June 2021

There exists both God and man. Scripture tells us that God “always has been” and then He created man. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from His nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
Man tells us the concept of God is only a needed psychological necessity given the present human state of evolutionary development, subject to personal environmental influences, that the earth and man had to evolve over millions of years. That man has ultimate control over our earth. The Scriptures tell us at the beginning everything was good and because of Ad- am’s sin, suffering and death entered the world effecting all created things, once good now bad. Man asks, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” “Why is death and suffering in the world? I deserve to be happy.” Godless man answers: “Death was around long before hu- man beings. Death is a necessary and natural aspect of an evolutionary world system… One generation must die for new generations to come into being. In a way, it is more satisfy- ing…than to see man the victim of arbitrary punishment that God imposed on our primeval paradise. So, we can take the Bible seriously without taking it literally.”
Which is the truth? Given the present condition of our world, looking at the unfolding events that shape our day, our belief in one or the other of these two foundational “views” determine our ability to cope with life day by day. It also indicates the spiritual condition of our eternal souls. This is the beginning of the foundation of all our beliefs and our beliefs lead us to our decisions that lead to our actions. They will be either God centered or man centered because of the foundation from which they spring. Our actions influence the course of our life. We live our theology!
Can you see that only one view can be true? The secular (Godless view): “For the Christian, this means these things were around before Adam sinned and died. This view destroys the basis of the Gospel, Christian morality and the Biblical teaching of a new heavens and new Earth. Those who add ‘millions of years’ to the Bible are, in essence, blaming God for the corruption we see in the world, rather than accepting the responsibility ourselves because we, in Adam, sinned and in Adam we all die. (Romans 5:12, ff.).”
Dear ones I would ask you remember the Lord Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:24-27: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who build his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell — and great was its fall.” The Lord Jesus presents us with only two options as to where we build our “house.” Can you see that because of His

words there are ONLY two views of reality, God’s view re- vealed in Scripture and man’s view that disregards God’s presence revealed from sin and death. Mixing man’s blasphe- mous view with God’s view is not a compromise leading to the truth it is poison to the believer as Paul warns Timothy: “But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to fur- ther ungodliness, and their talk (lit. word) will spread like gangrene…men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection already taken place and they used the faith of some. Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2:16-19) To the Colos- sians he warns: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” (2:8) And now your view of life, centered in God or man? We must examine everything through the lens of Our Lord God Almighty! Question everything to make sure you are in the faith! Stay under the Shadow of the Almighty!

Pastor Robert

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