The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge... (Proverbs 1:7)
In a world where there seems to be no absolutes it is hard to find you way. That way becomes easier to find when one looks to Almighty God for answers to the important questions.
For some it is hard to have faith in God when the "established religion" of the state is Humanism. Humanism denies God and followers of this religion, humanists, have been successful in fulfilling much of their 1930's manifesto. They set out to gain control over the institutions of his land to eliminate what they called "superstition" from society. They believe in the theory of Evolution and feel that God was never real.
Many have no faith in God because of the deception of the Humanist's religion. It might seem strange to some to know that there is much more true science supporting creationism than there is supporting Evolution.
If you have more interest in this subject visit the Institute for Creation Research, Inc. There you can read scientific articles from scientist who do not accept the deception of evolution.
Faith in God is a choice. When the choice is made and one learns to maintain their faith - it actually grows and becomes stronger. Faith might just be the highest form of knowledge - it involves the intellect and the heart.
The Bible teaches that Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) The definition of what faith in God is -- can best be found in Hebrews 11:1. That passage tells us that Faith is the substance of things we hope for and the evidence of things we cannot see. Faith in God is the starting point for Religion and for the answers to life's questions.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it is impossible to please God without Faith. The Bible makes it very clear that true faith brings the salvation that our eternal souls desire. True faith results in the belief that "Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16)
Mankind is born into a sinful nature yet babies are innocent. Physically they inherit the results of the sin of Adam and Eve, but spiritually one is accountable only for his or her own sin. Sin is the willful breaking of God's laws after one has come to an age where they know what sin is; often referred to as the "Age of Accountability."
The Bible makes it very clear that ALL men (mankind) eventually sin against God. (Romans 3:23) It also defines the punishment for sin which is death. (Romans 6:23) Physical death will not be escaped, but spiritual death can be escaped. Spiritual Death is often referred to as the "second death." It is eternal separation from God in the place of punishment designed for the Devil and his followers.
God, who is not willing that anyone has to perish (2 Peter 3:9) came up with a way to save mankind; He sent His Son to suffer our punishment in our place. (John 3:16) He sent his Son, but for one to benefit from Jesus Christ sacrifice, one must first choose to believe.
This salvation offered to mankind can not be earned, it cannot be purchased but instead is given freely to all who truly believe. It should be clarified that the belief here is not the mere intellectual acceptance that God and Jesus exist, which alone brings no benefit, but is rather a belief that results in one accepting God's gift on God's terms. This undeserving gift is an offering of God's grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Gambling is considered to be evil by many people. Yet there are those that will gamble with God's gift. They gamble with the most precious thing that one can ever have - God's free gift of salvation. They gamble because they "bet" on their ministers interpretation of scripture. Or, they accept an age old belief that God has not asked anything of us before the free gift is given.
Consider the scene at a child's birthday. The parents have purchased, prepared and presented their gifts. Yet the child must still accept the gifts and unwrap them. Many today have been presented with God's free gift -- yet they don't accept and unwrap it.
What am I trying to say? I'm trying to say that God gave some terms for His free gift. And that there are more terms than are mentioned in any one verse of the Bible. Yet there can never be less than are mentioned in any verse.
If you want to know the terms God set for the acceptance of his gift - then read on. Jesus, after his baptism by John, says in Matthew 16, "I will build my church". A couple of things should be noticed here: 1) that Jesus is speaking in future tense - He will build. 2) That it will be Jesus' Church. So after the ministry of John the Baptist, Jesus' Church was still not in existence. This is made even more clear by the fact that John the Baptist and Jesus told the people that the Kingdom was near. The disciples, near the end of Jesus life on earth asked Him is he was about the restore the kingdom. The kingdom or church was started in Acts chapter two. Here Peter stood up with the eleven and preached the first Gospel Sermon. A Sermon that many would be hesitant to teach today. Especially when answering the question of "what must we do?" (Acts 2) The Bible gives no indication that Peter explained this away. These are the first conversions recorded. If it was good enough for them - it should be good enough for all.
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Here are some scriptures from the Bible that have great meaning to our family.
God's Love for Man - John 3:16
God's Forgiveness and Gift - Acts 2:38
Faith - Hebrews 11:1&6
Hearing - Romans 10:17
Confession - Rom 10:9-10
Is Baptism Necessary? - Romans 6:3&4
"There are more terms of pardon than are mentioned in any one verse, but there can never be less." (Unknown)
What about the sinners prayer? Can anyone tell me where the sinners prayer can be found in the Bible? I don't think its there, so where did it come from?
Is baptism a work? NO, it is an act of obedience. People are saved by God's grace by being obedient to ALL the actions laid out for the salvation of mankind.
"God does not want anyone to perish, but instead wants all to come to repentance."
Why gamble with your eternal soul? People today gamble with their Eternal Souls in at least a couple of ways. One is putting off any decision about accepting God's grace till later. A second way is people who choose to hold to tradition and refuse to be obedient to God's complete Plan of Salvation. Why would anyone drowning in sin and death not get into the Lifeboat of the body of Christ?
Let's clear this issue of this belief sitting in judgment of others right now. Christians are commanded to abstain from judging others. So this is not a self-righteous attempt to declare that the owners of this sight and those who believe like them are any better than anyone else. That is simply not true. All Christians are sinners saved by God's grace.
Why worry about this? Because when presenting the full gospel of Christ one is often accused of "judging others." An old Gospel preacher put it this way; "there are more terms-of-pardon than are given in any one verse, but there can never be less." You might ask, what does this mumbo-jumbo mean? Well simply put, it means that if God told us to do something, anything, we need to do it!
Many people today worship God on man's terms, not God's term. This is a dangerous thing because Matthew 15:9 says "But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." You might say, now hold on. God is love and he would never turn someone away just because they were mislead by someone teaching false doctrine or only part of the true doctrine. Are you so sure of this that you are willing to gamble eternity?