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Mark your calendars and bring your kids, family and friends! It is an urgent matter to educate yourself about Islam NOW! Wednesday, September 3rd at 7 PM!
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With all the recent media coverage concerning Ramadan, or the turmoil in places like Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Nigeria, you may be asking yourself, "What in the world is Islam really about?" The ideologies and goals of groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Boko Haram seem foreign to us in the West, while many peaceful Muslims assure us that their brutality is not representative of Islam or Muhammad. Were someone to ask you, "Don't Christians, Jews and Muslims all serve the same God?", how comfortable are you to reply? Here at Messiah, you may feel very well equipped to answer that question as it pertains to Christianity and Judaism, but what about when it deals with the teachings of Islam? Are those who the media calls "Islamic Fundamentalists" really an aberration of Islam, or something else? What does the Quran teach about how Islam is to be spread, or how non-Muslims are to live alongside Muslims? Starting on Wednesday, the 3rd of September at 7:00 P.M., we'll answer these questions and others as we compare what the Quran teaches about Allah with what Scripture says about the one true God, and determine whether or not Islam is truly a "religion of peace".
We also invite you to watch, via youtube, Dr. Birks' recently completed Second Coming Series. There are so many views on the "end times" and Bible prophecy. Should there be? Did God make His Word on this subject confusing and full of guess work? He is not a God of confusion His Word assures us. Just click on The Second Coming Series Tab to view the complete series.
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The purpose of this site is to provide the body of Christ with direct, hard hitting exegetical information on Biblical topics without the presuppositions that have accompanied much of the Biblical teaching in the church to date and that has subsequently been labeled as "orthodox".
Presuppositional thinking is THE MAIN PROBLEM in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ when it comes to rightly dividing His Word of truth.
A "presupposition" is essentially believing a thing to be true before we approach the Bible in a disciplined moment of study. It is a reading into the text of Scripture a belief system that may in fact not be what the Bible is meaning to say at all. Take for instance the doctrine of the Parousia, or Second Coming of Christ. It is a presupposition that enunciates the view that this Second Coming has not occurred yet and is therefore still yet to occur in our futures. Every time we read a portion of Scripture that speaks of the Second Coming, we read it through the "lens" of a yet-future-to-us assumption. Consequently, because of this "presupposition", we miss the originally intended meaning of the text.
Is Dr. Birks immune to presuppositions? No one can say that they are entirely free of the influence of presuppositions when it comes to understanding what the Bible means by what it says. However, it is our goal to approach the text of Scripture with an attitude that is as unbiased as possible and to let the Holy Spirit "speak" to us in the Word so that we might come to more God-glorifying conclusions on every subject in Scripture.
This is what we intend for you, our visitor, to find on this site. If you can't find what your're looking for, go ahead and ask a question, The Doctor Is In
Dr. Kelly Nelson Birks