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Critical Thinking: To Judge Or Not To Judge

by Chris Corlett

The Complaint

“You are being judgmental!” is an indictment few want levied against them. In today’s conversation, its cousin “You are being hateful!” is sufficiently feared it successfully censors otherwise intelligent and informed speech on the important issues of the day. In America and around the globe, an increasing refusal to acquiesce to these simplistic indictments is evidenced by the boldness of certain politicians and boisterousness of committed protesters who compete with each other for the prominent headlines “above the fold.” Many among us have heard the gibe often from those barely familiar with the Bible: “Don’t you know that Jesus told us not to judge each other!” When read in its Biblical context, this passage is not a prohibition of judgment and rather serves as a command to inspect your own actions and attitudes before considering those of your sister or brother. Jesus continues, “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (boldface added) Paul writes, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” There is no prohibition implied or mandated in the Bible from declaring Truth. Paul corrected Peter when His doctrine and actions were wrong and we need to sharpen each other in the manner similar to iron sharpening iron. Blunt blows fail to sharpen iron; a near-parallel interaction develops a honed edge to which we aspire.

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What is True Islam?

by William J. Federer

Muslim Terrorists Commit Attacks

Orlando massacre, Boston bombing, Paris bombing, Belgium train station bombing, beheading in Oklahoma, San Bernardino shootings, Fort Hood “workplace violence,” Boko Haram Nigerian kidnappings, Kenya mall killings, disfiguring acid attacks in Pakistan, Syrian genocide, ancient Iraqi churches and monasteries destroyed, the grave of the Prophet Jonah blown up, and more.

Apologist politicians are quick to assure us that these terrorist acts do not represent true Islam. Yet, in many cases, terrorists are yelling “Allahu Akbar” and claim they do represent true Islam. Who can tell us what true Islam is? One person — Mohammed.

Mohammed was the best Muslim that ever lived. His life is called the sunna, which means the way or the example. If we examine Mohammed’s life, we can better understand those trying to be like him. His life went through three stages: he was a RELIGIOUS leader, then a POLITICAL leader, then a MILITARY leader.

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Ezekiel 38: The Israeli Perspective

by Bill Salus

This article is taken from a chapter in The Now Prophecies book. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW! These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening.

Noah was given a NOW Prophecy about a forthcoming worldwide flood. Joseph’s NOW Prophecies dealt with seven years of plenty that would be swallowed up by seven years of ensuing famine in Egypt. The prophet Jeremiah warned about seventy years of desolation in Judah and the corresponding Jewish dispersion from Judah during those years.

In all of these instances it was their NOW Prophecies that benefited and protected them the most. Those timely predictions enabled them to prepare in advance for the powerful events that they were confronted with! Likewise, we need to know the predictions that could affect us NOW!

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Beyond Newton: Challenges to Astronomy

by Dr. Chuck Missler

A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.

Isaac Newton

Every first-year physics student learns about Newton’s laws.

  1. An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion until it’s acted on by an outside force.
  2. There is a relationship between acceleration, mass and force. An object will accelerate when force is applied according to the simple formula F=ma.
  3. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Since childhood, we’ve pictured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree, when a piece of fruit falls and hits him on the head. This moment in his life supposedly spawned his curiosity about the nature of gravity. Newton is famous for his laws of motion and for offering the world a version of calculus. More than anything else, however, Newton is famous for his Law of Universal Gravitation. Whether there is any truth to the apple story, large or small, we do know that Newton produced the view of gravity that held for centuries until Einstein upset Newton through his theory on general relativity.

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