God Has Said…
Few things in life (in fact, NO things in life) annoy me more nowadays than the sheer “cheek” of people who refuse to believe in God, and in the One that He has sent, His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
A just, pure, holy and righteous God, whose ways and whose thoughts are higher than those He has created in His image, has not only made appropriate and abundant provision for humankind, but has sacrificed His only Son Jesus Christ to a horrific death so that we would be spared the penalty of an eternal death in the lake of fire… and what have we in return done to thank Him?
We have as much as shaken our puny fists in His face, and told Him to “get lost”. We have as much as decided that we are going to do things “our way”. We have as much as given Him the “bum’s rush”, doing our level best to legislate Him and all that He represents out of our schools, out of our government, out of our churches and out of our lives. We have as much as used His Name, and the Name of His Son Jesus Christ, as expressions of surprise and/or wonder, or as curse words, from mouths that would be better off being thoroughly washed with soap. We have as much as blandly dismissed with a casual wave of our hand His sacred Word as meaningless in our “enlightened” New Age. We have as much as discarded inviolate moral absolutes for relative subjective opinions as guideposts for living lives that have a higher meaning and an altruistic purpose beyond “It’s all about me” and all of the pompous arrogance and selfish desire that comes with our concern for nothing more beyond our worldly wealth and position and what we can acquire with it and by it. We have as much as sold ourselves to the evil in the world, thinking that by acquiring all the wealth, position and power that we can by putting down and destroying others in the process of ‘getting ours’, we have “won”. We have as much as deadened our God-given moral sensibilities to be unable to be horrified and outraged at the wanton, merciless slaughter of our new-born and just-born infants via the catastrophic tragedy of abortion that we conveniently call ‘a woman’s choice’. We have as much as prepared to forbid chaplains in the armed forces, whose job it is to provide God’s Word, comfort and strength to fighting men and women, from doing so. We have as much as embraced deviant sexual behaviors and dared to affront a holy God, Who says they are abominable, by accepting them as normal lifestyle choices, encouraging their open practice, and adding insult to injury by legislating them as normalcy. In the mainstream church, we have as much as turned away from the belief that man is a worthless, wretched, rotten-to-the-core sinner in need of the saving grace that has come by the blood of Jesus Christ to man’s elevation as a being that is innately good: to the point where there is largely no discussion of a judgment of sin that must come, which will result in the condemnation of those unrepentant of sin to the lake of fire for all eternity.
I want to cry… and I do.
I ask you… how long do you think God will allow this to continue?
I think we need to take a step back, and consider this concept…
God has said
In the Holy Bible, the words “God and “said” appear in 445 verses; the words “Lord” and “said” appear in 965 verses. What God says is important. It is important because God is not a ‘here-today-and-gone-tomorrow’ passing fad like almost everything that comes along these days in our one-glance, throw-away, don’t-give-a-damn, not-worth-the-effort culture. He has been here from before the beginning, and we have to look no further than the first two verses of the book of Genesis to see the proof of this:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2)
Observe from a careful reading of the verses that God created the heavens and the earth… which means that He was present before their creation.
God is the uncreated Creator, the Intelligence behind all that is seen and unseen.
The unbelieving, especially amongst the scientific intelligentsia, say ‘OK… so God created the heavens and the earth. Who or what created God?’
Maybe it is that these folks can’t read, so I will repeat what children can easily understand:
God is the uncreated Creator, the Intelligence behind all that is seen and unseen.
Understanding that all of creation displays the undeniable proof that an intelligent design is present in all living things is a concept that a person does not have to believe in God to acknowledge, and Holy Scripture supports this:
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20)
It is critically important to understand that whatever can be known about the living God is known through what He has created… the knowledge of God to men is plain, because it can be plainly seen and understood by what is all around them in creation. Equally critical to understand is that because the knowledge of God is in plain sight and not hidden, all men are without excuse for not acknowledging God.
What keeps people from acknowledging God, and giving Him the thanks, praise and worship that are His alone? Take time to read a definition of the word pride:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:21-23)
If this doesn’t exactly describe unbelievers in the scientific community, and indeed all other unbelievers at large, I don’t know what does. Understand that in creation, ALL people innately see evidence of God; now whether or not they are convicted in their hearts that God not only exists but deserves their belief, praise, thanks and worship for what He has done for them and for what He has given to them is another issue entirely… and that is what is meant by refusing to glorify and thank God, and by the deliberate choice of foolish thinking that leads to darkened hearts that trade the glory of the Living God for literally anything and everything else.
In short… they refuse to believe and they will go to any lengths to avoid believing. What else could possibly explain the ‘Big Bang’ or the ‘Primordial Soup’ theory as being the progenitor of all that is seen in creation? The mathematical odds against human beings with intelligence, never mind everything else in creation as we see it, emerging as an accident from a ‘primordial soup’ are so immense that a number capable of representing such odds may never be able to be created.
If you are an unbeliever with a hard heart that refuses through a stubborn and obstinate pride to acknowledge God, you are exactly what Holy Scripture describes you as:
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,” They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good. God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God. Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. (Psalm 53:1-3)
YOU ARE A FOOL.
Oh, yes… back to ‘God has said’.
God spoke all of creation, everything that we see, into existence in six literal days as He determined them to be… behold the power of Almighty God the Father as He interweaved His unmistakable hallmark of intelligent design into His masterwork of creation:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day. And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day. And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day. And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 1:1-2:3)
We see the following:
-In the beginning… there was only God. God is the progenitor of everything.
-God had nothing but Himself to start with, as the earth was formless, empty and dark. God is omnipotent.
-With evening and morning came ‘the first day’. That was the beginning of time as we know it today. God transcends time, space and every other limitation.
-God spoke His designs for creation. By this we know innately that we are created in His image, for we do much the same thing when we design what we create: albeit with very limited power and much imperfection.
-God said, ‘Let us make…’. Creation was a cooperative effort between God the Father Almighty, His Son the pre-incarnate Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Ghost… proof of the Trinity, one God in three persons, three persons in one God.
-Man was created… male and female… in the likeness and in the image of God, and man was given rule and dominion over the entire earth and all of its creatures.
-In the creation process, God multiple times said and saw that ‘…it was very good’. This tells us that creation was absolute perfection, and that everything, plant and animal, was in interleaved harmony.
-After the ‘vast array’ of creation (which shows the requirement for intelligent design), God rested from His work. He was not wearied (God has limitless power), but was surveying with delight and satisfaction all that He had done. In blessing the seventh day as one of rest, and calling it holy, He established a requirement for praise, thankfulness and worship that He fully reflected into the beings He created in His image.
God loves every person He has ever created. Contrary to what many people believe, God loving a person does not necessarily mean that He approves of their behavior. People say God is a loving God that would never send anyone to hell for eternity. I agree on both counts. However, God is also perfect, and one of His infinite attributions is being a just God, which means that He must punish sin, which by definition is rebellion against Him. Rebellion against God is a choice that a person makes by dint of their free will, and hell is an eternal choice also made by dint of their free will: in other words, God does not send anyone to hell… they elect to go there by their own choice. Holy Scripture is nothing if not clear, spoken by Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. (John 14:15)
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. (John 14:21)
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. (John 14:23-24)
In other words, true faith in God equates to true obedience to what God has commanded us through His Holy Scripture to do. In plain English, I believe this means “walk the talk”.
An unbeliever might ask, ‘Is this God for all people? What about people with other faith backgrounds? Isn’t it the height of arrogance for Christians to make disciples of all nations?’
Yes, I suppose that ‘this God’ I have been talking about in this post being for all people would be the height of arrogance if it were not for the evidence of Holy Scripture proving that ‘this God’ is for all people (italic emphases mine):
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean.” (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.‘ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone – an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.“ (Acts 17:16-31)
We see from the discourse that the Apostle Paul had with the Jews and Greeks proves that God made every nation of men, that they might repent and turn to Him. Understand that judgment with justice (the punishment of ALL sin) is coming, and will be administered by the man that God has appointed: that is, His Son Jesus Christ, who was crucified as the only sacrifice that could appease a sinless God filled with just wrath against beings created in His image that have freely and openly rebelled against Him.
It is a critical under-pinning of Paul’s argument that God has proved His right to do this on behalf of all men, sinners and righteous, by raising His Son Jesus Christ from the dead.
I agree that everything that is written in Holy Scripture could be discounted as ‘just another opinion’… were it not for the eye-witnessed and therefore incontrovertible fact that God’s only Son was raised from the dead!!
Add to this that Holy Scripture has (to date) NEVER been proven wrong in any prophecy that it has made… and there are 365 prophecies concerning Jesus Christ as the Messiah, written hundreds of years before His birth, that have all been fulfilled. The mathematical odds of any one man fulfilling all 365 prophecies is a number so large that it has not yet been given a name. It is easy to understand from these prophecies that God wanted His people to know their Messiah when He came to them… yet He was rejected by the very people, His own people, that He came to save.
This is the depth of the wickedness of man. Again, Holy Scripture testifies to this:
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
There is a saying… ‘Enough said’. I do not know that I can say more than what I have said, but I will say that if you are an unbeliever, then you are gently warned to take a very long and very hard look at the God who is waiting for you with open arms. He gave His Son to a horrific death that you might be covered with His blood, the blood of forgiveness, saved by grace, the unmerited favor of God, through faith against the day of God’s judgment that will unfailingly come upon this lost and dying world. Please listen to me today. You are not an accident, and you are not reading this post by accident. Start by understanding this, because this is all you need to know to start:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Cry out to God… confess your sins to Him, and ask Him to forgive you. I promise you on the authority of the Word of God that you will be forgiven your sins. Repent of (turn away from) your sinful lifestyle, and live according to His commandments. At the very hour of your belief in God and in the One that He has sent, you will be sealed with the Holy Ghost against the day of judgment, and you will be in paradise with God the moment you pass from this life.
Pick up a Holy Bible, and read the Gospel of John. Then read the 4 Gospels in order from Matthew through Mark through Luke through John. Then read the book of Romans. Finally read the entire Holy Bible from the Old Testament book of Genesis through the New Testament book of Revelation. Find a Bible-believing church, and actively seek the company and fellowship of other Christians.
Please understand that coming to faith in God and Jesus Christ is not a joke. After your life in this world is finished, you will either appear as a believer before the Judgment Seat of Christ:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
OR you will appear as a non-believer before the Great White Throne:
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)
Wherever you go, two things are certain:
1) You go there for eternity.
2) You go there by your choice.
Choose carefully, my friend… and remember…
God has said