I just told a friend….
That is striking me like a thunderstorm….
In fact, I can not express in words HOW UNREAL MY LIFE feels to me…
Nobody can understand how unreal my life feels like, except God Himself…
Feels like I am living a nightmare….but a real nightmare…
Feels I am only allowing to observe my life, not to live it…
Today was my marriage with Ashley. Oct. 29th, 2004….
US Immigration robbed us 19 precious months on 24 1/2…
I immigrated June 16th, 2006…
Ash died Dec. 5th, 2006…
Think about it if you can….

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Dear John Coleman


published my story in details on the internet, but you need to know
where they are, because I did not make it obvious since most Americans,
most Christians and most US Patriots don’t care, and this is as true as
your phrase above. They don’t EVEN have the decency to EVEN consider
the end of life of their godly fellow, was a living hell due to the
fact that Ashley could be with the apple of his eyes for 24 months
instead of just 5 1/2 months, (so 19 months trashed by US Immigration
just for the "hell of it") and as soon as I immigrated on June 16th,
2006, we had a deadly fight with the VA hospitals. (just 2 weeks after
the other fight began)

here is my last letter to Congressman McHugh about my situation if you
want to read it and if you don’t, I am used to that attitude. I will
blog this to my 25 links, because I know I was on my way to have a
heart failure 5 times between August 1st to August 11th, 2008, because
I had to deal directly with these "wonderful people" from under
Homeland Security.

For Ash and America. But at least you are warned concerning what Homeland Security is really about.

Thank you.

p.s. I am not expecting any help based on four (4) years experience.
However, I have place this information on my blogs, so that all might
learn from my tragedy, which by the way, is just one of the many abuses
committed by Homeland Security. If you care to research, all you need
is to key in: "Immigration abuses".


October 17th, 2008

Dear Congressman John M. McHugh

First thank you for your fast reply.

I must say that it took them at least 16 months (from June 16th,
2006 to Oct. 2007) to send me my temporary (permanent) resident card
and I needed this temporary (permanent) resident card to do my change
of status so they are the ones who drug their feet all right and they
are dragging their feet since this Immigration ordeal which began on
November 3rd, 2004 and that is literally killing me because
my heath is jeopardized by all the stress I went through with
Immigration (they gave us a “wonderful” honeymoon gift by separating us
like cattle at the Ogdensburg Port of Entry, when in fact I was already
in the US with no date return limit) then Ashley’s death, then nobody
to tell me that Ashley could be buried in the Arlington Cemetery with
due honors since he was an Honorably Discharged Veteran (shame on
American Legion for that because they did less than bare minimum for me
and on the Pastor Colin Lucid who should have more lucidity to let me
know such a thing) and then this Immigration business after Ash’s death
that is dragging on as well.

Any person who is having
common sense can understand that it cannot do otherwise than affect my
health with all this mess and I would not be surprised to die about the
same age than Ashley i.e. 49 if I’d die to a young age. I am 42 and I
feel to be 1000 years old since Nov. 3rd, 2004, the date
that US Immigration desecrated our marriage. This life is making me
sick and I won’t go back to Quebec because my Very Dear Late Husband is
buried in the US even if that would shorten it. Because of this
“wonderful” US Immigration experience, I could only work and drive my
car for only 7 months of 24 months and once I got my temporary
(permanent) resident card (oxymoron), I could not work because of
exhaustion so that means that not only I could not afford to buy a
monument because I paid for the burial expenses because nobody cared to
let me know that Rev. Ashley McDonald Buchanan, Doctor in Divinity,
Permanent teacher and Honorably Discharged Veteran could be buried for
free with due honors in the Arlington Cemetery so I could invest the
little money I had for a monument instead and to make my experience
worse, what I put on Ashley’s grave was stolen so everything seems to
be under control alright. I am dying slowly but surely of exhaustion. I
do understand fully well from my experience since 4 years why my dear
Americans don’t want a “wonderful” national ID card and I don’t blame

letter is giving me the written proof that my stay in the US is
extended for one year from the date of expiration of the conditional
residency card i.e. until June 16th, 2009 which is at the
corner, so I need to take care of my “wonderful” Immigration issues
again and this seems to be a never ending story but I do thank you Mr.
McHugh for this fact that I have a written proof now because I never
received the receipt of the I- 751 (all I got is the proof that my
fingerprinting was done on May 3rd, 2008 and also I got the stamp of Homeland Security and the working permit stamp on August 11th,
2008 and I do remember this specific date because I was sick from the
day I took the appointment to the date I had it and they might lie to
you once again to cover their “butt” telling you that I am the one who
lost it like they accused me of the loss of my visa packet when in fact
they are the incompetents and the best proof I have is the fact they
used my zip code as my mailing address to send me this temporary
(permanent) resident card (which add to the waiting time that I could
apply for my change of status) and I have the proof of this on a email
that nobody in this world can challenge.

McHugh, I need help because I am a US Citizen according to the most
authoritative book of the Universe, the Word of the Living God as well
as the Immigration laws before this 9/11 false flag operation who were
considering me as a US Citizen. You have no idea Mr. McHugh how good it
would be for me to have my situation straighten out once and for all in
the US and more precisely with US Immigration. Of course, I am the one
paying for the fact they are dragging their feet as usual because they
told you that they are processing these petitions received on October
21, 2007 and they received mine when of course, I couldn’t send them my
change of status because I had to wait for my temporary (permanent)
resident card to come after at least 16 months of waiting period
because of them dragging their feet.

thank you for your efforts in my “wonderful” ordeal with US Immigration
Mr. McHugh and I do know legal, good Immigrants (they are decent people
like me) who are having a “good time” (my dry sense of humor developed
by dealing) with US Immigration also.
With Kind Regards,

My Master and Shepherd, no matter what.


My Master and Shepherd, no matter what.

Satan is the accuser of the
saints but I won’t meet Satan once I am dead – I will meet the Lord.  That
means Satan’s power over me will be over. LOL  I can not say that I am not
sick of it but this life is very short compared to Eternity in Heaven with My
Husband Ashley and my son Etienne.

Men can only kill my body and there is nothing else they can do with me – they
can not send me in hell, no matter how hard they would LOVE to try this.
LOL  In other words, because Jesus died for me, Satan can not WIN the war

Jesus is my life because He is the only one I know who would go as far as to
die for me so He is worth ALL MY BEING.  (Jn. 14:6)  This life on
earth is just a test.  Nothing more and nothing less than just a test to
see where your heart is.  I belong to Jesus and the folks who harmed
Ashley and harmed me will have a special price to pay when they will meet the
Master of the Universe because I am most definitively his sister. 

From KJV

Psalm 23

 1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he
leadeth me beside the still waters.

 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy
staff they comfort me.

 5Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all
the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house
of the LORD for ever.


Psalm 24

 1The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness
thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

 2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and
established it upon the floods.

 3Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or
who shall stand in his holy place?

 4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart;
who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

 5He shall receive the blessing from the LORD,
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

 6This is the generation of them that seek him,
that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

 7Lift up your heads,
O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory
shall come in.

 8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and
mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

 9Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them
up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

 10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts,
he is the King of glory. Selah.


Psalm 25

 1Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

 2O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be
ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

 3Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed:
let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

 4Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

 5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou
art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

 6Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy
lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

 7Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my
transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake,

 8Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will
he teach sinners in the way.

 9The meek will he guide in judgment: and the
meek will he teach his way.

 10All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth
unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

 11For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine
iniquity; for it is great.

 12What man is he
that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

 13His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed
shall inherit the earth.

 14The secret of the
LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

 15Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my
feet out of the net.

 16Turn thee unto me,
and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

 17The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O
bring thou me out of my distresses.

 18Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and
forgive all my sins.

 19Consider mine
enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

 20O keep my soul,
and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

 21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me;
for I wait on thee.

 22Redeem Israel, O
God, out of all his troubles.


Psalm 26

 1Judge me, O LORD;
for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore
I shall not slide.

 2Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins
and my heart.

 3For thy
lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

 4I have not sat
with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

 5I have hated the congregation of evil doers;
and will not sit with the wicked.

 6I will wash mine
hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

 7That I may publish with the voice of
thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

 8LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the
place where thine honour dwelleth.

 9Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life
with bloody men:

 10In whose hands is
mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

 11But as for me, I
will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

 12My foot standeth in an even place: in the
congregations will I bless the LORD.


Psalm 27

 1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom
shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my
foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

 3Though an host should encamp against me, my
heart shall not fear: though war should rise
against me, in this will I be confident.

 4One thing have I desired of the LORD, that
will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my
life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

 5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in
his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me
up upon a rock.

 6And now shall mine head be lifted up above
mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle
sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

 7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have
mercy also upon me, and answer me.

 8When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart
said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

 9Hide not thy face
far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave
me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

 10When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will
take me up.

 11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a
plain path, because of mine enemies.

 12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine
enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out

 13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see
the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

 14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he
shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.


Psalm 28

 1Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me:
lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

 2Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry
unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

 3Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of
iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their

 4Give them according
to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them
after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.

 5Because they regard not the works of the LORD,
nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

 6Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the
voice of my supplications.

 7The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song
will I praise him.

 8The LORD is their strength, and he is the
saving strength of his anointed.

 9Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance:
feed them also, and lift them up for ever.


Psalm 29

 1Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the
LORD glory and strength.

 2Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his
name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

 3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the
God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.

 4The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice
of the LORD is full of majesty.

 5The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars;
yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

 6He maketh them also to skip like a calf;
Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

 7The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of

 8The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness;
the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

 9The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to
calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple
doth every one speak of his glory.

 10The LORD sitteth
upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.

 11The LORD will give strength unto his people;
the LORD will bless his people with peace.


Psalm 30

 1I will extol thee,
O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over

 2O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou
hast healed me.

 3O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the
grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

 4Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and
give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

 5For his anger endureth but a moment; in his
favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

 6And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be

 7LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain
to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

 8I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I
made supplication.

 9What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

 10Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD,
be thou my helper.

 11Thou hast turned for me my mourning into
dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

 12To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be
silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.



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the beliefs of the antiquity, there was the myths of the Resurrection
linked to the cycle of the seasons. On the other hand, one does not
find nothing comparable to the proclamation of the apostles and writing
according to which a man, Jesus of Nazareth was dead and overcame the
death while coming back to life to reign eternally on a new creation
get rid of sin, sufferings and death. The New Testament, filled with a
hope based on the Resurrection of Christ and of his faith in our own
Resurrection, contrast sharply with general despair facing the death
that characterized the beliefs in this era. The Greeks believed in
immortality seen as the delivery of the impede that constitutes the
physical body; the Jews expected to return world of the deaths in their
same body. While Christian hope was the one of a transformed body able
to express personal life in the age to come.


confuses often today the Resurrection with the maintenance of the
personal existence after the death. While the Resurrection hears the
maintenance of the existence (the soul) after the death, it implies for
the person the recuperation of a body. To be raised from the death, is
to receive again a body, this is to be reintroduced by God in the
concrete world, in the material world. Once resurrected, we do not know
the death anymore. According to the Bible, we have only one life to
live in this body marked by the sin and the death. Therefore, we die
only once. Now, this life that passes under the assessment of God about
the good or the evil that one will have done being in this body
determines our eternity.

Christianity, the physical Resurrection of Christ is extremely
important. (1 Cor. 15, 12-19) The Whole Christian Faith depends on it.
The apostle Paul, in his epistles, showed that all is based on the
bodily Resurrection of Christ. If there is no Resurrection he says, the
apostles are false witnesses, the predication of the Christians is
vain, their faith also and they are without hope for the future. For
the Christian, the Resurrection testifies the deity of Jesus-Christ, it
is the sign by excellence of His divinity. It gives all the meaning of
his life and to his message. It validates His affirmations of incarnate
God, Savior of the humanity and as coming judge of the world. According
to Paul, the Resurrection of Jesus removed the power of the death and
to the tomb his ultimate victory on life. In His death-Resurrection
event, Jesus constitutes the first example of this that which will
become reality for all the believers.



theory of the hallucination suggests that all the apparitions of Christ
after the Resurrection were only hallucinatory deceptions. The people
who have claimed to see Christ are seen as having hallucinations. This
theory supposes that the grave always were occupied enters in
contradiction with certain conditions (principles) that must be met to
allow a hallucination to produce itself:

1st weakness of the
theory: theory that indisputably the first principle that says that
usually, uniquely certain persons have hallucinations – usually
paranoiacs and (especially) schizophrenics. Now, in the New Testament,
there is all kinds of persons having had different experiences, a
different education and being in different dispositions.

weakness of the theory: the second principle enunciates that the
hallucinations are linked to the subconscious of a person and to its
previous experiences. It is not very likely that two persons, or more,
can have the same hallucination at the same time.

appeared to a lot of persons and the descriptions of these apparitions
contain a lot of details that the psychologists consider, determined by
the reality. The supporters of this theory seem to forget that a
hallucination is a private event, a subjective experience empties of
all external references, empties of all objects. Thus, if two persons
cannot create or keep the same vision without any object external
reference, that is impossible that 500 persons, hallucinate the same
thing and at the same time (Christ appeared simultaneously to 500
persons stipulates Paul in his first epistle to the Corinthians).

weakness of the theory: ordinarily, the hallucinations can take place
whenever or wherever. In the New Testament, the circumstances of a
hallucination are lacking. The mentioned apparitions are a lot more
than only simple momentary visions, the time there plays a role: 15
different apparitions – of which to more than 500 persons. Besides,
these apparitions present themselves under a big variety of time and

4th weakness of the theory: the hallucinations
required of the subjects an expectative spirit or of hope that does
their desires generate certain thoughts. Now, the last thing that the
disciples awaited was a Resurrection: they thought that Christ had been
crucified, buried and that all was finished. Mary Magdala, while going
to the tomb the first Sunday to carry the spices that she had prepared
to embalm with fragrance the body of Jesus, evidently did not expect to
discover Him risen from the death. When at last the Lord appeared to
His disciples, they had fear and believed to see a ghost.

weakness of the theory: the hallucinations habitually takes place
during a long period and on a regularly basis. In the New Testament,
the apparitions stopped abruptly. They stopped themselves all at the
same moment.


theory supports that the disciples would have invented a Resurrection
by stealing the body of Jesus and that they accepted dying martyrs for
a lie.

Here a theory that would not hold in front of a justice
court. One supposes that the disciples would have come to steal the
body of Jesus while the roman guard slept. Now, if the roman guard
really had slept, how could he have known that the disciples had stolen
the body? The defense lawyer would have liked to undergo a
cross-examination to the captain of the guard.

It is
impossible that the soldiers slept. The fear of the punishment caused
them to be very careful with their orders, especially in the night. The
Roman security unit was a war machine; if the disciples had attempted
something, there would have been a fight of six seconds (just one
soldier easily could have mastered the whole group of the disciples).
It is necessary to remember that when Jesus was stopped in the Garden!
of Gethsemane, all the disciples abandoned him and fled. In the New
Testament, these are described not as intrigues, but as knocked out
men, discouraged, that hid fearing themselves for their life.

then, there is the question of the huge rock of about two tons that
closed the entry of the tomb. The position of this last one – rolled to
a certain distance of the sepulcher – makes the idea difficult since
the soldiers would have slept despite of all this noise. Over all, this
hypothesis does not agree to the lesser of the world, with that we know
of the character of the apostles. These people were too honest to
commit such trickery. This action would contrast with all is written
about them (these men of high morality and of honor). According to the
doctor J. N. D. Anderson, Leading Juridical Expert in Great Britain,
the theory does not give explanation to the touching transformation
that operated itself in them and that changed from to being depressed
and discouraged in witnesses that nothing could stop.

That did
not resemble any of them to imagine a blow of this kind, or to have
enough shrewdness and of rapidity decision to execute it without
anybody noticing it. Even if such had been the case, the history of
Christianity would have taken a different turn. Sooner or later, one or
the other of the eleven men having taken part in the abduction of the
body would have, by clumsiness or otherwise, revealed the secret. More,
a moral structure of the breadth of the primitive church established,
as this church was, on long persecutions and of unspeakable sufferings,
could not have established its doctrine on a lie.

In the last
analysis, why the disciples would have wanted to give the impression
that Christ was risen from the dead while they did not expect his
Resurrection? Also, who could believe that these men were confronted to
later persecutions, while knowing their faith was based on a deception?


Roman authorities and Jews would have taken the body and would have
deposited the body in a safe place, in order to prevent whoever to
claim that there had been Resurrection.

Face has such an
hypothesis, one cannot do otherwise than to ask the following question:
Why would authorities have done the only thing that could create
problems to them? The disciples had returned in the middle of the city
of Jerusalem and preached Christ rose from the death. If what they
proclaimed was false, it would have sufficed to show the body to
contradict them. Where was the official denial? Why authorities did not
say: “This is an absurdity. We gave the order to move the body".

that had been insufficient, why would they not have called as witnesses
those that had moved the body? Or why would they not have put the body
of Christ on a cart and displayed it all over Jerusalem? This spectacle
would have killed the Christianity before its beginning. The only
possible answer to this question is that the authorities were not able
to produce the body. They had absolutely no clue to allow them to have
the knowledge of where the body was.

when the apostles began to preach the Resurrection, it would have
sufficed for the authorities to show the body to refute the Christian
proclamation, but they did not do it…


to this theory, Jesus was not really dead on the cross. It is true that
he was nailed to it and suffered shock, pains and bleeding, but instead
of dying he fainted of exhaustion. Thinking that he was dead his
disciples buried him alive. The medical knowledge of the era was not
very well developed; it was easy for them to be mistaken. The cold of
the tomb where Christ was placed woke him up from the coma. His
disciples were so ignorant that they could not believe of a simple
intensive care; that is why they supported that it was a matter of a

This theory forgets certain facts:

1. Jesus undergoes six legal proceedings – three Roman and three Jewish proceedings.
2. It was inflicted on him the torture of the Roman flagellation.
3. He was so weak that he did not have the strength to carry his "patibulum” – i.e. the transversal bar of the cross.
4. They nailed him in the hands (or wrists) and feet to crucify him.
The Roman pierced his side from a blow of a spear and the witnesses
said: "It came out water and blood", which is a death sign.
Four butchers confirmed his death. The Roman teams in charge of the
crucifixion knew their job. They had enough practice on others.
More than 100 pounds of spices and of sticky substances were placed all
over his body. (could he have breathed through that?)
8. He was placed in a cold and humid grave.
9. A big rock was rolled in front of the entry.
10. A Roman guard was placed in front of the grave.

to this theory, an unbelievable thing happened: the cold and humid air
of the grave would have reanimated Christ instead of killing him (by
pneumonia alone). He tore his shroud, pushed the rock in the entry,
pushed back the guards and little time after, appeared to his disciples
as Lord of life.

Indeed, this theory does not hold any account
of the mortal character of the inflicted wound to Jesus, frightful
mutilation of the hands (or wrists) and feet, the exhaustion due to
heavy bleeding, of absence of any human assistance during the most
critical moments where they would have been essential, firmly tight
shroud around the body, and the heavy rock that closed the entry of the
tomb. It suffices to represent a human body, bleeding from five open
wounds lying on the cold rock of a tomb, without human relief of any
type, to understand to which extent this assumption is not reasonable.


than twenty years following the death and Resurrection of Christ, the
word of the fishermen of Galilee shook even in deeper more seated
temple of Judaism and its echoes resounded all alongside the Eastern
Coast of the Mediterranean. Then, it began to become a serious threat
for the Roman Empire. The Christian Church recruited the mass of its
first adherents not among the foreigners that came to pass some days or
some weeks in Jerusalem for a holiday, but in the permanent population
of the city. The enemies of the faith were paralyzed. Several high
persons would have certainly sacrificed a part of their fortune to
annihilate this movement if it had been possible.

By a strange
whim of luck, the disciples were brought to begin their campaign that
was scarcely a 15 minute of walk to the place of, if their pretentions
were not to have been founded, the remains of their Master was buried
in a easily accessible cave. The question could be solved immediately
and by testimonies of a limited number of people. Besides, it is
necessary to take in consideration that when the disciples of Jesus
proclaimed the Resurrection, they did it as eyewitnesses while the
people that had been in communication with the events of which they
spoke were alive yet. In 56 A.D., the apostle Paul wrote that more than
500 persons at the same time saw the Resurrected One, and that most of
them were still alive. (1 Corinthians 15) That the first Christians
were able to invent such a fable and to preach it among those who could
so easily have contradicted them, while producing the body of Jesus
surpasses in my opinion the boundaries of the credibility. An author
said one day: "If Jesus would remain in the tomb, the history of his
life and death would have remained with him".



C.H. Spurgeon’s Evening Devotional

Saturday October 18, 2008

"Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice."-1 Samuel 15:22


    Saul had been commanded to slay utterly all the Amalekites and
their cattle. Instead of doing so, he preserved the king, and suffered
his people to take the best of the oxen and of the sheep. When called
to account for this, he declared that he did it with a view of offering
sacrifice to God; but Samuel met him at once with the assurance that
sacrifices were no excuse for an act of direct rebellion. The sentence
before us is worthy to be printed in letters of gold, and to be hung up
before the eyes of the present idolatrous generation, who are very fond
of the fineries of will-worship, but utterly neglect the laws of God.
Be it ever in your remembrance, that to keep strictly in the path of
your Saviour’s command is better than any outward form of religion; and
to hearken to His precept with an attentive ear is better than to bring
the fat of rams, or any other precious thing to lay upon His altar. If
you are failing to keep the least of Christ’s commands to His
disciples, I pray you be disobedient no longer. All the pretensions you
make of attachment to your Master, and all the devout actions which you
may perform, are no recompense for disobedience. "To obey," even in the
slightest and smallest thing, "is better than sacrifice," however
pompous. Talk not of Gregorian chants, sumptuous robes, incense, and
banners; the first thing which God requires of His child is obedience;
and though you should give your body to be burned, and all your goods
to feed the poor, yet if you do not hearken to the Lord’s precepts, all
your formalities shall profit you nothing. It is a blessed thing to be
teachable as a little child, but it is a much more blessed thing when
one has been taught the lesson, to carry it out to the letter. How many
adorn their temples and decorate their priests, but refuse to obey the
word of the Lord! My soul, come not thou into their secret.
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