Category: Apologetics

If God Is Real, Why Doesn’t He Reveal Himself?

Most atheists will argue that if God is real, then why doesn’t He reveal Himself? They question why God would choose to hide Himself from His own creation and not just simply prove His existence to the entire world.

However the following question must also be asked to every atheist: If God physically or supernaturally revealed Himself to the world, is it likely that every atheist will bow down and choose to humbly worship Him?
Unfortunately, when asked this question, many atheists have answered “No!” and declared that they will not worship God even if He does reveal Himself. Why? Atheists will then attack the character and nature of God as reasons to deny worshiping Him as God.

Therefore atheism is an issue of the heart and it is a choice to suppress God rather than to naturally accept His existence.
Psalms 14:1 says that “A fool says in his heart, there is no God…”
Therefore atheism is a choice that a person convinces himself to believe; It is a choice to not believe in God or His existence.

The Bible itself makes no effort to prove that God exists. Instead according to Psalms 14:1, it is the atheist who tries to prove and assert in his own heart that God does not exist.
Romans 1:20-21 says: For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

From Romans 1:20-21 we discover that clearly it is not the issue that God has not revealed Himself which would cause an atheist to deny God’s existence. Instead the denial of God is because of a hardened heart.
The existence of a Maker is in creation itself just like a building cannot exist without a builder. God’s invisible qualities are revealed through His creation. Every design has a designer. Rather atheism is the result of a darkened heart that has made the choice to rebel against God by suppressing His existence.

 

HAS GOD EVER REVEALED HIMSELF?
God has revealed Himself in many different ways to many people. God has revealed Himself not only to believers – but also to unbelievers.
In Exodus 14:21-27 God revealed Himself to Pharaoh but yet Pharaoh refused and rebelled against the one true God.
The Lord used the 10 plagues against Pharaoh and the Egyptian people in order to reveal Himself to the Egyptians and the Jews that He alone was the true God and not the false Egyptian “gods” whom Pharaoh worshiped (Exodus 7-11). Yet we learn that Pharaoh refused to believe in the one true God because Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.

Throughout the Bible we will notice that God would also constantly reveal His presence and who He was to the Israelites, yet the Israelites would continue to fall into the sin of idolatry and choose to worship idols or false gods instead of the one true God who chose them and rescued them out of Egypt.

Therefore the problem is not that God does not choose to reveal Himself, but the problem lies with the sinful heart of man. A heart that is controlled by sin will always deny or rebel against God.

The ultimate way in which God revealed Himself was through the Person of Jesus Christ.
John 1:1-3,14 says the following about Jesus: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made… 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Therefore we learn that even though God became flesh to dwell among us, Jesus was not popular and He was rejected as God.
God chose to reveal Himself through Christ but yet He was ridiculed, persecuted and crucified even though He performed miracles to reveal that He was indeed God and came from Heaven (John 10:31-39).
John 1:11 says “He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him”.

Therefore it does not always mean that if God reveals Himself that people will automatically worship Him. Seeing is not always believing. The problem is not with God, but the problem is with the condition of the heart of man.
Jeremiah 17:9 says: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
A deceived or deceitful heart will not submit to God. Therefore atheism in itself is a deception or a sign that one is deceived.

 

FAITH IS NECESSARY TO RELATE WITH GOD
Hebrews 11:6 says: And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
Both the atheist and the Christian exercise faith. The atheists believes that creation came from nothing and therefore concludes that there is no God or Creator of the universe.
However according to Hebrews 11:6, if the atheist is to know God or draw near to God, then he/she must first believe or have faith that God exists.
Faith in God is important for our relationship with God. Our salvation is possible through faith alone in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The entire Christian life and journey is by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
In John 20:29 Jesus says: “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Should Christians Evangelize Atheists?

Atheism is the belief that God or gods do not exist. An atheist is therefore one who does not believe that the universe and all of creation are the result of intelligent design or a supernatural Being.
Many atheists will also provide arguments and theories such as evolution or the Big Bang as evidence to the world that God or gods cannot possibly exist.

For many years, atheism has been growing in almost every continent around the world. China is known to have the most atheists in the world, then Europe, the Americas and finally Africa. The growth in the atheist demographic has been due to the influence of evolution education and various scientific researches which are ironically conducted by other atheists. The theory of evolution is taught at a young age and many evolutionist theories are propagated as truth and fact despite their inconsistencies and irrationalities. Ultimately, the more evolution is embraced, the more religion becomes unpopular.

The Bible tells us that creation itself, such as the stars, the planets, the animals, the plants and all forms of life is evidence that a Creator exists. The existence of life as well as the nature and order of the universe testify to the existence of an intelligent Designer.
Romans 1:20 says: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

However atheists will not submit to the rational belief that the universe did not create itself from nothing. Many atheists will not admit the fact that intelligent design exists.
Instead, atheists will seek to educate and defend atheism and every scientific theory or research that supports their belief and argument that God does not exist.

Therefore atheism is an anti-God concept. It is a concept which the devil has created to deceive people, but it is also a concept that even the devil himself does not believe.

Psalms 14:1 says “The fool says in his heart ‘There is no God’…”
Therefore whilst atheism is a foolish concept, because it believes that creation does not have a creator – atheism is still a dangerous concept because of its arguments, its deception and its continued growth.

 

Should Christians Evangelize Atheists?
Atheism is one of the most extreme expressions of man’s rebellion against God. It also expresses man’s desire to totally live without God.
Atheism exists because of a fallen world. Man is sinful by nature. Man is not born good but instead he is born a sinner (Romans 3:10,23).
As sinners we have an inbuilt nature to rebel against God and to contradict the things of God. The theories of evolution and the Big Bang contradict the Biblical account of creation and provide the deceptive argument that life and the universe existed from nothing, instead of God.

God desires that Christians unashamedly evangelize anyone who is spiritually lost and has not believed in the gospel (Romans 1:16).
Christians are required to evangelize the atheist just as much as they should evangelize to a witchdoctor, a Buddhist, a prostitute, a cultist, a Greek, a Jew, or any person who has not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour.
Mark 16:15 says we are to “proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Therefore there is no created human being who should be excluded from hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ or excluded from understanding the divine character and nature of God. If we are all sinners, then all are in need of the gospel and therefore all need a saving relationship with God.
Jesus Christ was crucified for the entire world, including atheists, so that whoever believes in Christ will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
God is patient toward everyone, including the atheist and He does not want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9).

Ultimately as every Christian shares the gospel with people, whether they are atheist or not, it is the duty alone of the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin and to convert the sinner as the gospel / word of God is shared (John 16:8, Romans 1:16).

Whilst most atheists are prone to argue, debate or ferociously defend his/her atheism, this should not deter Christians from sharing the word of God to people who oppose the scriptures. If anyone is willfully living in rebellion to God (whether atheist or not), then that person must graciously and lovingly be given the gospel of Christ and make an informed spiritual choice whether to accept God or not.
Jesus Himself constantly encountered people who opposed God’s word but yet He continued to focus on sharing and defending God’s word to anyone who would be willing to listen.
According to the Scriptures, Christians should be able to defend and contend for the Christian faith (Jude 1:3; 1 Peter 3:15).
It is therefore important for every Christian to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit when engaging with atheists or anyone who has beliefs which are contrary to Christianity.
Many testimonies exist from former atheists of how they eventually converted to Christianity through the faithfulness and obedience of those Christians who unashamedly share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

What is the Word of Faith Movement?

The Word of Faith or Word-Faith Movement is neither an organization nor a denomination. This movement traces its roots from the “positive confessions” and New Thought teachings of E.W Kenyon who is said to be the originator of the movement. However Kenneth Hagin is said to be the “father” of the Word-Faith Movement because he was responsible for popularizing Kenyon’s theology and teachings since the late 20th century.

To this day, the Word of Faith Movement consists of a wave of popular but heretical teachings that have been popularized by other preachers such as Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Mike Murdoch, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Hagin and many others.

This movement is known as Word of Faith / Word-Faith mainly because of their false teachings and distorted perceptions regarding faith. Many Word-faith preachers such as Kenneth Copeland for example are on record as teaching that faith is a “force” which can be used to get or achieve whatever you desire.

Since this movement consists of some of the most popular preachers and televangelists, it is no surprise that the Word-Faith Movement and some of its heretical teachings have been very popular all over the world.
The heart of what word-faith preachers teach is that God promises health and wealth to anyone who practices their faith related formulas and theologies.

Some of the theology and false teachings of the Word of Faith Movement are as follows:

1. Faith is a “Force” Controlled By The Words You Speak
One of the foundational theologies of the Word-Faith movement is the belief that faith is a “force” through which a person is able to acquire whatever he wants if he conjures up enough faith.
They believe that the words you speak or the words you confess will control or manipulate the faith force in order to get the outcome that one desires.
Therefore your success and experience of material prosperity is dependent on how successful you are able to manipulate the faith force through your positive confession so that you get your desired outcome.
The Word-Faith movement subtly or indirectly promotes faith in faith instead of faith in God. Their theology clearly attempts to remove or ignore the sovereign will of God as it puts man as being the one who has the control and power to create whatever he so desires by simply using his words to control the faith force.

2. Prosperity Gospel / Health & Wealth
The prosperity gospel is the teaching that every born again believer is meant to obtain material wealth and riches. These riches are available by using faith and positive confessions whilst making deliberate and practical effort to seek the riches that one desires.
The Word-Faith movement also believes that the death of Jesus Christ extends to Christ giving every born again believer the ability to obtain the material riches and possessions that one desires.
Word of Faith preachers therefore teach their followers that one of the primary objectives in a person’s life must be the pursuit of material wealth. In the theology of this movement, the possession of material wealth is a visible sign that a person has the “favour” and “blessings” of God upon his life.
Therefore, a bankrupt bank account can be translated as one having a bankrupt faith. Or if you do not get healed from a sickness, then it is because you lacked enough faith to receive your healing.
Therefore the Word of Faith Movement teaches that if you desire to have whatever you wish, then you must use enough of the faith force to bring your desires or material wealth into existence. (see article: What Does The Prosperity Gospel Teach?)

3. Men Are Little Gods
The Word of Faith movement also teaches that men are like “little gods”. They have the belief that people are just like God in that they can control their reality and destiny by the use of their words.
The Word-Faith movement believes that since man is made in the image of God and if God created the universe by the power of His words, then it means that man also has creative power by the use of his/her words.
The Word-Faith movement therefore believes that just like God, man can control the weather; or just like God, man can change any reality or destiny.
The Word-Faith movement also heretically teaches its followers that God cannot do anything without the permission of man.
Therefore the subtle deception of this movement is that not only is man a “little god”, but that man can also control the Creator of the universe.

4. Seed-Faith Teachings
The Word-Faith movement also promotes the false doctrine of seed-faith offerings. Oral Roberts is known as one of the initial originators of this false teaching.
It involves followers being coerced into “seeding” or giving their money in “faith” with the belief that God will give them back a multiplied harvest or return of their initial offering.
For example, the belief is that if a person gives or “sows” $10 in “faith” to a prosperity preacher or his ministry, then God will be obligated to give that person a monetary or material reward of $20 or more in return. (see article: Can A Man Bribe God? What Is The Seed-Faith Teaching?)

5. Name It & Claim It
The Word of Faith Movement teaches that by using the power of your words, combined with the faith force, you will be able to use the technique of naming whatever you want into existence. Therefore a car, a house, a job and many other things can be acquired simply by naming it, claiming it and declaring it into existence.
So it is believed that positive confessions and declarations for the items you need will result in obtaining the possessions or reality you want in life. However, they also believe that “negative confessions” will create a negative reality or destiny since they believe that man is a “little god” who has the power to create his own reality by the words that he/she speaks.

6. Other False Doctrines & Beliefs

  • They believe that Jesus died spiritually and that He had to be “tortured in hell” and “born again in hell” before He rose from the dead.
  • They believe that the office of apostles and prophets still exists today. While most Word-Faith teachers do not outright claim to have an authority that matches or supersedes the Bible, they do allege that God gives them direct or special revelation in the form of words of knowledge, prophecies, and visions. Therefore the teachings of word-faith “apostles” or “prophets” cannot be questioned or challenged by their followers as they allege to hear from God alone because they claim to hold the spiritual offices of prophet and apostle.
  • They believe that Jesus and His disciples were rich and that to be poor is a sin or to be sick is a sin.

What Does The Bible Teach About Word-Faith Movement Beliefs?
The Bible teaches us that God alone is Sovereign and He alone is able to create something from nothing (Genesis 1:3). Therefore God cannot be commanded and neither do we have the ability to manipulate Him based on our faith.
We are not supposed to have faith in our faith nor faith in our own words. Therefore God alone should be the object of our faith (Mark 11:22). We must have faith in God and God decides when and in what manner He will respond to prayer or our requests
We are not “little gods”. We are not deity. Instead we are God’s creation. Therefore we do not have the power to change the weather or create nothing from something by the power of the faith force or “positive confession”.
Therefore there is only one God who exists in 3 Persons (The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit).

The prosperity gospel is a false doctrine according to scripture (1 Timothy 6:3-10). We cannot bribe or manipulate God with our monetary offerings. The seed-faith teaching encourages manipulation and coercion. The teaching is an insult to the divine nature of God and it promotes money as having some kind of power to influence the hand of God.

The Word of Faith movement is deceiving countless people around the world. It is a cultic and deceptive movement that uses both subtle and blatant methods to promote the self and individual interests rather than the genuine pursuit of Christ.
Most Word of Faith teachers have become enormously rich and wealthy because of the Word-Faith doctrine. Their prosperity gospel has made these preachers rich whilst their followers either become poorer, covetous or seek an unbiblical lifestyle in the pursuit of monetary riches.
Word-Faith preachers have managed to commercialize Christianity and make merchandise of their followers (2 Peter 2:1-3).
We must therefore be vigilant and careful to avoid being deceived by any preacher or religious groups that teach Word-Faith theology as such teachings have distorted genuine Biblical Christianity.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCE: Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff

Is Grace Ever A License to Sin?

What is grace? The grace of God is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Grace is God’s unmerited favor. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we are saved by grace and not by our own merit or our own works.
Therefore the grace of God is important for our salvation because if we were to attempt to work for our salvation, then we would certainly fail.
Ephesians 2:8 also informs us that salvation is a gift received through faith in Jesus Christ.

However, does the fact that we are saved by grace and not by our own works mean that grace gives us a license to sin? Does the fact that we live under grace mean that we are no longer obligated to obey God’s moral laws? If salvation is a gift and if salvation is by grace – then are we free to live as we please?


ANTINOMIANISM & FALSE GRACE
Antinomianism
is the false belief that because God’s grace exists, then there are no moral laws which God expects Christians to obey. Therefore the belief is that a Christian can wilfully and rebelliously live a lifestyle of lying, cheating, sexual immorality and all sorts of sins, and still call him/herself a “Christian”.
Antinomianism falsely presumes that God no longer cares about sin or our sinful lifestyle. In fact, most professing Christians who are antinomian, prefer not to speak about sin or to expose sinful behavior.
Antinomianism is based on a deceptive and false understanding regarding the true meaning of the grace of God.
An antinomian is one who takes the principle of salvation by faith and God’s grace to the point of asserting that Christians are not bound to follow God’s moral law or to obey God’s written scriptures.
The word “antinomian” means against the law and this belief system is unbiblical.

Jude 4 speaks of people “who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

A false or perverted concept of grace indirectly or deceptively promotes a lifestyle of sin.
A false concept of grace presumes that God no longer cares about sin. A false grace assumes that God takes sin lightly, yet it is because of sin that Christ was crucified on the Cross.
Antinomianism therefore minimizes the consequence of sin and the fact that God hates sin.


THE TRUE GRACE OF GOD
Romans 6:1-2
says: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

True grace will compel the Christian to seek after God and to desire to please God. When you are under true grace, you will begin to have a growing hatred towards sin. However when you do sin as a Christian, you will feel a sense of brokenness, godly sorrow and a genuine desire to repent or change.
True grace understands that even though salvation is free for mankind – this same salvation came at a heavy price. It cost the Son of God. It is Jesus Christ who paid for our sins by His blood on the Cross, so that we may be freely saved.
Therefore the true grace of God does not undermine the penalty that Jesus paid for our sins on the Cross.
The true grace of God leads to genuine repentance from sin and will cause a genuine spiritual transformation in the life of the Christian believer.
True grace compels us in Christ to walk away from sin, instead of running towards it.
The true grace of God compels us to hate sin, instead of seeking the pleasures of sin.
The true grace of God will persuade us of our need to live a life of obedience to God.

Romans 6:12-13 says: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

Therefore if we are under grace, then we should not allow sin to “reign in our mortal bodies”.
When we are truly saved by grace, we will not justify our sinful actions. Instead we will repent of them.
When we are truly saved by grace, we will not wilfully and habitually seek the pleasures of sin, but instead we will allow Christ to reign and sanctify us so that we walk in righteousness for the glory of God. Therefore the true grace of God makes us instruments for righteousness and not instruments for sin.

Romans 6:14 says: For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
According to Romans 6:14 we should not allow sin to have dominion over us because we are under grace and not under law. Therefore if we are under the true saving grace of God – then we should not allow sin to rule over us.
Antinomians have misinterpreted Romans 6:14 and other verses like it by presuming that since Paul says that we are “not under law”, then it means that we are not obligated to obey the moral laws of God.
Examples of God’s moral laws include most of the 10 commandments with the exception of the Sabbath. These moral laws include for example: God’s view of sexual immorality; God’s view of idolatry; God’s view of stealing, killing, personal relationships etc.

Indeed, whilst we are not saved by the Old Testament laws, this does not mean that Christians should completely ditch God’s moral laws. The genuine Christian who is saved by the true grace of God will be persuaded in Christ to be obedient to the word of God.
Even scriptures such as 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and many others include elements of God’s moral laws and Paul warns people not to wilfully and rebelliously live under the control of various sins.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says: Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Therefore, whilst we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9) – when Christ truly lives in us, then Christ will give us the ability to walk in obedience to God’s word and to live as instruments for righteousness (Romans 6:13).
However whenever we do sin against God, rather than to enjoy and defend the pleasures of sin, we will feel the inner desire to ask God for forgiveness, as well as repent and allow Christ to lead us.

The true grace of God teaches us to renounce ungodliness and to live a life that pleases God.
Titus 2:11-12 says: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

 

SAVING GRACE IN JESUS CHRIST
The truth is: nobody needs a license to sin. We are all sinners by nature (Romans 3:23).
We all deserve to go to hell because of our sin. However, because of the love and grace of God, Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for our sin on our behalf (John 3:16). His finished work on the Cross makes it possible for mankind to experience the saving grace of God when we genuinely receive Christ as our Lord and Saviour.
God shows His grace to mankind by sending Jesus Christ so that we may conform to the image and nature of His Son when we become born again. It is through God’s saving grace that we experience the loving nature of God and seek to live a life that is pleasing to God.
Therefore the true grace of God does not give us a license to sin. Instead because of His grace we will desire to become more like Jesus Christ.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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If God Exists Why Does He Allow Evil & Suffering?

Many skeptics and atheists have asked some of these questions: If God exists, why doesn’t God stop innocent people from getting senselessly shot and killed by a crazy gunman; Why would God do nothing as a young child is raped and abused; Why would God watch people die from starvation every day or why doesn’t God stop a hurricane from destroying people’s homes and lives?
In other words – if God exists, and if God is loving, then why does He allow evil and suffering?

In order to understand the issue of evil and suffering and why they exist, we need to have an understanding of the following:

1. The Nature of Mankind
Mankind is sinful or imperfect. We are capable of doing evil things to each other because of the sinful condition of our heart. We are not only capable of harming others – but our own sinful actions can bring harm to ourselves or our own lives.

In Jeremiah 17:9, God says: “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”

2 Timothy 3:1-4 says: But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

Therefore, Scripture is clear that mankind contributes to the evil and suffering that is in the world because the condition of our own hearts are sinful.
For example, whenever we hear that someone cheated on his wife; or that somebody is abusing others; or when we lie and deceive one another – it is important to understand that these actions and many others such as those mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:1-4, contribute to the suffering of others and to the evil that is in the world.
It is the nature of cause and effect. Our actions affect others directly or indirectly.

God has also given mankind freewill. Therefore man is not a machine – but instead man has the ability to make his own choices and decisions. This means that man has the freewill to make good choices and bad choices. God says “See, I set before you today life and good, death and evil…” (Deuteronomy 30:15-19).
Adam and Eve were given a choice in the Garden of Eden to either obey God or disobey Him. Eventually they decided to disobey God and as a result, a once perfect world became imperfect and full of evil because of the entrance of sin in the life of man and on the earth (Genesis 3:1-24).
Therefore mankind must accept responsibility and accountability for evil existing in the world. There is no human being in the world who can claim that he/she has never sinned or done anything bad.
Romans 3:10 says that “none is righteous, no, not one”.

 

2. God Can Use Evil To Fulfill His Plan & Purpose
In Genesis there is the story of a young man by the name of Joseph whose older brothers were so jealous of him that they planned to murder Joseph (Genesis 37:18). Later instead of killing Joseph, the brothers decided to throw Joseph in a pit and then they sold him as a slave to the Ishmaelites who then took him to Egypt to live as a slave (Genesis 37:26-28). In Egypt Joseph is falsely accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife and he’s thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
These bad circumstances in Joseph’s life depict and reflect some of the most unfair and terrible things that can happen to a person in life. One could say that Joseph did not deserve the evil and injustice that happened to him at the hands of his own family and in Egypt.
However the reality is that God is able to use all situations – whether good or evil to fulfill His own plan and purposes. Joseph himself came to this realization in the midst of his sufferings.
We learn that because of his trials Joseph grew spiritually and God used Joseph’s experiences to prepare him and mold him into the type of man that God wanted him to be. Even through his circumstances, the Bible depicts that God was with Joseph.
Joseph eventually meets his brothers who once tried to kill him at a time when his brothers were in great need of assistance. Joseph says to his brothers who had once tried to kill him by saying “… You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:19-20).

Many people who have gone through bad experiences or traumatic circumstances are often some of the most equipped people to help, empathize or counsel others to overcome the same issues.

Romans 8:28 says: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

God works ALL things together for GOOD. This means that God works BOTH good and bad situations for GOOD and for His own purposes.

 

3. God is Patient to Sinners
God is so loving that He is patient even to evil people. God is so loving that He is willing to give even the wicked a chance to repent and accepted Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:9 says: The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

The truth is, we are all sinners who are not deserving of Heaven. However, God is gracious, loving and patient towards us.
Therefore if it appears as if God is delaying justice; or if it appears as if God is not dealing with the problem of evil – it’s because God is also exercising patience towards those who are not born again Christians. God is still working to bring many people to repentance and to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour.
The apostle Paul is an example of a man who did wicked things before his conversion. Paul killed many Christians until he was converted by Jesus Christ. Therefore Christ showed patience, love and grace towards Paul who had once killed Christians (Acts 9:1-19).

 

4. God Is Sovereign and In Total Control
Even though evil exists and even though there appears to be so much confusion in the world – God is fully and always in control.
There is nothing that can surprise God and there is nothing that God cannot handle.
In Isaiah 46:9-10, God says that He declares the end from the beginning and that He shall accomplish all that He plans and purposes.
With our finite minds it is difficult to understand or grasp why God allows specific evil events to occur – such as the murder of innocent people or the abuse of a child.
When we read the book of Job in the Bible – Job suffered many pains and losses – yet in the end, God does not explain to Job the reasons why He allowed Job to suffer.
All we should know and trust as finite human beings is that God is sovereign and in control. He is able to use all situations for His plans and purposes. We must also know that eventually God will indeed rid the world of all evil.

 

Does God Predestine People to Hell?

Does God predestine certain people to go to hell? Were certain people created just so that they can be punished by God in hell?
There are some people who believe that God creates various people whose purpose and fate is to be sent to hell.
However, what does the Bible really teach about God’s nature and the issue of predestination?

2 Peter 3:9 says the following: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance”

We therefore learn from 2 Peter 3:9 that God does not wish for anybody to perish. We also learn that God desires for all people to repent.
Therefore based on this scripture alone, it is clear that God does not predestine people to go to hell. Therefore, God has not created anybody with the specific intention or purpose of ensuring that such a person goes to hell.

The reason people go to hell is based upon their own freewill or personal choice to reject God and to reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Romans 1:21 says “For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened”

Freewill relates to mankind’s ability to make his own choice and decisions. God created man with a mind and therefore man has the ability to choose between right and wrong or between good and evil.
Therefore every person has the freewill to both choose God and follow Him – or to reject Him.
God does not force anyone to become a Christian but He allows us to make a choice.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given a choice to obey God by not eating the forbidden fruit but instead they made the choice to listen to the devil (Genesis 3:1-24).
Therefore one of the unique aspects of mankind which differentiates us from animals, is our ability to have freewill. It’s also important to note that God does not violate our freewill. He does not force us to love Him; He does not force us to follow Him; God does not force us to do anything.
Deuteronomy 30:19 God says that he sets before us life and death, blessing and cursing but He urges us to use our freewill and choose life.

However, the fact that God does not force us or violate our freewill – this does not release us from the consequences of making bad decisions or evil choices.
For example, when a person is presented with the gospel of Jesus Christ but yet refuses to become a born again Christian, then that particular person will go to hell because he/she has rejected Christ.
1 John 5:12 says “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life”

Every cause has an effect. It is a natural and spiritual part of life that there are consequences or effects that coincide with the choices or decisions we make.
The consequence of Adam and Eve’s decision to disobey God was that sin affected all of mankind.
Romans 5:12 says “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned”

Man is therefore accountable for the choices he makes. Man cannot hold anybody else accountable for his own mistakes or choices done by his own freewill. Even in Genesis 3:1-24, God held Adam, Eve and the serpent accountable for their own freewill actions in the Garden of Eden.

John 3:9 says “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil”.

Therefore, when people go to hell – it is not because God predestined that they should go to hell, but it is because people made freewill choices that sent them to hell.
Therefore hell is a choice because there are people who love darkness instead of the light; there are people who love the pleasures of sin rather than good; there are people who follow wickedness rather than righteousness.

God knows in advance who will go to hell and who will go to heaven because God is by nature omniscient or all-knowing. However this does not mean that He predestines anyone to go to hell.
In fact, just as we read in 2 Peter 3:9, God desires that all people should repent. Unfortunately this is not possible because there are people who exercise their freewill to reject God and the gospel of Christ.

We were created to have fellowship with God. We were created for the purpose of glorifying God. God never intended for anyone to go to hell.
In fact, hell was originally created for the devil and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41).
However, due to sin and also the purposeful and freewill rejection of Jesus Christ, those who do not become born again will also encounter the same fate as the devil and the fallen angels.

 

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Is There Evidence of God?

How can we know that God exists? Is there natural or scientific evidence that we can point to, concerning the argument for intelligent design? Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?

Below are several reasons that scientifically prove that God exists

1. The DNA Code
Bill Gates the Founder of Microsoft said that “DNA is like a software program – only much more complex than anything we’ve ever devised”.
Even Richard Dawkins who is a well-known atheist has admitted to the possibilities of intelligent design and he stated himself that genes are coded information and that genes even look like computer information.
Antony Flew was a scientist who spent his entire life in support of evolution. However when he studied the findings of genetic information in DNA, he eventually became a creationist.
The DNA code is known as the instruction book for life. DNA is a language and an information storage system.
Therefore just like a software program was designed by an intelligent designer, it makes sense that the DNA code which is far more complex was designed by a Someone who is super-intelligent.
It’s also important to note that all types of codes and all types of languages are designed or created by a conscious mind. Examples of symbolic codes can be music symbols, binary code, or blueprints. Examples of languages can be HMTL, C++, hieroglyphics, Hebrew or the English language.
Therefore all instructions, all languages, all symbols and all codes are information which originate from a conscious and intelligent source. It would make sense then to conclude that DNA comes from an intelligent source.
Imagine if you tried to convince Bill Gates that his Windows operating system could program itself into a digital information format, manufacture a case for itself, assemble a hard drive, motherboard and power supply and then run its own application software without any intelligence from an outside source.
Therefore the same conclusion is with the DNA code. The DNA code did not just create itself but DNA is evidence of a super-intelligent designer. In this case – God.

 

 

2. The Earth & Creation
The Earth is the only known planet that sustains life for humans, animals and plants. The Earth is perfect in its size; in its position in the solar system and in the gases that it contains in order to make life possible.
If the Earth was close to the sun then we would all burn up.
If the Earth was further away from the sun then we would all freeze.
Therefore the Earth’s distance from the sun is perfect while it perfectly spins and rotates around the sun.
It contains the perfect mixture of gases for life. It contains water for which no type of life-form can be sustained without a measure of water from human, to plant, to animal life.
There are not only billions of humans, but there are millions of animal and plant species whose biology and structure speak of intelligent design and not coincidence.
The structure of the Earth is therefore evidence of an intelligent designer who created the Earth.

 

3. The Laws of Nature
The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. We can count on the rotation of the earth every 24 hours. We can count on the laws of gravity remaining consistent. We can count on the earth being sustained in its exact position from the sun.
In fact we live in a universe that abides by the rules of mathematics. Therefore coincidence doesn’t exist.
The fact that the universe operates by laws is reflection that there is a lawgiver. The universe operates under the laws and instructions of someone intelligent.

 

4. The Universe had a Beginning
Scientists agree that the universe had a beginning. There are differences of course regarding who / what caused the beginning of the universe.
However, nothing CANNOT produce something.
The complexity of the structure of the universe, including life on Earth, is evidence that there was an intelligent mind behind the beginning of the universe.
Nobody has ever observed or tested “nothing” producing something.
It makes sense then that the universe had a first cause. That first cause was an intelligent being.

Is there evidence of God? Yes there is.

 

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Psalms 104:24-25
How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 

Who Were The Nephilim?

The Nephilim are first mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4 were the Bible says the following:

Genesis 6:1-4
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

So who or what were the Nephilim? Well the most popular view of what the Nephilim were with the interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4 is that the Nephilim were the offspring of sexual relationships between the “sons of God” or fallen angels and the human women.
Therefore when fallen angels or demons mated with human females, what resulted through such a sexual union was the offspring or hybrids called the Nephilim.

So what did the Nephilim look like? The Nephilim have been described as being a race of giants and hybrids. Therefore they had a mixture of human and demonic DNA.
According to sources such as the Book of Enoch and the Bible, the Nephilim had great size, great influence, great power and they were extremely wicked and evil.
They were also treated as “gods” because of their stature and power.

Genesis 6:1-7 when read in context gives us the picture that one of the main reasons why God may have decided to destroy the earth through the great flood was because of the existence of the Nephilim.

It’s believed that one of the reasons why the demons mated with humans to produce the Nephilim was so that they could pollute the human bloodline and prevent the future coming of the Messiah who is Jesus Christ.
Therefore the more the population of the Nephilim increased and mated with humans – the more polluted the human DNA and bloodline would become.
Furthermore the existence of the Nephilim accelerated the wickedness in the earth to the point that God decides to destroy the earth by a great flood. Genesis 6:5 says that God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and such that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was continuously evil.
Therefore the influence of the Nephilim both physically and spiritually polluted and affected mankind to the point that it reached irredeemable proportions. God’s solution was to flood the earth

In context, Genesis 6:4-7 says The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. 5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

In conclusion, the flood was not only the result of wickedness of mankind but it was also the result of the existence and great influence of the Nephilim.

What is the Trinity? Do Christians Worship 3 Gods?

What is the Trinity? Do Christians actually worship 3 Gods instead of one God?
This is a topic that can be difficult to fully grasp because God Himself is so extraordinary and supernatural that He cannot be fully understood with our limited and natural understanding.

However, many skeptics of Christianity would argue that the trinity is a contradiction because Christians claim to believe in ONE God whilst on the other hand claiming that the Father is God; the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God.

So the question is this: If Christians believe in the Trinity, then do Christians believe & worship 3 Gods instead of one? Also, is the Trinity therefore a contradiction to the belief that there is only ONE God?

The quick answer to this type of question is this: NO! Christians do not worship 3 Gods but Christians worship and believe in ONE God who exists in 3 distinct persons. These 3 distinct persons are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A simple illustration would be a triangle. A triangle has 3 sides which make up one single shape. Therefore we all understand that a triangle would not become a triangle without the 3 sides.

And so, God is a trinity of persons. Christians believe in ONE God revealed in 3 Persons. The Bible also teaches that even though the Father is God and Jesus is God and the Holy Spirit is God – this does not mean that there are 3 Gods.
When it comes to the Trinity we should not think of it as 1+1+1=3.
But the correct way to view the Trinity is as 1x1x1=1.

Therefore all 3 Persons in the Trinity are distinct but equal. All 3 Person in the Trinity share similar attributes but yet they are ONE God.

It’s important to note that with our finite and limited mind and understanding, it can be difficult to fully comprehend or even illustrate the Trinity or the nature of God.
However, we must believe what the Bible says and what the Bible teaches in relation to the Godhead.

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness …”

The Hebrew word for “God” such as the one used in Genesis 1:26 is {Elohim}.
Elohim is a noun which refers to God in the plural. The word Elohim appears in the Bible more than 2000 times. Therefore Elohim allows for the Trinity.
In Genesis 1:26 God is speaking of Himself in the plural form denoting that God is made up of more than one person.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!

Again Genesis 1:1 and Deuteronomy 6:4 refers to God as Elohim. Therefore the scripture is denoting God as consisting as more than one Person. Deuteronomy 6:4 refers to God as Elohim and that Elohim is united or is one.

There are many scriptures that reflect the triune nature of God.
For example, Jesus was in the beginning with God according to John 1:1 and not only was Jesus with God but He was God. All creation was made through Jesus (Colossians 1:16-17).
The Holy Spirit is also listed with the Father and Son as “the name” believers are to be baptized into according to Matthew 28:19-20 and Peter referred to the Holy Spirit as God in Acts 5:3-4.
The teaching of a Triune God is unique to Christianity and affirms Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one God in three Persons.

So are there 3 Gods? NO!
There is only ONE God who exists eternally in 3 Persons – that is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Why Did God Kill Innocent People in the Old Testament?

The atheist Richard Dawkins in his book called the God Delusion describes God as being a moral monster who is a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser.
Atheists basically argue that the God in the Old Testament killed many innocent people beginning from the flood that destroyed the earth to the people in Sodom & Gomorrah and then also the destruction of the Canaanite people where even women and children were destroyed.
Therefore these are the arguments that both atheists and skeptics put forward as an argument against the God of the Bible and justify that such a God cannot exist.

So the question is this is – is God a moral monster? Why did God command the death and destruction of people including children? Does God have the right to kill innocent people?

 

 

The above questions can be answered by understanding the following things:

Nobody is Innocent
There are no innocent people in the world. Everyone is guilty of some kind of wrong doing. Everyone has told a lie at some point in his/her life; everyone has had an impure thought; everyone has done some kind of wrong against his/her neighbor.
Before a just and holy God – nobody is innocent. Romans 2:23 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:10 says that there is nobody who is righteous.

Everyone Will Face Death
Everyone will die at some point in his/her life. Death came into existence because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Death is a curse that came upon the earth in which the Bible says “It’s appointed for man to die once, and after that comes death” according to Hebrews 9:27.
Therefore we will all face death whether it’s through sickness, a car accident or through old age. The important thing to understand is that it’s up to God to choose when we die and how we die.

Why Did God Destroy People?
Therefore when it came to situations where God would destroy people in the Old Testament, God was both sovereign and justified in doing so.
For example, when God caused the whole earth to flood with the exception of Noah and his family, the Bible says that the intents of man during Noah’s time was continuously evil (Genesis 6:5). Mankind had become so morally & spiritually corrupted in his conscience that his every thought and action was evil. Mankind had become irredeemable, unrepentant and his conscience was seared.
God’s only option to save humanity at that time was to flood the earth and save Noah & his family because they found grace in God’s eyes and they were not corrupted to the extent of the rest of mankind.

Another example is with the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. Before the destruction of these cities, Abraham pleaded with God and interceded for the people that if there were at least a few righteous people in those cities that God would spare Sodom & Gomorrah from utter destruction (Genesis 18:16-33).
However there was none found righteous or innocent in Sodom & Gomorrah and so God destroyed them not only because they were sinners but because they were unrepentant and their sinful lifestyle would be infectious and detrimental to those people who lived outside those cities.

The same can be said also when God commanded the killing of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites (Deuteronomy 20:16-18).
These people had abominable and detestable cultures. The Canaanites for example were said to be people who had a culture of child sacrifice, beastiality and incest. These people were irredeemable and unrepentant.
God commanded their destruction so that they would not spread their abominable practices and culture to the Israelites.

Hopefully from the above explanation we can learn something about the nature of God and the nature of mankind. God is a just and sovereign God and He has the right to judge His own creation as He sees fit. Everyone will die and it’s up to God to choose when we will die and how we will die.
However, it is not God’s desire that anyone should perish in hell but instead His desire is that all people should repent and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9).
Therefore the most important thing is to have a relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour because it is Jesus who paid for the sins of mankind on the cross (John 3:16).
Jesus Christ is the ONLY innocent person to have lived on the earth. He was without sin, and therefore this qualified Him to pay for our sins in order to redeem us (2 Corinthians 5:21).