The bible has the most exciting books. According to numerous findings, no book has sold ever sold copies than the bible. And one of the reasons why the bible is an impressive book is because it has inspirational characters. Here are ten inspirational characters from the Holy Bible.
If you are looking for someone to inspire you on faith, you need to read about Abraham. Abraham was one-hundred years old and Sarah ninety years old when God promised them a son. Even though they were old, they had faith in God that they will have many descendants.
One inspirational character in the bible is Mosses. He was a man of patience because he led a hopeless generation of Israelites for many years in the wilderness. Even though they could complain and wish they were in Egypt, he patiently waited for the Lord.
He was a bold and a brave prophet. He stood against the worship of false idols. He was not afraid of the king or the consequences of not worshiping other gods. He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do.
Many times we undergo through challenges and hardships in life. But no one has ever come across to what Job went through. Job lost cattle, servants, and children all in one day. However, he remained strong and had faith in God. Even when his wife suggested that he stop trusting in God, he continued to be strong.
Another brave man of God was Daniel. He refused to defile himself with the food from the king. Instead, he asked for vegetables and water. He did not fear any man or even death.
Before he became Paul, Saul was a persecutor of Christians. He had many Christians killed for several years. However, God chooses him to be influential and one of the most celebrated authors of the bible.
When God told Noah to build an ark, he did exactly what he was told. But do you know Noah was over 500-years old? Even though his sons helped him, it took more than 50-years to build the entire ark. Besides, they needed to have food, animals and other necessities in the ark.
8. Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego
The three men refused to worship an idol knowing they would be thrown into a hot furnace. But that did not stop them from believing and trusting in God. It is a great inspirational story.
If you are searching for someone who loved God with all his heart, it is David. He always wanted to do what is right before God. He sang for God and always sought out for help and guidance from God.
One of the most inspiring stories you will read in the bible is about Jesus Christ. He came to the earth as an ordinary man to save the world. Even though he is the King of kings, he had to undergo suffering, pain, and death so that we could be forgiven our sins.
During the course of his five year research, Fisher was lead to becoming a regular attender with a gathering of people interested in paranormal phenomena. It was here that he was introduced to a number of spirit entities, including his own spirit guide, a spirit that claimed to be a Greek lady who was his former lover in a past life they shared together. Fisher became more convinced of the truthfulness of the claims of his guide, and the other spirits, which spoke through the medium, especially since some of the information that was transmitted appeared to be uncannily accurate. However, as he continued to check the information he was provided with (geographical data, historical facts, dates, times, people, places, and events), in library archives, doubts eventually began to rise in his mind. It soon became more and more apparent that significant pieces of key information was either extremely conspicuous by its absence, or directly contradicted what he had been told.
Fisher’s doubts grew more so when he measured the claims of his own guide against those of other popular mediums. Although the spirit’s that spoke through the various mediums he met claimed to be in contact with his own spirit guide much of the information they provided contradicted.
As a result of all the conflicting information Fisher began to feel that these spirits were either, at best guessing, or at worst, deliberately lying.
After lengthy in depth research, and becoming more and more frustrated with the many contradictions, and blatant lies of the guides, Fisher challenges the spirit’s with the findings his research has uncovered. The response of the guide’s, however, was not to admit falsehood but rather to be slippery and evasive.
Fisher eventually meets up with a former member of the group, Sandford Ellison, who had previously offered to tell him of the “other side” of the story of the spirit guides. Ellison reveals that his time with the guides lead him into becoming increasingly manipulated and controlled by them, eventually leading to the break down of his marriage. He explains to Fisher how the guides demanded more and more time of , while at the same time poisoning his mind against his wife. He was, in effect, turned into a puppet on a string ready to jump to do their bidding. It was only when he made the break from their control that his former relationship with his wife was restored.
In recent times, with the gaining popularity of the Wiccan and neo-pagan religions, there have been some attempts to reconcile Wicca with Christianity. For example, Wiccan authors, Tony and Eileen Grist claim:
“It is also possible to be a Wiccan and a Christian who goes to church regularly”. (Tony and Eileen Grist, Illustrated Guide to Wicca, p. 13).Some have even coined the questionable term “Christian Wicca”.
Is such a position really possible? While it is certainly important that Christians and Wiccans dialogue and are respectful to each other as human beings, we should not try and fool ourselves into thinking that Christianity and Wicca are in any way complementary. It is simply not honest to declare otherwise, as the key differences are just too vast. This brief outline points out some significant differences between Wicca and Christianity to demonstrate the reasons why they are clearly not compatible.
The majority of Wiccans do not believe in a Heaven or a Hell but instead hold to reincarnation. The Bible teaches that we die but once then face judgement (Heb. 9:27). Most Wiccans believe in many god’s (Polytheism). Christians believe in only one true God (Monotheism).
Wiccans believe truth is relative and that there are no absolutes. Christianity is built on absolute truth (e.g. Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life…” John 14:6). Wiccans do not accept the sinful nature of humanity or the need of salvation, but rather see a spark of the Divine in all people. Christianity teaches that all people are sinners in need of salvation (e.g. Rom. 3:23; 6:23).
Wiccans do not believe Satan exists. However, Jesus clearly viewed him as a personal being. To deny the reality of Satan is to make Christ out to be a liar. The Bible ascribes the following personal attributes to Satan: He speaks (Job 1:6-2:1-5; Matt 4:1-11); he has a will (1 Chron. 21:1; Luke 22:31; 1 Thess. 2:18; 2 Tim. 2:26); he tempts (Matt. 4:1-11; 1 Cor. 7:5); and he oppressors people (Acts 10:38), all characteristics that we would expect from a personal being, not a symbol or abstract force.
The following article has been written from a variety of different sources. These include My own former experience with Witchcraft and occultism in general prior to my conversion to Christ, reading various Pagan and Wiccan literature, having Pagan and Wiccan friends, and having numerous email, message board, and chat room dialogues with those in the Pagan communities. This article will seek to identify, and assess, issues relevant to both Pagans and Christians alike, in a fair and balanced manner.
Pagans of all persuasions revere nature. In fact, many individuals are attracted to Paganism as a direct result of a connection that they feel with the world around them and the beauty of the world they see. This reverence for nature leads many Pagans to the conclusion that the world itself must be divine.
“Our religion is about the sacredness of this life on this Earth, here and now. We are “Nature worshipers” so Nature is a sacred study for us. To paraphrase, we want to see Her more clearly, love Her more dearly, and follow her more nearly. Any ecological study, any bird watching, or other such activities, help us to understand Mother Gaia.” (Chas S. Clifton (ed.), Modern Rites of Passage: Witchcraft Today, Book Two, 1994, p. 99). Many Christians could probably be more involved in the preservation of the planet in which we live. This, in and of itself is indeed a noble cause. Christians also recognize the beauty in the world around them but stop short of seeing it as divine in some way. The Bible speaks of the wonder of the created realm in which we live, but goes on to reveal that this has been put in place so that people would go further and reach out for the Person who created it:
“…that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
The main attraction, for many people to the practice of spiritualism, is the professed ability to contact the dead. Many spiritualists are normally acting out of genuine motives and feel that they are doing good by helping those who are grieving by putting them in touch with their departed loved ones. People are often amazed at the supernatural display of information that is channeled through the medium about the departed person whom they have sought to make contact with. The supposed spirit of the departed, speaking through the medium, will give intricate details of the person’s life and have access to details that only that dead relative could have possibly known. This is enough for some people to convince them that they really are speaking to a departed loved one. Because people are so desperate to be in the company of the person they miss, many do not question that there may be another reason for the things that they are hearing and experiencing.
I heard a story a long time ago, and although I unable to provide references for it, think it is worth telling anyway. I once heard of a family who were convinced that a relative they had lost contact with in another country was dead. They sought to contact him through a spiritualist medium and were pleased to discover that they were able to make contact with him. The deceased relative proved to them that it was really him by detailing his life and knowledge of deeply personal family events. The dead relative further convinced them that it was truly him even down to peculiar personal habits and quirky personality traits. They continued these sessions with the medium for some time until a surprising thing happened. Out of the blue, the `dead relative’ turned up alive! He wasn’t dead at all, but was alive and well and had been living in another country! The natural question in the mind of the family was therefore, “What on earth was the thing we were talking to that was pretending to be this dead relative of ours?” Good question.
Journalist, Joe Fisher (not a Christian), embarked on a 5 year study of mediums, spiritualists, and spirit guides. After becoming discouraged by some of the conflicting facts the guides gave him he meets up with a former member of the spiritualist group that he was an active member in. The former member, Sandford Ellison, had previously offered to tell Fisher of the “other side” of the story of the spirit guides. After explaining to Fisher how the spirits had nearly utterly destroyed his marriage and enslaved him, he was left to conclude:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12).
In dialogue with those in the Pagan communities, I have often heard it said that the term “White Witchcraft” is a phrase that they do not use. It is even being said that this term is purely a Christian label used to distinguish some Witchcraft from darker more diabolical Witchcraft. Firstly, I would like to say that I do realize that the majority of modern Wiccans, neo-pagans, and Witches, do not seem to use this term a lot these days. However, the term was in common usage a number of years ago and is certainly still used by those in the pagan community. Here are a few representative quotes from Pagan sources that freely use the terms “white witchcraft/magic”:
Respected Wiccan author, Vivianne Crowley talks about:
“…the direction of good, white, or right-hand path magic.” (Vivianne Crowley, Wicca, p. 84, italics added). In the book The Magic Power of White Witchcraft: Enjoy a Life of Profound Happiness, Unbelievable Riches, and Long-Lasting Love with the Secrets of White Witchcraft, by Gavin and Yvonne Frost (founders of the School of Wicca and who have been teaching Witchcraft for 80 years between them), it states:
“In using Witchcraft powers, especially those of white Witchcraft, you want to make sure that your motivation is positive.” (p. 16). The back cover of the book states that the book is a “personal guide into the mysterious and enchanted world of White Witchcraft”.
The Farrars have this to say on the subject:
“The observance or non-observance of these rules is precisely what distinguishes ‘white’ from ‘black’ workings.” (Janet and Stewart Farrar, A Witches Bible, 2:141). Witch, Jean Williams, writes under the heading of “White Witchcraft Blessing Spell”:
“I will begin with this “white” spell which is to be used only in a case of where you know the identity of the person trying to injure you through black witchcraft…Another spell of the “white” variety for dissolving a psychic attack is tho following one of Kahuna origin…” (Jean Williams, Winning with Witchcraft, pp. 61, 65).