Can’t quite remember it now, but there was a hugely useful similar saying (to the title of this entry) used in my flight training with respect to keeping the plane where you wanted it to be :). Trying to keep your perspective appropriate sometimes isn’t always easy – take the recent demise of poor old Abu Musab al Zarqawi in Iraq – how rough was that – guy was just minding his own business, plotting more murderous schemes, and the Americans go and drop a bomb on him and throw him into a place he’s had well prepared for him – only it might not be quite what he was expecting. Without any doubt in the least, he’s firmly in the jaws of hell, as his religion denies the deity of Jesus let alone any need for atonement for sins other than by rituals and rigmaroles of no value. He served his master well, and now can spend eternity screaming that he was deceived and how was he supposed to know he was on the wrong side, and couldn’t appreciate that murder was a capital crime of the most major sense. He’s no doubt wishing he’d never listened to those who told him this was how he could obtain riches, power and GLORY (on earth that is), and if he was martyred well, there were all those wonderful virgins to play with so it wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Sadly, he’ll discover there may indeed be plenty of virgins alongside him but they’ll be the absolute last thing on his mind.He’s right where he deserves to be and has no defence before a just and Holy God for his actions in any shape or form. Allah he will have discovered is a dire deception from the very place he now resides aimed at deceiving the masses and it’s worked extremely well. You disagree? Ok – ask yourself this. Why would the God of the Bible (who Muslims say they are worshipping – same God as us remember), say all the way through his Word, that He will never forget or leave His people (the Jews), nor forsake them in any way and that He would provide them a homeland forever, and most importantly is a loving God who condemns murder and sanctions life as being sacred, suddenly turn round and change his mind (something He has said he would not do with respect to promises made e.g. the Flood and the rainbow), and declare that now He thinks you should kill your children within years of having them, commit suicide (but never call it that), and kill as many others while you’re doing it – oh and the best ones to kill are Jews and Christians because if you’re not for Islam, you’re against it, and they’re all heretics, so best get rid of them? If you’re a Westerner or any other race than Middle Eastern/Islamic – would you consider the God you’ve grown to know over the years to be anything close to that??? While many shout about how a loving God could allow some of the atrocities that happen on this planet (in reality He should have wiped us out a long time ago!), most accept that in general their view of the true “Christian” God is one of love, not war and life not death! So do you REALLY believe that Allah is the same God as the One True God of Israel (Abraham, Issac and Jacob)? If you do, then you are being utterly deceived by the only one who stands to gain anything by it – Satan has from the very outset of history, striven to prevent God’s eternal plan from coming to fruition. And that plan revolves around the Jews and the Gentiles and the gift of salvation freely given to all. However, Satan knows that if the Jews can be annihilated or if somehow he can change or thwart God’s plan in any way, then he can prevent Jesus from returning and fulfilling the end time prophecies which include Satan’s final defeat eventually.Yes, I appreciate my views may be considered somewhat radical – but peacefully so. I certainly wouldn’t advocate or support ANY religion or faith which is so weak, it cannot allow its members to ever leave it or look at what another faith has to offer, and in the case of Islam, kill those who do! If the belief system is true (as true Christianity is), then it will speak for itself, and those who discover that truth willingly and by freedom of choice, won’t want to leave, but they at least can know that if they do reject the faith, they’re not going to be killed for changing their mind. After all God specifically gave us free will for us to exercise it FREELY. He has prepared a place for those who love Him, serve Him, and live according to His decrees (by repentance of sin and acceptance of Jesus as a one-time sacrifice for their sins), to live with Him forever. However, He has also prepared another place for those who have determined to follow false gods and choose dangerous, errant, human ideas and logic/beliefs, and who have totally rejected His awesome offer of salvation (because they don’t consider themselves sinners to start with), and it is in that place aka Hell, that Abu Musab al Zarqawi now resides in eternal torment. Reminds me of this parable Jesus told:Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luke 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luke 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luke 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
Luke 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luke 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.