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

The Invisible Things

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

Think about it.
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.

God’s Word declares that; "if we wish to become wise we must become foolish so that we may become wise. And that the wisdom of the world is foolishness with God." Have you ever wondered what this means and why God would say this?

A couple of years ago, a successful businessman paid a record $3,456,789 to have lunch with Warren Buffett. The foolishness of men has no limits. As if Buffett could somehow wave a magic wand and make him wise by revealing his secrets of the world at lunch. I hope the man had a good lunch, because that is a huge price to pay for insights that God defines as foolishness. Especially since the wisdom of the Creator is available to each of us at any time for no cost.

What type of wisdom is God speaking of here? What are the invisible things God speaks of here? The invisible things are everything that we cannot see with our eyes. Man has two forms of perception: visual and mental. Our mental perception sees the invisible through the functioning of our mind combined with our senses.

God doesn’t just understand our perceptions … He created all of the visible and invisible things, and has made them known to us. How does this happen? Those things that we hear, smell, touch, and taste, we cannot see with our eyes but God has given us the ability to see through the perception of our minds. This truth did not just happen by chance. Our ability to reason and understand is not an accident. Both are miracles of God.

We can both see and smell the flowers … and we can taste and see, as well as smell fresh cookies baking in the oven. These are good examples of perceptions we do not need to visually see to understand. Sometimes, we can even tell the type of flower or cookie without looking with our eyes. Men have further explored many of these things to better understand through the various sciences; but while we have learned a lot in the past couple of hundred years, the most advanced computer will never remotely understand or compare to the human brain.

But God has made known to us that the invisible things the brain does are real, and we haven’t a clue as to how it works or how God created the brain to guide the functions of our body. We have a pretty good memory, but God knows our every thought from the beginning to the end of our lives.

Science understands how some of the elementary things work, and have created theories as to how the invisible things work, but God’s Word says; “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are worthless.” Is there any wonder why the secular world does not acknowledge God? He declares that the thinking of our wisest men is foolishness and worthless in His eyes. Why does God say these things?

Well, God is angry. He has made all of His amazing creations of the universe … those things that are seen and the invisible things visible as well, and what does the world do with these miracles He has revealed to them?  Men conger up false reasonings and theories, in their attempt to explain that there is no God. 

Evolution and man-made global warming are only two of many examples. God has total and complete control of the climate. Why can’t men just admit this truth? He is the Creator of the climate and is in total absolute control every moment. When he returns, he has promised to provide us with a new heaven and a new earth. What do we have to fear with a God like this? God has given us oil as energy for our use and the understanding of how to use it and men demonize this amazing gift of God.

Here is one way of understanding..
In Science these invisible things that are beyond seeing or explaining are sometimes referred to as a black box. If you were given a computer that writes only in the Chinese language, you could see it, but you would never be able to understand it by trial and error. This would be especially true a hundred years ago ... long before anyone understood the basic purpose and functions of a computer. It would be total gibberish to you or me.

The words on the screen are a black box sort of like a black hole in outer space. The actual box that the computer comes in is another black box. I would have no idea how to mentally connect the things inside with the results that appear on the outside. There are literally millions of these black boxes that science has yet to discover let alone understand. The things which men do understand are only elementary principles to God.

In science when men get to an invisible thing, they either stop or they create a theory and test it until they find something that logically or by process of experiment provides understanding. Then they make an adjustment in their theory. Darwin’s theory of evolution is filled with more black boxes than we can count. For Darwin and every other scientist of the time, the cell was an insurmountable black box. They had not even looked at or imagined the function or purpose of a molecule or cell.

It was not even until 1931 and the invention of the electron microscope that scientists even began to see and understand the workings and the molecules and cells that form the human body. When Darwin looked at the functioning of the human eye, he was dumbfounded. Since Darwin was unable to even view a cell or a molecule, this black box left him grasping in the dark for his theory of evolution.

The more theories that science builds around this false theory of life, the farther mankind moves away from the eternal truth of God. Molecular biology has demonstrated that the cell is a fully working organism with working parts that need each other to function. With these parts each dependent upon the others, it is impossible for a cell to have evolved.

Normally when scientists open a black box, discoveries reveal new understandings that demand theories must be changed or discarded. Legitimate science is a system of trial, error, discovery, and change. But in the case of evolution, modern secular science is unwilling to bend or even consider changing or to discard this false theory regardless of new discoveries. They refuse to even consider other views or discoveries. This position is actually anti-science.
Why do scientists use circular reasoning and other unscientific methods to support evolution? 
Continued - Read Part II here

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Forgiveness That Heals Hearts

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven …

“Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. ‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’  “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.” Luke18:21-35

Forgiveness is not about me; and it’s not about you...

and it’s not about you and me, or about you and anyone else. Forgiveness is about each person and God ... you or me or them and God.

 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know [Him] [in this way] no longer. 2 Corinthians 5:14-16

The words in this verse are about the love of Christ controlling us. And Jesus wants us to love and forgive others in the same way he has loved and forgiven us. In spite of all of our failings, Jesus died for each and every one of us from the beginning to the end of time. And He forgives all of us unconditionally throughout eternity.

ALL is a big word. He forgives ALL of us for our many failings every day; and he forgives ALL of our sins of the past, present, and future; and He forgives ALL of us forever. The only thing we need to do in order to receive His free gift and His promises … is to believe that Jesus is who he says He is.

Paul explains that the way we are to worship Jesus the Creator and Savior of the world is to NOT be conformed to the world; but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

Our divine transformation will result in our being conformed to Him by the leading of His eternal truth and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When the Love of Christ controls us we become Christ-centered rather than self-centered. This results in victory over any and all forms of sin and failings in our daily life.

For us the worship of God by the renewing of our minds regarding forgiveness means that our thinking needs to be transformed so that we no longer forgive others from a worldly point of view; but rather we forgive in the same way that Jesus forgives others. To do otherwise is to disregard the instructions and example Jesus has given us.
Once again the instruction here from Jesus is perfectly clear …

“Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Mathew 18:21-22

This foundational Truth of never-ending forgiveness should be how others view each one of us, and then think and say: “He or she is the most forgiving person I have ever met.” This is how Jesus draws others to Himself through us. But the big question is: “who do you even know that is living out this type of a Christ-like forgiving spirit?”
The problem is that when Christians choose not follow the most basic teachings of Christ, others see them as hypocrites and this negative example leads others to become discouraged, and they turn away from the Savior. These Christians  become an anti-witness for Christ. When we follow the leading of Jesus, the opposite results occur as He draws others to himself through us.

The verse above explains the transformation of our thinking when we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and God’s eternal Truth. “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh” ( or from a worldly point of view). This is a Paradox Principle since it is contrary to the view that many will unconsciously and naturally and most likely have towards others.

It is natural for our most ugly character qualities to become apparent in response to others when they treat us badly, embarrass us, or hurt our feelings. We have all at times fallen into the most destructive habits when we become angry with someone else. But God teaches us a better way. “ BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.”  Ephesians 4:26-27

The scripture is clear. The question is not: “will you get angry?” But rather; when you get angry: “what will you do with your anger?” Letting the sun go down on your anger results in giving the devil an opportunity. This can lead to many evil responses. Slander, backbiting, gossip, lying, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, and resentment are only a few of the traps that the evil one leads us into once he has established a stronghold in our life.
All of these sins can lead us to act out of character and say and do things that we will surely regret. All of us have a pride problem that we must bring under control, or the evil one will use this problem to control and destroy us.

Anger and bitterness is like a cancer. If we allow this evil to grow … it will rob us of our happiness, our peace and joy; and most importantly hinder our fellowship with the Holy Spirit? And we have not even begun to mention the loss of valued friendships, respect, and our ability to be a positive witness for Christ.

Jesus has promised us that if we “humble ourselves to Him that He will lift us up.” James 4:10 We can only hear the leading of His Spirit when we are listening to the words of Christ that He has implanted in our hearts. His promises will give us the needed strength but we must listen to Jesus and His Truth and follow Him.

In closing, what about you … right now? Are you looking at others from a worldly point of view? Are you living for yourself, or for Christ? Are you following the pride of your flesh; or the Prince of Peace. Are you following: “Him who died and rose again on your behalf?"

Do you have the mind of Christ, or are you living and acting like a mere man?
Are you living out the life of forgiveness that the Savior has planned for you?

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1-2

God Bless you my friends, Bob