CARM Newsletter 05-21-08

 

Love Your Neighbor    In Matt. 5:43-48 Jesus speaks about loving your neighbor.  He compares the gracious love of God in the form of sunshine and rain upon all mankind, to people who don't love those around them.  You see, God is gracious to the unbeliever by giving him the opportunity to live a decent life in this world.  God provides the basics for them.  The point is that God is loving to unbelievers by providing for their needs.  Jesus then says that if you love those who love you what reward do you have?  Therefore, "you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Jesus is telling us that we need to show compassion and kindness to people.  He is telling us that we should not show favoritism and be motivated to be good to them because we hope to get rewards from them. This is hypocrisy.  Instead, we are to love as God loves.  He provides for them and yet they can give nothing to him in return.

Showing love to people can take many forms.  You can take cookies to a neighbor, change someone's tire, anonymously give someone money, pray for their salvation, etc.  The ways to show kindness and love to people are as varied as our people and circumstances.  What are your ways of loving people as God loves us?

 

 

Love and Hate Mail

Hate Mail
You people are sick, sick, sick.  I hope your not actually calling yourselfs 'christians'?? there is nothing christian about you people.  you pick on other denominations, you judge,judge,judge.  you absolutely make up lies about people you disagree with. you wish you had half the commom sense pastor Murray has! He is absolutely nothing like you've described him. he does preach chapter by chapter and verse by verse.  while you people spend your time tearing down other religeons , he's saving souls or planting seeds.   your wrong!
Hello again Matt. Since my last email I have visited your website. I agree fully with your effort to teach God's Word. However, your approach and tactics seem to be themselves, very "cult like" in nature. Whether this is the case or not, there is one thing I'm sure of where involvement with you is concerned. The Holy Ghost says NO! The manner in which you choose to engage these anti-Christ religions or atheists is not biblical. Engaging them at all is not biblical. So, with this I say Adios if you still can!
Let me tell you though, you're great entertainment. But you are pathetic, far more pathetic than, Mormons, JW's or Catholics. But you are far less pathetic than that Mormon guy you interviewed with MCKeever. What was his name? Ned? He denied & played cowardly all show long and you did nothing. Your friend McKeever lamented correctly how cowardly Mormon leaders became lately, and you  didn't have enough fortitude to expose this guy. I don't mind Mormon doctrine when it is discussed against you pseudo-christians. What I mind is Leaders like Hinkley deny the past in order to shed  true doctrines of the Church.  I'm no longer Mormon, however their doctrines are as legitimate as yours, since both of you have no leg to  stand to prove your claims. Call me, or write to me. I will talk to you anywhere, anytime that your G-d is a worthless, Might-less Idol that you worship. I'll prove it to you. In fact, I want to go to hell and reside the deepest dungeons of hate, crime, malice He can muster. I know He is a farce, beyond shadow of doubt. Just ask me.
Love Mail
I have sat and read things on your website for hours at a time! It’s excellently put together and extremely informative. Bravo!
Well, I recently bumped into your podcasts and started listening to them. I Just want to say that God has spoken to me trough your radio shows and research material on your web-site. God is Good!
After being taught and believing the Bible and Christian doctrine for 45+ years, for some reason over the past few months I have started questioning a lot of what I believed.  There seemed to be so much discrepancy in the Bible. I searched for information through my church leaders, the library and online but found more detailed information denying the truth and inspiration of scripture than affirming it. Today an online Bible study friend shared the link to your website. I know I will be doing a lot of studying with you in the near future. I believe God brought me to this website at this time for His good purpose. Thanks for being there.
I just wanted to state my thanks for your immeasurable amount of research on the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Your outlines and questioning are very thorough and will be used for further research in the future.


Matt Slick
CARM President

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.