Friday, June 8, 2012

S.O.S: Brotherly Love

Save Our Souls!
"And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh." Jude 1:23. 

The other evening at church a youth pastor visiting from out of town shared a wonderful message, and at the end of his message he showed a clip from the movie, "Titanic". The clip from the movie was where the people were drowning and screaming out for help, and in one of the lifeboats there was a woman that wanted to go back and help the ones that were still alive but the others on the boat didn't want to risk being pulled down into the freezing artic waters so they unanimously opted out of that plan. In another lifeboat there was a small group that went searching for others and got a few, but many had already died.

The pastor wanted us to gather from the scene how important it is for us as Christians to go out and save persons that are crying out for help, and to not sit by in our 'safe' little bubble looking out at what's going on around us and think to ourselves well we're safe why risk it, why should we even attempt to save there souls, we're fine right where we are. That's the wrong attitude to have, and it's selfish when we're called to be 

I'm certain God didn't intend for us to sit by twiddling our thumbs waiting by for his return while there are many out their that need to be saved, and brought into His Kingdom which is at hand. I fully agree with the pastor we should not sit idly by as friends and loved ones drown in their sins knowing God has supplied each one of us with knowledge of his word.  He has equipped us with tools of understanding, faith, strength, utterance, love, patience, vision, wisdom,  and so many other things to go out and rescue as many as we can.

Physical and Spiritual Babylon.
I wanted to pose this question to see the pastors response. What if they don't want to be saved what do we do then? How do you rescue persons that love drowning or are unaware? What about those persons that are crying and reaching out for help from drowning yet their feet are entangled, and although we may try to help them it's difficult. They want to be saved, but their still clinging on to things they need to release from their lives, like bad habits, bad company, unhealthy relationships, sinful acts, things that have been holding them back from God.

 In ancient times, the Israelite's we're lead into captivity in Babylon and they cried out for help from the Lord. Today there are people that are also in Babylon but a spiritual Babylon, the difference is the Israelite's  new they we're in bondage so they cried out for help, they looked around and could see the situation they were in and cried out and we're given help by God. Today people don't know they're in bondage so most of them don't cry out, and when you tell them that they are in bondage they still refuse the truth, hence not wanting to be saved. The word of God say's how there are people who love the darkness! So now what do we do when we come across these persons? The word of God say's, if people reject those that are sent on his behalf  then they are rejecting His Son and also rejecting Him our God! Is it safe to say then that we are casting pearls before swine? Wasn't there a point when Jesus during his ministry sent out seventy people and his disciples to spread the gospel and told them if wherever they go if they were rejected they we're to shake the dust off of their feet? Does this still apply today?

Some might say give up, it's hopeless, that person will never be saved. We must remember the word always, "One sows and another reaps". Yes indeed, there will be many times when people don't receive the gospel, so goes the last days, but we must not loose heart or become discouraged thinking our work is in vain. Remember, "He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good." Ecclesiastes 11: 4-6
This is something I need to remember too, because their have been times when I felt certain people are so far gone nothing can help them, but we mustn't let the enemy get into our minds and stop us from doing the work our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ told us to go out and do! He's "not mindful of things of God but of man"!
"Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready white for harvest!" John 4:35 
Be blessed, continuously pray for friends and loved ones and neighbors! Remember to listen out for their S.O.S! 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Big Bang Query

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"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth", Genesis 1:1. Is there really anything more that is needed to be said in response to the question, "How was the world created"? or "How did we get here?" Who would even attempt to negate what is written in scripture about how all things were created? Sadly, many people do. They have decided to labor under a delusion that the entire world was created after some huge cosmological explosion that occurred millions of years ago, namely, evolution. One second there was nothing, nada, zilch; the next second out of the clear blue, or the clear black, we got: trees of different kinds, different mammals, birds, fish, horses, lions, worms, spiders, and humans, all from molecules floating around that existed before we came here, that is what evolutionist's want us to believe. 

"All things bright and beautiful all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful the Lord God made them all". I grew up singing that song. The ocean, sun, moon , stars, galaxies, and planets, and so many different species were all strategically, meticulously, and intelligently made by God; but there are people who would say that believing a living being created everything we see is just plain bananas; bananas by the way, evolutionists's also believe just popped out of nowhere. It's strange that one of the most famous parts of the theory of evolution, is that humans evolved from monkeys or apes. How can that be when it is clearly written in scripture that each thing God created can only produce after it's own kind. A monkey can only produce another monkey, apes can only produce other apes, apple trees can only produce apples, a shark can only produce another shark. So, if one was to believe evolution, a pear tree should produce lamb chops as well. The reason so many refuse to believe the truth is because they, "Suppress the truth in unrighteousness" Romans 1:18 nkjv. Evolution versus Creationism has garnered much attention all across the board, specifically from the atheist community who apparently have decided to make it their life's mission to try and debunk any and everything Christians say is fact. By questioning the source of creation you are also questioning the existence of God. By denying what God has said about creation in the Bible, the Genesis account of creation, you're calling Him a liar, ultimately placing yourself in a position where you feel you are able to contend with God, which is truly a very unwise decision.

On many occasions atheist's and other non-believers have mocked Christians for not being able to prove the existence of God without using the Bible or any biblical text; or mentioning the word faith. When we tell them to simply look around, there is evidence of God everywhere, they laugh and mock us. Really, there is no answer we can give them that will ever be to their liking, because they simply refuse to believe the truth. As Christians, our credible source when refuting things like evolution, is God's Holy Spirit, and the Bible has been inspired by the Holy Spirit, thus it is the final authority so we refer it. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 kjv. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 nkjv. I challenge an atheist to try and create a solid argument for evolution without searching for evidence to support their claims in the pages of  Darwin's, "On The Origin Of Species" or  without referring to any scientific terms or formulas, or talking about fossils and things like that,  it is simple, they cannot.

We trust in the word of the Lord, simply put, it is our sword. Ephesians 6:17. As it is the sword of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit dwells within us, it is our sword.Who goes to battle and leaves their weapons behind? It is why we put on the full armor of God, Ephesians 6:11-18, of course not leaving behind the greatest weapon, prayer. People try to dispute the claims in the Bible, but how can they really, when the Bible declares what will happen tomorrow and it happens. Many things that have been prophesied in the pages of the Bible have occurred and will occur; still many think it's an unreliable source. Truthfully, when tackling anything in this life, seeking God's council is most reliable, and one way to do that is by studying His words coupled with prayer.

Those who reject God as being the answer for who created everything, have decided to exchanged the truth of God for a lie, Romans 1:24. It is written in the book of Romans that, "Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened." Romans 1:19-21 nkjv. In each and every one of us God has placed some knowledge of Him, some inkling that He is the source of all life. As children we asked many questions. Why is the sky blue? Why is the ocean blue? Why are the leaves green? Who made the sun? Who made the stars? We have asked these questions and deep within each one of us the answer had been planted by God. A child would never assume their pet cat created the ocean and the sky, or their hamster must have made it rain with bolts of  lighting and crashing thunder; no child would ever draw such conclusions. If they believed that their pet hamster created the universe, that is because somebody has taught them that, but not God. When people started creating gods of the ocean and the sea and things like that, those are the fruits of a darkened heart. Idolatry which is covetousness, a fruit of iniquity, a fruit that is produced by a person who has decided to reject the truth. In spite of God showing us what is manifested in us about Him, many still have decided to reject what God had made known of Himself to us, becoming fools by their own hands, serving the creation rather than the Creator, being like those who's god is their stomach as mentioned in the book of Philippians 3:19.

The argument of evolution is really easy to debunk because in all honesty, if a person were to sit down and look at all the countless theories which really only lead to a myriad of other theories and questions to which there is no end,  a person would see that evolution really doesn't provide a feasible answer to how all things were created. Ironically, by eliminating the only real and true answer to the question,  "How did we all get here?", evolution is the answer that provides no answer at all, so you're pretty much back where you started. For example; if tiny atoms or whatever it was that exploded or drifted or harlem shaked or whatever, during the big bang, were there before creation, who created them?  The whole theory of evolution presented by Darwin lacks even a minuscule bit of verity to it, no wonder even he abandoned this theory later in life.

Honestly, for lack of a better word, the idea that the entire world came to be through evolution is stupid, wait, that was the perfect word. Let's say, if a person decides, I'm going to have a case study on a painting and I'm going to do this by taking a group of very prestigious scientist's and artists alike, and place them in a room and then tell them to find out how the painting was created. Right away of course, somebody, if not everyone in the room, would say it was painted by an artist, duh. I would ask, "Okay, great job. Now how did you draw to that conclusion?" pun intended; they would state the obvious. In order to make the shapes on there it must be from somebody who knows geometry. A person could come up with many more questions like, how did the paint get there? Did the little molecules or particles of paint drift towards the canvas and make the picture? For the fun of it let's say the answer was yes, the little paint molecules drifted onto the canvas and as a result we have a piece of art that would have even Thomas Kincade in awe. Then who created the paint in order for there to be particles to drift? Ah hah, that would be the next obvious question. Obviously there was a person, an artist, who selected the colors from a variety of  other colors, deciding what colors would be suitable for the painting. What about the canvas, how did that get there? One question could lead to another question; but the obvious answer when you look at the finished product is, somebody created it. Nobody led the scientist into an empty room, switched off the lights, then switched it back on and there was the Mona Lisa, no, that would be crazy, also, creepy. It's the same with the world, with all its intricate magnificent designs, a very intelligent designer must have been the one who put everything in it's respective place. Even the human body is filled with many different amazing details, just exploring our d.n.a alone would blow your mind. Yet there are people out there who expect us to believe it all just happened. Bang! Boom! Kablaam, and then here I am writing this and there you are reading it, it's probably the most illogical theory ever. If one simply goes outside, perhaps to a zoo, or an aquarium, a park or a beach, really anywhere, if they sit and look around they can see many amazing things that couldn't have possibly just popped there a million light years ago by some process of mutation, natural selection and genetic drift, there would just have to be a creator, and there is, God.

Many ask the question, "If God did create the entire world, who created Him? The answer is simple, no one did. I heard an atheist ask once when faced with that reply, "Then doesn't that support our claim that something can come out of nothing? If you say nobody created God then you contradicted yourself." However, that really isn't the case, and honestly trying to explain that to a person who has a hardened heart is futile, because in order to answer that, a person will begin to mention things that only one with the Holy Spirit of God can comprehend, things that a non-believer considers fallacy because of their hardened dark hearts. Nobody created God because God is not a part of  this world, He's not a part of time and space like we are. Where God resides, in His perfect and wonderful domain, there is no time only eternity. God is an eternal being, He is the One that was and is and is to come, end of story. Many times in scripture God speaks about there being none that He answers to, no one that He seeks council from, none that He has to repay. " Before me there was no God formed nor shall there be after Me. I, even I am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.'" Isaiah 43:10 nkjv. "“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them. Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’” Isaiah 44:6-8 nkjv. One of my favorite books and chapters in the Bible is the book of Isaiah, in it, there is a verse where God declares, "Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?" Isaiah 43:13 nkjv. Before the day was, God was here, "I am He", that alone speaks volumes about creation and God. God is the sole source of life, being the (only) Creator of all life forms. God was never a pupil, He is the source of wisdom and knowledge. God isn't a servant, He is the Master. There is none greater who can tell Him , "Come let me chastise You". God has answered those who have questioned Him time and time again, one of the best replies from God is in the book of Job, Job 38 to be exact. God starts out by asking Job, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the world? Tell me if you have understanding." Job 38:1 nkjv. Who can face God and answer that question? Job couldn't, he knew he wasn't there. That question God asked and all the questions He asked in Job 38-41, can be directed to all atheists and other non-believers, none of which I am sure any one of them can answer.

Let say there's a blind man, and he over hears two men talking about the sky; one man said that the sky is certainly blue, the other says the sky doesn't exist. Being uncertain the blind man decides in his heart  he’ll go with the idea there is no sky, technically he hasn’t seen it, right?  Well, the sky is real, and it’s still there all day everyday. The blind man here is no different from a person who is spiritually blind. In fact, there is always a spiritual meaning behind the physical miracles Jesus did in the Gospels, and healing the blind man was one of them. Whenever something physical has happened in the Bible to God's people it's either a replica of something Spiritual that has happened, is happening, or that will happen. If a Christian goes to a blind man (spiritually blind) and says, "God is real!", and someone comes along and says, "He's not!", the spiritually blind man will believe there is no God because He’s blind to the truth, technically he hasn’t seen God, right?. Well, God is real, and He’s been here even before the first day on earth was declared. Both also share another thing in common. True vision for the visually impaired and spiritually blind individual can only come from Jesus Christ. Jesus is able to restore the visually impaired man's vision, and He is able to give the spiritually blind man sight, making the him now capable of discerning and accepting  the truth. It’s difficult to get a person who believes in evolution to believe that God created the world, without first having the veil removed from their eyes, and honestly I think it would be nothing more than casting pearls, because these persons are fully convinced in their minds that God doesn't exist. If you believe that the earth was formed from atoms, and humans evolved from apes, you're spiritually blind, but Jesus is able to help you if you do not allow your heart to be harden. As it is written, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine upon them.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. That light is the truth, that light is Jesus Christ, who is here to set people in spiritual bondage to sin free. Atheist are not exempt from the healing power, forgiveness and mercy of Jesus Christ, no sinner is; but like all who sin and fall short of the glory of God, they must be born again and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and the One Who is able to wash away our sins reconciling us to the Heavenly Father, God, our Creator.

There are people out there who believe that God did create the world, but still can't help but to wonder about certain things. Even Jeremiah questioned God about His Judgments. God was asked in the book of Jeremiah 12:1, "Why does the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?" The Lord's reply to Jeremiah is that judgement will come to them, because they have refused to hear His words, because they have followed their own hearts, they worshiped and served other gods. God said they are not to be proud, but give Glory to Him before His wrath is unleashed and it is too late. God is a God that would much rather you rend your heart than your garments, Joel 2:13, "And tear your hearts, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and relents from sending calamity." How many obey though?

It is really no use disputing anything with a person who denies the existence of God, especially when they become hostile, it is even commanded in the Book of Titus 3:10-11 that we ought to, "Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned." Also it is said,  "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." Psalm 14:1. But why do we still go on to others and preach the gospel when faced with so much adversity and rejection, when it seems that there are more divisive persons out there warped and content with sinning, than those who are actually sincerely interested in the truth? It is because those who are of God's flock hears His voice, and we are the ambassadors of Jesus Christ, so when we start sharing the truth, no matter what, those who are indeed of God will hear the things of God and be separated from the crowd. As written in the book of 1 Corinthians 3:7,  neither the one who plants or the one who waters is anything, it is God that gives the increase. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, Romans 10:17. 

So, we as believers holding firm to His truth, which is the only truth; and trusting in the promise, simply do the work in obedience to the Lord, who said we ought to go out and preach the Gospel. Believers were created by God to be His witnesses, "'You are my witnesses,' says the Lord, "and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He'" When someone is on trial what role does the witnesses' serve? They are to give truthful testimony to the questions that are asked to them. Unlike a trial held in a court of law where a witnesses' testimony  is based on what they saw, Christians testify by their faith, which consists of the evidence of things unseen, case in point, God. Is God on trial? Not exactly, but, "certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God, and Lord Jesus Christ." Jude 1:4 nkjv. Because of that, we as servants and witnesses of the only living God, make it our life's mission to establish the truth about God, by sharing the Gospel and sending out clarion calls for repentance. "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." 2 Corinthians 13:1.