part 2 for Seeker So picture this. I am standing on the edge of a cliff over looking a river of fire. I cannot deny the charges against me and they are many. I am given a shot that will stop my flesh from burning, but not a single nerve from feeling it burn and in all fairness, pushed off.
In panic I fall, clawing and screaming to avoid the fire. suddenly, a hand grabs me and stops my fall. The person says "shhhh. You're safe but they will know you didn't fall. Follow this path and at the end will be a paradise. I'll take care of this for you". Then this person who saved you, jumps into the fire to cover your tracks.
Can you follow the path? Or would you rather finish the fall?
It is a hard thing indeed. You may have faith in Julius Caesar as a historical figure. But faith in Jesus as a historical figure isn't enough. The tough part is faith in Jesus as the Son of God and as Lord and Saviour.
First you must admit that you are a sinner. That can be hard to do especially to the degree scripture tells us we are. Then you have to acknowledge that someone is going to answer for your sins. You can try as long and hard as you want, but eventually you will realize that you cannot do this yourself. But that's ok, because Jesus already has paid for them. Then you must accept His sacrifice in your place and in turn, turn your life over to Him.
Me? According to scripture I am a cheat, liar, adulterer, idoloter, blasphemer, thief and murderer who covets what others have to name just a few. In fact, few people aren't all the same. I know I can never even scratch the surface to repair what I've done. I should be the one with nails through my wrists and feet. I should be falling into a river of eternal fire.
I dont think RhymeCrime was scoffing. Sounds like he/she was just being honest. You know, its like "If you're faithless and you know it clap your hands". At least you recognise the problem. And thats a start, right?
Perhaps because you don't acknowledge your sinfulness before a holy God. "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" - Mark 2:17.
Sin is easy to recognize; we see it in everyone else! But seeing how hateful our own sin is before God, is another matter.
What is faith? How do I get it? Like I can read a book about Julius Caesar, for example, and believe it. Does that mean I have faith in him (at least, that he existed and was who he and others said he was)? Why is it so hard for me to have faith in Jesus? Why cant I believe the gospels?
Jesus is a pastiche of the half dozen or more people named Joshua who lived from 100 BCE to 70 CE. Not a fictional person, nor the son of God, nor even a single person, but the results of more than 100 years of oral stories which we finally set down in the 2nd Century at which point no one was able to distinguish one Joshua from another. Some of these guys include Jesus ben Stada, Jesus the Notzrim, Jenus ben Gamala, Jesus ben Ananias (Ananius), and Jesus ben Saphat. And, of course, Jesus ben Joseph.
Have you SEEN the fossil? The so-called legs aren't there. Neither is the whole supposed tail section. The joint where the legs or fins connect to the body are there, but the legs only exist in the imagination. Reguardless of the legs, the back half of the animal is missing. Was it a tail? A fin? A body? Who knows? Beyond any of this, the expidition leader says "It looks like it died yesterday" yet claims it is hundreds of millions of years old. Riiiiight... It probably looks like it died yesterday because it is probably a fossil of a so-called 'living dinosaur' that is still swimming the waters. That or 'recently' extinct.
In His service... Arthur Smith www.haveyounotread.com
Considering the past record of so-called "missing links" representing true macro-evolution (Archaeopteryx, Australopithecus, Haeckel's embryos, Nebraska man, Piltdown man, Neanderthal man, etc.) makes this latest claim sound rather "fishy" also. Whether it admits it or not, evolutionary theory is driven by the quest to eliminate God, at least the Savior and Judge of all mankind the Bible reveals. Meanwhile we are expected to assent to the belief that out of nothing came everything, but don't really ask for the kind of abundant fossil (etc.) evidence that such a theory requires, nor ask where even the fossils came from.
I really like what cbcpreacher from NY says. I totally agree. If you don't believe the Bible, you may as well throw it away....and if you're a pastor and you don't believe the Bible, you may as well toss the Bible and step down from the pulpit and indoctrinating people with heresies.
I'll bet you guys who want to throw out a literal interpretation of Genesis 1-11 also throw out verses like John 14:6. If we can discard one part of the Bible, we can discard it all. Either you beleive it or you don't!