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Religiously Sanctioned Rape

Koran teachings about rape

Chapter 33 verse 50 of the Koran:
“O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war, and the daughters of thine uncle on the father’s side and the daughters of thine aunts on the father’s side, and the daughters of thine uncles on the mother’s side and the daughters of thine aunts on the mother’s side who emigrated with thee, and a believing woman if she give herself unto the Prophet and the Prophet desire to ask her in marriage a privilege for thee only, not for the [rest of] believers. We are aware of that which We enjoined upon them concerning their wives and those whom their right hand possess that thou mayst be free from blame, for Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”

From <http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/39900>

Koran 23:5-6

And they who guard their private parts
Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed –


 

Biblical teachings about rape

Deuteronomy 22:28-29

If a man find a damsel [that is] a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;
29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty [shekels] of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

From <https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Deuteronomy-22-28_22-29/>

25 But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die:
26 But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; [there is] in the damsel no sin [worthy] of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so [is] this matter:
27 For he found her in the field, [and] the betrothed damsel cried, and [there was] none to save her.

From <https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Deuteronomy-22-25_22-28/>

If a damsel [that is] a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
24 Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, [being] in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

From <https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Deuteronomy-22-23_22-24/>

My answer to people who claim that the bible condones rape, or condones a woman being forced to marry her rapist, is this: how many Christian men do you hear about who are using these bible verses as a justification to rape women? How many Christian women are being forced to marry their rapists because this is supposedly what the bible teaches? I am only referring to Christians in general, not cults who claim to be Christian, nor mental ill individuals. Neither can truly be pointed to as indicative of the Christian community.

Now let’s compare to rape in Muslim communities.

This footage is graphic, but I feel it is necessary, so no one can honestly say I am making things up, or doctoring anything:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are a Child of The King-or a Slave to Peoples Opinions?

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Recently I have been reading “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey. My fiancé had been telling me how he read this book years ago, and it changed his life. This intrigued me, so I downloaded it on Kindle. It has also changed my outlook. I was a little skeptical at first, wondering if he would incorporate phycology, and try to change the way I look at the Lord. He didn’t. As I read, it became clear that Covey was a Christian, and his faith and knowledge of the bible were behind his principles, for the most part. The book has not changed my perspective on the Lord, but it has changed my perception of myself.

I have started to see that I have held a very negative perception of myself, but not in the way that psychology would have me think. I know I have a sin nature, and I’m not all that good, at heart. But that is beside the point. I am still a daughter of the king, and that knowledge, joined with the knowledge that apart from Christ, I’m just a vile sinner, led me to this–the truth of the knowledge that I am a daughter of The King, reveals how much He values me, and in His opinion, the only opinion that matters, I have worth, and I am a joint-heir with Christ, and all that is His, is mine. If Christ be for me (and He is) who can be against me? No one. People’s opinions cease to matter. Nevertheless, the knowledge that I am merely a vile sinner, apart from Christ, keeps me from the pride that might accompany the knowledge that I am a child of the King, and all that goes with that.

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Reading Seven Habits made me realize one glaring fact–I have let people’s perception of me define me. The Holy Spirit said to me once, many years ago–“You are not who others say you are–you are who I say you are.” Old patterns take a long time to break at times, and I have been slow to learn this in my heart. When I read Seven Habits, it brought this back to my memory. I am who the Lord says I am, and I don’t need to let people’s opinions have power over me anymore. I realized that I have been letting other people have too much power over me. Also, I can rise above storms and evil circumstances, because I am a child of the King. And if you are a Christian, if you know Jesus in a personal way, than so can you, because you are a child of the King also.


Song of Solomon 9:8-10

We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.


The “older brothers” in these verses are not speaking well of the “little sister” the words are intended to be insulting, to convey the idea that she is immature and not much to look at (no breasts) and useless as neither a wall or a door. A wall keeps things out, and a door admits things. So they may be saying she doesn’t have the sense to know good from evil?

But the “little sister” rejects their opinions, and chooses to see herself as the bridegroom sees her. “I in His eyes as one that found favour.” And his opinion is the only one that matters.

Another thing that the book talks about was having a personal mission statement, that reflects your revealed purpose, that the Lord alone can reveal to you. Writing it down serves as a reminder of your purpose here on earth, and how the Lord wants to fulfill it. I will share mine in the next post. In the meantime, here is a song that I feel fits the mood of this post:

“When I call on Jesus” by Nicole C. Mullen

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Psalm 106

I was reading this Psalm this morning, there is a wealth of knowledge and a lot of instruction in this Psalm. I love the Psalms, they are filled with praise; they reveal Christ as Messiah, and included in the Psalms are the very prayers that Christ prayed on earth, including while He was on the Cross. I encourage you, as you read this post, to look up these scriptures, and read them for yourself. The Lord still speaks through His word, and as you make a habit of reading it, He will give you insights and revelations, and you will find that your relationship with the Lord will become stronger. I have heard people teach, and it is true, that prayer is how we speak to the Lord, and the bible is how He speaks to us.

The Psalms reveal Christ as the only perfect man who ever lived, many of the prayers recorded here are prayers that He alone was able to pray, as the sinless Son of God. Here are revealed the perfect intercessory prayers of Christ—He prayed as us—as if He were us, praying in our place, the things that we ought to pray, but cannot or will not.

Christ intercedes for us, He did for us what we could not do for ourselves, by going to the Cross, on our behalf, because it would have done no good for us to have gone to the Cross. He still intercedes for us, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, having accomplished what He was sent to earth to accomplish, and it was accepted as a forever sacrifice, never needing to be repeated. It was the Cross that made all these things possible. How can you go beyond that?

You can’t.

Psalm 106:1-6

1Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?

3Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

4Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;

5That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.

6We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.

This Psalm begins with praise, as our prayers should begin with praise. This Psalm follows the pattern of the Lord’s prayer, given to us in Luke 11:1-4

The Lord’s prayer begins with praise and then the phrase “thy will be done” sets the proper tone for how we should be praying—with the Lord’s will in mind—not ours.

Psalm 106:4-5

4Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;

5That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.

Then we are to ask for what we need, knowing that our Heavenly Father knows better than we do, what is truly good for us.

Luke 11:11-13

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

The Lord wants us to persist in prayer….

Luke 11:5-10

5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Next we ought to confess our sins, Psalm 106:6; Luke 11:4; We need to forgive people who have sinned against us, and pray for them as Job did (Job 42:7-8). It is best to let the Lord deal with the situation, and not take matters into our own hands. The Lord can do a much better job any way, and if we truly have the Spirit of Christ, we will weep for them, not rejoice, when the Lord does deal with the situation.

 

Psalm 106:7-12

7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.

8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.

9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.

10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.

12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.

We are to remember and thank the Lord for all that He has done for us. If we don’t it tends to lead to apathy, and then grumbling, which is sin, and leads to greater sins.

Love is Not an Emotion

“Give and it shall be given to you; good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall men pour into your bosom.” Luke 6:38

The Lord gave me a revelation about this verse. It does not only refer to material and financial things, it also refers to love, among other things.

There is a great principle of God that  applies to love—no matter how much you give, your supply is not depleted—and not only is your supply NOT depleted, it grows. Love, mercy, grace, longsuffering—all of these are the fruit of the Spirit, and they grow equally as we practice them. It is the Holy Spirit who causes them to grow, not us, and that is why they are called the fruit of The Spirit. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in our lives, God will see to it that it does. The greatest of these is love, if we have the love of God in us, we will have mercy, grace, longsuffering, etc, in ever increasing measure.

Galatians 5:22-23King James Version (KJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

1 Corinthians 13:13King James Version (KJV)

13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Scriptures about Emotions, Peace, and Guarding your mind

Proverbs 29:11

A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

There is no wisdom in a fool, so it is only foolishness that comes out of his mind, and he is quick to speak, but the wise man listens, processes what he has heard, and then responds.

Philippians 4:6-9

6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

 

Verse 6: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

As I wrote in a previous post “How do I pray?” praise and worship should be a big part of our prayer time. We ought to be thankful always for all that the Lord had done for us. God doesn’t want us to worry, but He does want us to cry out to Him, when we have a problem, or a need. If you don’t get an answer right away, keep asking.

Verse 7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The Lord promises us peace, and shows us how secure we are in Christ.

Verse 8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

This admonishes us to be careful about what we watch and listen to. This includes television shows and movies, but it also includes the people we hang out with—is their conversation scriptural, true, and beneficial? Or is it error, harmful, and destructive?

Verse 9: Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

What we have learned, received, heard and seen, from the writings of the Apostle Paul, is the message of the Cross. If you place our faith in that– the God of peace will be with you, He is your never-ending and inexhaustible source of peace.

What are you being led by?

Joshua 1:5-9

5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

If the Lord is leading us, and we are following where He leads, if we are following His commands, then we are assured of success. Where He gives the vision, He will also give the provision.

We are not to turn away from the word, and not to listen to fables– or psychology– to put it in modern terms. Christians are to meditate on the word– then the Holy Spirit will reveal the source of victory– the Cross–which is spoken of throughout the bible. Only when we understand that the victory is in what Jesus has done–only then will we be able to do what the bible says to do. Only then will we have good success and be prosperous. The bible is not referring to worldly goods, but victory over sin, the world, and the devil, who constantly opposes us.

How do I pray?

If you don’t know what to pray, just praise Him! In your prayer time, thank Him for all that He has done for you, thank Him for all the good things He has given you. Read the Psalms to inspire prayers of thankfulness and praise and worship. Praise and worship should be a big part of your prayer life.

Spend time praying in the spirit, if you are not yet baptized in the Holy Spirit, seek it. Start and end your day with prayer, make it a routine. There may be times when your prayer life may seem dry, but keep seeking Him. He said He will manifest Himself to those who diligently seek Him.

Why does God allow that?

People often ask why God allows bad things:

Murder

Rape

Premature death

Disease, etc

But they don’t look at it from both sides. God gave us doctors to treat disease, God gave them the intelligence and wisdom they have. He causes all manner of food to grow from the earth to keep us healthy and free from disease. Many diseases are caused by a poor diet. God gave us government to regulate society: police, judges, government officials. Because of the evil hearts of men, these institutions don’t always work as they should, but those are flaws in man, not God.

Too often, the people who want to blame God don’t want the truth–in their heart, they really hate God–they will attack God’s people for standing on the truth, and they refuse to be reasoned with. It comes down to choice, and it is a moral issue–a matter of an evil heart and a reprobate mind.

The Table in the Wilderness

Psalm 23:5

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

That table is the perfect prayer of faith that we pray when we pray in tongues. the oil mentioned here is a type of the Holy Spirit when He fills us, His presence fills us so completely it flow out and manifests in our prayer language, as the Holy Spirit causes us, in our spirit , to send up a perfect prayer of faith, asking for exactly what is needed; when we do not know what we ought to pray for, the Holy Spirit knows exactly what we out to pray for and all the enemy can do is stand there and watch those prayers go up.

The Baptism of The Holy Spirit

I was baptized with the Holy Spirit in March 1998. I had been brought up in a Pentecostal Church from the time I was 12, and I had seen people praying in tongues., but I didn’t believe it. I was saved on October 10,.1997, but I still didn’t believe that praying in tongues was a real thing. One day, I had a conversation about tongues, with an older brother in Christ, and his wife. I knew they had the truth, so when they told me it was real, and told me to read the book of Acts, I believed that they believed it, but I wasn’t convinced that it was real.

I read the book of Acts. The following Sunday in church, I told the Lord: “Lord I’m not sure I believe in this, but I see it in Your Word, and I see it here in the church, so if it’s real and if it’s of you, I want it. Amen”

BAM!!!

I didn’t have any dramatic experience, I didn’t fall on the floor, actually I didn’t feel anything, I can’t explain  it, but one moment I was praying in English, and the next moment, I  wasn’t.

Now when I started praying in my prayer language, then I felt the power of the Holy Spirit flowing. I’ve often asked the Lord, many times since then,

“Why did you do it that way? Why does it seem like you answered a prayer of unbelief?” After all this time, He told me:

“Because you had to admit to ME the unbelief in your heart. Once you did that, I was able to cleanse it, and purify your faith in that instant, and then you were able to receive.”

Wow. There is no response to that but “Glory be to God!!”

Unbelief is like any other sin–we have to confess it to God and ask Him to forgive us, and ask Him to cleanse us of it, in order for Him to be able to purify our faith.