• Atheist: Scientists KNOW how the universe probably came to be. As you are not a trained scientist, don't you think they know a little more about the subject than you? If you sincerely believe they don't know what they're talking about, why don't you have a science degree yourself so you can set them straight?
  • My Mom: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology (major) Biochemistry (minor), and a Masters degree in both Medical sciences and in Food technology. I finished two years studying towards a PhD in Biochemistry/Microbiology.

There are those who search for the truth; others hide from it.

Christians,

God gives commands, not suggestions. Submit to the Word of God and obey Him with all your life, even when it’s not convenient. 

Driving Thorns

I drove my insanity
Like they drove the thorns in your skull
I pumped my fist
Right into your cheek

Watch me build my empire
You can’t stop me this time
Write on my wall, I will erase it
Send your prophets, I will bury them

Get your wings away from me!
I’m not your baby boy
I don’t need your saving
If I want to leave, you can’t stop me

How much longer will you wander?
Foxes have dens and birds have nests
So just pack your bags and go home
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!

I led you as a lamb to the slaughter
Silent you stood before me and the rest
I hate you with all of my heart
I’m my own god, you will die like the princes.

I pressed in my own ambition
Like they pressed the nails into your body
I spilled my heart out
Like you spilled your blood

But the waters rose, and the winds smashed
My kingdom crumbled to the ground
I drowned in my iniquities
I tied my shame as a cinder block

What have I done?
I wash these hands
These blood stains remain
I will not be forgiven

I killed the Son of the Most High
I brought Him to His grave
He said “follow me”
But I nailed Him to a cross

All this means nothing without You!
I tore my heart like you tore the curtain
Bring me into your very near presence
Wash the blood from my hands

I thought I could do this on my own
I don’t need an idol, I need you
You meant nothing to me, I said you never would
But everything changed, except you

I broke your heart like my promises
I carried my sin like the cross on your back
Atlas had nothing on me
Yet you held me in your hands

When I killed you, you brought me life
When my fist shook against you, you held my hand
While I was a sinner, you made me your friend
Everything changed, except you

The Verdict

There are monsters that bring forth a pretty smile
Yet their blackened gums are filled with crooked teeth
They believe their lives stand above all the rest
In the end they are trampled beneath our feet


Clean, tidy suits and extravagant dresses
Appearances are not all we should see
Underneath your clothes lie feasting maggots
Rotting your flesh past eternity

We don’t want your dirty smile
No one wants your blood-stained words
Your eyes are more than blind
Looking down on those you haven’t heard

Stitch together your vile and putrid lips
No one wants to hear a word you say
Vomiting disgusting, stenchful pride
You and your people will waste away

It’s all a mass murder
We hear what you say about us
“Thank you God that I’m not like them
They truly fill me with disgust”

You think you are an eagle in the air
You are floating above us all
Condemn us with your wretched stare
But what goes up has got to fall

When those who judge shall be judged
You won’t be left standing above the flame
You’ve slaughtered and cut down the broken
Self-righteous pride will break your name

Cause the self-pious way is one of death
No greater shame in all the land
You think you have the right to judge?
You slam the gavel on your hand

All the glory we crave
All the towers we raise
All the pride we build up to the sky
When the vanity fades
The illusion gives way
To a tower of ashes and lies

I don’t understand why people use “Freedom in Christ” to justify their border-line sinful decisions.

 Instead of trying to get away with things like swearing, insulting, or putting people down, how about you try following Christ instead?

Yeah, I said it. Perhaps following Jesus isn’t just about living morally good lives. It’s more than that. Following Christ means being an example to everyone else. It’s being His ambassador. You make a very poor representative of the King of Heaven if you care more about your “freedom” instead of living a life to lead Christians and non-Christians. You’re supposed to be an example. 

Now, I’m not saying we are not to practice our freedom, but justifying your actions with “There are worse things in the world” and “Jesus ate and drank with sinners” is no excuse for your actions. You know what? Go eat and drink with sinners, except act like Jesus. How about that? There you go, there is no excuse left for you. Better yet, imagine you’re hanging out with Jesus. Eat and drink around Him, and see how differently you act. 

You’re not called to be comfortable, complacent, or lazy. You’re called to be outstanding, exemplary, and Christ-like. 

Be worthy of imitation. Follow Christ.

Samuel Assaf 

No.9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. - 2 Corinthians 2:9
Moses stuttered, Gideon was a coward, David boasted about the Lord killing Goliath, God gave Daniel the interpretations of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, God saved Daniel’s three friends from the fiery furnace, and every other story of God working, God gets the glory. The Bible isn’t filled with amazing people, it’s filled with an amazing God. Humility is in the truth, not pride. You can call it self-confidence, or self-esteem, but it’s always just pride. 
Unless the Lord builds the house,    those who build it labor in vain.Unless the Lord watches over the city,    the watchman stays awake in vain.2 It is in vain that you rise up early    and go late to rest,eating the bread of anxious toil;    for he gives to his beloved sleep - Psalm 127:1-2His strength is made perfect in your weakness. You cannot do this alone. You need God. You are not strong, God is strong. “His strength is made perfect” means that His glory will be known. We should keep our heads up, knowing that God will be glorified through our suffering. For we may fall, but Christ never will. Give glory to where glory is due: The Lord. 
12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:12-13 That is the secret: relying on the strength of Christ. He does not need strong soldiers, or soldiers at all. We need Him.

No.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. - 2 Corinthians 2:9

Moses stuttered, Gideon was a coward, David boasted about the Lord killing Goliath, God gave Daniel the interpretations of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, God saved Daniel’s three friends from the fiery furnace, and every other story of God working, God gets the glory. The Bible isn’t filled with amazing people, it’s filled with an amazing God. Humility is in the truth, not pride. You can call it self-confidence, or self-esteem, but it’s always just pride. 

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives to his beloved sleep - Psalm 127:1-2

His strength is made perfect in your weakness. You cannot do this alone. You need God. You are not strong, God is strong. “His strength is made perfect” means that His glory will be known. We should keep our heads up, knowing that God will be glorified through our suffering. For we may fall, but Christ never will. Give glory to where glory is due: The Lord. 

12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:12-13

 That is the secret: relying on the strength of Christ. He does not need strong soldiers, or soldiers at all. We need Him.

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"Many follow Christ, but few carry His cross.
Many desire His Glory, but few share in His suffering.
Many seek to rejoice with Him, but few endure hardship for Him.
Many look for miracles, but few drink His cup.
Many expect His prosperity, but few overcome tribulations through Him.
Many beg to receive His mercy, but few are merciful.
Many ask for His blessings, but few obey His word."

— Mary Assaf

For the first time in my life..

I actually read a celebrity news article.

It was about how Leonardo Dicaprio  has “let himself go” while his girlfriend is in shape. In that moment, I understood just how vain some parts of humanity have become. The entire article probably had about 7 pictures of the guy, all bashing him because he’s not chiselled. Since when do muscles make a man? 

For the guys:
If you want to become a man, don’t focus on your biceps. Focus on providing, protecting, leading, and sacrificing. Listen guys, a real woman doesn’t really care how you look. What she really wants is a confident man who can make her safe, loved, and beautiful. 

For the girls:
You are not defined by the way you look, and neither are men. A real man is going to love for your qualities, not the way you look.  And I hope that you will love him for his qualities as well. We all know that everyone ages. Our physical bodies will decay and become less desirable, but our character won’t; our character should always be improving. Find a man who will appreciate your character, not just your body.


Instead of focusing on being attractive, how about we focus on maturity?

Let’s put our energy where it counts.

So after reading this text, there are two huge issues that I must address.First of all, prayer does NONE of those things. God is the sin killer, power giver, victory gainer, and the blessing promoter. You don’t have the power within. That’s why you need Jesus. Or have we forgotten that?Sure, you’ll hear people quote Scriptures about the power of prayer. Like:”Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” - James 5:16
But have we ever considered why prayer is powerful? It’s powerful because our God is powerful! Which leads me to my second point. How can we actually have the pride to believe that the power lies within? We’re not powerful. We’re mortal. We’re not omniscient. How could we could ever defeat sin? How could we ever believe that we are powerful? Let me explain prayer, because I feel like that word has been used so much that it’s lost its meaning. Prayer is… talking to God. There is nothing powerful in that! But our God is powerful, and He listens. And when He decides to agree to answer our prayers, that is when prayer becomes powerful. You cannot kill sin.You cannot heal the sick.You cannot gain power.You cannot obtain victory.You cannot bring blessings.But I know someone who can – His name is Jesus. So keep on praying, because the power lies with Him.  

So after reading this text, there are two huge issues that I must address.

First of all, prayer does NONE of those things. God is the sin killer, power giver, victory gainer, and the blessing promoter. You don’t have the power within. That’s why you need Jesus. Or have we forgotten that?

Sure, you’ll hear people quote Scriptures about the power of prayer. Like:

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” - James 5:16

But have we ever considered why prayer is powerful? It’s powerful because our God is powerful! 

Which leads me to my second point. How can we actually have the pride to believe that the power lies within? We’re not powerful. We’re mortal. We’re not omniscient. How could we could ever defeat sin? How could we ever believe that we are powerful? 

Let me explain prayer, because I feel like that word has been used so much that it’s lost its meaning. Prayer is… talking to God. There is nothing powerful in that! But our God is powerful, and He listens. And when He decides to agree to answer our prayers, that is when prayer becomes powerful. 

You cannot kill sin.
You cannot heal the sick.
You cannot gain power.
You cannot obtain victory.
You cannot bring blessings.
But I know someone who can – His name is Jesus. So keep on praying, because the power lies with Him.  

God’s daughters deserve to be treated as beautiful.

Praying and reading your Bible doesn’t make you close to God.



What if I told you that if you want to be close to God, you should surrender to Him your life? What if I told you that in order to desire to talk to him and read His Word, you would have to allow God to be the ruler of your life? 

Could you do it? Could you kneel in the presence of His throne and give up your rights? Could you let Him lead your life? Could you throw away all of your plans that you have concocted in order to obey His plans?  

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.  - Romans 12:1

be honest people, no one wants to do that. We all want to be in control. We all want to do things our way. That’s our sin nature talking. But could you yield your life to Him despite of your pride?

I don’t care how long you pray or read your Bible. That doesn’t make you close to God. I don’t care how spiritual or religious you think you are. That doesn’t make you close to God.

But you know what does? Loving Jesus makes you close to God.  You know what’s the result of that? A desire to talk to Him and a yearning to get to know Him better.

Your life of prayer and your life of reading His Word is a result of loving Him.

You don’t stop feeling close to God because you stop reading the Bible and praying. You stop feeling close to God because you put other things before Him. That’s when you stop talking to Him. That’s when you stop reading His Word. 

Think about it. If God was the number one spot in your life, you would be excited to talk to Him and read your Bible.


So just think about if you are excited to spend time with Him, or if you’re just doing it because you feel guilty. If you are just doing it because you feel guilty, well then you’re probably a horrible friend of God. Can you imagine how He would feel? Knowing that you are only spending time with Him because you think you have to? Jesus died so that you could be with Him; He didn’t die so that you could feel bad and take Him for granted. 


Every day is a battle for us to love Christ. There are so many distractions in the world. But it’s possible. So let’s start loving God, and let’s start getting to know Him more.


Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. - James 4:8


God bless and much love,

Samuel Assaf


Violence, Family, Pride, and Christian Hypocrites.


Anonymous asked:

religion, in many ways has caused more harm than good to people, it has started many wars and taken many lives, it can destroy familys, christians especially think they know everything and put themselves higher than everyone like they are better, and dont say no because you know its true so my question to you is why do you belive in it so much



Notes in response:




Violence and vengeance:

Matthew 5:38-42
 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[h] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42  Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Matthew 5:42-44
43  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.



Family:

Ephesians 5:22-24
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.


Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.


Ephesians 5:28-30
In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 
29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body.


Ephesians 6:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.



Pride:

Matthew 7:1-5
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

   3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.



Luke 16:9-14
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee,standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”


So these Christians who you claim are being violent, destroying families, and being proud are actually in sin.

Look at the values of Christianity and measure it against the Christians.


John 14:16
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

Doesn’t mean Christians are close to perfect, but you can definitely see the intentions of someone who is truly trying to follow Jesus.

"It" is not just between you and God.

So, basically, a lot of Christians have been throwing around this line whenever confronted with correction: 

"It’s between me and God."

 This is completely unbiblical however. Let’s look at Scripture. 

 ”
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked man from among you.’” - 1 Corinthians 5:9-12

So basically, Paul is saying this:

Don’t associate with anyone who calls his or herself a Christian, and yet practices sexual immorality, greed, idolatry, slander, drunkardness, or swindling. Don’t even eat with them. God will judge those outside of the church, but Christians need to judge one another.

So now the main thing that needs to be addressed is the context of the word judgement. 

Obviously, Paul does not mean to judge in a malicious, prideful, and self-righteous way. It is to be done out of love. It is to build the other person up. 

So, if this is true, then why are those certain Christian hypocrites not to be associated with? Well it’s really quite simple. If the person does not acknowledge those things as evil while at the same time proclaims to serve Christ, then what is being said is this: God does not think that those things are evil.

In context, the chapter is about a man who had sex with his own mother, and the church was proud of it and did nothing, so Paul passed judgment.

If you are a Christian who struggles with those mentioned sins, you can still be with your fellow Christians. However, if you refuse to repent and do not acknowledge that those sins are indeed sins, then Christians are not to even associate with you.

Out of the lips of Jesus:

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17



Conclusion:

As the body of Christ, we are to hold each other accountable for everything we do, judging each other out of love so that we may repent of sin and move forward towards Christ. We need to keep each other accountable.


God bless and much love!


Samuel Assaf