|Posted on January 25, 2014 at 7:20 PM|
I promise this won’t be a history lesson, but to understand the present or even the future, the past has to be examined. Even middle school textbooks in the most secular school districts list the birth of the cornerstone of Christianity as a fact in either 6/5 B.C. It’s just when we call Jesus Lord-well, that causes issues among the secular, agnostic, highly evolved crowd. That said, if you yourself are one that sees the Bible as an old book written by men that may have had mental issues-this view is popular among scoffers, or are one that does not accept Christ because no way at all- no way could the Bible be right, please throw away your know it all blinders and just for crazy argument sake, read and consider the following. Anyway, at this time, Roman rule dominated the Jews. They looked to prophecies that promised the Messiah; yet, irony reigned as the One King came and was not recognized due to self-righteousness and arrogance. In other words, the people needed a way out, the promised salvation, but due to their own bloated sense of self-worth, they neglected to see their need of the Savior because of sin. Was this 30 something B.C. or 2014?
I’d like to take you on a little trip called Jesus 101. Don’t be rude about it and think all churches are the same. I say this because right now some of you mid-twenty somethings base your thoughts on Christ and the Bible on one or two childhood experiences where maybe you felt smothered by well intentions and the cross. I won’t smother, but I will expose you to everything sans bias thoughts, mainly because I used to be you. I see both sides, the one with the truth and the one where Satan disguises lies. The F word is the issue. Faith. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.” Famed Baptist, the late Adrian Rogers said, “A faith that hasn't been tested can't be trusted.” I promise if you seek answers from The Bible in earnest, you will not be disappointed. Test it out. Jesus said that with just a little faith we will be blessed beyond our expectations. He also told a doubter in John 20:29, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing are blessed." Hebrews 11:6 explains faith like so: Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him. Now here’s the twist on faith. It isn’t so much a leap in the dark because first, God as creator is seen through all creation and two, you can divert attention by mocking organized religion, Jesus, and all things Heaven to deflect that even the most disbelieving soul does in fact have a void and a longing for God. Ever felt like something was missing that you just couldn’t grasp? Well, after 500 words plus, let’s get this journey started.
First of all, please dismiss the concept that you and I emerged from ooze or evolved from a monkey. Atheists or agnostics, and perhaps misguided Christians (There was a Big Bang, but God clapped a lot) rely heavily on scientific evidence to explain origins. Concerning evolving, how many species have you seen change into a new species? In other words, do birds or fish evolve into a camel or another creature? No, animal species evolve into the same type of species. Birds from the family Zosteropidae have been said to be “poster children” for rapid evolution, but do you know what these birds evolve into? Right, more birds. To rationalize the concept of the Big Bang, we should take any mechanical contraption like a watch. Let’s smash it and throw it in a box. Now if the Bang theory is accurate in three, two, one, after shaking the box, our previously disassembled contraption should be back in working order since the intricacies of the contraption pale in comparison to human anatomy which all just perfectly together from the bang bang. If I told you that thousands of pieces of timber were set in motion by a tornado in a lumberyard and this ultimately resulted in the amazing design and complexity of the house you live in, you would think this was absurd to say the very least.
Yet in essence, this is what the Big Bang theory teaches.Now I know that anyone with kids might say that a tornado ripped through their room - but the tornado did not create their room. It only created the mess that is throughout the room. Will the mess be cleaned? Yes, but it will not cleaned up by itself.
Even if millions of years of tornados did somehow randomly land in a complex pattern thus assembling your room, this would still not explain where the trees came from or how it was made into the lumber. It would not explain who planted, or cut the trees, or even how the trees grew. You see, such theories do not give an absolute answer of truth. They only serve to cause people distractions and assist them to lose sight of the larger picture of eternity.
One, it ludicrous to think a big bang, super explosion happened causing all life complex in detail to form. Granted, the skeptic will say the same about Genesis 1:1, more on that later.
Two: Star light star bright. Evolutionists generally believe that stars formed by the collapse of gas clouds under gravity. This is supposed to generate the millions of degrees required for nuclear fusion. But most clouds would be so hot that outward pressure would prevent collapse. Evolutionists must find a way for the cloud to cool down. One such mechanism might be through molecules in the cloud colliding and radiating enough of the heat away.
According to theory, the ‘big bang’ made mainly hydrogen, with a little helium—the other elements supposedly formed inside stars. Helium can't form molecules at all, so the only molecule that could be formed would be molecular hydrogen (H2). Even this is easily destroyed by ultraviolet light, and usually needs dust grains to form—and dust grains require heavier elements. Therefore, the only coolant left is atomic hydrogen, and this would leave gas clouds over a hundred times too hot to collapse.
Three, Despite eduMAcated professors’ arguments, the following pattern of thought is not a logical fallacy. So many science/evidence driven thinkers would love for The Big Bang t be proven true because it would completely obliterate The Bible because in Genesis 1:1, we are told that God created it all. Now what makes us think God did not use the BB process to create? The most popular version of the big bang teaches that the universe will expand forever and eventually run out of usable energy. According to the story, it will remain that way forever in a state that astronomers call “heat death.” The Bible teaches that the world will be judged and remade. Paradise restored. The big bang denies this crucial biblical teaching. Also, another serious challenge to the big bang model is called the “flatness problem.” The expansion rate of the universe appears to be very finely balanced with the force of gravity; this condition is called “flat.” If the universe were the accidental byproduct of a big bang, it is difficult to imagine how such a fantastic coincidence could occur. Big bang cosmology cannot explain why the matter density in the universe isn’t greater, causing it to collapse upon itself (closed universe), or less, causing the universe to rapidly fly apart (open universe).
FOUR: BB ignores the First and second laws of Thermodynamics.
Fifth: The Bible, now keep in mind, I was a former mocker and hater of all things Christian, is uniquely constructed over a period of 1400 years by 40 + authors and it contains zero contradictions ranging from its earliest forms. Historically, mathematically, and scientifically, The Bible holds true.
The Bible tells that all scripture is God breathed. I believe in a literal 6 days because of the writings in Hebrew. Think of The Bible like an exam. It is either True or False. One never sees on an exam, a True And False question. It is either true or the biggest joke that has lasted for six thousand years.
Any feminist will tell you that men are dirt, so how is that different from the biblical creation account? So, this book the Bible that we affectionately call and take literally, the Word of God in Psalms 139:13-16 says:
13 For it was You who created my inward parts;[a]
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.[b][c]
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well.
15 My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began.
You know the hardest part to understand about those verses? The questions that follow amid life circumstances intimidate. “If your God made me and knows all my days, why does my life suck? Why was I abused? Why did he have to drink and drive, kill my mom, then get off free? Why?”
How many Christians are going to run away from this one? A lot of Christians rely on the ‘God don’t put on you more than you can handle.’ That is total, bogus theology. See, if we could fight the trials and tribulations of life without the Father, Son, and Spirit, we wouldn’t need them. The scripture they refer comes from Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth found in chapter ten:
13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Through all of life’s trials and tribulations, we have the victory. "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ." Although we are in a spiritual battle, Satan has no authority over the believer in Christ. God has given us His Word to guide us, His Holy Spirit to enable us, and the privilege of coming to Him anywhere, at any time, to pray about anything. He has also assured us that no trial will test us beyond our ability to bear it, and “he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” Jesus Christ set the perfect example. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). These verses reveal aspects of His divine purpose for both Jesus Christ's trials and tribulations and ours. Persevering proves our faith. "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
Now that we have established that God made us, folks, allow me to list why you need salvation through Christ, who He is, why He had to die, and what it means to be a Christian. Do not confuse being a child of God with regulatory church attendance that starts and ends when the pastor asks one to open up the Bible.
Sin. James briefly elaborated on it in chapter 4:17. So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.
There are many religions that tout good, moral truths. Most religions denounce murder as a bad thing. That is a moral truth. The God of Abraham, the God of the Living represents not just truth, but absolute truth. God is not an easy understandable concept, but he is holy and out of reach of us as Genesis tells because of disobedience, i.e. sin. Absolute truth lies in salvation at the cross of Christ. The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of God. We are separated from God. How can I say this?
Yes, the early churches put the Bible together one could say, although I wouldn’t. Man decided what books we would encompass and call The Holy Bible one could say, but I would not. Man wrote under God’s inspiration The Bible. There is a difference between say The Gospel of Luke and the “lost” gospel of Theo of Tropical Hill. Ultimately God not only inspired over 40 men to write the books, he also I believe gave discernment as to what went where if you will. So anyway, sin. Sin that separates us from God.
But your iniquities have built barriers
between you and your God,
and your sins have made Him hide His face from you
so that He does not listen.
It should humble us that the One who spoke the world into existence hides His face from us because of our sinful ways. I hope you do not live in the United States of the Easily Offended because I would not like to be labeled intolerant, judgy, or oh who I am kidding? To quote Isaiah again, in 7:9, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all.” The Bible speaks about sins such as being a drunk, lusting after the flesh, (be it male or female) greed, idolizing, SO basically any action that takes the focus off of God is sinful.
We limit God and break the second Commandment when we make God into a graven image of what we want. God knows I’m not perfect and loves me anyway we announce as we continue on living in a manner that that biblically been taught to offend the Lord. We are correct that God does love us as we surmise, but we take away our responsibility to not sin thinking God will allow us in his holy presence maybe because dad was a preacher or because my sins are not too big and God is a loving God. We tend to forget that loving God is also a just God that is THE only righteous judge.
Earlier I mentioned how God is absolute truth, he is our measuring stick for all that is just and right. He should be, but to those who believe themselves to be above the very nature of the Almighty, well, they wil not grasp this message. Without a perfect standard, there is no way to determine whether something is imperfect. Without the absolute standard of God’s glory, every word or action would be judged by the faulty, shifting standard of imperfect people. Every rule, law, and moral tenet would become a matter of opinion. And man’s opinion is as varied and changeable as the weather.
If a builder builds upon a foundation that is not square, he risks the integrity of the entire project. The building does not get better as it goes up; it gets weaker and more out of line. However, when the starting point is perfect, the rest of the structure will be sound. Moral foundations work the same way. Without God’s moral law, we have no way of knowing right from wrong. Sin is moving away from what is right. The further we get from God’s moral standard, the worse the sin becomes.
One of the most damaging thoughts that we as people have is, “I don’t care what so and so does, it ain’t hurting me.” Now this is a thought brought to us by Satan. See, when we think about sin, we want to live and let live. Now did Jesus go around thumping a Bible screaming about hellfire damnation to the sinners He hung out with? Well, he taught plainly more about Hell than Heaven. He told people to, “Go and sin no more.” Jesus did live and let live because folks, God Almighty, God in the flesh has never made anyone do anything. Since the first sin of disobedience, God the Father has allowed free will to reign among mankind. We can choose to carry the cross daily or we can choose to engage in sin without one repentant thought as easily as we chose to watch those around sin away to Hell never knowing the saving Grace of the Cross because we want to live by, “I don’t care what so and so does, it ain’t hurting me.” One does not plant corn and expect to harvest beets. We cannot “plant” sin—even in private—and not expect to reap a harvest of consequences. And consequences have a way of spilling out over everyone and anyone that comes into contact with us because of another principle called "association." This means that those around us can be blessed or hurt by association with you and the choices and actions you make, both privately and publicly.
Is it wrong to snort cocaine and get high in your own home where no one can get hurt? Let’s say that it is okay despite being illegal because no one is hurt at home. Let’s fast forward a few hours and you still are high or on the verge of crashing. What if you wreck on the way to school based on your actions? Sorry, forget to say, you are the school bus driver. Your decision making, driving skills due to your actions in private have caused a wreck that killed three kids affecting numerous families for the rest of their lives. Still think the mantra of “It don’t affect me” works? Numbers chapter 32 plainly explains that your sin will be uncovered. Billy Graham wrote and quoted Genesis chapter four and verse seven when describing sin’s power over all.
If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
There’s only one way to conquer sin. It’s not therapy, good deeds, moderation, or any other new age pattern, but Christ. Christ by the way isn’t just for “Christians.” Christ said as recorded in Matthew 9:13, “For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” The righteous people he referred to in reality were the religious experts, hypocrites who refused to recognize Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah. So, not so much righteous as self-righteous as the Bible further teaches in Romans 3:10: There is none righteous, no not one.
For the born-again child of God—one who has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior—there is a standard of conduct, both in private and in public: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). A born-again child of God has a desire to live to glorify God, and even though there are times when we can and do fail, God has made provision for us to be in fellowship with Him. He has promised that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Blood. Without blood we die. I don’t believe anyone would argue this biological nugget of truth. Okay, so why then do we not see the connection between blood and the cross of Christ? In Jeremiah, chapter 33:8, we find the plan of redemption foretold:
I will purify them from all the wrongs they have committed against Me, and I will forgive all the wrongs they have committed against Me, rebelling against Me.
The purification is the sacrificial death of Joseph’s son as doubters called Him, the carpenter who happened to be both man and God in the flesh, Jesus. Paul defends in Romans 5:21:
so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But why blood? Hebews 9:22 answers that.
According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
The only way through blood to achieve redemption was and is through the sinless Son of Man, Jesus. Adrian Rogers said, “Sin is not just breaking God’s laws; it is breaking His heart.” Think about breaking God’s heart. In Genesis chapter 6, God’s heart is grieved at the evil of man. Let it sink in, so the gravity of the most quoted least respected verse found in John 3:16 weighs on your heart.
For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
Despite the broken heart, God the Father gave Christ the Son as a ransom to bring us, you, and me back to him even though we were not worth it. Please get over your delusions of bloated and exaggerated, self-worth and humble yourself at the cross realizing you need Him, not ten good deeds, membership at a certain church, or other exercise that adds to o takes away from His love and Grace at the cross.
If you do not even acknowledge Jesus as fully God and man, consider what He proclaimed. Keep in mind that all religions apart from Christianity have central figures, but not one that ever said I am God. Here are just a few from Christ:
John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.”
John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 1:1 says, “the Word was God.” John 1:14 says that “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” This clearly indicates that Jesus is God in the flesh. Acts 20:28 tells us, "...Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood." Who bought the church with His own blood? Jesus Christ. Acts 20:28 declares that God purchased the church with His own blood. Therefore, Jesus is God!
Finally, we have to decide. We either accept Him or we don’t. Jesus of Nazareth was a liar for claiming to be God, he was a loon for believing himself to be God, or He is Lord. That's the biggest, most serious question we all have to answer. Christ asked Peter, "Who do you say I am?" We too have to answer that. To the believer, no evidence is needed to embrace in faith. Sadly, to the mocker, no evidence will ever be enough.
One of the greatest condemnations against the church is the disagreement among denominations teaching salvation is attained by the Cross of Christ plus your good deeds and baptism. I’ve written other places about that, so allow me to ask you, if you realize you need to repent and give your life to God living for Jesus, how can immersion in city tap water, a dirty river, or a creek save you? Same question with a twist, how can anyone say that a person is not saved even though they have given up the old ways making Christ Lord of their life if they haven’t been immersed in the aforementioned dirty river, city water, or creek?
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
"Oh God, I'm a sinner.
I've been a sinner all of my life.
Forgive me, Lord.
I receive Jesus as my Savior.
I trust Him as my Lord.
Thank you for saving me.
In Jesus' name, Amen."