Islamic conquests

“Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests” is a book, written by Prof. Dr. Walter Kaegi (University of Chicago).

Kaegi tries to solve the following brain-teaser: When Muhammad’s army in Arabia became strong, emperor Heraclius (he was emperor of Byzantium) did not make sufficient efforts, to face the Muslim threat. What was the reason for that?

Introduction: Muhammad and the emperor Heraclius were contemporaries. Muhammad was about to establish the Islam in Arabia (today Saudi-Arabia), which did not belong to the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), but was located at the south-eastern edge of Byzantium. Byzantium was a Christian empire (Heraclius even participated in Church councils). Palastine, Syria and Egypt belonged to Byzantium for a long time and the population was Christian. Up to 634 Byzantine Palestine and Syria were Christian countries!

At the time of Muhammad and Heraclius there were two superpowers on earth: Byzantium and Persia. Between Byzantium and Persia was continual war. Finally Byzantium won the last decisive war in 628 a. D.. By that war Byzantium got quite exhausted.

 Muhammad started to preach and to kill in Arabia around 613 a. D..

622 Muhammad started a civil war in Arabia, which finally led to his rule over nearly the whole Arabia in 631.

Heraclius had become emperor in 610. For many years (up to 628) he was busy with the hard war against Persia. In the year 631 he knew of Muhammad for perhaps 9 years (since 622 when Muhammad started civil war in Arabia). According to Kaegi, the Bishop of Jerusalem Sophronius said 634 that the Arabs came “unexpected” (637 the Arabs finally captured Jerusalem after a long siege). Being aware of the weakness of Byzantium and the acute threat by Muslim-Arabs, why didn’t Heraclius warn the citizens of Syria and Palestine against the Muslims?

Hypothesis: Heraclius and his generals were in a situation similar to our today situation: Someone, who has no exact knowledge of the Islam or Koran, could think: “Oh, that’s just a harmless theistic faith. Isn’t it similar to Christianity? They even acknowledge Jesus as prophet.”

It is really possible that Heraclius and his generals totally underestimated the Muslim threat. Maybe they had recognized, Muhammad built up a strong army in Arabia, but they could not imagine to be assaulted by a folk, believing in God.

Conclusion: It is high time for us to understand, what the Islam really is. Islam is not harmless theism, but pure anti-Christianity. Muhammad had a clear will to exterminate Jews and Christians. In Muhammad’s eyes Abraham was the first faithful Muslim and Jews and Christians are Muslims, having turned apostate. Muhammad wanted to lead back the mankind to the genuine belief of Abraham, which was the Islam in Muhammad’s eyes. This, we must understand.

Islam wants to rule the world. That is its declared aim.

By the way, there are some suras, telling Muslims must keep treaties. Of course, that is a mean trick of Muhammad. Naive readers of the Koran shall get the impression that Muslims are promise-keepers or faithful people like Christians. Muhammad wants to fool us. We shall get the impression, Muslims would be true believers.

Maybe Muhammad had concluded a peace treaty with Heraclius and Heraclius thus feared no danger and did not inform his people about any Muslim threat. That was a mistake. The Muslims overrun Syria and Palestine and slaughtered with devotion.

Let us recognize that the whole Umma (Islamic community) is a criminal gang just using the Koran for refurbishing its image. The Umma is a big wolf in sheep’s clothing. Believe me, they are just evil warriors!

Islamic warfare: Gain confidence of the naive Christians, then beheading them. Gaining confidence again, beheading again. Finally the whole world will be Muslim.

If a Muslim army would assault a Christian country, it should rain nukes on the Muslim army!

Satanic hosts must be exterminated.

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I am the Lord, your Physician!

In the middle of the merry nature we see, how a paralyzed child is driven in a wheelchair. Somebody, who still has a heart, which is not insensible to his neighbour, he will realize in that moment that something is wrong with our world, that the world, in which such a torture and sadness is possible, cannot be the genuine creation of God. Something anti-divine must have befallen the world. The world has apostated from her genesis. Destroying powers have seized rule in this world.

Only in a world having become godless, there is malady. Because the world suffers from God, therefore there are sick people. Solely a world, which would be secure in God, a delivered world, would be without any malady. In the Bible we encounter a strange sentence: “12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease [was] exceeding [great]: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.” (2. Chron. 16, 12). It is about a devout man there, which the Bible else gives high praise for his zeal, regarding God’s matter. But this man, despite his devoutness, thought very modern, so that he strictly distinguished between matters of religion, in which someone calls on God, and the earthly matters, in which someone asks for help at earthly bodies. Diseases, particularly physical diseases are earthly matters with earthly causes and earthly cures. Consequently diseases are matters of physicians, but not of God. How could someone be allowed to bother God, the Lord of the world, with his small physical maladies? God has other concerns.

That is thought pretty reasonable and maybe even religious. But it is wrong. Surely, diseases have their earthly causes and earthly cures. But with that is stated not at all everything and not the crucial thing about the essence of disease. For sure, the invalid shall call on a physician. But the most important thing is not done solely with that, and is not realized. Behind the earthly causes and cures there are supernatural causes and supernatural cures of the disease. As long as someone passes by thereon, someone lives, ignoring his disease, and doesn’t realize its essence. Its blessing or curse remain unrecognized.

The disease belongs to God in a special way. The Bible doesn’t blame a man for calling on a physician, when he is sick, but for not calling also on God. Not by chance, Christ lived noticeably close by the invalids, not by chance, blind man, paralytics, deaf-mutes, lepers, lunatics were irresistibly attracted by him and seeked his community. Why didn’t Christ send them to the physician? Surely not, in order to damage the reputation of the physicians or to present his own skills and suggestiv powers, but in order to make clear that God and malady and that Christ and invalids belong strongly together.

Christ wants to be the real physician of the invalids. “I am the Lord, your physician!” (Exodus 15, 26). God says that, Christ says that. The Creator and Deliverer of the world wants to be the physician of the invalid. Do we want to spurn this offer, after we have accepted so many less offers with more or less success?

One, who merely intuits the connection between God and malady, one, who takes serious the unexpected offer, can get a pointer to the sin of the human beings, to the destruction of the community of the creatures with their Creator.

Here are the supernatural reasons and abysses of the malady. It is the sin of the world and it is my personal sin, I get reminded. My disease doesn’t have to be the consequence of or the punishment for a certain sin, which I had to accuse myself of, that may happen, but it is not necessaryly the case. Yet every disease will let me look into the depth of the sin of the world and the depth of my personal godlessness. This look drives me to God. When I looked into the abyss (of my sin), I don’t first ask for redemption of this or that malady, but I will confess my longly hidden guilt in the face of God. The physical malady wants to show me that my actual malady goes much deeper, so deep that no earthly physician can cure it, because my actual disease is my sin. Not merely my body, my nerves, my temper is sick, but my whole essence, my heart is sick, sick by disbelieve, by fear, by the godlessness of my life. And which healthy man doesn’t suffer from that furtive and at the same time eerie disease?

Now I know that I can be helped, if my whole essence becomes healthy, safe and new. How can that happen? The answer is very simple and yet touches the ultimate depth of our life: by true private confession and by divine forgiveness of all my sins. That may seem to be a strange turn and solution of this question for some people, but yet only for someone, who has not yet experienced the cure of the whole man by confession and forgiveness. What is confession? To open up oneself with all one’s sins, weaknesses, vices, maladies to Jesus Christ and to give him the whole heart without any reservation, according to his command. That is not easy and may seem to us harder than a dangerous surgery. Normally, the most of us will need a fraternal helper for that, who assists us at confession, may it be the pastor holding an ecclesiastical office, may it be any member of the congregation, who knows more about Christ than I. What is forgiveness? Extinction of all my whole hopeless, messy, failed past (of which maybe only I know) by God’s decree and by the present of a new and happy beginning of my life.

Who can give me such a new beginning? Nobody else than solely the crucified and living Jesus Christ, who himself experienced the hopelessness of life on himself and overcame it in the communion of God. He is the sole physician, who knows my deepest malady, who himself has beared it. He is the saviour, who can cure heart, soul and body.

How is forgivness of sins connected with physical cure? More than the most people intuit. Of course it is a mysterious connection. But isn’t it at least so much comprehensible, that a man, who got again a happy and released heart, will get rid of some physical complaint? The body often becomes ill, because it is not ruled, because it has become its own Lord.  But now the body has get again his right Lord, who rules it. The body is no longer the Lord. It is only tool, even more than that, it has become “temple of the Holy Spirit”. There are many maladies, which are not visibly subdued and eradicated by the assurance of forgiveness. But the hidden connection of received forgiveness and physical cure can become visible in such a way that medical limits are bursted, and the physicians face a mystery. One is sure: The faith is a source for cure like the disbelief is a source for destruction and sickness of the body and the soul.

When Christ calls himself the physician of the invalid, then the divine mercy shines upon every invalid. The sick one belongs to God. At him God wants to materialize his salvation. In the ill brother we encounter God’s mercy, who is the physician of the invalid in Jesus Christ. The sick man wants cure, but Christ gives him more: Salvation.

Originator of the above sermon: Dr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (in my eyes, he is a king)

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Matthew 16: 18 or is the pope St. Peter’s successor?

Matthew 16: 18:

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Ecclesiastical history probably doesn’t know any other verse, that has been misinterpreted so often like the above verse.

The pope reasons his supremacy mainly by the above verse.

Jesus just had asked his disciples, what they would think, who he would be. There, St. Peter shoot ahead, and said: “You are Christ, the Son of the living God!”

Jesus rejoiced over the insight of Peter and the other disciples, obviously God had started a work in them.

The whole content of the gospels shows us that the disciples could indeed imagine to rule together with Jesus soon, therefore Jesus had to take Peter down a peg a little, after Peter had acclaimed Jesus as Christ (the king).

Of course, it was right, Jesus from Nazareth was the Christ, the eternal Son of God, but Jesus’ time of rule had not yet come at all. God had prescribed that first Jesus had to suffer and to be rejected.

Still, when Jesus was detained, Peter wanted to fight using a sword. He indeed could not understand that Jesus didn’t fight back. Should the rightful king of Israel be conducted away like a mean criminal? At that time Peter was not able to understand this. The decision of God that Jesus had to be turned in, in order to suffer and to die, was hidden for the disciples up to that time.

Let us return to Mattew 16: 18. What wanted Jesus to say be the words of this verse? The following: “Peter you are Peter (with all your dreams of earthly rule), but my Church I (the Father) will build on the low (self-humilated) and humble Jesus.

This Jesus lowered himself down to death on the cross, where he borne the sins of the whole mankind. God brings about faith in Christ by the Holy Spirit. God builds his Church on Jesus, by causing faith in him on people.

Seemingly, Jesus has foreseen that his Church will be continuously tempted to reach out for rule. However, Jesus doesn’t allow his Church to rule. To the contrary, the Church has to share the destiny of her Lord, that means, she has to suffer and to be rejected like her Lord.

Matthew 16: 24-26:

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

So, the correct interpretation of Matthew 16: 18 is contrary to the Roman Catholic interpretation of this verse. Matthew 16: 18 doesn’t reason the papacy, but rejects it: God doesn’t want a ruling church, but a suffering and low and rejected Church.

What is the pope actually?

He is the successor of the carnal desires (longing for rule) of St. Peter. Up to the time of Jesus’ crucifixion Peter and the other disciples had not yet understood that “Christ shall suffer”. They indeed hoped to rule together with him over the earthly state of Israel.

Latest since Pentecost our Peter is a transformed Peter. At Pentecost the disciples received the Holy Spirit, which teached them about the true character of Christ: On earth the Church has to share Christ’s destiny to be rejected and to suffer up to Judgement Day. Of course Christ has returned to heaven and is ruler of the universe, but despite he feels the pains of his congregation. The congregation is his body in a real sense.

The pope has a right to say: “I am the successor of St. Peter!”, but he should be aware that in fact he is the successor of Peter’s carnal desires.

Pope, we tell you!: “You are Joseph Ratzinger, but on those rock God will build his Church!”

I use the power of the keys: “Mr. Ratzinger as long as you claim, you would be the head of the Church, your sins are kept, and you are outcast from the Christian Church!”

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Muhammad, God’s enemy

Introduction: Although I sharply criticize the Islamic doctrine, I love my Muslim neighbours, according to Christ’s command. Christianity is the religion of love. Hate is prohibited. Of course, nevertheless we are allowed to check out the sometimes strange beliefs of our neighbours.

I have read the whole Koran once, and I am reading it now the second time. I get more and more shocked about the anti-Christian and anti-Jewish character of the Koran.

First time, when I read the Koran, it became immediately clear that the Koran rejects the Trinity (doctrine of the Trinity is the basic doctrine of Christianity) and the divine sonship of Jesus Christ (also a basic doctrine of Christianity). There is no doubt at all that Muhammad rejects Christianity and Judaism, that is absolutely obvious. Have a look on the following suras of the unholy Koran:

(Note: “Messiah” means Jesus Christ, “People of the Scripture” are Jews and Christians)

Sura 4, Verse 171:

O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.

Sura 5, Verse 72:

They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.

Sura 9, Verse 30:

And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!  

Everybody, claiming Islam would be harmless, after he has read the above verses, should undergo a medical check of his head.

But the three verses above are not the top of Muhammad’s wickedness.

The crucial malice of Muhammad is his following statement: Jews and Christians are former Moslems, having turned apostate. He even claims that Abraham, Moses and Jesus had been Islamic leaders or teachers, which were highly acknowledged by Allah. The pupils of Abraham, Moses and Jesus were actually Moslems, but because they were not obedient to the teachings of  Abraham, Moses and Jesus, God degraded them to Jews and Christians.

So, that is without limit. Muhammad calls us apostates. Thus, in Muhammad eyes we have no more right to live and in his eyes we are garbage.

Actually, to understand Muhammad’s crucial malice, you had to read the Koran yourself, because the wicked doctrine is somewhat hidden. Maybe the verses Sura 2, V. 87-91 are a hint:

Verse 87: And verily We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of messengers to follow after him, and We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah’s sovereignty), and We supported him with the Holy spirit. Is it ever so, that, when there cometh unto you a messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay?

Verse 88: And they say: Our hearts are hardened. Nay, but Allah hath cursed them for their unbelief. Little is that which they believe.

Verse 89:  And when there cometh unto them a scripture from Allah, confirming that in their possession – though before that they were asking for a signal triumph over those who disbelieved – and when there cometh unto them that which they know (to be the truth) they disbelieve therein. The curse of Allah is on disbelievers.

Verse 90:  Evil is that for which they sell their souls: that they should disbelieve in that which Allah hath revealed, grudging that Allah should reveal of His bounty unto whom He will of His slaves. They have incurred anger upon anger. For disbelievers is a shameful doom.

Verse 91: And when it is said unto them: Believe in that which Allah hath revealed, they say: We believe in that which was revealed unto us. And they disbelieve in that which cometh after it, though it is the truth confirming that which they possess. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Why then slew ye the prophets of Allah aforetime, if ye are (indeed) believers?

So, Muhammad made a mistake. He saw that the practical behaviour of Jews and Christians did not always go together with their faith or what they claimed to believe. Of course, it is regretable that we don’t behave perfectly always, but this doesn’t authorise Muhammad to judge us like criminals. Not at all! All people have ever sinned, despite their belief: The Jews, the Christians and the Moslems.

At the time when Mohammed lived, papacy come into being (yet some time before the Roman bishops had been called popes, but this meant something like daddy, because they were really loveable people, helping their folk. First after Pope Gregory the Great the meaning of the word pope changed and become the name of people, who dared to claim that they would be bishop of all bishops). It is really possible that Mohammed was disturbed by the first wicked popes, besides Phokas was the Byzantine emperor. Phokas was a beast like Nero or Adolf Hitler. He was an ancient Hitler. It is possible that he has commited a lot of crimes in Arabia during Muhammad’s lifetime and Muhammad draw his conclusions about the so-called Christians.

I will still love my Muslim neighbours, but their faith I must reject.

Every Muslim should become a Christian right now!

Addition:

As I have mentioned above, I am reading the Koran second time. Every now and again I will insert additional malicious statements of Muhammad, which I have encountered in the unholy Koran:

Firstly, Muhammad daresays, on the cross not Jesus had died, but a person, resembled to Jesus.

Sura 4: Verse 157:

And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.  
(  سورة النساء  , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #157)

The crucifixion of Jesus is the center of Christianity. Without Christ’s atonement, there would be not forgiveness and no deliverance. We would be hopeless people.

Secondly, guess, what is the worst sin in Muhammad eyes? Answer: Incredible, the worst sin in Muhammad eyes is it to believe in Jesus Christ:

Sura 5: Verse 72:

They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.  
(  سورة المائدة  , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #72)

Thirdly, Muhammad claims, the gospel (part of the the New Testament) would command to slay in the way of Allah. This statement of Muhammad is extremly outrageous. The gospel is a message of love and not of hate. Muhammad perverts the gospel. Muhammad, indeed, was an incarnated devil. 

Sura 9: Verse 111:

Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.  
(  سورة التوبة  , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #111)

Sura 9: Verse 29:

Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.  
(  سورة التوبة  , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #29)

Interpretation of Sura 9: Verse 29:

“Have been given the Scripture” are Jews and Christians, “believe not in allah nor the Last Day” are Jews and Christians, messenger = Muhammad, “Religion of Truth” = Islam, tribute = tax. Hence, Muhammad commands to conquer Christian and Jewish countries. Muhammad commands aggressive war. At least he is so “merciful” to allow that people pay a tax, instead to convert to Islam.

Fourthly, Muslims are forbidden to be friends of Jews and Christians.

Sura 5: Verse 51 of the unholy Koran:

O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
( سورة المائدة , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #51)

Note: “O ye who believe” are Muslims.

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The unholy Tri-Unity

Three unholy bishops in unity (united, to degrade Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God)

I am reading the book “Arius, Heresy and Tradition” written by Bishop Rowan Williams. Rowan Williams is the Archbishop of  Canterbury.

Subject-specifically seen, the book of Williams is excellent. You can get a lot of information about Arius, his heresy and the struggle between bishop Athanasius, the Christian Church and Arius.

It is common knowledge that Arius wanted to degrade Jesus Christ to a creature. Even if he was so clever to tell the Christians, they could consider Jesus Christ as a kind of God. Yet alone this heresy, to designate Jesus as a pure creature, is enough, to be condemned as a heretic.

Assumed, Jesus had merely been a creature, he would have been never able to bear our sins at the cross. Only the eternal Son of God could bear the punishment for our sins. At the cross all our sinfulness has perished together with Jesus and we have resurrected with him to a new life. At the sacramental baptism the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is dedicated to us (the wrong rebaptism of some Free Churches is to reject). Near-terms to baptism we receive the Holy Spirit.

By reading Williams’ book, I realized that Arius’ heresy goes even deeper, than to degrade Jesus to a creature. Arius even tries to establish a Father-God, whose character is different or independent from the Son’s character. Strictly speaking, Arius’ tries to establish a second God beside the Christian God. Arius second God is totally inaccessible, impalpable and invisible. According to Arius, the second God can behave totally different from the Son.

Arius’ heresy can have incalculable consequences. According to Arius it is possible that the Father-God has changed his mind and thus accepts other religions beside Christianity, for example the Islam. According to Arius, someone can claim to be a Christian and to be a Moslem at the same time (by the way, in the USA there is a big confusion about the faith of president Obama. Sometimes he says, he is a Christians, sometimes he claims to be a Moslem. Maybe he is a Neoarian.)

When someone has a look at the religious landscape, it seems to be a matter of fact that a number of our religious leaders have accepted the heresy of Arius. There is a general consensus that all religions have to be acknowledged. Finally nobody knows the real opinion of the Father-God. The opinion of the Father-God can be totally different to Christianity. Maybe Christianity is solely the opinion of the Son?

To bring to the boil, Arius even claims, the Father-God could create a second Son. That’s outrageous. This heresy can lead people to claim: “I am the Messiah!”.

The MCA: Williams tries to rehabilitate Arius as a gifted theologian, who was just a little misunderstood by the established Church of his time. That is worse than 9/11 and Fukushima together. That is a spiritual Mega-MCA. If Arius’ heresy will spread, the Western World will perish. Bishop Williams must leave the Church. No sympathy for the devil!

By the way, the leader of the German Evangelical Church (EKD) Nikolaus Schneider has got a similar heresy like Arius, called doctrine of adoption. According to Schneider Jesus was just produced by sexual intercourse of Joseph and Mary. First at his baptism by John the Baptist he was raised (adopted) to God’s Son. Schneider even rejects the Virgin Birth. Mr. Schneider is a heretic, who should leave the Church.

Assumed, the pope rejects the heresy of Arius and the doctrine of adoption, nevertheless he belongs to the Unholy Trinity. Why? Answer: The pope has stolen Christ’s office, to be the head of the Church. He says: “Who wants to get saved, must come under his (the pope’s) rule.”

Rowan Williams, Präses Schneider and the pope have something in common: They undermine the divine sonship of Jesus Christ. They are soulkillers. They keep away people from the rule of the true Jesus Christ and by this deny the people the Salvation in Christ.

The true Jesus:

Let Jesus speak himself (John 14: 7-11):

7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

One of the most important sentences of history:

 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?

Today let us remember Athanasius. Athanasius fighted against the heresy of Arius. Athanasius was a spiritual knight, he was a faithful spiritual fighter.

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Nobody knows

Refrain:
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.
Nobody knows but Jesus.
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.
Glory Hallelujah!

Sometimes I’m up,
Sometimes I’m down
Oh, yes, Lord.
Sometimes I’m almost to the ground
Oh, yes, Lord.
Refrain:

I never shall
Forget that day
Oh, yes, Lord,
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Oh, yes, Lord.
Refrain:

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the pope

First, who was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

Bonhoeffer probably was the most gifted theologian, who has lived since Martin Luther. Bonhoeffer studied at Friedrich-Wilhelm-University (today Humboldt-University) in Berlin. Bonhoeffer was one of the most gifted of the junior scientific staff at the faculty of theology. However, Bonhoeffer didn’t choose the scientific career, but became an evangelical pastor (he was pastor of the “Altpreußische Union”, the Church of Pruzzia).

Bonhoeffer was not merely a theologian of the top class, but a devout Christian. Bonhoeffer actually practized, what he preached (this kind of pastor has probably ceased for a long time). Just read Eberhard Bethge’s biography about Bonhoeffer.

Bonhoeffer’s genuine intention was it, to reform the German Evangelical Church (former DEK, today EKD). Unfortunately the National Socialism intervened. The Confessing Church (the reformed part of the  Evangelical Church of Germany with own leadership), which Bonhoeffer joined, regretably declined after the Third Reich. The Confessing Church was the lawful (in God’s eyes lawful), Protestant Church of Germany during the Third Reich (the Confessing Church resisted Nazi-State and Nazi-Church). Contrary to the Confessing Church the DEK behaved opportune to the Nazis and supported them. The DEK was antichristian, because she was not built according to Christ’s intention or even was an opponent of Christ’s intentions. After the Second World War the Confessing Church and the DEK were summarized in the EKD (a historical mistake). Unfortunately after the Second World War reactionary forces could become prevalent and the influence of former members of the Confessing Church disappeared. Thus the DEK or EKD did not get reformed finally.

Bonhoeffer was a reformer on the same level like Luther. Only because of unfavorable, historical circumstances Bonhoeffer did not become as famous as Luther.

Why do I tell this? I want to express that Bonhoeffer was not a nobody, but an authority of theology. Bonhoeffer was a real scholar. He was at one level with St. Paul, bishop Augustine and Luther.

When someone doubts statements of Bonhoeffer, he has to procure evidence. Because of Bonhoeffer’s authority, it isn’t allowed to reject statements of him casually. Everybody should humble himself before Bonhoeffer. After a long time of research someone may build up own theories.

Bonhoeffer has rejected papacy!!! Bonhoeffer has rejected papacy!!! Bonhoeffer has rejected papacy!!!

During the Third Reich single people, congregations and pastors had to dicide, whether they wanted to join the Confessing Church or the Nazi-Church (Reichskirchenregierung). At that time there were pastors, congregations and single people, arguing, as long as we preach the true gospel in our local congregation, we belong to the true, worldwide Church of Jesus (Christian Church) regardless of our “formal” submission to the Nazi-Church.

Bonhoeffer has rejected this reasoning. His quotation “extra ecclesiam nulla salus (outside the Church there is no salvation)” became well known. When the Christian Church is attacked by an antichristian church, there is solely one holy reaction: Someone must leave the antichristian church and join the Christian Church.  A verbally correct preaching of the gospel inside the antichristian whole Church is nullified by the cowardice of the pastor and the local congregation to profess Jesus Christ publically (by shifting from the antichristian church to the Christian Church). The continous enemy of the Christian Church is the Roman Church. Bonhoeffer regarded submission under the pope like submission under the Nazi-Church!

You can check this in Volume 14 of the DietrichBonhoefferWerke (DBW) “Illegale Theologenausbildung in Finkenwalde 1935-1937”, Bonhoeffer’s Aufsatz über Kirchengemeinschaft:

Open page 677 and 678 of the volume, because there you can read the following:

What if, if in a single congregation of the Roman Church or of the Reichskirche (Nazi-Church) the gospel would be preached purely? Isn’t there then the true church too? (Answer:) There is no pure preaching of the gospel independent from the whole Church. Even if someone would preach the gospel in purity like the apostle Paul and he would be obedient to the pope or the Reichskirchenregierung (Nazi-Church), he would be a heretic and seducer of the congregation.”

By the way, the problem of papacy is a basic problem. The practical behaviour of the Roman Church is not the subject, but her structure: Jesus Christ wants to be the head of the General, Christian Church. This office the pope has stolen from Christ. Thus the papcy must be rejected, even if the Roman Church behaves friendly.

Salvation you can solely find in the Church, which is ruled by Jesus Christ! Extra ecclesiam nulla salus!!!

According to an interpretation of the Revelation by Luther, papacy will decline. The time has come?

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Baptism

I want to prefix something, before I start with the actual article:

I am a Protestant. I reject papacy. The Roman Catholic Chuch (RCC) is antichristian, because Jesus Christ isn’t her Lord, but the pope.

However, be aware that Jesus commands us to love all people, also the Catholics. We reject the papal system, but love the ordinary members of the RCC. This is pure democracy. We live in a free world. Thank God.

It is fully correct to reject papacy, but it is wrong to reject sacramental baptism. I know, some people feel a pain, when they hear the word sacrament. I assure you in the name of the triune God that the sacramental baptism was not invented by the RCC or the pope, but by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The baptism, I want to talk about, is the sacramental baptism according to Christ’s institution.

What is the mystery of sacramental baptism?

Answer:

By baptism Jesus Christ calls you to be a disciple of him. When Christ lived on earth, and was named Jesus from Nazareth, he called people with audible voice: Follow me! The call was supernatural, powerful and actually irresistible. In the power of the call the disciples become able to follow Jesus.

Christ has ascended to heaven.

How does he call today?

Today he calls people by the sacrament of baptism. Baptism comes directly from heaven. The Church just administrates baptism. The invisible baptist is God himself. At every baptism God acts according to Romans Chapter 6: The power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is dedicated to the person to be baptized. The old man of sins dies, and you get a new life in Christ. Also you receive the Holy Spirit. Of course baptism must be received rightly. Baptism must be received by faith. Faith of course can solely be brought about by the Holy Spirit. Pagans approaching the Christian Church or their represantatives will come under the influence of the Holy Spirit (that could be the case now, when you read this article). The Holy Spirit will cause repentance and understanding of the gospel (Jesus is able to save and deliver sinners by his atonement). Everybody, repenting and wanting to get cured by Jesus, can be baptized. At baptism Jesus Christ heals you. It is an act of recreation.

How to behave after baptism?

Baptism of course is no ticket to heaven. After baptism we have to be obedient to God’s commands (Sermon on the Mount). It is not that we add on something by our discipleship (that would be a deadly misunderstanding), but for a Christian discipleship is just natural. A caterpillar crawls and a bird flies. We should be like birds or butterflies. By flying, we believe. Just be obedient and don’t ask whether you have faith or not. After baptism faith means obedience.

At baptism God gave us a cost-free present: Deliverance. We received God’s present by faith. Now we are able, to be obedient.

Indeed, salvation is for free or by grace alone. God gives us forgiveness and a new life. Let us take both presents and live the new life, believing that God has yet forgiven us. That is the outright faith.

Warning:

Free Churches, believing baptism would be merely a symbolic act, are heretical, and don’t belong to the one, worldwide, Christian Church. Rebaptism is prohibited. Everybody, who rebaptizes, shows that he has not understood the doctrine of baptism.

That’s just about the limit:

Even the infant baptism of the Roman Catholic Church is valid (I am fully aware, what I say). It is simply because baptism comes from above and is merely administrated by the church. It is up to you, dearly beloved Catholic brother, to start to believe right now. Just refer to your infant baptism and leave the RCC immediately. Become a Protestant this second.

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Jerusalem

Some weeks ago the Royal Wedding Ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey.

I was very touched by the songs of the Ceremony. I felt like heaven, when they sang the song “Jerusalem”:

JERUSALEM
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold:
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear! O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire.
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.
From Milton, a poem in two Books (1804-1808) by
William Blake.

There are at least two interpretations of the song:

Firstly, Blake wanted to express the love of the English to their Church (heavenly Jerusalem).

Secondly, Blake wanted to express, the country England itself would be Jerusalem.

I am an adherent of the first interpretation. The second interpretation is very harsh, and I would not find it adequate to imply this meaning of the song.

Of course, regarding the song, it is not important, whether Jesus Christ has ever been in England. The first verse just expresses the joy an Englishman could feel, when he would know that his home country had had the honour to be visited by God’s Son. And no matter whether it is historical or not, the pure imagination Jesus Christ had walked around in England is somehow striking and breathtaking. I feel such a sympathy for England that I wish, Jesus had ever been in England.

Verse two is not easy to interpret. There is no report in the Bible that Jesus had yet started his mission as a youngster, even if there is a report about Him, being twelve years old, sitting in the Temple, teaching the Scribes and the priests (Luke 2: 41-52). This single verse proves that Jesus was a supernatural person. Imagine a pupil of a today primary school would go to Cambridge University, and start to teach the theologians! The Christian mission in England started yet in the second century (very early), but it is hard to imagine that yet Jesus had started the Christian mission there. I do not know, if yet the Celts, which lived in England at Jesus’ time, had satanic mills (factories). At least they produced weapons for the Romans (according to wikipedia). Maybe they had armories. Historical or not it would be a wonderful thought to imagine people, converting from the nasty pagan culture of the Celts to Christianity by the direct influence of the visible Jesus Christ.

Verse three cannot be related to the Christian Church, because the Body of Christ is not allowed to use violence to reach any aim. Seemingly a member of the perhaps converted british authority or even the king had a longing for forcefull weapons, to be able to fight for the young british Church.  According to the Holy Bible and according to Luther a good authority protects and defends the Christian Church. Wicked authorities persecute the Christian Church, they are even satanic, because they do the opposite of what God meant them to do. Indeed it is true, the authorities are the defenders of faith by protecting the Church.

Verse four could be related to a Christian king or Christian soldier. Every Christian (soldier or not) has to participate in the mental fight every day. Every day Satan and his servants try to destroy our faith. They want to stop our discipleship. No nonbeliever can imagine the hardship of mental fight a Christian has to stand sometimes. Here we pray: Guide me o thou great Redeemer! (also a most beautiful song). I agree with Blake, the sword of a Christian sodier (a soldier, serving in the host of a true Christian country) should never sleep in his hand, but he should stand up and fight against the Satanic hosts of Satanic countries, when they dare to attack guiltless Christian countries. Even the sword may be used to battle criminals inside the Christian country, attacking the Church.

May Jerusalem be built, not solely in the beautiful country England, but everywhere by the prayer of the Christians and by the sword of Christian soldiers (of course aggressive wars are strictly forbidden; I mean defensive wars against Satanic hosts).

In conclusion: There is an interpretation of the song according to the Bible.

Just for fun: Even historically seen, it is not impossible that Jesus has ever been in England. There are some very interesting historical facts. One of the Herods has lived for a period of time in France. The Roman emperors have sometimes lived in Germany (city of Trier, Porta Nigra). In Acts we can read that yet at former times there were international relationships between the countries. St. Paul for example used a ship, which transported wheat from Egypt to Italy. In ancient Jerusalem you could find people from the whole world (read Acts 2). I would wish that anytime someone finds a proof for Jesus having been in England. It is quite possible.

Danger:

The gospel shall not distributed by violence or by sword and arrow, but by Christian missionaries, preaching the gospel humbly and kindly and politely. Assumed a Moslem  doesn’t want to convert, who cares? The missionaries just walk to the next place and keep on preaching the gospel. The authority is supposed to protect the missionaries from fanatics, attacking them. Muslim authorities are not allowed to prohibit the preaching of the gospel. God wants the gospel to be preached everywhere, it is his command. No king, leader, president, government, parliament or someone else has the right to hinder Christian mission. Christian mission is the most noble job on earth.

Some more:

Liberty is the most precious good of Western world. The source of liberty is the Christian love. Christianity is the religion, prescribed by God, for every human being. Nevertheless missionaries, led by Christian love, will accept when someone rejects the gospel, they preach. They leave him (somewhat sad, but leaving together with God’s Word) and go to another place. There is no feeling of anger, hatred or anything else, they just accept God’s will. 

Mental fight:

Satan accuses us for sins, we have done. He wants to bring desperation about us. Accusation is Satan’s most forceful weapon. How can we defend ourselves? We need private confession. We confess our sin to a pastor or Christian brother, and he absolves us in the name of the triune God. After confession I can be sure that God himself has forgiven me according to his promise:

Look at John 20:

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.

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Pentecost

Pentecost is one of the most important Christian feasts. At Pentecost the Holy Ghost came down from heaven ( Acts Chapter 2).

What is the main office of the Holy Ghost?

Answer: He brings about the faith.

Let’s have a look on the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Former the RCC was a real Christian Church. Still the bishop of Rome Gregory the Great (he was yet called papa, but that meant “dear daddy” and by no means bishop of all bishops) rejected papacy. But after bishop Gregory the RCC began to spoil by the influence of papacy.

Of course despite her decline and fall the RCC has kept a lot of good Christian traditions, and that’s clear, because the RCC developed from the Christian Church. The RCC has kept Holy Baptism, she calls Jesus the Lord (regretably her true Lord is the pope), she is aware of confession and the power of the keys, she knows that Christianity means love, etc.. I have been a Catholic, but have converted to Protestantism (also Luther shifted from RCC to Protestantism).

A question emerges: Why should someone shift from RCC to the Protestant Church, when the RCC obviously keeps a lot of good Christian traditions?

Answer: The triune God is a God of zeal. He cannot stand any false doctrine rejecting the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Every technician knows, the smallest failure can stop a big machine. The smallest false doctrine can kill a big Church. The doctrine of papacy (papacy is even a big failure) has killed the RCC. The pope has stolen Christ’s office being head of the Church. Although the RCC keeps a lot of old traditions, she remains ineffective, because God has left her.

The RCC is like a body without soul. She is a dead body.

Imagine the hologram of an apple. It is even three-dimensional. But can you eat it, when you feel hungry? No! You will remain hungry. You need a real apple. 

The RCC is just the hologram of a Christian Church, because the Holy Ghost is not there. People get baptized, but finally live like pagans. There baptism remains ineffective, because they have not received it in a sphere of faith. Now comes the crucial statement of this article: The sphere of faith is given by the Holy Spirit. The Early Church practiced infant baptism and it worked. It worked, because the infants were baptized in an ambiance of believers. The Holy Ghost was present. By the way, some “modern” people cannot accept infant baptism and claim an infant could not believe, because of a lack of consciousness. Bad even an adult with complete consciousness cannot grasp God by his mind or reason, but just by the faith, which is given by the Holy Ghost. John the Baptist became a believer in the womb of Elisabeth, when he meet his Lord Jesus Christ, who was in the womb of Mary, when Mary visited her relative Elisabeth (Luke 1: 41). Any questions?

Christianity is sometimes beyond reason. Assumed it would be just a matter of reason, we would not need any divine revelation and no Bible. Christianity is supernatural. The “faith” of mere reason is theism. Islam is a kind of theism. Theism doesn’t grasp heaven, it stays on earth. The real faith is a downright heavenly thing. True Faith comes from above like Holy Baptism.

Please notice, I have not said the baptism, administrated by RCC is not valid, I just said it remains ineffective for a Catholic.

Former I was a Catholic. By Bonhoeffer and Luther I came under the influence of the Holy Ghost, because they were true believers and what they teach is caused by the Holy Ghost. I received infant baptism by a Catholic priest (I am now 45 years old). 2009 I have refered to my infant baptism by the faith, the Holy Ghost brought about me. Since that event I am a Protestant.

Dearly beloved Catholic sisters and brothers, surely you have received infant baptism, but it is quite sure that you have not yet the true faith. Just become a believer right now. Jesus calls you to become a disciple right now. Repend your sins, and believe that at Holy Baptism the power of the death and ressurection of Jesus Christ was dedicated to you. Your old man of sin has died and you have got a New Life in Jesus Christ. Be filled with the Holy Ghost and live according to God’s commandments (there is no difference between the Old Testament law and the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount is simply the divine interpretation of the Old Testament law by Jesus Christ.). Have you failed, confess your sins to a Christian brother.

No we have grasped the meaning of Pentecost. We celebrate the coming of the Holy Ghost, who can bring back to life every human being. The Christian Church is alive through the Holy Ghost. Without the Holy Ghost a “Church” is merely a dead body.

Note:

I reject the Pentecostal churches (Benny Hinn), which are lead by people, who are greedy for money. That is all a big fraud  (Benny HinnWikipedia, the free encyclopedia). The Pentecostal churches don’t belong to the real Christian Church. They don’t teach the true gospel.

 Addition:

What is the “power of the keys”?

Answer: The Church is allowed to absolve from sins in the name of the triune God (not in her own name). This is just the principle of free grace. All salvation comes from outside to me. I am weak, but my Redeemer is mighty (remember the song “Guide me o thou great Redeemer”). In the sphere of faith, which is caused by the Holy Ghost, I receive forgivness of sins and deliverance. I am so glad that Jesus set me free. You may read the article “Visitation of the sick”, which you can find in the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England (I see the pastor, but it is God, who visits me and heals me).

Look at John 20:

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.

Some more:

According to Acts the Holy Ghost (HG) is given at baptism. It is not important, whether the Holy Ghost is given shortly before, after or during baptism. Just notice, the HG is given near-terms to baptism. The baptism, I mean, is the sacramental baptism: Holy Baptism, which is administrated according to Christ’s institution. Acts 2: 38:

 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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