Posted by: todung | 5 January 2009

WEEKLY PRAYER FOR DEACON YEAR OF HKBP (doa mingguan pada Tahun Diakonia HKBP), 2009

 

DEACONS YEAR OF HKBP:

RENUNGAN MINGGUAN

Menggunakan ALMANAK HKBP

JANUARI-JUNI 2009

 

MINGGU: 1 JANUARI 2009

Tahun Baru

 

BE MERCIFUL!

JADILAH BERBELASKASIHAN!

GABE PARASI NI ROHA MA HAMU!

 

Evangeliun : LUKAS 6; 36; Epistel : KISAH 4; 32-37; Topik: LUKAS 6; 36

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak umat masih memiliki berkat lebih dibandingkan yang lain, disimpan di rumah atau di bank. Kuatir akan hilang atau akan terbuang dengan sia-sia karena datangnya penyakit, kecelakaan, hura-hura pesta; sementara banyak saudara, orang miskin, yatim piatu, janda miskin tersingkirkan, terpenjarakan, tidak melanjutkan sekolah, sakit, korban narkoba dan HIV Aids, memulung, mengasong, yang membutuhkan pertolongan.

 

TEENS & YOUTH: Be professional. How about your life planning? Dream for collect money, look out, many people awaiting for your hand and heart serve. Just merciful.

 

 

MINGGU PERTAMA: 4 JANUARI 2009

Setelah Tahun Baru

 

SHOW KINDNESS WITH CHEERFULLY!

MENGASIHILAH DENGAN SENANG HATI!

MARBASA-BASA MA SIAN IAS NI ROHA!

 

Evangelium : MATIUS 6; 1-4; Epistel. : ROMA 12; 9-15; Topik : ROMA 12; 8

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang memberi dengan mengharap balas, pamrih, harus dipotret, masuk dalam siaran radio dan tv, pemberiannya tertulis di warta jemaat. Lupa bahwa balasan yang sangat mulia hanya datang dari Tuhan. Lupa bahwa suka cita hanya dalam Tuhan. Banyak orang tidak memiliki kepedulian.

 

TEENS & YOUTH: Learn this one. Many richmen have no any later, many the have not be riches, why? So, Pray and help for the have nots.

 

MINGGU KEDUA: 11 JANUARI 2009

Pertama Setelah Epiphania

 

WORK WITH JESUS

BEKERJA BERSAMA YESUS

MANGULA RAPHON JESUS

 

EV. : Yoh. 15; 1-9; EP.: IMAMAT (3 MUSA) 26; 11-13; TOPIK : 2 KORINTUS 3;5

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang mengandalkan diri, percaya diri atas kekuatan dan kepintaran diri sendiri, berani melakukan sogok, melakukan korupsi, banyak orang tersiksa karena orang lain, banyak orang merasa bahwa bersama Tuhan itu semuanya lambat dan membingungkan.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Of course, Jesus need, you’re able to face your capacity, your capability, your creativity. Do the best, hand in hand with Him. The capacity we have comes from God.

 

MINGGU KETIGA: 18 JANUARI 2009

Kedua setelah Epiphania

 

GOD PROMISED YOU

JANJI TUHAN MENGIRINGIMU

PADAN PANOGU-NOGUON NI DEBATA

 

EV. : KELUARAN (2Musa) 6;1-8

EP. : YOH. 10; 24-30

TOPIK : MATIUS 28;20B

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang tidak sempat berdoa, yang berdoa hanya untuk mengumpulkan berkat untuk diri sendiri, tidak sempat ikut persekutuan, tidak sempat beribadah, terlalu sibuk dengan berbagai kegiatan, sedang malas, sedang mengerutu, jual mahal, ogah-ogahan, tidak sempat berbagi kasih kepada yang lain, banyak yang egois, banyak alasan untuk tidak memberi,

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Laborare est Orare. You’re writing letter, reading book, singing song, riding car, wearing shirt, praying, jogging in the morning, eating breakfast, lunch,, dinner and supper, sleeping in the night, what are you doing, you’re succeded because of God

 

MINGGU KEEMPAT: 25 JANUARI 2009

Ketiga Setelah Epiphania

 

HOW TO KNOW GOD

BAGAIMANA MENGENAL TUHAN

MANANDA DEBATA

 

EV. : BILANGAN (4Musa) 22; 21-35

EP. : 2 PETR. 2; 10B-16

TOPIK : MATIUS 7;23

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang bingung lalu menduakan Tuhan dengan percaya kepada dukun, tukang tenung, meragukan Tuhan sendiri dengan berbagai analisis dan PA yang ternoda oleh pikiran sendiri, percaya kepada kekuatan tuhan lain, menciptakan tuhan sendiri, banyak yang apatis, berpindah-pindah gereja, berpindah-pindah agama, hanya mau dicari oleh Tuhan tidak mau mencari Tuhan

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

You yourself believe and belove in Jesus. It’s not enough. You have to bring the others to be the same with you, the same with Jesus, loves whoever. Thy say not to you: “I never knew you, get away from me, you wicked people”

 

MINGGU PERTAMA: 1 FEBRUARI 2009

Keempat Setelah Epiphania

 

GOD ACCEPTED THE HAND OF THE SINNER

TUHAN MENERIMA PENDOSA

DIJANGKON JESUS DO PARDOSA

 

EV. : LUK. 15;11-24

EP. : ROMA 14; 13-17

TOPIK : JOHANES 5; 14B

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang menyesali diri atas perbuatan jahatnya, kena narkoba dan HIV Aids, merampok, mencuri, korupsi, melakukan pelecehan seksual, membunuh, banyak orang di penjara, tapi malu untuk datang kepada Yesus. Banyak ingin bertobat mengenali kasih Allah. Ingin memenangkan Tuhan dalam hidupnya, ingin imannya lebih kuat, mengalahkan dunia.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Don’t be ashame. Your sin already erased in the Cross of Golgata. Come to Jesus without paid anymore. Best friend of Jesus Christ never die. So, stop sinning.

 

 

MINGGU KEDUA: 8 FEBRUARI 2009

Septuagesima, 70 hari Sebelum Kebangkitan

 

COMPLETED YOUR LIFE BY LAW AND TRUST

MELETAKKAN HUKUM DAN KEBENARAN

MANGHAJONJONGHON UHUM DOHOT HATIGORAN

 

EV. : YER.9; 22-23

EP. : MAT. 20; 1-16

TOPIK : 1 Korintus 1; 31b

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang makan puji, ingin dipuji oleh orang banyak atas jasa dan perbuatannya yang menurutnya merupakan hasil keringat dan kehandalan diri sendiri, atau sengaja untuk menanam jasa-jasa baru. Banyak orang membuat janji-janji palsu yang pada saatnya tidak akan pernah terjadi, semua untuk diri sendiri, tidak pernah untuk orang lain, kepentingan umum sekalipun.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Start with your big challenges. Don’t believe in the love song of the kid. Do the best. Boast of what the Lord has done.

 

MINGGU KETIGA: 15 FEBRUARI 2009

Sexagesima, 60 Hari Sebelum Kebangkitan

 

GOOD FRUITS OF YOU

BERBUAH YANG BAIK

MARPARBUE NA DENGGAN

 

EV. : LUK. 8; 9-15

EP. : YES. 55; 6-9

TOPIK : KOLOSSE 1;10

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang mempersoalkan keturunannya sendiri yang kurang bahagia bahkan menakutkan. Banyak orang meragukan hubungannya dengan saudara dan orang lain tidak serasi. Banyak orang mencemaskan hasil hasil kerja selama hidupnya, menanam benih kebaikan di tengah keluarga, di tengah masyarakat, di tengah gereja, bahkan kemudian menjadi sia-sia. Banyak orang yang kuatir akan kegagalan.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

You’re the fruits of hard struggle. Your lives will produce alla kinds of good deeds.

 

 

 

MINGGU KEEMPAT: 22 FEBRUARI 2009

Estomihi

FOLLOW JESUS

IKUTLAH YESUS

MANGIHUTHON JESUS

 

EV. : MARK. 8; 31-38

EP. : ROMA 10; 13-21

TOPIK : MATIUS 10;38

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang yang lepas tanggung jawab, ada yang kehilangan hak, melepaskan diri dari pergumulan dan perjuangan. Banyak muncul jadi pemimpin dengan banyak janji, memberi iming-iming tanpa kepastian pelaksanaan dan keselamatan. Banyak yang menggantungkan diri kepada kekuatan yang salah.Namun banyak yang hanya mengadalkan Tuhan

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

The only one corridor is Jesus Cross, follow Him. Take up your cross and follow in His steps.

 

MINGGU PERTAMA: 1 MARET 2009

Invocavit

 

BELIEVE IN LORD JHWH

MENGANDALKAN ALLAH JAHWE

MARHAPOSAN TU JAHOWA

 

EV. : PSALM (MAZMUR) 25; 1-7

EP. : LUK. 9; 57-62

TOPIK : AMSAL 16; 20

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang yang tidak memperhatikan dan tidak percaya lagi kepada Firman Tuhan, justru lebih percaya kepada pelayan Firman itu sendiri, tidak bisa membedakan antara Firman Tuhan dan Pelayan Tuhan, bila pelayan itu tidak ada maka penderitaannya sangat berat. Mau berdiakonia bila pelayan pavoritnya yang menganjurkan, Firman Tuhan dan yang lain tidak ditanggapi. Banyak yang rindu bersekutu dengan Allah, sekaligus membawa orang lain kepadaNya. Banyak yang diam bersama Roh Tuhan, karena yakin bahwa Allah Maha Tahu.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Look for the fresh water, not for the pipe or web. Trust in the LORD and you’ll be happy.

 

 

MINGGU KEDUA: 8 MARET 2009

Reminiscere

 

THE BLESSING OF GOD FOR ALL NATIONS

ANUGERAH ALLAH BAGI SEMUA BANGSA

ASI NI ROHA NI JAHOWA TU NASA BANGSO

 

EV. : YONA 4; 1-11

EP. : YOH.3; 16-21

TOPIK : MAT. 12; 18

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang bersaudara tidak rukun, orang yang berteman tidak akur, orang bertetangga saling mencurigai, politik sedang memanas, mengabaikan kebenaran, mengabaikan kesalahan, menonjolkan kepentingan. Banyak orang satu tempat duduk namun hati di dalam siapa yang tahu? Dunia dilanda perang, terjadi perang saudara, perang antar Negara dan perang ekonomi. Tokoh perdamaian dikucilkan.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Tell the truth. For God loved the world so much.

 

MINGGU KETIGA: 15 MARET 2009

Okuli

 

GET THE RESULT OF WIN

MEMPEROLEH UPAH KEMENANGAN

MANGEAHI UPA HAMONANGAN

 

EV. : PILIPI 3; 13-16

EP. : IBRANI (HEBER) 6; 1-6

TOPIK : 1 KORINTUS 9; 24

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang yang merasa kalah bersaing, tersingkirkan, stress, apatis, yang tidak sadar disampingnya ada Yesus memenangkannya. Banyak orang tidak sadar bahwa Yesus mengangkat dia dari keterpurukan, dari segala bentuk pergumulan. Banyak orang tidak sadar dimenangkan. Banyak orang tidak ikut berpartisipasi dalam program memenangkan orang terlantar, miskin dan tersisihkan.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Who is the winner? The winner is whoever winning other players. Who is the richmen? The richmen is whoever rich up the people have nots. . Run your best in the race of faith, and win eternal life for yourself.

 

MINGGU KEEMPAT: 22 MARET 2009

Letare

 

JOY FOR PEACE

JANJI PERDAMAIAN

PADAN HADAMEON

 

EV. : YES. 54; 11-17

EP. : YOH 15;9-17

TOPIK : PSALM (MAZMUR) 122; 8

 

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang yang tidak merasa berada dalam satu Negara, satu bangsa. Banyak orang merasa sebagai warga Negara kedua. Banyak orang tidak merasa sebagai pilihan dan ditempatkan Tuhan. Banyak orang tidak merasa hadir dalam rencana Tuhan. Banyak orang tidak merasa dikasihi Tuhan. Banyak orang merasa sebagai budak di negaranya sendiri.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Build your City then it will build you. Build your behaviour, then it will build you. Peace be with your City.

 

MINGGU KELIMA: 29 MARET 2009

Judika

 

MISSING THE TRUTH

RINDU AKAN KEBENARAN

MAUAS DI HATIGORAN

 

EV. : PSALM 43; 1-5

EP. : 1 PETR.2 21-25

TOPIK : AMOS 5; 24

 

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak pemimpin baru dan palsu bermunculan. Pemimpin lama tidak mau kalah umbar janji. Banyak orang mencari pengikut. Banyak terjadi menggunakan segala cara mencapai tujuan. Banyak orang menanti eksekusi hokum. Banyak orang benar diselamatkan.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

You do a little bit of the truth in a small village, most of it were waiting for you in the next town. Let justice and righteousness flow.

 

 

MINGGU PERTAMA: 5 APRIL 2009

Palmarum

 

HOSANNA THE NEW LEADER

SELAMAT DATANG PEMIMPIN BARU

HOSANNA ANAK NI RAJA DAUD

 

EV. : PSALM 99; 1-7

EP. : WAHYU 19; 6-10

TOPIK : EFESUS 2; 20

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang mempersiapkan kedatangan raja dan pemimpin baru. Banyak orang yang siap diangkat menjadi pembantu pemimpin baru. Banyak orang yang sudah siap duduk dalam kursi wakil rakyat. Banyak orang apriori meragukan kapasitas pemimpin baru dan wakil rakyat. Tidak jelas siapa yang akan menjadi batu penjuru disana.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Who is the leader you’d choose? The Leader who tell the truth for all peoples in the country. Praise God.

 

MINGGU WAFATNYA YESUS KRISTUS

10 APRIL 2009

Jumat Agung

 

VIA DOLOROSA

PEMBELAAN YESUS di JALAN SALIB

PANGHOPHOPON NI JESUS

 

EV. : YOH. 19; 23-30

EP. : PSALM 22; 1-9

TOPIK : FILIPI 2; 8

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang mengenal dosa-dosanya, menyerahkan semua dosa-dosanya kepada Salib Kristus. Banyak juga orang kaya, pejabat tinggi, orang yangat mulia, orang sederhana yang merendahkan diri seperti Yesus tersiksa demi kebenaran dan penebusan. Banyak yang ingin merasakan penderitaan Yesus di Kayu Salib. Banyak orang menangis akan penderitaan Yesus. Banyak orang tidak ke Gereja karena takut bom.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

LORD Jesus, your Cross Blessed me and Saved my soul.

 

 

 

MINGGU KEDUA; 12 APRIL 2009

Paskah 1

 

RELEVATE THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

BERSAKSI AKAN KEBANGKITAN YESUS

MANGHATINDANGKON HAHEHEON NI JESUS

 

EV. : KISAH 10; 39-43

EP. : 1 KORINTUS 15; 51-58

TOPIK : 1 Timotius 6;12

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang menyambut Paskah dengan berbagai acara ceremonial. Banyak yang tidak mengerti Paskah. Banyak pelayan Firman tidak mempersaksikan kebangkitan Yesus. Banyak umat haus pemberitaan Firman tentang Paskah. Banyak orang percaya menjadikan Paskah hanya dalam sukasuka cita tapi tidak berbuat menolong yang kecil seperti Yesus menolong kaum pedosa. Di Kayu Salib

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Jesus comes for you. Jesus cries for you. Jesus deads for you. Jesus loves you forever n ever.

 

MINGGU KETIGA; 19 APRIL 2009

Quasimodogenity

 

BE SHEEPERDS OF THE FLOCK THAT GOD GAVE YOU

GEMBALAKAN DOMBA ALLAH

PARMAHANI MA BIRU-BIRU NI DEBATA

 

EV. : YOH. 21; 15-19

EP. : TITUS 3; 3-7

TOPIK : KISAH RASUL 20;28

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak pelayan Firman tidak difungsikan. Banyak Gereja sangat Pendeta oriented. Evangelis, Penatua, Diaken, Ketua Dewan, Ketua Seksi, Pimpinan Kategorial bahkan jemaat tidak difungsikan, mereka hanya sebagai pelengkap. Terjadi perebutan kekuasaan di Gereja. Banyak internal Gereja tidak aman, berkelahi sesame pelayan. Banyak jemaat marginal tidak terlayani. Gereja, saling pindah dari satu gereja ke gereja lain. Bahkan banyak yang pindah agama.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Where and when do you begin to be sheeperd of the Church of God?

 

 

MINGGU KEEMPAT: 26 APRIL 2009

Misekordias Domini

 

PRAY FOR BLESSING

MEMOHON ANUGERAH

MANGIDO ASI NI ROHA

 

EV. : MIKA 7; 14-20

EP. : 1 PETR. 5; 1-5

TOPIK : MATIUS 7;7

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak yang perlu dikasihani dan dilayani namun tidak terlayani. Banyak penganggur yang tidak memperoleh kesempatan bekerja. Banyak yang menjadi setengah pengangguran. Banyak yang kena PHK. Banyak gadis dan jejaka yang tidak memperoleh jodoh. Banyak anak sekolah yang drop out. Banyak tuna wisma yang tergusur. Banyak orang sakit mendadak, menahun bahkan sakit kejiwaan, kena narkoba dan HIV Aids. Banyak pinjaman tidak dapat dikembalikan. Banyak Gereja tidak peduli untuk meningkatkan usaha dan ekonomi jemaat.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Do you want to be a church motivator? To be a deacon?

 

MINGGU PERTAMA: 3 MEI 2009

Jubilate

 

SAY THANKS FOR GOD BLESSING

MENGUCAP SYUKUR ATAS ANUGERAH ALLAH

MARSAULIHON DENGGAN BASA NI DEBATA

 

EV. : YER. 31; 7-14

EP. : 1 TESS. 2; 13-20

TOPIK : PSALM 31; 20

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang tidak sadar atas berkat yang diterimanya. Banyak orang tidak mau dan tidak terbiasa mengucap syukur. Banyak orang mengucap syukur setelah lepas dari pencobaan/penderitaan. Banyak orang senantiasa mengucap syukur, kepadanya pun banyak berkat ditambahkan. Banyak Gereja besar tidak mengucap syukur, egois, tidak mau menolong Gereja kecil, tanpa berdiakonia mengindahkan adek-adek dan saudara-saudara Yesus.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Look for the Kingdom first, afterall He willl added other blessing

 

 

MINGGU KEDUA: 10 MEI 2009

Kantate

 

ACCOUNT FOR GOD BLESSING

MERENUNGKAN ANUGERAH ALLAH

MARNINGOT PAMBAHENAN NI DEBATA

 

EV. : 1 KRONIKA (TAWARIH) 16; 7-12

EP. : MAT. 11; 25-30

TOPIK : PSALM 105;2

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang bernyanyi dan menghitung berkat Tuhan. Banyak orang panen. Banyak orang menerima mujizat Tuhan. Banyak orang menggunakan alat musik memuji Tuhan, membangun Vocal Group, mengadakan Koor, Ochestra,

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Sing for God, create song for thee, Look for friends to praise The Lord.

 

 

MINGGU KETIGA: 17 MEI 2009

Rogate (Berdoa)

 

GOD LOVES TURN

HATI ALLAH YANG BALIK MENGASIHI

MARPANGULAHI ROHA NI JAHOWA

 

EV. : KELUARAN (2 MUSA) 32;9-14

EP. : YAKOBUS 1; 2-8

TOPIK : PSALM 66;20

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang menyesali dosa-dosanya di hadapan Tuhan. Banyak orang yang kembali ke Gereja masing-masing. Banyak orang yang menghentikan hubungannya dengan roh-roh kekuatan dunia. Banyak orang yang menjadi pengikut Kristus.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Be sure about the fenomenas as The Holy Bible said: All people will work together hand in hand with Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINGGU KEEMPAT: 24 MEI 2009

Exaudi (Dengar suaraku)

 

THE PRAYER FRUITABLE

DOA YANG BERBUAH

TANGIANG NA MARPARBUE

 

EV. : 2 RAJA-RAJA 20; 1-7

EP. : MAT. 9; 27-31

TOPIK : PSALM 34;18

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang Kudus menangis berseru kepada Yesus. . Banyak doa yang dikabulkan. Banyak orang memulai Kebaktian Keluarga. Banyak kelompok doa dibentuk. Banyak doa tidak menjadi saluran berkat. Banyak orang yang tidak setia berdoa. Banyak yang menghindar dari kehendak Allah, tidak senantiasa berseru kepadaNya. Yang tidak merasa betapa Allah tetap memperhatrikan dirinya.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Pray in all time, in all place, get the blessing.

 

MINGGU KELIMA: 31 MEI 2009

Pentakosta I

 

THE NEW SPIRIT

ROH PEMBAHARUAN

TONDI NA PAIMBARUHON

 

EV. : KISAH 10; 44-48

EP. : YES. 40; 12-14

TOPIK : JOHANES 6; 63

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak pelayan Firman tidak merasa memiliki Roh Kudus. Banyak pelayan yang tidak berani menyatakan kebenaran. Banyak pelayan dan jemaat melestarikan adat dan budaya lama. Banyak pelayan tidak berani menyembuhkan dan memberitakan Firman sendiri. Mereka tidak menyerahkan bentuk pelayanan Firman kepada jemaat, merupakan hak mutlak mereka. Banyak pelayan hanya berbicara Firman Tuhan tapi tidak untuk berbuat, merasa justru merekalah yang perlu dikasihani. Banyak gereja menjadi tempat penampungan tenaga kerja pelayan bukan menjadi tempat melayani.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

In what time do you feel the Holy Spirit of Allah came to you?

 

 

 

MINGGU PENTAKOSTA II: 1 JUNI 2009

Turunnya Roh Kudus

 

THE BEST GODNES OF JESUS

KEAGUNGAN TUHAN YESUS

HASURUNGAN NI TUHAN JESUS

 

EV. : IBRANI (HEBER) 1; 3-8

EP. : PSALM 110; 1-7

TOPIK : EFESUS 2;6

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang dibaptiskan. Banyak orang percaya akan Yesus. banyak orang mengerti sorga dan neraka. Banyak orang meniru Yesus dan berbuat baik. Banyak orang berdiakonia (mengasihi sesama) dan bermarturia (bersaksi tentang keselamatan). Banyak orang berangkat ke tempat saudara-saudara Yesus.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

The core of believeness is baptism and believe for Yesus

 

 

MINGGU PERTAMA: 7 JUNI 2009

Trinitatis

 

THE NEW WAY TO KNOW GOD

PENGENALAN BARU TENTANG ALLAH

PANANDAON NA IMBARU DI DEBATA

 

EV. : YOH. 3; 1-8

EP. : HESEKIEL (JEHESKIEL) 36; 25-28

TOPIK : ROM 12;2

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak pelayan dan jemaat tidak pasti mengetahui siapa Allah, Yesus dan Roh Kudus. Banyak orang tidak tahu siapa penciptanya, siapa yang melepaskannya dari dosa dan maut, siapa sebenarnya Roh Kudus. Banyak gereja tidak membicarakan trinitatis, tak berhenti dengan soal jawab, lupa akan arti dan maknanya. Lupa akan kesetiaan kepadaNya. Lupa untuk mempersaksikannya.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Trinitaty that’s not the same with Trimurti

 

 

 

 

MINGGU KEDUA: 14 JUNI 2009

Pertama setelah Trinitatis

 

THE LIFE WATER

AIR KEHIDUPAN

MUAL HANGOLUAN

 

EV. : Keluaran (2 Musa) 7; 14-25

EP. : AYUB 38; 25-33

TOPIK : JOHANES 4;14

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang haus akan Firman Tuhan. Banyak orang yang mempersembahkan hartanya untuk Firman Tuhan. Banyak orang mencari Tuhan yang benar. Banyak orang mencari masa depan yang kekal. Banyak berkeinginan agar Allah membaharui hidupnya

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Do you remember the story of Samarian Girl who talking with Jesus? Those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again.

 

 

MINGGU KETIGA: 21 JUNI 2009

Kedua setelah Trinitatis

 

GOD GIVES US BE STRONG

ALLAH MENGUATKAN

DEBATA PASUANGHON NGOLU

 

EV. : YES. 41; 14-20

EP. : PSALM 107; 33-43

TOPIK : GALATIA 5;25

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang yang tidak berdamai, yang tidak sukacita, yang tidak murah hati. Banyak orang yang congkak, peminum, pelaku kejahatan. Banyak yang tidak mau dihadapkan dengan tantangan, justru ingin jalan pintas, ingin jadi pemenang, peraih berkat tanpa kerja keras. Banyak orang yang tidak menggunakan hati, mengarahkan diri pada kejahatan dan kenajisan. Banyak yang tidak peduli bahwa Tuhan memberikan berkatNya senantiasa.

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

How far do you feel the function of Holy Spirit in your life?

 

 

 

MINGGU KEEMPAT: 28 JUNI 2009

Ketiga setelah Trinitatis

 

ENDING OF SIN

AKIBAT DARI DOSA

PANGHORHON NI DOSA

 

EV. : KEJADIAN (1Musa) 7; 10-24; EP. : 2 PETR. 3; 3 – 10

TOPIK : ROMA 2;12

 

MINGGU INI:

Banyak orang melecehkan dan melawan hukum. Banyak demo mengatasnamakan hukum, namun tidak beraturan, tidak bertindak sesuai hukum dan aturan. Tuhan memperingatkan manusia dengan banjir, gempa bumi, dan bentuk bencana alam lainnya sebagai murka Allah namun manusia mengalihkan perhatian atas murka itu dengan alasan kejadian yang sangat alamiah, tidak terkait dengan murka Tuhan

 

TEENS & YOUTH:

Committed in the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPAI BERTEMU PADA ALMANAK RENUNGAN MINGGUAN

PERIODE BULAN JULI – DESEMBER 2009 YAD.

TUHAN YESUS MEMBERKATI.

LOVE, LOVE N LOVE

(ST.DR. TODUNG L. TORUAN)

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  1. The Talmud tells the story of a king’s two jesters whose sage and pithy wisdom were the talk of the kingdom. One day, in a philosophical mood, the king sent them on an errand. “Simon, my fool, go out and bring back the best thing in the world. And you, John, go out and secure for me the worst thing in the world.”

    In a short while both jesters were back, each with a package. Simon bowed low, “The best thing in the world, sire!” and unwrapped his package to reveal a tongue. John began to laugh and quickly unwrapped his bundle. “The worst thing in the world, O king,” and he, too, presented a tongue.

    Speech is arguably man’s greatest gift and at the same time his most dangerous ability. It is impossible to estimate the good it has done when great men and women have truthfully instructed and inspired others. By contrast, we cannot measure how much evil the tongue has perpetrated, for falsehoods disguised as truth have destroyed reputations and even nations.

    God devotes two of the Ten Commandments to the evils of false witnessing, the third and the ninth. These seem to be broken with impunity—sometimes even by those who are aware of their application—because the drives that motivate people to break them are so powerful.

    God commands in Exodus 20:16, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” but liars and lying abound. Everybody knows that marketers lie about what products can do. Books, magazines and movies feature liars of many different stripes. The media and the public have caught prominent government figures from presidents on down lying about important issues.

    According to an article by Jan Mendenhall in the June/July 1997 issue of Aspire, college kids lie to their moms in 50% of conversations. Dating couples lie to each other a third of the time, and spouses deceive each other in about 10% of major conversations. Twelve percent of four million Americans lost their jobs for “misrepresentation.” A November 1997 survey conducted by the publishers of Who’s Who Among American High Schools Students reveals that 76% of the students listed in their publication (supposedly the elite achievers) admit having cheated. Two-thirds of these believe it is “no big deal” to cheat to get a good test grade—and 65% of their parents agree!

    We use a large number of euphemisms to soften the act of lying. Some are: duplicity, fabrication, evasion, stringing someone along, inaccuracy, exaggeration, fudging, rationalization, falsehood, “whopper,” deception, misrepresentation, dishonesty, putting someone on, putting up a front and fibbing.

    An Israelite Without Guile

    John 1:47 is an interesting commentary on mankind regarding this sin, which is so common that it seems to be “in the genes”! “Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, ‘Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!’” Jesus seems pleasantly surprised. He describes a person without deceit, a simple, innocent person without subtlety, candid and sincere. Is this a compliment or mild sarcasm? Or is He saying, “Here is a genuine Israelite, one in whom is no falsehood?” If so, He means, “This is how an Israelite should be!”

    Regardless, Nathanael’s lack of guile impressed Jesus, indicating its rarity. Lying is such an integral part of our lives that we have coined such expressions of disbelief as “Is that so?” “Do you really mean it?” or “You don’t say!” because so many tales we hear stretch credulity.

    We expect politicians to be crooked, to lie, to be evasive, to use their position to become wealthy by making undercover deals with business or crime figures. We expect police officers to be “on the take” and for businessmen to give little in return for as high a cost as the traffic will bear. Corporations conspire and deceitfully hold prices on manufactured goods higher than they should be. Major multi-national corporations routinely misrepresent their products.

    Indeed, those who rebelled during the tumultuous 1960s justified their rebellion as disillusionment over the obvious hypocrisies of leaders becoming wealthy from an ever-prolonged, senseless war. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson were caught openly lying at news conferences, and a strangling web of intrigue and lies caused Richard Nixon’s resignation. As the trial of Oliver North revealed, people in government commonly lie “in the national interest.” Referring to national interests, Winston Churchill once said, “Truth is so precious that it must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.” We live with this, thus cynicism abounds.

    A survey by the Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics reported by the Charlotte Observer in 1991 found:

    A third of the high school students said they were willing to lie on a resume, job application or in an interview to get a desired job; about one in six high school and college students admitted they already had done so. Four of five high school students and three of five college students said they had lied to their parents at least once in the past year.

    Against that backdrop, it is not surprising that the students rated honesty only moderately high on their priority lists. Barely half the high school students—54%, precisely—said being honest and trustworthy was an “essential” value to them. In fact, honesty rated sixth among their priorities, behind getting into college, getting a high-paying job, having “trusted personal relationships” and “being respected for your integrity.”

    It appears that honesty is not considered an essential aspect of personal character, but a mere social nicety that can be flouted at will, just as people might lick their fingers at the dinner table with no real harm to anyone.

    National Hypocrisy

    Isaiah 29:13-15 says:

    Therefore the Lord said, “Inasmuch as these people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.” Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord, and their works are in the dark; they say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?”

    Hypocrisy is an oft-repeated indictment against Americans as a people. “In God we trust” and “One nation under God,” we boast. But taken as a nation, neither is true. By the thousands, citizens swear on Bibles daily in the courts, but our courts are a mockery of justice. Americans attend church on Sunday, but it is business as usual Monday through Saturday.

    We grew up in this, and it has conditioned our approach to life. In these verses in Isaiah, God accuses His people of playing games with His truth by not facing up to its standards. Jesus quotes verse 13 in Matthew 15:8-9, and in both cases the context is strikingly similar: Deceived or hypocritical people mishandle the revelation of God. The major problem, though, is that it remains unchecked, and eventually, the deception or hypocrisy becomes set as the way of life.

    God, the Rock

    Moses says of God, “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He” (Deuteronomy 32:4). John writes similarly about Jesus Christ, “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war” (Revelation 19:11).

    Our God is a God of truth. He is the Rock, the immovable Foundation of this way of life. The Hebrew word for “Rock” indicates firmness, stability and faithfulness. What would it be like to worship a God whose “truth” changed from time to time? Could such a God be trusted? The Greek word for “True” in Revelation 19:11 means much the same thing, but it carries the additional sense of “real” or “genuine.” There is nothing—absolutely nothing—false, deceitful, evasive or variable in His character, His Word or His example.

    What does this mean practically? Who are the most important people in a community, state or nation? Not the doctors, lawyers, teachers, entertainers, military personnel or businessmen. Considering how much God’s Word concentrates on the preachers and kings, God indicates these two win in a landslide.

    It might be difficult to say which of these two is more important, but a slight edge seems to go to the ministry. Christ came first as a rabbi and Savior, teaching and living the values that form the foundation of God’s way. At His return, He will come to administer them. This is why God devotes so much space to these two in the Bible. The preacher must teach and live the values, and the king must live and administer them.

    Without true values, civilization will not continue long but descend into revolution and anarchy. God’s Word, His doctrine, is true and faithful just as He is. It is a reflection of His nature and character. Any society or family built on it will prosper and become great in godly terms. Jesus’ first coming left mankind without excuse regarding the eternal question, “What is truth?”

    Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Many can say, “I have told you the truth,” but Jesus not only told it, He embodied it. He put truth into a visible, concrete form so all who want to see it can.

    What credibility that gives to one’s teaching! A person can teach us a mathematical, grammatical, spelling, geographical or historical truth, and what his character is like matters little. But if a person teaches moral truth, his example, character, conduct and attitudes are all important. Who wants to be lectured on purity by an adulterer or on honesty by a liar and thief?

    Jesus lived what He taught with total purity and never a shadow of turning. He was absolutely stable, firm and reliable, the real, genuine representative of eternal life, the way of life that He will establish on earth at His return.

    Real Truth

    John 17:17 says that God’s Word is truth. The Greek word translated “truth” is aletheia, which most closely resembles our English word “reality.” It means “the manifested, unconcealed essence of a matter.” A living, saving faith depends upon the premise by man that God is true in His being and character. The truth forms the basis for a person’s conversion.

    Consider this: There is a Personal, Living, Almighty God whose ways and laws are reality in spite of the way things may appear to our senses (II Corinthians 5:7). They are intrinsically right and true. Therefore a person who is honest, who is willing to speak the truth, who will acknowledge and submit to it when he sees it, will eventually be converted to be like God.

    We are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). God, as Creator, is making us kings and priests to administer and teach a way of life based upon revealed truth. Because He desires to share and perpetuate what He is with an entire Family of children bearing His characteristics, He cannot have anybody in His Family who does not embody truth as Jesus did.

    “You shall not bear false witness” thus has far-reaching spiritual applications. It is not a commandment that we can carelessly ignore as being insignificant compared to other “more important” ones. The word “bear” indicates “spread”, “carry”, “render” and “give”. At first, it seems to involve only perjury or gossip, but other Scriptures show it covers giving a false witness, example or impression under any circumstance, including hypocrisy and self-deception. It includes the giving of testimony (verbally or by example) in any case that tends to produce injury. The ninth commandment regulates man’s relationship to other men much as the third commandment does in man’s relationship to God. This commandment directly involves faithfulness and loyalty in our mouth and example for God before men.

    A Good Name

    Proverbs 22:1 tells us, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.” On this verse, the Jewish commentary, Soncino, says that a person’s good reputation, his name, is his most valuable asset. This is because of the integrity it took to produce it and the benefits it provides for one after he has it.

    The Bible shows that God jealously guards His name and acts to ensure that it remains untarnished. His name represents what He is, and so it is with us as well. When we hear a name, images of what that person is immediately come to mind. In our mind’s eye, we might recall a person as tall or short, male or female, learned or ignorant, black or white, angry or passive, beautiful or plain, vocal or quiet, honest or lying, responsible or irresponsible. Many character traits may flash through our minds in a moment or two.

    The same happens to others as they think of us. What we project to others has everything to do with what we believe and practice. What kind of witness are we giving? Is what we believe and practice as true as God’s Word?

    Thus, if we want to have a good name in the eyes of God and man, we have to recognize truth, understand it and make it a part of us by submitting to it. This is where truth in a person’s witness begins. If truth does not form the foundation of a person’s life, the witness will reflect it.

    Mankind—from Adam on—has been unwilling to do this. God says our “heart is deceitful above all things and [incurably sick (NKJV margin)]” (Jeremiah 17:9). We keep lying to ourselves and others, thus our name is not good before God. It means that to have this good name, we, as God’s begotten children, must face our vanities and stop deceiving ourselves that God will “just have to take us as we are.” We need to quit blaming our failures, problems and shortcomings on others, providing ourselves with justification for what we are and do.

    Conduct is the “stuff” of which reputations are formed. Good conduct has truth at its foundation and integrity as its constant companion. From these two, a witness is produced. God wants our reputation before men to be built on His truth. Are we honestly doing this?

    Proverbs 12:15 adds, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” One who perceives the truth has a force, a beauty of character, which creates a favorable impression that opens doors and accomplishes things. Would we not rather loan money to a person we know works hard and pays his debts than a person with poor work habits who defaults on his obligations?

    A wise person is one who recognizes truth, understands that he must meet his obligations and submits to it. This process produces a good witness whether the obligation to truth is met verbally or behaviorally. If a person will not do this, he deceives himself that he can somehow “get away with it,” and his witness and name will demonstrate his poor character.

    This principle holds true in every area of life upon which a name is built, whether in marriage, child training, employment or health. Many run from the truth about themselves. Nothing destroys a reputation quicker and more permanently than for a person to be known as a liar or a hypocrite.

    Therefore, the commandment covers not only making a false witness about another or an event with the tongue, but also not bearing false witness about God by our conduct.

    Why We Lie

    To make a bad witness through ignorance or weakness is one thing, but to know better and deliberately mislead surely compounds the transgression! Why do we lie? We lie to cover up; we fear that something we wish to hide will be exposed. We also lie to rise above our feelings of inadequacy or inferiority, or to lower a third party in the eyes of others. This latter reason tends to elevate ourselves in our own eyes and, we hope, in the eyes of others.

    Consider the use of cosmetics in this regard. Makeup is frequently used to hide, to cover up what we consider to be inadequacies of beauty. But by whose standard are we inadequate? Are we really being a true witness of ourselves?

    Proverbs 26:18-28 covers various principles about lying. Study this section with Matthew 12:34 in mind, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” as well as James 3:6, “The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.” The deceitful heart is the real source of sin (Jeremiah 17:9), but the tongue conveys it to the outside world.

    “Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, ‘I was only joking!’” (Proverbs 26:18-19).

    Foolishness is never a joke when deceit is involved. A person who does such things is as insane as a person who randomly shoots into a crowd. His actions may have serious consequences, even death, though it is not his intention. God considers it no excuse to say, “I didn’t mean it.”

    “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.” (verse 20)

    Talebearing usually involves slander, and slander feeds contention the same way wood feeds a fire. A slanderer uses falsehood to defame a reputation, which engenders conflict.

    “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.” (verse 22)

    Human nature greedily swallows gossip. God warns here that gossip is never superficial but that we thoroughly assimilate it to become part of us. Lies about others die hard because in our vanity we are so eager to elevate ourselves while mentally putting down another.

    Here is a good maxim to live by: Never believe anything bad about a person unless you know it to be absolutely true; never tell it unless it is absolutely necessary; and remember, fear God, for He is listening while you tell it.

    “Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross.” (verse 23)

    This verse to the end of the chapter speaks primarily of hypocrisy. Verse 23 describes a person who claims to be a friend yet deceitfully works against another through “clever” language. The lips “glitter,” but the heart is false. Silver dross hides the reality of a clay pot just as clever words can hide a corrupt heart.

    “He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself; when he speaks kindly, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.” (verse 24-25)

    This continues the thought in verses 22-23, but it focuses on friendly words concealing hatred until the person sees the chance to pull the other down. He may speak graciously, but be careful! This sounds similar to the way the media approaches public figures, who are fair game for every abominable accusation, though they are unsubstantiated.

    “Though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be revealed before the whole congregation. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him. A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.” (verses 26-28)

    These powerful words caution that one who indulges in activity like this will have his hatred exposed—and probably by the same means he has used on others!

    Galatians 6:7-8 teaches us another very important universal principle that bears strongly on lying: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

    God cannot be fooled, and liars seem to forget His awareness. While they mind, or side with, the things of the flesh, they put themselves in jeopardy of reaping what they have allied with—death. We cannot treat His law with disrespect or contempt and get away with it. Just as gravity cannot be tricked, neither can God’s law. We are accountable to it whether we wish to be or not.

    What we do in life, life does back to us. We cannot escape it! If we sow to death, we will reap death. If we sow to life—eternal life—we will reap life. Jesus asked, “Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?” (Matthew 7:16). A hypocrite cannot fool God’s laws, only others and himself—for a while.

    Self-Deception

    Deceitful means insincere, hypocritical, underhanded, false, dishonest, treacherous, sneaking, double-dealing, tricky, cunning and crafty. Such a person is altogether untrustworthy. As we saw in Jeremiah 17:9, our heart is desperately sick or weak, implying it knows better but deceives anyway. Who can fathom its corruption, manifested in the incessant transgression of this commandment?

    We understand that human nature is a reflection of the spirit of the prince of the power of the air, whom Jesus identified as the father or generator of lies (John 8:44). Satan had so deceived himself, he thought he could overcome his Creator! Proverbs 11:9 says, “The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.” Satan is a destroyer who passes this carnal attribute along to those who will follow him. Unless the hypocrite repents, he destroys himself too. That is the lesson of Proverbs 26:26-28. God will deliver the just person, however, because he yields to truth.

    Proverbs 14:8 adds, “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.” True wisdom is skill in living, carrying with it the ability to judge present circumstances with a view of future success. The prudent person consciously follows truth. He deliberately chooses the right and thus does not walk on blindly.

    Folly is senselessness, silliness or irrationality. Why? Because the person deceiving is himself deceived. He does not realize his deceit will also crush him! What profit is in this sin? God has taken particular pains to impress upon us that it will boomerang and catch the perpetrator.

    Job makes an interesting statement in defense of himself after being accused of being a hypocrite by his friends: “If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom . . .” (Job 31:33). He is asking his friends for evidence that he has hidden the truth of his sins from himself.

    It is a relevant question because it is natural to be blind to our own flaws while clearly seeing those of others. Sir Walter Scott put it this way, “O what a tangled web we weave / When first we practice to deceive.” The tangled web hangs not only outside a deceiver but within him as well, and his own lies trap him so often that he begins to believe them. He tells them so often or lives them so smoothly that he loses his grip on reality like a drug addict in denial.

    Proverbs 16:6 counsels, “In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.” We overcome lying because God mercifully but forcefully brings it to our attention by revealing His truth. When we submit to His truth rather than our self-deceptions, we are beginning to overcome.

    Commentators suggest an alternative translation of this verse: “By loyalty and faithfulness one escapes evil.” The sense is that loyalty and faithfulness to God’s truth are essential elements to escaping the second death. Obeying truth does not forgive sin, but it plays a part in cleaning our minds of the garbage of bad habits lodged in our character so that we are less likely to involve ourselves in sin. God’s truth says we must not bear false witness, and that must be obeyed!

    Psalm 15:1-3 sets a very high standard:

    Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend.

    David describes a person in whom is no false way at all, no pretenses, no deceit, no gossip, guile or hypocrisy. He neither makes hollow friendships nor speaks vain compliments. His heart, hand and tongue are unified in believing and practicing truth. He is faithful, responsible and trustworthy, a person of integrity because his heart is pure. Therefore, his speech and example witness of truth.

    Paul writes:

    Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. (II Corinthians 4:1-2)

    In these verses, the apostle clearly states our responsibility to God regarding the ninth commandment. We should manifest truth in every part of our life, making honest and diligent use of God’s gracious gifts without craftiness.

    Is our way Christ’s? Can we say we have nothing to do with hidden and shameful methods and speech? He is not talking about acting with unscrupulous cleverness, but how we handle God’s Word. Do we adulterate the Word which God gave us to live by and preach? Our lives should demonstrate that we present ourselves to human conscience in the sight of God. We should live our lives in the fear of God, knowing He is watching and judging our conduct.

    We should be childlike and open to leave as little room as possible for people to misinterpret our motives, misunderstand our actions or twist our words from their real meaning. Does it make any difference what people think of us? Some take the approach that “I will do what I want to do, and what others think doesn’t matter.” This at times has the appearance of wisdom, but it matters to God. If He did not care, He would not show so much concern in His Word about being a good witness for Him and protecting our reputations or His. Much of our effectiveness as a witness depends on being trustworthy through honesty.

    Brethren, keeping this commandment begins with not letting our deceitful heart trick us into doing or saying anything less than what is honest and true in God’s sight. We must demonstrate a true witness regardless of what men may discern from what we say or do, or what painful harm the truth may do to our vanity.

  2. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Ex. 20:16). Take these words simply at their face value and they prohibit only the horrible crime of perjury or the giving of false testimony in a court of law. But as with the previous Commandments, so it is here: much more is implied and inculcated than is specifically stated. As we have so often pointed out, each of the Ten Commandments enunciates a general principle, and not only are all other sins forbidden which be allied to the one named and prohibited, together with all causes and tendencies thereto, but the opposite virtue is definitely required, with all that fosters and promotes it. Thus, in its wider meaning, this ninth commandment reprehends any word of ours which would injure the reputation of our neighbor, be it uttered in public or in private. This should scarcely need any arguing, for if we restrict this commandment to its literal terms it would have no bearing on any save that small minority who are called upon to bear witness in a court of justice.

    In its widest application this commandment has to do with the regulation of our speech, which is one of the distinguishing and ennobling faculties that God has bestowed upon man. Scripture tells us that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21), that “a wholesome tongue is a tree of life” (Prov. 15:4), and that an unbridled one is “an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (Jas. 3:8). That our words are not to be uttered lightly or thoughtlessly is made clear by that unspeakably solemn utterance of our Lord’s: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matthew 12: 36, 37). O how we need to pray, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (Ps. 141:3). The duties concerning our tongues may be summed up in two words: our speech must always be true and spoken in love (Eph. 4:15). Thus, as the eighth commandment provides for the security of our neighbor’s property, so this one is designed to preserve his good name by our speaking the truth about him in love.

    Negatively, this ninth commandment forbids all false and injurious speeches respecting our neighbor; positively, it inculcates the conservation of truth. “The end of this Precept is that because God, who is Truth itself, execrates a lie, we ought to preserve the truth without the least disguise” (Calvin). Veracity is the strict observance of truth in all our communications. The importance and necessity of this appears from the fact that almost all that mankind knows is derived from communications. The value of those statements which we accept from others depends entirely on their verity and accuracy. If they are false, they are worthless, misleading, and evil. Veracity is not only a virtue, but it is also the root of all other virtues and the foundation of all right character. In Scripture, therefore, “truth” is often synonymous with “righteousness. The godly man is “he that speaketh truth in his heart” (Ps. 15:2). The man that “doeth truth” (John 3:21) has discharged his duty. It is by the truth that the Holy Spirit sanctifies the soul (John 17:17)

    The positive form of this ninth commandment is found in these words: “Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour” (Zech. 8:16). Thus the first sin prohibited therein is that of lying. Now a lie, properly speaking, consists of three elements or ingredients: speaking what is not true; deliberately doing so; and doing so with an intent to deceive. Every falsehood is not a lie; we may be misinformed or deceived and sincerely think we are stating facts, and consequently have no design of misleading others. On the other hand, we may speak that which is true and yet lie in so doing, as in the following examples: we might report what is true, yet believe it to be false and utter it with an intention to deceive; or we might report the figurative words of another and pretend he meant them literally, as was the case with those who bore false witness against Christ (Matthew 26:60). The worst form of lying (between men) is when we maliciously invent a falsehood for the purpose of damaging the reputation of our neighbor, which is what is more especially in view in the terms of the ninth commandment.

    How vile and abominable this sin is appears from the following considerations. It is a sin which makes a person most like the Devil. The Devil is a spirit, and therefore gross carnal sins do not correspond to his nature. His sins are more refined and intellectual, such as pride and malice, deception and falsehood. “He is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44), and the more malice enters into one composition of any lie, the more nearly one resembles him. It is therefore a sin most contrary to the nature and character of God, for He is “the Lord God of truth” (Ps. 31:5), and therefore we are told that “lying lips are an abomination unto the Lord” (Prov. 12:22). As Satan is a liar and the father of lies, and as God is the Lord God of Truth, so His children resemble Him therein, “seeing they are My people, children that will not lie” (Isa. 63:8). God has threatened a most fearful punishment upon them; “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:8).

    Alas, to what fearful heights has this sin risen. It has become so common that few indeed have any conscience thereon, until we have to lament that “truth is fallen in the street” (Isa. 59:14). First, truth has departed from the pulpits. A whole century has passed since the lie of evolution captivated the scientific world and then was taken up by thousands of unregenerate preachers—a lie which strikes at the very foundations of Truth, for it repudiates man’s fall, and sets aside his need both of redemption and regeneration. For the same length of time the so-called “higher criticism” of German neologians has been peddled throughout the English-speaking world by thousands of godless ministers, who wish to be looked up to as men of superior intellectuality. Once Truth departed from the pulpits it was not long before it departed from the halls of legislation and the marts of commerce, until we now live in a world where confidence between nations is nonexistent, and where the word of our fellows is no longer to be relied upon.

    How deeply important it is, then, that a sacred regard for the truth should be constantly pressed upon the young and that they should be taught that lying is the inlet of all vice and corruption. Equally important is it that those who have charge of the young, particularly their parents, should set before the little ones a personal example of what they teach, and not neutralize the same by making promises to them that they fail to fulfill or by uttering threats that they never carry out. It is the part of wisdom and prudence that each of us should be very slow in making an unconditional promise; but once it is made it must be kept at all costs, unless the keeping of it compels us to sin against God. The prohibition of bearing false witness against my neighbor equally forbids me to bear false witness about myself, which is done when I pose as being holier than I am or when I pretend to be more humble or more anything else than is actually the case.

    It remains for us to point out that we may violate this ninth commandment even when we speak the truth, if we speak it unnecessarily and from improper motives. “We injure the character of our neighbor when we retail his real faults without any call to divulge them, when we relate them to those who have no right to know them, and when we tell them not to promote any good end but to make him lose his estimation in society. . . . Nay, we transgress this precept when we do not speak at all, for by holding our peace when something injurious is said of another we tacitly give our assent, and by concealing what we know to the contrary” (John Dick). Flattering a person is another form of violating this precept. To compliment another merely for the sake of pleasing him or gratifying his vanity is to perjure your soul and imperil his safety. So also to give a false testimony of character or to recommend a friend to another when we know him to be unworthy of the testimonial is to bear “false witness.”

    The following directions, through the grace of God, may be helpful in preserving one from these common sins. (1) Be not swayed by party spirit if you would be kept from slandering others. The spirit of sectarianism begets prejudice, and prejudice makes us unwilling to receive and to acknowledge good in those who walk not with us, and ready to believe the worst of them. How of. ten writers are guilty here. Denominational bigotry has caused many a man to misinterpret one who differs with him and to impute to him errors which he does not hold. (2) Be not busy in other men’s affairs; attend to your own business and leave others for God to attend to. (3) Reflect much upon your own sinfulness and weakness. Instead of being so ready to behold the sliver in your brother’s eye, consider the plank in your own. (4) Shun the company of talebearers and tattlers; idle gossip is injurious to the soul. (5) If others slander you, see to it that you have a conscience void of offense toward God and man, and then it matters not what others think or say about you.

  3. This is a broad, all-encompassing commandment against the capital sin of lying! The commandment could well read, “”Thou shalt not carry false tales, minimize, distort, exaggerate or speak anything but the truth.”

    Lying is part and parcel of our modern civilization. In many societies, lying is considered an art, and millions engage in it with skillful alacrity.

    Jesus addressed the principle covered by this commandment in the Sermon on the Mount.

    He said, “Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

    “But I say unto you, swear not at all: neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

    “Nor by the earth; for it is His footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great king.

    “Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

    “But let your communication be, yea, yea; nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of the evil one [margin]” (Matthew 5:33-37).

    Actually, this command overlaps two of the Ten Commandments. It refers more directly to “taking the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (swearing by heaven, or by God’s throne) than it does in carrying false tales or bearing false witness against one’s neighbor, but Jesus makes it clear that anything other than the simple truth – a straightforward and simple “yes” or “no” in response to an honest question – comes “from the evil one,” from Satan the devil!

    Is there any biblical principle any more firmly emphasized, repetitiously urged, sternly taught or constantly upheld than the principle of truth?

    Jesus said, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Part of the very character of the Eternal God Almighty is “faithfulness and truth.” See Numbers 23:19; Joshua 21:45; 1Kings 8:56; Psalm 19:9, 105:8; Matthew 24:35; and especially Hebrews 6:18!

    God’s Word says it is impossible for God to lie! When God gave His righteous and holy laws to ancient Israel, He was establishing the fundamental guidelines for the conduct of a godly, wholesome, healthy and happy society.

    If Israel would obey even the physical letter of those righteous and holy laws, God’s nation would receive untold and unimaginable blessings!

    God’s law was the veritable charter of the nation! From its broad principles every conceivable aspect of human behavior, societal relations and interpersonal exchanges could be lawfully and peacefully regulated.

    In many ways, the Ninth Commandment is a linchpin to many of the other commandments. For example, within the community of Israel, if one had broken the command against stealing, against murder, against adultery or against idolatry, the punishment was death by stoning!

    Almighty God caused Moses to set a group of “judges” in place to hear the grievances of the people, and to render judgment.

    God said, “Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Eternal thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

    “Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift [bribe]: for a gift [bribe] doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words [cause] of the righteous.

    “That which is altogether just [honest] shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Eternal thy God giveth thee” (Deuteronomy 16:18, 19).

    When individuals within the community observed a crime, meaning the breaking of one of the points of the Ten Commandments or one of the written or oral “judgments” (having to do with everything from inheritances, landmarks, dangerous cattle or safety measures around a man’s property), the only way the judges could determine the truth was by questioning witnesses.

    Read Deuteronomy 17!

    God showed that, in the case of the discovery of idolatry, “then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which has committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shall stone them with stones, till they die.

    “At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

    “The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you” (Deuteronomy 17:5-7).

    Being a witness, even by accident, to a capital sin meant the individual who had witnessed such acts would not only be the key “material witness” causing the punishment of death for the individual who had so sinned, but the witness had to be the first to cast the stones that would kill the person judged as guilty.

    Thus, if two or three conspired to deliberately become “false witnesses” to illegally put a neighbor to death, they would not only be breaking the commandment against “false witness,” but would be forced through the legal system under Moses to directly commit the act of murder!

    Probably, God insisted the witnesses themselves throw the first stones as a deterrent to false witnessing! It might have been one thing to lie about a neighbor, but quite another thing to pick up a rock and kill him.

    Because of the enormity of responsibility upon a witness, God placed the sin of deliberately lying on a par with murder, or any other capital crime!

    Remember, a human being is only as good as his word. If a man’s word is no good, the man is no good! The Proverbs are laden with dozens of examples of tattling, gossip, exaggeration, lies, whisperings, slander, falsehood, false witnessing and sins involving word of mouth.

    Some examples: “A tale bearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter” (Proverbs 11:13).

    “The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

    “The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood:

    but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them” (Proverbs 12:5, 6).

    “He that speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness:

    but a false witness deceit.

    “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword:

    but the tongue of the wise is health.

    “The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment . . . Lying lips are an abomination to the Eternal: hut they that deal truly are His delight” (Proverbs 12:17-22).

    “A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5).

    “A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies” (Proverbs 14:25).

    “A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue” (Proverbs 17:4).

    “The words of a tale bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the body” (Proverbs 18:8).

    “A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly” (Proverbs 21:28).

    This is but a sampling of the many admonitions in the Word of God concerning truthfulness.

    The sin of hypocrisy is breaking the broad principle of the Ninth Commandment.

    Jesus continually took issue with the self-righteous Pharisees, urging His disciples to “beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy”! (Luke 12:1).

    When Jesus answered the outraged Jews who sought to kill Him, He said, “Why do you not understand My speech? Even because ye cannot hear My word.

    “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, be speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    “And because I tell you the truth, ye believe Me not.

    “Which of you convinceth Me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe Me?” (John 8:34-35).

    Jesus Christ was truth personified! On trial for His life before Pilate, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world:

    if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence.”

    “Pilate therefore said unto Him, art thou a king then? Jesus answered, thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I unto the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth My voice.

    “Pilate said unto Him, what is truth?” (John 18:36-38). Notice! Pilate did not ask, “What is the truth?” meaning what was the truth about the current situation. His helpless utterance was the direct result of the pagan teachings received at the feet of his pagan Roman teachers.

    The great philosophers of the time, whose works are still the vaunted building blocks of much of this world’s “education” (Socrates, Plato, Epictetus, etc.), had led this exalted Roman officer to the futile question, “What is truth?”

    Look at this world of lies.

    History is largely lies. History is grossly different from country to country, and, it is admitted among educators, history is “largely interpretive.” That is, historians tend to interpret various aspects of history according to their own national self-interest.

    Thus, the history books of countries are graphically different when it comes to World War II!

    You live in a world of lies. Most advertising is outright lying, gross exaggeration, minimization, distortion, half-truths, insinuations and falsehoods.

    How much of what you feel you “know” – that sum total of “knowledge” that has come into your mind since you were born – is really truth?

    Many are shocked to look into the inspired Word of God and find they have a good deal of unlearning ahead of them. How surprised are thousands to find they have been lied to by religious teachers throughout their lives!

    How utterly confounded many are when they discover the Bible teaches almost the exact opposite of what they had been told in their earlier religious experience!

    Is there any profession wherein lies can be more abundantly found than that of the clergy?

    Why should there be so many religions, and more than 400 bickering, arguing, disagreeing Protestant churches, denominations and sects?

    Look at government – and you are seeing classic examples of glossing over the facts, distorting the truth, telling only part of the story, or just outright lying.

    Take a look at the world around you, if you can, from God’s perspective!

    Advertising is mostly lies. Entertainment is mostly lies. Much of literature is filled with lies. A lot of your education consisted of lies. Is it any wonder millions of people are practiced, skillful, accomplished, dedicated, determined, self-willed liars?

    You’ve heard the old expression “He/she would tell a lie when the truth would do better”?

    Believe it or not, there are those who are such habitual liars they probably would not know the truth if it walked up to them and knocked them down!

    Read the third chapter of James! This resounding chapter of God’s Word is an enormous indictment against the sin-sick human tongue.

    It shows how the very course of nature is “set on fire” by the lying ,words of a foul, false, sinful mouth!

    Study that third chapter of James! It is New Testament teaching about how truthful every human being ought to be!

    The apostle Paul said, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another . . . Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers . . .

    Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

    “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:25-32).

    In one of the most powerful indictments in all the Bible, the apostle John was inspired to write, in the very last chapter of the Bible, “For without [outside the Kingdom of God, as depicted by the holy city] are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolators, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie”! (Revelation 22:15).

    Many people are habitual liars! Embellishing stories, exaggerations, minimizations, colorful additions which didn’t really take place, are the “salt and pepper” that flavor their conversation! Many people are such habitual liars they do so unconsciously. Lying – “stretching the truth,” or telling what people refer to as “little white lies” – is such a part of their very character they are oblivious to the fact they are doing it!

    However, they are committing sin, and a sin which is punishable by death unless they repent of breaking this commandment of God!

    Again, what’s “wrong” with the Ninth Commandment?

    Obviously, nothing! There is everything right with each man “speaking the truth with his neighbor.”

    Can your mind envision what a world it would be if only the truth were spoken by government, industry, business, the medical profession, the military, among and between nations, races and most especially by religion?

    Obedience to this one command only would revolutionize all of civilization as we know it!

    While it is hard to imagine in our lying, distorted world, the time is coming, probably in our lifetimes, when God establishes His Kingdom on this earth, and when only the truth will be spoken!

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  4. THE tongue which at first was made to be an organ of God’s praise, is now become an instrument of unrighteousness. This commandment binds the tongue to its good behaviour. God has set two natural fences to keep in the tongue, the teeth and lips; and this commandment is a third fence set about it, that it should not break forth into evil. It has a prohibitory and a mandatory part: the first is set down in plain words, the other is clearly implied.

    I. The prohibitory part of the commandment, or, what it forbids in general. It forbids anything which may tend to the disparagement or prejudice of our neighbour. More particularly, two things are forbidden in this commandment.

    [1] Slandering our neighbour. This is a sin against the ninth commandment. The scorpion carries his poison in his tail, the slanderer carries his poison in his tongue. Slandering ‘is to report things of others unjustly.’ They laid to my charge things that I knew not.’ Psa 35: 11. It is usual to bring in a Christian beheaded of his good name. They raised for a slander of Paul, that he preached ‘Men might do evil that good might come of it.’ ‘We be slanderously reported; and some affirm that we say, “Let us do evil, that good may come”.’ Rom 3: 8. Eminence is commonly blasted by slander. Holiness itself is no shield from slander. The lamb’s innocence will not preserve it from the wolf. Christ, the most innocent upon earth, was reported to be a friend of sinners. John the Baptist was a man of a holy and austere life, and yet they said of him, ‘He has a devil.’ Matt 11: 18. The Scripture calls slandering, smiting with the tongue. ‘Come, and let us smite him with the tongue.’ Jer 18: 18. You may smite another and never touch him. Majora sunt linguae vulnera quam gladii [The tongue inflicts greater wounds than the sword]. Augustine. The wounds of the tongue no physician can heal; and to pretend friendship to a man, and slander him, is most odious. Jerome says: ‘The Arian faction made a show of kindness; they kissed my hands, but slandered me, and sought my life.’ As it is a sin against this commandment to raise a false report of another, so it is to receive a false report before we have examined it. ‘Lord, who shall dwell in thy holy hill?’ Psa 15: 1. Quis ad coelum? ‘He that backbiteth not, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour;’ ver. 3. We must not only not raise a false report, but not take it up. He that raises a slander, carries the devil in his tongue; and he that receives it, carries the devil in his car. [2] The second thing forbidden in this commandment is false witness. Here three sins are condemned: (1) Speaking. (2) Witnessing. (3) Swearing that which is false, contra proximum [against your neighbour].

    (1) Speaking that which is false. ‘Lying lips are abomination to the Lord.’ Prov 12: 22. To lie is to speak that which one knows to be an untruth. There is nothing more contrary to God than a lie. The Holy Ghost is called the ‘Spirit of Truth.’ 1 John 4: 6. Lying is a sin that does not go alone; it ushers in other sins. Absalom told his father a lie, when he said that he was going to pay his vow at Hebron, and this was a preface to his treason. 2 Sam 15: 7. Where there is a lie in the tongue, the devil is in the heart. ‘Why has Satan filled thine heart to lie?’ Acts 5: 3. Lying is a sin that unfits men for civil society. How can you converse or bargain with a man when you cannot trust a word he says? This sin highly provokes God. Ananias and Sapphire were struck dead for telling a lie. Acts 5: 5. The furnace of hell is heated for liars. ‘Without are sorcerers, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.’ Rev 22: 15. O abhor this sin! Quicquid dixeris jura tum putes [Consider your every word an oath]. Jerome. When thou speakest, let thy word be as authentic as thy oath. Imitate God, who is the pattern of truth. Pythagoras being asked what made men like God, answered, cum vera loquuntur, ‘when they speak the truth.’ The character of a man that shall go to heaven, is that ‘He speaketh the truth in his heart.’ Psa 15: 2.

    (2) That which is condemned in the commandment is, witnessing that which is false. ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness.’ There is a twofold bearing false witness: 1. There is bearing false witness for another. 2. Bearing false witness against another.

    Bearing false witness for another; as when we give our testimony for a person who is criminal and guilty, and we justify him as if he were innocent. ‘Which justify the wicked for reward.’ Isa 5: 23. He that seeks to make a wicked man just, makes himself unjust.

    It is bearing false witness against another, when we accuse him in open court falsely. This is to imitate the devil, who is the ‘accuser of the brethren.’ Though the devil is no adulterer, yet he is a false witness. Solomon says, ‘A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour, is a maul and a sword.’ Prov 25: 18. In his face he is hardened like a hammer: he cannot blush, he cares not what lie he witnesses to; and he is a sword: his tongue is a sword to wound the person he witnesses against in his goods or life. ‘There came in two men, children of Belial, and witnessed against Naboth, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king:’ and their witness took away his life. 1 Kings 21: 13. The queen of Persia being sick, the magicians accused two godly virgins of having by charms procured the queen’s sickness; whereupon she caused those virgins to be sawn asunder. A false witness perverts the place of judicature; he corrupts the judge by making him pronounce a wrong sentence, and causes the innocent to suffer. Vengeance will find out the false witness. ‘A false witness shall not be unpunished.’ Prov 19: 5. ‘If the witness be a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother; then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother;’ if, for instance, he had thought to have taken away his life, his own life shall go for it. Deut 19: 18, 19.

    (3) That which is condemned in the commandment is, swearing to what is false; as when men take a false oath, and by that take away the life of another. ‘Love no false oath.’ Zech 8: 17. ‘What seest thou? I said, a flying roll,’ chap. 5: 2. ‘This is the curse that goes forth, and it shall enter, saith the Lord, into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name; and it shall consume it, with the timber and stones thereof;’ ver 3, 4. The Scythians made a law that when a man bound together a lie with an oath, he was to lose his head; because these sins took away all truth and faith from among men. The devil has taken great possession of those who dare swear to a lie.

    Use one. For reproof. (1) The church of Rome is reproved, which dispenses with a lie, or a false oath, if it promotes the Catholic cause. It approves of an officious lie; and holds some sins to be lawful. It may as well hold some lies to be lawful. God has no need of our lie. It is not lawful to tell a lie, propter Dei gloriam [for the glory of God], if we were sure to bring glory to God by it, as Augustine speaks.

    (2) They are reproved who make no conscience of slandering others. ‘Thou fittest and slenderest thine own mother’s son.’ Psa 50: 20. ‘Report, say they, and we will report.’ Jer 20: 10. ‘This city (i.e. Jerusalem) is a rebellious city, and hurtful to kings and provinces.’ Ezra 4: 15. Paul was slandered as a mover of sedition, and the head of a faction. Acts 24: 5. The same word signifies both a slanderer and a devil. 1 Tim 3: 11. ‘Not slanderers;’ in the Greek, ‘not devils.’ Some think it is no great matter, to misrepresent and slander others; but it is to act the part of a devil. Clipping a man’s credit, to make it weigh lighter, is worse than clipping coin. The slanderer wounds three at once: he wounds him that is slandered; he wounds him to whom he reports the slander, by causing uncharitable thoughts to arise up in his mind against the party slandered; and he wounds his own soul, by reporting of another what is false. This is a great sin; and I wish I could say it is not common. You may kill a man in his name as well as in his person. Some are loath to take away their neighbour’s goods — conscience would fly in their face; but better take away their corn out of their field, their wares out of their shop, than take away their good name. This is a sin for which no reparation can be made; a blot in a man’s name, being like a blot on white paper, which will never be got out. Surely God will visit for this sin. If idle words shall be accounted for, shall not unjust slanders? The Lord will make inquisition one day, as well for names as for blood. Oh therefore take heed of this sin! Was it not a sin under the law to defame a virgin? Deut 22: 19. And is it not a greater sin to defame a saint, who is a member of Christ? The heathen, by the light of nature, abhorred the sin of slandering. Diogenes used to say, ‘Of all wild beasts, a slanderer is the worst.’ Antonius made a law, that, if a person could not prove the crime he reported another to be guilty of, he should be put to death.

    (3) They are reproved who are so wicked as to bear false witness against others. These are monsters in nature, unfit to live in a civil society. Eusebius relates of one Narcissus, a man famous for piety, who was accused by two false witnesses of unchastity. To prove their accusations, they endeavoured to confirm it with oaths and curses. One said, ‘If I speak not true, I pray God I may perish by fire:’ the other said, ‘If I speak not true, I wish I may be deprived of my sight.’ It pleased God that the first witness who forswore himself should be burned in the flames, his house being set on fire: the other being troubled in conscience, confessed his perjury, and continued to weep so long that he wept himself blind. Jezebel, who suborned two false witnesses against Naboth, was thrown down from a window and ‘the dogs licked her blood.’ 2 Kings 9: 33. Oh, tremble at this sin! A perjured person is the devil’s excrement. He is cursed in his name, and seared in his conscience. Hell gapes for such a windfall.

    Use two. For exhortation. (1) Let all take heed of breaking this commandment, by lying, slandering, and bearing false witness. To avoid these sins get the fear of God. Why does David say, ‘The fear of the Lord is clean’? Psa 19: 9. Because it cleanses the heart from malice, and the tongue from slander. ‘The fear of the Lord is clean:’ it is to the soul as lightning to the air, which cleanses it. Get love to your neighbour. Lev 19: 18. If we love a friend, we shall not speak or attest anything to his prejudice. Men’s minds are cankered with envy and hatred; hence come slandering and false witnessing. Love is a lovely grace; love ‘thinketh no evil.’ 1 Cor 13: 5. It puts the best interpretation upon another’s words. Love is a well-wisher, and it is rare to speak ill of him we wish well to. Love is that which cements Christians together; it is the healer of division, and the hinderer of slander.

    (2) Let those whose lot it is to meet with slanderers and false accusers — [1] Labour to make a sanctified use of it. When Shimei railed on David, David made a sanctified use of it. ‘The Lord has said unto him, Curse David.’ 2 Sam 16: 10. So, if you are slandered, or falsely accused, make a good use of it. See if you have no sin unrepented of, for which God may suffer you to be calumniated and reproached. See if you have not at any time wronged others in their name, and said that of them which you cannot prove; then lay your hand on your mouth, and confess the Lord is righteous to let you fall under the scourge of the tongue. [2] If you are slandered, or falsely accused, but know your own innocence, be not too much troubled; let your rejoicing be the witness of your conscience. Murus aheneus esto nil conscire sibi [Let this be a bulwark, to know oneself guiltless]. A good conscience is a wall of brass, that will be able to stand against a false witness. As no flattery can heal a bad conscience, so no slander can hurt a good one. God will clear up the names of his people. ‘He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light.’ Psa 37: 6. As he will wipe away tears from the eyes, so will he wipe off reproaches from the name. Believers shall come forth out of all their slanders and reproaches, as ‘the wings of a dove, covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.’

    (3) Be very thankful to God, if he has preserved you from slander and false witness. Job calls it ‘the scourge of the tongue;’ chap 5: 21. As a rod scourges the back, so the slanderer’s tongue scourges the name. It is a great mercy to be kept from the scourge of a tongue; a mercy that God stops malignant mouths from bearing false witness. What mischief might not a lying report or a false oath do! One destroys the name, the other the life. It is the Lord who muzzles the mouths of the wicked, and keeps those dogs, that snarl at us, from flying upon us. ‘Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion, from the strife of tongues.’ Psa 31: 20. There is, I suppose, an allusion to kings, who being resolved to protect their favourites against the accusation of men, take them into their bed-chamber, or bosom, where none may touch them. So God has a pavilion, or secret hiding-place for his favourites, where he preserves their credit and reputation untouched; he keeps them from the ’strife of tongues.’ We ought to acknowledge this to be a great mercy before God.

    II. The mandatory part of the commandment implied is that we stand up for others and vindicate them when they are injured by lying lips. This is the sense of the commandment, not only that we should not slander falsely or accuse others; but that we should witness for them, and stand up in their defence, when we know them to be traduced. A man may wrong another as well by silence as by slander, when he knows him to be wrongfully accused, yet does not speak in his behalf. If others cast false aspersions on any, we should wipe them off. When the apostles were filled with the wine of the Spirit, and were charged with drunkenness, Peter openly maintained their innocence. ‘These are not drunken, as ye suppose.’ Acts 2: 15. Jonathan knowing David to be a worthy man, and all those things Saul said of him to be slanders, vindicated him. ‘David has not sinned against thee; his works have been to thee-ward very good. Wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?’ 1 Sam 19: 4, 5. When the primitive Christians were falsely accused for incest, and killing their children, Tertullian wrote a famous apology in their vindication. This is to act the part both of a friend and of a Christian, to be an advocate for another, when he is wronged in his good name

  5. Peraturan kesembilan untuk kehidupan manusia yang diberikan Allah adalah, “Jangan mengucapkan saksi dusta” Keluaran 20:16). Perintah ini ada hubungannnya dengan berkata benar. Dengan bahasa yang sederhana perintah ini mengatakan, berkatalah jujur kapan pun dan di mana pun Anda berada. Ini adalah perintah dalam hidup yang mendasari kebahagiaan dan kesehatan. Ini adalah perintah yang harus dilakukan dengan mengendalikan lidah kita. Perintah ini melindungi nama baik, sedangkan perintah kedelapan melindungi hak milik pribadi. Kenyataanya kebohongan cenderung melukai seseorang lebih dari perampokan. Memberikan kesaksian palsu adalah kejahatan bila kita berkata bohong di bawah sumpah di pengadilan hukum. Hal ini termasuk juga berbisik- bisik untuk sesuatu yang jahat, memberikan cerita burung, rayuan gombal, kebenaran yang disembunyikan sebagian, pernyataan yang dilebih-lebihkan dan kepura-puraan, menghakimi atau menuduh orang lain, serta motivasi yang jahat dan kebohongan. Segala bentuk kebohongan yang cenderung untuk mengganggu atau menyinggung hak milik seseorang, kepribadian atau sifatnya bertentangan dengan isi hukum ini. Kita juga melanggar hukum ini jika kita menahan kebenaran yang membuat seseorang kehilangan hak milik atau nama baik. Arti sebenarnya dari perintah ini adalah mengatakan hal-hal yang tidak benar dalam bentuk apa pun juga. Allah menegaskannya dengan mengatakan JANGANLAH!

    Sumber Dari Segala Dusta

    Bacalah Kejadian 3. Kita mungkin menanyakan pertanyaan berikut ini kepada diri kita sendiri, “Apakah sumber dari segala dusta?” Alkitab menceritakan kepada kita bahwa untuk mengetahui cerita mengenai kebohongan kita harus melihat kembali ke Taman Eden. Allah mengatakan supaya jangan makan buah yang dilarang-Nya, sebab pada waktu memakannya, “Pastilah engkau mati” (Kejadian 2:17). Tetapi Setan, dalam bentuk ular, berkata kepada Hawa, “Engkau tidak akan mati” (Kejadian 3:4). Dalam hal ini, Setan telah memutarbalikkan kebenaran firman Allah, dia adalah pendusta besar. Ketika Hawa percaya pada kebohongan Setan lebih daripada kebenaran Allah, maka dosa yang pertama telah masuk ke dalam dunia. Sejak saat itu akibat-akibat dusta yang mengerikan ada bersama dengan kita.

    Setan adalah sumber dari semua dusta dan karena itulah maka dia disebut “Bapa segala pendusta” (Yohanes 8:44). Nama-nama yang diberikan dalam Alkitab untuk setan menggambarkan sifatnya sebagai seorang pembohong. Dia adalah pemimpin dari semua pembohong. Mempercayai kebohongan Setan dari pada kebenaran Allah adalah hal utama yang membawa seseorang menuju penghancuran dan hukuman yang kekal di neraka. Manusia mati dan menghadapi hukuman yang kekal di neraka karena mereka telah percaya kepada orang yang salah, yaitu Setan. Allah mengatakan “Sebab upah dosa adalah maut….” (Roma 6:23), tetapi manusia mengatakan bahwa Allah adalah seorang pembohong. Manusia telah memilih untuk percaya Setan daripada percaya kepada Allah. Bagi manusia tidak ada harapan kecuali mengakui bahwa hal itu adalah dusta dan berbalik kepada Kristus yang dapat mengubah hatinya yang dusta.

    Mengapa Orang Berkata Dusta?

    Ada banyak alasan mengapa orang berkata dusta. Beberapa orang berkata dusta untuk melarikan diri dari kebenaran. Beberapa manusia berdusta karena secara alamiah mereka memang seperti itu. Para pendusta menunjukkan sifat yang mereka miliki dan juga sifat bapak mereka (yaitu setan). Beberapa orang berbohong karena bentuk yang salah dari mengasihi diri sendiri. Mereka berusaha untuk menempatkan diri mereka dalam posisi sebaik mungkin sementara meletakkan orang lain dalam posisi seburuk mungkin. Beberapa orang berbohong karena sombong. Mereka terlalu sombong jika mengatakan kebenaran. Kesombongan memisahkan manusia dari Allah sejak awalnya. Kristus datang untuk memulihkan kerendahan hati. Beberapa orang berdusta supaya kelihatan berbeda, mendapat perhatian, mendapat simpati atau bergurau. Beberapa orang berdusta karena tidak tahu bagaimana mengatakan kebenaran. Jika seandainya mereka pernah tahu bagaimana mengatakan kebenaran, mereka telah lupa hal itu. Beberapa orang berdusta karena itulah jalan keluar yang termudah. Telah disebutkan bahwa seseorang berdusta untuk melarikan diri dari hukuman manusia yang bersifat sementara, namun harus menghadapi penghakiman Allah yang kekal.

    Ada Banyak Cara Untuk Berkata Dusta

    Ada banyak cara untuk berkata dusta. Bohong yang sederhana adalah yang biasa dikatakan anak-anak. Meskipun mereka tidak mengatakan kebenaran, mereka tidak berniat untuk menyebabkan kerugian yang serius. Banyak orang berbohong dengan hanya mengatakan sebagian kebenaran. Beberapa orang berdusta dengan pernyataan yang berlebihan, dengan mengatakan kebenaran lebih dari yang sebenarnya. Kebenaran yang setengah-setengah adalah kebenaran yang disembunyikan, sementara pernyataan yang berlebihan adalah kebenaran yang dilebih-lebihkan. Semuanya berbahaya dan memiliki kadar dusta yang sama. Cara lain untuk berdusta adalah memberikan kesaksian palsu di pengadilan. Gosip yang merugikan adalah cara lain melanggar perintah ini. Memberikan cerita burung dan berbisik- bisik untuk niat yang tidak baik terhadap orang lain melanggar perintah ini. Cara lain dalam memberikan kesaksian yang palsu adalah dengan merayu. Bentuk lain dari dusta adalah mengatakan satu hal tetapi melakukan yang lain. Salah satu bentuk dusta yang paling berbahaya adalah menunjuk pada sesuatu yang tidak benar, meskipun orang itu tidak secara langsung menyatakannya. Kita bisa berbohong dengan tidak mengatakan apa pun juga sementara kita sebenarnya dapat mengatakannya. Ketika kita mendengar gosip dan mengetahui bahwa itu adalah dusta dan kita tetap diam, berarti kita telah memberikan kesaksian palsu.

    Berdusta Adalah Merupakan Hal Yang Serius

    Berdusta adalah merupakan hal yang serius karena hal ini mempengaruhi hubungan kita dengan sesama. Berbohong itu seperti memukul seseorang dari belakang (mengatakan sesuatu tentang seseorang tanpa diketahui oleh orang tersebut karena tidak berani berhadapan muka) dan juga seperti memfitnah. Berdusta menuju pada ketamakan atau keserakahan roh yang tidak memiliki kasih sama sekali. Kasih tidak memberikan tempat untuk kejahatan. Seseorang pernah berkata, “Satu-satunya pengobatan untuk roh yang sudah kritis adalah kasih dalam dosis yang besar.” Dusta juga menimbulkan masalah, kepahitan, dan sakit hati. Kita kehilangan hormat terhadap orang yang melakukan dusta. Dusta adalah suatu hal yang serius karena menghancurkan dasar dari kehidupan yang sehat dan bahagia. Dusta juga menghancurkan rumah tangga dan nilai-nilai kerohanian. Dan yang paling penting, dusta ialah suatu hal yang serius karena mempengaruhi hubungan kita, tidak hanya dengan manusia, tetapi juga dengan Tuhan. Allah mengecam dusta. Dia menggolongkan para pendusta dengan para pembunuh, pezinah, tukang sihir dan bahkan penyembah berhala.

    “Tetapi orang-orang penakut, orang-orang yang tidak percaya, orang- orang keji, orang-orang pembunuh, orang-orang sundal, tukang-tukang sihir, penyembah-penyembah berhala dan semua pendusta, mereka akan mendapat bagian mereka di dalam lautan yang menyala-nyala oleh api dan belerang; inilah kematian yang kedua.” (Wahyu 21:8).

    Dusta membawa manusia jauh dari Allah dan menuju neraka dan penghukuman yang kekal. Hal utama yang dihasilkan oleh dusta adalah memisahkan kita dari Allah.

    Jadi perintah ini secara positif mengatakan, “Katakanlah kebenaran setiap waktu jika kamu ingin bahagia dan menolong sesama.” Kita akan mengatakan kebenaran dengan roh yang mengasihi. Orang-orang Kristen harus mengatakan kebenaran karena Yesus mengatakan “Akulah jalan dan kebenaran dan hidup….” (Yohanes 14:6). Seorang Kristen seharusnya menjadi seperti Kristus. Allah tertarik pada sifat dan dasar yang paling utama yaitu kebenaran.

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    ada seorang pendeta, sangat pintar berkhotbah, semua jemaat tertarik mendengar khotbahnya, dia juga suka bagi-bagi kartu nama, kalau dikasi persembahan sebagai ucapan terima kasih, dia tidak pernah menerima, dia sangat disanjung oleh jemaat; namun, masuknya menjadi pendeta di gereja itu dengan cara kebohongan, jalan pintas, main belakang. Mana lebih besar kebohongannya dari khotbah-khotbahnya yang memukau? Love, Love n Love (Todung)

  6. Gembalakanlah kawanan domba Allah yang ada padamu, jangan dengan paksa, tetapi dengan sukarela sesuai dengan kehendak Allah, dan jangan karena mau mencari keuntungan, tetapi dengan pengabdian diri (I Petrus 5:2)
    Banyak pelayan dewasa ini pilih-pilih tempat pelayanan, ada SK Pimpinan ke daerah kering, ditolak, dia hanya mau ke tempat Basah khususnya Jakarta, sampai ditempat dia berkata: ” kalau pendapatan saya hanya segini, kenapa akau tidak mau tadinya ke tempat SK itu, disana lebih banyak dari yang saya dapat disini.” maksudnya agar majelis menambah penghasilannya.
    Ada lagi pelayan, begitu dia masuk di gereja itu dia tidak mau membangun bagian gereja yang belum rampung, maksudnya, bila nanti pembangunan dimulai maka keuangan gereja (rutin) akan berkurang semua lari untuk pembangunan sehingga untuk keperluan rutinnya akan berkurang juga.
    Ada juga pelayan yang khotbahnya enak-enak didengar, khotbahnya tidak akan pernah menyinggung perasaan jemaat, cari-cari banyak illustrasi dan cerita-cerita dedengkot yang lucu-lucu agar menarik bagi jemaat sehingga ucapan syukur jemaat melalui salam berisi akan lebih banyak.
    Ada lagi pelayan yang menunda-nunda menandatangani akte, misalnya akte nikah atau akte sidi atau akte baptis, hareus langsung ditandatangani di hadapan jemaat yang membutuhkan, maksudnya agar ucapan terima kasih langsung ke tangan pelayan dan berharap boleh lebih banyak. mari kita jauhkan pelayanan yang hanya mata duitan. Love,Love n Love (Todung)

  7. Dengan lidah kita memuji Tuhan, Bapa kita; dan dengan lidah kita mengutuk manusia yang diciptakan menurut rupa Allah, dari mulut yang satu keluar berkat dan kutuk. Hal ini, saudara-saudaraku, tidak boleh demikian terjadi (Yakobus 3:9-10).

    Lidah hanya dapat kita gunakan untuk berkhotbah, bukan untuk menghina atau memfitnah.

    agar kita tidak mudah menghina orang kita harus menghargai bahwa semua mereka dan kita adalah sama-sama ciptaan Tuhan Love,Love n Love (TodungLToruan)

  8. Berbahagialah orang yang mendengar Firman Tuhan dan melaksanakannya dalam kehidupan sehari-hari. Bukan hanya teori saja, tapi dipraktekkan. Bukan hanya wacana doang, tapi dijalankan juga.

    • Mempraktekkan Firman Tuhan ternyata bukan hal yang mudah seperti membalikkan tangan, masih diperlukan bantuan tangan Tuhan dengan rohnya di setiap kondisi Firman itu kita butuhkan. Terima kasih sarannya

  9. Selain menghina, lidah juga bukan untuk mencemarkan nama orang lain hanya karena sepotong kue.

    • Yang haram bukan hanya yang masuk ke dalam mulut tetapi juga yang keluar dari mulut termasuk lidah-lidah yang anda maksud terima kasih, Love, Love n Love (DR TodungLToruan)

  10. Susah mempraktekkan Firman Tuhan karena anda setengah hati mengikuti Dia. Anda masih menoleh ke belakang (melihat gemerlapnya dunia ini), sehingga anda tergoda olehnya. Contoh:

    Dunia mengajarkan bahwa salah satu tujuan kita hidup di dunia ini adalah menjadi orang kaya. Jika IQ kita rendah, kurang kesempatan, kurang bergaul, maka timbullah perbuatan-perbuatan yang bertentangan dengan Firman Tuhan, seperti: menipu orang lain, merampok, memfitnah bahkan membunuh orang lain.

    Dunia mengajarkan bahwa salah satu tujuan hidup kita adalah menjadi orang terhormat alias menjadi pejabat. Jika IQ kita rendah tapi keinginan kita menjadi pejabat besar, maka akan timbul perbuatan-perbuatan yang bertentangan dengan Firman Tuhan, seperti: menyuap, memfitnah bahkan membunuh saingan kita.

    Oleh sebab itu turutilah Firman Tuhan dengan sepenuh hati:

    APA GUNANYA SESEORANG MEMPEROLEH DUNIA,
    TAPI KEHILANGAN NYAWANYA.

    JANGANLAH KAMU MENGASIHI DUNIA SEBAB KASIH AKAN BAPA TIDAK ADA DI DALAMNYA.

  11. Perdana Menteri terguling Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, dalam wawancara kemarin (12/3), mengaku telah meminta raja untuk mengampuninya soal tuduhan korupsi. Ia ingin kembali ke panggung politik.

    “Saya sudah menulis tiga surat kepada beliau karena saya percaya terhadap kebaikan dan kearifan Raja,” kata Thaksin kepada surat kabar Japan Times.

    “Kalau saya mendapat pengampunan, saya tahu para pendukung saya akan senang dan kita tidak perlu lagi berseteru dan membuktikan apa pun.

    “Terserah kepada Raja dan kemurahan hatinya,” kata Thaksin, yang hidup di pengasingan untuk menghindari hukuman penjara di negara asalnya, Thailand.

    Thaksin digulingkan melalui kudeta militer pada September 2006, yang kemudian menyulut kekacauan politik, unjuk rasa di jalanan serta konflik antara para pendukungnya –yang sebagian besar berada di wilayah pedesaan– dan lawan-lawan mereka yang kebanyakan hidup di perkotaan.

    Bulan lalu ribuan pendukung Thaksin yang dinamakan kelompok “Kaos Merah” mengepung kantor Perdana Menteri Abhisit Vejjajiva dengan tuntutan diadakannya pemilihan baru.

    Thaksin pada Oktober tahun lalu dihukum atas tuduhan korupsi dan tanpa kehadirannya dijatuhi vonis dua tahun penjara.

    Mantan perdana menteri itu mengklaim dirinya tidak bersalah dan mengatakan: “Saya tidak bisa membela diri dan mendapatkan keadilan karena saya sekarang sudah dianggap bersalah… dan lawan-lawan politik saya mendukung komite yang melakukan investigasi terhadap saya.

    “Thailand saat ini tidak memiliki aturan hukum dalam kerangka demokrasi yang tepat.”

    Thaksin membantah dirinya tidak loyal terhadap raja yang secara luas sangat dipuja, Bhumibol Adulyadej, 81 tahun, dan menjanjikan “loyalitas dan rasa hormat kepada Raja.”

    Lawan-lawan Thaksin pimpinan kelompok yang loyal kepada raja dan menamai kelompok mereka dengan Aliansi Rakyat untuk Demokrasi telah berkali-kali menuduh konglomerat milioner itu mencoba menggerogoti kerajaan.

    “Mereka (lawan-lawan Thaksin) mengatakan saya ingin menjadi presiden dan merubah kerajaan konstitusional,” katanya ketika dikutip di Dubai.

    “Ini salah –saya tidak punya ambisi seperti itu. Lawan-lawan saya memindahkan kekuasaan untuk mereka dengan mengatakan bahwa saya tidak loyal kepada Raja.”

    Thaksin mengatakan ia masih ingin kembali ke panggung politik Thailand.

    “Saya harus kembali, saya punya kewajiban terhadap para pendukung saya dan terhadap keyakinan mereka,” katanya. “Kalau hari ini ada pemilihan, saya pasti akan menang.” [TMA, Ant]

    http://www.gatra.com/artikel.php?id=123948

    Terima kasih, bisa jadi sebuah illustrasi: Mereka sangat hormat kepada Raja, lebih dari itu kita hormat kepada Raja segala Raja dan Tuhan segala Tuan yaitu Yesus Kristus Raja, Penyelamat dan Penyembuh (Todung).

  12. Have you read that God blames the Jews and Christians for upholding their books? The truth is just the opposite: God blames them for not upholding their books, and not the other way. And also Allah finds fault with them for altering these scriptures. These are two charges against the Jews and the Christians. And let us see some of the relevant Qur’anic verses, which mean:

    *{It was We who revealed the law [to Moses]: therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed [as in Islam] to God’s will, by the rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was entrusted the protection of God’s book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear me, and sell not my signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by [the light of] what God hath revealed, they are [no better than] unbelievers.}* (Al-Ma’idah 5:44)

    *{And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God. Let the people of the Gospel judge by what God hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by [the light of] what God hath revealed, they are [no better than] those who rebel.}* (Al-Ma’idah 5:46-47)

    *{Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say: “This is from God,” to traffic with it for miserable price!- Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.}* (Al-Baqarah 2:79)

    From the above verses, we understand the following:

    God revealed His Guidance to the people through Moses and Jesus; and the duty of their followers was to obey the commands given in those books and to judge by the principles therein. But their rabbis and doctors of law, instead of preserving God’s book intact, made additions or corrections to it with their own hands for miserable gains.

    Here the People of the Book are held answerable for not following the commands of God given in their books and for making changes in them. Though this is plain commonsense, the missionaries would create some confusion here.

    They argue:

    “God asks the People of the Book to follow their Books; this is possible only if the Books are extant. But then the Qur’an says that those books have been changed!”

    In fact, neither the Qur’an, nor any knowledgeable Muslim says that the Books of the Jews and Christians do not contain the Truth. The point is that the Jewish and Christian scribes and priests have added many things to the Book as God’s word on the one hand and on the other, they distort the true message through misinterpretation.

    For example see how the Jews misinterpret Jehovah’s promise of the Land of Canaan to the Children of Abraham (Genesis 17): They claim that “the seed” of Abraham in the context refers to the Children of Israel only, and not to the Children of Abraham’s firstborn, Ishmael.

    Similarly the Christians introduce into their Book, the pagan idea that Jesus was the only begotten son of God, (begotten not made!) and that he was/is really God Himself!

    The Qur’an refers to such distortions of the Holy Book. But this fact does not in any way invalidate the truth that is still remaining in the Books of the Jews and Christians. And this is specifically ascertained by many verses. Note that the Qur’an gives this meaning when it says:

    *{And when there came to them an apostle from God, confirming what was with them, a par

    ***For me, The Allah of Moslem and Christian People is the same Allah, Allah of Ibrahim/Abraham, Sulaiman/Salomo, Fulllovingly, but in the future people look Allah with the different glass, all be different, and in the next people will make some far connection with the same creation. Now our task; how to make our connection so closed warm, not to make far one another (Todung)

  13. Idris Tawfiq has a degree in English language and Literature from the University of Manchester and a degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. For many years he was Head of Religious Studies in different schools in England and Wales and has much experience of teaching, both in the UK and Egypt. Before embracing Islam, Idris was a Roman Catholic priest.

    Idris Tawfiq is much in demand as a speaker, and he travels extensively to this end. His style of speaking is both simple and very gentle, touching hearts, as well as causing people to think. Idris points out that he is not a scholar, as such, but rather has a way of explaining things about Islam in a very simple way. He has considerable experience in leading retreats and In-Service training for both students and adults. He uses this vast experience of dealing with ordinary people and explaining matters of faith to them to enliven his writing and style of speaking, making them both interesting and easy to understand. He tries to explain Islam to those in the West who are not Muslim.

    As a writer, Idris Tawfiq has written for newspapers and periodicals in the United Kingdom and is now a regular contributor and Consultant to http://www.islamonline.net and http://www.readingislam.com. He writes a weekly article in Egyptian Mail, Egypt’s oldest English-language newspaper, and Sawt Al-Azhar, the newspaper of Al-Azhar University. He is the author of Gardens of Delight: a simple introduction to Islam; Talking to Young Muslims; Talking to New Muslims; Talking to Muslims in the West & Talking About Ramadan. Travelling all over the globe, Idris speaks about Islam both to groups and on television and radio.

    Idris Tawfiq has a deep love for the Arab world. Stories and characters from Cairo and the Arab world often find their way into his writing. Often asked why he chooses the Middle East as a base from which to speak to people in the West about Islam, rather than living in London, Idris says that the culture and the people of that region are a fertile source of inspiration for him. He now divides his time between the Middle East and the United Kingdom as teacher, speaker and writer.

    Although very busy, Idris tries to send a personal reply to all those who write to him, and he tries to respond positively to all those who invite him to speak.

    According to The Bibel: There is no place anymore in heaven for anybody who believed not for Jesus and The spirit of God anymore.

  14. What the Qur’an said about the Torah, the Gospel, the Jews and Christians?

    Do not sell off my verses at a low price. (Sura al-Baqara 2:41)

    Do not clothe justice with injustice and do not hide justice, since you know it. (Sura al-Baqara 2:42)

    Some of them heard the word of Allah, but then they falsified it after they had understood it, knowing (what they were doing). (Sura al-Baqara 2:75)

    Woe to those who write the book with their own hands and then claim: ‘This is from Allah!’ selling it off at a low price. (Sura al-Baqara 2:79)

    Truly, Some of them conceal the truth, although they know it. (Sura al-Baqara 2:146)

    Oh people of the book! Why do you clothe justice with injustice and hide justice, knowing (what you are doing)? (Sura Al ‘Imran 3:71)

    Truly, Some of them twist their tongues when (reading) the book (aloud), so that you would take (what was read) to be from the book, but it is not from the book. (Sura Al ‘Imran 3:78)

    Some of the Jews move letters of the words from their places (so that they make a different sense). (Sura al-Nisa 4:46)

    Since they broke their covenant, we (Allah) have cursed them and hardened their hearts, so that they moved the letters from their places and forgot part of what they were made to memorize. (Sura al-Ma’ida 5:13)

    Of those who say, “We are Christians (Nasara)”, we have ordained their covenant. But then they forgot part of what they were made to memorize. (Sura al-Ma’ida 5,14)

    My Allah is also your Allah, Allah of Abraham, Sulaiman, Moses etc. we are the same in front of Allah, why the different of our thinking, our need, our way separate us? why we dont think: we are the same,GBU

  15. Praise to be Allah (God), the Lord of the worlds, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful! Insha’Allah (by the will of Allah (SWT)), in this article I’ll expose the hypocrisy of Islamic haters and debunks their false allegations against the noble character of al-habib (the beloved, may Allah’s (SWT) mercy and blessings be upon him – Prophet Muhammad). Mocking, insulting, rejecting and accusing the Prophets (Peace be upon on them) is not new. It is an old habit of disbelievers. Allah (SWT) is telling Prophet (Peace be upon him) (interpretation of the meaning): “Mocked were (many) Messengers before thee; but the scoffers were hemmed in by the thing that they mocked” [6:10] and “And if they reject thee, so were messengers rejected before thee: to Allah go back for decision all affairs” [35:4] and “And if they reject thee, so did their predecessors, to whom came their messengers with Clear Signs, Scripture and the Book of Enlightenment” [35:25].

    Concerning this issue, all the haters, accusers and rejecters are the same, whether they are Christians or Jews or Atheists or Hindus etc. It is very interesting to note that Christians, who say that they believe in all the Prophets (AS) of God and respect them, not only mock and through garbage at the character of Prophet (SAW) but they also do the same to the Prophets (AS) mentioned in their own bible. We read Genesis chapter 19 verses 30-40: these verses accuse Prophet Lot (AS) of committing incest with his two daughters, who later gave birth to two children from their father. We read 2nd Samuel chapter 11 verses 2-27: these verses, the so called “beautiful word of God”, accuse Prophet David (AS) of committing adultery with another man’s woman, conceiving her of his child, sending her husband to death and marrying her. We read 1st King chapter 11 verses 1-13: these verses the “beautiful word of God” utter a bogus lie that Prophet Solomon (AS) worshiped idols when he turned old. Astegfirullah (May Allah forgive me)! We learn two things from here. First, Bible is indeed “word of God” because God Himself is telling the whole world that His Prophets were so great that they committed incest, committed adultery and worshiped idols. Second, Muslims need not to worry too much about a Christian mocking Prophet (SAW) because their own Bible, the “word of God”, does it very informatively to the Prophets mentioned in the Bible. I advice my good Christian friends to read Bible and learn about the garbage it teaches.

    Truth about the false accusations against Prophet (SAW)
    If we read many articles and books about Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by Islamic haters, we notice that none of them bother talking about his early life in Makkah and the first 13 years of Islam. You will not read a single comment about the troubles and hardships Prophet (SAW) went through. Off course, this would debunk their false accusations. This is clearly hypocrisy! Islamic haters accuse Prophet (SAW) of followings:

    He desired status or leadership or power to dominate/rule the Arab
    He desired wealth
    He desired beautiful young virgin women
    These accusations are no more than one or two centuries old because we learn from the history that no enemy of Prophet (SAW) accused him of such things, while he (SAW) was alive, because they knew his noble character. The first two accusations have been refuted by Allah (SWT) in the Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning): “Say: Whatever reward I might have asked of you is yours. My reward is the affair of Allah only. He is Witness over all things” [34:47] and “Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): I ask of you no fee for this, and I am no impostor” [38:86]. If, for the sake of argument, we assume that Prophet (SAW) did desire wealth and status, then his enemies would have made big fuss about these verses, or similar ones for that matter, because in that case the Messenger of Allah (SAW) would have been contradicting Allah’s (SWT) words. However, we find no such historical evidence. Therefore, it is only logical to conclude that he (SAW) never wanted such things. Let us read a small passage from Tafsir (commentary) Ibn Kathir to further analyze the truth and the reality of these accusations. This should be more than enough for people who seek guidance. It is obvious that no matter what we do or say the haters will never accept the truth.

    Before I move on, one of the Trinitarian believers, follower of Paul’s words and worshiper of Satan, Sam Shamoun writes in one of his articles: “The citations are taken from the Arabic version of Ibn Kathir’s Commentary, since the English translation omits these traditions. As the readers begin to read them it will become obvious why these tales were omitted from the English version” [The Quran and the Shape of the Earth]. Note the emphasized part. Insha’Allah, I’ll post a rebuttal to his whale nun article in near future. Fortunately for Sam, the whole Tafsir Ibn Kathir was not translated in English; otherwise, if not all then most of his false accusations would have been debunked. Here is an example of it. Imam Ibn Kathir (RA) writes in his tafsir:

    “In Musnad ‘Abd Bin Hameed, Hadhrat Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (RA) reported that one day Quraysh gathered and consulted. They decided that we should take one person, who is better than everyone in magic, and poetry and is a soothsayer, to this person (Prophet Muhammad (SAW)), who has caused separateness in our jama’t (team) and disintegrated our work and started to criticize/condemn our religion. He should debate him (Prophet Muhammad (SAW)) and win against him and leave him unanswerable. All of them said there is none like this among us except ‘Utba bin Riba.

    So they all went to ‘Utba and told him their unanimous wish. He agreed with them and came to Prophet (SAW). ‘Utba asked: ‘O Muhammad (SAW), tell me, are you better than Abdullah (Prophet’s (SAW) father)?’ Prophet (SAW) did not answer. He asked the second question: ‘Are you better than your grandfather, Abdul Mutlib?’ Prophet (SAW) remained silent again. He started saying, ‘if you think your grandfather was better than you, then you know he worshiped the same idols the ones we worship and you always criticize/condemn them. If you think you are better than them (father and grandfather) then talk to us, we will listen to you. I swear by God none like you has born who has hurt his own people. You have broken our jama’t. You have replaced our unity with disunity. You have criticized and condemned our religion. You have defamed us in the whole Arab. Everyone is saying that there is a magician in Quraysh. There is a soothsayer in Quraysh. Now, there is only one thing left and that is we start quarrelling and pull swords on each other; do you want us to destroy each other by fighting among ourselves. Listen! If you want money then all of us will gather so much money that no one will be compared to you among Arabs. If you wish for women, so whoever’s (from among us) daughter you like tell us, we’ll marry you off to not only one but tens (many) like her.’ He took a breath after saying all this and Rasoul of Allah (SAW) asked, ‘Have you said all?’ He said, ‘Yes’! Prophet (SAW) said ‘now listen to me’! Then, Prophet (SAW) recited Bismillah (In the name of Allah) and recited till ‘I warn you of a thunderbolt like the thunderbolt (which fell of old upon the tribes) of Aad and Thamud;’ [13 verses of this Surah (Chapter) – interpretation of the meaning]. After listening this much he said stop this, stop this. He asked ‘do you not have anything else [to say] except this?’ Prophet (SAW) said ‘NO’! So he left.

    A throng of Quraysh was waiting for him. They asked him, how did it go? He replied, I told him everything that all of you together could have said. They asked, so did he say anything? He replied, yes he said something but by God I did not understand anything except that he warns us of heavenly ‘azab (dreadful torment) that came to Thamood and ‘Ad. They said you Arab person did not understand what he said in Arabic. He replied I am speaking the truth; I did not understand anything except that he warns us of ‘azab.

    [Imam] Baghawi (RA) reported the same narration with the addition that when Rasoul of Allah (SAW) started reciting this verse ‘Utba put his hands on Prophet’s (SAW) mouth and started beseeching (to stop) for the sake of ties of kinship. He immediately left from there and stopped meeting rest of the Quraysh (locked himself in his house). On this, Abou Jahil said to people ‘I think ‘Utba has bowed to Muhammad (SAW) (became his companion) and he was tantalized by Muhammad’s (SAW) offer of money. After all, he was needy of it (looking for it). Anyway, let’s come with me; we’ll go to ‘Utba and correct him.’ So they all came to ‘Utba and Abou Jahil said ‘o ‘Utba you have cut communication with us and there is only one reason behind it: you have been tantalized by Muhammad’s (SAW) offer of money and therefore has become soft to him. Indeed, penury is very dangerous. I think we will collect donations for you to free you from this calamity and disgraceful life. You do not have to fear him [Muhammad (SAW)] and accept his new religion.’ On this, ‘Utba got very angry and said ‘Why would I care about Muhammad (SAW)? I swear by God, I will never talk to you people. You people say such humiliating things about me, even though you know there is no one richer than me in the whole Quraysh. I only went to see him because you asked me to. I talked to him (bribed him) and heard him. In reply what he recited by God it was not pottery and neither it was oracle/omen or magic. When he reached the part ‘But if they turn away’ [verse 13 – interpretation of the meaning], while reciting this surah, I put my hands on his mouth and asked him to beseech for the sake of ties of kinship. I was so scared and afraid that the ‘azab will fall upon us right away. And you all know that Muhammad is not lying.’” [Tafsir Ibn Kathir - Surah Fussliat 41: Verse 1-13]

    In sirah Ibn Ishaq this incident has been reported slightly different. It is narrated that one of the bribed offers of ‘Utba was not only handing over the leadership of Quraysh to Prophet (SAW) but also promising him that they would make/accept him the king of the WHOLE Arab, if he (SAW) desires and stops preaching Islam. [Excerpted from Tafsir Ibn Kathir - Surah Fussliat 41: Verse 1-13]

    How many non-Muslims have ever read or heard this incident from Islamic haters? So I ask haters: if Prophet Muhammad (SAW) desired what you accuse him of, what made him not to accept the offer of Quraysh? They offered him everything, which you accuse him of desiring and doing everything for. If he (SAW) wanted, he (SAW) would not have to go through any trouble, calamities and physical abuse. He (SAW) could have lived his life so easily, without being forced to leave his country and suffer. He (SAW) would not have to fight Jews to take their possessions and marry their beautiful young princesses, as you haters accuse him of. He (SAW) could have got all of it without any trouble! So why did he not accept the offer, I ask the second time? The answer is obvious! It surely makes whole lot of sense to say: a person wanted something so badly that he did everything to get it but once it was offered to him and he could have obtained it, without any struggle, but he did not! Islamic haters’ accusations against the character of Prophet (SAW) has been clearly refuted and flushed down the toilet. Let us learn about the true character of al-habib (SAW).

    Who was Prophet Muhammad (SAW)?
    He (SAW) was mercy for mankind and we learn this from throughout his life and Qur’an. He was Muhammad (SAW) who forgave his enemies who hurt him. He was Muhammad (SAW) who was known as an honest and trustworthy in the whole Arab. He was Muhammad (SAW) who went to preach the people of Taif but in return they ordered street boys to attack him; however, he (SAW) forgave them all. He was Muhammad (SAW) and his companions (RA) who were forced to stay in a small valley for three years and were boycotted from getting anything. As for food, they had to rely on grass and likes to survive. He was Muhammad (SAW) and his companions (RA) who were forced to migrate, first to Abyssinia and then Medina, without taking any of their belongings. He was Muhammad (SAW) and his family who, many times, had nothing to eat for months except water and dates (talk about someone who desired and had wealth and status). He was Muhammad (SAW) who loved, and worried about his ummah (people) and cried and prayed day and nights for our forgiveness. Sometime at nights, he (SAW) used to make his prayers so long that his feet would crack.

    I ask what for? Why did he (SAW) had to go to that extent for someone like me or us, for that matter? How exactly I am benefiting him in regard to worldly possessions? Can mankind produce one example of a king, who was greedy and desired worldly possessions but he suffered like al-habib (SAW) and cared and worried about his people like he did? The fact is that the selfish and greedy people only care about themselves or maybe their family.

    Return to thy Lord, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, before it is too late: “Their reckoning draweth nigh for mankind, while they turn away in heedlessness” [21: 01 – interpretation of the meaning]. May Allah (SWT) give us the strength to seek guidance and may He (SWT) guide us on to the straight path, Ameen! This concludes the refutation, alhamdulillah (praise to be Allah).

    Wallahu a’lam (and Allah knows best)

  16. The Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament categorically say that God is one and ONE ONLY. You may retort: “No, He is one in three; God is three persons in one God, and Jesus is one of the three persons in One God”. But really, was Jesus God?

    The answer may come as a shock to many Christians. Jesus never said he was God. Actually, he said over and over again, and in many ways, that he was not God.

    Jesus was a practicing Jew, and the very idea of God taking a human form is antithetical to the Torah or the Law of Moses.

    The following quote proves that Jesus was a devout and learned Jew, a rabbi:

    “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and his reputation spread throughout the region. He was teaching in their synagogues, and all were loud in his praise. He came to Nazareth where he had been reared, and entering the synagogue on the sabbath as he was in the habit of doing, he stood up to do the reading.” (Luke 4:14-16)

    As a rabbi, what did Jesus teach? Throughout the New Testament, Jesus exhorted the people to worship God alone and keep the Mosaic commandments. The first and the best known commandment in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, asks for total and absolute devotion to God alone:

    “The Lord our God is Lord alone! Therefore, you shall adore the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:29-30)

    Jesus most particularly stressed this First Commandment:

    The scribe said to him: “Excellent, Teacher! You are right in saying, `He is the One, there is no other than He.’ “Yes, ‘to love him with all our heart, with all our thoughts and with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves’ is worth more than any burnt offering or sacrifice.”

    Jesus approved the insight of his answer and told him,

    “You are not far from the reign of God.” (Mark 12:32-34)

    Again, Jesus’ straightforward injunction to follow the First Commandment in particular, is so obvious. Significantly, he described the First Commandment as

    “The Great Commandment” (Mark 12:29)

    For Jesus, this commandment meant more than just an injunction against worshipping idols. Jesus taught the absolute devotion to God alone:
    On one occasion a lawyer stood up to pose him this problem: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?” Jesus answered him: “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said: “You have answered correctly. Do this and you shall live.” (Luke 10:25-28)

    Jesus even scolded those who called him Lord: “None of those who cry out, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of God but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. When the day comes, many will plead with me, `Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? Have we not exorcised demons by its power? Did we not do many miracles in your name as well?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Out of my sight, you evil doers!’ ” (Matthew 7:21-23)

    Surely, when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane he demonstrated that he was neither omnipotent nor omniscient:

    “Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

    Jesus made it clear in many, many ways that he was not God, that God is greater. Nowhere is this more definitely stated than when he spoke to his disciples about his imminent departure:

    “If you truly loved me you would rejoice to have me go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I”. (John 14:28)

    We see that throughout the Gospels, Jesus prayed to God. This certainly argues against his being God. God would not pray to Himself.

    There were times when Jesus felt the need to pray with special urgency. Luke reports that, on one occasion, Jesus prayed very hard:

    “In his anguish, Jesus prayed with all the greater intensity, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:44)

    One of the most compelling pieces of evidence that Jesus was not God is in the way that he taught the disciples to pray:

    One day he was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”
    He said to them,

    “When you pray, say: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive those who wrong us. Subject us not to the trial but deliver us from the evil one.’” (Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 6:9-13)

    Note that Jesus taught us to pray to the Father, our Creator, not to himself. In fact, he did not mention himself in any way, nor did he indicate that we should pray in his name. His instructions were very specific; we are to pray to God alone.

    This would not be the case if Jesus himself were God.

    Jesus followed the Mosaic law and did not claim divinity. According to the Bible, He was not omniscient nor omnipotent. Given the fact that nowhere in the Bible do we see a direct identification of Jesus as God, and that Jesus strongly upheld all the commandments and emphasized the First Commandment, we can only conclude that the doctrine of Jesus’ divinity has no foundation in the scripture nor in the life and teachings of Jesus. This concept is an innovation in Christian doctrine.

    May the good God guide us to know the truth and make us free from all corruption. You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.

  17. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is quoted as saying that he had come to bring the sword, to “set father against son and mother against daughter” (Luke 12:53) and called on his followers to kill: “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me” (Luke 19:27).
    you can see that the parable comes to an end with the previous verse, namely Luke 19:26: “For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.”

    It was after this we find these verses: “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

    It is clear that he did not want his disciples to put this into effect immediately. And certainly the mission of Jesus in those days did not include fighting, nor was he prepared for it. But it would be naive to say that Jesus did not know the role of wars in the history of humanity. He certainly knew the Law of Moses and the significance of fighting in Jewish history. Didn’t he know that the Law of Moses taught the philosophy of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth? And yet what did he say of the Law?

    “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled…” (Matthew 5: 17, 18).

    And from the manner in which he drove out the money changers in the Jerusalem Temple (John 2: 13-15), it is clear that he did not completely rule out the use of force, in establishing peace on earth.

    The question is how did the Christians interpret the words of Jesus in their practical life? Most assuredly the import of the parable (quoted above) was not lost upon the Christians of the later centuries. If we examine the history of Christianity, we see the above words of Jesus have been enacted in bloody reality many times – starting when an important political rebellion against the Roman Catholic Church took on a religious slant – leading to the split in European Christendom between Catholic and Protestant. This split sparked off a series of religious wars which were ultimately to be responsible for the death of nearly a third of the entire White race.

    If we argue that the essential message of Jesus is “turning the other cheek” even in the face of the worst provocation, then we have to admit that Jesus’ avowed followers have belied his teaching repeatedly. Even when their tongues call Jesus “the Prince of Peace”, weapons of mass destruction are being forged in their backyards to massacre the non-Christians. Every time a Christian bomb tears apart the limbs of an Iraqi man, woman or child in Baghdad or Fallujah, Christ’s teaching is proved to be null and void. It is funny to hear the Christians blaming Muslims for taking up weapons while they themselves had exploded two Christian atom bombs that killed millions; and theirs is the monopoly of manufacturing, distributing and using the most horrible weapons ever made by the hand of man – the followers of the Prince of Peace indeed!

  18. Thus Allah declares in the Qur’an: “Truly the religion before Allah is Islam.” (Surah 3:19)

    What is Islam?

    “Islam” means “submitting or surrendering one’s will to the will of Allah”. Mankind naturally submits to Allah; this instinct was born with him on the day of his creation. In reality, the entire universe – the stars, the planets, and the oceans – submits to the will of Allah through its ordered workings. Modern science calls this phenomenon “the laws of nature,” but these laws of nature, from an Islamic perspective, are not just any laws of nature but the laws of Allah for nature. Human beings, as creatures of Allah who are in need of Him throughout their entire lives, must also surrender their wills and desires to the will of the Almighty, the Creator.

    Submitting to Allah does not mean humiliating the individual self or denying the human intellect; rather, it means trusting in the knowledge, wisdom, and fairness of the Creator. People voluntarily give over their lives to others almost every day; for example, passengers embarking on an airplane place their lives in the hands of the pilot because of the pilot’s knowledge, experience, and assumed goodwill. Similarly, friends trust friends, and if a wise, knowledgeable, rational, and good-intentioned friend invites another to go into the middle of the desert in the middle of a dark night, that person would follow because he knows that his friend would not endanger his life. The decision to trust a person with more knowledge is logical, and so people do not abandon their own intellects by trusting in the wisdom of God.

    “Islam” has other meanings, one of which is “to have peace.” Allah has said in the Holy Qur’an:

    “He is Allah – there is no God but Him – the King, the Holy One, and the Peace.” (Surah 59:23)

    “And Allah invites to the abode of peace.” (Surah 10:25)

    By its connotations of peace and safety, “Islam” indicates that the religion of Islam is free from any deficiencies or defects. As a religion, Islam is perfect because it was ordained by Allah and not invented by humankind.

    Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) was the first person that God commanded to use the words “Islam” and “Muslim”

    “It [Islamic monotheism] is the religion of your father Abraham. He [Allah] has named you Muslims both before and in this [Qur'an].” (Surah 22:78)

    “Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim (submissive to Allah) and was not one of the polytheists.” (Surah 3:67)

    Not only Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) but also all the sincere, truthful people after him called their religion “Islam.” Prophet Joseph (peace be upon him) says in the chapter of the Qur’an named “Joseph”

    My Lord! You have given me authority and taught me the interpretation of things. O Creator of the heavens and earth! You are my guardian in this world and in the Hereafter. Cause me to die as a Muslim, submitting to Your will, and join me with the righteous. (Surah 12:101)

  19. In Aristotelian philosophy, there is a theory that ‘nature abhors a vacuum’ and therefore, empty space would always be trying to suck in gas or liquids to avoid being empty. In Christian religious history too, we find a similar process of the vacuum in Jesus’s life history absorbing fantastic theories and stories.

    Jesus’s years between twelve and thirty are left totally blank in the Gospels; and nothing is mentioned about his whereabouts or his activities during this time. These are the years commonly called his “missing years”.

    Now centuries after Jesus, we have several accounts of where Jesus was during these “missing years”. One such account is given in the book called, “The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ” by the Russian writer Nicolas Notovitch.

    Notovitch writes that during his travel to Tibet he found an amazing, ancient manuscript in a lamasery, which supplied him the material for his controversial book published in France in 1894.

    In his foreword of the book “The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ”, he wrote how he took advantage of a short stay in Ladakh among Buddhist monks to obtain the privilege of seeing the manuscripts relating to Christ. With the aid of an interpreter, he got them translated from the Tibetan tongue.

    According to the story, Jesus visited Nepal and the Himalayan Mountains and thereafter went to “the valley of Rajputan and went westward, preaching to diverse people.”

    It is also said that Jesus was twenty nine years of age when he finally arrived back in Israel.

    There are two other books about the life of Jesus in the East after the alleged crucifixion. The first one is, A Search for the Historical Jesus. From Apocryphal, Buddhist, Islamic & Sanskrit Sources written by Fida M. Hassnain (first published 1994 by Gateway Books, U.K.), the second one is Jesus Lived in India by Holger Kersten.

    The second book is a thorough and methodical examination of the evidence of Christ’s life beyond the Middle East before ‘the Crucifixion’ in India and elsewhere after it.

    This is an exhaustive research into Christ’s travels after ‘the Crucifixion’, his arrival in India with the Mother Mary and finally his death and entombment in Kashmir.

    This is a summary of the two books:

    For about sixteen years, Christ traveled through Turkey, Persia, Western Europe and possibly England. He finally arrived with Mary at a place near Kashmir, where she died. After many years in Kashmir, teaching to an appreciative population, who venerated him as a great prophet, reformer and saint, he died and was buried in a tomb in Kashmir itself.

    If we examine the claims in all those books on Jesus’ life in India against the background of the Gospels and the Judaic traditions that served as a background to the mission of Jesus, the following facts come to light:

    The claims about Jesus’ travel to India are exaggerated and their sources are unreliable. The alleged scrolls that Nicolas Notovitch claimed to have seen have never been produced and the monks who were supposed to possess them denied any knowledge of them. (Gregory Koukl, Jesus’s Missing Years, last accessed April 7, 2009)

    The Gospel accounts of Jesus betray a strong repugnance on the part of Jesus towards tolerating gentile culture steeped in idolatry, as he was brought up in Hebraic traditions.

    And above all, the Gospels clearly teach that he stayed in Palestine; and there is no shred of evidence to show that he had at any time crossed its boundary.

    With regard to the Muslims’ take on this issue, the Quran has mentioned twenty five prophets by name; and has given in some cases details of the challenges they faced in the performance of the mission entrusted to them. For example, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them all).

    In some other cases, we find only a very brief mention of their role as prophets. For example, Dhul Kifl, Ilyas and Al-Yasa (peace be upon them).

    From the Islamic point of view, all prophets of Allah deserve equal respect from us, whether their life history is given in detail or not. And no prophet’s life is narrated in detail to include events that happened in every year of their life either.

    The Quran mentions only what Allah has deemed necessary to inform us, by way of teaching His guidance; and in the matter of the life of prophets, no systematic ‘biography’ of a prophet is given in a modern sense.

    What is absolutely necessary for us to know from the Islamic point of view about Jesus’ life and mission has been mentioned in the Quran and the Hadith; and the rest is irrelevant.

    So in Islam, the question of any missing years does not arise in the case of any prophet, including Jesus of Nazareth.

    I hope this answers your question. Please keep in touch.

    Salam.

  20. “Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.” (John 9:35-83)

    the verses do not prove that Jesus was God. The man whom Jesus addressed asked him about the Son of God, and Jesus said he himself was the Son of God. And note that Jesus had asked him only to believe in the Son of God, and not to worship him.

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