Who is Jesus?
There is a film called Let There Be Light now available on Blu-Ray and DVD which according to some review sites such as IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes has many atheists enraged. Why? The first reason being is that Sean Hannity is the executive producer of this movie. To many like myself, this is a positive thing but to people who have a anti Biblical world view and oppose God, (because the love of sin is greater), Sean Hannity is like a Ray Comfort or Jesus Christ who proclaims truth and light in a place that doesn’t want that light.
How many of us know how much Sean Hannity is hated, mocked and scorned on a daily basis? Many of us wouldn’t be able to bear as much as Sean does but why is the hatred happening at all? Sean like many others is a champion of liberty, truth, and a defender of the defenseless. Sean Hannity proclaims light in a dark place just as the film “Let There Be Light” attempts to do. And while it’s true we need more Sean Hannitys in this world to spread the “light” in a political sense, his film “Let There Be Light” goes even further in doing just that.
This film “Let There Be Light” to some extent, takes on the daily war between good and evil. It displays the battle going on between going God’s way and the way we naturally would probably rather go. One reason Jesus was murdered was because He proclaimed that men’s hearts are evil. We naturally want to sin (break God’s law). It’s in our DNA. You don’t need to train a child to do bad deeds. Instead responsible parents will train their children to do the right thing, morally and lawfully speaking. Now because it’s natural for sinners to sin, it can even be “fun” to break God’s law, for a season but the real question is, what happens after we die? Will there be a consequence for our sinning against a holy God? If hell is a real place as Jesus proclaims in Matthew 5 will you find yourself existing in hell for eternity or living in heaven for eternity. If God is real and requires accountability for our actions, where will He find you?
Now the movie “Let There Be Light” does not discuss hell directly but what is does share is the message of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The idea of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on its own is enough to enrage an atheist. Reason? If the Jesus who is spoken of in the Bible is the one who He claims to be (God manifest in the flesh) and did rise from the dead He is therefore the Savior of sinners. But we each then must deal with our sin before God. We will someday face a holy, perfect, righteous God who cannot have sin in His presence. If you have ever taken the good person test, you find we all have broken God’s moral law, the Ten Commandments. However, if Jesus was a liar and did not rise from the dead despite what his disciples claimed, then none of what I am saying or what He has spoken in His word matters.
When a film shares the truth and especially the light and the One who is the Light of the world, and exposes who the enemy is and his evil plan, it will be opposed by workers of iniquity because as the Bible proclaims, “their deeds were evil”.
“This is the condemnation, that the light [Jesus] has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19
Do you know the One who is the Light?
The advertisement you see above is by Republican Elizabeth Heng and has been blocked by Facebook. Why? Because censorship of Conservatives, Christians and Republicans is becoming the new norm for Democrats and people who don’t want the masses to know what is true.
Facebook has been known to favor the left in America. They are not favorable to Christians or Conservatives in general. Our worldview, specifically a biblical one, is in direct conflict and opposition with the worldview on the left.
Censorship of Republicans and Christians might be the latest attempt by the left to try to suppress the truth about God or Conservative idealogy but Rush Limbaugh has recently offered to explain conservatism to Mark Zuckerberg. Read it here.
And I should note that if your website blocks the user from viewing your site because I use an adblocker I don’t usually visit that site again.
Do you or someone you know not like President Trump very much? In some cases, this dislike rises to the level of hatred and even violence. Jesus, despite being innocent and without sin, was hated so much He was murdered.
Nevertheless, you may be surprised to learn that this post isn’t directly about Donald Trump. In fact, it’s about something more important. If you will be gutsy with me for a few minutes I want to address your conscious and ask some big questions.
Lets cut to the chase and find out what God thinks of hatred.
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.”
“Let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,’ declares the LORD.”
Jesus declared, “This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
Jesus declared (from John 7:7), ” The world… hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.”
Simply put God hates what is evil and is hated for exposing the truth. So what is evil?
The standard God uses to define what is evil is not by any human (or fallible) standard that can change or be imperfect but can be found by looking at His perfect (moral )Law the Ten Commandments.
Ever broke God’s law? Let’s see. Always put God first in your life? (1st, 2nd commandments)
Ever lied? (9th commandment)
Stolen something? (8th commandment)
Hated someone? God views human hatred as murder.(6th commandment)
Lusted? Jesus said to look with lust is the same as adultery (see Matthew 5:28). (7th commandment)
Ever used God’s name as a cuss word? Hitler’s and Muhammad’s names are not even hated as much to be used as a cuss word. To use God’s name to express disgust is blasphemy. (3rd commandment)
“We know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”
What God’s moral Law does: It demonstrates His perfection while showing us our sin and what we’ve done wrong (evil).
God is holy and perfect and He cannot have sin in his presence which means no sinful person can exist in His presence without being consumed by His judgment. Sort of like a dry leaf being consumed by fire.
Hebrews 10:31 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
And as a good judge must punish a law-breaker, God must deal with as lawbreakers for our breaking His laws. God being just and righteous means He must punish sin wherever it is found.
These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.
Everlasting punishment in Hell is real for everyone who has broken God’s law unless there is a way of escape.
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands; no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
God is the only one who can save mankind from His coming judgment against sin.
Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. (Isaiah 45:21)
God paid the penalty of our breaking His law through Jesus Christ. Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, took the punishment for sin by dying on a cross. While we cannot fully understand God’s sacrifice for our sin or what He went through and the love He has for us (since He’s God and we’re not) we do know he rose again after three days. Jesus’ in completing the payment for sin was raised from the grave which ultimately demonstrated His love for all who repent and believe in Him. Therefore it’s only through Jesus Christ that anyone will inherit or receive everlasting life!
He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. (Isaiah 53:3-6)
“When the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy.” (Titus 3:4-5a )
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Watch as Ray Comfort explains in 20 minutes the reason and the cure for school shootings and murder.
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While America is busy attempting to unravel and mentally sort the tragic and horrific shooting massacre that occurred in Las Vegas over the weekend, one fact remains: The Las Vegas shooter didn’t know God. This fact alone is one many people might rather ignore but its reality is undeniable and deeply important. This may seem like a trivial matter to some but had this man Stephen Paddock believed in God by trusting in Jesus Christ for his salvation he wouldn’t have committed this heinous crime. This goes for anyone, at anytime. What do I mean you ask?
Clearly the world is crumbling and falling apart. People are more and more seeking to break the law and do harm to others. The Las Vegas shooting demonstrates more of the same.
However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments). As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil). Therefore we are all under a curse. Sin clouds our minds and blocks our view (or a correct view) of God. As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe. We shoot, murder, lie and cheat. In the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, our relationship with God was broken.
Sin is transgressing or breaking God’s law.
Have you sinned?
Broken God’s commands?
Are you willing to seek God?
These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. It’s evident we are all guilty of breaking God’s God’s law, the perfect standard for what is right and wrong. Therefore since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.
Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin. (James 2:10)
Just because Mr. Paddock did not have salvation in Jesus Christ and a relationship with Him doesn’t mean it’s too late for us. We are all given a limited time on this planet. You may not have tomorrow or another minute to seek out God.
If you would like a more detailed version of what I have posted about salvation please take the good person test. Right now Bibles are plentiful in the United States. (They even have them at Dollar stores!) Please pick up a Bible and start reading in the book of John (or wherever God is leading you to start reading). Just start in His Word. When you have questions seek out answers but don’t stop looking in God’s Word.
I am not a pastor (or even part of any church leadership) but a guy with struggles, faults and battles with sin who’s only desire is to point people the right way which is to know Jesus Christ. If I can be of any help don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you for reading this important post.
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I wanted to believe the Solar Eclipse of 2017 was real, but I couldn’t see it. Today August 21, 2017 there is expected to be a total eclipse of the sun by the moon but I’m not sure I believe it. It’s not that I didn’t want to believe either. I really wanted to see to the eclipse–I even brought my camera so I could show you. The trouble was that where I live the sky was overcast and the air carried a dull orange tint from nearby wild fires. I trust my eyes and I believe what I see. Perhaps you see what you believe. Yet, I scanned the skies in vain seeing only cloudy skies, fog and orange haze. Unless you count the fog, as far as I’m concerned there wasn’t any solar eclipse.
Of course if I should truly doubt the solar eclipse really happened, I don’t have to go far to find the truth. In fact, according to eyewitness accounts there actually was a solar eclipse. I even read about it online and saw some videos of what some eyewitnesses described as an “amazing” event. Some people say it was showing the hand of God. While others were simply awestruck. Should I believe them? I don’t know these people. How do I know these accounts and videos aren’t fabricated or made up? But I still want to know if it’s all true and there is not a good reason not to believe there was actually a solar eclipse.
Many people don’t believe in the God of the Bible. Most often our preconceived worldviews get in the way of believing in Him. Yet not like believing or not in the existence of an eclipse, many people hate or distrust the God of the Bible. Many of us by nature don’t want to hear what His word says about us. Maybe you have been hurt by someone who claims to know God or know someone who has been. Perhaps there is great pain or trail in your life that hinders you from believing God. I have battled things like cancer and depression and know about that kind of pain. Yet none of these things disprove that God is real. In fact it’s just the opposite.
There are hundreds of eyewitness accounts and testimonies of the reality of God and who He is. There are eyewitness accounts of Jesus and who He claims to be. Perhaps you have heard or know someone who has said they would believe in God of the Bible if He would only show Himself to them. The solar Eclipse did not show itself to me. Why should I still believe it was real? I even went looking for it outside and did not see it with my eyes because there were clouds in the way. Yet, does that mean it didn’t exist? Of course not. However I have a choice to make. I can choose to believe whether the eyewitness accounts of the actual event are true or not. Similarly, God has revealed Himself to us in His Word. Jesus Himself has made claims about who He is and any person can freely examine these things to see if they are so. God will not hinder any person from seeking Him, if and when they choose to do so.
I suspect rather, any person who doesn’t believe in God is being hindered by their own selfish desires and lusts. Simply put, they don’t to find God or God to find them. Sort’ve like a thief doesn’t want to find a police officer. That had been true for me in my life.
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6
“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
You know this, the world is crumbling and falling apart. People more and more seek to break the law and do harm to others. However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments). As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil). Like the clouds blocking my view of the eclipse, sin blocks our view (or a correct view) of God. As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe.
Here’s our biggest problem. To enter heaven, God demands holiness, perfection and a sinless life.
Have you sinned? Broken God’s commands? Are you willing to seek God? To get started, try this quick test.
These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. We are all guilty of breaking God’s perfect standard. But since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.
Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin. (James 2:10)