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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Time to Judge

And He was also saying to the crowds ... When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out.

And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, It will be a hot day, and it turns out that way. 

You hypocrites! 

You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time? 

And why do you not even on your own initiative ... judge what is right? Luke 12:54-57

Does Jesus teach that there is ... A Time For Us to Judge?

Wait a minute ... didn’t Jesus make it perfectly clear we are not to judge? 
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2

Why then did He call His followers hypocrites in the verse above because they did not judge? 

Isn’t this a clear example of Jesus contradicting Himself? 
No, that can never be. There is no contradiction here. Jesus is the eternal Truth. 
If the words appear to be contrary, then we are only misinterpreting what is being said.

The answer to these questions is not difficult to understand. 
In Mathew, Jesus is clearly telling us not to judge others. And in Luke he is talking about judging the difference between what is right and what is wrong ... this passage is NOT about people, but rather beliefs and actions. Only God is to judge people. But He does not want us to confuse the difference between judging people and judging right and wrong, or between sin and righteousness. And He has made the difference between right and wrong clear to us. For a Christian to look at wrong beliefs and actions, and to then remain silent or to say there is nothing wrong with that … is sin.

This is a big problem in our world today. 
In America people have the right to do pretty much whatever they choose as long as they do not hurt other people or break society’s laws? Our secular educational system has taught our children a values neutral belief system. The so called separation of church and state has ruled that there is no place for teaching children morals and values in our schools. The idea is that each person must decide for himself what is right and wrong. But the fact is that personal opinions do nothing to change God's eternal truth. And the moral foundation for living in our society has been removed for the two most recent generations.

As adults we are told that in  free society, we should tolerate the beliefs of others. 
We should not force our beliefs on others. This is fine up to a point. But society wants to then carry this idea of tolerance to the next level. We are told that we are being judgmental or a bigot if we do not support beliefs that Jesus has clearly defined as sin. It is no longer enough for us to just accept the person. We are now told that to call attention to wrong beliefs or sinful actions is being intolerant.

The result is that Christians are not wanting to offend other people; or to appear to be judgmental; and so they remain quiet, or even worse, in many cases actually call evil good. All religions, philosophies, and beliefs are suddenly viewed as equally valid. It no longer matters that beliefs or religions contrary to one another cannot possibly both be true. But Jesus is very clear here. There is only one God. And those who believe in him will not be judged; but that those who do not believe in Him have been judged already. John 3:18. According to Jesus … well meaning people who follow other religions and philosophies are already judged right along with the worst of people.

Do you see the problem with this picture we are creating? 
This is a repeat of ancient Rome or Babylon. Let’s pretend for a moment. What if all people believed that there is no right or wrong? What if situational ethics ruled the day? What if all people who believed in Judeo Christian values and the difference between right and wrong were suddenly removed from the earth? What would become of those who were left? What if all people just decided to follow their feelings, and do whatever they wished, whenever they wished; and they allowed their lust, pride, and ego to guide them wherever they wanted to go? What would the end result be? Survival of the fittest and all forms of evil would rule the day. CHAOS would be the end result, and the destruction of our world would quickly follow.

The problem is that this is the opposite of what Jesus says we are to do as Christians. We are to love the sinner which each of us is as well … but we are to hate the sin. And while not judging others, we are to judge the difference between right and wrong. But friends will reject me, and turn away from me, and think I am a religious fanatic ... you might say? That may be true, but would you rather have your Lord and Savior call you a hypocrite?

Jesus predicted all of this. 
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. John 15:18-20

Although we are born into the world physically … 
from the moment we became born again, we are no longer of the world spiritually. 
We are now his ambassadors and he wants to speak to the world through us. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

How can we be used by God to reach the lost world, if our beliefs and lifestyle are no different than the worldly? If we do not allow the love of Christ, and the truth of Christ to control and guide us, we are hypocrites and Jesus says to these: "because you are lukewarm I will spit you out of my mouth" Revelation 3:15-16

Acts 17:16-34 As Paul clearly demonstrated when talking to the men of Athens. 
Sometimes it is wise to find common ground from which to speak. But our purpose must always be to share the truth and to challenge the false teachings and beliefs of the world. Do you really think that the Apostle Paul was concerned about the people of the world being offended by his truthful testimony? Not in the least. Paul was a true bond-servant of Christ.

So in closing my friends, the lesson here today is that there is A Time to Judge the difference between right and wrong ... and that time is every day. And if we choose to look the other way, Jesus will surely view us as hypocrites.

Christians cannot have it both ways.

God bless you my friends, Bob

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Absolute Certainty 2

Absolutely Certain ...

Of course absolute certainty is desirable. The writer's conclusion in the photo quote above is wrong but he is right in one sense. It is impossible to be certain of anything when looking at things from a worldly point of view; but when considering the things of the Spirit ... Absolute Certainty is a promise that Jesus has given everyone who believes in Him.

The Bema judgment is for those who have already believed in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. This judgment happens at the moment we are caught up to be with the Lord.  This judgment is to determine the motives of our heart and provide rewards for any works that are deemed righteous by God. The believer's eternal life is already secure on the basis the our belief in Jesus and the Lord’s sacrificial death. The following verses explain further.

First read 2 Corinthians 5:7-10 as noted previously.

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Cor. 3:10-15

We will be separated from unbelievers at the second coming of Christ. The problem is that many confuse the consequences of God’s Bema judgment for believers with the Great White Throne Judgment. These are two different judgments. Believers are already born again and forgiven, and our Bema judgment before God will be for the purpose of receiving rewards after the believers have already been saved and united with Christ. If there are no good deeds in their life since believing in Christ, all of their works will be burned up; but they will be saved as a man running from a burning house.

On the other hand, unbelievers will be judged for their sins at the Great White Throne Judgment and without the free gift of Christ they will all perish. We all have already been judged, found guilty, and condemned for our sins. Only believing in Jesus Christ can save anyone from the consequences of this judgment.

Some people conclude that this makes no sense and that if true, this would allow people to say they believe and then do whatever they choose. But God is all knowing and has an answer to those who foolishly follow this self centered logic. Read 1 Cor. 3:16-17 Those who choose to pretend and play games with their spiritual life will suffer harsh consequences for their deception. Furthermore, God’s Truth does not need to make sense. It is the eternal Truth regardless of our feelings, thinking, and logic.

Here are three scriptures that make it clear that the names of believers in Jesus will be written in the book of life. And that God will not remove their name from the book of life. And lastly, that the judgment of non-believers has already been determined and will be rendered at the Great White Throne Judgment.

Phil 4:3 “Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.” Here the Apostle Paul makes it clear that the names of those who believe in Jesus have written in the book of Life.

In the verse below Jesus describes a church much like the churches in America today. One group of members is dead spiritually and are told to wake up and repent. Although calling themselves Christians, these people apparently do not even know Christ. If Jesus were to return at any moment they would be left behind. The second group are believers in Christ and are following the Spirit and Truth rather that the teachings and ways of the world and these will not have their name erased from the Lamb’s book of life. footnote: 1

Rev. 3:1-6 (first group - pretenders) "I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 'So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.”

(second group) - true believers) “But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 'He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

  Rev. 13:6-8 “And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.  It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

Here God explains that the devil has been given authority over all mankind. They are all worshippers of him and his evil ways. He is at war with all the saints … those who believe in Jesus. The unbelievers will worship him and follow his ways. Their names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life and will receive eternal punishment.

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15

This judgment as described is for those who were not caught up with Jesus Christ earlier at His second coming. Believer’s sins were judged at Calvary and we were justified by Christ who paid our penalty on the cross, once for all. As explained earlier Believers in Jesus Christ will have a separate judgment which is for the purpose of rewards only. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 This judgment will occur after the believers are caught up to be with God for eternity.

We who believe in Him, stand upon the Absolute Certainty of His promises.

"And to wait for his SON from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come."  1 Thessalonians 1:10
"For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?  Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?  For ye are our glory and joy."   1 Thessalonians 2:19-20

"To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before GOD, even our FATHER, at the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST 'with all' His saints."  1 Thessalonians3:13
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD."  1 Thessalonians 4:17.

Are You Absolutely Certain you will go to heaven for eternity when you die?

Having said all of this, I have some totally committed biblically-minded friends who do not agree on each point. I respect you greatly and pray you will read these words carefully, and please be a Berean ... correct me biblically if you believe I am misreading scripture.

God Bless you my Friends, Bob
Reference: Footsteps of the Messiah, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, pg. 61-63

Absolute Certainty

Absolutely Certain ...

Of course absolute certainty is desirable. The writer's conclusion in the photo quote above is wrong but he is right in one sense. It is impossible to be certain of anything when looking at things from a worldly point of view; but when considering the things of the Spirit ... Absolute Certainty is a promise that Jesus has given everyone who believes in Him.

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life." John 5:24

"And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”John 10:28

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13       

"These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that 
you may know that you have eternal life." 1 John 5:13

And this is a most important question that every person needs to be able to answer ... 

If you died today, are you absolutely certain you will go to heaven? 
“Yes, I am Absolutely Certain.”

Without understanding and establishing God's Truth as the foundation of our beliefs ... 
a Christian is destined to a life of confusion that is lacking the assurance of salvation.

Some would say that nobody can be absolutely certain. That view would reveal a lack of faith and understanding. According to Jesus, we can know the truth and be absolutely certain about the things of the Spirit. When we believe that Jesus is God, we are saved at that moment spiritually for eternity. My confidence is not because I have somehow qualified as a result of my good deeds, but rather as a result of the fact that Jesus died as the penalty for my sins and failures … past, present, and future. 

My certainty is in Him that died for my sins ... NOT ME.

The foundation of our beliefs must be Jesus Christ who is the eternal Truth. When our worldview is measured up against His eternal Truth … only then can we know spiritual Truth and the Truth will set us free for eternity. This is what it means to live by faith in Him.

 “for we walk by faith, not by sight - we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:7-10

I know that when I say that we can have absolute certainty, or absolute truth ... this sounds like a "know it all" who fell and hit his head. So let's clarify what I'm saying. When considering spiritual things ... when we stand upon the Truth and promises of the all knowing Creator, then and only then, we can have absolute certainty about those things which He has made clear. 

Now could I be wrong?  Yes, there are a number of ways we can be wrong. We could misunderstand what Jesus is saying, or cloud our thinking by opinions, feelings, logic, experiences, false religion, or the false teachings of the world. So we can only have absolute certainty when we are standing on the absolute Truth of the Creator in regards to spiritual things. 

We must continually test our beliefs up against the absolute Truth ...
of the all knowing omniscient Creator of all things.

"Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "[He is] THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS"; and again, "THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS." 1 Cor. 3:18-20

As Christians, we are to no longer follow our feelings, human understanding, and the teachings of men; but rather we test all things up against the eternal Truth of God and then faithfully follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Therefore for example, I can know with absolute certainty that there is a Creator, and that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is a false theory based upon the reasonings and conclusions of men and their worldly logic.

True arrogance is rejecting God and assuming that the truth about the miracles and mysteries of life are learned or determined by men through experiences, training, and feelings; and rejecting that which has been revealed by the all knowing God.

 The fact is that our personal opinion is not what’s important … do you believe that Jesus is God?” If yes … then don’t you think that what we need to know is: how would Jesus answer this question, and what are His promises for us as Christians?” The answer is clear in the five verses above and many more. You must only believe in Jesus. And at that moment you will be born again and you pass out of death and into eternal life. John 3:1-18

When we believe in Him, there is no judgment for our sins ... past, present and future; because Jesus already paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. 1 John 2:2  John 3:16 We are forgiven. Quite Often, a person’s church doctrine is wrong ... or some other false teaching comes between the person and this eternal truth. We are called to test our views and the teachings of our church by the truth of God’s word.

The words of Jesus are the eternal Truth and are perfectly clear.

"But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one." John 10:26-30

 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” John 14:6

So do you believe in Jesus and that the words of Jesus are true or not?

Some believe that you must change and live a godly life in order to receive eternal life, but they have God’s Truth backwards. The love of Christ controls and guides us only after we believe and are born again into eternal life. 2 Cor. 5:14 Apart from Him we can do no good thing. Good deeds come by the leading of His Holy Spirit who guides us in His truth and His righteousness. His eternal salvation is a free gift by His grace so that no man can think he qualifies and be arrogant. Ephesians 2:8-9

Salvation is by grace. When we believe in Jesus, He has given each of us his blessed gift and his gift is free. We do not need to earn eternal Life. “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:6

What about when we stand before God at the Judgment seat of Christ?

There are a number of different judgments described in the bible.
The first judgment is in Genesis 3 at the fall of man. From the point of the fall, we are all judged by God and born with a sin nature and guilty of lust and pride. God requires payment for the penalty of our sins. The purpose of God's free gift is so that we can be made right with God. God loves us and wants for no man to perish. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. We must only believe in Him to receive forgiveness and His free gift of eternal life.

A most important judgment is the judgment of mankind’s sins on the cross at Calvary. When Jesus Christ bore our sins in His own body on the cross, the result was death for Christ and justification for those who choose to believe in Him. We are now free from condemnation and our eternal life can never again be put in jeopardy. When we believed in Christ as our God and Savior … at that instant, we pass from death to eternal life.

The Bema judgment is for those who have already believed in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. This judgment happens at the moment we are caught up to be with the Lord.  This judgment is to determine the motives of our heart and provide spiritual gifts for any works that are deemed righteous by God. The believer's eternal life is already secure on the basis of our belief in Jesus and the Lord’s sacrificial death. The following verses explain further.

To be continued Read  Absolute Certainty 2

God Bless you Friends, Bob

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Millions of Miracles ...

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son ...
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Is there any limit to the millions of miracles that happen in the universe every day?
Most evolutionists would argue that there is no purpose or meaning to our life.
And that miracles and biblical absolutes do not exist.

"Our lives just exist and then end. Christianity was created by men in order to control people." "There are no such things as miracles or biblical absolutes." Well they are right about one thing most religions were created by men to control men and even many religions calling themselves Christian are created by men to control people. But that does not prove that a Creator does not exist.

I would contend that there are millions of miracles upon miracles around us everyday that men can never and will never explain ... beyond God. Regarding these miracles, the only answer that makes sense is a Creator. 

On all of these millions of miracles, evolution is a dead end argument. 

Consider the human brain for example, or the human eyes ... or the eyes, or the wings of a dragonfly. There are millions upon millions of unanswered miracles every day. The truth is that evolution cannot demonstrate a single example of a species that has evolved or that is currently in the process of evolving. Isn’t that strange for something that is called the Evolution of the Species? But the miracles and invisible things of God are everywhere. God’s word makes this clear.

"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20

I have a number of close friends who are atheists and we go all the way back to high school. The interesting thing is that we agree on almost everything except religion. By outward appearance, and even our values are much the same. From the world's perspective they are the good guys. In fact, there was a time when I agreed with them on religion, and would have argued their case. From their viewpoint, I have now fallen and hit my head.

We respect each other’s rights to our views, but on Christianity versus evolution we just respectfully agree to disagree. But this does not keep me from witnessing to them when I can. Why don’t I just remain silent? It would be easier, but God has me here primarily for one purpose … to speak to them. I love these friends and want for them to have the hope and freedom that I have found.

The question is: “What does God want me to say to them to help them see the truth?

Here is a recent conversation with one of my closest friends since high school who for many years has totally rejected all things religious … except for me. We'll call him Joe.

Bob:  “Have you ever wondered why it is that we agree on pretty much everything except Christianity?
Joe: “You got that right.”
Bob: “So what is it that bothers you most about religion?”
Joe: “I don’t like people preaching to me including you … 
especially when most of them are total hypocrites and fools.”
Bob: Do you think I am a hypocrite and a fool?
Joe: “Nope, I just think you have lost it on this one, and since you know where I stand, 
why would you want to get into an argument with me about it?

Bob: “I don’t want to get into an argument about it, 
but would you mind if I explained what I believe?
Joe: I already know what you believe, but go ahead and I’ll tell you what I believe.

Bob: You are one of my best friends in the world and if I am right, I do not want you to suffer the results of the wrong decision on the most important question you will ever answer.”
Joe: And what would that be?

Bob: If you were to die tomorrow are you certain where you will go from here?

Joe: “I believe in evolution and when we die we are dirt. All of the scientists in the world agree with me. What makes you so sure I am making the wrong decision?”
Bob: “Do you really think what you just said is true … that all of the scientists agree with you, and that when you die you are dirt, and that you will have lived your entire life for no purpose or meaning? That is a myth promoted by atheist scientists. I can show you the statements of hundreds of renowned scientists worldwide including Nobel Prize winners who have rejected Darwinian evolution. Why don’t you just read ‘Darwin’s Leap of Faith’ and ‘Darwin’s Black Box’ and then tell me what you think about evolution?”

Bob: “The fact is that since science cannot point to a single example of one species evolving to another species, or to anything else that is currently in the process of evolving from one species to another. 
Also as a result of the discoveries of molecular biologists … 
a large percentage of scientists no longer believe in macro-evolution.”
Joe: “What is macro-evolution?”
Bob: “The evolution of a species to a different species such as a fish to a lizard to an ape to a man. Basically the way that evolution science explains the origin of our species.” Each of those transitions would be Darwinian or macro-evolution.

Bob: “Do you really believe that evolution is how life began ...
or do you believe that there is a Creator God?”
Joe : “Well basically I believe in evolution.”
Bob: “So, what is your basis for this belief? Aren’t you placing your faith in the hands of biased mere men? How is it easier to have faith in men rather than a Creator?”

Joe: “I believe in what science has taught me.”
Bob: “Science rejects the miracles in the Bible and biblical absolutes. But then science accepts the laws of science as absolutes. Do you believe there are moral absolutes that are always true? And in order for evolution to be true, don’t we need to believe in millions upon millions of random miracles? 
Do you agree that there are millions of miracles?
Joe: “Some things we will never be able to explain. So yes, I suppose there are millions of miracles. Why does it matter if there are laws and miracles?”
 Bob: “Well this is my point exactly. If there are millions of miracles, scientific evolutionists deny miracles exist, or that anything else they cannot prove is true. They also deny that there are moral absolutes that are absolutely true whether we agree with them or not. Do you believe it is wrong to throw an unwanted newborn baby in a dumpster? And is child molestation never acceptable?
Joe: Yes of course, on both.

Bob: So you agree there are millions of miracles around us, and that there are some things that we just know are absolutely morally true.
Bob: This is why creation makes so much sense to me. There are literally millions upon millions of miracles in front of us every day. Evolution leads to chaos, but the world is actually in perfect order. And there are so many miracles that science will never be able explain."
Bob: “So do you think these millions of miracles in the world just happened by accident, or do you believe there is a God that created everything?”

Joe: The bible is filled with fairy tales like Noah, and the flood and Jonah and the fish. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Bob: Do any of the millions of miracles we cannot explain make sense to us? No ... otherwise they would cease to be miracles. We could name the miracles we don’t understand one after another for a year and we would still have unending miracles and very few answers.
Bob: I know we both agree that man-made global warming was an idea created by men. But the bigger lie is that these same scientists actually believe that they will somehow be able to change or control the climate. This is a fantasy created by atheists.

Joe: So what does all of this have to do with Christianity?
Bob: God is a God of miracles. This is why atheists reject miracles and absolutes. Accept evolution and you also reject the Creator of the miracles and absolutes. The entire life of Jesus is a series of miracles. Additionally He claimed to be there in the beginning and to be the same God who sent Him in the flesh to save us from ourselves. If I reject Creation, then the foundation of my belief system is destroyed.

Joe: Well what about all of the other religions that do not believe in Jesus? I suppose you think that all of those people just go to hell?
Bob: It doesn’t matter what I think; but it does matter what I know. If I believe that Jesus is the God of miracles and His word is the eternal truth … then what Jesus says is what I can believe, and know to be true. “Jesus answered and said to him,"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." … "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:3,16-18

Bob: The message of the Gospel is clear. None of us are worthy on the basis of the life that we have lived. But if we believe Jesus is God, we are certain of eternal life. If we follow some religion that does not believe Jesus is God, then we might be great people by the world’s standards, but we do not have eternal life because all are judged guilty who do not have the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood on the cross for the cleansing and forgiveness of their sins. If the verse above is not true and we do not have eternal life, then that would mean that Jesus lies and is not the God He claims to be.

Bob: I am certain I will go to Heaven when I die, not because I deserve to go ... but rather because I believe and declare Jesus is My Lord and my Savior, the Creator of all things, the God of millions of miracles. What do you say Joe?

Joe: I believe … Jesus is Lord and Savior, God the Creator, 
and that I will go to heaven when I die.

God bless you my friends, Bob

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Worst Possible Thing

The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 

Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. “But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 

My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. “I and the Father are one.” John 10:24-30

Have you ever wondered …
What is the worst possible thing you can ever do?

There are many things we could do that would bring horrible results. Every day we have the opportunity to make decisions that could cause us to lose everything. You could lie, cheat, steal, or kill … but there is much worse. You could lose all your money, end up in jail, lose your career, the respect of others, and you could lose your family and friends. Just yesterday, I read of a California man who was killed when he decided to move to Syria and join the ISIS Islamic terrorists. How could an American choose to be so foolish, and to turn to such evil?

But there is still a much worse thing that you can do.

There is one choice that is the absolute worst possible thing anyone can do throughout their entire life. In the scripture above, Jesus clearly answered the question of the Jewish religious leaders when He said: “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

“The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” John 10:31-33. The religious leaders rejected Jesus and because He said; “I and the Father are one” … they plotted to have Him killed and eventually brought Jesus to Pilate to be crucified.

There you have it my friends. The worst thing you can ever do is not believe in Jesus Christ and then die before you come to believe his claims to be God. My teacher refers to this as the unpardonable sin. The consequences of all other sins are forgiven when we believe Jesus Christ and His promises are the eternal Truth. This fact was further clarified here: “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:18. 

If this teaching is not true, none is the better for it. But what hope is there for those who reject Christ only to learn that this is the eternal Truth? It is wise for all of us to deeply consider the teachings of Jesus, and His purpose and meaning for each of us.

For all of those who reject Jesus and do not believe that He and the Creator God are one and the same, this is not good news. This Truth also applies to seemingly wonderful and good people who just want to do what they want to do. This claim is true for all who worship other religions and belief systems, or other gods. For those who do not believe in Jesus Christ and his free gift of eternal life through faith in Him. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

I realize that this is not politically correct. But when we are talking about someone spending eternity in heaven or hell … hurting someone’s feelings, tolerance, and political correctness somehow lose their value. We all have freedom of choice but in this case, the wrong choice has forever consequences.

So you might say …
“I’m saved … and I believe that Jesus Christ is God."
Now, what is the worst thing I can do?

As a Christian, anything you do that leads those in your circle of influence away from God’s free gift of Grace through Jesus Christ is the worst thing you can do. The example we set for others should be our top priority.

"It is good neither to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor anything by which your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak." Romans: 14:21

Is this post getting heavy for you? A Christian named Greg once told me that he was not concerned about the do’s and don’ts of the Bible. He had been taught by the person who led him to Christ that he only needed to believe in Jesus and he would be saved. That is all that mattered to him. Question: who is the god of Greg’s belief system? Is he truly a Christian believer in Jesus Christ?

I am convinced and hope and pray that Greg is a Christian … in spite of his self-centeredness. A carnal believer is clearly far better off than going to hell for eternity. But God is righteous and just and has made it clear that he has given us a mission to be used by Him to reconcile others to Him so that they can also have eternal life as well.

To disregard the promises and changes he has planned for us here and now will surely bring severe consequences. "Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 When a person believes that Jesus is the Creator of the universe, knows all things, and is all powerful; and then chooses to disregard His teachings and His Truth … what could be a more foolish thing to do in the face of this verse?

Here’s is how this logic plays out … rather than be an ambassador for Christ with a ministry of reconciliation; just be the worst kind of hypocrite, one that leads others away from the Savior and His Gospel of eternal salvation and forgiveness. Lead others to Believe in Christ but go on living for themselves, here and now. Lead others like Greg to follow this foolishness. If we would follow Greg’s thinking to its end, is there anything that you or I could not freely do? You name it, the answer is no. How can the love of Christ control him, and help guide others to believe in Christ through him when his life projects the opposite of the teachings of Christ?

Actress Marilyn Monroe was challenged by Billy Graham when he was visiting one of her shows. He told Marilyn that the Spirit of God had sent him to talk with her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say; Marilyn replied: “I don't need your Jesus.”

Unfortunately for Marilyn Monroe, her reply was the absolute worst thing she could ever say or do. A week later, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her apartment, an apparent suicide. Her rejection of Christ and His free gift of eternal life was far worse than ending her life.

Why do some who appear to have everything decide to walk down a hopeless path to nowhere? For those who choose to reject the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ, there is no meaning or purpose in life and no hope. All of the fame and success the world has to offer means NOTHING.

What about you?

Will you believe in Jesus right now; and have hope, meaning, and purpose in your life forever? Pray to Jesus and ask for his forgiveness and eternal salvation. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY. 1 Peter 2:9-10

God Bless you my friends, Bob

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Invisible Things II

For the invisible things of him ...

since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; 

that they may be without excuse:  because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; 

but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. 
Romans 1:20-22 

Why do scientists use circular reasoning and other unscientific methods to support evolution? 
I am convinced, that if Noah’s Ark was discovered ... scientists would deny it. They do not want to even discuss the meaning and consequences of a Creator God for themselves and the systems which they have created around this theory.

The more scientists who are trained to believe this theory as scientific fact, the deeper the hole they are digging for themselves and their students. Darwin’s theory was first published in 1859. As a result we have over 150 years of science that has been built around this false premise. Darwin said; “if it could be demonstrated that any complex organism existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” The working cell is the answer and the demonstration of this complex organism that Darwin speaks of here and as he predicted ... the way a cell works refutes Darwin's theory of evolution.

Molecular biology has discovered that the cell is Darwin’s Black Box. Each cell is a working machine with functioning parts that could never have evolved. It is impossible for functioning cells to evolve. Cells are composed of an “irreducibly complex system of several well matched interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.” These functioning cells are the demonstrable organisms that Darwin described as the destroyer of his theory of evolution.

The cell is “Darwin’s Black Box.” This is as complex as I will get here. For further insight, read the excellent book by Molecular Biologist Dr. Michael Behe … for more details. We can only imagine the miracles man would have discovered with a foundation built upon God’s eternal truth rather than men’s pride and errors.

 So why is God angry, and why is God filled with wrath? Because God has made the truth known to all (The Invisible Things) and instead of acknowledging God, men purposefully hinder the truth in their unrighteousness, their false teaching, and their rejection of the Creator of all things.

Our brain is a miracle, our mind is a miracle, our ability to think and remember is a miracle, our eyes, our ears, and our nose are miracles, our hands and our feet are miracles, and all of our organs are miracles. Right down to every living molecule we are a miracle and we are NOT a result of millions of chance happenings that came together over  hundreds of millions of years. The fact that they all work together are God’s invisible things that prove that He is God. The Creator has given us a life filled with meaning, purpose, and miracles. We are here now in the flesh ... but we are also here in the Spirit for eternity. And men say: “I don’t believe in miracles.”

Think about it for a moment. Evolution is an impossible fraud. In the same way as a cell, our body cannot function without all of the parts working together. At what point did the human brain or the eyes arrive and how did they get here … by accident? After over 150 years science has not been able to find one single example of a creature that has evolved from another creature. Looking further, science cannot demonstrate a single thing that is in the process of evolving. Is this not a bit odd for a theory that is taught as absolute fact to our school children and university students?

Our brain, our ability to think, to remember, and to reason are not here by chance. Miracles upon miracles. All of the creatures after their own kind only, and things of the universe did not just happen by accidents, one on top of another. Our life has purpose and meaning. We are not dirt that somehow just all came together from nothing. I know you might be saying ... "the things of God are too difficult for me to understand." I agree they are difficult; but the things of Darwin are much more difficult, because they can’t possibly be true.

Each of us will place our faith in one or the other … Darwin or God. Which will it be for you? If Darwin is your god, you need to think long and hard about that. His conclusions were based upon false conclusions on top of false conclusions. Why would you place your trust in a man who did not even understand how life works at its most basic level? His own words noted above convict his theory. Once again, man is no more of an accident than the flight of a jetliner is by accident … and when a computer flys the jetliner, it is NOT by accident either.

We are not an accident that evolved from a slug. Evolution is a lie, and an insult to the Creator of all things. To believe in evolution ... is to follow a false god. This is the foolishness of the world that has caused God’s wrath.

As explained here, God has given us the ability to see, and to a degree understand The Invisible Things of life and the universe. Surely you do not think that even our limited vision and understanding of these Invisible Things is somehow by chance?

God’s word tells us that God the Creator is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He is all knowing, all powerful; and always there --- past, present and future. Not only does God understand everything there is to know about everything there is; but He also created everything that is, ever has been, and ever will be. Everything there is either works or ceases to work at His command. He knew you in your mother’s womb. He knows all things, and His Word is the eternal Truth.

Nothing is too great for him. God has a plan for each of us. We can accept or reject his free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Savior. His salvation for us is free. We only need to believe that Jesus is the Creator God ... that He says He is. Pray to Jesus now and believe in Him and His forgiveness and eternal life for you, beginning today. He has created a place in heaven for you and me for eternity. I can’t wait to meet you there.

Why would anyone reject the forgiveness and promises Jesus has for them and put in his place the teachings of Charles Darwin, a man with a failed theory that makes no sense? The invisible things demand our response.

What do you say to these Invisible Things that God has revealed to you? 
Miracles of Creation ... or a random accident? The choice is up to you.

God bless you friends, Bob