Evil proves there is a God

  • Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

    We have shared the gospel with many Muslims.  I do not think there was a day that I went out witnessing this month where I was not able to share the gospel with at least one Muslim.  When talking to Muslims there are several stumbling blocks that I run into almost every time I share the gospel with those that follow Islam.  

    1. They believe that God is merciful and not just.  They think that as long as they believe in the correct God and repent well enough that they will go to heaven.  They do not see the need for a payment for their wrong doing.
    2. They do not think Jesus is God.
    3. They believe that the only sin that cannot before given is believing God is 3 in
    4. They believe the Bible has been changed.

    I did have one very good conversation where the young man seemed to receive what I said.  The picture is of Muhammad.  

    He listened to me explain the dual nature of Jesus and thanked me for my explanation. He said he never heard it explained like that. He allowed me to explain how God is Just and that we can only go to heaven if God pays the fine since we owe an eternal fine. Please pray for him. He asked honest questions and was satisfied with the answers I gave and took information from me to read later.

    Pray for Luke. He wanted to know why he could not just be sorry for the bad things he did and not do them again. He wanted to know why he needed Jesus.

    I gave him the example of him Standing in a court room. The judge says he is guilty. He tells the judge that he is sorry and will never do it again. The judge tells him that he should be sorry and he should not do it again. But he has to pay the fine.

    Someone runs into the court and says that they will pay the fine. The is what Jesus does on the cross. Jesus paid the fine we must repent and trust Jesus.

    He said he was glad he stopped and had a conversation and asked the question. 

    I ran into him about 2 weeks later and we continued our conversation.  We talked about how we could know that there is a God.  He wanted scientific evidence for God.  I explained that Science is the study of the material world.  God is immaterial and outside of time and space so that is an impossibility.  I showed him that there had to be a God to create everything because if there was every nothing then there could never not be nothing.  Nothing is the thing that rocks dream about and it cannot create anything.  Pray for young Luke.

    We had some great Bible Studies this month.  We have been talking about the parables in the SRU Bible Studies.  Here is Matt teaching on the parable of the landowner.

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Evil proves there is a God

Many people say there is no such thing as a loving God because evil exists. They say things like, "If there was a loving God, why would he let all of these terrible things happen?" 

But by asking questions like that, aren't they really conceding that certain acts are evil?  And when they say that there is evil, aren't they making a moral judgment?  And if so, doesn't that also show they have a standard of good against which acts can be deemed evil?  After all if there is no standard of good against which to judge, then there cannot be any judgment of wrong or evil.

And so we can see that such people effectively agree that there is a standard of both good and evil in the world, and that such judgments are based on morals.

But where do those morals come from?  If everything comes from random chance over time and there is nothing objective, then we cannot have an objective standard to say that there is evil in the world.  Yet because we ask why there is evil, we must accept there is a standard against which we judge.

That standard came from God.  He wrote His law, the standard of good and evil, on each of our hearts.  That standard of good and evil is also called the 10 commandments.

When we break one of these moral laws we feel uncomfortable.  That's because we all know it is morally wrong to steal, murder and commit adultery; yet we break moral laws and deny our wrongdoing anyway.  Why?

The Bible tells us why.  It says that we "suppress the truth in unrighteousness".  That means we know there is a God and we know that we will have to give an account when we stand before him (after we die).

So what happens when we stand before God?  To answer that, we have to understand a bit about God's character.

First, God is holy (uncorruptable).  Second, He is just.  Third, He is all-knowing.  Combine those characteristifcs, and when we honestly think about standing before him to be judged for all the things we've done in life, we have to at least be worried; and if we have even more understanding of how high His standard off good is, we should be completely terriried.  God is just and we will have to give an account for each of our thoughts words and deeds.  And He will have no choice but to punish wrongdoing (or He'd be a corruptable judge).

But fortunately for us, God is also merciful.  So rather than have us pay the penalty for our sins, He sent his only Son Jesus to live a perfect life and die on the cross in our place.  Unfortunately that meant Jesus had to die (because the Bible says the wages of sin is death). 

Yet Jesus didn't sin.  Thus God was still just in having Jesus rise from the grave 3 days later.  And in doing so, God completely satisified His judegment, sentencing, and His supreme ethic of love by loving us so much that He paid the penalty of death for sins we committed.  It's the greatest gift of grace, mercy and love ever shown.

That's why we must repent and trust that Jesus did this for us.  Receive God’s mercy now! Repent and trust in Jesus!

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