Thursday Thoughts: Why I Write This Blog

It’s been about 3 and a half months, since I’ve started this blog. For several years I always felt God pushing me to write a blog. I kind of thought about it here and there, and like a lot of things, God has laid on my heart; I dragged my feat. Yeah . . . for several years; I’m a little stubborn.

I never really knew what to write. I have a interest in Creation vs evolution and thought about doing a blog for just that. I love to read, but that wasn’t what was laid on my heart. I always liked the Proverbs, hence the name of the blog, but you can only write so much about the Proverbs before you feel like you’re saying the same thing.

I wrote a blog post about a week ago, “Why Do I Do It?” Although, I was writing about why we do things for God, I had been thinking about why I’m even writing this blog. I mean this has been mostly a devotional blog. Let’s face it, I’m not adding a lot of content out there that is far more valuable than other people. There are far more eloquent writers than me.

What had really been laid on my heart was how we perceive the Bible. Many times, we think that the Bible is full of a bunch of shepherds in the desert. In reality, the word was pretty technological. One of the greatest empires was during this time. Some of what the did from a construction standpoint we still use today. In fact some of their constructions are still standing and some cases still being used for their original intended purposes.

I’ve also started to realize that I was very blessed to grow up in a Bible believing home. If you mention a name in the Bible, I pretty much know the story and history behind it. I have been realizing that not everyone has had that opportunity in life.

I’m a microbiologist and biochemist by education, and an analytical chemist by trade. I love science obviously. I love history, hence the goal of reading a biography about every president. As a scientist, I know I have to know the background or history of previous experiments to truly understand the data I’m currently looking at. If you don’t know the back story, you can misinterpret your data easily. That leads me to where I’m going with this blog.

When you realize that the Bible isn’t a bunch of guys in the sand that are in need of a shower, your perspective changes. The government in place in Rome during this time, is what the Founding Fathers of the United States took heavily from. The Apostle Paul traveled a good portion of the known world. He wasn’t some fool, he was actually a well cultured man. What I plan on writing more about is the back story. What was going on during this time. Who were these men and women listed in the Bible. So often we’ve learned history in school, but have not connected the dots to that was going on in the Bible times. That’s what I want to do. I want to help people build a stronger foundation of their Biblical knowledge.

Yes. . . you will still see my book reviews and some of my off the wall projects. The posts might not be as frequent, but I’m hoping the content is far more valuable.

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Paul’s Testimony Part 3: Recognizing Grace

Grace is everything God does for us, even though we are not worthy of anything. To have a testimony, we must recognize grace God has given us.

And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus–1 Timothy 1:14

I don’t believe that words are just randomly put together in the Bible on accident. Look at the two words “exceeding” and “abundant”. Normally, we would not put those two words together. We would say that they mean the same thing. Often we will say that something exceeded expectations, meaning well beyond what we expected. Abundant means many, more than what is needed for our needs. So in this verse, it is saying God’s grace is beyond what is already more than what is needed.

I really think this is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible. Not only does it say that God gives us grace when we love Jesus and put our faith in Him, but he does it beyond what we can imagine. All while, Paul wrote 1 Timothy after his first imprisonment. Here is a man that just got out of Roman prison, saying God’s grace is far beyond anything we can comprehend. How does that happen? Paul recognized that he was nothing without God. That God is always in control. God has a perfect plan, using non-perfect people, well beyond what they thought they were ever capable of.

Here is a man that was at one time persecuting Christians, now being sent over a good chunk of the known world at the time, probably reaching more people than anyone has. Yeah. . . God can use anyone. We have no excuse. We look at our lives and think about all the things that are wrong and how they should be better. Paul looked at his life and all the things that were good and how he didn’t deserve any of it. How we see God’s presence, is due to our perspective.

Ending this series (see Part 1 and Part 2) on Paul’s testimony, if we’re going to have any sort of a testimony we must remember that God has done more for use than we ever deserve. If the only thing we have is our salvation, it is more than we deserve. We will never meet perfection like God and therefore do not deserve Heaven. We can never have any sort of testimony if we do not recognize the grace God has shown us.

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Paul’s Testimony Part 2: Letting Go of the Past

We all have a story about how we were before we were saved. Some have many years between when we were born to when we were saved. Others were saved at a young age. No matter what, we all have a time before we knew Christ. The apostle Paul had quite a history, before God changed his life. We have to go through the process of letting go of our past.

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.–1 Timothy 1:13

Before his conversion, Paul was a violent persecutor of believers. His violence against God’s people was sufficient reason for ranking himself as the “chief”. Yet, because he acted in ignorance, sincerely believing he was serving God, he “obtained mercy” so that Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience to many others who would hear his testimony, believe in the goodness of God and be saved. The abundant grace and mercy of God toward Paul should encourage us to present the gospel even to the worst of sinners, confident that God’s grace and power can redeem and change their lives also.

Many times we dwell on what we’ve done in our past. We want to think about all the horrible things we’ve done. Constantly wondering how God could love us. Then we start to think how could God ever use us. If anyone had a reason to wonder how God could use them, it was Paul.

As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house and haling men and women committed them to prison.–Acts 8:3

Saul (later Paul when he changed his life after his encounter with God on the road to Damascus) was persecuting Christians, he was there when Stephen was stoned. Paul could have easily said I can’t be used and walked away from ever trying to be used by Christ. He had to go through the process of letting go of the past, so he could be used. The same is with us, in order to truly be used, we have to let go of our past. We have to get out of our own way, so that God can use us. Look at what God was able to use Paul to accomplish!

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Paul’s Testimony Part 1: Our Situation

Many times we start to think high and mighty about ourselves and what “we” have accomplished. We don’t think about how we got in our situation.

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.–1 Timothy 1:12

Paul should have never been in the situation he was in to carry out the ministry that he had. When he was Saul, he was having Christians persecuted and killed. Then he was changed on his way to Damascus and became one of the greatest ministers of the Gospel.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9 it says, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Grace

Grace is the presence, favor and power of God. God’s grace and power are most clearly seen and profoundly revealed in the midst of our weakness. The greater our weakness and trials for Christ, the more grace God will give to accomplish His will. What He gives is always sufficient for us to live our daily lives, to work for Him, and to endure our suffering and thorns in the flesh. As long as we draw near to Christ, Christ will give us His heavenly strength and comfort.

Remembering

Our weakness allows for God to show his power. We should always remember that we are weak, no matter how much our pride tells us that we are mighty and have earned where we are. Paul had lead many to Christ, but he remembered that he was weak and that God was the one using him.

We have to remember that God puts or allows us to be in the situation that we are in. You might be a preacher of a large church, but within the blink of an eye God can cause something to happen that makes that all change. Many times we get arrogant about what we’ve done and forgot that it is God who is using us. The opposite of that is that sometimes we wonder how God would allow us to ever be in the situation we’re in. Now, yes sometimes it is our fault that we’re not in a good situation. But we have to remember that God can always use us no matter what situation we’re in. God is always in control.

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Does It Work: Vinegar Weed Killer Follow Up

About a month ago I posted about trying vinegar weed killer as an alternative to some of the commercial chemical weed killers out there. By no means am I going to tell you that this is better than what you can buy in the stores as far as effectiveness. It is not.

However, one must take into account how those chemical weed killers (yes everything is a chemical, when I say chemical I mean poisonous) are dangerous and that it can leech into our plants. That is dangerous if those plants are in a garden and you’re going to eat the vegetables they produce.

In my first post about this topic, I tried 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of epson salt, and 2 tablespoons of dish soap. This time I changed the salt content. Changed from epson salt to iodized salt, and went from 1 cup to 1 and 1/2 cups of salt. Kept the 1 gallon of vinegar and the 2 tablespoons of dish soap. I mixed it all up and sprayed a few weeds around the yard.

Those two pictures are 2 hours apart. The other weeds I sprayed this solution on, were pretty much completely brown and dead within 2 hours. I sprayed this in the cracks of my sidewalk and have also noticed that the weeds are not coming back like they used to with commercial weed killers.

To make this work as best as possible, it is best to apply the vinegar weed killer during the early afternoon. This is when plants are trying to retain their water, but the salt, vinegar, and soap all cause the plant to loose water, then causing the weed to burn up in a sense.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results I’ve seen using this over the last month. How it compares to commercially bought weed killers:

  • Not as poisonous
  • Cheaper
  • Seems to prevent weeds from coming back (I have issues with this when using commercially bought weed killer)
  • Results not always as fast as the commercially bought weed killer
  • Does require you working with vinegar and if you spill it on yourself you get that acetic acid smell.

If you’re looking for a safer alternative to commercially bought weed killer for your gardening purposes, I would suggest giving this a try. Just be careful not to get it on your plants you don’t want to kill. This is not discriminating like some of the weed killers off the store shelf.

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The Truth

What is the truth? Today Christianity is mocked for what it believes. Mocked by the same people that claim the Earth was seeded by aliens.

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.–2 Timothy 4:5

God’s written Word must be our ultimate guide to truth and practice. We must use the Word of God, given by the Holy Spirit, as our full and sufficient guide by which to judge what we believe and do. The tendency within some churches to base doctrine, practice or new truth on subjective experiences, success, human-centered goals or theories without solid Scriptural support will be one of Satan’s chief means of deceiving people in the last days.

In 1 Timothy1:4 it says, “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.” Then in Titus 1:14, “Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”

This world makes some nice stories, some are quite entertaining, some are ridiculous, and some actually seem reasonable on the surface. We have to search out what the facts are with these stories. The Bible is very concise in this is what happened, this is who God is. The other stories out there about how we came about on Earth, are that fables. They can’t even tell the same story. We must always search out the truth when it goes contrary to our beliefs.

Thursday Thoughts: Simple Church

A few weeks ago I was given a book to read called the Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger.

We all like simple right? I mean there have been people that have ran presidential campaigns on the fact that they can make tax systems more simple, they can make government more simple. I have meetings at work where we spend hours talking about how to make processes more simple. What usually happens is, we make things more complicated. As humans, we have a very bad tendency to make everything more complicated, yet we want simple. Our churches are no different. We want simple, but we end up, usually more complex.

This book is a quick read. It gives several examples of complicated churches and simple churches, then contrasts what they do differently. Having been a preacher’s kid, I remember hearing my dad talk about some of the exact things discussed in this book. “We’re making this too hard. We need to be more simple.”

It gets hard to be more simple. It takes commitment and stepping out of our comfort zone to not do some of the programs we are used to. Let’s be honest, how many programs do we see in our churches that requires lots of time and effort, but the only ones showing up are the members of the church? Are those type of things bad? No, but what is the purpose of the church? It’s to further the Gospel. Or how many programs require lots of effort, but it doesn’t bring anyone one in?

Church is no different than a business in some ways. You have a budget, you have people to do a task, and you have an allotment of time. Just as in business you have to worry about morale, burnout, different levels of commitment, etc; you have the same worries in a church. In some cases it can be worse, as for many, church starts taking out time in our family/social/alone time, and time is a limited resource.

Businesses have to constantly look at what gives them the most revenue for their man hours. The book doesn’t put it like this, but what gives churches the most for their members’ time? If the church’s goal is to help spread the Gospel, what programs do that? If the church’s goal is to help strengthen the relationship of the member’s with Christ, what programs help with that.

They have a lot of statistics/surveys they took between a simple church and non-simple churches. I was not that impressed with the results they presented, but that probably has a lot to do with I’m an analytical chemist so I view things as it’s black or white and if the numbers don’t blow you away one way or the other, then it is not great data. I think they tried to make some conclusions that might be stretching it a bit, but generally, I think they are right. . . a simple church produces better.

Why do I think that? This is where I have a slightly different reasoning. Morale. . . being a manager, morale is everything. If your employees do not have good morale, it doesn’t matter what process, incentive, etc you have in place; nothing will get done efficiently. Same with church. Just because you’re a christian and go to church programs, doesn’t mean you’re any different than any other human. You get tired, you’re drained. You want to spend time with your family or doing some activities that revitalize you.

If you feel obligated to always be at different programs, where you don’t get the time to recharge your batteries, spend time with your family, and rest; your morale is going to go down. If you have good morale, the efficiency of what you do goes way up. You have more energy, and energy produces results. Energy attracts people, which in church, that’s what you want to do.

To be a simple church, as per the book, you have to look at your programs, how you communicate, and how you move people into service. Everyone needs to have the same mission, focus, and end goal. Too many times we start getting our favorite program/ministry and when it starts to fizzle or serve its purpose, people try to hang on to it. They have investment into that program. They start to feel if the program goes away, they have failed. We have to remember we are here to serve God, not ourselves.

It was a quick read. Very good if you’ve been in church a long time and have got into the “we’ve always done it this way” attitude. We forget why certain ways of doing things were put in place (i.e. Sunday night services) and get into the we’ve always done it this way attitude. Programs/ministries might have had value/purpose 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, etc years ago, but we always need to evaluate if its having value and serving a purpose of reaching people now. I’ve seen churches run a college program when they have 2 people show up. The reason they kept it going was due to having had one the past 20+ years. Then they add new programs to reach different people. Soon you start running out of people to run all these programs and you get burnout.

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Why Do I Do It?

Why do I”do things for God?” Do I expect to get something out of it? Do I do it for His glory? Do I do it to make myself look good?

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.–Matthew 6:1

Alms are something done or given freely to relieve the poor. So charity would be a good word for it. The topic stated here concerns our motives for acting righteously. If believers, do good for the admiration of others or for selfish reasons, they will lose their reward and praise from God. Instead they will be exposed as hypocrites who, under the guise of giving glory to God are really seeking glory for themselves.

Jesus speaks of alms in three areas: giving, prayer, and fasting. His condemnation of doing acts of righteousness to be seen by others challenges much of contemporary Christian activity, including competing for bigness, advertising one’s success, performing and entertaining in the church, and wanting to be first.

Many times we get in a competition with others to be “more spiritual” or doing more for God. We see all the time that churches boast about their attendance. Attendance should be looked at as only having the opportunity to help more get closer to Christ or to bring them to Christ. My opinion is that we will have to answer for what opportunities we had to help further the Gospel. That means, and again this is my opinion, if we’re part of a large church we have more opportunity and will have more to answer for.

We look at certain roles in the church as having more prestige. We look at that from a human perspective though, and not through God’s perspective. Our whole function here on Earth is to help bring others to Christ. God sees everyone that is doing His will as just that, doing what they are supposed to. Some plant, some water, and some harvest. What we see as a mundane task, I think God will reward way more than what we see as the prime task.

We should always remember why we are doing something. It’s not to be rewarded here on Earth. I mean, if you look at it like a job, do we expect our boss to reward us for doing our job all the time? Our job here on Earth is to further His kingdom. So if we’re are doing what we are supposed to be doing, why do we expect to be rewarded here on Earth. Our paycheck, in a way, is Heaven. That paycheck will be far bigger than what we deserve.

It’s easy to get caught up in our pride and competitiveness wanting more, to be the center of attention. But we should be doing our alms because we want to be more like Christ and do His will. He see’s what we do and that’s all that matters. He’ll reward us when we’re in Heaven.

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Beatitudes-Persecuted

Nobody wants to be persecuted. No one likes to be made fun of for their beliefs. In this world it is going to happen, if we are truly following Jesus.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.–Matthew 5:10-12

Persecution will be something that happens of all who seek to live in harmony with the Word of God for the sake of righteousness. Those who uphold God’s standards of truth, justice and purity and who at the same time refuse to compromise with the present evil society or the lifestyles of lukewarm believers will be unpopular. be rejected and criticized.

Persecution and opposition will come from the world and at times from those within the professing church. When we experience this suffering, Christians are to rejoice, for those who suffer, God imparts blessing.

Christians must beware of the temptation to compromise God’s will in order to avoid shame, embarrassment or loss. The principles of God’s kingdom never change: “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Those who suffer and endure persecution because of righteousness are promised the kingdom and heavenly rewards. We have to remember that our time here on Earth is just a short period of time compared to eternity. So do we want to be rewarded and to be comfortable here on Earth, or when we are in heaven?

In Luke 6:22-23 says, Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

It’s clearly stated in the Bible we will be persecuted. Christians were persecuted back in Biblical days and they are now. It’s going to happen. The definition of persecution is hostility or ill-treatment towards a person due to being different. It might not be to the point of death or anything you see in “The Voice of Martyrs“, but simply being mocked for your beliefs is being persecuted.

If you’re not being persecuted in some way, are you really living for Jesus? Is He really showing up in your life? Are you really carrying out his ministry? If we’re not being persecuted in some way then we really need to look at how we’re living.

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Searching Out a Matter

Proverbs 25:2—It is the glory of God to conceal a thing:  but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

God has chosen not to reveal all things clearly.  He has left much concealed beneath a surface reading of the Scriptures that only those who pursue Him diligently will discover.  We should pray regularly for wisdom as we diligently and prayerfully search the depths of God’s word.

Why does God conceal a thing?

First, we’re not ready for what God has

We talk about milk and meat in the Bible.  When Paul was writing to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 3:2 he said I have fed you with milk, and not with meat:  for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 

Milk and meat are perfect examples of knowledge from the word of God.  Milk is easy to go down and swallow.  It doesn’t take much work to get it to go down.  Meat on the other hand takes some time to digest.  This is why little kids can’t have meat at first, due to them now having the proper tools (teeth) to chew it or the digestive system to digest it.  Sometimes as Christians we don’t have the proper tools yet . . . the maturity, faith, and persistence.  Chewing meat requires that we are mashing and shredding apart the meat, but then it has to be molded into a bolus so it can be swallowed and digested. 

Sometimes the word of God is like chewing.  You have to read and re-read passages you don’t understand.  You have to think about it.  You have to read it again because you don’t quite understand what its saying.  You have to put other passages together with it to get more understanding, all while you’re praying asking for understanding.  You struggle with it and then some random day while doing some random task, it hits you on what you were supposed to get out of that passage.  Sometimes the Word of God seems like a overcooked chewy steak.  You’re grinding away, hoping to finally get it to go down.

Just as Paul stated to the Corinthians that he fed them milk and not meat because they couldn’t handle it.  Sometimes God feeds us milk because we can’t handle the meat.  We are not ready for what God has for us, either mentally, emotionally or spiritually.  God never desires to hurt or damage us.  He knows the perfect timing for when we are ready.

We learn and remember better

We learn through struggle and we learn from not being comfortable.  If God made everything easy to understand we wouldn’t remember a thing and would not need to lean on Him.

The classes in school I remember the most from, are the ones I had to work hard in.  I had to put effort in.  I had to make an investment of time.

The human brain is constantly rewiring itself when we learn something new, neurons make new synapsis or connections.  That allows us to make better connections with information we’ve learned or studied before.  We then recall that information faster.  To learn we have to struggle sometimes.  We have to ask God for his wisdom when we are struggling.

We build a relationship. . . The most import reason God conceals a thing from us

 Just like human relationships we ask questions trying to find out more information. When I was dating my wife, I wanted to know about her.  What made her tick, what made her happy, what made her sad. I wanted to know who she was.

The same with God, his word is our info about him, we pray to talk to him and ask questions, ask for guidance.  The Bible is clear on what God wants from us.  That’s great, but if we are not spending time with him while reading, then we’re not really going to intimately know God and his wisdom.  How I take passages of scripture now are different than I did 10 years ago, and definitely different than when I was 6 years of age.  Why?  My maturity, but also my knowledge of God and what he’s done in my life and how I’ve learned who he is over the years.  I know God better today than when I was first saved.  If we can’t say we know God better today than a few weeks ago, a month ago, a year or years ago; we have failed in building a relationship with God.

In football the quarterback and receiver based on a look know that they want to do a different play than what was called in the huddle due to what they see on defense.  The only way they are able to do that is spending time on the field with each other to build a relationship.  It doesn’t happen overnight. 

By not revealing everything to us, God makes it easy for us to seek him.  To build that relationship with him and to lean upon him for knowledge.

Why is it important that we search out a matter?

Just as a house’s foundation will need maintenance over the years due to wear and tear and from the stresses from sustaining the houses weight.  Our spiritual foundation needs to have maintenance too.  We are faced everyday with our beliefs being challenged.

We hear all the time devil is the author of confusion, which means that the world is completely confused. All you have to do is look at the comments on news stories, social media, on anything to do with God, Christianity. They’re full of vial and half truths.                

It seems you have two groups:  First you have the group that will flat out mock God and say he doesn’t exist due to this or that.  For example, every time a hurricane occurs you hear some people say if God was so good why do we have natural disasters?  Then you have the group of people that sound knowledgeable but honestly are so off base on their doctrine it’s not funny.  It’s not funny because people believe it because it’s on the internet and they don’t do their research.

Paul says in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  we’re not of this world () so what the world says, we need to be very careful with what we believe and accept as truth.  As the world is slowly destroying our beliefs.

How has the world slowly destroyed our beliefs

 Evolution

Only approximately 33% of Protestant Evangelicals believe humans today are the same as in the beginning (didn’t evolve)

In a very overview of evolution it states what we started out as amoeba (single cell organisms) then mutated their way to another animal that then down the line became an ape that then became a human.  There are several variations.  Not one concise explanation. . . unlike God created the world in 7 days.

We get told that there are fossils of the cross link between monkeys and humans “huminids” that go back 3.3 million years

 Once again it’s bad science. . . .most famous skeletal link is named Lucy

Scientists, didn’t date the bones, but dated the volcanic ash above it.  Other skeletal “huminids” have had their radiocarbon dating thrown out because quote unquote “scientists didn’t like the dates they got”.  So they kept retesting until they got something they liked.  I will not go into radiocarbon dating and how badly flawed it is, but the fact you can keep retesting and get different enough ages for bones for them to accept them while throwing other dates out, is a good sign it is not a robust test. Then in 2015 when studying the Lucy bones a scientist studying the bones realized one of the bones was a baboon bone.

This is the type of assumptions this world is making to prove there is no God.  If the world can take out God that makes life have no value, that there is no reason to be here.  Evolution says we’re a bunch of mistakes, where God’s word says we were made in his image.

Big Bang

Yes a second theory on how we wound up on Earth.  Just to let you know, evolution and big bang are two different theories many try to say it’s the same, but it’s not.  The world can’t even have one concise theory on how we came to exist.

Big Bang violates the laws of physics, the same laws that same scientist say can’t be deviated from.  World’s way is we can change the rules when it is convenient, when we need to take God out of the picture.

To be a law, it has to be proven time after time? Yet more and more it seems the world excepts a theory, that violates the laws of physics, and you get scolded if you say it’s just a theory.

Why am I emphasizing the use of laws and theory.  Because over time, people have misused the use of theory making it the same as law.  This is why we need to search out a matter.  For this same reason, this is why there are debates over the correct version of the Bible.  This is why when we’re reading our Bible it’s good to look at the words and what their meanings are, so that we don’t change the meaning and therefore the meaning of the text.

The world tries to say that something was here even though something had to create the gases in order to create the big boom, which violated the laws of physics, but this random chaos created a universe that has order.  Instead of there is God that is not the author of confusion.  He put in standards/laws that everything follows, which is the reason there is order in creation.  The world wants us to believe again we are mistakes.

Over the years science has thought that processes were random, as we get more advanced we realize that what we thought was random is not random but organized, follows a pattern.

Science used to think electrons in an atom floated all willy nilly, we now know that there is order to them, they go around the nucleus of the atom.  Even further they are in certain areas of that rotation that can be calculated.  I took a class where we calculated the probability of electrons being in one area.  Our world is very structured, not chaos.

Evolution and big bang are confusion

It’s bad science. Nowhere else in the science world would the evidence and conclusions that evolution and big bang have, would not hold up, yet most this world believes it.  The Bible is mocked because “shepherds” wrote it, but the science world will take hieroglyphics and take all sorts of liberties and describing what people were doing or thinking then instead of using the Bible that explains itself.  If it didn’t say Holy Bible on the front and give clear and concise instruction contrary to the world, it would be claimed as the greatest historical document in the world.

When you question these individuals that have really bought in to the evolution and big bang they get defensive.  There is something to say about those who get defensive about being questioned.  Usually don’t have confidence in what they are defending.  The also defer to other people that believe in it as a defense.  Dr. so and so was a believer in this.  Dr X said that evolution took this route.  They describe adaptation as evidence, but not evolution of one species turning into another species.

Just like at work, I can usually tell when someone doesn’t quite know what’s going on with their projects or have legitimate reasons why projects are late.  I start asking some questions and they start getting a little defensive on why it is late and the reasoning.  They also start deferring to other people for why something wasn’t done a certain way.  Oh you will have to ask so and so why that happened.  The more fluff the more to hide.  When someone has valid reasons for why something happened, they’re very straight forward.  That’s what we have with God, straightforward, this is who I am, and this is how the Universe was brought into existence. 

Why Does This Matter

Even in Christianity you have Christians or people who say they are Christians, saying the Bible doesn’t really mean 7 days in Genesis.  People will say it doesn’t matter if it was 7 days or those days were symbolic.  This is very key.  John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”   So it’s either literal 7 day creation or not.  If it is not that means God Word is not the full truth, and if it’s not the full truth there is no point in being here tonight, or any Sunday.  No point in reading the Bible and trying to live by it.  The world wants to chip away at God’s truths and if they can make where even Christians state that the Bible isn’t all correct, they can point out to the world even Christians don’t believe this and make the rest of the world think he’s just a fairy tale and not worth looking into.

So why have I went on and on about evolution and big bang?  We’re the Sunday night crowd, we know our Bible.  So if you’ve got bored with all the science the past few minutes, here is what needs to be listened to.

 Here’s A story of someone I knew showing what can happen to anyone.

His dad is a Baptist preacher.  He grew up in church his whole life.  He knew the Bible stories by heart.  When he was exiting college he was starting to get away from God.  At that time he was not in his Bible, he was not seeking God’s will and trying to build his relationship with him.  One day he was reading a book about how every culture had gods and that Christianity took from all of those cultures and that Christianity was no more true than the other cultures gods.  He remembered sitting there and starting to really wonder if everything he was thought growing up was true or not true. He was a little shell shocked.  He didn’t know what he really believed and why.  At this time he would still randomly read a Proverbs here and there during this time, still clinging some to what he was thought over the years.  He read Proverbs 25 and in verse two “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing:  but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”  He started remembering all the times God had been there with him and worked in his life where it was only God who could have done it.  There were a couple of times walking away from car accidents that he  shouldn’t have or even worse should have been dead, his house being surrounded by fire within less than 10 feet.  We’re talking flames taller than the house, due to the neighbor’s field fire getting out of control.  The house was never damaged.  Another time Sneaking out of the house to get his tricycle off the moving truck, but ended up missing the ramp and slamming his face into the landscaping brick.  If he wouldn’t have landed where he did, the doctors said he would have had brain damage or if he had hit lower he would have smashed his voice box and probably not be able to talk.  So many memories came back, some that he hadn’t thought of for years, on how God had been there for him.  He remember having a calm voice say, do your research on if I’m real.  Look at the evidence.  For the next 2-3 weeks he was reading everything he could on the evidence for and against evolution/big bang and the other theories.  Also the evidence for God.  The evidence for the global flood.  After that he knew where the truth was and that was with God’s explanation, not the world’s. 

That story is personal to me, because it was me.  If you looked at how I grew up and was raised you would think I had no excuse for questioning my beliefs.  But I was not searching the truth that first, second, or third time my beliefs were challenged.  Over time my Biblical foundation had eroded.

We will know our favorite sports team or player stats, we will spend hours looking up stuff for our hobbies, we’ll even look up stuff that we don’t care about just to kill time.

But when we see something that doesn’t quite go with what the Bible says or with our beliefs we ignore it and move on.  But over time we start to question is that true.  This might be a small chip from our foundation.  Over time those little chips from our spiritual foundation start to amount to a large cavity.  Cavities will look small on the outside but the destruction on the inside is far worse, and one day that foundation caves in.  Then we start to believe what the world says. 

Going to church every Sunday is not enough to keep our spiritual foundation well kept.  Expecting the pastor to give us our Biblical dose each week is not going to keep our foundation maintained.  In order to keep our spiritual foundation well maintained it is our responsibility to read the Bible, to study the word.  We have to put in the time and effort to learn more about God and build our relationship with him.

There is no excuse for us now-a-days for not doing our research.  It’s not like we have to use those things called libraries.  We can google almost any question and put “Bible verse” behind it, and you get a list of verses to start your research.

In Hosea 4:6 it says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me:  seeing thou has forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

Lack of knowledge will destroy us.  Not knowing Jesus as our Lord and savior will destroy us.  Not taking the time to know who God is, his love his mercy, his will for our lives will destroy us.  The world wants to chip away at our foundation at our beliefs.  There are many things said that sound biblical by the world, many people that pose as Christians that spew garbage.  It is our responsibility to fact check them. 

If we are truly trying to searcheth out a matter.  We’re reading our Bible, we’re trying to truly understand God’s meaning, and we’re praying for understanding and wisdom.  If we don’t understand a verse, we don’t skip it and move on.  Not going through the motions to make ourselves fill good.  If we are really seeking God, He will reveal his wisdom in matters we are searching, when he knows we are ready.  There might be passages we understand right away, there might be passages that take us days/weeks/years to understand.  There might be passages we never fully understand.  But if we’re searching for the truth, we will have a knowledge of God, we will have a relationship with God and that’s far more valuable than facts.  To truly searcheth out a matter is to passionately seek out God and his wisdom.

So in ending, the question is:  Are we willing to search God’s word not only when our beliefs are challenged, but all the time?  Are we willing to make that time?  Are we willing to jeopardize our future relationship with God because of our laziness?

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