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Almighty God Never Changes -But Religious Christianity is Constantly Changing

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Apr 24, 2008 at 12:20

Change, true change in Christendom happens one person at a time, though if a thousand do so at once, or three thousand like it is mentioned in the Holy Bible after one of Simon Peter's sermons, then there is a sense of increasing the numbers more quickly. But what is being told here is that Christianity has been the center of humanity's central dilemma, whom do we want to serve, our selves, our religion, or the revealed WORD of Almighty God.

In the WORD of the LORD we read, "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, forever."

We can be confidant that disciples of Jesus Christ can trust Him never to change, and that true Christianity does not change, whether in a monarchy or democracy. As mentioned elsewhere and as stipulated in the Holy Bible, the true political perspective for Christians is that we serve the King of kings, the absolute monarch of the universe. But as Jesus said, His kingdom is not of this world, so Christians find themselves participating in this world's politics, being told to be good citizens in government, whichever kind.

The difficulty for many though, is that in certain governments, especially those that do not recognize Christianity as an acceptable way of life, to maintain a Christian demeanor becomes controversial when it is compared as a way of life to others, especially when other belief systems have special dispensations from the government.

This can happen even in a ‘christianesque' society, where true Christianity is distinguished from the mainstream theology. It is much worse in most non-Christian societies, even in ‘democratic' ones. Only in the American republic, where the democracy there provided the best forum for such liberties that allows Christians to worship as they feel led.

But it is in America that we see factionalism in the various Christian denominations, and there we see changes because of divergent views of the Holy Bible. The conclusion to be drawn is that true adherence to the Holy Bible recognizes that there is no change in the way humankind is seen by the Eternal Sovereign. The changes are actually coming from unbelieving humankind in rebellion to the true WORD of the LORD. The seeds of this rebellion started in the garden, continued through Babylon and carried all the way to the cross.

Even from the cross, mankind struggles today with the never-changing revelation of Almighty God that He never changes. But Christianity as practiced by so many is always subjected to the desires of change in order to conform to a human view. It is in this environment that Christian societies find themselves under attack form challenges of faith. It is why Islam has such an easy time interfering in their societies.

In a democracy, Islam is able to take advantage of the liberties of a decidedly open forum to practice their belief system, and to challenge a weakened ‘christianesque' perspective for its lax belief in the Holy Bible. So to say that Islam has a chance to reform itself in a democratic society in order to function peaceably with others is to say that Islam is willing to set aside its observance of what the Islamic Prophet requires in the Quran of all good Muslims. Really, if one listens to those who say they are practicing Muslims, that is not going to happen, and that is what the fundamentalist Muslim is telling the apostates of Islam (that's what they are calling them), get with the program or get out of the way. And that is the same message that they espouse to non-Muslims.

So, a democratic Islam……? No, it is only a political method to obtain by ‘diplomacy' that which they can before resorting to the methods of Islam's formative years. Is that not how Islam got its start?
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