beginning of the universe, as the space-time theorem says, then the cause of the universe must be some entity operating in a time dimension completely independent of and preexist to the time dimension of the cosmos. This conclusion is powerfully important to our understanding of who God is and who or what God isn’t.”
—Hugh Ross, “The Creator and the Cosmos”, p. 76
Recounting the question of his daughter regarding where one goes after they die, Obama wrote, “I wondered whether I should have told [my daughter] the truth, that I wasn’t sure what happens when we die, any more than I was sure of where the soul resides or what existed before the Big Bang.” (Audacity of Hope, p. 25-26). This incident was written years after Obama claims to have had a conversion experience with Jesus Christ. These words are incongruous to a believer and rejects the basic foundation of Judaism and Christianity. The cardinal tenet of Judaism is the existence of God. Without the reality of God, all is vacuity. “As in the Bible, so throughout the literature of the Rabbis, the existence of God is regarded as an axiomatic truth.” God is called in Rabbinic literature the ‘Creator and He Who Spoke and the world came into being.’ They indicate the view that the existence of God follows inevitably from the existence of the universe.” (A. Cohen, “Everyman’s Talmud”, p. 1). “The universe is filled with the power and might of our God. He existed before the world was created, and He will continue in being when the world comes to a final end.” (Exodus R. V.14). Obama’s presupposition reality is nihilation. The a priori truth of Judaism is the Living God, “The central thought of Judaism is the Living God. It is the perspective from which all other issues are seen.” (Abraham Heschel, “A Philosophy of Judaism”, p. 25). The Rabbis says that the universe is the result of yesh-me-ayin, “that which is from that which is not.” The universe is the result of the fiat of God’s Word. “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made and by the breath of his mouth all their host.” “For he spoke and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” (Ps. 33:6, 9). By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the Word of God, so that which is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” (Heb. 11:3). The antecedent reality before the moment of time and matter’s creation was God! “I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His name, is the Author and Guide of everything that has been created, and that He alone has made, does make, and will make all things.” (16th Century formulation of the Jewish Creed, Ani Maamin). To reject the existence of the Creator is to deny the foundational truth of Judaism and Christianity. Obama is left with only the speculations and doubts of a confused mindset that refuses to accept the clarion declaration of scripture. He subordinates the Biblical narrative of creation under his vaunted doubts. His unbelief takes precedence over transcendent truth.
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
In a 2007 New York Times interview, Barack Obama recited in Arabic the opening lines of the Muslim call to prayer, “Allah is Most Great. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah. I bear witness that Mohammed is the messenger of Allah. Come to prayer come to the good Allah is most great there is no god but Allah.” This is Islam’s confession of faith, the assertion that Allah is supreme and Mohammed his prophet. Obama remarked that the prayer is “…one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset.” (Obama: Man of the World, Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, March 6, 2007). To a Jew or Christian this prayer is not beautific or in harmony with the Biblical revelation of God. Any practicing Muslim will tell you that Allah, in whom they serve, is not Jehovah of the Old Testament. Mohammed tragically redefined the God of the Torah and his new revelation was devoid of Old Testament content. The daily Jewish prayer recited by Orthodox Jews is the Shema (Deut. 6:4): “Here, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” The prayer affirms complete obedience to Jehovah in all aspects of life. Such unconditional surrender is called “taking upon oneself the yoke of the kingdom of heaven.” The prayer affirms that one is under the supreme rule of God alone. Jesus reiterates this prayer in Matthew 22:37 and refers to the yoke of the “Shema” in Matthew 11:28-30. This prayer is diametrically opposed to the Muslim daily prayer. Does Obama recognize “Allah” as the God of the Old Testament and Mohammed as his prophet? Again, a syncretism is evident in Obama’s thinking. No exclusive allegiance is given to the God of Scripture, the Lord of heaven and earth.
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.”
In the March 27, 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, columnist of the Chicago Sun Times, Obama rejects any idea of hell or judgment upon those who reject Jesus Christ and His atoning death. “There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.” Falsani asked, “You don’t believe that?” Obama replies, “I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup.” Obama attempts to marginalize the Judaic and Christian doctrine of God’s justice as if it were a parochial teaching among some extreme religious group. This obfuscation is a cover-up of the Biblical understanding of God as the “Judge of all the earth.” “Far be it from Thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked so that the righteous and wicked are treated alike. Far be it from Thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” (Gen. 18:25). “And the heavens declare his righteousness, for God Himself is judge.” (Ps. 50:6). “But the Lord sits as king forever; he has established his throne for judgment, and he will judge the world in righteousness; he will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.” (Ps. 9:7-8). Barack Obama posits a false proposition by stating that God would allow children to burn in hell. There is no scriptural warrant under the age of accountability (children) having to suffer eternally for sin. This is a “straw argument” to conceal his rejection of the justice of God. Man is made for eternity and obedience or disobedience to God’s will carry ramifications that transcend one’s life on earth. “…for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” (Gen. 2:17). “Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.” (Ezek. 18:4). “…for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23). The Biblical understanding of judgment is set forth in extensive passages from the Mishnah, Talmud and Aboth. “Justice being an attribute of God, it follows that he deals justly with His creatures. That the righteous should be rewarded for their faithfulness to the divine will and the wicked punished for their rebelliousness is what one naturally expects in a universe governed by a Just Judge.” (A. Cohen, “Everyman’s Talmud” p. 110). Every human being is called to account before God’s righteous judgment. “They that are born are destined to die; and the dead to be brought to life again; and the living to be judged, to know, to make known, and to be made conscious that He is God, He the Maker, He the Creator, He the discerner, He the Judge, He the witness, He the complainant; He it is that will in the Hereafter judge, blessed by He, with Whom there is no unrighteous nor forgetfulness, nor respect of persons, nor taking of bribes. Know also that everything is according to the reckoning and let not your imagination give you hope that the grave will be a place of refuge for you; for perforce you were formed, and perforce you were born, and perforce you live, and perforce you die, and perforce you will in the hereafter have to give account and reckoning before the supreme King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.” (Aboth, IV.29). “The Holy One, blessed be He, will sit in judgment with the righteous and wicked. He will judge the righteous and conduct them to Gan Eden. He will judge the wicked and condemn them to Gehinnon.” (Midrash to Ps. 1; 12b).
Jesus’ most frequent self-designation was “Son of Man”, i.e., bar enosh, an autobiographical designation utilized 81 times in the Gospels. This was an exalted Messianic title in Judaism, alluding to Daniel 7:13. The title acknowledges the Messiah as the escatological judge of the universe. It indicates that the Messiah has an all-encompassing judicial authority to execute judgment on the unrepentant. “And he sat on the throne of his glory, and the sum of judgment was given unto the Son of Man, and he caused the sinners to pass away and he destroyed from off the face of the earth, and those who had led the world astray. With chains shall they be bound, and in their assemblage place of destruction shall they be imprisoned, and all their works vanish from the face of the earth. And from henceforth there shall be nothing corruptible; for that ‘Son of Man’ has appeared, and has seated himself on the throne of his glory, and all evil shall pass away before his face, and the word of that Son of Man shall go forth and be strong before the Lord of Spirits.”