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Where Is The Wise Man?

04 Apr

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 – 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

When I read this the first thing that pops into my head is evolution.

Nothing x Nothing = Everything?

Some of your basic smaller items are impossible to explain except that the fact it took someone’s handiwork to make it.  Look at your watch.  You could take it apart all the pieces and start shaking them up in a bag.  How long would you have to shake it before it came together as that working watch?   Now remind you that evolution means you don’t even start with the pieces.  It never does come together because it takes someone to fit the pieces together.  We are much more complex than a watch and the wise would have you believe everything comes from nothing.

Why would the intelligent or wise believe this or find those foolish that don’t?  Because if you accept the argument that you start as ooze zapped in a pond and evolved through an ape into a man, then you don’t have to serve anyone.  You can be your own God with no one to answer to.  These people find the message of the cross foolishness.

Wisdom comes from the Lord.  He made the world and He created us.  If the devil can get you to believe you came from ooze, he knows you won’t be serving God, but instead yourself.

An intelligent person that comes to the conclusion that there has to be a Creator, now must choose to serve whoever they truly believe that is.  Otherwise that person is being rebellious and not intelligent.  Pride keeps the wise away from wisdom and our Lord.

Those who earnestly seek the Lord find Him every time.  The key word is earnestly.

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Almost All False Religions Promise You Can Be Like God

19 Jul

Many times when this subject is talked on it comes across as attacking or self righteousness.  Nothing
can be further from the truth in my post that I’m doing.  It is one hundred percent out of love that I
have for many people.  It’s also a couple of pages long, but please read it all the way through.

Genesis 3:1-5 – 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must nottouch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your
eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

What happened?

They ate of the tree they were not supposed to and they now were not permitted to eat from the Tree of Life.  They bought the lie of the serpent, which is you can become like God.  There are religions based completely off the fact that Satan or the serpent was telling the truth.

Was he telling the truth?

Genesis 3:13- 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Well Eve now acknowledges she was deceived by the serpent, so I don’t think she believes he was now telling the truth.  God is now punishing them so I don’t believe he thinks the serpent is right.

Genesis 3:16-20 –16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children.  Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of
it all the days of your life.  18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the
field.  19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it
you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

Once again is God interested in you becoming God or like Him?

Genesis 3:21-24 – 21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must
not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24
After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Isaiah 45:5 –5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,

Isaiah 45:18 – 18 For this is what the LORD says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— he says:  “I am the LORD, and there is no other.

Isaiah 45:22 – 22 “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.

Isaiah 46:9 – 9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.

God’s love came in the form that He couldn’t allow a sinful fallen man to live forever.  Without the Tree of Life one doesn’t live forever.

It doesn’t appear that He is interested in us being God or like Him.  However, He loves us more than we could ever know.

The plan for redemption was already planned just versus before God kicking Adam and Eve out of the Garden.

Genesis 3:14-15- 14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.  15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

God’s letting Satan know that He (Jesus) would crush his (Satan) head, and Satan would strike the heal of Jesus.  Satan may have thought he had the Son of God beaten when He was crucified on the cross, but that turned into victory for everyone who is now willing to accept Him as Lord and His death to take the
place of theirs.  His work…nothing of our own .

We might not be able to become God, in fact God opposes that pretty strongly.  However, to be an heir
of the Lord and share in the Kingdom with Jesus, that has been stated.

Titus 3:4-8 –  4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a
trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good.  These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Galatians 4:6-7 – 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

God’s Word makes it clear that He alone is God and there is NO other. The Dead Sea Scrolls have proven the text hasn’t changed in the last 2,000 years, so we can count on it to be accurate.  An opportunity to rule and reign with Christ as an heir, is an incredible opportunity and biblically accurate.

 

JESUS – Just A Great Teacher?

05 May

I was recently inspired to write on this after reading a book by Josh McDowell.   Josh is a great apologetics teacher and speaker.  I encourage everyone to read some of his books as they can only strengthen your faith and possibly give you the information you need down the road for someone searching for the truth.  I believe he states the following in many of his books, but I was reading Skeptics Who Demanded A Verdict.

Many people and other religions out there belive that Jesus was a wonderful man or great teacher, but they don’t think He is the Son of God. 

Jesus in Mark 14:62 when asked if He was the Son of God.
 62“I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 

The Jews knew the phrase “I am,” referred to God.  They understood Jesus was stating He was part of the Godhead right there, and sentenced Him to death for Blasphemy.

John 14:6-7 – 6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

So the question becomes if Jesus claims He is the Son of God, one with the Father, God in the flesh, is He a good teacher if He’s not whom He claims to be?

If He is not The Way, The Truth, and The Life, and others can get to heaven besides through Him, doesn’t that make him a liar?  In verse 7, He’s letting them know they (disciples) do know the Father now and they have seen Him. 

Once again, there are many people and religious groups out there that think Jesus was a great teacher, but wasn’t the Son of God, God in the Flesh, or is the Messiah.  But that’s a contradiction in terms.

Jesus was either who He said he was, or He’s lying.  If He’s a liar, He’s not a great teacher or good moral example at all.

One of the most important questions in your life is who’s Jesus?

I believe in researching and seeing the miracles in peoples lives, that He is the Son of God.  I believe He is God in the flesh and part of the Trinity.  If you don’t, Josh McDowell has many books on this subject and I challenge you to read them.

I don’t believe I quoted any actual lines in Josh McDowell’s – Skeptics That Demand A Verdict, but want to put down here that this post was inspired by it.  I encourage you once again to look at strengthening your faith by reading some of his books.  Evidence That Demands a Verdict is a great book and I think he has a revised edition of that also.

Jesus is either who He says He is, or He is the biggest imposter in human history.  He can’t be both.  Who is He going to be for you?

I stated before that one of the most important questions in your life is, “who is Jesus?”  The most important question is, are you going to make Him your Lord and Savior?

 

God Can’t Be Two Or More Completely Different Characters

28 Apr

There is a big generic belief that God is something different to every individual depending on what that individual believes.

This is impossible.  Let me explain.

God can’t be the God of the Jewish people, promise them that they will eventually live in the land he promised them, while at the same time be the God that wants all of his followers to kill the Jews and drive them into the Red Sea. 

Now it is possible theoretically that they could both be wrong, but since they both have a major, major contradiction, they both can’t be right.   

If both were true, God would be fickle.  There would be no absolutes.  If there are no absolutes, then you would absolutely have to worry about your destiny.  You would have to wonder who God is going to be today. 

God, however, is not fickle.

Hebrews 13:8 – 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Psalm 102:27 – 27 But you remain the same, and your years will never end.

We’re fickle, not God.  God is an absolute.  You can absolutely count on him to love you.  You can count on him to do what he says he is going to do.  God and Jesus are Truth.

What does the god of blow yourself up and kill others and the God of love your neighbor have in common?

What does the god of reincarnation and the God of spend eternity in Heaven with Me have in common?

Nothing.

All roads don’t lead to Rome.  Only one road and path leads to God and Heaven.  That road is narrow and not because God made it difficult, but because most humans have chosen not to take it.

The road starts with receiving Jesus Christ as Lord.  He died on the cross and shed his blood to cover your sins.  All you have to do is allow him to have taken your place of death.  Then you need to make him Lord. 

Trust me, whatever roller coaster life you’re living, it’s not complete.  By accepting Jesus you are not losing your life, you’re going to find it.

If you say I don’t want to find it.  I don’t want to find God or need him.  I say to you, that is what hell was created for.  It was created for the proud creation that didn’t want to come back to the Creator.  Hell won’t be a party.  Hell is a place of torment and isn’t ran by the Devil, he’ll be in more torment than anyone.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your Savior, please see the right upper column and click on page “How To Accept Jesus As Savior.

 

Nothing x Nothing = Everything?

19 Apr

Ultimately that’s what Science without God ultimately wants you to believe.

It all started with a bunch of……”Stop Right There!”

There can’t be space, there can’t be dust, there can’t be anything, unless something or someone put it there in the first place.  Nothing, can’t lead by accident to EVERYTHING.

Now I want to talk about something you are interested in.  You.  Yes, you’re special.  You are wonderfully made.  Let’s check it out.

You have eyes.  These are eyes that are slippery, flexible, attached to a bunch of nerves, and sit right in a socket.  Wow.  What are the odds.  Not a bad setup considering it came from a slimy pool that was hit by lightning.  Wait, where did the pool…lightning……anything come from?  The eye takes images and forms them into your brain.  Yep, let’s go there next.

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