Does God Have to Prove Anything?

In Romans chapter 5 verse 8, the text reads, “But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” Our omnipotent God, our perfect and complete God, doesn’t have to prove anything, and certainly not to us! It is WE that were created by God to glorify God, as the answer states to question number one in the Westminister Shorter Catechism. So, why is this text from Paul in his letter to the Romans?

Paul continues in verses 9 and 10, “…we be saved through Him [Jesus] from the wrath of God…we were reconciled to God…”.

It has always been that humanity has been hostile toward God. Adam and Eve disobeyed God because they wanted to be God themselves; humanity hasn’t changed since then. The cross did not overcome God’s hostility to us because God has never had hostility toward His creation! God had/has only love as any creator has for his “good” creation.

It was the cross that overcame humanity’s alienation from God! As the Jesus on the cross paintings of Salvador Dali show us, no nails kept Jesus on that most cruel cross…it was love! When Jesus had the power to call down legions of angels…He prayed the Father would forgive His murders.

God does not have to “prove” anything, but He did “show” us everything! Won’t you simply say thank you and turn your life to the One that loves you more than you could possibility know? Shalom

Too Smart to See…or to Believe…or Both?

Many searchers simply refuse to see the evidence for God’s existence so plainly before them. My first book, “I Am, the Great Creator God” was a 20 year effort to show people how to “look” at the evidence before them and to see and experience our Creator God.

Many are searching for light, here is a classic example. Stephen Hawking, an extremely smart scientist, whom I respect, is a man who has spent his whole life searching for the truth in how the universe was created. Stephen Hawking contends in his book, “The Grand Design” (September 2010) that definitely God did not create the universe or spark the Big Bang into being. He writes,

Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.[underline added]

He continues,

“Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists why we exist.”

When these scientists talked about “nothing”, that is, “create from nothing”, they always mention some pre-existing “law” that is already there. Please note that there are four major forces in the universe that hold all matter together, one being gravity. So Hawking’s words, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing”, really Dr. Hawking? Here is where being so smart actually keeps you from seeing the obvious. To have an already existing “law” or a “force”, such as gravity, is not “nothing”. Gravity is something! Nothing means nothing…no laws, no forces, no energy, no matter…no anything! Ex nihilo! So, who created gravity? Where did the universal laws, forces, energy and matter come from? Who created the force that binds elementary particles together to form atoms and molecules? You can’t say they always existed; there had to be a beginning where there were no forces, no anything.

“Spontaneous creation”?…really Dr. Hawking?

He told me why he was an Atheist

The guy told me he had read the Bible, the whole Bible three times and was an atheist. I seriously doubt that he read the whole thing three times, but let’s believe him anyway. He said the one verse that is the greatest reason to be an atheist is 1 Corinthians 13:11; I was intrigued. So, I said let’s look at the verse, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

It is so sad that so many people will take Bible verse and twist it around to support what they want to believe. You know, that is how things work…first you decide what you want to believe, then you find arguments to support that  what you wish to believe. I guess this guy is trying to equate the Bible and the belief in God as being childish; he could not be farther from the truth. Sad…so sad!

Most often when you become an adult your focus is centered on and around the culture, on achievement, on obtaining things. These can and will become your idols and draw you away from God. That is why Jesus said in 1 Corinthians 13:11 to come to Me as these little children…a child believes untarnished by the world’s distractions and sinfulness. Jesus wants you to come to Him! …not to ONLY come when you were a child!

Who is Jesus? …a very short study

The key to everything is this question:  Who is Jesus?

Many groups over the ages have thought Jesus was a prophet, a teacher, or simply a good man. Some believe Him to be a mortal savior, a man who failed to deliver Israel from Rome. Some believe Him to be only spirit, not real at all; plus, it was someone else who was crucified on that cruel cross. Docetism, an ancient heresy asserting that Jesus lacked full humanity is still alive and well today by many. As the gnostics tried to understand, how can the entire cosmos be created through Jesus (Colossians 1:16 and Revelation 4:11), yet that same Creator, as flesh & blood, die on the cross? This is the part that puzzles the Muslims about who Jesus is; that is, a Savior of the world would be one that could not, would not, die (Sura 4:157-158)…but would overcome all evil and conquer His enemies. We Christians believe in the resurrection, that Christ conquered death itself. Genesis 1:26 uses the word “Elohim”, a plural word for God as the text says: “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image…” Christians are monotheistic as are the Jews and Muslims. We believe the one God is manifest in three persons…the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Qur’an declares in Surah 5:73 (see also 4:171) that Christians believe in three gods, and that this is blasphemy against Allah, but this is a misunderstanding of what Christians believe. Jesus Himself says in Mark 12:29: “You shall love the Lord your God; the Lord is One.” this is the same text as the Jewish Shema (Deut 6:4).

All these ideas about Jesus fall painfully short, for it is the limitations of man’s understanding that is trying to explain define and place Jesus in a box. Jesus is LORD. Jesus is Messiah. Jesus is fully man and fully God. The duality of Christ Jesus cannot be explained nor understood. Do you want a God that could be understood, limited to the weak limits of mortal man’s thought? …thoughts that will always fall short of reality? Something to think about…something to pray about. Blessings and peace to you!

 

"No Absolutes" is of the Devil

It has been said that Dr. Laura, the popular radio host, has received a large volume of hate mail for believing in moral absolutes. She is asked to be more tolerant of other moral views, but the haters won’t be tolerate of her views.

There most certainly are moral absolutes and absolute truth. The world would have you believe otherwise. Yes, there is absolute right and wrong; but the world would suggest there are a myriad of right and wrongs, who can say which is correct? If you belong to this group, try asking yourself why you want to believe in a world of no benchmarks, no datums, a world of chaos. Would you tolerate a person wrecking your house, because he must have a reason for doing what he is doing?

In the world of the “political correctness virus”, we have many saying things like: “we can’t be sure of the true meaning”, or “we are all headed to the same place”, “who’s to say what is right or wrong” or “don’t take a position on anything for you might just find that you are wrong 20 years from now”. Christian orthodoxy has been around for over 2000 years and has not faltered or run-aground. Christian Orthodoxy has stood up to intense scholarly scrutiny and yet remains intact. Now, fitting right into this mess, comes the so-called “The Emergent Church” where the leaders and their followers are that lukewarm mush found in Revelation 3:15-16, openly saying they can not be sure of Biblical Truth. Are you going to bet your eternity on a recent manmade political position or on the word of God, written by God through eyewitnesses (John 21:24)?

"No Absolutes" is of the Devil

It has been said that Dr. Laura, the popular radio host, has received a large volume of hate mail for believing in moral absolutes. She is asked to be more tolerant of other moral views, but the haters won’t be tolerate of her views.

There most certainly are moral absolutes and absolute truth. The world would have you believe otherwise. Yes, there is absolute right and wrong; but the world would suggest there are a myriad of right and wrongs, who can say which is correct? If you belong to this group, try asking yourself why you want to believe in a world of no benchmarks, no datums, a world of chaos. Would you tolerate a person wrecking your house, because he must have a reason for doing what he is doing?

In the world of the “political correctness virus”, we have many saying things like: “we can’t be sure of the true meaning”, or “we are all headed to the same place”, “who’s to say what is right or wrong” or “don’t take a position on anything for you might just find that you are wrong 20 years from now”. Christian orthodoxy has been around for over 2000 years and has not faltered or run-aground. Christian Orthodoxy has stood up to intense scholarly scrutiny and yet remains intact. Now, fitting right into this mess, comes the so-called “The Emergent Church” where the leaders and their followers are that lukewarm mush found in Revelation 3:15-16, openly saying they can not be sure of Biblical Truth. Are you going to bet your eternity on a recent manmade political position or on the word of God, written by God through eyewitnesses (John 21:24)?

“No Absolutes” is of the Devil

It has been said that Dr. Laura, the popular radio host, has received a large volume of hate mail for believing in moral absolutes. She is asked to be more tolerant of other moral views, but the haters won’t be tolerate of her views.

There most certainly are moral absolutes and absolute truth. The world would have you believe otherwise. Yes, there is absolute right and wrong; but the world would suggest there are a myriad of right and wrongs, who can say which is correct? If you belong to this group, try asking yourself why you want to believe in a world of no benchmarks, no datums, a world of chaos. Would you tolerate a person wrecking your house, because he must have a reason for doing what he is doing?

In the world of the “political correctness virus”, we have many saying things like: “we can’t be sure of the true meaning”, or “we are all headed to the same place”, “who’s to say what is right or wrong” or “don’t take a position on anything for you might just find that you are wrong 20 years from now”. Christian orthodoxy has been around for over 2000 years and has not faltered or run-aground. Christian Orthodoxy has stood up to intense scholarly scrutiny and yet remains intact. Now, fitting right into this mess, comes the so-called “The Emergent Church” where the leaders and their followers are that lukewarm mush found in Revelation 3:15-16, openly saying they can not be sure of Biblical Truth. Are you going to bet your eternity on a recent manmade political position or on the word of God, written by God through eyewitnesses (John 21:24)?

DON’T ALL RELIGIONS LEAD TO GOD?

Christianity is being faulted for it’s “arrogance” in claiming to offer the only way to God? After all, the culture would say, don’t all religions lead to God?

A number of people equate religious tolerance with religious truth. Many assume that all religions are basically the same and that all beliefs are therefore equally valid.

A brief survey of a few religions would quickly reveal that every single one of them has competing claims which contradict other religions. How, for example, can someone logically square the Hindu teaching that the universe is God, with the Muslim belief that Allah, the God of Islam, is distinct from the universe? Any honest investigator would have to admit that religions harbor irreconcilable differences, demonstrating that they cannot all possibly lead to the same God. Logically speaking, they can all be wrong, but they cannot all be right. Christianity towers above the religions of the world. For instance, while every religion would have man try to reach up to God, Christianity says that it’s God who reached down to man — that only through God’s grace and mercy, and never by mere human effort, can we ever hope to obtain God’s favor.

The Big Bang – Part 1 of 2

“God said, ‘I command light to shine!’ And light started shining. God looked at the light and saw that it was good.” And with this text in Genesis 1:3+4 from The Learning Bible we see the First Day. But what is light?

What we call light is really just an extremely small portion, the visible portion, of the electromagnetic spectrum. “Light” is really made up of 7 main divisions in the electromagnetic spectrum: Radio, Microwave, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Ray and Gamma Ray. Of these seven divisions, we can only see one small section 300 nanometers (nm) wide (that is 300 billionths of a meter) of the overall spectrum. The full spectrum is a measurement from 1 kilometer (km) (a thousand meters) to 0.01 nm (a hundredth of a billionth of a meter); a very broad spectrum indeed. Our little piece of the pie, so tiny, is it by chance that we just happen to have this visible portion and our eyes can pick it up and our brains process it? What are the possibilities? What limitations we operate under!

We so boldly move forward thinking we know so much when we only see the tip of the iceberg. As the Apostle Paul said, we know in part and we prophesy in part (1 Cor. 13:9). Let’s get back to Genesis and that First Day; we read the word “light” and immediately think it must be the light we see (the opposite of dark). Of course, if you read the next verse you would think it must be the visible light we see because God separates the light and the dark. But who says “the dark” is also what we think is the opposite of our visible “light”? We are three-dimensional beings with perception limitations in a multi-dimensional universe; things are not always how they seem. How can you be so sure?

 

The Sin of "Man-Made Climate Change" Thinking – Part 2, YOU are NOT God!

In Part One of this string of 3 posts, I mentioned facts about how we are indeed “works of art”…we are God’s “poem”…the best words in the best order is a poem, that is what we are. Because we are loved so much by God, to be so wonderfully created (Ps. 139:14), that we have also been given a gift of choice to accept or reject the God that created you. There is actually a great deal of love in this gift of choice, for what lover would put his beloved in chains, to be a puppet, to control every action and thought? There are no strings on you! You are not in prison chains…you can decide what to believe, wrong or otherwise.

So, you are free to reject God even though the blood of Jesus Christ redeemed you (paid the price for your sins), you can reject His divinity, and His being sovereign over all. You are free to become your own god. Become your own god? Yes, that is exactly what you are doing when you believe you can control the natural forces on Earth…that YOU believe YOU can affect the whole planet in some manner. How arrogant of you to believe such nonsense! For to have such a belief of global impact is to place yourself above all nature…to make yourself as powerful as God. If you are having trouble with this line of thinking, it shall become clear in Part 3 of this series of posts.

Everyone wants to believe they are important, that they have value and can contribute something to the “Play of Life on Planet Earth”. As Robin Williams said to the boys in “Dead Poet’s Society”, what will your one verse be? I am no different. That is why I write these posts on two blogs, write articles and books, I care. I don’t advertise. I don’t make any money. I care to reach out to others as a teacher because I feel called to do so. As you can with God, you are free to reject what I have say, but I only ask one thing of you. Put aside your pre-conceived notions and at least ponder briefly on the truth I wish to share with you. Only for this one reason – one day you will be asked to give an account of your life…what will you say?

Will you confess to following a lie at the expense of human lives? Will you arrogantly say that I have so much affect on the world that I could melt global ice caps? In fact, I am so important I can actually make one ice cap shrink and make the other one grow! Wow! If true, I could only say…You must be God to do that!

The Sin of “Man-Made Climate Change” Thinking – Part 2, YOU are NOT God!

In Part One of this string of 3 posts, I mentioned facts about how we are indeed “works of art”…we are God’s “poem”…the best words in the best order is a poem, that is what we are. Because we are loved so much by God, to be so wonderfully created (Ps. 139:14), that we have also been given a gift of choice to accept or reject the God that created you. There is actually a great deal of love in this gift of choice, for what lover would put his beloved in chains, to be a puppet, to control every action and thought? There are no strings on you! You are not in prison chains…you can decide what to believe, wrong or otherwise.

So, you are free to reject God even though the blood of Jesus Christ redeemed you (paid the price for your sins), you can reject His divinity, and His being sovereign over all. You are free to become your own god. Become your own god? Yes, that is exactly what you are doing when you believe you can control the natural forces on Earth…that YOU believe YOU can affect the whole planet in some manner. How arrogant of you to believe such nonsense! For to have such a belief of global impact is to place yourself above all nature…to make yourself as powerful as God. If you are having trouble with this line of thinking, it shall become clear in Part 3 of this series of posts.

Everyone wants to believe they are important, that they have value and can contribute something to the “Play of Life on Planet Earth”. As Robin Williams said to the boys in “Dead Poet’s Society”, what will your one verse be? I am no different. That is why I write these posts on two blogs, write articles and books, I care. I don’t advertise. I don’t make any money. I care to reach out to others as a teacher because I feel called to do so. As you can with God, you are free to reject what I have say, but I only ask one thing of you. Put aside your pre-conceived notions and at least ponder briefly on the truth I wish to share with you. Only for this one reason – one day you will be asked to give an account of your life…what will you say?

Will you confess to following a lie at the expense of human lives? Will you arrogantly say that I have so much affect on the world that I could melt global ice caps? In fact, I am so important I can actually make one ice cap shrink and make the other one grow! Wow! If true, I could only say…You must be God to do that!

The Sin of "Man-Made Climate Change" Thinking – Part 2, YOU are NOT God!

In Part One of this string of 3 posts, I mentioned facts about how we are indeed “works of art”…we are God’s “poem”…the best words in the best order is a poem, that is what we are. Because we are loved so much by God, to be so wonderfully created (Ps. 139:14), that we have also been given a gift of choice to accept or reject the God that created you. There is actually a great deal of love in this gift of choice, for what lover would put his beloved in chains, to be a puppet, to control every action and thought? There are no strings on you! You are not in prison chains…you can decide what to believe, wrong or otherwise.

So, you are free to reject God even though the blood of Jesus Christ redeemed you (paid the price for your sins), you can reject His divinity, and His being sovereign over all. You are free to become your own god. Become your own god? Yes, that is exactly what you are doing when you believe you can control the natural forces on Earth…that YOU believe YOU can affect the whole planet in some manner. How arrogant of you to believe such nonsense! For to have such a belief of global impact is to place yourself above all nature…to make yourself as powerful as God. If you are having trouble with this line of thinking, it shall become clear in Part 3 of this series of posts.

Everyone wants to believe they are important, that they have value and can contribute something to the “Play of Life on Planet Earth”. As Robin Williams said to the boys in “Dead Poet’s Society”, what will your one verse be? I am no different. That is why I write these posts on two blogs, write articles and books, I care. I don’t advertise. I don’t make any money. I care to reach out to others as a teacher because I feel called to do so. As you can with God, you are free to reject what I have say, but I only ask one thing of you. Put aside your pre-conceived notions and at least ponder briefly on the truth I wish to share with you. Only for this one reason – one day you will be asked to give an account of your life…what will you say?

Will you confess to following a lie at the expense of human lives? Will you arrogantly say that I have so much affect on the world that I could melt global ice caps? In fact, I am so important I can actually make one ice cap shrink and make the other one grow! Wow! If true, I could only say…You must be God to do that!

God Wants “Good” for You

I am an architect. I know about the “feelings” of a creator. I mean, I know that part of me is in the architecture I create. I have left my mark, my signature is on my creation; my hand is over the design and its outcome. I created form out of my innate creative decision-making which is firmly part of who I am; therefore, part of me is left behind (not gone from me, but shared) and found in my creations.

Forced into despair, what happens when the creator has to destroy his or her creation, a creation composed of self, a creation of physical and emotional love and caring? This has happened throughout history with many an artist. A situation arises that “forces” the creator to destroy the very part of his being; what is to come out of that? After all, the created object is part of his life and consists of the dust of his lifelong experiences; it would be like cutting part of your body off…devastating. I am talking about destruction of a quality effort; not of an artist destroying his laziness. Of quality, I would suggest that it is exactly like cutting part of your body off, cutting to your heart, your lifeblood; the very thing that keeps you alive. No doubt, cutting part of your core would be a severe blow to your life; never would life be the same again to realize such a loss. So, what’s the point you say?

From a Biblical point of view, what would drive a Creator to destroy His creation? The Book of Genesis tells us in the sixth chapter, verses 5 through 7 (NIV):

“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air – for I am grieved that I have made them.”

We will never know the extreme magnitude of the Lord’s pain and how He grieved over mankind [a proper non-sexist term] making the wrong decisions, and the need to destroy His creation. It would have to be like losing part of Himself [we were created in the image of God]. We are the poema [poetry] (Ephesians 2:10), the grand workmanship of God. Of course, what He actually destroyed wasn’t exactly the way He originally created it. Something had happened. In the first chapter of Genesis we see God saying, “It is good”, after viewing that which He had just created. However the creation He destroyed wasn’t good; the creation [we people] had been altered for the worse by our own selfishness and by our desire to be like God (Genesis 2:5+6). God gave us an easy life of complete freedom with indescribable blessings, but only made one very small request; namely, don’t eat from the one tree (in the middle of a whole forest of fruit bearing trees), the Tree of Knowledge. We made our own choice to not obey God; that is the same as putting ourselves above God. As a child disobeys a parent in focused protest, so we, in disobedience, thumbed our noses at God and ate of the Tree. The ability to go against God was made possible through the gift of free-will, lovingly granted by God at His great risk. Great risk? Yes, God took a great risk because of His love for His creation.

To not grant free-will would have been the same as placing us in prison chains, manacled to a dungeon wall; we would simply be marionettes on the end of strings dancing to the whim of the “Master Controller”.  Though able, God does not cause things to happen to us like we were only pawns moving about some grand chessboard. Where is the love in that type of relationship? Evil is active in the fallen world, but it is God who loves us so much, as a shepherd would leave 99 to look for the 1 lost sheep! Though our fallen society thinks otherwise, it should be obvious that love does not control a person! Despite the rantings of the nonbelievers, God is not into control; God seeks relationship! We read that one afternoon God was walking in the Garden of Eden and rhetorically called out to Adam, saying where are you (Genesis 2:8+9)? Of course God knew exactly that Adam and Eve, who already had discovered with newfound knowledge that they had done wrong, were actually hiding nearby.

Look deep enough and you’ll find that a loving open, non-controlling relationship is sought by all, because God also wants the same. We find this to be “a God part” left within us by our Creator. As the architect leaves part of themselves behind in their architecture, so too, God longingly wishes for us to return to Him as was first planned and noted at the original creation, “it is good”. To walk in the Garden of Eden with God…it just doesn’t get any better than that, but the people [Adam & Eve…and us] do not have the vision of our Creator. We have only incomplete vision! How could Adam and Eve think they could stand equal to the One that got the whole universe started ex nilhilo in the first place? Let’s not be too hard on them, my friends, we are doing the same thing today!

We are created to glorify the Creator God. To cover the earth with water and start again would have grieved God to depths we can’t possibly understand, but it had to happen, for God is in control, and yet still seeks the original relationship with us…again, for God knew us before we were formed in the womb. Since mankind messed it up, not God, there had to be another way to re-create a non-controlled relationship. This is the whole of the Bible, from beginning to end, to show us the way, the pathway to get back to the Garden of Eden!

Jesus tells the parable (Luke 20:9-19) of the Landlord [God] and the tenants [mankind] in the perfect vineyard [Earth before the fall]; where the evil tenants go against the initial contractual arrangements [same as the instructions, “don’t eat from the Tree of Knowledge”]. The tenants selfishly wished to keep all the produce for themselves, and not pay the Landlord his due by agreement. The Landlord, trying to reach the tenants, sends two sets of servants to whom the evil tenants murder. Finally, out of love to reach these evil tenants and recreate the earlier agreed relationship, the Landlord sends His Son [Jesus]. Due to the evilness nature within the tenants, they kill Him as well. Just look around today and view the multitudes that are still rejecting Jesus; metaphorically killing Him again and again, saying Jesus is not who He says He is, nor is He even real.

Maybe we’ll learn one day! Through undeserved grace, in God’s effort to finally reach us again, God sent His Son Jesus to show us the way back to the loving Father. A loving God running with arms open wide ready to celebrate your return as did the father [God] in the parable of the “Two Sons” [sometimes known as the “Prodigal Son”] (Luke 15:11-32). As in that parable, God will bring the best clothes, the best shoes, and serve up a great banquet in a mansion for those that turn back to Him. God wants good for you and for you to have an easy life in relationship with Him! We need nothing else, but ask ourselves, have we repented [turned] and changed from our evil arrogant selfish ways? If you feel like doing so, tell your Creator Father that you want and desire a rebirth into the fullness of relationship; stop hiding from God, step out, ask for forgiveness and embrace your Creator God who is standing with open arms for you!

“NOW” removes so-called Biblical Contradictions

Time…What is time? Thoreau says that “time” is the stream in which he goes fishing. Less colorful and more boring than Thoreau’s definition, we think of time as one minute, or one day, a day of 24 hours, a year of 365 days, 60 seconds in one minute, a lunch break is one hour, and a coffee break is ten minutes. But what is time? It has to be something, because we measure it, right? We debate questions like: Has time always been there, unchanging? Is there a beginning to time? Will time ever end? Does time move at different rates? What if “a day” wasn’t always 24 hours? Some calendars measure a year differently, so how do we know what a year is? The understanding of the concepts of time and what time is and how it appears to you are important issues for you to consider. These questions are not just for the philosopher or scientist, but for every person, young and old. In this article, we will explore a reality known as “time”. It has serious implications for us as we search for meaning in life and a better understanding of God and our relationship with God.

We can trace the beginning of time back to the Big Bang. As we try to understand the Big Bang, we see that everything physical, natural laws, everything we touch and see and breathe had its beginning at the Big Bang. Time, as a dimension is no different. All laws of physics, chemistry and the other sciences have two distinct worlds. One we know something about after the Big Bang, and one we know nothing about before the Big Bang.

Time was created as a dimensional gift to us at the Big Bang. So, if the “dimension” we call time was nonexistent as we know it before the Big Bang, then what was there? “Now” was there. A word we use all the time, yet few understand its true meaning. “Now” is that point that is neither past nor future. It is a point that does exist in a multidimensional Universe; but a point whereby you can infinitely subtract any piece of time from, no matter how small the unit of measure. I guess you could say “now” does not exist in time.

Understanding this concept of time and the nature of the “Now” is critical to understanding many of the so-called contradictions found in the Bible. Let’s look at one such set of verse. At the crucifixion, Jesus is talking to one of the criminals hanging on an adjacent cross, Luke 23:43 in the NIV reads “I promise that today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Compare that to Luke 24:7 in the NIV where we read, “The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail Him to a cross. But three days later He will rise to life.” Three days later? What’s the deal? Is Jesus in Paradise the same day He died or was it three days later? This is a big deal for some; let’s look at the important “Apostle’s Creed”. The Old Roman version (circa 200AD) stated in the fifth section, “The third day He rose again from the dead”; a newer Roman version (circa 700AD), the same version I recited in the Episcopal Church, adopted by Catholics and others, states: He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead.” Now, how can this be? How can Jesus be in Paradise the same day He died on the cross for our sins, and suffer separation from the Father, taking our sins on Him, making them His own and paying the price for three days? Some believe there was a separation of body and spirit, and the spirit went to Paradise, to “Abraham’s Bosom”. But that doesn’t explain the physical bodily resurrection of Christ 3 days later. It doesn’t explain Thomas touching His wounds, Jesus eating fish on the beach, or the discussion on the road to Emmaus. One group is likely to say, we believe this way; and another group is just as likely to say, we believe this other way. Soon the two groups could soon be at odds with one another, arguments instill, feelings are hurt, and Satan smiles at yet another Christian conflict and a win for his evil side. With your new understanding of time and that “Now” doesn’t exist in our linear time experience, Jesus is both in Paradise the day He died, plus He experienced the pain and separation from the Father, paying the price for our sins, and physically resurrected from the dead three days later…all at the same time, all at the same moment.

In the “now”, with no movement in time, the beginning and the end are the same moment. Strange I know, but that is why I’m trying to expand on this time issue. This is the nature of dimensions of reality that we cannot understand because of our limitations; faith is indeed required. The non-believer uses the so-called Biblical contradictions as their proof that Christianity is a false religion; how sad and limited in their understanding they are. But look at this way: If we Christians, confessing our faith and belief in Christ Jesus, can relax a little knowing that we are limited in our ability to understand dimensions beyond three. If we can accept that the many seemingly contradictory verses are all indeed correct at the same time. We would then be much more loving toward each other. Isn’t that what Jesus asked us to do?

[For more discussion on Time, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

Everyone has Faith…but in whom?

People of faith”, almost always used to refer to those people believing in some organized religion, but it also takes faith to not believe in God, so we are all “people of faith”. It is simply a matter of what or to whom you chose to place your faith. Atheists will often ridicule the Christian for believing in an “unseen and unproven” God. I say it takes faith to believe that there is no God. I see the proof that God exists everyday! Oh, you misguided atheists, how blind you must be!

Recently, we have seen many actions throughout America where Christianity is under a vicious attack by the atheist mob. Why? If they are so set on their belief system…that there is no God…then why not just be quiet and let us all fall into oblivion? My retort might be to the athist: What makes you think you are right, you can’t see that there is not a God. Are you so arrogant that you wish to force everybody to adjust to your “belief system”? Answer to my question is: yes! Just look how such a small minority, empowered by the evil fuel of “political correctness, has so drastically changed America. 

This post is actually not against the atheists, they have every right to believe the way they want to; they can collect together, have meetings, parties, whatever. My struggle is: Why do they argue their point of view with such aggression and hostility? Why should they want to court people to join their little band of believers? Are they fund raising for their political machine? What do they expect to gain? If Christians are wrong, why not just leave them alone to die in their false beliefs? If the atheists, in their goodness, wish to “save the Christians” from their lies, what do the atheists offer in return?

Mystery is Good

Most people want to understand and be fully informed on all topics. It is good to be detailed and be sure of things that involve your life, but do you really want a God that can be fully understood? Wouldn’t that be the same as putting God in a box; that is, putting limits on God? Could a God that is limited to your limited understanding actually become your Savior & conquerer over the evils of Satan and over your moral & tragic sins? No! God is much greater than your understanding or even your imagination! So, why are there people who think they have “the God thing” all figured out? Haven’t you run across people who believe they have the answer to all the major issues surrounding God?

The Apostle Paul himself said that he knew in part, but one day he would fully know about God when he would come into His Glory. If it is okay for Paul to keep some things a mystery, then why is it not okay for you and me? Mystery is good; it shows that God is much bigger, much more grand & powerful than we could ever imagine. You’ve got to love a God like that!

Young people – death is real, it is not a video game!

Dear Lord please comfort those hurt and suffering loss in Colorado this day! 14 innocent have been killed and many hurt while attending the new Batman movie! The youthful killer, decked out in body-armor like in some violent movie, acted for 20 minutes dropping tear gas and shooting the innocent, like he was racking up points in some bloody video game. To blend in, it started during a shooting scene in the movie. At first attendees thought it was part of the show…they expected the violence…but certainly not all real…and this was VERY REAL! Life and death is real; this is not some electronic game…push a few buttons and it is over! Memories of these events are NEVER over! Murdered people have families that love them and have dreams for thier lives. What are we becoming as a society? The ugly insane coarseness of our language! The sloppy way of dressing! The destruction of the body through piercings, tatoos, huffing, and drugs! Violent music! Violent video games! The ugly actions of  6 to 30 year olds upon their peers! The bullying! It is all related together! With the break down of the family, our morals, our integrity, our honesty, we have created generations crusted-over with a shell of deadness! …all the while, our society continues its work to remove God at break-neck speed! Oh, and it will break us alright…is that what you want? Pray and work to change our direction for the sake of the children…and my grandchildren!

Don’t Use Calvin to Separate Christians

It seems that I have been encountering a number of places that are using John Calvin’s ideas of predestination to divide Christians into “Calvinists” and Non-Calvinists”. Any division of Christians on the basis of the human understandings of predestination or election is of the devil in my opinion. I will explain such a direct response shortly.

While it is true that some of us believe in predestination and some of us don’t, I will show you that both groups are right and there is no need for division at all. Divisions of Christians on any basis only dilutes the forces for Jesus and His commission for us to spread the Good News of the Gospel to all peoples. When Christians fight and divide, only Satan wins.

It is true that John Calvin believed that God’s sovereign will held all things together. Calvin, along with Luther and the other reformers, held tight to Biblical roots. They wanted to get the Church back on track to Biblical basics. John Calvin believed in one God, one people of God, one gospel of grace, and one story the Bible, the Logos. All Christians should be on board at this point. Now, the age-old argument sticks up its ugly head…were we predestined, elected to be in God’s House before time began or not? Before I give you the answer, let me ask one question. If everything is set ahead of time…who is in and who is out…then why did Jesus tell us to go out into the world and spread the Good News of the Messiah, our Lord and Savior?

“Time” is a dimension created for our earthly use. God exists where there is no time…everything is “now”. If everything is “now”, then there is no passage of time, and the beginning and the end are the same moment. That means that God can experience time as you do; as the song goes: “He walks with me and He talks with me, and tells me I am His own.” And as with Adam walking in the Garden together; but the Bible also tells us that we were known by God before the foundation of the world. God knows what we are going to do before we do it, because to God there is no movement of time. But wait, we are not God’s puppets controlled by heavenly strings; God’s love brings with it the risk of freedom to chose which way we will go, toward God or away. There is more on this subject of “time” in the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God“, but for this blog, I’m keeping my comments short. The point is that the argument of whether or not there is predestination or election should be reduced to the category of a “non-issue” for both are right based on the “time” perspective.

Friends, there is no real understanding of this; we have no frame of reference on what an existence without “time” would be like. This requires an open mind and faith. Besides, we don’t have to understand it anyway. Jesus said we should come “as these little children”. Not childish, but open, trusting, and believing as a child. One thing for sure, we should not be dividing our brothers and sisters in Christ into groups of separation over such concepts as these that we have no way of comprehending…until we come into His Kingdom. Amen.

Don't Use Calvin to Separate Christians

It seems that I have been encountering a number of places that are using John Calvin’s ideas of predestination to divide Christians into “Calvinists” and Non-Calvinists”. Any division of Christians on the basis of the human understandings of predestination or election is of the devil in my opinion. I will explain such a direct response shortly.

While it is true that some of us believe in predestination and some of us don’t, I will show you that both groups are right and there is no need for division at all. Divisions of Christians on any basis only dilutes the forces for Jesus and His commission for us to spread the Good News of the Gospel to all peoples. When Christians fight and divide, only Satan wins.

It is true that John Calvin believed that God’s sovereign will held all things together. Calvin, along with Luther and the other reformers, held tight to Biblical roots. They wanted to get the Church back on track to Biblical basics. John Calvin believed in one God, one people of God, one gospel of grace, and one story the Bible, the Logos. All Christians should be on board at this point. Now, the age-old argument sticks up its ugly head…were we predestined, elected to be in God’s House before time began or not? Before I give you the answer, let me ask one question. If everything is set ahead of time…who is in and who is out…then why did Jesus tell us to go out into the world and spread the Good News of the Messiah, our Lord and Savior?

“Time” is a dimension created for our earthly use. God exists where there is no time…everything is “now”. If everything is “now”, then there is no passage of time, and the beginning and the end are the same moment. That means that God can experience time as you do; as the song goes: “He walks with me and He talks with me, and tells me I am His own.” And as with Adam walking in the Garden together; but the Bible also tells us that we were known by God before the foundation of the world. God knows what we are going to do before we do it, because to God there is no movement of time. But wait, we are not God’s puppets controlled by heavenly strings; God’s love brings with it the risk of freedom to chose which way we will go, toward God or away. There is more on this subject of “time” in the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God“, but for this blog, I’m keeping my comments short. The point is that the argument of whether or not there is predestination or election should be reduced to the category of a “non-issue” for both are right based on the “time” perspective.

Friends, there is no real understanding of this; we have no frame of reference on what an existence without “time” would be like. This requires an open mind and faith. Besides, we don’t have to understand it anyway. Jesus said we should come “as these little children”. Not childish, but open, trusting, and believing as a child. One thing for sure, we should not be dividing our brothers and sisters in Christ into groups of separation over such concepts as these that we have no way of comprehending…until we come into His Kingdom. Amen.

Yes, Mr. Todd, the Bible is the Word of God!

How appropriate for the day to be April Fools Day 2011. For the foolish TV show, “Hardball”, normally with Chris Matthews as host on MSNBC, that we would have Chuck Todd filling in as host. Mr. Todd’s foolish guest, Bobby Ghosh in commenting on the foolish actions of Rev. Terry Jones over a Qu’ran burning which has unfortunatly resulted in over 20 senseless deaths and 80 injuries, claimed that burning the Qu’ran was worse than burning the Bible. Ghosh’s foolish argument, agreed to by Todd, was that the Bible was written by man and the Qu’ran was written by God. Ghosh said that this “fact” was acknowledged by Christains. WRONG!

No, Mr. Ghosh and Mr. Todd, I am a Christian; I say and believe beyond a shadow of doubt that the Bible is in fact the Logos! The VERY sacred word of God! It is not just “the story of Jesus” as you are quoted as saying; it is about the eternal salvation of anyone that will turn to God and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Just because the “real Christians” (not Christians in name only) are peaceful and don’t kill others over the burning of the Bible, does NOT make it any less painful than the Muslims being upset over the regrettable burning of “their book”.

Problems? We will get to the other side!

We all have “storms” in our lives, problems and pains. The “storms of life” come against us all. Jesus chose the disciples for a grand purpose; He would not allow them to drown in the Sea of Galilee…read Mark 4:35-41. Furthermore, Jesus had a purpose for the group to get into the boat. The purpose was NOT to drown in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, but to get to the other side. So, why do you suppose these seasoned fishermen, familiar with the storms on the Sea of Galilee, were so upset that they thought they were going to drown? They forgot who they were traveling with! The Lord Jesus would not allow them to drown; they had nothing to worry about. So let me ask you, who are you traveling with? Jesus can and will calm the “storms in your life”, all you need to do is to get into the boat with Him! Amen.

Peace is Impossible as long as there is Evil

A wonderful ministry, Truth for Life, shared the following comment:  “Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; to pretend otherwise would signal a victory for the powers of darkness.”  It was based on Revelation 12:7. Unlike the book entitled, “War and Peace”, peace is not the opposite of war; it is the opposite of threat…threat from evil.  Sometimes to remove the threat, we must engage in war; there is such a thing as a “just war”.

What happened to cause this shift?

At one time many scientists were inspired by God’s creation and attributed the fixed natural laws to the Creator. The Bible was inspiration and guided them under a set of ethical standards into life’s major questions and search for knowledge. Now, to raise Biblical points, embrace a Christian world view and its teachings, a Christian is ridiculed and dismissed as ignorant by a very large portion of scientists. Why the change?