Last night, I listened for about an hour to a group of atheists discussing the question, “Did Jesus exist?” I must admit, I was rather appalled by their overwhelming ignorance on the truth of the Gospels and of Jesus himself. The gentleman leading the discussion claimed that three of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, were written by just one person. While most of them agreed that Jesus was a real person, they all rejected that he was God. We see that our day is no different from the days of the Apostle Paul, and he wrote just a few years after Christ walked some of the same paths that Paul himself walked. People knew that Jesus existed, but most rejected Him as God.
I have to confess: I have never actually watched Duck Dynasty yet. Maybe I will put that sin of omission right one day soon. Judging by the proliferation of bearded red-neck dolls in Walmart, I may be in a minority.
If you are hoping that the title indicates that this is a “how-to” guide, then you will be mistaken. I am not qualified to explain how to speak or write without arrogance, because this is a constant battle for me.
Many people think that religion and science do not go together. Often, they compartmentalize each into completely separate places in their lives. Science, after all, is based upon observation and testing—unquestionable facts. Right? Religion, on the other hand, is based upon thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Science is material; religion is immaterial. Science gives answers; religion causes problems. Isn’t this the basic attitude towards the two?
One of my favorite pastimes is standing at the ocean shore, watching the thundering breakers crash into the sand; or singing worship songs under a full moon that glimmers upon the vast waters of the sea. These times remind me of the majesty of my Creator. They put into perspective the awesomeness of God who measures the waters in His palms and the universe with the breadth of His hand (see Isaiah 40:12). My God, who am I that you would even think of me (see Psalm 8:4)?
This is one of the most dangerous lies textbooks teach. God created the universe and left us a record of how and why He did it. You were created by an all-wise Creator and you will live forever in Heaven or Hell. All humans have broken God’s laws by lying, cheating, stealing, etc. Being a just and holy God, He cannot simply overlook our sins. Either we must be punished by going to Hell forever or we must accept the perfect substitute God provided in Jesus Christ.
Recently an atheist said to me: “But faith is the opposite of reason, you don’t need faith to use reason.”
There are four great questions that man tries to answer in life. These are called the great philosophical questions. Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going when I die? The way you answer them depends upon the way you view the world.
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