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A BOOK REVIEW - BLASTING THE NAME May 04, 2008 5:16 PM

THAT IS THE NAME OF THE FIRST CHAPTER IN THE BOOK CALLED "THE NAME" BY FRANKLIN GRAHAM. I JUST BEGAN READING IT. THE OPENING LINE IS THIS, "CHRISTIANITY IS A RELIGION FOR LOSERS," SAID ONE FAMOUS AMERICAN BILLIONARE.  "IT'S A SHAM AND A CRUTCH FOR WEAK-MINDED PEOPLE......." SAID A FAMOUS AMERICAN POLITICIAN. THE FIRST MAN IS SAID TO BE TED TURNER, THE SECOND  IS GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA. IN MY OPINIION THESE MEN ARE THE WEAK ONES FOR WITHOUT GOD THEY WOULD NOT BE WHERE THEY ARE NOW. BUT THEY DON'T REALIZE THIS AND THEY PERSECUTE BECAUSE OF IGNORANCE I BELIEVE. THE NINETEETH-CENTURY ATHEIST FRIEDRICH NIETZCHE SAID, "JESUS DIED TO SOON. HE WOULD HAVE REPUDIATED HIS DOCTRINE IF HE HAD LIVED TO MY AGE." HE WAS SO HOSTILE THAT HE WROTE A BOOK CALLED "THE ANTICHRIST" IN WHICH HE SAID-------I CONDEMN CHRISTIANITY; I BRING AGAINST THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH THE MOST TERRIBLE OF ALL THE ACCUSATIONS THAT AN ACCUSER HAS EVER HAD IN HIS MOUTH.....THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH AS LEFT NOTHING UNTOUCHED BY ITS DEPRAVITY;IT HAS TURNED EVERY VALUE INTO WORTHLESSNESS, AND EVERY TRUTH INTO A LIE, AND EVERY INTERGRITY IN A BASENESS OF SOUL."   TO ME THIS IS PURE HATRED AND EVILNESS. ENTERTAINERS HAVE JOINED IN BASHING HIS NAME AND WHAT CHRISTIANITY STANDS FOR. THE FAMOUS JOHN LENNON CREATED A BIG FUSS WHEN HE SAID," CHRISTIANITY WILL GO. IT WILL VANISH AND SHRINK. I NEED NOTARGUE WITH THAT; I AM RIGHT AND I WILL BE PROVE RIGHT. WE'RE MORE POPULAR THAN JESUS NOW:I DON'T KNOW WHICH WILL GO FIRST--ROCK AND ROLL OR CHRISTIANITY." NOW SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND HAVE PASSED AND WILL STAND BEFORE GOD AND HAVE TO ANSWER FOR THIS.  AFTER ALL THESE CENTURIES WHY IS THE NAME SO CONTROVERSIAL AND STIRRING UP SUCH PASSIONS OF CONFLICT? THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID IT BEST TO THE CHRISTIANS AT COLOSSE:  HE IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE FIRSTBORN OVER ALL CREATION. FOR BY HIM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED: IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH,VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, WHETHER THRONES OR POWERS OR RULERS OR AUTHORITIES; ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM AND FOR HIM. HE IS BEFORE ALL THINGS, AND IN HIM ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER. AND HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY, THE CHURCH;HE IS THE BEGINNING AND THE FIRSTBORN FROM AMONG THE DEAD, SO THAT IN EVERTHING HE MIGHT HAVE THE SUPREMACY. FOR GOD WAS PLEASED TO HAVE HIS FULLNESS DWELL IN HIM , AND THROUGH HIM TO RECONCILE TO HIMSELF ALL THINGS, WHETHER THINGS ON EARTH OR THINGS IN HEAVEN, BY MAKING PEACE THROUGH HIS BLOOD, SHED ON THE CROSS.  OUR LIFE OR DEATH DEPENDS UPON US KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING HIS NAME.  I DON'T MIND BEING PERSECUTED BECAUSE I LOVE MY GOD, I STAND FOR THE GOOD IN THIS WORLD. I KNOW WHERE I AM GOING. DO YOU?

THE QUOTATIONS  WERE TAKEN FROM THE BOOK CALLED "THE NAME" WRITTEN BY FRANKLIN GRAHAM, AUTHOR OF REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. FRANKLIN IS THE FOURTH OF BILLY AND RUTH BELLS GRAHAM'S FIVE CHILDREN.

HE ALSO WRITES:     THE NAME IS A LIGHTENING ROD BECAUSE THE NAME REPRESENTS THE DIVISION OF LIFE BETWEEN GODD AND EVIL, GOD AND SATAN, LIGHT AND DARKNESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SIN, HEAVEN AND HELL.

APOSTLE PETER SAID, "THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED."

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