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More specifically, I'm looking for Bible commentaries whose authors were not heavily influenced by the colonizers. Ancient texts will work, but they're not preferable.
Note: Speaking of colonialism's influence, I'm including even modern societies which were heavily influenced by it. Put another way: Colonialism should not be in the lineage of the author's upbringing.
It is interesting that Franklin Graham, who preaches the straight simple gospel of Christ - that Jesus died for us on the cross to take the penalty for our sin, and when we repent and receive Christ as Saviour we will be saved, has been banned from many venues in the U.K. with the excuse that they don't want to discriminate and also have "hate" speech.
It is interesting that they welcome Muslim preachers, and Gay Pride speakers to speak whenever they wish. They don't want to discriminate against them, but they don't hesitate to discriminate against anything that is mainstream Christian.
The reason is that they hate Jesus. It is not surprising, because Jesus told His Apostles, "They will hate you because they hate Me." It was true...
Did you know that our Heavenly Father, God, accuses us of being ignorant pretty much throughout the Holy Bible? Yep, it's true. For instance, even His watchmen, like me, He says are ignorant; I have no excuse! His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Isaiah 56:10
I'm guilty, and it may get me, and everyone I should be warning, killed. As the LORD told us in Hosea 4:6, My People are destroyed for lack of knowledge! The point is, what if our Father told us when this earth age was to end, and none of us took it to heart? What if we refused to listen to Him? Impossible, you say? Okay, in my opinion, our Father told us plainly how long this...
I came across a wikipedia article about a book entitled "The Bad Popes" by someone named Chamberlain. I'm sure it's a huge derogatory slamfest on Catholics, which I don't support and I would never read. However, the following information is presented in the wikipedia article regarding specific popes below. Are the facts below from Wikipedia disputed or accepted?
Respectfully (as possible regarding this subject)
Pope Stephen VI (896–897), who had his predecessor Pope Formosus exhumed, tried, de-fingered, briefly reburied, and thrown in the Tiber.:19
Pope John XII (955–964), who gave land to a mistress, murdered several people, and was killed by a man who caught him in bed with his wife.
Pope Benedict IX (1032–1044, 1045,...
After 2000 years why are we still waiting for the return of the King of Kings?
It was a clear expectation of the early church that Jesus would return soon. Peter even made a special effort to debunk the intellectual pagans and false teachers of his time who suggested that this was a lie and that there would be no return. In 2 Peter 1:16-21 Peter used, as the basis of his refutation of this false accusation, the experience of James, John and Peter of the Transfiguration on the Holy Mountain (where the Messiah is expected to return). Because they had seen the glorified Christ they knew that He would one day return in that same glory as the King of Kings. No one on this earth had a comparable majesty , so only Jesus could be the King we...
I'm not sure where to post it so I'll post here...
There is no doubt about it that churches like Bethel, Hillsong and Elevation church are somewhat dangerously heretic and controversial in some of their teachings, music and beliefs... There seems to be a rise in some pastors sound in doctrine and other believers warning us to stay away and stop listening to music related to these churches because in some ways, we are supporting these churches by funding them when we listen to their music. I've always thought of these to be a minor issue as I only rather focus on glorying God and if the music is glorying and full of truth to the word of God as revealed in the Bible then I have no problem playing or sharing it... I'm just curious to...
My wife left me a week before Christmas. Since then she's been cold and she hardly sees our children. It was an affair, I guess, and she's all in on it despite what anyone says to her.
In January I learned that my preteen daughter is suicidal. She sent my brother videos detailing what's going on in her life, how she feels, and how she doesn't want to live sometimes.
Last night my best friend since childhood came out as being gay to me. I never would have known. This isn't going to have an impact on our friendship, but I now have to wrestle with that being a conservative, traditional Christian.
I'm heartbroken and destroyed, and very, very confused.
Elections were used as early in history as ancient Greece and ancient Rome ... In Vedic period of India, the Raja (chiefs) of a gana (a tribal organization) was apparently elected by the gana. The Raja belonged to the noble Kshatriya varna (warrior class), and was typically a son of the previous Raja. However, the gana members had the final say in his elections. Even during the Sangam Period people elected their representatives by casting their votes and the ballot boxes (Usually a pot) were tied by rope and sealed. After the election the votes were taken out and counted. The Pala King Gopala (ruled c. 750s–770s CE) in early medieval Bengal was elected by a group of feudal chieftains. Such elections were quite common in...