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Today,repparttar Holy Spirit is after an INWARD TRANSFORMATION ofrepparttar 146629 heart—not an OUTWARD expression of religious compliance having nothing to do withrepparttar 146630 original intent of SOUND DOCTRINE!

I don’t know if you can follow my rambling here—but rememberrepparttar 146631 guy holding on torepparttar 146632 rat’s tail and declaringrepparttar 146633 discovery of his elephant; even so, they who extract “bits and pieces” of God’s Word and extend their discoveries into doctrinal absurdities for their own purposes are guilty ofrepparttar 146634 very charge to which Paul bespeaks in I Timothy chapter 1 and of whichrepparttar 146635 Apostle Peter derides in II Peter:

“No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation” (II Peter 1:20).

The word “private” inrepparttar 146636 Greek connotes “one’s personal interpretation” as in “idios” (from whencerepparttar 146637 word “idiosyncrasy” is derived). Here, we discover thatrepparttar 146638 prophetic Scriptures are not only isolated one from another—they becomerepparttar 146639 “personal fiefdom” of those who manipulate them for their own idiosyncrasies; and, thereby obscure both their meaning and intent. Is there any wonder that Peter follows up this explanation ofrepparttar 146640 prophetic Scriptures withrepparttar 146641 following exhortation:

“But there were also FALSE PROPHETS amongrepparttar 146642 people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denyingrepparttar 146643 Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whomrepparttar 146644 way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber” (I Peter 2:1-3).

In sum,repparttar 146645 “Gospel ofrepparttar 146646 Grace of God” has been turned into a “system of outward works” having absolutely nothing to do with “the Lord who bought them!” Instead, these FALSE PROPHETS/TEACHERS “blaspheme . . .repparttar 146647 way of truth” and for “covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words.” I hate to beat a dead horse (or donkey)—but if you carefully read II Peter 2, you will discover these FALSE TEACHERS inevitably covet “yours not you.”

“They have a heart trained in covetous practices . . . they have forsakenrepparttar 146648 right way and gone astray, followingrepparttar 146649 way of Balaamrepparttar 146650 son of Beor, who LOVED THE WAGES of unrighteousness (and we’re talking about MAMMON here—money!) . . . but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrainedrepparttar 146651 madness ofrepparttar 146652 prophet. These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reservedrepparttar 146653 blackness of darkness forever” (II Peter 2:14b-17).

“The Way of Balaam” is nothing more than a “prophet gone false” for he has “sold his soul torepparttar 146654 devil” for filthy lucre—having been bought byrepparttar 146655 wealthy to perform whatever services deemed appropriate (in this case Balaam was “hired” to prophesy against Israel and to do so underrepparttar 146656 idiosyncrasies of Balak, King of Moab (Numbers 22-24) (Note: “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyondrepparttar 146657 word ofrepparttar 146658 Lord my God, to do less or more” 22:18). This strange and contorted couple (Balaam and Balak) conspired to curse Israel—instead allrepparttar 146659 gold and silver could not keep Balaam from blessing Israel and foiledrepparttar 146660 “Way of Balaam.”

Notwithstanding Balaam’s claims that “he could not be bought” – “The Way of Balaam” would be forever denounced in Holy Write, especially inrepparttar 146661 context of prophetical Scriptures: WOE TO THEM! FOR THEY HAVE GONE THE WAY OF CAIN, HAVE RUN GREEDILY IN THE ERROR OF BALAAM FOR PROFIT . . . .” (Jude 10).


Tragically, history past and present is littered withrepparttar 146662 WAY OF BALAAM.....

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With that,repparttar angel vanished.

In stunned exaltation, Muhammad went and told Khadija what had happened. She embraced him and unequivocally expressed her faith in his vision and his mission, saying, 'Rejoice, dear husband. He who holds in His handsrepparttar 146605 life of Khadija is my witness that thou wilt berepparttar 146606 messenger of His people.'

But Muhammad could not accept his own vision. How could he, an ordinary man so far from perfection, be such a messenger? He feared that he might be deluded or perhaps insane. Days passed. He waited for another sign, for further confirmation so that he might believe in himself and know how to proceed. But no sign came.

At last, he returned torepparttar 146607 cave on Mount Hira, seekingrepparttar 146608 angel Gabriel. He waited and prayed, but to no avail. In despair, haunted by terrible doubts and assailed by fears of madness, Muhammad climbed onto a precipice and prepared to leap to his death. At that very moment,repparttar 146609 angel appeared before him again and, raising his hands, repeated, 'I am Gabriel, and thou art Muhammad,repparttar 146610 Messenger of Allah.' Muhammad froze onrepparttar 146611 edge ofrepparttar 146612 chasm in a spellbound trance. Hours passed. That night one of Khadija's servants came and found Muhammad still perched on a crag, lost in ecstasy, and led him home.

After that event, Muhammad began to quietly spreadrepparttar 146613 revelation of his new faith among only a few close friends and family members. But in this tightly knit culture, word spread quickly. Before long, his persecution began--gossip, brutal beatings, plots against him, and attempts against his life. Over time, his honesty and virtue,repparttar 146614 words of scripture revealed through him, andrepparttar 146615 mysterious workings of fate brought aboutrepparttar 146616 conversions of several of Mecca's greatest warriors. All this greatly strengthenedrepparttar 146617 fledgling faith of Islam and drove fear intorepparttar 146618 hearts of its enemies.

People demanded that he perform miracles as proof of his divine mission. Muhammad answered that he had not come to perform miracles; he had come to preachrepparttar 146619 word of Allah. Challenged to move a mountain, he gazed toward it but it did not budge, so he spokerepparttar 146620 now-famous words demonstrating his wisdom, humor, and humility: 'Ifrepparttar 146621 mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad will go torepparttar 146622 mountain.'

From beginning to end, Muhammad acknowledged himself as an ordinary man, full of faults and limitations--a man chosen by God, for reasons he did not understand, to deliver a new revelation of Islam, which means 'submission to God.' Islam required faith in God, charity, purity, and a life free of idols, lived withrepparttar 146623 courage of a warrior in battle, with prayer as a cleansing immersion in His spirit.

The citizens of Mecca were roused to fury by Muhammad's attack on their cherished idols--and by his declaration that there was but one God, named Allah, and that he, Muhammad, was His prophet. Forced to flee acrossrepparttar 146624 desert torepparttar 146625 city of Medina, he began his mission anew, once again a lonely prophet with a handful of followers in a city of unbelievers.

Over time,repparttar 146626 angel Gabriel revealed scripture to Muhammad, which he recited aloud and which Khadija and others wrote down. This scripture became known asrepparttar 146627 Holy Koran (Quran). The Koran was Muhammad's defining miracle--the writing of this masterpiece of poetic religious scripture by a simple, semiliterate man might in itself have earned him fame as a prophet. But this feat was only one chapter inrepparttar 146628 life of Muhammad.

Persecuted as a heretic for nearly two decades byrepparttar 146629 people of Mecca {How was Khadija still alive if he spent almost two decades there? The math doesn't work, but perhapsrepparttar 146630 semiliterate don't worry.}, including many of his own relatives and former friends,repparttar 146631 once young Bedouin became in old age a fearless military general. More than once, Mecca's army laid siege, seeking to destroy Medina, where Muhammad and his followers lived--their war would not end until Muhammad or Mecca fell. Inrepparttar 146632 final battle, while outnumbered three to one, but filled withrepparttar 146633 power of Allah, Muhammad and his followers descended like a storm uponrepparttar 146634 Meccan army and destroyed it. This battle turnedrepparttar 146635 tide.” (1)

The people who ridiculerepparttar 146636 legends of Indians and natives aren't funny and it isn't right for me to do it either. Still it seems a poor role model to win followers byrepparttar 146637 sword of Allah or Yahweh (Yahu) or Shiva. We are all payingrepparttar 146638 price these story-tellers have wrought sincerepparttar 146639 day of Caliph Omar and Constantine who tookrepparttar 146640 fledgling new beliefs and built empires under their spell of ignorance. Omar said there was no need to read anything other thanrepparttar 146641 Koran as he commanded one ofrepparttar 146642 raids to destroyrepparttar 146643 great library at Alexandria that housed all knowledge; we need to really know about our roots. Islam has much good and is less intolerant than other Ur Story based religions. The Caliphate still has its stranglehold onrepparttar 146644 souls of people. It does not want people to have knowledge – so it encourages reading old books with limited meaning, as I see it.

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