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Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Fool Says There is No God

J. Cyr. D.C.A (2013) In an 1860 letter to American correspondents, Charles Darwin writes the following: ‘I have never for a moment doubted that . . . much of my book will be proved erroneous.’ In 1862, he wrote: ‘I look at it as absolutely certain that very much in the Origin will be proved rubbish’” (Atlantic Monthly, 238).” “A fool hath said in his heart, ‘God is not;’ They have done corruptly, they have done abominable actions, there is not a doer of good” (Psalms 14:1). When searching for God, His temperament, and His intention for His people, there is at least a couple of conventional ways that people are known to seek Him. These are through inward meditation and communing in or with nature. Although popular, neither one of these will lead us to God. Inside deliberation brings out our emotions. Feelings, although stimulating, rarely show the way to certainty but frequently lead us to further desolation. “I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself; Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). “There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Being out in nature might be pleasing to the senses, but it will not lead us to know the specific will of God for our lives, why we are here, how we should live, and where are we going. But nature does get us a step closer to God, for by observing it, His power and character can be known to a degree. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. Because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Everything around us is God’s creation — not evil doing — but in all His Glory He gave us all” (Romans 1:18-20). Yet, we are still left wondering about what He demands of us and how we should behave in order to please Him. Nature cannot tell us these things. How are we to know, then? Looking within or without, we come to dead ends. But, if we look in the Bible, we will find all the knowledge that has been given to us to know of His character and His will for us. The Apostle Paul wrote that the “gospel,” which means revealed truth about the good news, is the power of God to save humanity. This indicates that in order for us to gain understanding we must have knowledge of His will. We gain this knowledge only by reading and hearing what has been revealed to us in the Bible — especially the New Testament. Not having this knowledge will lead us into idolatry and immorality. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith.’ For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:16-17, 21-25). As we read, we come to know what God has done for us through Jesus and what we must do to be saved. These things have been written so that we might know them and act upon them. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me’” (John 14:6). “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13). “Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31). “And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and was bewildered, because they were each one hearing them speak in his own language… ‘Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know — this Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God — you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.’ And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. ‘Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ — this Jesus whom you crucified.’ Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:1-6, 22, 24, 36-37). Although God could have chosen any way He wanted to reveal His will to us, He chose the written word so that we might know, understand, and obey His word. “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles — if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God's grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. (Ephesians 3:1-7). If you’ve been searching for answers, you’re not alone. You have a choice to make. You have the power to choose to follow The God of Heaven or you have the choice to follow the ways of the world. If this is you’re first time hearing of the goodness of Jesus Christ. I just want to reiterate that John 3:16 proclaims “For God so loved the World that He gave His one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” I am not sure what you’re going through right now in your personal life. But I know your struggles, I know your pain; I am human and go through life just like you. If you want to be saved right here and now or if you just want to reconfirm your faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, just pray this simple yet powerful prayer. “God, I know I am a sinner. I know I can’t do anything on my own. I repent of my sins. I ask you, God, to guide my ways and give me your grace. I want to follow you from now on, Lord. Let me be yours to use for your glory! Through faith, I come before you, Jesus. In faith, I know that at this minute I am saved because I have prayed sincerely from my heart. In Jesus’ name, according to John 14:14, I am happy to be home!” Bibliography/Works Cited 1). A Theological Workbook and The Equipping Manual", contributing Author Steve Atkerson. 2). "New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology," 141 Brown, Vol. 1, 126. 3). http://www.behindthebadge.net/apologetics/discuss53.html 4). http://www.scionofzion.com/prophets.htm 5). George Mason University. By HHN Staff. 09-09-2002. "History News Network." "What Is the Difference Between Sunni and Shiite Muslims--and Why Does It Matter?" http://hnn.us/articles/934.html 6). http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aig/aig-c038.html 7). "The Message // Remix The Bible in Contemporary Language" 2002. Publishing Group, Permission, P.O. Box 35001 Colorado Springs, Colorado. 8). 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