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Belief vs. Unbelief

… Whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

— John 3:15

We have been exposed repeatedly to the humanistic thesis that belief in God is irrational and unbelief is rational. Is that true? I would like to expose it for what it really is: an unmitigated fraud, an unalloyed lie that rises right up from the father of all lies.

To believe that God has made us, that there is a purpose for our lives and that we go to be with Him when we die—that is the Christian world-view.

This belief leads to meaning in life, joy, and satisfaction, purpose, and peace. Unbelief leads to hopelessness, lack of meaning and purpose, and fear of death. Unbelief is not sophisticated, it is devastating, and the result of unbelief is grief and pain. The result of belief in the God of the Bible is contentment, peace, and joy. Belief in God is life-giving and life-sustaining.

Question to ponder:
Contrast belief and unbelief in people you know. Can you see the difference?

Absolute Truth in a Relative World

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

— John 8:32

Sadly, a majority of Americans today believe that truth and morality are relative. Even many professing Christians have fallen prey to this myth.

Virtually all of our high school students have learned that there are no absolutes.

You probably heard about the teacher who said to his class, “You can know nothing for certain.”

One student responded, “Teacher, are you sure?”

He said, “I’m certain.”

Sometimes students don’t realize that when a teacher or professor says there are no absolutes, he is also saying there is no God. Because, you see, God is the ultimate absolute.

If there are no absolutes, how is it that the Holocaust was wrong?

If there are no absolutes, how could 9/11 be wrong?

It becomes very difficult to live in a completely relativistic world. Suppose you are waiting in your car at a train crossing, and a train is coming down the tracks at 60 miles an hour. You know that if you drive your car out in front of that train, you are not going to be “relatively” dead—you are going to be “absolutely” dead. We can’t live as relativists in this world.

Truth is revealed to us in God’s Word. Christ says, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32).

Question to ponder:
Why is truth so important to God?

In Remembrance of Me

And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”

— Luke 22:15

The Lord’s Table is a memorial, but obviously it is also a supper, as it is a sacrament. It is a meal unlike any that has ever been celebrated before. How wonderful it is that we can eat with Him. Even as John laid his head upon the bosom of Christ, so we can eat with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Great Pyramid was built to honor a man to his everlasting remembrance—can you remember his name? It was the mighty Khufu. The Taj Mahal is perhaps the most beautiful building built. It took 20,000 people 22 years to build it. It is a magnificent place. It was built by Shah Jahan to memorialize and cause to be brought to everlasting remembrance his beautiful young wife, whose name is not remembered by most of us.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, however, left for us a very simple, tiny by comparison, memorial—the Last Supper. But when the stars shall have burnt out of Heaven, when the end of all of the ages shall have come, when the Great Pyramid shall have crumbled into dust, this memorial will still be known, and everyone who sees it will know precisely who it is that is to be remembered in the simple bread and wine of the Lord’s Table.

Question to ponder:
How do we benefit spiritually from the Lord’s Supper?

The Transforming Power of Scripture

It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

— Luke 4:4

The Bible is the greatest book in the world.

In the midst of the many marvelous texts that make up the Scriptures, there are some verses that are often overlooked and seldom quoted compared to other well-known verses. These verses lie nestled away like timid little flowers. However, these timid little flowers give off a marvelous fragrance—a fragrance that, if inhaled deeply, can utterly transform your life. Sometimes I like to pick one such little flower from the pages of Holy Writ, lift it up, analyze it, and sense its fragrance and its transforming power.

Psychologist William James once stated: “The Bible contains more true sublimity, more exquisite beauty, more morality, more important history, and finer strains of poetry and eloquence than can be collected from all other books, in whatever age or language they may have been written.” Sir William Gladstone, considered by many the greatest prime minister England ever had, said, “I have known 95 great men of the world in my time. And of these, 87 were followers of the Bible.”

Question to ponder:
Can you list ten reasons why you read and study the Bible?

Is Christianity Unscientific?

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.

— Proverbs 25:2

Sometimes we hear the accusation that Christianity is unscientific. What people who make such claims don’t realize is that science got its birth during the Christian era. All of the early modern scientists were Christians who believed that they were, in the words of astronomer Johannes Kepler, “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.” They believed that a rational God had made a rational universe, and it was the role of science to discover the rules He had impressed on the material world.

Who invented science? It was Francis Bacon who is credited with having been the inventor of the scientific method, that combination of induction and deduction, of hypothesis and proof (empirical proof). Bacon was a devout Christian. He believed in God. He believed in Christ, he believed in the Bible, and he believed in Creation. He said that God had given us two books—He has given us the book of nature to understand the world, and the book of Scripture—and we are to read both of them.

Who was the greatest scientist who ever lived? A poll taken of scientists just a few years ago concluded that the greatest scientist was Sir Isaac Newton. Newton believed in God, he believed in Christ, he believed in the Bible, and he believed in creation. The beliefs were the foundation for Newton’s work as a scientist.

Question to ponder:
What does the phrase “laws of nature and of nature’s God” mean?

No Fear of God in Their Eyes

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be moved, let us be gracious, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

— Hebrews 12:28-29

Some years ago, I was on the Merv Griffin Show talking about prayer in schools. Merv asked, “What good is a couple of minutes of prayer going to do, anyway? What difference does it make?”

It makes a great deal of difference whether one believes in God, and when one prays, or a class of students prays, one thing they are saying is that there is a higher authority than the state.

Does that really make any difference? There have been many, many indirect consequences of the Supreme Court’s 1962-1963 decisions to ban school prayer. And the fallout has literally amounted to expelling God in toto from our entire school system and beyond that, from the public life of America. God has been thrown out, and so the metal detectors have been installed.

Have you ever wondered why our society is going downhill so fast? I think a major part of it is that so many today lack a fear of God. They act as if they will not be held accountable. In this, they are totally wrong. Part of the reason some people get upset with Christians speaking out on moral issues from a biblical perspective is that they want to be able to sin with impunity. Jesus put it this way, “light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

What we need in our land is more “God fearing.”

Question to ponder:
What does it mean to you when the Scriptures say that our God is a consuming fire?

The Fly in the Ointment

Continue in prayer, and be watchful with thanksgiving …

— Colossians 4:2

Sir Noel Paton was an outstanding artist. His paintings always have one unusual feature: There are beautiful flowers and gorgeous birds, knights and ladies, gossamer-winged fairies, and children of seraphic beauty. However, always, somewhere down in the corner of the painting, or at the feet of these beautiful characters, is a form that is uncouth, repulsive, and repugnant, a loathsome creature such as a toad or a lizard or a slimy snail to render, by contrast with their repulsiveness, greater beauty to the rest.

This is how it is with the New Testament. We see Christ in all of His glory crucified between two thieves. There are twelve apostles, and one of them is a devil.

Rather than thank God for all His blessings, it is much easier to have a “fly complex.” I do not know if you have ever detected this in your own life, but I have. The old “fly in the ointment.”

Many of us, it seems, spend a great deal of our time counting the flies in the ointment of life. We need to realize that there is never going to be a jar of ointment in this world that does not have some flies in it. The question really comes down to whether we see the flies or the ointment. You can almost divide people into two kinds: There are the “fly people” and there are the “ointment people.” Which are you?

Question to ponder:
What is the “ointment” you are thankful for today?

“I Don’t Want to Get Involved”

If you refrain to deliver those who are drawn unto death, and those who are ready to be slain;

— Proverbs 24:11

In March 1964 a young New Yorker named Kitty Genovese came home from work, put her key into the lock on the front door of the apartment building she lived in. Suddenly a man grabbed her from behind and when she screamed, he cut her with a knife. She screamed louder and said, “Help, I’m dying. Help me. Somebody help me. This man is killing me.”

Windows went up all over the huge building. People looked down at her as she screamed for help. The police finally arrived thirty minutes later. It had taken thirty minutes of screaming for Kitty Genovese to die. No one in the building called the police.

Thirty-eight residents of that building said they saw the murder. When asked why they didn’t intervene or call the police, each answered, “We didn’t want to get involved.” Don’t you feel like going up and punching those people in the nose? I do. “This woman is being carved into pieces, and you didn’t want to get involved?”

As Christians we are called to get involved in the lives of others. We are called to a life of service and witness for Him.

Question to ponder:
How can you “get involved” today or this week to help people in need?

“Voiceless Christianity”?

… And you shall be My witnesses …

— Acts 1:8

Some professing Christians are members of the club called “Voiceless Christianity.” They say, “I can’t witness with my mouth. I just witness by my life.”

Dear friend, if you witness by your life, you only witness to yourself. Christ told us that we are to point beyond ourselves, unto Him and to His Cross, and that requires the use of our mouths.

Many claim that words don’t accomplish anything; it is the life that we live that gives a powerful witness. So, is it the case that most of you who are part of the “Voiceless Christianity” group have had dozens of people just this past year coming up to you and saying, “Oh, what a wonderful person you are. I am so amazed. Please tell me how I can be like you and how I can have whatever makes you that way?”

No, our Lord has entrusted us with the responsibility and the joy of leading others to Himself. Before He left this earth, Jesus said to His disciples:

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).

Voiceless Christianity is a myth by which the lazy or fearful justify their silence.

Question to ponder:
Do you practice “voiceless Christianity?” Why or why not?

You Are It

He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

— Mark 16:15

I have always liked the story—it’s not factual, but it is based on truth—the story of when Jesus Christ returned to Heaven after His resurrection and His ascension. When He arrived in heaven, as the story goes, all of the angels gathered around to hear about His great exploits on the earth below. He told them about His birth in a manger, about the life He lived, about His work as a carpenter, His mission as a prophet going out and preaching and teaching, the gathering together of His disciples, His betrayal, His scourging, His mockery, His condemnation, the Cross, the spikes, the sword, the tomb, and finally the glorious resurrection and His return into Heaven.

He said, “I have told my disciples that they are to go into all the world and tell everyone that through what I have done, they may have pardon and forgiveness and reconciliation and may receive the free gift of eternal life.”

Then there was quiet among the angels. Finally, one of them said, “Lord, but what if they don’t do that? What other plan do you have?”

Jesus Christ replied, “I have no other plan.”

Dear friends, you are it.

Question to ponder:
How does it make you feel to know that you are privileged to be His channel of eternal blessings to others?