Of all the nations in history the United States, perhaps more than any other, has committed itself to the ideals of personal freedom and liberty. Our Declaration of Independence declares, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The preamble to our constitution states that among the purposes for its adoption is that of securing “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
In pursuit of the principle of freedom our nation won its independence from Great Britain in a bloody war. Over 10,000 Americans sacrificed their lives in the name of liberty to win that war.
While freedom was won for this nation by the vision of its founding fathers and the heroics of its early patriots, along with the intervention of Divine Providence, Americans of other generations have also been required to defend with their lives the ideals of freedom and liberty. A bloody civil war, rooted in conflict over the evil institution of slavery in the United States, led to the deaths of an estimated 620,000 men in the line of duty (“Civil War Casualties,” civilwar.org).
On D-day, June 6, 1944, American and allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from the grip of Nazi oppression. This was part of a years long struggle against Axis nations who sought to conquer and enslave the world. And these are only a few examples of the struggle for freedom among Americans and people of other nations who have cherished the ideal of freedom.
Despite the historic American love of freedom, despite the sacrifices Americans have made to secure and defend freedom, though, are we really free? Continue reading
It’s widely acknowledged among Biblical scholars and historians that Jesus and the early Apostles kept the Passover — as the historical and Biblical evidence clearly shows. Is there any reason for Christians to keep the Passover today? YES! Find out why!
The Church of the New Testament, the Church Jesus Christ founded, the Church of Paul the Apostle, and the original twelve Apostles, kept the Passover. Is it not logical that those who want to practice the true Christianity of the Bible will want to be keeping the same tradition, based not on the commandments of men, but on the commandments of God (Mark 7: 6-7, 9; 1 Corinthians 11:1-2; Revelation 12:17; 14:12)? Continue reading
For millennia cultures have superstitiously regarded eclipses as omens of good or evil. These and other astrological “signs” have been used to mislead people into false beliefs concerning their conduct, as well as future events.
We are told in Scripture, “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are futile” (Jeremiah 10:2-3). Yet, even among those who claim to be Christians, such superstitions are common.
In recent years, a minister of popular Christianity has gained notoriety suggesting that Christ would return on the Day of Atonement in 2015 based on eclipses occurring in 2014 and 2015 (www.wnd.com). In pointing out that a solar eclipse will occur on March 20, 2015, a day before the beginning of the new sacred year of the Hebrew calendar, and also the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, he is quoted as saying, “A total solar eclipse speaks of judgment coming on the nations” (breakingisraelnews.com). Another prognosticator says of the event, “This is likely a message from God to the entire world” (wnd.com). Continue reading
Some have alleged that the word “amen,” customarily used in affirmation, including affirmation of a prayer in Christian and Biblical usage (e.g., Matthew 6:13), is “pagan.” Is this true? Continue reading
The Bible speaks of a rest for the people of God. What is that rest? Have Christians already entered into the rest? Continue reading