Section 19.. Final Message

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003white  Statement of Faith

Perhaps at this point the most apt words in Scripture are those of the apostle Paul...

    Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

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 with most of us having witnessed dramatic developments. For example, most of our immediate ancestors rarely journeyed a hundred miles from where they lived. We on the other hands can travel around the world in a matter of hours. In this the age of computers not only are complicated calculations and data transfers literally made at the speed of light, but the information super highway brings the knowledge of the world to our desktops equally quickly. The discovery of insulin and antibiotics have extended the lives of countless numbers of people as have heart and other organ transplants. Laparoscopic Surgery and Nanomedicine  make it much easier or even possible to perform corrective procedures. DNA has not only proved invaluable in fighting crime but has helped researchers identify single genes that cause disease. The list is endless

 However, in spite of all our progress one tiny virus has wreaked havoc on the world and shows little sign of being defeated. And that is far from all. The ugly specters of famine, war, violence, and genocide still raise their heads. Terrorists walk among us - nameless faceless men that are willing to kill themselves and innocent civilians for yet another cause.  Our prisons are overflowing.

While there is little doubt that an incalculable number of people 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 has only 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 and the desire for power and control in his heart (case in point - the war in Ukraine), until the next serial killer leaves a trail of blood behind him, or the next person walks into a school, church, synagogue or mall gun in hand. And 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.

Does All Sin Deserve The Death Penalty?
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.

Some believe the Bible is way too harsh when it says that all sin merits the death sentence and no, it isn’t eternal punishment in hell -l a concept dreamed up as a result of reading preconceived ideas into Scripture. See What and Where is Hell? ). 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 would probably conclude that I needed a paper clip for some reason and dismiss it (if you thought about it at all) 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?

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

Is There a Solution?
The world’s major religions do not 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 who so willingly adopt other religions have zero evidence to show they are based on 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.

Many believe in other gods or spirit beings. In light of which my question is how we are supposed to know whether they are good or evil? Are they benevolent and can we really take their word for it? The questions go on and on. See Overview of the New Age   and   Alice Bailey and The Lucis Trust.

 Many, if not most, non-Christians assume that Christianity is a "blind faith"... that Christians ignore reality and have unquestioning loyalty to an absolute belief system without proof or evidence. In fact, that they believe contrary to all evidence and facts.   As pastor Gregory Koukl put it "Christians are made to look like the local yokels that really don't know the truth and the truth is that the Bible is a bunch of malarky, myths and made-up stories to make us feel better about life after death - narrow-minded, provincial types, fundamentalists who just haven't caught up with twentieth century scholarship".

Much to the contrary, the Christian faith is a commitment based on evidence. The Judeo-Christian faith consistently stresses the importance of truth, and makes appeal to evidence to support it's truth claims. In fact, it is actually quite remarkable as to how many times, God, Jesus, and the prophets of both the Old and New Testaments, appealed to facts to support what they said and taught.

The Judeo-Christian faith consistently stresses the importance of truth, and makes appeal to evidence to support it's truth claims. In fact, it is actually quite remarkable as to how many times, God, Jesus, and the prophets of both the Old and New Testaments, appealed to facts to support what they said and taught. This evidence includes the Bible’s humanly impossible authorship (HERE), it's candor about the faults and failings of it's main characters, fulfilled prophecy (no other ‘holy book’ in history has as much as a single fulfilled prophecy to corroborate its claims), and it's archaeological details (that has done much to verify the truth of the Bible), and scientific accuracy... none of which are seen in the books of other religions.

Scientific Facts In The Bible
"When studying the science of the ancient world, one is more likely to be impressed with its ignorance than to admire its accuracy. However, the Bible offers a definite exception to this rule. The Scriptures are replete with statements that demonstrate scientific knowledge that predates (often by many hundred of years) corresponding discoveries made by the modern scientific world. Given that men who wrote the Bible were not scientists, and given that the scientific information at their disposal was both sparse and generally misleading, the accuracy of the Bible can only be attributed to the inspiration of God."

Daniel’s Amazing Prophecies
The book of Daniel presents an extraordinary display of prophetic foreknowledge. He foretold, often in great detail, the succession of empires from the reign of Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian king about 600 B.C. to the Roman Empire which began to come into power around 241 B.C. But that was far from all. Daniel also foresaw far into the future to the reign of the antichrist and the end of the age.

Also See Section Choose Life That You Might Live

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 - the Bible calls it ‘Heaven’. However, God's kingdom will be preceded by a devastating period of time such a man has never before seen. There is a day looming on the horizon when mankind's iniquity will reach the brim at which point in time He will say, "enough!" and pour out His wrath, or retributive justice, on the earth, bringing punishment to the transgressors and an end to the injustice and suffering in this world. See The Wrath of God   and    The End of The Age

God Almighty will descend one final time from His Holy Hill and one last clarion call will ring out, and woe to the man who stops his ears. Let us never forget that He will not come as God the Creator or God the Redeemer but, this time around, will come as God the Destroyer. All our knowledge, all our technology, all our good works will not save us.

    “her plagues will come in one day death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.” (Revelation 18:8)

Come out of her lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. But note, in His mercy, He has given us the way for us to be saved from the consequences of sin but few have heeded the call. We only have 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?”

    He has!

See Salvation,    The Message of the Bible   and    The Warning of The Bible

The doors are still open but they wont be for long. Come out while there is still time.

Carol Brooks.


Footnote: The church that should have been a bulwark against evil, with many ear ticklers and “ravening wolves” for leaders, coupled with a Biblically illiterate population, has latched on to the coat tails of the world and is now venturing into areas strictly forbidden in Scripture. With our Contemplative prayer, Meditation, Labyrinths, Yoga  etc. [See Doctrines of Demons] we have openly invited evil to cross the threshold and one of these days the doors will be wide enough for them to make their move. You can take it to the bank that they are coming back. Read Days of Noah when the abominable union of the supernatural with the natural moved God to judge the world...

 As Einstein once said “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

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