How is it that within a society that is supposed to be so well educated and informed about so many things, that there is so much misinformation and misconceptions about God and in particular, Christianity?
Have you ever noticed how you really don’t know that much about Melanoma until you discover that you may have skin cancer?
Have you ever noticed how you didn’t realize how many people drive white cars until you decide to purchase or lease a white car?
Have you ever noticed that you don’t fully comprehend the importance of wearing a seat belt until you are involved in a substantial accident?
And what is the point of these three “have you ever noticed” statements?
Reality “for you” is what you take the time to appreciate and look at, but reality only changes “for you” when you look and comprehend.
As informed or educated as we think we are, our knowledge and experience about spiritual values is relatively fickle and the reason for that is that in most cases, generally speaking, we don’t necessarily associate that much importance to spiritual matters.
We live in a materialist world and the values that are associated with materialism are the prevalent values, such as physical comforts or the acquisition of wealth, power, recognition and material possessions. And in most cases, if we are honest with ourselves, our primary concern revolves around ourselves. How events and things and people relate to us.
In the New Testament Jesus was approached by a disciple who wanted to spend time at home before committing himself to the Lord. Jesus said, “‘Follow me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God’” (Luke 9:59–60).
Sounds kind of harsh, doesn’t it? The man’s father had died and he wanted to follow Jesus but first he wanted to go home and bury his father. But what Jesus was doing here was using a real life situation to accent the importance of what truly is important and by doing so, Jesus also inferred that those who are living but do not assign any importance to the kingdom of God, are basically dead, even though they are currently actually living.
Let the dead bury the dead. That should be a sobering thought but it only becomes sobering if we take it to heart, if we assign it some significant value or importance.
Materialism doesn’t believe that there are spiritual realities, there is no cause, there is no accountability, there is no right or wrong, there is no ultimate purpose. That’s the hype. That’s what we’re fed. That’s what we act upon, that’s what we believe. That’s what we base our life experience on, for ourselves and those that we love.
We now know that the universe and everything that is in it, including all matter, time, space and energy came into being from nothing. Common sense tells us that nothing cannot produce something and matter, time, space and energy is definitely something. That points to an external cause that operates outside of all time, space, energy and matter.
John 4:24 NIV “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
We now know that the simple cell, that just kind of happened by itself, really isn’t simple at all, actually it’s amazing complex and far far beyond the probability of happening by chance.
John 1:3 NIV “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
We now know that the universe and life on this extremely rare planet we live on exists because of exquisite fine tuning of cosmological constants that defy the laws of sheer chance, and if they were not exactly tuned as they are, no life, in the universe would exist.
Romans 1:20 NIV “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.”
We now know that DNA has within it exquisitely complex intelligent codes which interact and decode one another in numerous processing steps which clearly goes beyond any probability of happening by undirected sheer chance.
Psalm 139:14 NIV “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
We should know that in all history, there is one spiritual man who surpasses all others, one person who all others are compared to, whose life and message proclaimed God’s love for humanity and who steadfastly followed God’s will and gave His life for us so that we might be in fellowship with our Creator. The Lord of Lord, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
John 3:16 NIV “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We should know that there is only one person in all of history, within all religions, that ever rose from the dead, to prove to us that as He lives, we might also live.
John 14:19 NIV “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.”
The question that all humanity faces is this, are you among the dead or are you among the living?
Worthy is the lamb! Blessings!