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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Friday, September 11, 2009

MOHAMED'S MOON, by Keith Clemons

Friday - This story is about extremism, not just Islamic extremism, but Christian extremism as well. If you have some sacred cows in your life, then chances are you aren't going to like this book. If you have a relationship, one that has a growing fellowship with God through Jesus Christ, then you will love this book. What defines this extremism? Where do these extremist come from? Where do they get their following? These are some good questions. Extremism is when a person or group of people are telling other people what they must do and not do in order to gain God's favor. There are other terms for it, one of them being "religious". I am not, nor do I ever hope to be, a religious person. I point people to Christ, encourage those who are in Christ, but I am not God. I don't make the rules of relationship between God and man. The Bible says, "Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." That's it. Forget about "You have to give up _______ to become a Christian." The Bible never said that. In fact it says just the opposite, "For God commends His love to us in this, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." If God is so loving that He is willing to send His only Son to die for us when we are sinful, then shouldn't we be just as loving? I'm not saying we have to let sin come into our lives or even approve of it in others. What I am saying is that we all mature at different rates, and we are all different people. God, our Father, treats us according to who we are. Let Him speak to each of us individually. Let's stop playing God.

These extremist, these religious people, generally come for a group of people who have no relationship with God, but have been deceived into thinking they not only have a relationship with Him, but believe they have the only correct outline of how to get to God. Christianity is God's way of bringing us to Him. Religion is man's way of getting to God. Since man is sinful we should disregard these people. How can sinful man speak for God, unless it is the Holy Spirit speaking through them. That's one point where some people start name-dropping. "The Holy Spirit of God told me that you must give up ________." That's a lie. In Islam it's much the same. You have imans telling people how to get to Allah (God). What do they know? They point to the Qur'an, but this book does much the same thing. People will say "But the Qur'an is a holy book, given to us by God through His prophet Mohammad." Well, all I'm saying is you can't go by what is written as it is delivered. Even Christians should be wary of beating others over the head with the Bible. Jesus told us that we are to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength," and that we are to "Love your neighbor as yourself." A commitment to love is something that will turn these lies running.

People who follow these religious-minded people are frequently people who don't know what God says in His Word. We are to "Study to show ourselves approved unto God, workmen who are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." (or words to that affect.) We should study God's Word prayfully, because it is His way, primarily, of speaking to us on a personal and intimate basis. When we grow lazy in this the enemy comes in and we take the lazy way out, we start believing what others said about God's Word. This is dangerous. I remember listening to a sermon where the preacher talked about the army of Gidean. In his sermon he stated that the people God chose for this army were those who just stuck their head in the water, who plunged ahead without giving thought to the dangers that surrounded them. Those who were sent home, he said, were those who lifted the water to their mouths and lapped it up like dogs. Now, the point of his sermon was true, we are to push on and be bold in our walk with the Lord, but the illustration he used was just the reverse. Those who plunged their faces in the water were sent home and those who lifted the water to their mouths God selected for His army. When the sermon was over I said to this preacher, "You stated this because you wanted to see how many people knew this story or would check up on it themselves, right?" He nodded his head and smiled. This preacher switched things around, kept the point of his sermon in contact, to see if people were going to catch him on the way he misquoted Scripture. Sadly only myself and my pastor, who happened to be visiting, seemed to catch this. In other words the rest of the congregation while they received a great sermon probably wouldn't do anything about what they heard because they didn't even check him up to see if it matched what the Bible says. This is the way of many extremists and religious people. Remember Khalaf, Mohmed's father? He blew himself up because he believed it was the only way he could provide for his family and because it was the only way he could ensure his eternal destiny. He based this on what he was taught. Mohamed comes to question this in line with the teachings of the Qur'an. For this reason Mohamed is an individual to watch carefully in this novel. He has taken some lazy ways about things, but in others he has chosen to be just critical enough to question the authenticity of this or that teaching actually coming from Allah. We should follow his example.

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cathikin said...

You expressed so much of what I have wanted to put into words, but I couldn't find the right words. May God bring the readers here who need the message. AMEN.

David said...

Amen, Cathi. Did you see the stats. MORE people have visited this site (and hopefully the others who posted) than during the Bill Myers tour. God is saying something to His people. I can't take credit for any good thing I have said. It's all God. You find a mistake, that was me.

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