The Ark Encounter and Modern-Day Scoffers

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Beginning in Genesis 6 from the Bible, God told Noah to build an ark (large boat-like structure) to save animals and people because God was going to flood the earth and destroy mankind from off the face of the earth for the evil they had done.

 “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”  Genesis 6:5

As Noah built the ark people scoffed and mocked him for doing it because they didn’t believe God, loved their sin rather than the Creator and it hadn’t rained before.   Today a similar thing is happening.  The ark is once again being rebuilt but not because of a coming literal flood or so that it will float.  However, this replica ark is being created in the hope of saving people.     But like in Noah’s time, people are again mocking the building of this ark.   People hate truth, love their sin and hate the God of the Bible because of what He says about us breaking His commands (sin).

Similarly to in Noah’s day when God warned people of coming judgment upon the earth,  this modern replica ark (known as the Ark Encounter) will have the purpose of warning people about a coming judgment and how they can escape it.  Find out more about this warning (what it means) and check out Ark Encounter here.

“It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”  Hebrews 9:27

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Roseburg Shooter’s Hatred of Christians: Where do you stand?

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There are those who possess true hatred of others which manifests itself through murderous, destructive actions such as we have seen in recent school shootings, homicides, beheadings, beatings and suicide bombings.  But there is also the attempt by some to disguise hatred for others simply for a belief in one person, namely Jesus Christ.  However, whether the hatred manifests itself in the form of ISIS terrorists, Islamic murder, torture or imprisonment, general Jewish and Christian persecution, school shootings, pro-life issues and Biblical marriage bashing, the hatred is the same because it is directed at the same God.  His name is Jesus Christ, who is the one true God and Lord, who we find in the Bible and who the Bible is written about.

Before I continue, I must first mention a different kind of hatred.  There is such a thing as righteous hatred which all persons should possess.  In fact, we would have true peace on this earth, if we all possessed this type of hatred.   This hatred is directed toward what is evil and toward what is called sin (the breaking of God’s moral law – see the good person test).    We all need righteous hatred but that will not be possible without repentance and faith/trust in Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, sin-filled hatred is the one we all have from birth and as I mentioned already, is directed to none other than the One who we actually need for salvation from His coming judgment of sin.  Therefore our relationship with God has been broken and the consequence is that we all will face God’s judgment of sin someday.  However, this problem of us having a broken relationship with God didn’t always exist.  Let me explain.

In the Garden of Eden (found in Genesis, the first book in the Bible) when a man named Adam and women named Eve lived, there was harmony and right relationship with both their and our Creator, God.   Adam and Eve listened to Satan who is God’s Arch-enemy and broke that perfect sinless relationship they had with God.  They sinned against God and so do we each day–naturally.  If you don’t think so, take a look at the moral law also known as the Ten Commandments and see how you do.    Now, since we have a natural hatred toward God and are enemies of God by nature, the only way to remedy our broken relationship with Him, is to have someone without sin fix our problem.   Therefore the only one holy, who is without sin and perfect in every way who can fix us is God Himself.   He made the sacrifice on a cross in the person of Jesus Christ His Son.  God became flesh and paid the penalty for us breaking His law (the Ten Commandments – See the good test).   He completed the transaction when He rose from the grave defeating death.   With God’s loving provision, we have the only way of escape from sin, and Hell judgment.

“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

“God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.”  1 Timothy 3:16

So, a good question for us to ask ourselves is whether or not we have hatred of sin within ourselves or do we have sin-filled hatred for others?  Christians know the one we should possess but hatred of sin only comes from God once we have repented and put our trust in Him to do the work in us.  If you haven’t already find out more at www.areyougood.us

“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all.”   Isaiah 53:6

 

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As News each day Affirms, Jesus Predicted the Hatred of Christians

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In light of the Community College shooting in Roseburg Oregon, various reports have stated the shooter specifically targeted Christians.   Jesus made some very relevant statements concerning the hatred of His followers (also called Christians) a long time ago.  In the book of John from the Bible Jesus stated these words to His disciples,  “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”  (see John 15:19)  In verse 18, we read that Jesus made it clear that He would be the object of this hatred before it would come to Christians.   “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”

The Bible also makes it clear that any hostility Christians face is actually aimed at God Himself.   If you don’t believe that, all one needs to do is take a look at the Ten Commandments.   Looking at just a few of the commandments, ask yourself if you have ever lied, used God’s name as a cuss word,  lusted (Jesus said that is committing adultery in the heart – see Matthew 5:27,28).  had hateful thoughts toward a brother, or failed to put God first?  If so, then we are seen from God’s perspective as breaking His perfect, holy law.  Take a moment to think about what this means.   Perhaps you find or have found yourself getting enraged at God.  Any anger or lack of humility we have toward God is the hostility we have by nature toward Him.  But our mind and flesh filled desires are to naturally desire to do evil and break God’s law.

“…the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”  see Romans 8:7,8

We all by nature deserve the judgment of God because we have broken God’s law.   We have all committed crimes against God who cannot have sin in His presence.  (Sin is the breaking of God’s perfect law and we are guilty of that as seen in the good person test. ) The question we all need to ask is what can be done, if anything, to remedy our relationship with God?  If God judges us who are deserving of Hell because we have sinned against Him, is that the end of us or is there a way of escape?

 “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”  Hebrews 9:27

For anyone sensitive to finding out the answer to this they will find it.   You may be surprised or not but the answer has nothing to do with good deeds we do or don’t do.  It has nothing to do with what sacrifice we can or cannot make for God either.  We cannot earn back a right relationship with God.  In fact, the answer really has nothing to do with us at all but Him.  And the answer will not be because one joined the right church, or became a better person or found Religion.   There is no Religion that has the answer for how to escape God’s judgment and restore a right relationship with Him because the answer is found only in God in the Bible.   God Himself is the only one who can provide a way of escape from His judgment.   Because His love is so great for us, He did that Himself 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ.   Jesus Christ is the perfect, holy sacrifice who paid the penalty for us breaking His own law.

“now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”  Hebrews 9:26

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Jesus Christ is the answer for all humankind to be saved from coming judgment against sin.  Satan (God’s arch-enemy)  knows it and hates it.   Therefore he hates true Christians (followers of Jesus) because he hated God first.  More about this in a later post.  But there is hope because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice satisfying the great wrath God has against sin.

“Therefore He [Jesus] is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”  Hebrews 7:25

“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”  see Romans 8:9-10

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