If Jesus was not who He said He was and if the Bible is not true, then humanity has no hope. We have made great strides in technology, Most of us have witnessed dramatic developments... the advent of commercial airline travel that permits us to travel around the world in a matter of hours, while most of our immediate ancestors rarely journeyed a hundred miles from where they lived. We've seen the dawn of the computer age in which calculations and data
transfers are literally made at the speed of light. The information super highway brings the knowledge of the world to our desktops at the click of a few buttons. But in spite of all our progress the ugly specters of famine, war, violence, and genocide still raise their heads. Countless numbers die of AIDS every week. Our prisons are overflowing. War has taken a new and sinister turn.. Today terrorists walk among us, nameless faceless men that are willing to kill themselves and innocent
civilians for yet another cause.
While there is little doubt that an incalculable number of people have (and do) battle tirelessly to fight for basic human rights, all their efforts are akin to a man trying to stem the leak in the dyke with his fingers... He only has ten fingers but the dyke springs new holes every minute.
Why? Simply because technology and human courts can do nothing to alter the heart of man. We can cry
‘peace and safety’ for short periods of time until the next megalomaniac rises on the world stage with greed, lust and the desire for power and control in his heart. Until the next serial killer leaves a trail of blood behind him. Then we are back to square one. On an even larger scale, the other side of our technological advances has resulted in our world threatened with a nightmarish debacle of our own making.
The Bible is very clear… ‘You sin, You die! “How
primitive!” we exclaim... “How archaic!” But let us for one instance envision a world without sin. Let us imagine what our lives would be like without transgression of God’s laws. What would it be like to never have to worry about the safety of our children, and never have to lock the doors to our homes or cars. A young woman could walk home in the late evening and know she would get there safely. Pornography would not exist. There would have been no Enron and no Watergate. What would it be
like if politicians and used car salesmen told nothing but the truth? Children would be raised in the security of two parents who are committed to one another.
While there is little doubt that some crimes arise out of need and desperation, the vast amounts of funds we would save on our police force, judiciary, armed forces, jails and related organizations would ensure that no one would be in want. Are we getting the picture yet?
Perhaps the Bible has a point after all.
Again, perhaps the Bible seems too harsh when it says that all sin merits the death sentence. After all how can a tiny infraction deserve death? Lets look at it this way… Where does one draw the line between a ‘big sin’ and a ‘small’ one?
If I as a ‘friend’ of yours, walked away with a paper clip from your desk you probably would not consider it theft. You would probably conclude that I needed a paper clip for some reason and dismiss it. If I walked away with a ten-dollar bill you probably would consider it theft but may look the other way. However if I took $100 you would probably jump up and down. So where shall we draw the line between a paper clip and a hundred dollar bill? At a penny? A dime? A fiver? And how much are you willing to bet that, if asked, ten people would give ten different answers. Cultures and people across the globe have different standards… So whose standard shall we judge by?
Also, how much more would you be willing to bet that (sooner rather than later) some one would decide one of the thieves was ‘dysfunctional’ and should see a psychologist instead of paying for the crime... and, once more, we’d be back to square one.
God made it simple. He set the standard... He said ‘No sin’. Think of it this way... If a person commits one sin a day for fifty years of their adult life, it totals 18,250 sins
over a span of fifty years. And not, I am not talking about rape and murder... just the so called “small sins”. Lies, cheating, dishonesty, greed, selfish ‘me first’ attitude of the heart and mind. In other words.... the lack of righteousness and goodness
Nor do the world’s major religions offer a final and lasting solution… We do not need a ‘way of life’ or a philosophy. We need answers. We need a solution. We need to know who we are and where we are going. It is a never-ending source
of amazement to me that people so willingly adopt other religions and philosophies, none of which have any evidence at all to back them up. While some religions do have a strong moral code, none of them can produce a shred of support that they are based in fact, not fiction. Seemingly all a person has to do is come up with a lot of profound sounding statements and many, who have checked their brains in at the door, will follow them anywhere. Where are these other gods and how do we know they
exist? Have they ever made their purposes known or disclosed themselves? What (if any) purpose do they have except to collect people’s offerings? What practical solutions do they have for the plight of humanity? What are their moral standards? Or aren’t there any? And the questions go on and on.
In contrast there is sheer weight of evidence in favour of the Bible. If one can possibly explain the mysterious authorship of the Bible then one has to get over the hurdle of the fulfilled prophecies and the claims of Jesus Himself and so very much more. No other ‘holy book’ in history has as much as a single fulfilled prophecy to corroborate its claims. Also Archaeology has done much to verify that Scripture was very reliable in its historic details, and has proved that the Bible is a book that can be trusted (See Section 2) … as has the changed lives of those who have truly believed.
Many will say that a sinless world is not possible. But a sinless world is what God’s plan for the world was and is… and a sinless world is what will be. This is His plan and it cannot be changed. The Bible calls it ‘Heaven’. In a fallen world He gave us the way for us to be saved from the consequences of sin, but few have heeded the call. However He has only given us a limited time to respond and when that time is done He will descend once more onto the earth… sword in hand. He will destroy and then rebuild. At that time the one question we will not be able to ask Him is “Why didn’t You tell us? Why didn’t You give us any warning?”
The doors are still open but they wont be for long. The Answers are in Plain Sight. Come out while there is still time.
With thanks to
My husband, Al the only one with the patience to sort out the idiosyncrasies of the computer and software. Without him there may never have been a site.
My son DJ who wrote the poetry in Section 16 and, several of the articles as well. He was, for the longest time, my number one critic... a role he seems quite willing to reassume :)
My daughter Ryfka, who, so many years ago in her early teens helped type a number of articles, came up with the original design for the site, and who hopes, one day, to be instrumental in publishing some of my articles in book form... if the Lord wills.