Saturday, March 30, 2013
God is 100% pure, 100% goodness, 100% love. If you have something that pure, can you add even 0.0000000000001 % of bad and it maintain it's purity, it's goodness? No. And if you multiply that by the billions of peoples from the beginning of time, that 0.0000000001% becomes like 10% or maybe 25% or maybe higher.
This is why we cannot go to Heaven. We would "contaminate" God's purity and goodness and love. We are sinful by nature. If you throw one rotten apple into a basket of good ones, does it become good? No, it causes the others to rot. How can God allow ANY sin into Heaven?? Even the sin of "well, I just borrowed it, really"---when you take someone's pencil without asking....yes, something that small, something that is really only 0.0000000000001% sinful, bad or evil.... separates us from God. He cannot risk being "contaminated" even with that small amount of "bad".
The only way we can enter Heaven and be with Him is if we are forgiven and "cleansed" of our sins. And what "cleanses" us is the Blood of Jesus Christ.
But why did he have to suffer so greatly?? Well, even if all of us only commit "little sins", like stealing a piece of candy, telling a little lie.......combine that with the billions of peoples that have ever lived, and that really really adds up!! But of course many of us don't just commit "little" sins. We hurt others with our words, we gossip about others, we tell lies---alot, we disobey our parents, we do not put God first in our lives.....that's ALOT of sinning!! And even though we may think, "well its not like I killed anyone", all those sins world wide and through out history really add up!
So Christ had to suffer.....ALOT...to pay the debt for all that sin. It is like you did something wrong and need to be spanked when you were a little kid. Does that mean your parents don't love you? No, they do. And God loves us, but we need to be punished. And as He is about to punish us, Jesus steps in and says, "Please, Father, punish me instead." Now THAT is how much Jesus loves us....
So where your 'little" sins may only deserve one thorn of his crown pressed into His scalp, all the billions of us add up our sins and cause him to have to be scourged, beaten, kicked, spit on, cursed and crucified. That is the debt of all our combined sins.
Now, do you appreciate it?? I mean, here Jesus comes in and says "Punish me instead". and what do you do with that?? Do you laugh and say, "Hey, better him than me!" and continue to sin? Or do you accept this awesome gift, appreciate it, humble yourself and say "Thank you". And be redeemed and re-born with this gift? (and your "prize" for choice B is: Eternal Life in Heaven---however, your "prize" for choice A is: separation from God in Death, otherwise known as Hell)
Think about it....pray about it.....become new in Christ.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Hard to see that with all the parades and parties!!
He was born to roman parents in 5th century Great Britain and when he was about 14 was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland to herd and tend sheep.
Friday, March 15, 2013
2 Peter 3:8 () 8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. #Bible http://mydailybible.org/dv/esv/2013-03-15.htm
In an earlier post I said the Bible tells us God is Eternal quoting John 1:1..here is another verse that reminds us this is so...
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Atheists look to Science to say that all things were created by chance / random events. Like Evolution. That there is no creator, but just random events dictated by natural laws that caused certain atoms to come together in the correct way over a LONG period of time and viola! You have a Tiggerkat!
And as much as one might agree that a Tiggerkat is the very peak of Evolution (haha!) when you really, REALLY think about it........well, it just feels wrong. Randomness?? Not even remotely possible.
Soooooooo...Dr. Lennox tells this story to illustrate this point
First he says simply this: Turn the Question around..........
The Atheist asks----You say you are created by God, well then, who created Him?
You can say--- You say you are created by the Universe, well then, who created it?
See, this isn't really saying the same thing. We know God to be Eternal, the primary source of all things, and thus not created, but always being. AND we know that the Universe is NOT eternal, that it was formed / created in an event called the Big Bang.
Then Dr. Lennox tells this example.....Say you walk down to the beach, and in the sand you see the first 3 letters of your name.....wouldn't you make the hypothesis that some intelligent, higher being (ie, a human) created it?
And yet, if we look at DNA, with its greater than a billion codons..........that are in perfect order to spell out the genetic map of all things........that, THAT, THAAATTT...is supposed to be Random???
Seems to me it takes a greater Faith to believe in No God than it takes to believe IN God..........
So, who created God??
The Bible tells us, John 1:1 "In the Beginning WAS the Word" not the word was created, or came to be but WAS--as in always-- Eternal.
Monday, March 11, 2013
So I have set a goal to post every week, twice a week if I can.
I pray this blog is a blessing to you and that you get enjoyment from it and hopefully learn from it and find a new way of thinking about things! I appreciate ANY feedback / comments, especially from those of you who may be "on the fence"....If God can use me to bring you closer to Him, what greater thing could there be?
And if you are a Believer who can bring a friend to this blog who is maybe not so sure, what a great gift that would be! To me for getting a new viewer, and if they come to believe, how great a friend are you?!
Remember how Jesus said in the parable of the lost sheep how He celebrates every lost sheep that returns to Him, even greater than those who never strayed.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
I love the story of Joseph...besides being a great story what strikes me the most is his time in jail for a crime he did not commit....because (1) it tells us to keep faithful even in the worst of times and (2) sometimes God allows bad things to happen as part of His plan for bestowing a great blessing upon us.
See, had he not been in jail and met the pharoah's servant then he would never have met the pharoah and become 2nd in command of Egypt and devise a plan that saved 1000's of lives including Israelites.
So...what is your favorite story amd why?
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
It is when we look to others to tell us we are _____ enough.
(fill in the blank with such things as: good, smart, pretty, popular, etc)
Many kids today (and actually in all generations) are troubled. We are worried about what others are thinking about us. We are worried about being weird and drawing attention to ourselves. We can get so occupied with this that we can actually worry ourselves sick!