Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

The "problem of evil"

Throughout the centuries theologians have racked their brains trying to explain how "evil" natural calamities can be permited by an absolutely sovereign God who is good and who is Love, without that making God evil.

ASSERTION: the "problem of evil" is no problem at all because it doesn't exist.
It is a chimera (illusion) born out of the self-righteousness of man.

Let us test the validity of the assertion with the fire of the WORD

1) Romans 3:23
All have sinned.

2) Romans 6:23
The wages of sin is death.

Since natural calamities execute the just reward of sin by causing death
Justice is not evil

We may conclude that

God is Just in allowing, indeed causing, such deadly calamities and therefore cannot be evil

It is not in vain that the Word says in Deutoronomy 32:4
He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, Just and Right is He.

...and to think Aquinas could've been spared the trouble had he read the Bible.

Monday, February 14, 2005

information lowdown

get ready for a concentration of "news"

The weblog "ask about Jesus" has been terminated. However, the Forum which it housed has been integrated into this headpage Pen of Iron, as you can see by the buttons between every post. Click on the flashing "Enter my Forum" button. Once there ANYONE can either start his own post\theme, or click on any such post and reply.
We still have the problem of unwanted adds, which we disposed of in the Guestbook. But this should be taken care of in the coming fortnight.

This saturday was to be my first day of training with the boss for work. Yet as I was leaving the house, I received a call from a frantic Dipendra, a brother in the Lord Jesus (having been saved from a pagan religion), whose apartment was burning down before his eyes. I rushed to the scene. The firefighters were present, surveying the damage having overcome the fire. Dipendra, Aimee (also a sister in the Lord), and Hem all lost their belongings. Aimee had stored her stuff there having lived out her stay at another apartment the very same day! Dipendra worried most about his papers, being a foreignor in the country.
Dipendra, Hem and myself proceeded to the office of the Darak (a rough police equivalent only more military-like) after their papers, Hem's originals and Dipendra's copies had been confiscated. We spent an anxious three hours. They were treated more like criminals than victims. I signed on as official interpreter; trepidly. A report was made, the papers were returned. They were told to return on this monday the 14th for a copy of the report, which, following submittal, would permit them to replace their lost papers.
We proceeded to meet Aimee and attend the youth meeting. Dipendra's tears were turned to gratefulness unto the Lord who once before had blessed him following a total loss of property and shelter. Aimee's faith also was unshaken. She was laughing and praising God, but losing not the ponderous sense that God had somehow sent a message through this fire. An admonishment. Hem saw the power of faith.
Later on that night the youth commuted to the port of Beirut to board the Doulos missionary ship and came out with Bibles, devotional books and tracts. Many people of many faiths had the opportunity to witness the message of the Gospel.
Our two friends however, did not recover their papers today. Why?
Because a bomb blast literally flattened down-town Beirut, about an hour past noon:
The assassination of business Tycoon and former Lebanese Prime Minister Raffic el Harriri. The nation is in shock, though a little few had seen it coming. I was with a little group of friends on the steps of the American University of Beirut's Maingate Plaza. I felt the sound-wave against my eardrums as the air was ripped. There was a mixture of reactions, from panic to absolute impassability. But most knew very well that this wasn’t just another sonic boom. When one female friend asked what had just happened, Wael answered with the stoicism of a war-tried people “somebody just died”
Nor was it of similar magnitude to the bomb that had targeted Marwan Hmede just a couple of months ago, also near AUB. This time some windows were broken. A significant sign of the power of the blast, given that, what we first believed an intra-mural explosion, had taken place some hundreds of meters outside the campus near the St-George and Pheonicia hotels. Billowing black smoke thickly ascended. Students at first even rushed to the site, when it was still thought to be on campus. In Lebanon, people rush to, rather than away from explosions. We’re idiosyncratic this way. Despite millions of dollars spent on security payments, body-guards, anti-bomb radars and convoys, the targeted man met his fate. A large crater had bitten out the soil. The scene is that of a flattened forest. The mobile phone network was sporadically shut off or jammed. Families panicked to obtain information on loved ones. T.V. stations relayed images of death and destruction. Riots erupted in the streets. Some shops were vandalized, others forced to shutdown. Roads were closed. (shows you how much the Lord God thinks of the world's February the 14th love fest)

We pray for security and the free-flow of the Word of God. He rules in the kingdom of men. Have mercy Lord, spare us another war. The heart of kings is in your hands. You raise and raze.

Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

When asked by a friend from abroad how I was doing, I told her to read Psalm 91 to find out.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

latest news

February's first week in Lebanon has been one cold cold front from Europe. what good could come out of Europe? hehe.
I will be starting work tomorrow at a large bookstore. I am required to "wear multiple hats", as my boss framed it, meaning work in publishing, editing, sales and database. The Lord was unstoppable in handing me the job. One difficult evening I had cried out to Jesus to have me financially independent. The next day i received a phone call from a contact who had already recommended me for the job a few days prior.

Isa 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

I pray the Lord will bless me to be responsible, wise and above all, to bear a good testimony to His name.

A new semester is also starting. My last one was the best since I had been rid of many a burden and could better concentrate on acknowledging Jesus through mine academia also, something I had always failed to do, much less thought of.

The church's ranks are swollen with visitors. Especially I think of an unfortunate, delightful group of youth, numbering about a dozen native Mongolians who were thrown in the country without pass-port, food, shelter or money, having been promised work opportunities. Human smuggling. nothing new here. In any case, they happened to be cramped in a single room in a near-by building to the church's meeting place. One of our sisters in Christ, from Madagascar, met them wanderting in front of the church floor, and invited them in for the Wednesday Bible Study. They also came on Sunday. The church gathered money, food, and one member from Nepal took care of providing blankets also. They were visited in their apartment and were told of the love of the Son of God dying in their stead on the cross. So their unfortunate trip turned out to be the opportunity to listen to the Word of God and be saved from judgement.
Is the Lord awesome or what?

Thursday, February 03, 2005

choir rehearsal, december 2004

Christmas choir and cantanta rehearsal presented by Beirut's 1st Baptist Bible Church to the glory of Jesus the Son of God, on the 26th of December . Posted by Hello

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