New Testament

..I once wrote and played with guitar. Now with a flute. The text to the song here on the video is swedish. The english text (without rhyming) could be something like the one you’ll find here down below.

 

 

One night in the stormy course of time
all the world stand still
and frozen shepherds abandons
their warm place by the hearth

One night when kings stands up
and travels without crew
to a tiny little place
in Judean landscape

One night when the stable becomes a temple
and the temple becomes a market hall
and one poor maiden gives birth to God
one night so deep and cold

O child, you are more than fire
more than crew and troops
You’re filling us with holy faith
that dissolves the snares of death

Ironically, the place where the highest death rates were counted was Bataclan, a concert hall, where the “Eagles of Death Metal” appeared. This name doesn’t need to be translated into english. Well, the “Death Metal Eagles” arrived. Not those who handled the musical instruments only (whoever they were), but those who held the Kalashnikov’s – undisputed death metal – and shouted “Allah Akbar!”

Death Metal

But how sad and lamentable that such bloody and grisly deeds be undertaken while people exclaims “God is great!”. Which is what “Allah Akbar” is said to mean.

I look in the Qur’an, and finds that it sometimes speaks of the Creator with equally impressive words as the Bible. Muslims faith in the Creator is in some respects at least as beautifully worded, as my Christian faith is.

But their faith in the Redeemer and Savior is not formulated at all. And this if something is tragic, because the apostle taught that: “Whoever denies the Son has not the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also.” (1 Jn. 2:23)
Yes, “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? It is the Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” (1 Jn. 2:22)

Maybe not so beautiful in Qur’an-faithful Muslim ears. But true.

How ever impressive the words are which we use to express that we believe in a creator, the truth is the opposite, if we deny Jesus, the Son of God.

Something that militant Islamists definitely do, in word and deed.

 

CNN

The tragic school shooting incidence in Trollhättan, Sweden,  draws attention worldwide. Both in English -, French – and Russian – (not to mention swedish -) language media, for example, is the conclusion with few difficulties drawn,  that the perpetrator had the inspiration from, among other sources, the “Star Wars”-figure Darth Vader. I must admit that I am  personally quite unfamiliar with that figure.

Darth Vader xxx

 

I just took some impressions of a photo-presentation like the one above. Why is formed such an ideal? Is there any reason for some reflection about it? It seems obvious that there is a need for a certain type of leader. A Warrior King with cosmic dimensions? A “Christian” Führer, or a Caliph? The prophet Ezekiel writes about how it should occur such kind of a “hero”. A great religious leader and a military chief by the name of “Gog” (Ezekiel ch. 38-39), who attack peaceful people, because he is disturbed by –  their safety (Chap. 38:11).

Why are people safe? If they are. Is it a reason for sudden knife attacks and other acts of violence, that people are misguided in their safety and security? It may be appropriate to analyze the security, ones own security, and check whether it is genuine or fake. It can in no way be real, if we use it to put us above others and tease them.

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Are Angela Merkel’s words about receiving 500 000 refugees per year in Germany to be perceived as a true evangelical, act of faith ? Then surely this “campaign poster” could be appropriate.

Yarmouk Refugee Camp x

 

John’s Gospel, chapter 6:7  “Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

 

The Guardian: “Mama Merkel has consigned the ‘ugly German’ to history”

 

 

 

 

Jesus spoke in parables in the three so-called synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – sometimes he really seems to think aloud:

Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?” – Mark.4:30

But in the Gospel of John, he sort of abandoned the “liken-unto” kind of talk, and start to express “being” more frequently. He does not say “I am likened unto a wine”, but he says:

I am ..the wine” – John 15: 1

This kind of mysterious transitions between what something or someone is compared to, and what something or someone is, one may find examples of also in the Song of Solomon:

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” – Song of Solomon 2:1

 

Someone is

 

 

 

 

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