I can’t believe in a God that would condone genocide

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I can’t believe in a God that would allow all the atrocities going on in the world! This is a common objection to the faith that I hear a lot. Ironically this objection goes hand in hand with another common objection: I can’t believe in a God that would condone genocide by wiping out entire civilizations in the Old Testament!

This is having their cake and eating it too.

On that second one: I wonder if modern objectors know WHO it is they are defending? They are pleading the case of the Canaanites; murderous savages who sacrificed their own children to the brass god Moloch (Jer. 32:35, Deut. 12:31). Ancient historian Plutarch (and Rashi also) gives us the horrific detail that the high priest had a drum he would play during sacrifices so parents wouldn’t have to hear the screams of their own children being melted. Make no mistake: these were vile, evil people.

The genocide condoned in the Old Testament was not God being a hot-tempered capricious maniac. It wasn’t like on one random Tuesday God picked out a calm innocent farming village and slaughtered them for no reason whatsoever. It was His judgment for their wickedness.

So, here we have God stepping in and stopping an atrocity in the world – which satisfies objector #1, but triggers objector #2. However, if God doesn’t step in to stop a wicked civilization and thereby allows it to continue – appeases objector #2, but triggers objector #1.

This circular puzzle is really not the problem.

These objectors are basically saying that THEY are more just & compassionate than God. If they had the reigns, things would be so much better. That’s quite a bit of confidence. Also, it places them above God. I seem to remember an angel that wanted to do the same thing.

God is God and we are not. Whatever God does or doesn’t do is perfectly and absolutely just. We put our complete trust in Him. The closer one gets to Him, the smaller these objections become.

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One Cold Snack a Week

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“Some people wonder why they can’t have faith for healing. They feed their body three hot meals a day, and their spirit one cold snack a week.” – F. F. Bosworth

Feed your spiritual man/woman EVEN MORE than your physical man/woman… What?! Well, if you want spiritual growth, you gotta eat spiritual food!

Jeremiah:

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.” – Jer. 15:16

Job:

“I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” – Job 23:12

Jesus:

“But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” – John 4:32

Hmmm, I’m noting a pattern…

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Michael Todd’s Promise To His Daughter

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Michael Todd, “I made a promise to my daughter.”

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Ref: Full Sermon

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Fatal Naivety

We cannot afford to be this naive.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/34581/american-couple-believing-evil-make-believe-hank-berrien

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Naturalism

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It seems to me that people used to blindly follow the Bible and were skeptical of science. Now people blindly follow science and are skeptical of the Bible. Both are wrong.

  1. We do not “blindly” follow the Bible. We follow the Bible because we follow truth. There is plenty of (and a variety of) evidence to corroborate the Bible. It is not just the “wishful thinking” of a bygone era.
  2. We are not skeptical of science. Science equally corroborates the claims of the Bible. Science can do nothing other than reveal God.

I would call science the “new religion,” but science is not a worldview or philosophy; it is a study of the natural world through observation and experiment.

  • You can’t get morals from it.
  • You can’t get how to live from it.
  • You can’t get the purpose of all this from it.

Science can tell me how the brain works, but not why. Descartes said “I think therefore I am,” but why do I think in the first place?

This new religion is actually an old one: Naturalism; the worldview according to which everything arises from natural properties and causes, and spiritual explanations are excluded or discounted.

Simply speaking naturalists worship the creation over the Creator. Paul says this brings God’s wrath: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served what has been created instead of the Creator.” – Romans 1:25

Think about this practically: you come across an iPhone on the beach and start marveling over it. When I come up and tell you about Steve Jobs, you reject him, and return to marveling over the device.

It is exchanging the truth of God for a lie. Please investigate this for yourself and go where the truth leads you.

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Ice Cave Spelunking in Wyoming

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We stress over the most trivial things. Our priorities get out of whack so easily. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a dangerous event to wake us up.

Over the weekend, Spencer and Jessica Christiansen went ice cave spelunking in Wyoming. (Apparently that is a thing.) As you can guess, they got disoriented, lost, and began to freeze. They resorted to burning everything they could just to stay alive; their backpack, their gear, and even some of the woman’s hair. Long story short, they were rescued.

Here’s their takeaway:

“Things that were important before, definitely aren’t anymore. … I can’t watch regular TV or look at Instagram or Facebook because selfies aren’t important anymore, I don’t care,” the wife said.

Her husband echoed her sentiments: “You get to the point where you say you realize what’s important and what’s not. That comes after you escape but when you get to that point, the things that you stressed about so much are usually tiny pathetic things that don’t even actually matter in the big scale.”

I can’t be 100% sure, but I can guess: In that cave, the couple was not thinking about their favorite celebrity’s recent tweet. In that cave, they were not agonizing over how many likes their last selfie got (probably taken right outside of said cave #icecaving #spelunkingwithbae). In that cave, I’m sure they were not arguing over the historicity of Jesus or how old the earth is.

I can guess they were praying like they’ve never prayed before. I can guess their priorities got put in order pretty quick.

Don’t wait for a dangerous event to wake you up. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, and you will be saved.

P.S. And do me a favor: please cancel your next ice cave spelunking adventure, won’t you?


Ref: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/couple-rescued-ice-cave-burned-hair-keep-warm-095709486–abc-news-topstories.html

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Faith is easy to define: it is trust.

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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis (“Is Theology Poetry?” The Weight of Glory.)

Even those who claim to have no “faith” put their faith in lots of things. Faith is easy to define: it is trust. Any married couple will tell you trust is the most important ingredient to a healthy marriage. Remove it, and you’ve removed the heart. As the bride of Christ, we trust in Him.

Faith is not something that can be “mustered up,” like courage. It is a gift from God and as such, can be either accepted or rejected (Eph. 2:8, 1 John 5:4). Faith is not payment for a job well done, but the reason to do the job in the first place (Romans 4:4). This gift allows me to properly see the world.

Faith does not depend on the person doing the trusting, but on the object of that trust. I can have great faith in Bigfoot, but my faith (great or little) doesn’t matter, what matters is what I’m trusting in. Jesus is the same whether you trust Him or not. Me trusting in Him doesn’t make Him stronger, it makes me stonger.

My object of trust is Jesus. What’s yours?

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