baby snatchers … allegorically speaking

Note: if you like a challenge, take a first read without the code translation that follows at the end …

Tis a crime often repeated at All Saints Memorials crisscrossing the land … background checks and security procedures fail to prevent it … and few seem interested in doing the teaching, mentoring, training and taking the steps necessary to prevent it …

Baby snatching aka infant kidnapping occurs right under our noses virtually every day … and we do little or nothing … in fact, quite frequently we instead become co-conspirators in the crime … either apathetically or quite unintentionally … let me explain.

As boys and girls, men and women, arise out of the prenatal waters of rebirth, infants of Pneu Ma … the one who gives them life, nurtures them, sets them apart, transforms them, intercedes for them and leads them toward their destiny … they often hear the name of Pneu Ma for the last time right before they enter those waters … that precious name spoken over their rebirth … it is a name rarely spoken of actively again.

Many of these babes of rebirth, even though an answer to prayers and pursuit, are nevertheless left to fend for themselves by whatever devices and defenses they may choose … or not choose, a practice that for all intents and purposes results in basically throwing out the baby with the prenatal bath waters … and Pneu Ma mourns the loss of the children at the hands of the staff and patients of All Saints Memorial who apathetically stand by and watch.

Unfortunately, that is not the end of the story … according to many of the experts that monitor such things only about 20-25% (an optimistic estimate in my mind) of these infants actually endure to maturity … a mortality rate that would be considered extremely unacceptable in the natural world. Alas, I must add that believe it or not the rebirth of some is counterfeit … it’s not real. So those percentages could be deceiving.

The only real way that an infant survives and actually thrives is by being embraced into the communal life of family versus being pushed into personal independence as an individual. While independence may be aptly used when it comes to certain aspects of life, a baby needs the love and embrace of Father&Son, Pneu Ma and all of his or her siblings … acceptance and growth both come … or are intended to come … from one’s family and a healthy dependence upon the members of that family.

In the natural world, quite frequently birth certificates reveal fathers are unknown and their presence, support and investment in the child is virtually non-existent. But in this spiritual world, Father&Son are well known for whom they are and what they do while many of the staff and patients at each All Saints Memorial, oftentimes unwittingly, do all within their power to limit or outright eradicate the knowledge and influence of Pneu Ma on the reborn infants.

Each local hospital has their own Aunty Charisma … Aunty suffers from a severe case of PneuMaphobia … her lack of understanding of the true work of Pneu Ma in the children and the exaggerated behavior of the few causes her to irrationally stereotype and fear the influence of Pneu Ma on the children. She fears what she cannot grasp, see and control … she fears the divine wind that blows through Pneu Ma …

Cousins S Righteous and IM Religious place more emphasis on shaping themselves and shaping others apart from the influence and development of Pneu Ma. S Righteous believes he alone is the one who controls his behavior, his destiny and the mask others see … with his pride on full display his aim is to show Father&Son just how fortunate they are to have him. IM Religious, on the other hand, believes that following the rules and regs grounded in moral excellence, performance and patriotism collectively makes him and his cohorts the apple of Father&Son’s eyes … little knowing that apple is indeed just more forbidden fruit. The good fruit … the fruit that Father&Son desire … is the fruit that comes at the hands of Pneu Ma.

The actions of Aunty Charisma, S Righteous and IM Religious rather than pleasing Father&Son and Pneu Ma instead serve only to grieve and quench Pneu Ma … indeed they blaspheme the precious name of Pneu Ma … rather than expanding upon the life and love given the children by Father&Son through Pneu Ma … instead they bring death.   Subsequently the All Saints Memorials rather than serving in their intended role as hospitals in many cases instead become hospices … rather than coming to a place that gives life, the love of Father&Son and Pneu Ma has been replaced with many things … that only lead to death.

The thing about Aunty Charisma, S Righteous and IM Religious is that oftentimes their actions and their behaviors are based on good intentions … but as a wise man once said … the road to hell is paved with the bricks of good intentions … they have become but goat and tares who look to add to their number … pawns in the claws of TG Deceiver … corrupting the sheep and strangling the wheat.

TG Deceiver on the other hand has no good intentions when it comes to Father&Son, Pneu Ma or the children … his mission is pure and simple to keep the children separated from those who can give life and love through rebirth … lying, deceiving and corrupting are all tactics used by TG Deceiver and his evil brood to keep the children from Pneu Ma and their reconciliation to Father&Son.

Fortunately there are a few such as D Cyples … who realize the importance of the love, nurture and power of Pneu Ma in their own lives and the lives of the newly reborn children of Father&Son.   And they stand firmly by the waters of rebirth ready to embrace, protect and walk hand in hand with their siblings as Pneu Ma raises them … all of them … up toward maturity.

You see … apart from the joint work of Father&Son and Pneu Ma … the work of God … the babies will be unable to endure until the end, the seed will be trampled, withered and choked … they are unable to believe and be saved, in times of temptation they will fall away, they will not be brought into fruitful maturity. The words inspired through Pneu Ma so desperately needed for growth, maturity and endurance become but words they are unable to comprehend and understand with a natural mind.

The separation anxiety these children sense is real … the God-sized vacuum so to speak … must be filled with the indwelling presence of God … Father, Son and Holy Spirit … to seek to limit that indwelling presence … to break apart the triune God … to what one understands and feels comfortable with … is to choose the wide and broad way that leads to destruction and death … not the narrow gate and path that leads to eternal life. This is a choice they make not only for themselves but also for those who wander into their circle of influence.

Don’t be an Aunty Charisma, a S Righteous, a IM Religious … don’t be PneuMaphobic!

Don’t let the infants IN Christ be snatched away from the Light of Hope … only to once again be dispatched back into the depths of despair and darkness!

May we all, in faith, learn to embrace and respond to the work of Father&Son and Pneu Ma in our lives and the lives of others …

May all our churches be hospitals … not hospices …

May we truly be the family of God …

Be D Cyples!

God’s will be done!

Bernie

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Allegory translation:

Pneumatology – In Christian Theology refers to the study of the Holy Spirit

Pneuma is the Greek word for breath … and I am using Pneu Ma to refer to the Holy Spirit

All Saints Memorials is referring to churches as hospitals

The babies/infants/children are referring to new born-again believers

Father&SonFather God and Jesus Christ

Aunty Charisma is a play on the word anti-charismatic

S Righteousself righteousness advocates

IM Religiousreligious advocates

TG DeceiverThe Great Deceiver … aka the devil

D Cyplesdisciples of Christ Jesus

(Verses that inspired this post … Matthew 3:11, Mark 3:29, John 3:5-8, 6:63, 14:26, 16:5-11, Acts 9:31, Romans 5:5, 8:14, 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 12:1-14, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Galatians 5:22-23, 5:25, Ephesians 4:30, 6:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Titus 3:5, 2 Peter 1:21, Jude 1:20 and more)

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but what am I saved from?

Most Christians will eagerly confess, ‘I am saved’.  But how many of us can really answer the question …

What am I saved from?

Most of us can do a pretty good job of answering that question from a hereafter perspective …

After all John 3:16 makes it clear, that we are saved from perishing and into eternal life …

Romans 5:9 points out that we are saved from the wrath of God and instead are justified by Him …

Matthew 25:31-46 describes how we, as sheep, are separated and saved from the fate of the goats …

We are saved from eternal punishment into eternal life …

Per 2 Timothy 3:3 and Romans 5:10, we are saved from the irreconcilable … those who will be eternally separated from God … to the reconciled … those living eternally in communion with God as His children.

Also per Romans 5:10, we are saved from the enemy forces and placed into the family of God.

What am I saved from?

How well can we answer that question from a here and now perspective?

I see a lot of church signs inviting the passerby to come in to find out how to get a free ticket to heaven … BUT … I have never seen a church sign inviting a passerby the way into the abundant and eternal life here and now

In Luke 4:18, Jesus declares that He is here (and now) to proclaim release to the captives, to set free those who are oppressed.   At the time, virtually all of Israel expected the Messiah to release them from the captivity and oppression of the Romans … they never realized there was a much stronger force than the Romans intent on keeping the sheep from the shepherd … they were blinded to the real enemy.

Much like the nation of Israel, man today is blinded by the captivity and oppression that keeps him enslaved and separated from God … and focusing on the hereafter blessings of salvation while ignoring that captivity and oppression does more to empower the enemy in our lives than it does to enable the believer to experience the full power of God IN their lives.

Consider … and I’m starting with the big guns …

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.  2 Corinthians 4:3-5 (NASB)

The devil blinds us … Jesus gives us sight as He saves us (John 9:39).

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.  2 Timothy 2:24-26 (NASB)

The devil ensnares us and holds us captive to his will … as Jesus saves us, He helps us escape that snare and sets us free (Galatians 5:1).

So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.  But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  Galatians 4:3-5 (NASB)

The lusts of the world will hold us in bondage … as Jesus saves us He replaces the love of the world with the love of the Father … He leads us into the will of God (1 John 2:15-17).

For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.  Romans 16:18 (NASB)

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,  and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  Romans 6:17-18 (NASB)

The devil, the world, the flesh, our appetites and lusts have all made us slaves of sin … as Jesus saves us He frees us from our slavery to sin and we become willing slaves of righteousness.

For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.  2 Peter 2:18-19 (NASB)

We were slaves of corruption … as Jesus saves us He provides a way of escape from that which overcomes and enslaves us.

In the following passage, note not only from what Jesus saves us but how He saves us …

For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:3-7 (NASB)

Jesus saves us according to His mercy.

Jesus saves us to be justified by His grace.

Jesus saves us to be heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Jesus saves us by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.

Praising the Lord and Savior!

Bernie

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what salvation is

Man tends to oversimplify salvation diminishing God and His purpose in the process

Oftentimes we make salvation so man-empowered and so one-dimensional … we create an impotent counterfeit … something religious

Focused on an event … a personal decision for Christ … a prayer of salvation … a declaration of ‘I am saved’

We really market and sell the ‘free gift’ (Romans 6:23) while failing to say a word about the ‘cost of discipleship’ (Luke 14:26-33) …

And while there is absolutely no doubt that the free gift of God is of utmost preeminence (Colossians 1:18) … God has a purpose to be fulfilled for those who receive that free gift (Romans 8:29) … a purpose not without costs …

Evangelism is not the end-game.   In football analogy, it is simply recruiting … seeking a commitment letter.  What comes next?  Coaching, conditioning, practices, games, victories … and losses, injuries, and championships.  A ‘Yes’, simply says ‘Let’s begin’ NOT ‘It is finished’.

Jesus did not say to make converts … He said ‘make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19)

We celebrate the rebirth of a child of God … and then leave that newborn infant IN Christ to his or her own devices … perhaps that makes more sense to the spiritual man than it does to the natural mother.  An infant IN Christ should be embraced by the church family and loved and nurtured toward maturity, preparing them for the mission … the battle … of life that lies ahead.   While they have learned of the love of Jesus … now they must learn of the love one another.

Instead we convert them, then leave them to choose next steps, to become easy prey for the prowling, roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8) … much like that young one you see a lion cut out of the safety and protection of the herd on nature documentaries …

Salvation as defined by God is … divinely multi-dimensional

Salvation has a beginning with God … a beginning in which you were chosen IN Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-4)

Salvation is found IN Christ Jesus alone (2 Timothy 2:10, 3:15), the gift of God (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8) and not a result of works (Ephesians 2:9)

Salvation has another beginning with you and with me … when we respond as Peter instructed at Pentecost:

     “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself … Be saved from this perverse generation!” (Acts 2:38-40)

Salvation is guaranteedto those the Father has given to the Son … none will be lost (John 10:29) God chooses us … we don’t choose Him …

Salvation is guaranteed by the seal of the Holy Spirit of God for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)

Salvation is not an event … it is a journey … a process … by which ‘God who is at work IN you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure’ … we are ‘being saved’ (Philippians 2:12-13)

Salvation has a finish line … Peter calls it ‘the outcome of our faith’ and confirms it will ‘be revealed in the last time.’ (1 Peter 1:3-9)

Salvation is both personal AND communalGod is performing His work IN and THRU us individually and collectively (Ephesians 5:23, Revelation 19:7)

Yes, I am saved … I am being saved … I will be saved.

Also, we are saved … we are being saved … we will be saved.

All praise, honor and glory to our Lord and Savior!

Bernie

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when does God choose you and me

Actually that’s the wrong question … the correct question would be …

When did God choose you and me?

Oftentimes, in a salvation decision we incorrectly believe that God is waiting for us to choose Him … but the reality is it is God who chooses you … who gives you to Jesus … who draws you to Jesus …

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.  For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day … No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.    John 6:37-40, 44

Only the sheep of Jesus hear His voice …

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;          and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than ALL; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.  John 10:27-30 (NASB)

As believers, we are created IN Christ Jesus for the good works which God has prepared beforehand for us to walk in …

For we are His workmanship, created IN Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)

All the days of our lives were written in God’s book before we ever took our first breath

My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.  Psalm 139:15-16 (NASB)

God chose you and me IN Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world … our Abba Father predestined us to adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ … in love and ALL according to the kind intention of His will …

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places IN Christ, just as He chose us  IN Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6 (NASB)

We have been predestined according to the purpose of God to obtain the divine inheritance …

He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed IN Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of ALL things IN Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. IN Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  Ephesians 1:9-12 (NASB)

You have to do a little reverse interpretation of this passage … but what you come up with is this … from the foundation of the world the names of the children of God have been written in the book of life of the Lamb …

It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.  All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.  Revelation 13:7-9 (NASB)

God predestined us to become conformed to the image of Christ Jesus … God called us … He drew us unto Jesus … God justified us … He gave us to Jesus … God glorified us …

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.  Romans 8:28-30 (NASB)

So thankful my future is grounded in God’s choice, plan and purpose … and not my own … so thankful!

How about you?

Friends, I’m feeling the love of God!!!

So loved by our heavenly Father!!!

Bernie

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when did God choose Jesus to die and live for me

Some people believe that Jesus is Plan B and that God did not choose Jesus to die for the sins of man until after Adam and Eve had sinned in the Garden of Eden … as if God was surprised by Adam and Eve’s choice. If that was the case, we could just toss out omniscience and omnipresence as attributes of God, couldn’t we?

There was always only one predetermined plan …

“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know–this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. Acts 2:22-23 (NASB)

What happened to Jesus in route to and on the cross was predestined by God according to His purpose …

“For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.” Acts 4:27-28 (NASB)

And God’s plan and purpose called not only for the cross … but for the summing up of ALL thing IN Christ in the fullness of times …

IN Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed IN Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things IN Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.  Ephesians 1:7-10 (NASB)

The Father loved the Son before the foundation of the world …

Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24 (NASB)

Jesus and His mission was foreknown before the foundation of the world …

If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers IN God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are IN God. 1 Peter 1:17-21 (NASB)

For the sake of you who through Christ Jesus are believers IN God …

A plan and a purpose predetermined before the foundation of the world …

For the sake of you and me …

WOW!

That said … let’s close with these words of Jesus …

For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.  No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.  John 10:17-18 (NASB)

Bernie

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what creation has to do with Jesus

Hopefully you read yesterday’s post … if not, I would suggest reading why the creation vs evolution argument matters … in that post, please note my definition of evolution.  For some folks, that may prompt the following question …

What does creation have to do with Jesus?

Some will say I believe in evolution and I believe in Jesus … while I won’t say they are wrong, IMHO I can’t help but think there is an issue with that combination of beliefs.  Yes, that’s personal opinion and personal conviction based on what I see in Scripture … please consider the opening words of the gospel of John … remembering that the Word is Jesus

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with GodALL things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  John 1:1-3 (NASB)

How ‘ bout the Webb paraphrase …

In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.  Jesus was in the beginning with God.  ALL things came into being through Jesus, and apart from Jesus nothing came into being that has come into being.

(Note: it may be helpful to take a look at Genesis 1:1, 26a, John 15:5 … for me; they add power and insight into the verses above).

Once more … ALL things came into being through Jesus Christ

… yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom ALL things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom ALL things came and through whom we live.  1 Corinthians 8:6 (NIV)

By Jesus ALL things were created … ALL things have been created through JesusALL things have been created for JesusJesus is before ALL things … ALL things hold together IN Jesus

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of ALL creation.  For by Him ALL things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–ALL things have been created through Him and for HimHe is before ALL things, and IN Him ALLthings hold together.  Colossians 1:15-17 (NASB)

Once again, through Jesus, God made the world …

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.  Hebrews 1:1-2 (NASB)

You and I are the workmanship of God, created IN Christ Jesus for good works (remember that last part … it may be important in the next post)

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created IN Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.  Ephesians 2:8-10 (NASB)

Are you beginning to get a glimpse into the creation-Jesus connection?

A couple of verses that seem to speak to the topic of evolution might also be helpful …

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.  Hebrews 11:3 (NASB)

It is by faith … God-given faith … that we believe and understand that God spoke the world into existence (check out the eight occurrences of ‘Then God said, “Let …” in Genesis 1’).  It is also by faith … God-given faith … that we believe and understand that what exists was not made out of other existing and visible things (that throws a real monkey wrench in evolution for believers … sorry ‘bout the pun!)

Also consider …

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”  For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.  2 Peter 3:3-6 (NASB)

Based on the verses that follow verse 3 above, it is not much of a leap to align evolutionists with the foretold mockers.  Why?  Because rather than acknowledge the biblical truth that the flood of Genesis 7 actually created most of the sedimentary layers we see all over the world (one confirmation of this was discovered in the scientific observation, research and analysis of the Mount St. Helens eruption), the evolutionists ignore the flood and claim that each sedimentary layer takes millions of years to form  and ‘that all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation’ … actually scratch that last part and probably replace it with ‘from the big bang’ … no creator … no creation …

Yesterday … why the creation vs evolution argument matters

Today … what creation has to do with Jesus

Wonder what’s next?

Bernie

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why the creation vs evolution argument matters

This may seem an odd way to begin but stick with me …

My father established our relationship when I was seven years old.  He looked at me and said, “You know, I brought you in this world, and I can take you out.  And it don’t make no difference to me, I’ll make another one look just like you.”

Bill Cosby – “Himself” album

After you’ve taken a few moments to remember the first time you heard Bill Cosby (the original album was released in 1983) say that and laughed about it, consider this …

His father decided than since he brought his child into the world, it was his right to have expectations of that child, and also his right to take away the very life he had given that child if he did not live according to those expectations …

Sound familiar?

(Note: When I speak of evolution, I am speaking of the concept that theorizes but never proves that the universe has randomly evolved over billions of years out of nothing and that within that imagined process man has evolved from other species … actually through multiple species … while certain others of those exact  same species were unexplainably left behind ‘AS IS’)

Evolution would tell us we are fatherless … we are here by a sequence of random events …

Creation tells us we have a Father … we are here as an act of love according to His plan, purpose and will …

Evolution would tell us since we are here by a sequence of random events; we are free to do whatever we want …

Creation tells us since we are here as an act of love according to the plan, purpose and will of the heavenly Father; we should want to do what He wants …

Evolution would tell us that we are free to do whatever we want without concern for others …

Creation tells us we are free to do what God wants with concern for others … our neighbors

Evolution would tell us to love self …

Creation tells us to love God and love one another as He loves us …

Evolution would tell us “You are your own”

Creation tells us “You are not your own”

Evolution is a scheme of the devil intended to distract us from God …

Creation is the truth of Scripture intended to attract us to God …

See the dilemma?

The creation account in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible tells us that …

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Genesis 1:27 (NASB)

Now for you literalists who might say, ‘That’s just describing Adam and Eve’, remember Adam and Eve did not come from the womb as you read the following …

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.  Psalm 139:13-16 (NASB)

The challenge then for the natural man is to discover he was made for a divine purpose … and that the life he lives is one in which he is ensnared and enslaved to his flesh, his pride and the devil …

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.  2 Timothy 2:24-26 (NASB)

We need to realize the status quo is not what was intended … it is a deception.

The truth is that the ‘Father who brought us in this world’ is waiting and willing to give us life and bring us into His kingdom!

Evolution vs. Creation … it’s foundational to what we worship and believe!

Bernie

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