As a believer, I want to champion the cause for our God. I want to, in my life, hear those words found in Matthew 25:13, “Well done good and faithful servant.” We all know this is one of the many parables that Jesus spoke to make a point about the kingdom of God. But, we all want to please our Lord and show those we encounter in life the joy of our salvation, that the life we once had is dead and now have a life with an eternal destiny, and an eternal purpose. It is not so much out of the command by Jesus Christ to go into the entire world and preach the gospel message, but that desire deep within our hearts to show the world the change, hope and forgiveness we experienced through the blood of Jesus Christ. As a believer, to suppress this desire is to stagnate our growth and to place more emphasis on what others think about us and not on what the Lord has done for us.
As for me, I am not afraid to stand up for my Lord, I do not worry about what others think about me, I am more concerned of the Lord’s opinion of me. If we deny Jesus then He will deny us (Matthew 10:33), so to be honest, who’s opinion do we feel is of greater importance?
Before I go any further, understand I to had preached this to myself many times. From these encounters, I have reexamined my own beliefs and have had my faith strengthened by my findings. So my goal is to do the same for my fellow brothers and sisters. One of areas I have noticed is that there are many believers that fail to consider the “other” side, so-to-speak, in terms of understanding by research. To examine the beliefs and ideals that makes up the current philosophy of Atheism. I mean let’s face, Atheism is a real enemy of God, and to combat it, as it were, scripturally, one must have knowledge of these beliefs. In the movie “We Were Soldiers,” Mel Gibson’s character Col. Hal Moore, when he was told that he would take a group of men to Vietnam, researched his enemy, at least what was available at that time. Any general worth his salt would investigate tactics, philosophies, etc. the enemy whom he is going engage in combat. Not so much for his sake, but for the sake of young men he was going to lead into battle in the hope of victory. The same can be true for the Christian, and the Bible says in Hosea 4:6 that God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. I am not going to expound on this verse except to say, think of what is being said, destroyed for lack of knowledge. Can it mean knowledge in the Word of God or knowledge of the enemy? As believers, we should all be like the Bereans in Acts 17:10-11, searching the scriptures to see if what a person claims lines up with God’s truth. I suggest you do the same for these articles, my intentions is not to create some “new” doctrine or lead someone away with false teachings, God forbid.
Ephesians 6:11 talks about putting on the whole armor of God to stand against the wiles of the devil. According to Kenneth Wuest’s “Word Studies in the Greek New Testament,” wiles is defined as cunning arts, deceit, craft, and trickery (vol. 1, Ephesians and Colossians, pg. 141.) Ephesians 6:14a (compare Isaiah 11:5), speaks of girding our loins with truth, the gospel truth. A careful reading would show that this piece of the armor is put on first. Without the truth of the gospel, all the other pieces of God’s armor would be nothing more than our vain attempt at battling the enemy of God with our futile truth.
One may say, “I do not need to know more than what the Lord shows me in the Bible or from what I have heard from the preacher.” To a degree, that might sound true. But as believers, we are to live by faith (Hab 2:4; Rom 1:17; Gal 3:11 and Heb 10:38), and even Jesus referred to the importance of living by the Word of God, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from God” (Matthew 4:4), in fact, our whole belief system is faith based. But on the other hand, how could one witness to a non-believer, say Muslim’s if they have no knowledge of the Quran and Muslim beliefs to show scripturally how it differs from our Bible and to lead someone to salvation through Jesus Christ?
If you have ever visited a web site that has an open forum for comments and have experienced the trolls that lurk in the dark corners of the World Wide Web, these articles, I pray, will do for you what my research has done for me, renewal and renovation. Or maybe you never ventured out and posted your beliefs in a public forum, these articles will prepare you for what I call “faith violation.” But I am not saying, do not post your beliefs, but know this, what you experience will be why we should put on the full armor and prepare for battle. I call these public forums “The Trolls Den” specifically because the inhabitants are just that, trolls. As these articles progress, I hope the definition becomes clear.
One of the various definitions’, and there are many, of a chat room troll is:
A chat room troll is an individual—possibly one of a group of people—who creates one or more online identities specifically for the purpose of “trolling” chat rooms, newsgroups and message boards and abusing other users. http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/2234260. There are numerous definitions that are available. Trolling is another and that definition is too long to post here but it is rather humorous: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=trolling. Let this not be said of the Christian.
I realize that this has been a long introduction, but I believe in setting some ground work before jumping into the message. The articles will be broken up into various topics such as God’s existence, the Word of God, faith, science, and others that I have not concluded. Now to set the record straight, these are not going to be scientific examinations, or theological debates, my purpose to examine from the layman’s point of view since many of us have neither the time nor the resources to look at everything, which in itself is impossible. I hope to introduce the believers to many of the solid Christian web sites that may be unfamiliar, and the wiles (web sites) of the enemy that exist. Although I will not include actual comments from Atheists, due to any possible legal actions of speech protection, but the context of the comment will be revealed.
If you have any thoughts on this or experience’s you have had, please feel free to include them. Just remember that “But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes.” (Matthew 5:18 “The Message”)