believe

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31)

“… if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24)

“…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have BELIEVED” (John 20:29)

“these things are written that you may BELIEVE that Jesus IS the Christ , the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31)

The IMPORTANCE of BELIEVING…. and yet today…. “education”  teaches that “believing”   is a cop-out, education tells us that we are to QUESTION everything… and always be SKEPTICAL and open to more “data”…

simply “believing” is very “backward”, “superstitious” and totally UNSCIENTIFIC !

But there is a rational basis for BELIEVING…. even though it may be unscientific…. and the miracles flow AFTER the “believing”…. because it is the FAITH that God values….. “He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief” (Matthew 13:58)

The truth is …… science makes the mistake of treating the concept of God like the physical world….   God is not simply a “force” that can be measured…. God is a PERSON who lives OUTSIDE of time and space…..  and all these physical laws that the scientists hold so dear, HE can change them at will….. in very real sense science has become IDOLATRY….. because it’s “educated” practitioners are simply more fascinated with the CREATION than with it’s CREATOR.

There is absolutely NO BASIS in science for dismissing the Biblical view…. science serves a useful purpose in helping us to understand and cope with the material world in which we find ourselves and that is ALL.

Science and physical, material research cannot either prove or disprove anything OUTSIDE the material realm…… and yet there is abundance of historical evidence that another NON-MATERIAL reality exists and to deny that it exists…..  invokes the same “non scientific”  human capability of “belief” that they are so fervently trying to discredit.

doubt

Even in the midst of MIRACLES there is doubt and scepticism

No wonder Jesus said “your FAITH has saved you, go in peace” (Luke 7:50)

and Paul and Silas, “BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31)

and again, “these things are written that you might BELIEVE” (John 20:31)

this is not a popular concept with humans….. humans want evidence with rational argument and explanation (and the more educated they are the harder it is to just BELIEVE)

Jesus had just fed thousands of people with only 5 loaves and 2 small fish….. and the people were amazed into admitting that He was a prophet (John 6:14)

But the very next day when Jesus told them to BELIEVE on Him, they respond with “what sign do you show us , that we may see and believe ?” (John 6:30)

They are not interested in any “believing”…. they want to see miracles and more miracles, and that’s it…

and so it is with TODAY’s “educated” people……  scientists and intellectuals are not interested in any “believing”….. they would want to “study” Jesus… and figure out  “just how he does that”….. they would be fascinated WITH THE POWER AND THE RESULT and NOT with the message of simple FAITH and HOLINESS.

WOE UNTO THIS GENERATION…… who think they are so smart….. who think they have all the answers to everything…. when clearly their “knowledge” has RUINED the Earth….. and their greed has brought hardship to millions of innocent “poor” people.

WHO WILL SAVE THIS PLANET FROM EVIL HUMANS…… Thanks be unto God, the time will come when He will return to take charge of His “vineyard” and destroy these wretched tenants who have ruined the planet. (Matthew 21:33-41, Luke 20:9-18)

YOUR choice today…. will you BELIEVE the WORD OF GOD…. or will you believe that humans are capable of managing their own affairs.

Look around you…… what does the evidence of history suggest….. and yet for all this, many will still simply REFUSE to BELIEVE !

Wisdom

Human wisdom leads to pride and division among people because the educated believe  they are better than the less educated whether it’s countries, individuals or the church.

1 Corinthians 1:27 tells us that God has deliberately chosen what the world regards as foolish in order to confound those that believe that they are smarter and verse 29 tells us why… “that no flesh should glory in His presence”

I have observed this first hand…. the arrogance with which “educated” people approach the subject of God, in fact, God is regarded by them as merely an idea to be embraced by “uneducated” and “technologically backward” people.

But why is this so abhorrent to God ?  …. NO HUMAN has anything to be “proud” about…. any brains, any abilities, any achievements are quite literally gifts from God…. no person can achieve anything unless God allows it to be so.

So you worked hard and feel you deserve to be proud of yourself…. really ? …. you could have been struck down with cancer or had an unfortunate accident or experienced some neurological disorder that turned you into a babbling idiot….. therefore you have been allowed by God the health and strength to “work hard and achieve” NOT for the purpose of magnifying yourself above other “lesser mortals” BUT for the purpose of HELPING OTHERS and being a blessing to the world in which you live.

SELFISHNESS and EGO are at the root of the academic and political system on this planet……  a desperate desire to GET AHEAD of other mortals during your rather short (compared to eternity) stay on this planet…. a craving to get honour, riches, prestige…. and power…. above your fellow humans.

Why can you not simply trust God  to give you what is best for you ? …. because either you dont believe in Him at all…. or else YOU believe that YOU know what is best for YOU and quite literally “have your best interest at heart” and you have this feeling that perhaps your “god” is not quite as concerned about your SUPREMACY as YOU are.

My friend, YOU need Jesus today….. the Bible says, “The FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 111:10)

ACADEMICS…. YOU need to approach your studies with this PREMISE….  because this is NOT the conclusion reached after being filled with “MAN’s wisdom”…..  by the time you reach your “Phd.” you will have doubts about the AUTHORITY of the Bible and it’s TRUTH  …. will have been replaced with questions, reasoning and argument…… you will have been “taught” to accept nothing without rigorous investigation and rational proof…..  thereby  replacing GOD’s REVELATION of Himself…. with your own conclusions and “common sense”…..  and will (probably) regard the Bible as nothing more than man’s attempt to control other “less educated” and “primitive” peoples.

Your own “enlightened” mind…. will now have become judge and jury for everything !

FAITH ? …. the only faith you will have will be in your own “enlightened brain” …. and YOU will be confident  that you can “reason out” everything….. and if you cant, with a little more reading and education, YOU will soon be able to figure it out.

No wonder Jesus said…. “whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God like a little child shall in no way enter it” (Luke 18:17)

EDUCATION does not prepare you for eternity…… FAITH does !