Thursday, February 23, 2012

Test Tube Jesus: Proving God

Test Tube Jesus: Proving God

“Prophecy to us you Messiah! Who hit you that time?” -Matthew 26:68

So, recently I talked to a guy on Yahoo! who said that he wouldn’t believe in God unless He could be proven using the scientific method. In other words,

Step #1-put God in the test tube.

Step #2-then he would believe.

I was reading and contemplating this verse this morning and thought about this guy. A thought some might have is, “Why didn’t Jesus prophecy for them & win the skeptics over?” or “Why not just do a little miracle, and prove yourself to them, Jesus?” Well, HE DID!! In fact, He did many, yet they refused to believe. Their “education” clouded them. Here is the closest Jesus will get to hopping into the test tube-

In Matthew 16:1-4, we see the religious leaders demanding that Jesus give them a sign in order to convince them. Jesus’ response was, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign, but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Then He left them & went away.

I have heard a few people say they would not believe unless they could prove God by the scientific method. Well, then they won’t believe & will be held accountable for that unbelief. They know the truth about God, because GOd has made it obvious, but they suppress the truth (Romans 1:18-19). In fact, I bet even if God were to hop into their tube, they wouldn’t believe. Why? Because they suppress any evidence of Him that they see, because they don’t want to believe.

Now on a kinder note, God is spirit, immaterial. You cannot put a spiritual being through the scientific process. So basically these guys are really saying, “I just don’t want to believe.” I asked one guy, “What if God appeared to you ever day in the sky and said, ‘Hey, here I am.’. Would you believe then?” He said, “No. I would assume it was a figment of my imagination.” And that is why Paul says they suppress what they already know, and Jesus calls them evil & unfaithful.

In conclusion, God has made Himself obvious through natural revelation & inside your soul. Jesus has already given you everything you need to believe. He died, was buried, and three days later rose bodily from the dead. The choice is up to you.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Relook at the Law

So, I have had a few months to process the Laws role in the life of a child of God. My summary is, if you want to follow the Law, you are free to do so. However, you should not require or look down on others who do not do the same. You also need to understand that following the Mosaic Law does not earn you favor or better standing with God. I know this may sound radical to my Jewish friends, but even in your own books, you will see that no one was ever declared righteous by keeping the Mosaic Law. In fact, we cannot keep the Mosaic Law today, without breaking the Mosaic Law. God has made it IMPOSSIBLE to earn favor with Him through the Mosaic Law. We must look elsewhere. We must look to Jesus, God's son, the savior our our souls.

The Law is not bad, if one uses it Lawfully. Example, say I want to use Saturday as my chill out day. I am free to do so. Which is what I do. Does it earn me salvation? No. Is it pleasing to the Lord? Yes, because I am living to please Him, not because of the particular day.

I can expand for volumes, but I won't. Feel free to discuss this, debate/argue this with me.