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Vol. 5 / Issue 17 / June 6 2003

Contents of this issue

Is Bible infallible? part 6
Ananias and Sapphira
Prayer Request

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback


By Sherly Isaac

This week the President Bush went for six days summit for meeting with Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers to discuss with them about peace in Middle East. What does all these things mean? In the past, many attempts were made to bring peace in Israel and Palestine but every time they ended up in more violence and terror. This time, will peace prevail in that region? Can Israel purchase peace in exchange for land?

Of course there is no guarantee of peace though the holy land is shared with Palestinians. Hamas and other Muslim leaders are already saying that they would not stop their violence until their goal is achieved. What is their goal? Their goal is to make every nation a Muslim nation by killing others. Why is there so much hatred and anger among Muslims for the Jews and Christians? The reason is very simple, the seed of hatred and violence was sown in the Garden of Eden by devil. And every human being born in this world has that seed in them. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and rebelled against God by bowing down before the devil and to his will, sin came in their lives. They were separated from God and when they were separated from God, their lives became more ungodly and violent. They had two sons named Cain and Abel. No one taught Cain to hate his own brother. Cain hated his brother because God did not accept his offering while God accepted the offering of Abel.

We read in Genesis 4:6-8, So the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it. Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

This seed of sin, hatred and violence grows when a person rejects God and walks in darkness. And the day comes when sin brings death in the life of that person. Bible says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We see two life styles, a sinful life which brings death and the other a holy life the result of which is life - abundant life. God made a way for us how we could come out of our sin and live a holy life by the power of the shed blood of Jesus. When a person accepts Jesus by confessing and repenting from his sin, Jesus comes in and gives a new life to him. Bible says in 1 Cor 15:21-22, “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”

Bible also says in 2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

My dear friend, if you have not become a new creation yet, it is time to accept Him as your Lord and Savior and accept Life so that your life could be preserved for eternal life.

Once you are saved, you have to walk in holiness as we read in Rom 6:12-14, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

And Holy Spirit helps those who are saved, to walk in His holy ways as we read in Rom 8:11, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

There is a holy life, there is a life full of peace, joy and happiness. There is a life where we can live in peace and harmony with each other but it is only possible if the seed of sin, hatred and violence is plucked out of our hearts by the blood of Jesus. And the seed of new life, love, peace and harmony is planted in our hearts.

Is Bible infallible? part 6

By Vinod Isaac

So far we have explored five areas of Genesis account.
1. Eye Witness account
2. Material evidence
3. Purpose and Attachment and
4. Existence of evil
5. Impact of evil (on our personal lives)

In all of these, so far we have seen that the evidence is overwhelming. Last time I wrote “Is Bible infallible (Part 5)” on Dec 12, 2002. In that we had looked at the aspect of sin destroying personal life. Today we are going to dig little more deeper and look into the area of "Impact of Evil extended from Personal to Corporate level".

Let us look at some of the verses.

Gen 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.

Gen 3:18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.

Gen 3:19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return."

Gen 4:11 "So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.

Gen 4:12 "When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth."

Last time we looked that the impact of evil was alienation from God. In the above verses we read few more things.
1.) Cursed is the ground
2.) in toil you shall eat of it
3.) in the sweat of your face you shall eat.
4.) earth will not yield it's strength.
5.) a fugitive and a vagabond you shall be.

When you carefully examine, you will find that one sin has devastated the whole system. Even today lot of irrigation research is going on to improve cultivation. Earth does not yield it's strength. Some times flood destroys the crop. Some times famine destroys the crop. Some times some other disaster destroys the crop. The whole world is groaning in pain because of sin. Even those who have facility to live in luxury are developing different kinds of sicknesses if they don't do hard work to sweat. If they don't work on fields, they still need to work on treadmills and other exercise machines. God has established the law and there is no one who can change it.

Even with all the modern techniques, science is not able to change the law described in Gen 3:17-19 and Gen 4:11-12.

God said to Cain, "a fugitive and a vagabond you shall be." When I was watching on television about all the looting that had taken place in Iraq, I realized that it is again a display of the truth that man is evil by his nature. Many times people say that he/she is a good person, but just does a few mistakes. But what we saw in Iraq speaks volumes on human nature. Still there is pressure to stay away from evil, we stay away, otherwise we are likely to get into sin again. Today world lives in that situation. You can't trust people as to when they will do what. Sin has chain reaction. Cain sinned and the consequence was that he lost his security. He was destined to be chased and hunted down. Violence increases violence and it soon spreads to the community level and further it spreads to cities and nations and the whole world groans in pain and suffering.

Paul talks about the very same thing in Romans 8:22-24

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Rom 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Rom 8:24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?

So when the whole world groans in pain, is there any hope? There is hope and that hope is only through the redemption which is through Jesus Christ - when a person repents of his/her sins and turns to the Lord Jesus Christ. That person's life is transformed in the same way as of Paul, who before his transformation used to kill and persecute people, but when he met with the Lord Jesus, his life was totally changed.

Do you feel that your life needs to be changed? Look to Jesus. He can help you out. Ask Him to forgive you of all your sins and wash you with His blood. Ask Him to come in to your heart and live in you. He will gladly do that.

Ananias and Sapphira

By Sherly Isaac

Phil 3:2-3, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

Apostle Paul warns in these verses that every believer should beware of dogs, evil workers and mutilation because he saw the heresies and mutilation of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ that threatened the Church of new believers. Not only were these types of things a threat at that time, but even today these are a great threat for people. Before you believe on any person, you should be very careful about his/her sayings. Examine everything from the Bible and look whether it is from the Bible or not.

Last week one missionary came to our Church and preached from Acts 4:32 – Acts5-9. These verses describe the working of the first Church where each believer acted as a member of one family. And the Acts 4:32 says, “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” There was one couple named Ananias and Sapphira who sold their property. They kept back part of the proceeds, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet. And the Acts 5:3 says, But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?” And Acts 5:4 says, “…You have not lied to men but to God." And Ananias died immediately. Few hours later his wife Sapphira came and she did not know what was happened to her husband. Peter asked her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?" She said, "Yes, for so much." And the Bible tells us that she also fell and died immediately.

The reason of their death was the lie spoken by them before God. But the missionary who came to our Church said, “I do not know why Ananias died but Sapphira died because women go around and spread rumors about others.” He also said that because they did not give the whole amount that’s why they died while the Bible makes it very clear that they died because they lied to the Holy Spirit or God.

Two years back when a new pastor was about to come in our Church, at that time, one of our Church members called and said to us that the new pastor is very spiritual who had taken training from so and so evangelism ministry. When we heard that, we were thrilled and we really believed that God will bless our Church spiritually and that a great revival will come in our Church. But soon we realized that he is only interested in money and position. He went house to house to collect money; if anybody refused to give the money demanded by him, he threatened and cursed them.

From one family who purchased a house and got some discount of $10,000, the Pastor insisted on their giving the whole discounted money to him. They are not very wealthy people to give this big amount to anybody. When they refused to give, the Pastor told them about Ananias and Sapphira and cursed them saying, what happened to Ananias and Sapphira will happen to them.

Not only that, there were so many problems in accounts but he got it passed in the general body forcefully. And now they listed the Church for sale. When some of the members took objection, a letter was sent to all members filled with curses and threats. It does not look like a Christian Church nor the behavior of the Pastor like a Christian.

A Church where a weary and desperate soul should get solace and peace of Christ has become a place of threats and curse. Jesus said in Mark 11:17, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" That’s why Paul says in Phil 3:2-3, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

Let us look towards Jesus and run the race faithfully which God has kept for us. Bible says in Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Prayer Request

My husband has a psychological problem of telling lies. He constantly put me in serious financial trouble by using my credit card facilities and abusing me I prayed for a long time for God to give him a change of heart. Will you pray for me I am all-alone and cannot even talk about it to brother and I cannot take it any more

Dear Brothers and sister, I urgently need the help of you all to lift in prayer a girl who's name is Barbara. She was diagnosed with a lymphoma.

Please, spread this prayer request to other believers and let's believe for a MIRACLE. Let's not cease praying until God lift her up in perfect health.

Hear my voice when I cry, My King and My God, because to you I lift my prayer (Psalm 5:2).
God Bless You all!!!
In Him,
Enio from Brazil

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store

Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

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