable hope of everlasting life. If you haven’t got what we in Christ, I hope someday you’ll join us. Perhaps today. Tomorrow may not come. It won’t for 150,000 people.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Skeptics are often angered by the biblical practice of having a bond-servant (a slave). They presume that “slavery” automatically means tremendous cruelty with chains and whips--because of the history of American slavery.
However, a bond-servant in scripture was someone who found themselves in debt, and they worked off their debt. We don’t do that in America. We think we know better. We throw people into jail. So the person who lost the money doesn’t get it back, and the person in debt goes to jail. At present the United States has over 1.5 million people in prison, at a cost of over $31,000 per prisoner per year.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
When I posted about the omnipotence of God (the fact that with God, nothing is impossible), an atheist commented “You certain you want to go with that? Judges 1:19. Just sayin'."
Judges 1:19 (in the King James Version of the Bible) says, “And the Lord was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.” This is a favorite verse of atheists because they think that the “he” refers to God—who couldn’t drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because the chariots were made of iron.
However, the "he" is a reference to the Tribe of Judah. The Bible consistently uses pronouns to describe tribes and even nations. Here is the verse from a modern paraphrased version: "The Lord helped the tribe of Judah exterminate the people of the hill country, though they failed in their attempt to conquer the people of the valley, who had iron chariots."
Monday, March 24, 2014
"Which god is this again? I keep forgetting....Religious people keep using all these big words that I don't understand." Christopher Maher
Sorry for the confusion. I will try and make as simple as I can for you. There is one Creator and many gods. That's why the First of the Ten Commandments begins with "I am The Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before Me." The Creator is morally perfect and warns that He will One Day punish all evil. This is offensive to sinful humanity, and so they make up false gods of which they are more comfortable. Some even deny His existence--for the same reason. Please overlook any big words. Small-minded people use big words to impress the small-minded.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
"When was the last time your God healed an amputee?" Gina Lisa
That’s so old and warn out. Here's a couple of new arguments and the conclusion, for you and other atheists: “When was the last time your God grew hair on a bald head? When did He make a dwarf tall? I haven't heard of any hair growing on bald heads or dwarfs growing tall, therefore your God doesn't exist. Nothing made everything.”
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Humanism says that man is basically good, and that when he does something morally wrong, some outside influence has caused him to go off the rails--such as not having a father figure, poverty, bad friends, etc. This is in direct opposition to the Bible, which says that man is off the rails from the moment he is born. One argument for that is that we don't have to teach our children to do wrong. They intuitively know how to lie, be selfish and disobedient. We have to teach them to speak the truth, to share and to obey.
It wasn't too long ago that schools had corporal punishment as a means of discipline. Nor was it too long ago that parents spanked their children. Those were the days when children showed respect for authority, when cars and house doors were left unlocked, a murder was national news, when there was no such thing as school shootings, kids killing kids, randomly knocking out strangers, etc.
Humanism even influences the running of our criminal system. It says that the lawbreaker is basically a good person and the rape or the murder he committed wasn't his fault, but rather the influence of unfortunate circumstances. So he isn't sent to prison for punishment, but for rehabilitation...to set him back on the rails. This has had the effect of removing the fear of the law from society, and when people don't fear the law there is no restraint when it comes to crime.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Did you hear that scientists have created a machine that can turn your discarded food into hygienically sealed food packages? Just toss the contraption your left-overs and overnight it will make them into a delicious meal that can be fried, poached, scrambled, or made into an omelet. Place one of these feathered machines with a similar model and it will miraculously reproduce a white package that contains another producing machine.
If you hear of scientists created such a contraption don’t believe it. God already made the chicken and the rooster. The chicken can be dismantled at any time and provide finger-lickin food, and the rooster can save you having to buy an alarm clock. To see which came first, the chicken or the egg, read Genesis chapter one. And to see what scientists believe about the fairytale of evolution, watch www.evolutionvsGod.com
Monday, March 17, 2014
I believe that God created the oceans and all the sea creatures that are in them: “So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind…” (Genesis 1:21).
Approximately 70% of the earth is covered in water, so I took a camera to a university and asked a professor (a marine biologist) where the water came from. He said that the possibility was that the ocean came from space in the form of comets. So I asked him where the 28,000 different species of fish came from. Up until that point he was friendly, but the question seemed to offend him. He then put his hand over the lens and ended the interview. Apparently he didn’t know where the fish (or the oceans) came from.
So if you believe the oceans came from comets, can you tell me where whales, dolphins, porpoises, plus the 28,000 different species of fish came from? I don’t want links to rabbit trails (I will delete those). I want you to tell me in your own words--do you believe that there was life in the rocks/soil waiting for water to come from space? Did the fish come on comets? Or, like the professor, you don’t know?
Friday, March 14, 2014
Those of you who have read the book “Out of the Comfort Zone” will know that back in 1982 I discovered what is now called “Hell’s Best Kept Secret,” and how I had a strong conviction that God was going to move myself and my family from New Zealand to the United States.
You will also know the amazing way in which He did that, how I waited another three years in America for doors to open, and how I received a call from a well-known preacher. He had seen the teaching on video, and felt it was so important he had me share it with a thousand pastors.
He put it on video and that year he screened what he titled “Ten Cannons of God’s Law” to 30,000 pastors. My faithful PA found the 1992 clip on YouTube where I (in a comparatively youthful body) shared it with those pastors:
Thursday, March 13, 2014
“Quick question Ray, Whenever I'm having a bad day, I pull up your famous banana video. It makes me giggle like a little school girl. My question is, if the banana is the divine design of God, made just to fit in the hands of humans, what was He thinking when He designed the coconut? It most definitely isn't designed to be easily eaten.” Ben Bolling
At the risk of being labeled "coconut man," I will answer you. The coconut is a healthy drink and food that lasts for months in a hygienically sealed container, without preservatives. Coconut flesh is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals (with no trans-fats and is gluten-free).
You said that it isn't designed to be eaten easily. That’s not true. They are easy to open, if you know how:
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
It says that camels were domesticated somewhere between 2000 and 1500 BC. They believe that they weren’t domesticated in Israel until centuries later, more like 900 BC. But they are wrong. Camels were domesticated 1,000 years earlier. We know this because we have a historically reliable record: “And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.” Genesis 24:64 doesn’t say she “lit up” a camel—she lighted off a camel, which means she was riding the domesticated beast. Still, many in the world will prefer to believe scientists over the Bible, and it doing so they strain at a gnat and…well you know the rest.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
In one ten-year period in the United States, 63,000 murderers were never brought to justice. These were unsolved crimes. If God turns a blind eye to those murderers, then He is corrupt by nature. It makes sense that if He is good and just, He should be angry with those who have taken the lives of others, and He should punish murderers, rapists, etc. This is the teaching of the Bible—that God will “by no means clear the guilty.” He “will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil,” “God is angry with the wicked every day.” That’s why you need the Savior. Seewww.needGod.com for details.
Friday, March 7, 2014
A youth once borrowed a fast car, and in a drunken stupor, sped through his home town at 120 m.p.h. Since everything was horse-drawn in his country town, there were no laws against speeding. So the council passed a law saying that 60 m.p.h. was the maximum speed, and that any transgressors would be fined $100 for every m.p.h. over the speed limit. On his way back through the town, the speedster decided to pull the same prank. He was apprehended, tried, and found guilty by his father, who was the town’s only judge. He was fined $10,000, and because he had no money and no words of defense, the youth was led off to prison. As he sat in despair in prison, his father appeared at the door, and told him that he had sold all his own prized possessions and paid the fine for him. The son couldn’t believe that he loved him that much. They embraced as they never had before, and walked off in a new-found relationship, bonded together with love.
That’s a picture of what God did for us through the Gospel. We have all broken the Law a multitude of times, but God came to this earth in the person of Jesus Christ, and paid the fine for us—“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jesus satisfied Eternal Justice, then rose from the dead, so that God can grant us eternal life. But just as we cannot earn a gift, so we cannot earn eternal life by our good works—“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone boast.”
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Have you kept the Ten Commandments? This is what someone would be like if he kept the moral Law—he would always love God with “all of his heart, mind, soul, and strength,” and love his neighbor as much as he has loved himself. He has never made a god to suit himself (either with his hands or in his mind). He has always given God’s name reverence, kept the Sabbath holy, honored his parents implicitly, and never once has he been “angry without cause.” He has never hated anyone, had lust in his heart, or had illicit sex. He has never stolen even a paper clip or ballpoint pen, or told as much as a “white” lie, and not once desired anything that belongs to someone else. He is, and always has been “pure in heart,” perfect in thought, word, and deed.
The truth is, we are not like that. We have all “sinned” many times, and therefore we have stored up God’s wrath, which will be revealed on Judgment Day. The proof that we have sinned will be our death, and after death we must face God in judgment. Think of it—if He has seen our every thought, word, and deed, and if He is going to bring all our sins out as evidence of our guilt on the Day of Judgment, we will all be found to be guilty. Our conscience has shown us right from wrong; we will be without excuse. God will give us justice, and Hell will be the place of our eternal punishment. “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.” That’s why you need the Savior. Seewww.needGod.com for details.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The elevator in a New York high-rise suddenly stopped on the 79th floor. You call the elevator company and describe the noises you heard. They soberly tell you to place a large notice on the doors saying: "Do not use this elevator! Any weight in it will immediately cause it to drop 79 floors. Repairmen are on their way." A few minutes later you return to see that someone has put a line through your wording and written, "This elevator is okay for gays to use."
We have it from the greatest Authority on earth that nothing unclean in God's sight will enter Heaven--no fornicator, idolater, liar, thief, blasphemer, adultery, lustful person or sexually immoral person, or homosexual will enter (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Yet some who profess to be Christians betray homosexuals by lying to them and saying, "All is well. Step through the doors. You will be okay."
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
“According to the Bible, Jesus told his followers he would return within their generation. It didn't happen. What makes you think it will ever happen?” Australians for Rational Thinking
The reference is obviously to the generation that sees the nation of Israel budding. The Jews obtained Jerusalem in 1967 after 2,000 years without a homeland. Take the time to study Bible prophecy (Matthew 24, Luke 21, 2 Timothy 3, Joel 2, and many of the passages) and you will see that the signs of the end of the Age are all around us. The book of Peter even says that skeptics will say that these signs have always been around. You had better get right with God before it’s too late. See www.needGod.com for details.