To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to respond to Alan Vervaeke's recent column. I'm going to treat Alan's column as a spouting of someone who is really trying to make sense of the world situation today. I do believe that to be the case. In a manner, it is sad that politics has to come into this conversation. But because the whole world is in the process of galvanizing their political system, values, and institutions against Christ, it has become necessary to speak of it. If perhaps you think I'm merely a conspiracy theorist, I suggest you read what the psalmist prophecies in Psalms chapter 2 have to say. Having said this, I'd like to leave the political part of this discussion for now, and go on to try to answer the real heart of the question that Alan Vervaeke is crying out to understand.
Alan misunderstands the Scriptures, or perhaps he's been mistaught. Jesus declares to the woman at the well that salvation is from the Jews. In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus says "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill." So on the contrary to what Alan says, Christianity is based on the Old Testament. Heck, the early apostles preached Christ from the Old Testament before there were any New Testament Scriptures. This is not hard to research. Read the book of Acts, Romans or Hebrews, if you doubt that I'm being straightforward. Heck, if the Old Testament is not true, Jesus did not have to die. But it is true. Alan writes as if the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are different Gods. They are not. Alan, God doesn't change.
So where does this leave us? "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever." (Heb. 13:8) Yes, Alan, if you understand the Scriptures, Christ has always existed. He was born as the Son of Man, the son of Mary some 2,000 years ago, but he has existed as God the Son from eternity past. He walked with Adam in the garden, He is in fact the Tree of Life. He visited Abraham at the door of his tent at the oaks of Mamre, before He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. He wrestled with Jacob at the ford of the Jabbok and blessed him there. He met with Moses on the mountain. He appeared to Joshua as the captain of the of the host of the Lord, before the conquest of Jericho. He accompanied Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace when they would not bow down to Nebuchadnezzar's image. Any serious student of the word understands these things. Who is it who has taught you that the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament are different Gods? So what changed? Not God. How we are able to relate to the Most High is what has changed. Because of Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection, Christ's blood cleanses believers who have repented of their sins and walk in obedience to God and not after their flesh, and God's spirit comes to live in our hearts were He could not dwell prior to Christ's sacrifice, because of our sin, but now Christ's blood washes us clean so that He can dwell there, as long as we walk after Him and not after the sinful world. If we slip and sin and repent and turn back to God, Jesus forgive us our sins, but we must walk in obedience to Him.
Mature Christians do not hate homosexuals, adulterers, women who have abortions, or Muslims, etc. On the contrary, we love them, but we cannot pretend the these behaviors are not sinful, or in the last case a deception. We speak the truth in love and many like spoiled children who cannot accept discipline call it hate, as though we are bigots and haters. It's gossip. These things should not be taken lightly for the Christian God, the God of Israel is the judge of the whole earth.
Politics makes the discussion hard. For if you do not understand the foundation of where someone is coming from, how is it possible that you understand the politics that grows out of that foundation? It doesn't make sense to you. So you jump to conclusions.
This I would suggest: if you cannot read the Bible as the word of God and the truth which it is — I think often our lack of belief in the supernatural creates a mental barrier to understanding of the things of God — I would suggest that you read it, as you would, say, the "Trilogy of the Rings." This will help you to disengage the part of your brain that turns off your understanding when supernatural events are described, for in this case the conditioning of your mind works against your understanding. This way you can understand the story and God can speak to your unbelief.
I haven't heard of any Christians who condemn Hillary Clinton voters to hell. If I did I'd take issue with them. I do remember, I think it was Madeleine Albright that condemned women who didn't vote for Hillary Clinton to hell, though.
Why do evangelicals like Trump? Though his off-color comments have engendered much gossip, he's a Christian, though a new one. He strongly believes in the power of prayer. He's pro-life. He's pro-school choice. He's pro-Israel. He appoints originalist judges. He takes his oath seriously as the president of the American people and he understands that as president his first priority is to us the American people. Also the liberal bias of the press has been clear since the 1980s. So much so that part of the political calculation for a conservative running for president has been starting out with something like an 18 percent handicap due to media bias. Trump has been bold enough to take them on. Is that enough?