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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!

  • Born Again

    One must understand being a Christian means you have to be born again. If you are unhappy and struggling, yet saying you are a Christian, maybe you need to die to your own desires so you can live.

    “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” (John 3:7)

    To be a Christian you must be born again. You must die to your desires of the flesh.

    “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

    After a person picks up a cross, it is expected that they will not come back. When we are born again, it should not be us that comes back, but Christ.

    "And he said to all, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Phil. 1:21)

    When you become a Christian, it is not about your desires; it is about life in Christ. It is a painful death to let your desires go and to put on the new man.

    “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”” (Eph. 4:22-24)

    If we are putting on the “new man,” we are putting on the image of God. What does that image look like? What does God look like?

    God is holy, righteous and just. Jesus said “Not My will, but Yours be done.” The “yours” He was talking about the will of God the Father. The will of God is that we obey Him.

    It is not about your desires. It is not about what you want. It is about that which is holy and righteous. Those who say, “I can continue to live this way,” do not understand what it is to be born again. Are you going to be perfect after you are born again? No, but you will not be all about the desires of your flesh or at least you will be fighting them. Do you say you are a Christian? Are you fighting against your flesh or are you enjoying the pleasures of the day?

    “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

    Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

    If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Gal. 5:16-25)

    As Christians we are to die to our own desires. We are now "ambassadors for Christ as if God was making an appeal through us." We are to "Go Preach the Gospel." We are to strive to be mature in Christ and "show ourselves approved." We are to "Go make disciples" because we "are fishers of men!”

    “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)


  • Why do I choose to believe the Bible?

    Without first being converted, all “belief” in the Bible will inevitably turn out to be superficial when tested. However, once I was born again, as I studied the Bible more, I saw and discovered the numerous amounts of proof that made this collection of books truly axiomatic. I discovered that the Bible is not a book of fairy tales. It is not a novel with characters and a plot contrived by men to deceive the world. If we were to place the Bibles uniqueness in a creed, it would sound like this in my own words: 

     “The Bible has 66 separate books, written by 40 different authors (most of whom did not know each other), in three different languages, from three different continents over a 1,600 year time frame with zero contradictions. They are historically accurate, credible, verifiable, and archeologically reliable. The prophecies that were written therein could not be forcefully fulfilled seeing that most of what was written was written hundreds of year prior to their fulfillment, and some are still being fulfilled today. There are over 300+ explicit and implicit prophecies that point to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ before He was born and before crucifixion was even a known punishment. The Bible is not only historically valid, but scientifically accurate as well. Also, the truthful testimony concerning the fallen, sinful, and depraved nature of man is one that is not found in any other culture in the world in the same way it is depicted by scripture. The cure for such a condition in only found in the original and unique presentation of the gospel. The Bible has not only proven itself in continuity, and internal integrity, but has stood the test of time, tyrants, and external criticism. All attempts to stop, destroy, or prevent this book to be printed, preached, and promoted have utterly failed and were very counterproductive. The Bible was written by the hands of men, but not the spirit of men. The Bible is not only a book of transcendent mysteries and spiritual paradoxes, but also imminent certainties and timeless absolutes. It is unmatched in its philosophy, marked by its wisdom, and abundant in its knowledge. No matter what you do, no matter how you feel, no matter what you may say about this collection of ancient writings, if in the end, this book were a lie (which it won’t), it is still one heck of a book! Why? Because it was inspired by one heck of a God!”

     “All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God…” -2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV) 

    There are many reasons I can use to try and convince someone to believe the Bible, or arguments I could write as to why so-and-so should choose to do so. However, if someone does not know Jesus, the Bible will always be nothing more than just another religious book. It will have no reality, no relevance, and no real application. The Bible is a living word, because God is living. It is true in all that it’s says because God is true. But, if one is never converted from their sin, then none of that will ever be realized, ever! However, if you fail to believe what the Bible says, then you will never believe in Jesus to save you from your sin. So what do you do? Cry out to God and by asking Him to make you born again. Trust Him to save you from your sin if you understand that you are guilty before God and are deserving of Hell. He is rich in Mercy and will save those who are broken over their sin. Do it today, because in Hell, everyone believes the Bible.