How To View the Bible

The Bible isn’t an abstract book of theology. It’s stories of how God deals with people. He wants us to see what people are really like – and how He deals with them – it’s about reality. God says, “Here is what I see and how I want you to relate to Me and to others.” For example in John 4 with the Woman at the Well, Jesus wants a heart not just a head connection. . . we have to be transparent with God. She is. We should worship in Spirit and truth not just parrot nice things to God. Christ wants us to see who we are and walk with us. – after Frank Couch
“Answers from the Bible are the answers to life” – Bob Kelley

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Wise Husbands Avoid the Five ‘D’s

The best present a man can give his wife and children is a godly, Christian hubby-Dad. I did not grow up in a Christian home. No one was saved there. There never was a day when Dad or Mom announced, “Jesus is my Lord and Savior. He’s going to be number One around here. We’ll be having family Bible reading and prayer time. I’ll personally be driving you to a good, Bible-teaching  church where you will hear the salvation gospel and find clean friends.” 

That never happened. They are gone now—too late for them. But if you have not already made this move with your family, hopefully it is not too late for you?

After getting saved, why can some husbands live clean and other don’t?cthe Christian life is won or lost in the battle of the basics.  A wise fellow will avoid the five Ds.

AVOID  DESTRUCTIVE FRIENDS: A Christian’s buddies should be godly men. Bluebirds don’t run with buzzards.  I love sinners but not their sins. God has not called me to be a beer bar, buzz head. Point sinners to holy ground. “You can’t get some one out of the ditch by getting down in the ditch with them.”  – L. Roloff.

AVOID DAMSELS-DELILAHS:  We know how innocently these liaisons can begin at work. –meeting legitimate needs or just being friendly. Be so careful. Let the wife meet one’s emotional needs. Good Rule: when in doubt, err on the side of being too cautious. Though commonplace to pair up men and women for work tasks it is not discrete. That male-female chemistry is always active! There is an endless number of people one can be attracted to. Ask God for a Plan B. Like Joseph, walk away.

AVOID DIRTY PICTURES/PORN: We know when and where the temptations usually come. Set a  SPECIFIC plan to totally avoid each one specifically! Sin is so mean, so sneaky. Be tough with it!! Don’t give it one inch. Pray DAILY about this temptation. Ask God for a prayer partner to meet with weekly to be accountable to if needed!!

AVOID DEBT:  debt can undermine a marriage in unexpected ways. . . .  stress . . . arguing . . .  mistrust . . .  lies . . . distance. . .  working too long hours . .  kids suffer. Trust God to provide.  Ask God to help you live within  your budget. Better to have older but the most dependable  cars (Toyota, Honda, etc) and cheaper housing. Quit trying to keep up with Jones; that’s pride.

AVOID DRUGS/DRUNKENNESS: Former alcoholic  Mel Trotter said, “The worst drink is the first drink.” The devil’s lie: one innocent drink is OK.   Ha, how many men stop after just ONE? Addiction first TEASES, then TUGS, finally TRAPS. Too often, today’s drinking sports fan is tomorrow’s drunkard. America has become one big happy hour. Who will be the role models to show us a better life? With stimulants it is one drink in and a life time to get out.  Do wise people learn everything the hard way?

 

 

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WHAT IS THE OLDEST RELIGION? FIRST PEOPLE RELATING DIRECTLY TO GOD?

A core belief of the Christian faith is a personal relationship with God in Christ. We find the early beginnings of the Judeo-Christian faith in Adam’s relationship with God. (1) God was Adam and Eve’s PROVIDER—residence, food, spouse– Genesis 2; (2) God is LORD over His creation. He makes the rules, not man. God held Adam accountable, exercised authority over Adam; (3) God is HOLY. He identified and punished Adam’s sin–Genesis 3; (4) God is worthy of WORSHIP, GLORY AND HONOR! . Cain and Abel brought offerings to God, worship–Genesis 4.2-4; (5) God is MERCIFUL. He shows mercy to Cain after Cain kills Abel. he spares Cain’s life –Genesis 4.15.

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NAME 3 THINGS THAT FALSE RELIGIONS CANNOT DO?

 

NAME 3 THINGS THAT FALSE RELIGIONS CANNOT DO?

If there is a supernatural Creator He/it should be able to do stuff that man made religions cannot do. That can clearly separate Him from the man made religions and human philosophies. Here are  3 things that false religions cannot do. These are  in addition to inward, invisible salvation and its benefits. I offer 3 supernatural things, observed over time by people.

ANSWER: False religions fail the POWER tests. They cannot; (1) create human life–Psalm 139.13-14; Genesis 1-2; (2) bring dead people back to  life as Jesus, the Son of God did–Luke 7.11; John 11.38-44; Matt 9.23.

(3) False religions cannot accurately predict future events. Only the TRUE God has  power over creation. He alone can make future events happen as predicted! There are many Old Testament  predictions about Jesus Christ birth hundreds of years in the future. (Isaiah 7.14; 9.6; Micah 5.2). False religions cannot do this. Books from false religions lack a parallel to the Bible’s Old Testament predictions which are repeatedly fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
Finite man has no way to bring the future to pass.  They lack the knowledge and power to control future events. The true Creator God alone has the power. He alone makes the rules of the road and reality.

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Everyone has some basic moral values, atheists included

 

Creator God seems to present objective moral truth sequentially. (A)   a conscience  (B)   a cohesive world view   (C)  personal salvation.

First in life, God gives all of us a conscience. It includes basic values needed to get along with one’s fellow man.  Across the globe people accept that to torture babies is wrong. Cultures differ on whether one or several wives is permitted but all agree that one cannot take any woman he wants. I would roughly equate our conscience to having basic reading skill but far short or a high school degree. It is an appetizer not the full meal.

Secondly, God offers the Judeo-Christian world view. It is optional, not hard wired inside us.  Thirdly, the question of where one spends eternity, personal salvation is offered a person. It too is of course optional.

Thus even skeptics and atheists possess certain moral restraints. I credit God’s gift of conscience not Darwinian explanations. “No morals arise from mud. No logic arises from rocks.” – Frank Turek. But beyond these basics, we need the Bible to teach us about personal redemption through the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Directly or indirectly. we need Bible truth. It confirms that man is a sinner and Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. This singular, fixed redemption message is delivered via various methods: Bible reading, media, teaching orally or even in dreams to peoples in certain cultures and needy circumstances (Matt 1.21).

The Judeo-Christian world view  offers a congruent, second-to-none approach to some basic questions in life: How did I get here? Is there any meaning to my existence? Do good and evil really matter? What happens to me when I die?

We find this sequential imparting of objective moral truth explained in part in John 1.17 NAS:  “For the [Old Testament] Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”

-Ravi Zacharias @ RZIM.org contributed to this.

 

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Did My Teachers Cheat Me?

 

The anti-God public schools and colleges are  churches for atheism. Here they recruit and propagandize captive students, filling their minds with anti-God theories. Then the students are sent forth to spread this stuff in society. Many teachers ignore the Scientific Method which calls for objectively examining all evidence. Theists are typically not given equal opportunity to present their views in class. It’s a rigged system. Were the Christians given equal class opportunities? Were teachers objectively presenting different sides of issues or forcing their personal biases on students?

(1) Ask skeptics what books they have read from a solid theist view? (Josh McDowell, William Lane Craig, Norman Geisler, Ravi Zacharias, Frank Turek, Ken Ham, Institute for Creation Research  icr.org , answersingenesus.org)

(2)  Have they had a real Christian sit down with them over an open Bible and discuss their questions?

(3) Ever read the Bible or gospel of John, asking God to reveal Himself through it . . . . . IF he is real?

(4) Got the tolerant, diversity mindset to check out  a Bible teaching church or friend’s home Bible study?

 

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12 POSSIBLE BLIND SPOTS OF ATHEISTS, SKEPTICS

 

 

  1. Every religion has some unanswered questions, not just the Judeo-Christian world view. And leaving the Judeo-Christian framework, the questions multiply. Other world views bring  more not less questions.
  2. Creator God is seeking those with faith so He is not going to answer every single question any one has. That would remove the element of faith. The Creator God gives us a mix of faith and certain science insights. Faith and science are friends not competitors. The Creator created both.
  3. All religions have exclusive beliefs, not just the Christian faith. For example, all branches of Hinduism hold to karma and reincarnation. Islam holds firm views regarding  not examining the Koran. Translating the Koran from Arabic into other languages is forbidden. This prevents the Koran from being examined as the Bible is.
  4. The New Testament is the most well attested document of the ancient world. – Evidence Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell.
  5. I have never studied chemistry, agriculture or been to Brazil. It would be prideful and foolish for me to speak as if I was knowledgeable in these areas. I have not read about them, studied them. I am an outsider. Pride pontificates. Humility listens, learns.
  6. Good university teachers do not go around claiming they are going to rise from the dead.  Such comments relegate them to an extreme category. Likewise with Jesus Christ who predicted his death and resurrection. He must be considered a liar, lunatic or Lord. Did He resurrect or not? He can not be a good teacher if He did not make good on His prediction.  Above all, Christianity is a faith of the Resurrection. This is why many churches worship on Sunday. Jesus arose on the first day of the week. Whether He arose or not, is the primary question. If He did not, the rest of the Bible is irrelevant. Rehashing hash on secondary questions is not for the astute.
  7. There is strong evidence to show that creation involved intelligent design, thus a designer. I posit  a Designer-Creator. Obviously many after-market religions, man made gods came along later. (John 1.1-3; Gen 1-1-2; Isaiah 41 & 44; Job chpt 38-41; Col 1.16-17). As children and adults worldwide want answers to questions like: How did I get here on earth? So even false religions concoct some explanation of origin (and afterlife).
  8.  I wonder if not a few atheists deep down are blaming God for some hurtful disappointment or tragedy of the past? Perhaps they lost a child or some Christian betrayed them. Some seem very bitter. God loves these folks! Some can so low and despondent that they will not listen to advice or those who reach out to them. (Exod 6.9).
  9. Some atheists have been turned off by dry or dead religion. I was. I was raised in a non-salvation preaching church. It took me 31 years to realize the eternal difference between being a lost church goer and inviting Jesus to supernaturally give me a new heart. (Ezek 36.26; Rev 3.20). I swapped dead religion for a live, living relationship. Salvation is a Person, Jesus Christ!
  10.  Why can’t you and I predict the future? we lack (A) the knowledge of the future , and (B) power to MAKE it happen. I know of only one book that has predictions of future events regarding the Savior of the world. Even the town of Jesus’ birth is specifically named some 700 years before Jesus is born in Bethehem. (Micah 5.2) (Isaiah 7.14; 9.6-7; 53.1-11). False religions cannot do this!  Dozens of other prophecies are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Man made religions lack the supernatural power to pull this off. THIS IS BIG!
  11.  “The moment you make a truth claim you are rising above determinism [evolutionary, random, accidental movement of molecules] ” – Ravi Zacharias
  12. I repeatedly have atheists ask for more evidence about God. The deeper issue is suppression of evidence. The Bible says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Roman 1.20 NAS). – a message  by Ravi Zacharias contributed to this.
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ARE YOU CONTROLLED BY FLESH OR SPIRIT? CHOSEN YOUR CORE VALUES?

 

ARE YOU CONTROLLED BY FLESH OR SPIRIT? CHOSEN YOUR CORE VALUES?

“Mindless Christianity is not New Testament Christianity.” – John R. W. Stott. You have to think and pursue truth.  God lets us dig and labor for our daily bread–likewise for our spiritual food. It is not all served to us on a silver platter. Dig.

A hungry man won’t refuse meat because it has bones in it.  He removes the bones and receives the meat. Beyond the Christian faith, the competing world views have far more unresolved questions. A useful core values framework,  aka world view, should have solid answers for the following four questions. (1)  How did I get here?  (2) Can there be meaning in my life or am I just an accidental glob in an uncaring universe?  (3) What is the source of good and evil?  (4) What happens to me when I die?  -after Ravi Zacharias.

Do thinkers seek satisfying answers? Will it be fleeting pleasures, quiet despair or Jesus’ peace?

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Why Water Baptism cannot save me?

(1) God’s Spirit baptizes, indwells, saves us. This brings powerful, supernatural change! (1 Cor 12.13; Tit 3.5; Eph 4.5; 1 Cor 3.16)

(2) Most salvation verses do not mention ‘water’ or ‘water baptism.’ (Jn 3.16;1.12; 3.36; Act 2.21; Rom 5.6-9; 10.13 Eph 1.7).

(3) Christ brought salvation without baptizing people (Jn 4.2).

(4) Paul did not baptize many (1 Cor 1.17; 2.2).

(5) Old Testament believers were redeemed without water baptism–Noah ‘found grace” Genesis 6.8. Abraham “believed God” -Gen 15.6.

(6) Salvation is a finished work on the cross. Jesus said, “It is finished.” (Jn 19.30; Heb 1.3).

(7) Baptism is only a symbol of inner washing as 1 Peter 3.20-21 makes clear though it can be misinterpreted.

(8) Man’s works do not save. If so, Jesus’ painful death was in vein (Gal 2.21; Rom 4.l4-5; Eph 2.8-9).

(9) Christ is not truly mediator between God and man if I am forced into XYZ church’s baptismal pool before I can be saved. No church is co-redeemer with Jesus Christ! This is serious false teaching.

(10) Baptismal regeneration (salvation by water) denies salvation by grace through faith alone! One is saved by blood not water.

(11) Water baptism is properly an ordinance of the church AFTER salvation just as is: tithing, prayer, communion, witnessing and serving Jesus.

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WAS THE OT GOD TOO HARSH OR LONG SUFFERING?

In his classic book, The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul deals with this issue in some detail. OT Jehovah gets criticized by some for His presumed harshness in dealing with the Canaanites for example. (1) “Far from being a history of a harsh God, the Old Testament is the record of a God who is patient to the extreme.”  He heard the Israelite slaves in Egypt cry for help. He rescued them via Moses and the Red Sea miracle. “They responded by worshiping a gold cow.”

(2)   “Sin is cosmic treason.” None of us is innocent before a holy God. It’s an act of mercy that any us is allowed to live past midnight tonight. Never cry for justice. Mercy is our only hope.  (3) God has given us so much patience and grace and mercy that we take it for granted. Now we demand it but God owes us nothing. “We delude ourselves into thinking that either God doesn’t care about it or that He is powerless to punish us.” (4) The Canaanites and certain other pagan groups were also idol worshipers. some even offered child sacrifices. ” There was none innocent. The conquest of Canaan was an explicit expression of God’s righteous judgment on a wicked nation.”  (5) “The most violent expression of God’s wrath and justice is seen in the cross. If ever a person had room to complain of injustice it was Jesus. He was the only innocent man ever to be punished by God. Here is where our astonishment should be focused . . . Golgotha.”  (6) We cringe when justice is administered while taking His grace and patience for granted. It is we who are out of step—unthankful for God’s mercy.

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