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Is Barack Obama an Angel of Light?

On numerous occasions it’s been proven that the President, although claiming to embrace Christianity, regularly quotes Scripture either incorrectly or out of context. Usually the quotation cited is specifically chosen to further a policy or message the President is promoting, and sometimes just to remind everyone that he really is a Christian.  However, other than imply that the strength of his leadership could slow the rising oceans and heal an ailing planet, thus far, at least not openly, Obama has not identified himself as a modern-day messiah.

On the other hand, Michelle Obama obviously sees her husband in a different light. At a campaign event in Nashville, the first lady, all pumped up in anticipation of the coming election season, let it slip that she thinks she’s married to a celestial being.

In her closing statements, Michelle said, “I’m so in.  I am going to be working so hard.  We have an amazing story to tell.”

At that juncture, Mrs. Obama should have stopped, because what she said next crossed the line from excited campaign rhetoric into sacrilege territory.

From the sound of things, it appears that Michelle Obama may believe that the amazing story she, and “we,” have to tell could turn out to be the second “Greatest Story Ever Told” because according to Mrs. Obama, “The president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”

In typical Democrat fashion, after making the outrageous statement Michelle didn’t expound on how the President has led America out of the darkness into the light, nor did she offer examples to support her stunning pronouncement.

However, failure to develop her point is only part of the problem, because in 1 Peter 2:9, the way the Apostle identifies God’s people is by saying, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

If Michelle refuses to explain the basis of her observation, those who have eyes to see and ears to hear should focus on the latter part of that verse: “…that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Quite frankly, the 450 people attending the event who applauded Michelle’s disturbing remark are scarier than the woman voicing that sentiment.

By declaring that Barack Obama has led America out of the darkness and into the light, what Mrs. Obama proved is that either the Obamas didn’t really attend Reverend Wright’s church for 20 years as they claimed, or for some reason Jeremiah never had time to preach from the Scripture.

In the Bible there are many verses that refer to light and darkness and in almost all of them, it is God turning darkness to light or identifying Himself as the literal Light. In 2 Samuel 22:29 while singing a song of deliverance, the psalmist David said of the Lord, “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness to light.”

In Isaiah 42:16 God speaks to the prophet and says, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.”

And of course in the New Testament, in John 9:5, Jesus referred to Himself when He said “I am the light of the world.”

So, maybe Michelle was unaware of the analogy she was making, or maybe she was fully aware.  Either way, over the last three years the man who promised the miraculous has failed miserably.   Therefore, either Michelle or the object of her adoration should explain that, contrary to popular opinion in some circles, Barack Obama is not “The way, the truth, and the life.”

If the first lady’s ‘out of the darkness into the light’ comment isn’t eventually either retracted or at least explained, maybe somebody should make Michelle Obama and those in Nashville who applauded her aware of another Scripture in 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 that also references a man of light:  “…such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

Barack Obama’s ‘Doubtful’ Easter Message

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

As a group, liberals are experts on everything, so it’s no surprise that part-time Christian/full-time champion of choice Barack Obama would feel comfortable preaching from the Scripture.

At the April 4th Easter Prayer Breakfast, zealous abortion advocate Barack Obama gave a room full of Christian ministers new insight into the One who ordains and gives life.

Taking to the pulpit, Obama said Jesus had “doubts.” The President pontificated: “For like us, Jesus knew doubt. Like us, Jesus knew fear. In the garden of Gethsemane, with attackers closing in around him, Jesus told His disciples, ‘my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death’.”

Stressing the humanity of Christ, Obama shared his views of Jesus’ struggles prior to being arrested the night before He was crucified, saying, “He fell to his knees, pleading with his Father, saying, ‘If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.’ And yet, in the end, he confronted his fear with words of humble surrender, saying, ‘If it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.'”  Now there’s a prayer Americans should be reciting daily.

Obama continued: “So it is only because Jesus conquered his own anguish, conquered his fear, that we’re able to celebrate the resurrection.”

The Bible says in Hebrews “Now [if] faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” then fear, the opposite of faith, is the substance of things feared and fear – which is lack of faith – is sin and Jesus the spotless Lamb never sinned.

Maybe Barack Obama didn’t realize that the Jesus he portrayed as fearful commanded his disciples to be ‘anxious’ for nothing. So, in preparation for next year’s Easter Prayer Breakfast, instead of going to Martha’s Vineyard the Theologian-in-Chief should spend the summer reviewing the Scriptures in remedial Bible school.

In the meantime, while preaching to the breakfasting ministers Obama said, “We all have experiences that shake our faith. There are times where we have questions for God’s plan relative to us. But that’s precisely when we should remember Christ’s own doubts and eventually his own triumph.”

Two questions come to mind here: Was Obama comparing his personal plans, doubts, and impending triumphs with Jesus’ death and resurrection?  The second is: Jesus doubted?

To doubt is to be “undecided or skeptical about…to disbelieve and distrust.” Sorry Mr. Obama, your foray into Biblical exegesis leaves a lot to be desired. Jesus never doubted, nor was He undecided about the mission set before Him. Jesus epitomized steely determination and unflinching certainty.

Alan Schreck, professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, addressed Obama’s premise saying, “My question is what would [Jesus] be doubting? … I don’t think there is any real context that I could understand to say Jesus doubted.”

True enough, Professor Schreck, but what you don’t understand is that Barack Obama belongs to an exclusive sect of Christianity where liberal believers create their own personal religion. For example, champion-of-choice Barack Obama would probably preach Christ crucified and resurrected from the dead over breakfast and increased funding for Planned Parenthood over dinner.

Therefore, in light of his expertise, here’s a question for Reverend Obama: If Jesus is God and was really sent from His father to the womb of a virgin so that He could redeem mankind, did redemption hinge solely on Mary choosing to forgo an abortion?

 

Barack ‘Bad Fruit’ Obama Redefines Christianity

Originally posted at American Thinker

Jesus told His followers that the way to recognize Christian brethren is by inspecting fruit.  Jesus said, “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.”  Thus, “by their fruit you will recognize them.”

At the National Prayer Breakfast, partial “bitter clinger” Barack Obama, missing only a gun, tried to tell the crowd of 3,000 that he was a Scripture-quoting, Bible-toting Christian.  Using the Word of God to justify the advancement of liberal policy, the president linked left-wing economic policy with obedience to Scripture and, by doing so, dared critics to disagree with God.

As the foundation of his faith, Obama referenced a key Scripture from Genesis wherein God asked Cain, after Cain killed his own brother, “Where is your brother Abel?” to which Cain replied, “I don’t know, am I my brother’s keeper?”

The president said his faith is based on “[l]iving by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need.”  He maintained that those values are the ones that define his “faith journey,” which has also translated into “policies that support research to fight disease and support foreign aid.”

Seems the president hasn’t read the Scripture that says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,” because Obama-style Christianity is yet to acknowledge the glaring contradiction in wanting to be trusted with the world’s poor while disregarding the “very little” needs of a blood brother, impoverished and living in squalor in a Kenya slum.

Nonetheless, the president said that his faith also inspires him to voluntarily “give up some of the tax breaks” he enjoys.  If Obama has his way, the rest of America will not be afforded the gratification of similar voluntary charitable contributions.  In essence, establishing governmental mandates to support liberal causes is a religion unto itself, whose dogma redirects tithing from the faith community to the federal government, where alms gathered under compulsion are distributed through benevolent bureaucracy.

After the collection plate is filled, give-up-the-tax-break proceeds fund brother’s-keeper essentials like abortion, contraception, sterilization, and fighting disease with an ever-expanding food stamp program.

Barack Obama deciding to openly declare that Jesus applauds the “yes we can” brand has opened him up to public scrutiny.  By exploiting biblical Christianity for political gain, he has invited examination from, among others, Republican presidential hopeful and devout Christian Rick Santorum, who dared broach the subject of the president’s innovative “theology.”

More recently, on Morning Joe, Reverend Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, a man Obama allegedly prayed with, also compared the president’s words against the backdrop of his actions.  Based on the condition of some wormy fruit, as diplomatically as he could, Graham cast serious doubt on the state of Barack Obama’s tree and expressed uncertainty as to whether the latter is really a Christian.

Graham did confirm his belief that Rick Santorum was “a man of faith … because his values are so clear on moral issues.”  About Santorum, Graham said, “I just appreciate the moral stances he takes on things,” a sentiment Reverend Graham did not express when speaking about Barack Obama.

Under close examination, America’s self-described “Christian” president’s fruit includes anti-Christian stances such as condoning and supporting gay marriage, calling Romans 1:26-27 an “obscure passage,” and being vehemently pro-choice.  The president even opposes saving the lives of infants born alive during botched abortions, which translates into infanticide.

To Christian brethren who deem contraceptive and abortion anathema, in lieu of God’s will, Obama has instituted governmental doctrine by foisting his will on people of faith, denying those with whom he supposedly identifies the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

Someone should remind the president that immediately following the “my brother’s keeper” verse in Genesis, when Cain claimed he didn’t know the whereabouts of the brother he had murdered, the Lord knew and said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”

Besides the blood of unborn children crying out from the ground, in addition to being a champion of choice, the “peacemaker” president has condoned and helped spread racial division.  While claiming to be a follower of Christ, Obama criticizes, disrespects, and has all but turned his back on Israel, the “apple of God’s eye.”  Against Isaac and the nation of Israel, Barack Hussein Obama has sided almost exclusively with Ishmael.

On his first Christmas in the White House, Barack Obama requested that the Nativity scene be removed from the East Room — a request that was overridden.  Shockingly, when speaking in Christian venues, he has also requested that the crucifix, the universal symbol of Christianity, be obscured from view.  On more than one occasion, the president has misquoted Scripture, and while he often decries injustice toward Muslims, he has yet to speak on behalf of Christians being persecuted worldwide.

Franklin Graham rightly pointed out that under close inspection Obama appears to have some problematic fruit.  Graham said, “Under President Obama, the Muslims of the world, he seems more concerned about them than the Christians being murdered in the Muslim countries.”

Caring for the poor, fighting disease, supporting foreign aid, and publicly declaring the sanctimonious attitude of being willing to give up tax breaks are the noble aspirations that President Obama claims define his pick-and-choose religion.  Barack Obama’s customized Christianity is such that it discounts and mockingly downplays the Sermon on the Mount and then, in order to advance gay rights, resurrects and convolutes Jesus’ teaching of the Beatitudes.

Clearly, the President feels at ease redefining everything from “fairness” to the “American dream” to “traditional marriage,” all the way to the foundational tenets that define America.  But fear not — in due time, the God of the Bible will surely expose the folly of those who, in an attempt to justify a liberal agenda, exploit Scripture and attempt to redefine Christianity.

Barack Obama Using Scripture

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

In America today there is a new fad called Designer Christianity. Cherry-picked Christian ideology has zero to do with God’s Word and everything to do with the moral relativism that now pervades modern philosophy. It is a pick-and-choose brand of religion where a person selects exactly what they want to believe, misinterprets and takes Scripture out of context, and then labels those who object to that sacrilege as mean-spirited, un-Jesus-like, and anti-Christian.

It’s a mentality that says a personal interpretation of Scripture trumps the canon of God’s Word and anything can be justified because God is much bigger than small-minded, fundamentalist-style thinking.  Rather than align with truth, designer Christians mistakenly believe that God is eager to conform to public opinion and expectations.

Using Scripture to justify one’s own desires or beliefs is the highest form of opportunism. The truth is that when it comes to misusing Christianity, Barack “Audacity” Obama issues edicts against religious organizations one day and then quotes Scripture to justify forcing Christians to support abortion the next.

This year at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Barack Obama spoke on Jesus’ behalf and claimed “support from on high to defend two of his most controversial legislative achievements” – one being healthcare reform, an aspect of which includes funding abortion on demand.

Good Samaritan Barack Obama must believe Christian charity includes supplying free abortions and contraceptives to everyone in America, because just as he said, God knows “far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years.” Over breakfast, President Obama shared the importance of obeying God’s commandment to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” What he didn’t mention was that he makes an exception to that rule for women seeking an abortion, because “Thou shalt not kill” doesn’t apply when the victim is in utero.

The President even provided the National Prayer Breakfast attendees with mental imagery of himself as Jacob wrestling with God and prevailing when he reportedly said that he often “falls to his knees in prayer,” and where he “emphasized the role of his religious values in determining where to lead the country.” One wonders whether it was during one of those prayer sessions the President managed to convince the Lord to change His mind and give dispensation to government to force Catholic institutions, against their beliefs, to provide coverage for contraceptives, sterilization, and ultimately abortion.

We’ll never know, but nonetheless, while speaking to the prayer breakfast crowd the President, in the name of God, also maintained that he is “call[ing] for the wealthiest to give up their tax breaks…out of economic necessity, but also in line with biblical teachings.”  Could it be that Barack Obama is suggesting mixing church and state together? After all, Jesus did say to “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s.” Is Barack Obama now suggesting that paying taxes to the government fulfills our responsibility to both Caesar and God?

Waxing homiletic, Obama invited America into the solitude of his prayer closet when he said, “And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.”

Then, pulling a pick-and-choose maneuver, the President followed that up by saying, “But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’ teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.'”

The Obama doctrine is such that, to the President – to whom we all know ‘much has been given’ – caring for the poor in the name of Jesus Christ includes monetary extortion. Furthermore, Barack’s dogma obviously adheres to the heretical belief that neither he nor his congregants will be required to explain exactly how caring for the least among us includes supporting abortion.

In “defense” of the innocent, the President defends either himself, or a policy that further enhances his largely government-driven religious convictions. In a stunning example of his typical cluelessness, Obama “defended foreign aid from assault, noting that it not just enhances the nation’s security,” – and here’s where it gets really good – “but fulfills the biblical requirement to look out for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

When referencing foreign aid, Uganda, and human trafficking, the President said, “It’s also about the biblical call to care for the least of these – for the poor; for those at the margins of our society. To answer the responsibility we’re given in Proverbs to ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.'”  Interestingly enough, another translation of that Proverb reads: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.”

But never mind all that “justice for those being crushed” talk, because once again at yet another National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama attempted to maintain his religious credibility while employing a pick-and-choose form of Christianity.  He shared with the faithful that he gains spiritual insight and values through a unique interpretation of the Bible and “private moments of prayer.” In other words, the President seeks divine approval to administer policy for the common good and to do ‘God’s work’ in the form of providing unlimited funding and unfettered access to abort those Americans “who cannot speak for themselves.”

 

A Red Sky and Other Warnings

Scripture scholars believe 2,000 years elapsed from Adam to the time of Noah. The Bible says that in the days of Noah “God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt… God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.’” (Genesis 6)

Two thousand years after Noah’s flood, “Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to Him privately and said, ‘Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?’”

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, I am the Messiah. They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come (Matthew 24:3-8).

Jesus then went on to say:

When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes (Matthew 24:27-39).

Two thousand years after Jesus uttered those words, the world is experiencing cataclysmic events of Biblical proportion. Yet, as in the days of Noah, the inhabitants of the earth eat, drink, and blame man-made actions for a planet heaving and stirring in an unruly way.

As 2010 AD ends, “the year the Earth struck back” has left in its wake massive ruin. “Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts…the deadliest year in more than a generation” is responsible for the deaths of “at least a quarter million people.”

Whether Al Gore believes it or not, acts ordained by God can neither be caused nor contained by mortal man. One of the more sobering statistics is that “More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.”

Even still, many are convinced that man’s abuse of the environment is the basis for what is taking place in nature.  Global warming scientists blame meteorological mayhem, death, and destruction on everything from gas-run vehicles to building “houses in flood zones.”

In Russia, Vera Savinova wore a mask to work to protect herself from 111-degree “record heat, smog and wildfires.” Vera said, “I think it is the end of the world. Our planet warns us against what would happen if we don’t care about nature.” Wearing a gas mask to survive a God-ordained heat wave would be like donning swimmies in an attempt to survive Noah’s flood. Someone needs to inform Vera that an Ark is needed, not a gas mask.

Without going into detail, let’s just say that global warming has been proven a colossal hoax.  Nevertheless, climate scientists blame everything on atmospheric conditions and are the embodiment of persons Jesus described when He said, “You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!” (Matthew 16:3)

Addressing the global devastation of the last year, White House science adviser John Holdren said “The science is clear, we can expect more and more of these kinds of damaging events unless and until society’s emissions of heat-trapping gases and particles are sharply reduced.”

Excuse me, Mr. Holdren, but were there heat-trapping gas emissions in 2,000 BC?

While we wait for an answer, let’s review the birth pangs. In one of the most “active seismic years in decades,” there were deadly earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, Turkey, China, and Indonesia.

Super typhoon Megi’s 200 mph winds overwhelmed parts of China and the Philippines and, according to the World Health Organization, flooding killed more than 6,300 people in 59 nations.

“After strong early year blizzards … paralyzed the U.S. mid-Atlantic and record snowfalls hit Russia and China, the temperature turned to broil,” while Egyptian-plague-like frogs showed up on the streets of Greece.

Let’s not leave out famine, mass solar flares, drought, blizzards, El Ninos, flooding, and dry spells.  There was Iceland’s smoke-and-steam-spewing Eyjafjallajokull, as well as volcanoes in the Congo, Guatemala, Ecuador, the Philippines and Indonesia. A rare tornado spun through New York City.  In South Dakota last July, a two-pound hailstone fell out of the sky. Added to the list were tsunamis and landslides, which helped bring the major disaster total to 79 and filled a 64-page disaster report.

President Obama declared that 2010 saw a record number of federal disasters.  Ironically, Obama himself was personally afflicted by recurring appearances of flies, rodents and dangerous lightning and thunder. The President was hindered by swarming bees and snow-laden branches falling on his Chevy Suburban SUV motorcade while making its way through Snowmageddon.

Then, just when Obama thought it was safe to go back in the water, a Nor’easter turned the President’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation spot into a less-than-appealing swimming hole because of “high levels of enterococci, an indicator that the water [was] contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria.”

To top off 2010, the “winter solstice …will coincide with a full lunar eclipse in a union that hasn’t been seen in 456 years.” In an ironic reflection of a debauched planet, the event means that the “sun and the moon are almost at their darkest at this point in time.”

Jesus prophesied that in the end, “The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

Astronomy instructor Robert Dick said of the extraordinary eclipse/solstice: “It’s quite rare, but there’s no profound significance.  It’s luck of the draw; you got dealt four aces.”  This time an anomaly that shows up only twice in a millennium can’t be blamed on global warming. Instead, scientists are calling the unusual event “a coincidence of natural cycles.”

Instead of explaining away a blackened sun and moon, maybe Jesus’ words describing the dawning of the end of days should also be taken into consideration. Ending “the year the Earth struck back” with a rare solar eclipse should make skeptics pay closer attention to the signs that Jesus predicted 2000 years ago would herald the end times.

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Skeptics please take note:

Japanese earthquake and  tsunami

Epic snows in some parts of Colorado

Record rains out West

Mini Ice Age on the way

Huge storms heading toward LA

Atmospheric River of Rain

Snow brings Britain to a halt

Far be it from me to insist that there may be something to this:

Strongest Storm to hit California

Roads covered by mud

California rescues and evacuations

Weather induced state of emergency in California

I’ll just keep adding to the list:

Cars in California trapped in mud

Dangerous storm coming East

First snowy Christmas in Atlanta since 1882

Syracuse smashes snow records for December

Freak diversion of jet stream freezing the globe

Avalanche conditions in Colorado worst in state’s history

New Zealand Earthquake

Dangerous storm Philadelphia to Boston

Australian floods of Biblical proportion

Coldest New Years Eve on record in Las Vegas

New Years Tornados kill six in Missouri and Arkansas

North Dakota snow storm

Snow in Phoenix

5,000 birds fall from sky

200,000 Fish dead in Arkansas River

Natural disasters ‘killed 295,000 in 2010′

Thousands of dead fish wash up in the Chesapeake Bay

100 tons of dead fish wash ashore in Brazil

Kentucky woman finds hundreds of dead birds in her yard

Canadian river turns bright GREEN

Dead birds in Texas

Dead fish in Florida

Swedish birds fall from the sky

40,000 crabs wash up on UK shore

8,000 doves, with blue beaks, fall out of the sky in Italy

Mudslides in Brazil kill 500

Sharks swimming through flooded streets of Australia

200 cows die

1,000 fish wash up on shore

New Zealand earthquake

Japanese earthquake and tsunami

Northern towns evacuated

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