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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Quick Note on "Review Policy" and Commenting (by Liviu Suciu)

Since quite a few people ask in emails about FBC's review policy, I want to point out that there is no such thing; the only thing that matters is if one of the four of us who are currently the main reviewers *is interested in the book in cause*. As for what interests us, the past reviews found in the Review Index form the best guide, though interests do evolve in time. Also the "best of lists" done by us separately or together and which you can find in the "FBC Best Of" widget on the left hand side of the main page may help.

Excerpts or links to such (Kindle, Smashwords, author's website) are very important since at least personally I would never consider an unknown book without at least a small sample, however enticing the blurb would be.

As for comments, I *hate* censorship, but profanity laced comments are not allowed since civil discourse is important too and things degenerate fast online.

Spam is not allowed either, in particular comments that contain advertising with the only exception if the advertising is related to a particular book(s) and is made by the author/publicist of the respective book and the book is related with the post the comment refers to.


shaneo52 said...

Y'all just keep doing an awesome job, Liviu, This is my favorite blog. Don't let the haters get to you.

Liviu said...

Thank you for the nice words; the moderation comment does not refer to us actually - I approve any critical comment of us that is readable in the least and I am always interested in how I can improve things within the possible.

Sometimes we get comments that are quite offensive about this or that author and while of course there may be reasons to criticize authors outside of their work, it's gotta be done in reasonable words; the excuse, hey I got slagged on board/website "x" is not a valid reason to use same language on FBC

Jamie Gibbs said...

I like that review policy, it's one I champion myself :)I've tried going for a review where I know nothing about the book except the blurb, but more often than not it tends to disappoint me.

Liviu said...

A page or two shows if the prose has what I look for (flow, balance) and I found out that books that did not really say "read me" on first sight, rarely impressed me later too, so with so many books out there it is normal to let them compete for your time...

Currently looking at only books, I have, I read at least some pages from and would like to at least try and finish sometime and it's a list 200+ long plus sequels in some cases and of course there are quite a few new releases I highly await

Anonymous said...

Jesus the “Almighty God”

If you look at Psalm 100:3 it says: “Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his.”

Many times Jesus referred to His own deity, both directly and indirectly, Jesus used the terms “Son of Man” and “Son of God” often. Both referred to His divine nature (Daniel 7:13,14; Matthew 26:63,64). Jesus also used the specific words I am (Ego eimi in Greek, Ani bu in Hebrew) on several occasions (e.g., John 8:56-58). God used these same words to describe Himself to Moses. Jesus also states specifically that He and God (Father) are “one” (John 10:30), meaning, the same substance, nature and essence.

We also find in Isaiah 9:6, that Jesus is referred to as a “Mighty God”

Did you know that “Mighty God” is translated from Hebrew word Elohim, a very common name for God in the Old Testament; used 2,570 times. Means: “strong one” plural ending (im in Hebrew) indicates fullness of power. “God of all the earth” “God of heaven”.

Jesus is called “Everlasting Father” in Isaiah 9:6, is better translated “Father of eternity” in this context carry the meaning “possessor of eternity.”

In Isaiah 40:3, we find that Jesus is called both Yahweh (Jehovah) and Elohim in the same verse. This verse was written in reference to future ministry of Jesus (see John 1:23) and represents one of the strongest affirmations of Christ’s deity in the O.T.

We all know that we only pray directly to God, refer to John 14:13, John 15:16 you will find that we direct our prayers to Jesus.

We also know that we only worship God, Jesus always accepted such worship as appropriate:

From Peter (Luke 5:8)
From Thomas (John 20:28)
From Angels (Heb 1:6)
From Old Testament saints (Joshua 5-13-15)
From Demons (Mark 5:6)
We see all of heaven worshiping Jesus (Rev 5:11)

What the Bible says about Jesus
Revelation 1:7-8 says: Jesus is the Almighty
Genesis 17:1 says: The Almighty is God

John 18:51 says: Jesus is the I Am
Exodus 3:14 says: The I Am is God

John 8:24 says: Jesus is I Am He
Isaiah 43:10 says: I Am He is God

Hebrews 1:6 says: Angels worship Jesus
Psalm 148:2 says: Angels worship God

Acts 4:12 says: Jesus is the One Savior
Isaiah 45:21 says: The One Savior is God

Luke 1:68 says: Jesus is the One Redeemer
Isaiah 41:14 says: The One Redeemer is God

Philippians 2:10 says: Every knee must bow to Jesus
Isaiah 45:23 says: Every knee must bow to God

Anonymous said...

Did you know that there are about 3,856 verses directly or indirectly concerned with prophecy in Scripture, about one verse in six tells of future events? God’s challenge to the world is “Prove Me now, I am the Lord … I will speak, and the word that I speak shall come to pass.” (See Jeremiah 28:9; Ezekiel 12:25) Buddhists, Confucianists, and Muslims have their own sacred writings, but in them the element of prophecy is obviously absent.

In the brief life of Jesus alone we see over 300 fulfilled prophecies! Only Jesus as an all-knowing God could make and fulfill.

Here are few other biblical passages proving that Jesus is God:

Isaiah 44:6
“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of
host: “I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.’”

Isaiah 43:10
“You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “And My servant whom I have
chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall be after ME.”

Revelation 1:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the
Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 21:6
“And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the
Beginning and the End.’”

1 John 5:20
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an
understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is
true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”

1 Timothy 3:16
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was
manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached
among he Gentiles, believed on in the world,
received up in glory.”

Anonymous said...

Titus 2:13
“...looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God
and Savior Jesus Christ…”

John 8:58
Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was,
I AM.’”

Isaiah 7:14
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall
conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
(Immanuel translated: “God among us.”)

Philippians 2:10-11
“…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and
of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

(There will come a day that all angels, all prophets, all religious leaders, including Buddha, Confucius, Muhammad bowing down to Jesus)

We also find in Scripture that Jesus is described as:

• OMINIPRESENT Matt. 28:20
• OMNISCIENT John 2:24
• CREATOR John 1:1-3
• ETERNAL Micah 5:2, Heb 1:8
• GOD Heb. 1:8; Titus 2:13; John 1:1; John 20:28
Conclusion: We clearly see that Jesus Christ claims to be God in human flesh and clearly identified as God. He is to be prayed to, worshiped to, and possess the many attributes of God.

Can you see now, that Jesus is God?

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