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Muslim Converted to Christianity

Muslim Converted to Christianity

A Muslim converted to Christianity, can it be true? For some it may sound unbelievable. But this transformation it is happening in many lives. Because many Muslims don’t have access to any Bible, Jesus reveals to them in dreams and visions many times, like in the experiences you’ll be able to watch below.

According to Shaykh Ahmed Katani, in Africa, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity every year! Islam used to represent Africa’s main religion and there were 30 African languages that used to be written in Arabic script. The number of Muslims in Africa (a land of 1 billion) has diminished to 316 million, half of whom are Arabs in North Africa… In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Everyday, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Ever year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity. These numbers are very large indeed and they worry the Muslim leaders. But not only in Africa the Muslims convert to Christianity. Many become Christians even in the Islamic countries, where those abandoning Islam face persecution and death penalty.

Egyptian Muslim converted to Christianity – he was a university professor of Islamic history and imam:

Pakistani Muslim converted to Christianity – Zaheed was an Imam and he persecuted Christians in Pakistan, like Saul (Paul) was doing in his time. But Jesus revealed to him in a supernatural way and from a persecutor he became a persecuted one. After lots of pressure and torture, because he didn’t give up to His Savior Jesus, the authorities decided to hang him. Right in the moment of the execution a new order came to release him and his life was saved.

Iranian Muslim converted to Christianity – Daniel Shayesteh had to flee from Iran to Turkey because his life was in danger. Only in Turkey he discovered Christianity. Jesus revealed to him in a dream.

Jihad And September 11th 2001

September 11th 2001 And The Third: What Happened?

September 11th 2001, day that came to be known as 9/11, the United States came under attack from al-Qaida, an extremist group led by Osama bin Laden. Its targets were world-famous buildings representing America’s economic and military power.

The Thrid Jihad And September 11th 2001

On September 11th 2001 (9/11), nearly 3,000 people died in terrorist attacks on New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Al-Qaida operatives hijacked four American passenger airplanes. The hijackers were from Middle Eastern countries.
About an hour after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, another group of al-Qaida operatives flew a 757 airliner into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Defense Department, in Arlington, Virginia. The plane exploded against a wall of the huge building where more than twenty thousand people worked.
As expressed by President George W. Bush on 9/11, the attacks left Americans in a state of shock and disbelief. But that was soon replaced by anger and a resolve that this would not be allowed to happen again.

September 11th 2001: The Beginning of the War on Terror

The American president identified three nations – North Korea, Iran and Iraq — as supporters of terror. President Bush demanded that the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan stop sheltering Osama bin Laden and surrender him. The president also called on the Taliban to close terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. The Taliban refused. On October seventh, the United States and Britain launched air strikes against Taliban targets. What became known as the War on Terror had begun.
The War on Terror, which began after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, escalated in March 2003, when a coalition of American-led forces invaded Iraq. The mission, as stated by President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, was “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.” Although some degraded remnants of misplaced or abandoned chemical weapons from before 1991 were found, they were not the weapons which had been one of the main arguments for the invasion. Some U.S. officials also accused Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of harboring and supporting al-Qaeda, but no evidence of a meaningful connection was ever found.

Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, shortly after 1:00 am local time by a United States special forces military unit.

Can we say that the War on Terror is over? What does the Bible say about all these? You can fin out more on the page The Third Jihad Predicted in the Bible

The Third Jihad And September 11th 2001: A Wake Up Call for the West

Before 9/11, the first terrorist attack on the USA was the abortive World Trade Center bomb attack in 1993. Islamic terrorists detonated a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring over 1,000 in an effort to collapse the towers. But that event didn’t wake up the West as it did the one from 9/11. (For those interested you can see a list with Islamic Islamic Terror Attacks on American Soil before and after 9/11, from 1972 until 2011)

Since 9/11 many people are trying to understand what’s happening in Islam and why do so many Muslims hate the Western countries. When you find out that 25-30 percent of young Muslims in USA (18-29 years old) consider it acceptable to commit suicide in order to defend their religion you really want to know what makes them think that way. And we may wonder how much bigger may be that percentage in a Muslim country.

The documentary The Third Jihad – Radical Islam’s Vision for America is a relevant one for our topic:

Another trailer for a documentary (called The Grand Deception) about The Muslim Brotherhood shows how in Islam there is a double speech: a peaceful one for Western audience to fool the public and a call to Jihad when they speak to a Muslim audience.

For more news on this topic you can check the page The Radical Islam.

When we check the list of Islamic terrorist attacks we can see a very big increase after the year 1990, and this was long before 2001. After 2000 the number of attacks really exploded, as you can see very well in that list. And this is because we live in the time of the Third Jihad. This is the “third woe” mentioned in the biblical prophecy.

September 11th 2001 was just a significant landmark in the beginning of the Third Jihad. What comes next? The Bible is not silent about this. You can read more information about Islam, its rise and role predicted by the Bible on the page entitled Islam in Bible Prophecy. You will discover there that many Bible prophecies about Islam are already fulfilled in the past, some of them with an amazing precision.

Muslims and Heaven in Islam

Muslims and Heaven in Islam

Description of Heaven in Islam – The rewards for the Muslims saved

Muslims and Heaven in Islam is one of the most important topics when you want to understand the message of the Quran and of Islam. In any religion it is fundamental to know what will happen with you after you live your life in conformity with the will of the divinity of that religion. As we will see, there is a huge difference between the way the Quran describes Heaven and the way the Bible describes Heaven.

Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) Sahih International 2:25
“And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with a provision of fruit therefrom, they will say, “This is what we were provided with before.” And it is given to them in likeness. And they will have therein purified spouses, and they will abide therein eternally.”
“companions pure” in Yusuf Ali Translation
“pure mates” in Shakir Translation

Surat Ad-Dukhān (The Smoke) Sahih International 44:51-54
“Indeed, the righteous will be in a secure place;
Within gardens and springs,
Wearing [garments of] fine silk and brocade, facing each other.
Thus. And We will marry them to fair women with large, [beautiful] eyes.”

Yusuf Ali Translation 44:54  “So; and We shall join them to fair women with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes.”

Surat Aţ-Ţūr (The Mount) Sahih International 52:17-22
“Indeed, the righteous will be in gardens and pleasure,
Enjoying what their Lord has given them, and their Lord protected them from the punishment of Hellfire.
[They will be told], “Eat and drink in satisfaction for what you used to do.”
They will be reclining on thrones lined up, and We will marry them to fair women with large, [beautiful] eyes.
And those who believed and whose descendants followed them in faith – We will join with them their descendants, and We will not deprive them of anything of their deeds. Every person, for what he earned, is retained.
And We will provide them with fruit and meat from whatever they desire.”

Yusuf Ali translation
“They will recline (with ease) on Thrones (of dignity) arranged in ranks; and We shall join them to Companions, with beautiful big and lustrous eyes.”
Shakir translation
“Reclining on thrones set in lines, and We will unite them to large-eyed beautiful ones.”

Yusuf Ali translation
“And We shall bestow on them, of fruit and meat, anything they shall desire.”
Shakir translation
“And We will aid them with fruit and flesh such as they desire.”

Surat Al-Wāqi`ah (The Inevitable) Sahih International 56:11,12,20-23,34-37
“Those are the ones brought near [to Allah ]
In the Gardens of Pleasure,

And fruit of what they select
And the meat of fowl, from whatever they desire.
And [for them are] fair women with large, [beautiful] eyes,
The likenesses of pearls well-protected,
As reward for what they used to do.

Indeed, We have produced the women of Paradise in a [new] creation
And made them virgins,
Devoted [to their husbands] and of equal age,
For the companions of the right [who are].”

Surat An-Naba’ (The Tidings) Sahih International  78:31-34
“Indeed, for the righteous is attainment –
Gardens and grapevines
And full-breasted [companions] of equal age
And a full cup.”

Verse 33 in other translations:
Yusuf Ali Translation
“And voluptuous women of equal age;”
Shakir Translation
“And voluptuous women of equal age;”

Heaven in Islam for Muslim women as it is described in the Quran

Surat An-Nisā’ (The Women) Sahih International 4:32
“And do not wish for that by which Allah has made some of you exceed others. For men is a share of what they have earned, and for women is a share of what they have earned. And ask Allah of his bounty. Indeed Allah is ever, of all things, Knowing.”

Surat An-Naĥl (The Bee)  Sahih International 16:97
“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.”

Short review of of the view of Heaven in Islam as it is described in the Quran

The Quran speaks much about the rewards received by the saved Muslim men. For Muslim women saved there is just a general description of what Heaven will be for them. When you read the descriptions of the Heaven and what will happen there you can’t stop thinking that it will be very similar to the brothels from this earth, but in a very “upgraded” format: no fear that you are caught going there by people you know and you might be ashamed if you are seen going there (even killed in some countries). There will be free and unlimited access to very beautiful young girls, with big eyes, and all are virgins. In contrast, the Bible speaks about Heaven as a place of moral purity. When Adam and Eve were created in the first Eden, Adam had just one wife, not more. Moral purity had its place there and it will be found in the Heaven prepared for the people saved. Another difference is about diet. Adam and Eve were vegans: they ate only fruits, vegetables and cereals. They didn’t eat meat in Eden. Those who will be saved, according to the Bible, will have the same diet. Eating meat / flesh involves the death of the animals. There will be no death in Heaven. So it is strange that the Quran speaks about eating meat in Heaven.

Muslims and Heaven in Islam - blured image

Ethical implications of the views of Heaven in Islam

So, what will happen with the wives from earth of the men who are saved? How should they feel about this kind of heaven and the rewards their husbands will receive?
When you describe Heaven in those terms, what can you expect from men living on earth to dream about? How is it their imagination affected by those descriptions of Heaven from the Quran? The picture from above describes pretty accurate what the Quran says about heavenly rewards for men. The image is blured because it is too indecent to show it in the original, not modified version. May it play a part in the sexual obsessions some men have? Does it explain why in UK for example you have so many incidents when Muslim taxi drivers (click to read a newspaper article about this) become sexually aggressive towards some of their clients? If Heaven is about sex, unlimited sex with unlimited women, why life on earth should be lived in abstinence or self-control?

Description of Heaven in the Bible

The life in Heaven, according to the Bible, will be a return to the Eden conditions, before Adam and Eve fell into sin. Adam and Eve didn’t spend the time sitting in idleness, but working, doing some gardening. The saved believers will do the same, agriculture, gardening and even building work: “They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat…” Isaiah 65:21,22  It was not an exhaustive occupation. We can not compare the work of Adam and Eve with the hard work a farmer has to do today (and this is because the earth was cursed after the fall into sin). The saved ones will be vegans, like Adam and Eve, no harm will be done to any creature, the lion, the wolf and the sheep will live in peace together. “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together… The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.” Isaiah 11:6,7

Biblical Heaven - The lion and the lamb living in peace

A very nice description of Heaven is found in the book of Revelation:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:1-4

Heaven in the Bible - Jesus

“And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honour of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”  (Revelation 21:22-27)

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” (Revelation 22:1-6)

There will be surprises of course, positive ones: “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”” 1 Corinthians 2:9


Time to Break Through – Revelation 3 20

Time to Break Through – Revelation 3:20a

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock…”  Revelation 3:20

In the full presentation of Revelation 3:20 entitled “Time to Break Through” (see the video below) you will find more details about this very known verse and very known picture. We mention below just few important points which are meant to recreate the visual picture of the verse in a more accurate way, more faithful to the biblical message.

The classical pictures trying to capture the scene described in the biblical verse are limited and sometimes misleading. As you can see in the pictures below, Jesus is quite passive, though a little bit concerned. You can’t see what’s happening in the house or the visibility is very limited. Do these pictures really show the reality of what the Bible wants to say? Is it our life really hidden from the eyes of Jesus? Can He really stay passive when He knows that, being Himself outside, it means that inside the house, with us, there is a very dangerous enemy?

Jesus knock at the door of our livesJesus at the door of our hearts

Of course these pictures don’t represent faithfully what the Bible in its entirety speaks about Jesus and His concern about us. This is why we propose a different picture with a more biblical message:

Jesus knocks at the door of a glass house

Glass house - transparency of our lives before God

Jesus is able to see any detail of our lives. Everything is transparent to Him. We can’t really hide anything from his sight. And because He can see what’s happening inside, He can’t be passive and relaxed. No normal father in the world could be passive and relaxed while his son or his daughter are inside a building with a dangerous guy around them. This is why a complementary picture would be one of a police team trying to break through in order to rescue a potential victim and to stop a dangerous person from harming somebody.

Police breaking through The breaking through takes place whenever somebody will pray with faith. It is very encouraging to read in the Bible about examples when people interceded for their dear ones and God did break through and rescued them. It is also encouraging when the victims of Satan obtained real freedom, the freedom from sin, even when they were not able to articulate a prayer but Jesus could read their hearts and their longing for freedom. (Matthew 8:28-34)

We have a mighty God, who is able to help us, who is ready to rescue us. And once we are rescued, we can intercede in prayer for the salvation of other souls around us.

Should Christians Play Chess

Should Christians Play Chess?

Not too many ask this question as the game seems to be an innocent one. Should Christians play chess? There is no physical violence in this game as seen in many competitive sports like football, rugby etc. The dangers in playing chess are more subtle, disguised, and this is why many Christians can’t see any problem in playing chess.

Origins of chess game

Chess is believed to have originated in Eastern India during the Gupta empire, where its early form in the 6th century was known as chaturaṅga (Sanskrit: four divisions [of the military] – infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariotry, represented by the pieces that would evolve into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively). The earliest evidence of chess is found in the neighboring Sassanid Persia around 600, where the game came to be known by the name chatrang. Chatrang is evoked in three epic romances written in Pahlavi (Middle Persian). Chatrang was taken up by the Muslim world after the Islamic conquest of Persia (633–44), where it was then named shatranj, with the pieces largely retaining their Persian names. In Spanish “shatranj” was rendered as ajedrez (“al-shatranj”), in Portuguese as xadrez, and in Greek as ζατρίκιον (zatrikion, which comes directly from the Persian chatrang), but in the rest of Europe it was replaced by versions of the Persian shāh (“king”), which was familiar as an exclamation and became the English words “check” and “chess”. Murray theorized that Muslim traders came to European seaports with ornamental chess kings as curios before they brought the game of chess. (source: Wikipedia page)

Should Christians Play Chess?

Does the Bible speak about playing chess?

Because there is no evidence that chess existed earlier than the 6th century, we can’t assume that the game existed in the time of Jesus. This is why the biblical evidences will point towards principles about Christian recreation which can help us decide if this game (or others) is something which should occupy any portion of our time. In the times when New Testament was written, the Greek culture was dominant. Even in Israel there were many people conquered by its power. Still there is no biblical evidence that Jesus, His disciples and other Christians engaged in what we call sports, as a way/mean of recreation. They were too busy with better things, things of eternal importance and with eternal consequences.

  • Separation from pagan/worldly practices

Lev 18:3 “You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes.” (ESV)

Rom 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

  • Personal sacrifice (not sacrificing others for your benefit/pleasure/ego)

John 15:12,13 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

  • Wrong ways/practices lead to wrong character traits

Rom 1:29-32 “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

  • Christian life is a new life (metamorphosis, complete transformation, not just improvement of old one)

Rom 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Rom 6:12 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

Eph 4:22-24 “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Col 3:7-10 “In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:”

  • Help your neighbour/brother to grow

Gal 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” [any chance at chess? 🙂 ]

Eph 4:31 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

  • The principle of sowing – you reap the fruit of the seed you sow

Gal 6:7,8 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

  • Stay away of anything dangerous for the spiritual growth

Eph 4:27 “Neither give place to the devil.”

Eph 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

1Th 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

  • Keep watching

1Th 5:6 “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”

  • Search and research for the best activities which will help your spiritual growth

Eph 5:10 “and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.”

Eph 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Php 2:3 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

  • Time is sacred: use it for the salvation of your soul and the salvation of others

Eph 5:16 “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

  • Servant mindset

Mar 10:43-44 “But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.”

Ethical issues in playing chess

  • Like any other competitive sport, chess is war in miniature. The invention of the game came as a result of war experiences, and as a preparation for future wars. The pieces of the game are all part of the war, playing different roles. It’s a battle of minds.
  • It’s about defeating somebody else, about exploiting his/her weaknesses and conquering position after position. It’s about humiliating your adversary.
  • The game has nothing to do with Christianity, Christian character etc. It’s not about helping others to grow and to win/overcome, which we should do as Christians.
  • We can use its example as an illustration, as did Paul, but we can’t engage in something which doesn’t help us grow spiritually (and there is evidence that it does the opposite!), doesn’t benefit us or others in daily duties.
  • Chess is about memorizing hundreds and thousands of strategies and moves and using them to exploit the adversary’s bad moves. It is not so much about critical thinking, using your own mind to be creative. Memorization is specific to Catholic education which influenced massively the whole European education. This man-made religion encourages competition between students, they introduced the system of degrees. They have no interest to encourage critical thinking, self-determination. It’s good to have a good memory but it is not enough to be successful, even evaluated by the worldly standards.
  • The inventor of the game is not God and inspiration says that Heaven condemns it.
  • It’s a waste of precious time, which can be used much better in doing something helpful for us, family, society etc.
  • Our only competition has to be with self, not with our friends, neighbours etc. They are not our enemies. Satan is our enemy. We should try to help them be winners and not to try to exploit their weaknesses. God’s kingdom is about loving each (even our enemies) other and helping each other. What people need is not competition with others but inspiration. The best inspiration we find in the Bible, in the lives of Jesus and other characters of the Bible and in the life of the living saints Once you have the proper motivation to learn and to grow, there is no upper limit for development.
  • There is room for all. We don’t need to eliminate anybody to grow ourselves, to prosper.
  • The only enemy of prosperity is the sin and its propagator, Satan. They have to be eliminated from our personal lives. Chess teaches you that the enemy is outside not inside of you.
  • The competition mindset is a characteristic of the flesh. We are not in a 100m speed probe with one winner. We are in a big marathon where we have to finish the race and help others do the same. We can’t and shouldn’t use any sabotage, tactics etc to prevent others from winning, like you are taught to do in playing chess.
  • Love will always find solutions to support others. Competition will always strive to invent ways to eliminate others or just to make them stay behind us.
  • Our growth should have the purpose to be a bigger blessing for all those around us, not to dominate them, not to exploit their resources (as chess and competition is teaching us), not to step on others. This is a much higher motivational factor than the competition. I learn geography and history not just for better grades or to show others how much I know about other countries, but to become a better missionary one day, knowing better the background of other people, knowing their culture and the best ways to win them for Christ. And the same applies to any area on knowledge. Chess can not teach us these vital lessons of the Kingdom.
  • Can we really grow without competing with others? Jesus is an example that it is possible. Enoch, Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist and so many others are examples of successful lives, a success measured with God’s standards. Heaven is not a place for lazy people, for self-sufficient people but for those who grow continually, who learn continually and share their knowledge with others. And all this growth is without compromise, without strategies from the darkness.
  • What you learn by playing chess can be also learned in much better and more innocent/blessed ways

Christian writers about playing chess

“There are amusements, such as dancing, card playing, chess, checkers, etc., which we cannot approve because Heaven condemns them. These amusements open the door for great evil. They are not beneficial in their tendency, but have an exciting influence, producing in some minds a passion for those plays which lead to gambling and dissipation. All such plays should be condemned by Christians, and something perfectly harmless should be substituted in their place.” EW, AH 498

“It began in the Sanitarium before Dr. Kellogg came into the institution. Persons who came there to board and room brought in chess playing and many other amusements. This was not right, and the Lord rebuked the management. Our Sanitariums are not to cater to the perverted tastes of worldly people. The same evils have existed in the Sanitarium on the hillside. A few years ago the managers made it more of a hotel than an institution for healing the sick.” EW, KC 143

About similar games:

“In the night season I was a witness to the performance that was carried on on the school grounds… The students who engaged in the grotesque mimicry that was seen, acted out the mind of the enemy, some in a very unbecoming manner. A view of things was presented before me in which the students were playing games of tennis and cricket. Then I was given instruction regarding the character of these amusements. They were presented to me as a species of idolatry, like the idols of the nations.
There were more than visible spectators on the ground. Satan and his angels were there, making impressions on human minds. Angels of God, who minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation, were also present, not to approve, but to disapprove. They were ashamed that such an exhibition should be given by the professed children of God. The forces of the enemy gained a decided victory, and God was dishonored. He who gave His life to refine, ennoble, and sanctify human beings was grieved at the performance.” EW, CT 350

Should Christians play chess? The choice belongs to each one of us, of course. We all have a very high call: to be God’s sons and daughters and to help as many as possible around us become sons and daughters of God.

Some more information about the topic of Recreation you can read on the page dedicated to Christian Recreation vs Worldly Amusements.

God’s Blueprint For Christian Education

God’s blueprint for Christian Education is found in the Bible.

The best place to have this education is the Christian home. More information about this you can read on the page Home Education (click and it will open in a different window).

Because God’s people often neglected this solemn duty to educate their children, God inspired obedient people to establish schools, the schools of the prophets. They were not conducted in the way pagan nations understood education. They had to follow different principles. The content of that education and the methodology were completely different than those of other nations and religions. The Christian education should follow their pattern in our days. (for more details please read the chapter 58 The Schools of the Prophets from the book Patriarchs and Prophets, by Ellen G White. You can read it online here https://egwwritings.org/ searching for the title of the book and using the title of the chapter in the text search box).

In the 1800’s God called a woman, Ellen G. White, to advise God’s people how to establish Christian schools and how the schools of the prophets had to be our blueprint. There were people who understood and accepted God’s blueprint for Christian Education, but most of the people didn’t understand and didn’t accept this blueprint.

The Broken Blueprint of Christian Education (click to read/download the pdf file; it will open in a different window) is a very detailed history of what happened in the 19th and 20th century in the Adventist movement in the field of education. In order to learn from the mistakes done in the past we need to know what happened in the past and search for God’s counsel and guidance to avoid those same mistakes.

In the material provided you will discover interesting facts about how Madison School became the institution which followed God’s blueprint for Christian education, how some mistakes were done and why the school closed its doors. There is interesting information about how Loma Linda started also in the right direction and how very soon it followed the worldly pattern for education.

Creeping Compromise by Joe Crews pdf book

Creeping Compromise is one of the few books written by Joe Crews about the spiritual dangers we face in our times. Joe Crews (1924-1994) was the founder of Amazing Facts ministry. Most of his efforts were focused on helping people to know Jesus and understand the Bible. This book is different and it’s addressed to those who want to perfect their walk with God. There are many ethical topics discussed in the book. Sadly, you can’t hear similar messages today from the pulpits of most of the churches. May it be a blessing for all those confused or disappointed of what’s happening among those who claim to follow Jesus.

Creeping compromise by Joe Crews (pdf book) – you can read and download the book when you click the title of the book.

The titles of the chapters, as you can read them below, are more than convincing to make all those who want to walk with God to read the whole book.

Chapters of the book Creeping Compromise:
1.Our Enemy-The World
2.Is Nudity Modest?
3.Double Standard Exposed
5.Colorful Cosmetics and Jewelry
6.Television Trap
7.Lawfully Joined
9.Music and Moods
9.Meat or Unmeat
10.Potlucks and Principles
11.Destroying Your Witness
12.Legalism or Love

Another book on the same topic and completing the first one is Reaping the Whirlwind (click the title to read it or to download it), signed by the same author Joe Crews. This second book explains the dangers of the “new” theology and how it facilitated the compromises.

Chapters of the book Reaping the Whirlwind:

1. Laodicea – An Unholy Mixture
2. Diagnosing Doctrinal Doubts
3. The Wedge of Worldly Infiltration
4. New Theology and the Sifting
5. No Time for Easy Listening
6. Apostasy Waiting in the Wings
7. The “New Theology” Attacks
8. Satan’s War Against Perfection
9. Facing Our Defects Honestly
10. Time for the Straight Testimony
11. The Fearful and Careless Shaken Out

Small Group Free Bible Study Nottingham, Mansfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield

Small Group Free Bible Study Nottingham, Mansfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield

Small Group Free Bible Study Nottingham, Mansfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield (Nottinghamshire, UK) are organized in rented spaces (other than churches) or private homes. Many people don’t feel comfortable to go in a church, even if they are born in a Christian family. Some others come from very different backgrounds, non-Christian ones and they would like to know more about the Bible and its teachings without feeling overwhelmed by the presence of many Christians around them. A small group Bible study in a place different than a Church can be a very good environment to ask your own questions, no matter their nature. Most of the times Christian churches don’t provide a proper space and time for open discussion, debate, and questions to be asked. A sermon can rarely respond to the many unspoken question of all those present in the church.

Small Group Free Bible Study Nottingham, Mansfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield

If you don’t want to travel we can organize such a study group at your home. For those who would like to study the Bible but they can’t organize their time to participate physically, you can just send us an email and we can send you some free Bible studies and books to help you understand better the Bible. Another option, if you have a good internet connection and you feel comfortable about this, we can do an online Bible study, via Skype or other programs.

Free Bible Courses Nottingham, Mansfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield

WE START FROM YOUR QUESTIONS. We don’t come with our agenda. Your questions are important to us. The Bible study groups are organized to help those interested to understand better the Bible, no matter their background. You can make a list, a big or a short one, with all your questions. Send it to us with some details about the place where you want the bible study group to be organized (your home or a different place in your area)