Long before scientists understood the origin and nature of the universe, the pages of the Bible accurately described its beginning. Several writers in the Old Testament scriptures correctly detail how the Cosmos came into being. Continue reading “The Big Bang and God”
The argument that there is no proof for the existence of God is irrational. In fact, there is no reasonable explanation for the universe or life itself, apart from God. The question that has been rightly asked is: “Why is there a universe at all?”
Since everything that exists has an explanation for its existence, there must also be a reason that the universe exists. Since all things that are temporal have a first cause and the universe came into being at some point, then the universe has a first cause. Since it is impossible for anything to cause itself, therefore, the universe is caused by a power that is transcendent of time and space. By the complexity, balance, and design of the universe, we perceive that all things in existence were caused by an infinite intelligence—an intelligence which is without limits and is perfect, knowing all things. Only a perfect and eternal being would have the capacity to create such a universe. I personally do not understand why it is so hard for people to accept that God exists and that He is the most logical explanation for the existence of the universe.
There are two types of things that exist.
Things that exist by necessity.
Things which are caused.
Mathematics exists by necessity. They are not caused to exist by anything else; they exist by their own by necessity.
The universe does not need to exist, it exists because it was caused. Nothing comes into existence apart from intelligence, therefore; God is the most logical cause of the universe, since it would require an infinite intelligence.
A Being which is eternal, such as God, does not require a cause.
The error of evolution is that it cannot explain how life began in the first place. Life was also, not necessary, it was caused. Since Human intelligence requires an equal or greater intelligence to bring us into being, the logical explanation is also God.
Could we imagine that the microprocessors that enable today’s computers to function, came about by random mutations or chance arrangements of atoms? How much more difficult would it be to evolve a human mind, which is exponentially greater in complexity to any microprocessor or sophisticated computer code?
How did God make the universe?
In the beginning there was nothing. The universe did not exist. There were no planets, no stars, not even empty space. Imagine all the matter that makes up the universe, tightly compressed into a particle that is nearly invisible. Scientists believe that it was from this tiny, densely compressed speck of material, that everything that we see today, originated.
At zero linear time, this speck of material exploded and expanded at hundreds of millions of miles per hour. This was an incomprehensible sphere of energy that was dense and compact beyond imagination. The temperature of the initial flash of energy was trillions of degrees. It was a mass of pure plasma expanding at the Speed of Light.
Everything that would exist in our present universe would come from this initial material; the planets, the stars, every living thing; even time and space itself—all things were created at that moment. Continue reading “The Singularity of God: His Existence and Being”
The Bible describes God as knowing all things from eternity.
“Known to God from eternity are all His works. Acts 15:18
Imagine that you have existed forever and there is nothing that you do not know. Would you create a race of beings that you knew ahead of time, would rebel against you and necessitate the death of your Son to save them?
Before God created the universe, He determined that Jesus would die for the sins of the world. Jesus is called; “The Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.”
(Jesus) the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8
This means that before God created us, He already knew that we would all be separated from Him by our sins. He sent His Son into the world to be the one method by which He could save us all.
Because the Lord knew what would happen in advance, He was aware of those who would believe His command to receive Jesus and be saved. Based upon this advanced knowledge, God “chose” these individuals and predestined them to eternal life. Continue reading “Does God Choose Some To Be Saved And Others To Be Lost?”
Where did the laws of the United States originate? To what source did the framers of the Constitution draw their inferences in establishing the rights of citizens for America?
Before the founding of America; before the Constitution existed, there was a standard for all laws that was highly revered and looked upon as the only authoritative source for human law: “Blackstone’s Commentary on the Law.”
When the men who penned the words for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, were looking for a just basis for laws that would unite the colonies into one nation, one people, and government, they used the principles of Blackstone’s as the foundation for these laws.
We see evidence for the impact that Blackstone’s Commentary on the Law had on the framers of our Constitution when we examine the words of the Declaration of Independence:
“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
This term: “the laws of nature and nature’s God,” came directly from the text of Blackstone’s and is specific in its description for the origin of valid law.*
In this article, we will explore the major precepts of Blackstone’s, in order to understand the mind-set of the framers of the Constitution, when they were seeking to institute the just laws which would convey liberty to all people who would inhabit this land. Continue reading “The United States Constitution And Gay Rights”
The word Christian means “one who is like Christ.” In reality, we are all called to be duplicates of Jesus—to live our lives exactly as Jesus lived His life, completely dedicated to the Father as His servants, making Jesus known to the world. Our words are to be Holy and set apart, full of grace but also seasoned with salt. Being a Christian does not mean that we cannot confront sin or bad behavior when we see people selfishly thinking only of themselves. Salt acts as a preservative, but it also stings when it gets in an open wound. Sometimes, by confronting a person with his sin, it may be a little painful. To say nothing when someone is on a course that will destroy his life is not only unloving, it is strictly forbidden by those who know God. Continue reading “Is it Right For a Christian to Judge?”
At Easter each year, many people remember an event of such profound magnitude that the course of all human life was altered. A man stepped out of obscurity and began to love people in a manner that no person had ever witnessed before. He opened the eyes of the blind, enabled the disabled to walk, healed the sick and even raised people from the dead. He was gentle and compassionate to the repentant, strong and insistent to the proud. To those who were searching, He provided answers. To the Lost, He imparted a new life.
There has never been another like Jesus of Nazareth. His entrance into the world, His suffering and death, His resurrection from the grave, are the most important events of history.
Before the cross, before the resurrection, Jesus suffered unimaginable anguish and torture. It was not the physical brutality of crucifixion which vexed Jesus the most. There was a depth of suffering that no mere human has any knowledge of. The despair of Jesus soul was the moment when He enveloped the sins of the world. As the eternal God who is perfect in every way, Jesus had never known sin personally. The stain of imperfection had never touched God, nor could it. Only when Jesus volunteered to become our sins, could this plague overtaken Him.
At the cross, the weight of the world’s evil was emptied into Jesus. Every vile and filthy deed of men. All the horrendous acts of violence and hatred. Every greedy and lustful action, murder, and theft. All sins—for all time, Jesus encompassed them all.
The Old Testament describes a “cup” of God’s wrath that is poured out upon the guilty. The wrath and judgement of God—directed at those who will not repent and turn to God in seeking His forgiveness. At the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked the Father if this cup, which was full of all God’s fury against sin, could be taken from Him. The answer came swiftly and without hesitation: Jesus must drink—fully and completely. The only hope of redemption for any person, resided in Jesus drinking that cup and thereby removing all our sins at the cross. If Jesus did not die in payment for our transgressions, there would be no forgiveness and eternal life for anyone.
What Jesus Experienced
Have you ever been mocked or publicly ridiculed in front of other people? The hurt and emptiness of your soul, leaves you in utter desolation. The feelings of rejection and helplessness are indescribable. From the deepest recess of your innermost being comes a wave of emotions that thrusts you up against a wall of fear and torment. When you are accused of things that you did not do; when those whom you believed were your closest friends—abandon you and leave your heart in a cold dark place where your soul finds no comfort.
In the final hours of Jesus’ life, He was all alone; even God had forsaken Him while He was on the cross. The humiliation that Jesus felt, the sorrow, fear and anguish that racked His body and mind. All of these horrible experiences were eternally unknown to God. The Creator of all things had observed the sorrow of men and the suffering that they had endured through countless generations on the earth, because of sin, but God had never—Himself, experienced physical torture or the horrors of death. Imagine the feelings that the Lord experienced as these horrible events were thrust upon Him. Everything that Jesus suffered through and endured, He did for us. He stood up against the full wrath of evil men when they brutalized Him, that He was barely recognizable as a human being. Continue reading “Brutal Cross, Glorious Resurrection”
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The Parables of Jesus
The teaching style of Jesus is unique amongst all the ancient Rabbis of Israel. When Jesus confronted the Pharisees for their elevation of tradition above the true intent of God’s law, they were indignant. When Jesus encouraged these men to use the law of God for mercy and to benefit man, as God intended, the religious leaders of Israel were offended.
Jesus used an effective method of teaching that was predicted in the Psalms as an emblem of the Messiah’s identity. By Parables, Jesus conveyed deep spiritual truths through simple stories which used familiar illustrations, to reveal formerly hidden knowledge about the Kingdom of God and Heaven itself.
Jesus defined the purpose of His parables as a way to reveal spiritual truth to those who have a sincere heart for God. Those who are callous, uncaring, and uninterested in the things of God, the parables serve to conceal these truths.
A Parable is an eternal truth that is hidden in an illustration of something that is well-known and familiar to most people in their everyday life. These commonly understood stories, such as how seeds are planted and grow, hide a truth of infinite value. It was by this method of teaching that Jesus identified Himself as the object of Psalm 78:12: “I will open my mouth in a parable…”
For the casual listener, the Parables that Jesus taught were perceived as simple stories. If, however, the listener continued to ponder and search out the deeper meaning, they could discover a spiritual truth that Jesus had hidden within.
As the parable was spoken, there was a choice to be made—either to ponder the deeper meaning of what was being said or to walk away perplexed and uninterested. For some who have a genuine heart to know who God is, when a parable or illustration is recited, an earnest desire springs up to understand the depth of the story. This teaching style of Jesus was extremely effective at that time, and it is still effective today. Continue reading “The Parables, Prophecies, and Prayers of Jesus”
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What God requires for heaven, may come as a surprise to many people. According to the Bible, no person who has ever sinned can enter heaven. Only those who are perfect and without sin may dwell in the presence of God. How God accomplished this impossible task is perhaps the greatest work of grace ever displayed in the creation of the universe.
When Jesus appeared in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, He made a stunning statement: Mark 2:17 …Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. Jesus did not die to save “good people.” He died to save sinners. If a person sincerely believes that he is basically a good person and that Jesus could greatly improve his goodness, they have missed the point of Jesus death. If it were possible for God to somehow make good people better by teaching them the practice of righteousness, then it would not have been necessary for Jesus to die. The fact that God required the death of His Son by the most horrific means possible, is evidence that He views our sins as fatal—with no hope of removal by our own personal efforts. Jesus was made sin for us, despite the fact that He had never personally committed any sin Himself. Imagine the Holy and impeccable character of God, being polluted by all the filthy and vile acts of every human being.
Some people do not consider themselves a sinner Are there some of us who are “good people” and worthy of eternal life? According to the human definition of good, there are many fine people who live amongst us. They make great sacrifices of their lives to help mankind. They are kind, considerate, thoughtful, and generous. Certainly these good people are worthy of heaven when they die. What is at issue in regards to the term “goodness,” is what God considers good. According to the one who created us, the presence of even one sin means that a person is imperfect; therefore, this person is not capable of true goodness and unable to dwell in heaven. This book details the requirements for heaven, from God’s perspective.
There are many churches and religious leaders who adamantly declare that a person must adhere to their church’s doctrine or theological requirements. In reality the religions of man are nothing more than a hindrance to a personal relationship with God. What the Lord requires of us–is us. He wants to be a part of our lives and He desires that He might be able to come into our heart and help us with the struggles of this life. God’s love for every person is so immense that He was willing to take extraordinary steps to ensure that we could know Him and experience His love. The first step to this new relationship resides with us. We take a step forward and declare that we want to know God, He in turn, reveals Himself to us. We admit that we are not perfect and never will be and with genuine humility–ask the Lord to forgive our failures. If we are serious and if we are sincere, God will hear us and grant us complete forgiveness and eternal life. The process of salvation, which made heaven possible for all of us, is fully explained in the 650 pages of this book.
Understanding what God requires, and why He has accomplished a salvation that simply works, is easy to understand–once we set ourselves upon learning. This plan to bestow the incredible beauty and perfection of heaven–to every person, began in the mind of God, before the universe existed. Long before the first man walked on the earth, God knew you and He loved you, and He determined that He would do everything possible to allow you to know Him and live in Heaven with Him, forever. Take the first step, and discover the immensity of God’s love for you. There is a reason that you are here, and God wants you to know and understand His plan for your life. “Only Perfect People Go to Heaven,” the new book by Robert Clifton Robinson, now at Amazon