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  • Real Love

    Real love by itself is neither a feeling, a passion, an emotion or an attraction. Feelings change, passions cool, attraction fades and emotions have been well described as a Roller Coaster ride.

    Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.”

    The people who God was speaking about in this passage were some of the most unfaithful people as a group that the World has ever known. Though God revealed His love to Israel over and over again and gave them a special status as His chosen people, they repeatedly turned away from Him.

    A Savior Loved Us First

    Had love been an emotion, a passion, a feeling or an attraction God would have separated Himself forever from them. He didn’t, and that says it all. Real love comes from God. It never fails and nothing can separate believers from it.

    We express real love when is comes out of us as fruit from the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love…” This is the first fruit mentioned in this famous passage. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) This laying down does not happen naturally. It’s not something that the flesh wants to do. It only comes from a love that is real, and that love comes only from a Savior who loved us first.

    We can’t forget that Jesus didn’t instruct us to only lay our life down for our friends, but also for our enemies (Luke 6:35).

    Be a conduit of real love today in whatever you do.

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    Kim Anthony Shibley

    Kim Anthony Shibley

    Kim is currently the pastor of Greater Grace Christian Fellowship, a GGWO affiliated church in Silver Spring Md.

  • A Man without a Father

    In Society we call them orphans. Children who lose their parents… or, who are lost from their parents. But strictly speaking there are some things in life you can never lose, even when you lose them. Man’s identity is one such thing. One can get mistaken about it, yet it remains the same. Once you have a father, you can’t lose one. You are the son of your father even when he passes away. You don’t adopt a new father.

    However, in this article I am talking about some men from human history who never had a father… yes never, ever. Surprised? Hang on!

    First man without a human father was Adam. The Bible mentions him in Genesis 2. He was created by God Himself, formed out of the dust of the Earth and became a living soul when God breathed a breath of life into him. So whom would Adam, the First forefather of the whole human race call his father? Yes, God desired to be called his father and gave him the grand opportunity.

    Two Milleniums back another man was born in human history. His name is Jesus Christ. He was not a man without impact. He wasn’t such a man whom you could easily brush aside as one of many. If you did, you do not even have a reference point to your calendar. Prophet Isaiah had predicted 740 years earlier that the coming Messiah will be born from a virgin. When Mary the mother of Jesus was announced this reality by the angel in Luke chapter 1, she asked the question, “How can this be?” A son without a man being involved? Biologically incorrect? Yes, but not for the AUTHOR of the BIOS and the LOGOS. The angel answered, “He will be called the Son of the Most High God.” A man without any real human father, but called himself the Son of God.

    There is a third category of people who have a problem regarding their identification of their father. Most people will fall in that category. They have a human father, but they do not know that they also have a heavenly Father. Yes many seem to casually speak that I know that we are the children of God. However, a real belief or unbelief in that statement can be easily verifiable in their hearts by counting how often they have actually addressed God as their Father in their hearts. In the Bible, faith in Christ produces a miracle of a man finding his heavenly Father and never be lost again. In the spirit now he calls him, “Abba”.

    In Luke 15, is narrated a story told by Jesus of a son who became a prodigal by going away from his father. When he was returning after many losses and bad decisions, he contemplated something in his heart which went like this : “I will say to my father, “I have sinned against you. I am not worthy to be called your son. Take me in the home as a servant.” What a classic case of mistaken identity. In that story son was in for a pleasant surprise. The father ran up and hugged and kissed him. He interrupted the son’s speech midway and threw a party of joy.

    Many people try to offer God their works, religion and discipline without realising that they are not called to be servants but sons. All you need to do is cry out in your heart to the One and Only Father in heaven – who is the Father of Adam, the Father of the Son of God and also your Father. Say, “Father, forgive me. I come.” About Jesus the New Testament begins by saying, “Whoever believed in Him, to him He gave the right to become the children of God.” “Behold what manner of love God has bestowed upon us that we may be called the children of God.”

  • Not by Bread Alone…

    Who spoke these words, “Man should not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

    Jesus Christ,- at the time when he was tested by Satan to turn stones into bread to feed himself. The fact of the matter is that Jesus had the power and authority to something like that, which he displayed on other occassions in his life. But not this time.. He answered the temptation with a timeless statement which can speak to our hearts if we open it to him.All of us at some phases in our life tend to define our needs based on just the physical – food, money, house, health, relationships etc. However, one very successful and godly man wrote two statements in his life which often speak to my heart.“One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.”

    “ As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. Why are you 4cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him.”

    For someone these emotions may not make any sense at all. I do not really know whether they are really satisfied with all they have or just pretending. Maybe this blog doesn’t have much to speak to you if you are one and you might as well move on to some better ones. However, personally I identify this man. Some people think that searching for true and living God may be an exercise only meant for weak, poor and suffering. However, above statements were penned by a man named David. He was a king of Isreal about 10th century BC. A powerful, famous, rich and godly king at that. I know for sure that I don’t have so much material blessings and even religious insights as much as he did. But the questions he raises up are similar to those in my heart. This tells me something about the current state of man.

    When a fish is put out of water, it becomes very obvious that fish wasn’t designed for land. Something similar can be observed about human life. Though things like fulfilled needs, can satisfy us to an extent but not at our core. It seems as though at the core of the human beings there is a huge hollow space which we attempt to fill with many things like success, money, intellectual pursuits, relationships, achievements, drugs, eat-drink-merry philosophies, religious experiences etc. However, come time we realize that like water filled in the basin slowly start dropping off, the real fulfillment eludes us. The Bible explains that hollow core as spiritual death. This happened because sin broke our relationship with the living God. And then we got involved in inventing something to plug the hole.

    Jesus says… Not by bread alone… The real answer for man is finding the lost relationship… the word of the living God, who wants to speak into our hearts. Turn to Him and find the fulfillment of the Core relationship, the Core thirst and the Core need.

  • Jesus Christ – Trilemma : Lord, Lunatic or Liar!

     Jesus’ distinct claims of being God eliminate the popular ploy of skeptics Who regard Him as just a good moral man or a prophet who said a lot Of profound things. So often that conclusion is passed off as the only one acceptable to scholars or as the obvious result of the intellectual process. The trouble is, many people nod their heads in agreement and never see the fallacy of such reasoning.C. S. Lewis, who was a professor at Cambridge University and once an agnostic, understood this issue clearly. He writes:I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the son of God: or else a madman or something worse.Then Lewis adds:You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.In the words of Kenneth Scott Latourette, historian of Christianity at Yale University: “It is not His teachings which make Jesus so remarkable, although these would be enough to give Him distinction. It is a combination of the teachings with the man Himself. The two cannot be separated.”Jesus claimed to be God. He didn’t leave any other option open. His claim must be either true or false, so it is something that should be given serious consideration. Jesus’ question to His disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15) has several alternatives.First, suppose that His claim to be God was false. If it was false, then we have only two alternatives. He either knew it was false or He didn’t know it was false. We will consider each one separately and examine the evidence.

    Was He a Liar?

    If, when Jesus made His claims, He knew that He was not God, then He was lying and deliberately deceiving His followers. But if He was a liar, then He was also a hypocrite because He told others to be honest, whatever the cost, while He himself taught and lived a colossal lie. More than that, He was a demon, because He told others to trust Him for their eternal destiny. If He couldn’t back up His claims and knew it, then He was unspeakably evil. Last, He would also be a fool because it was His claims to being God that led to His crucifixion.

    Many will say that Jesus was a good moral teacher. Let’s be realistic. How could He be a great moral teacher and knowingly mislead people at the most important point of His teaching -His own identity?

    You would have to conclude logically that He was a deliberate liar. This view of Jesus, however doesn’t coincide with what we know either of Him or the results of His life and teachings. Wherever Jesus has been proclaimed, lives have been changed for the good, nations have changed for the better, thieves are made honest, alcoholics are cured, hateful individuals become channels of love, unjust persons become just.

    William Lecky, one of Great Britain’s most noted historians and a dedicated opponent of organized Christianity, writes:

    It was reserved for Christianity to present to the world an ideal character which through all the changes of eighteen centuries has inspired the hearts of men with an impassioned love; has shown itself capable of acting on all ages, nations, temperaments and conditions; has been not only the highest pattern of virtue, but the strongest incentive to its practice…. The simple record of these three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and soften mankind than all the disquisitions of philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.

    Historian Philip Schaff says:

    How, in the name of logic, common sense, and experience, could an imposter-that is a deceitful, selfish, depraved man-have invented, and consistently maintained from the beginning to end, the purest and noblest character known in history with the most perfect air of truth and reality? How could He have conceived and successfully carried out a plan of unparalleled beneficence, moral magnitude, and sublimity, and sacrificed His own life for it, in the face of the strongest prejudices of His people and age? 70/9495

    If Jesus wanted to get people to follow Him and believe in Him as God, why did He go to the Jewish nation? Why go as a Nazarene carpenter to a country so small in size and population and so thoroughly adhering the undivided unity of God? Why didn’t He go to Egypt or, even more, to Greece, where they believed in various gods and various manifestations of them?

    Someone who lived as Jesus lived, taught as Jesus taught, and died as Jesus died could not have been a liar. What other alternatives are there?

    Was He a Lunatic?

    If it is inconceivable for Jesus to be a liar, then couldn’t He actually have thought Himself to be God, but been mistaken? After all, it’s possible to be both sincere and wrong. But we must remember that for someone to think himself God, especially in a fiercely monotheistic culture, and then to tell others that their eternal destiny depended on believing in him, is no light flight of fantasy but the thoughts of a lunatic in the fullest sense. Was Jesus Christ such a person?

    Someone who believes he is God sounds like someone today believing himself Napoleon. He would be deluded and self-deceived, and probably he would be locked up so he wouldn’t hurt himself or anyone else. Yet in Jesus we don’t observe the abnormalities and imbalance that usually go along with being deranged. His poise and composure would certainly be amazing if He were insane.

    Noyes and Kolb, in a medical text, describe the schizophrenic as a person who is more autistic than realistic. The schizophrenic desires to escape from the world of reality. Let’s face it; claiming to be God would certainly be a retreat from reality.

    In light of the other things we know about Jesus, it’s hard to imagine that He was mentally disturbed. Here is a man who spoke some of the most profound sayings ever recorded. His instructions have liberated many individuals from mental bondage.

    Clark H. Pinnock asks:

    Was He deluded about His greatness, a paranoid, an unintentional deceiver, a schizophrenic? Again, the skill and depth of His teachings support the case only for His total mental soundness. If only we were as sane as He!

    A student at a California university told me that his psychology professor had said in class that “all he has to do is pick up the Bible and read portions of Christ’s teaching to many of his patients. That’s all the counseling they need.”

    Psychiatrist J. T. Fisher states:

    If you were to take the sum total of all authoritative articles ever written by the most qualified of psychologists and psychiatrists on the subject of mental hygiene -if you were to combine them and refine them, and cleave out the excess verbiage – if you were to take the whole of the meat and none of the parsley, and if you were to have these unadulterated bits of pure scientific knowledge concisely expressed by the most capable of living poets, you would have an awkward and incomplete summation of the Sermon on the Mount. And it would suffer immeasurably through comparison. For nearly two thousand years the Christian world has been holding in its hands the complete answer to its restless and fruitless yearnings. Here … rests the blueprint for successful human life with optimism, mental health, and contentment.

    C. S. Lewis writes:

    The historical difficulty of giving for the life, sayings and influence of Jesus any explanation that is not harder than the Christian explanation is very great. The discrepancy between the depth and sanity … of His moral teaching and the rampant megalomania which must lie behind His theological teaching unless He is indeed God has never been satisfactorily explained. Hence the non-Christian hypotheses succeed one another with the restless fertility of bewilderment.

    Philip Schaff reasons:

    Is such an intellect -clear as the sky, bracing as the mountain air, sharp and penetrating as a sword, thoroughly healthy and vigorous, always ready and always self-possessed -liable to a radical and most serious delusion concerning His own character and mission? Preposterous imagination!

    Was He Lord?

    I cannot personally conclude that Jesus was a liar or a lunatic. The only other alternative is that He was the Christ, the Son of God, as He claimed.

    When I discuss this with most Jewish people, it’s interesting how they respond. They usually tell me that Jesus was a moral, upright, religious leader, a good man, or some kind of prophet. I then share with them the claims Jesus made about Himself and then the material in this chapter on the trilemma (liar, lunatic, or Lord). When I ask if they believe Jesus was a liar, there is a sharp “No!”

    Then I ask, “Do you believe He was a lunatic?”

    The reply is, “Of course not.”

    “Do you believe He is God?”

    Before I can get a breath in edgewise, there is a resounding, “Absolutely not.”

    Yet one has only so many choices.

    The issue with these three alternatives is not which is possible, for it is obvious that all three are possible. Rather, the question is, “Which is more probable?” Who you decide Jesus Christ is must not be an idle intellectual exercise. You cannot put Him on the shelf as a great moral teacher. That is not a valid option. He is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord and God. You must make a choice. “But,” as the apostle John wrote, “these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and” -more important- “that believing you might have life in His name” (John 20:31).

    The evidence is clearly in favor of Jesus as Lord. Some people, however, reject this clear evidence because of moral implications involved. They don’t want to face up to the responsibility or implications of calling Him Lord.

  • Is man really a social animal?

    Aristotle quoted this famous statement. It is true. It’s hard and crazy to imagine being in an uninhabited island without anyone around for years. When God created man, in the book Genesis 2:24, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.”

    This declaration by God is echoed in human behaviour 6000 years later in this modern world as well. As much as we are accompanied by our iphones & tabs, we still need real living people. That is what explains our desire and commitment towards family, community, society, clubs, country, globe etc.

    Great as that is, there is a deeper implication to what God said. Man is designed for a fellowship with God. It is indeed not good for him to try to live alone without God. He is our Father and more than our human parents, He is interested in our lives and wants to communicate. Before Jesus went to the Cross, He told His disciples, “It is good for you that I go away. When I go, I will send for you another Comforter (talking about Holy Spirit). He will always live with you and in you.”

    This is what we all are designed for. Trust me, anyother way man invents to discover that, won’t work. Without Holy Spirit in one’s self at best one can get some vague spiritual experiences, or temporal satisfaction with closed eyes. But with the person of God living in you, you have fountains of Living water within you. Once you understand it and want it, then you seek and there is an easy road to have it. Only God is able to fulfill what He designed. “You no more need to be alone. He wants and longs to be with you, in you. Just invite Him.”

    Can we now modify what Aristotle said? “Man is a spiritual animal.”

  • Reconciled to God for a Relationship

    The Holy Bible presents man as a child of God, yet His enemy. Romans 5:8 says “While we were His enemies, Christ died for the ungodly.” This raises some fundamental questions for a person who sincerely intends to have a genuine relationship with His Creator & Father :

    1] Can God love even a small sin?

    God is Holy. He cannot compromise with this primary attribute of His, even though He loves man. That’s the reason hell exists and every man has to stand before the justice of God one day. Every sin is sin for God. As humans we tend to compare and often arrive at a wrong conclusion that God will judge people for only grave sins, which according to us often are those ones which are more serious than the ones we have been involved with personally. Human standards work fine in social definitions. It’s like this – if you and I compared our ability to jump long, then one of us would turn out to be better than the other. However, if the game required us to jump all the way from Mumbai to Delhi, then we both lose. Before the Holy standards of God, we all fall short and every sin is serious. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.”

    2] Does man need a relationship with God?

    We are religious inherently. Many of us who think they are not, may end up making their need for comfort, or materialism as their religion. Religion has been man’s invention. No one can have a genuine relationship with any person on the basis of a formula. There are things which can be useful, but do not qualify for a relationship – for example power, a toy or a computer. God is living. God is a person. God is the most beautiful, most intelligent, most personal and most relational being in the whole universe. We have been created for a relationship with Him. A person may keep a picture of his mother in a beautiful frame in his living room. It may happen someday that the mother knocks at the door and he feels discomforted due to some preoccupation, It may be easier to keep the picture and difficult to open the door to the person of the picture. Religion tends to do the same with God. It easier to follow rules sometimes than to be in a relationship.

    3] Is it fair on part of God to declare a morally good as His enemy?

    In Amos 3:3, the prophet spoke from God and said, “How can two walk together unless they agree?” We see this principle in operation all the time. Notes in a symphony agree. Seconds, minutes and hour agree. Various parts of a machine have to agree for the machine to run properly. Man’s original design has been spoilt by his sin and thereby breaking his relationship with God. The theological concept of reconciliation points to this principle. A watch which ticks at a frequency different than the chronometer, even though otherwise it seems to be faring well. We were designed to tick with the frequency of God. Entrance of sin into human race changed the frequency of our spiritual clock. Now, even though we are able to take care of a lot of things and also with some attempt live a reasonably moral life, yet it still not God’s frequency. Sincerity doesn’t guarantee correctness. We may be sincere, but without a relationship with God, we don’t have a real future. That’s the reason a moral man also cannot get hold of death and eternity. To have an assurance of heaven, we need more than a good conduct or a disciplined conformance.

    4] How can reconciliation with God take place?

    Hope someone asked this question in their heart. Because if you did, then there is a great possibility that you will have not just the answer, but also the reality of the answer. In chapter five of the second epistle to corinthians Paul writes, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” This is what reconciliation means – being restored into original intended relationship. Christ came in this world, lived a sinless life and took the punishment of our sins upon Himself. He offers forgiveness of sins and restoration to anyone who believes. The spiritual clock can start ticking to the Divine Chronometer again. You can hear the deep cry within your heart, “Abba Father.” God is waiting to hear that. He has loved you enough. He has given the evidence of that love on the Cross within the human history. You won’t need to trust your goodness anymore. Your goodness is exhaustible, God’s love isn’t. Apostle Paul experienced it personally. He was an enemy of Christ in the past. Literally, he had been religious before, he had killed the followers of Christ, he was intelligent and zealous. And then, He found reconciliation – first with God and then with people and also with everything else he had learnt in life. He found a living relationship with a living God. Every man can find it. By faith – in Christ and His work.

    God bless your day!

  • Pebbles in our bags – can these burdens become diamonds?

    Someone very wise and unique said on behalf of God, “My yoke is easy and my burden, it is light.” The statement seems as unique as the man who said it. How can a yoke be easy and a burden be light? My son has an attraction towards all kinds of pebbles and sticks. He collects these whereever he goes, to the extent that many times I empty the pouches in my car, boxes in children room while I am on my cleaning spree. In life we are prone to picking up pebbles and putting them in our bags, some times unaware that the weight of the bag is increasing with every pebble added. The bag of many lives is so full with burdens which did not belong there. Some pebbles were added there out of strange attractions, some just out of habit, some because others gave it to us. Before we know it, the life that seemed so promising, so fun, so wondorous in the childhood, started seeming so much of a challenge, or a sweat, or an unavoidable reality, or an unwanted chore in some cases. Someone recently shared with me a recent American statistics about juvenile deaths wherein suicide being the third most common cause for death amongst young people in that country. The same data also pointed to an average of about eight to twenty five attempts per such eventual death.
    The burdens must be too huge for that to happen. Just by saying, “be happy” or “think positive”, everyone’s burden may not get light. Someone may suggest looking at the brighter side of life as a good solution to the problem. In many cases it even seems to work, at least for a season in life. I think I understand why. The pebbles individually seem small enough and negligible enough (especially if they are in someone else’s bags). Let’s consider what some of these pebbles can be – fear, failures, insecurity, habits, hatred, guilt. The list can be long.
    Talking about Yoke before we hurry up to move on. Yokes are put on animals. They can be heavy. But we are not animals. Where did our yokes come from? Is there someone out there who would like to see us sweating spiritually speaking? Can that person be God? I don’t think so. Why would a good and loving, merciful and caring, holy and forgiving God want to treat me like animals? Am I not created by Him, in His own image, as His child, for something deeper than just a yoke? Then who is it who puts man under so many things which seem to be placed upon us with some seeming benefits, but actually becoming a burden? Consider superstitions, religious traditions, laws of karma, an unending cycle of being born again and again until who knows when, renouncing pleasures of life, celibacy (this list can also go too long) – Are these dogmas of man or yokes being placed upon someone by somebody? Are these really promising a spiritual freedom or making man carry a bag which he never knows whether it will ever lose some weight. Or else, is there a hope that someday we will be so used to it that we will fail to notice the weight itself.
    In the midst of those, there is a voice of the heavenly Father who has something to say us. Not to a herd of some super-evolved animals, but His own children whom He loves enough not to leave them groping in the dark hearing the voices of some yoke-placer (or a ring leader). God says in the Bible through Lord Jesus Christ in the gospel of Matthew chapter 11, verses 28-30, ” Come unto Me….” For someone it might have been better if I did not quote the Bible and just wrote the statement. But how can that be? Who am I to make a promise like that? Just another burden bearer? If that offends someone, I can’t help. But here is God calling and he has some specific people to address, “…… those who are weary and burdened.” Now a person has right to think whether he is one of them or not. Jesus continues to invite in that passage, “……. I will give you rest.”
    Rest is a beautiful and refreshing thing in any form. But more so, if the context covers life as a whole and goes as deep as the spirit of man and as far as eternity. That is the promise of God. TRUE and DEEP and ETERNAL and SURE rest. He wants to take every pebble from that bag and turn it over. In a moment. Just like that. By grace through faith. No works, no penance, no unending cycles, no guessing while dying. All you do is come to Him. For some it’s too easy. They can’t come. They can do. They can try. They can perform. But He says COME! Like a child to the Father, by faith.
    “But will my life get boring, if I really get interested in God?” I have often been posed this question. People have often had experience of religion and religious people. Here are some descriptions my friends have tried – boring, monotonous, irrational, irresponsible, greedy, coward, impractical, hypocritical…… (another long list!). Let me give you Jesus’ answer before I too sound boring. “Take my yoke upon you. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” If you really know God, receive eternal life and follow Him, He promises a new yoke, but without burden. A yoke without burden represents PURPOSE, DIRECTION and PRODUCTION. If Tatas and Ambanis can have dreams and directions for their children, how much more the king of this world and our maker. Is he not able to give us a new life which is burden free, yet very exciting and responsible. Let me say this and hope it will speak to someone’s heart : True spirituality is practical, responsible, enduring and outrageously exciting.
    God is not a boring God. He is exciting. He is doing something in this world and He has a purpose for everyone who would come to Him by faith. Before I close its pertinent to tell an ancient myth: A traveller was met with a wise man during a long journey. The wise man advised him to pick up lot of stones on the way for a surprise at the end of the journey. Traveller did so and finished his journey. At his destination, when he opened his boxes, he was surprised to find that the stones had turned into diamonds. Guess what! He had mixed feelings of joy and regret. Joy for the diamonds he didn’t deserve, but regret for stones he left on the way. This is what happens when you carry a yoke with God. There is a greater promise. Of a lighter burden, but a great reward. That’s REALLY spiritual. In the end, let’s hear it again from Him…. and Him only….. “COME TO ME!”

  • We live in a Created universe, Not an Evolved one!

    Scientific Fact No. 1 – Birds Prove Natural Selection is Naturally Wrong

    The idea of natural selection sounds great when considering deer. The deer that can sense danger the quickest and run the fastest are able to escape the predator on a more consistent basis. However, other examples on the evolutionary tree have many laughable flaws. One of the best is the thought that a bird began to evolve a wing. Why this would occur is not answered by evolutionists. The wing stub did not make the bird more adaptable in his environment. The wing was much too small for the bird to fly. Why would a bird evolve a wing that was useless? This is backwards from the evolutionary natural selection concept that birds adapt and change in order to survive better in their environment. The bird with a half-size wing is placed at a disadvantage in its environment. Why would the bird continue for millions of generations improving a wing that was useless? The theory of evolution is based on natural selection of the most adaptable member of a species. A bird with a useless wing is at a severe disadvantage and the opposite from natural selection. According to natural selection the members of the bird species with the smallest useless wing would be the most adaptable and most likely to survive in the largest numbers. According to the theory of natural selection birds could never evolve to fly.

    Scientific Fact No. 2 – Species Without a Link Proves Evolution is Wrong

    The wrong claim that the presence of many individual species proves evolution. This shallow statement is devoid of reason, logic and scientific proof. Evolutionist lines up pictures of similar looking species and claim they evolved one to another. Humans are a great example. There are hundreds of species of extinct monkeys and apes. Petrified skulls and bones exist from these creatures. Evolutionist lines up the most promising choices to present a gradual progression from monkey to modern man. They simply fill in the big gaps with make-believe creatures to fit the picture. This procedure can be done with humans only because there are many extinct monkey and ape species. They never do this with giraffes and elephants. These pictures are placed in all evolutionists’ text books to teach kids this. The picture is simply a grouping of individual species that does not prove evolution.

    Scientific Fact No. 3 – Single Cell Complexity Proves Evolution is Wrong

    Scientists a century ago believed the smallest single living cell was a simple life form. The theory developed that perhaps lightning struck a pond of water causing several molecules to combine in a random way which by chance resulted in a living cell. The cell then divided and evolved into higher life forms. This view is now proven to be immature to the degree of being ridiculous. The most modern laboratory is unable to create a living cell. In fact, scientists have been unable to create a single left-hand protein molecule as found in all animals.

    Scientific Fact No. 4 – Human Egg and Sperm Proves Evolution is Wrong

    The evolutionist ignores the problem surrounding the human female egg and the male sperm in the evolutionary theory. The female egg contains the X-chromosome and the male sperm contains either an X-chromosome for the reproduction of a male or a Y-chromosome for the reproduction of a female. The female eggs all develop within the ovaries while she is a baby (fetus) within her mother’s womb. Evolutionists claim environmental factors cause small changes in the offspring in the evolutionary chain. However, the environmental experience of the female cannot change the chromosomes within her eggs and cannot have any effect upon her offspring. Her body cannot go into the eggs contained within her ovaries at her birth to make an intelligent change. Females cannot be a part of the evolutionary theory for these reasons.

    Scientific Fact No. 5 – DNA Error Checking Proves Evolution is Wrong

    The scientific fact that DNA replication includes a built-in error checking method and a DNA repair process proves the evolutionary theory is wrong. The fact is that any attempt by the DNA to change is stopped and reversed.

    Scientific Fact No. 6 – Chaos From Organization Proves Evolution is Wrong

    The second law of thermodynamics proves that organization cannot flow from chaos. Complex live organisms cannot rearrange themselves into an organism of a higher form as claimed by evolutionists. This is scientifically backwards according to the second law of thermodynamics that has never been proven wrong. Scientists cannot have it both ways. The second law of thermodynamics is proven to be correct. Evolution lacks any scientific proof. Evolution is simply an empty theory.

    Scientific Fact No. 7 – Chromosome Count Proves Evolution is Wrong

    There is no scientific evidence that a species can change the number of chromosomes within the DNA. The chromosome count within each species is fixed. This is the reason a male from one species cannot mate successfully with a female of another species. Man could not evolve from a monkey. Each species is locked into its chromosome count that cannot change. If an animal developed an extra chromosome or lost a chromosome because of some deformity, it could not successfully mate. The defect could not be passed along to the next generation. Evolving a new species is scientifically impossible. Evolutionists prove that getting a college education does not impart wisdom.

    Scientific Fact No. 8 – Origin of Matter and Stars Proves Evolution is Wrong

    Evolutionists just throw up their hands at the question of the origin of matter because they know something cannot evolve from nothing. They stick their heads in the sand and ignore the problem. The fact that matter exists in outrageously large quantities simply proves evolution is wrong. The “Big Bang” theory doesn’t solve the problem either. Matter and energy have to come from somewhere.

    Scientific Fact No. 9 – Lack of Life on Mars Proves Evolution is Wrong

    Two NASA two land rovers named Spirit and Opportunity explored Mars during 2004. The topography shows obvious signs of past liquid rivers flowing in numerous places. The rovers have proven that water was once abundant on the surface of Mars, but they have not been able to find any signs of life or any signs of past life on the planet. Mars has a proven history of flowing water on the surface and an atmosphere suitable to support life forms. The planet has had all of the conditions necessary to provide the “spark” of life according to the evolutionary theory, yet there is no life on Mars. The river beds and river banks show no signs of vegetation or trees. The ground has no fossils and no organisms. The place is absolutely sterile.

    Scientific Fact No. 10 – Radio Silence from Space Proves Evolution is Wrong

    Mars is not the only place that shows no signs of life. The entire universe lacks any sign of life. There are no radio signals that can be related to intelligent life forms. None of the billions of galaxies has been found to emit any intelligent radio signals. Scientists have been pointing every type of radio telescope possible into space for several decades in hopes of finding an intelligent signal. No signs of life beyond Earth have been found. We are alone.

  • Regarding Resurrection of Christ

    And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone” (Luke 18:19).A student at the University of Uruguay said to Josh McDowell, “Professor McDowell, why can’t you refute Christianity?”

    He answered, “For a very simple reason-the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

    After more than 700 hours of studying this subject and thoroughly investigating its foundation, he came to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon people, or it is the most important fact of history.

    The resurrection issue takes the question, “Is Christianity valid?” out of the realm of philosophy and makes it a question of history. Does Christianity have a historically acceptable basis? Is sufficient evidence available to warrant belief in the resurrection?

    Obvious Observations from McDowell :

    In my attempt to refute Christianity, I made five acute observations of the resurrection that I previously had been totally unaware of.

    OBSERVATION #1-Testimony of History

    Before my research, I had never realized there was so much positive historical, literary and legal testimony supporting its validity.


    Professor Thomas Arnold, for fourteen years the headmaster of Rugby, author of the three-volume History of Rome, and holder of the chair of modern history at Oxford, was well acquainted with the value of evidence in determining historical facts.

    This great scholar said,

    I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead. 3/324


    Brooke Foss Wescott, English scholar, said, “Taking all the evidence together, it is not too much to say that there is no historic incident better or more variously supported than the resurrection of Christ.” 82/4-6


    Dr. Paul L. Maier, professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University, concluded that, “If all the evidence is weighed carefully and fairly, it is indeed justifiable, according to the canons of historical research, to conclude that the tomb in which Jesus was buried was actually empty on the morning of the first Easter. And no shred of evidence has yet been discovered in literary sources, epigraphy or archaeology that would disprove this statement.” 56/A-10


    Lord Caldecote, Lord Chief Justice of England, has written:

    My faith began with and was grounded on what I thought was revealed in the Bible. When, particularly, I came to the New Testament, the Gospels and other writings of the men who had been friends of Jesus Christ seemed to me to make an overwhelming case, merely as a matter of strict evidence, for the fact therein stated … The same approach to the cardinal test of the claims of Jesus Christ, namely, His resurrection, has led me, as often as I have tried to examine the evidence, to believe it as fact beyond dispute.


    One man who was highly skilled at dealing with evidence was Dr. Simon Greenleaf. He was the famous Royall Professor of Law at Harvard University and succeeded Justice Joseph Story as the Dane Professor of Law in the same university. The rise of Harvard Law School to its eminent position among the legal schools of the United States is to be ascribed to the efforts of these two men. Greenleaf produced his famous three-volume work, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence, which still is considered one of the greatest single authorities on this subject in the entire literature of legal procedure.

    Greenleaf examined the value of the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ to ascertain the truth. He applied the principles contained in his three-volume treatise on evidence. His findings were recorded in his book, An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice.

    Greenleaf came to the conclusion that, according to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.


    Dr. Frank Morrison, a lawyer who had been brought up in a rationalistic environment, had come to the opinion that the resurrection was nothing but a fairy-tale happy ending which spoiled the matchless story of Jesus. He felt that he owed it to himself, and to others, to write a book that would present the truth about Jesus and dispel the myth of the resurrection.

    Upon studying the facts, however, he, too, came to a different conclusion. The sheer weight of the evidence compelled him to conclude that Jesus actually did rise from the dead. Morrison wrote his book-but not the one he had planned. It is titled, Who Moved the Stone? The first chapter, very significantly, is called, “The Book That Refused to Be Written.”


    The literary scholar, C. S. Lewis, former professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University, when writing about his conversion to Christianity, indicated that he had believed Christians “to be wrong.”

    The last thing Lewis wanted was to embrace Christianity. However, “Early in 1926 the hardest boiled of all atheists I ever knew sat in my room on the other side of the fire and remarked that the evidence for the historicity of the Gospels was really surprisingly good. ‘Rum thing,’ he went on. ‘All that stuff of Frazer’s about the Dying God. Rum thing. It almost looks as if it had really happened once.’

    “To understand the shattering impact of it, you would need to know the man (who has certainly never since shown any interest in Christianity). If he, the cynic of cynics, the toughest of the toughs, were not -as I would still have put it -‘safe,’ where could I turn? Was there then no escape?”

    After evaluating the basis and evidence for Christianity, Lewis concluded that in other religions there was “no such historical claim as in Christianity.” His knowledge of literature forced him to treat the Gospel record as a trustworthy account. “I was by now too experienced in literary criticism to regard the Gospels as myth.”

    Finally, contrary to his strong stand against Christianity, Professor Lewis had to make an intelligent decision:

    You must picture me alone in that room in Magdelen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 1 gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. 52/211, 215, 223

    OBSERVATION #2-Resurrection Foretold

    Christ actually predicted He would rise on the third day. His claims are substantiated throughout the four Gospels. When Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered to death. They will deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him. And on the third day He will be raised up” (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22).

    Mark points out in his Gospel that “He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, and the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31).

    John confirms this when he writes: “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews therefore said, ‘It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ But He was speaking of the temple of His body” (John 2:19-21).

    OBSERVATION #3-Basis of Christianity

    The historical fact of the resurrection is the very basis for the truth of Christianity. To put it simply, the resurrection of Jesus Christ and Christianity stand or fall together. One cannot be true without the other.

    The apostle Paul emphasized this point when he wrote:

    But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain; your faith also is in vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we witnessed against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless (1 Corinthians 15:13-17).

    OBSERVATION #4-Intelligent Faith

    My fourth observation on Christianity was quite an eye-opener. The more I studied the historical/biblical Christian faith the more I realized it was an “intelligent faith.” When an individual in the Scriptures was called upon to exercise faith, it was to be that intelligent faith. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth [not ignore it] and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

    A lawyer asked Jesus, “Which is the greatest commandment?”

    Jesus replied, ” [To] love the Lord your God with all your heart … and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37).

    Never is an individual called upon to commit intellectual suicide in trusting Christ as Savior and Lord. Instead, a believer is instructed to be ready always to give an answer (an intelligent one) as to why he believes (1 Peter 3:15).

    In his work, I Believe in the Resurrection, Dr. George Eldon Ladd observes that faith does not mean a leap in the dark, an irrational credulity, a believing against evidences and against reason. It means believing in the light of historical facts, consistent with evidences, on the basis of witnesses.

    OBSERVATION #5-Historical Criteria

    The resurrection of Christ must be examined by the same criteria as is any other past event in history. The faith of the early church was founded on experiences in the factual realm. For example, the followers of Christ said He showed Himself alive to them by “many convincing proofs” (Acts 1:3). Luke used the word tekmerion. That connotes a “demonstrable proof.”

    It became apparent to me that my research would have to include the historical criteria for truth if I were to discover what really happened that first Easter.

    Sufficient Evidence Needed

    Wolfhart Pannenberg is a professor of systematic theology at the University of Munich, Germany. He has been concerned primarily with questions of the relationship between faith and history. This brilliant scholar says, “Whether the resurrection of Jesus took place or not is an historical question, and … at this point is inescapable. And so the question has to be decided on the level of historical argument.”

    The evidence must be approached with an honest, fair view of history and the investigation must not be prejudiced by preconceived notions or conclusions. There is a compelling need to let the evidence speak for itself. Historian Ronald Sider writes about the need for objectivity in historical research:

    What does the critical historian do when his evidence points very strongly to the reality of an event, which contradicts his expectations and goes against the naturalistic view of reality? I submit that he must follow his critically analyzed sources. It is unscientific to begin with the philosophical presupposition that miracles cannot occur. Unless we avoid such one-sided presuppositions, historical interpretation becomes mere propaganda. We have a right to demand good evidence for an alleged event, which we have not experienced, but we dare not judge reality by our limited experience. And I would suggest that we have good evidence for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

    Proper Approach

    The Erlangen historian Ethelbert Stauffer gives further suggestions on how to approach history:

    What do we (as historians) do when we experience surprises which run counter to all our expectations, perhaps all our convictions and even our period’s whole understanding of truth? We say as one great historian used to say in such instances: “It is surely possible.” And why not? For the critical historian nothing is impossible. 72/17

    Historian Philip Schaff adds to the above: “The purpose of the historian is not to construct a history from preconceived notions and to adjust it to his own liking, but to reproduce it from the best evidences and to let it speak for itself.”

    The ultimate test historically concerning the resurrection is whether the purported facts are supported by the evidence.

  • When God thirsted…

    Dying on the Cross Jesus spoke some unusual things very difficult for a man to speak. Things like “Father, forgive them. They do not know what they do.” One of the sayings from the Cross recorded in the gospels is when He said, “I thirst.” Can God be thirsty? If yes, then what is the thirst He has?
    It would seem so unusual for someone claiming to be God to speak about His thirst at potentially one of the most revered moment of His work. I would expect a sermon. It is rather more unusual to see His disciples recording that short statement in the book that will be read by billions across thousands of years to come. Is there something very important about that statement? Is God really thirsty about something? Is Jesus really God? Or was he just a good teacher who succumbed to a conspiracy in his time and this statement is just a human thirst that his disciples forgot to edit about when they wrote the story and left traces of his human-ness accidently?
    Let’s look at the person briefly to understandthis. While He lived on Earth, Jesus spoke words and did things which were quite unusual :

    • He went beyond ten commandments and Old Testament Law to define sin – For example, He equated anger to murder and lustful thoughts to adultery
    • He performed some most astounding miracles human history has ever seen – healing a man born blind, healing a leper, feeding of thousands by handful of bread and fishes, raising up of dead person, calming the storm at a command
    • He claimed some of the most unique claims. He claimed to be God manifest in the human body. Think of this : most persons and things in human history have been deified for worship by others even though they never claimed to be God. Only exception to this have been mythological characters in many of the world religions.
    • Another of His unique claims when He came in fulfillment of hundreds of factual prophesies about Him was when He said that He had come to give His own life for the sin of every human being on this earth and He will be raised from the dead after three days.
    • Finally, He said that the only way to heaven is by believing in Him (Jesus Christ)

    In the story of the Cross, initially the soldiers offered Him vinegar which He refused to drink though the drink was meant to reduce His pain on the Cross. However, after six hours of pain on the cross, especially the three hours of physical and spiritual darkness (these three hours were the time when every sin of every person of the human race was judicially put upon His body by God Himself), in the closing moments He said these words “I thirst.” The reason He wanted to drink the drink He had refused before shortly before committing His spirit to the Father in heaven is inferred in what Bible describes about what He did therafter.
    After drinking the vinegar, He LOUDLY shouted, “IT IS FINISHED”, gave up His spirit and died. The vinegar was meant to clear His throat so that He could make the greatest declaration and the best news possible for the human race. Jesus had just finished paying the penalty for all human sins on the Cross and now the payment for human sins is finished. The transaction to appease the anger of God has been completed. No more works, or religious activities are required to fulfill the demands of a Holy, righteous and just God on behalf of a sinful human being. Just by faith in Jesus one can receive forgiveness of sins (not earn, or deserve). The declaration had to be loud enough.
    Today God thirsts also. Heaven is desperate to see every human being forgiven and to be received in heaven one day after death. But heaven doesn’t receive sinful people. No, not even if they are generally good. One sin makes a person sinner. That’s why Jesus came and died on the Cross for the whole world. But by believing in Jesus one receives legal forgiveness for His sins because the payment has already been FINISHED. We don’t have to pay for it again – not by works, not by religion, not by traditions, not by sacrifices, not by suffering in hell in eternity. We don’t have it in us to really pay anyway. Who is there in this world who has done perfect good works, or has perfectly followed his religion, or perfectly performed all the rituals. Don’t try to unfinish the finished transaction. Just believe in Jesus. He is still thirsty today – to see everyone forgiven, and in heaven one day for eternity fellowshiping with Him. He is really desperate because He loves all of us, so desperate that He paid the greatest price, to give us the greatest salvation, without cost.
    God is thirsty for YOU. Receive Him in your life and be received by Him.


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