Vanity of Man

I find myself getting amused when watching videos of people proclaiming that if God exists He should show himself. The flaw with their thinking is that they believe that their mind would be able to process seeing God. Really??? Just the mere presence of God has made men fall like dead men. Then when God sent His son to pay for the sins of the world, they killed him. What kind of vain creation man is because he demands proof and then destroyed it when it was in front of his face. The vanity of man is always going to be the biggest divided between God and man. God does’t need to prove Himself to us, we need to prove ourselves to Him. On a personal note, before I got back into church, I thought this same way: if God is real and He truly loves me why not reveal Himself to me? After I got back into church the answer was given to me, God had revealed himself to me numerous time I was too vain and stupid to see the signs,

Now, when someone asks me to prove there is a God, I respond He has already proven Himself, you just can’t see the signs. If they insist I prove God, I simply respond for them to prove there isn’t. This usually leads to a serious of questions about the evil of the world. The response to this is simple: freewill. Man desires freewill, God granted it, and man gets angry when God does not correct their mistakes. Simply pray for them, arguing with them benefits nothing. God bless!

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Adam and Talking Animals

While I was work the other day, I had a conversation with someone about the creation of man. This person said that the Bible tells that Adam was not the first man. He was using the fact that God said let us make man in Genesis 1 that this meant other people were created before Adam. However, when you look in Genesis 2 the creation events apply specifically to the Garden of Eden that was created. Was Adam the first man? According to 1 Corinthians 15:45, Adam is named as the first man, was created a living soul. I think it is a safe assumption that Paul, personally called by Jesus, is accurate in his description of Adam being the first man.

Eventually, our conversation led to taking the Bible literally and figuratively. I was told that there was no literal serpent that spoke to Eve. This concerned me because the Bible states that the devil took the form of a serpent. 2 Corinthians 11 talks about Satan being transformed into an Angel of Light. Would it really be difficult to take the form of a serpent? I would think it wouldn’t be a far stretch by any means. I believe if God wanted an animal to speak to me, I better shut and listen. Numbers 22 gives the story of the donkey speaking to Balaam.

My suggestion to this person and anyone reading this post: study the Word for yourself, don’t assume that something that someone else tells you is accurate. God bless!

Personal Beliefs

Recently, I have be doing some research for a book I am going to start working on. On my old blog I posted chapters from the last book I wrote with intentions of doing another draft after it was completed. This was before I started using WordPress, and have yet to finish the next draft. So while procrastinating, I on the old book and the new one I find myself watching videos, usually of debates between atheist and creationist. The one common theme I find in nearly all of theme is that people are trying to force their personal beliefs on each other. True, we need to share the good news of God’s love, but we can’t force others to hear or believe. When Jesus sent people out to minister he told them to simply leave when their message was not wanted.

I believe that if we want to minister to people, we need to go about it in a respectful manner. We can make comments that plants seeds, but then we need to step back and let the Spirit work with the person. Any type of forced belief system will not stand. Eventually, the people will simply go through the motions without having any dedication behind it. We must be willing to have the faith to have welcomed discussions with people who don’t agree with our beliefs, it is when we allow emotions to take hold that we get in the wrong. Just pray and listen to the Spirit guide you.

 

Weirder With Each Passing Day

Lately there has been several incidents that have happened in my life that makes me questioned the intentions of people. I previously wrote a post about how people claiming to be Christian thinking they are above others (this is impossible, God wants us to love everyone). In the recent weeks, I have noticed there are some people who now what to act improperly at the most inconvenient times. Don’t get me wrong, there needs to be laughter in the world. People who take life too serious all the time can suck the joy out of life for others. I don’t think Jesus intended for us to act this way either. As children of God, there is a balance that can allow us to enjoy certain aspects of life while maintaining a level of decency and order.

Paul summed it up best when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” There is a time and place for different behaviors. We need to be examples of servants of God.

A Trick Question?

I associate with people from many different beliefs that vary from my own. While I may not always agree with their ideas, I always try to be respectful of their right to believe a certain way. One example is the question that a few of my non-believer friends are quick to ask as an attempt to disprove my religion. The first time I heard the question I thought it was a joke. The question is: If God is really God, then can He created a rock heavy enough that He can’t lift it? My initial response was to laugh because I honestly thought it was a trick question. Sadly, I offended a few people until I realized that many skeptics rely on it as a solid proof that there is no God. So, if you are ever asked this question the person is looking for a sincere response.

The first reason I consider this an invalid question is that it assumes that God is constrained within the limits of matter, time, and space. In other words, we must be able to measure God’s presence otherwise he does not exist. How can God be God when He is limited to human intelligence? We can’t measure God within any standards know to man, this is why makes Him God. God is Spirit and therefore not limited to the physical existence that mankind is. This would be the equivalent of trying to measure the volume of water in a jar with a strainer. No matter how any times the water is poured into the strainer, it will run through the holes.

Remember, faith is knowing that there is a God and believing in Him with requiring natural proof. However, the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory are ideas that are believed in without natural proof, otherwise they would no longer be theories. Protect your faith in God.

Flawed Man

You know, there are times when I am presented with situations that can serve as a test and I fail them. This is because I am a flawed man that can never live good enough to make it to Heaven on my own. Some things, such as being faithful to my wife, seem like a no-brainer that I never feel tempted about. I know I love her deeply and she is a part of me. Its other things like listening and partaking in gossip, neglecting praying, neglecting studying my Bible, and allowing harsh feelings to remain in my mind. These are the types of flaws that I must work on daily and rely on the strength of God to deliver me from them. Through God’s grace and mercy, I remain a forgiven man even with my flaws. We all do who have faith in God.

There will be times when situations are presented that are designed to show us that our faith is more powerful than we may realize. It reminds me of the poem, “Footprints in the Sand”, it is during our most difficult times in our lives that we are carried by God. We just need to accept His grace and believe that He will do what is best for us.

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

53 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

I wanted to wait until after Easter to start posting again because God showed me that this selection of Scripture was fitting for the holiday. There are many people who will avoid the Old Testament because they believe that with the fulfillment of the law, through Jesus, that the Old Testament no longer applies. However, when you read this selection I believe that it is apparent that this prophecy shows what Jesus would eventually go through over 600 years before it happened. Whether you agree about the appropriate way to celebrate the holiday or not, it is easy to understand that the reason for the holiday is because Jesus was accused, abused, wrongfully convicted, sentenced, crucified, and resurrected for a sinful world to be offered salvation. A choice that he made because of the love he had for God’ creation.