Monday, October 29, 2012

Gospel Math - It's Very Simple

Gospel math is very simple, only Jesus can rescue you and bring reconciliation between you and God the Father. 

To a lot of people today Christians seem pretty narrow-minded but actually the same thing was thought about Christians since the beginning. In fact, because Christians only worshipped one God they were considered atheists by many of the cultures they found themselves in because most cultures worshipped many gods.  Weird I know, but true. 

Jesus himself said He was the only option in John 14:6 (HCSB):
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
In Greek, the original language that the New Testament was written in, "no one" was written with a double negative. In the English language that is bad grammar but in Greek two negatives were used to make something emphatic. You could translate it "absolutely no one!". Jesus could not have made it more clearer that He is the only way.

Like C. S. Lewis said Jesus never gave us the option to call Him a great moral teacher. Either He was who He said He was or He was a liar/con man or delusional/crazy. 

Why is Jesus the only way? Because He is the only one who dealt with your rebellion, your sin against God. The bad things you do prove that you have a rebellious heart and there is no way for you to pay the price yourself in order to be reconciled. God knew this, that is why He sent HIs Son to deal with your sin. When you recognize your rebellion against God and turn back to Him confessing your sin and placing your trust in Jesus and all that He did to deal with your sin the Bible says your sin is take care of and the Holy Spirt comes into you making you a child of God.

It amazes me how many people think they can pick and choose what they want to believe about God and/or how they can be reconciled to Him. They remind me of people going through a buffet at a restaurant picking and choosing what food they want to eat. IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY WITH GOD!

God is who He said He is. You don't decide what kind of god you want! When you create a god in the image you want him to be that is called idolatry. If you do this you are really no different from those who use to make wooden or stone idols and worship them. Now instead of wood or stone your god is an image in your head and heart.

People will even look to the stars for answers or worship angels but never once consider looking to the One who created the stars and the angels. 

In the beginning God created man in His own image but ever since man has been trying to return the favor. Why do people do this? Because of their rebellious hearts. In reality they want to be their own gods, to be in control, so they create gods they can control for their own purposes. 

They even call the God of the Bible evil in order to dismiss Him and feel good about themselves. But deep in their hearts they know He is God because God have given all of us knowledge of Himself (Ecclesiastes 3:11). But many decide to surpress this truth (Romans 1:18-25). That is why some people get angry when you talk about Jesus.

Do you read horoscopes but not the Bible? Are you fascinated by angels but have no interest in God? Have you created a god in the image you want him to be and consider the God of the Bible to be evil? If you can yes to any of these questions I urge you to reconsider your ways and recognize your rebellion against your Creator. Turn from your rebellion back to God and place your trust in Jesus and all that He did to deal with your rebellion.

Do this quickly I beg you! It looks like Jesus will be returning soon to establish His reign and rule over the universe. You have one of two possible destinies to choose. Life forever with God or life forever apart from God. Choose Jesus and you will live forever with God. Choose anything else or don't believe in God and you will live forever apart from Him. The choice is yours.

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