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,
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 or the next person walks into a school, church, synagogue or mall gun in hand. 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.
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. 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
Is There a Solution?
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. 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.
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.
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 as has the changed lives of those who have truly believed. 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. This evidence includes the Bible’s humanly impossible authorship, it's
candor about the faults and failings of it's main characters, fulfilled prophecy, and it's archaeological and scientific accuracy... none of which are seen in the books of other religions. 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. 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. Instead we stoned His prophets and trod His Son underfoot, Our sins have reached to Heaven. We have grieved His Spirit and perverted His message. His wrath has been coming to a slow boil and it is ready to spill over. In
the great and terrible day of the Lord He will, in the same measure that we glorified ourselves and lived luxuriously, give us torment and sorrow. See The Wrath of God
We have spent countless hours looking upwards, but have been so totally immersed in our squabbling about the positioning and names of the stars, that we have failed to see the blazing meteor bearing down on us. We have walked the sandy beach and have been so engrossed in counting the grains, that we have not lifted our eyes and seen the enormity of the tidal wave that will soon engulf us.
The centuries past have all had their share of Oracles, Seers and Shamans. The few that others usually feared, respected or burned at the stake. Sadly, with everyone and his brother jumping on the bandwagon, the situation today is not confined to the gypsy at the local fair. Fools are rushing in where angels fear to tread.
With our newly found ‘Spirituality’ and all manner of meditation, visualization, channeling, spirit guides, goddess worship and Gaia, all we have succeeded in doing is throwing the doors open to God only knows what.. 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 Alice Bailey and The Lucis Trust, then Days of Noah when the abominable union of the supernatural with the natural moved God to judge the world...
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 come up with ‘Christianized’ versions of venturing into areas strictly forbidden in Scripture. With our Contemplative prayer, Meditation, Labyrinths, Yoga etc. [See Doctrines of Demons] we have endorsed the invitations and are along for the ride… And what a ride it’s going to be. As Einstein once said “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
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, 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.