Wonder Called Salvation

Anytime I think of the salvation story, I’m still in awe-struck of the beauty of how my life has been changed from the inside out.

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We need to understand the reason why Salvation came to everyone.

The Bible states that all of humanity have sinned, as result, all of us have fallen short of the great glory of God (Romans 3:16). Our state of fallenness has made us very far from God’s presence, therefore evil and all other malicious happenings around today came into existence and eternal separation from God in hell was guaranteed for everyone.

Jesus coming to this planet made salvation (deliverance from evil and hell) possible (John 10:10, Romans 6:23). This salvation from the bondage of sin, sickness, addiction, hurtful and painful past, self-inflicted dangers and all forms of evil is totally a free gift that you can’t work for or earn. JESUS WORKED FOR IT. It’s also permanent and eternal. IT IS CALLED GRACE

Even if you are a porn addict you’re loved, if you’re an ex-convict you’re cared for. Jesus died for the LGBT, every race, language, and tribe.

Salvation is for everyone.

 

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Argument Against God’s Existence. Part 3.

Today we are continuing the discussion of the argument many people have raised against the existence of a super-natural being called God.

You can also read Argument Against God’s Existence. Part 1 and Argument Against God’s Existence. Part 2., if this your first time on this blog.

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The centre of our talk today would be set on the argument from incomparable attributes. This argument attempt to show that some ideas about God are illogically contradictory, therefore it’s impossible for a being to have both opposite attributes. An example of this would be a God that is rich and plentiful in mercy, and yet is just to punish every sin and wrong doings; since mercy is a suspension of justice, therefore God can’t exist.

Some other examples:

  • If God, then he is immutable (unchanging, fixed and inflexible).
  • If God exist, then he can have emotion,.
  • An immutable being cannot be affected by events.
  • To have emotion, it is impossible for a being to be affected by events,. Hence, immutable beings can’t have emotions.
  • Therefore it’s impossible for a God with emotions to exist.

Response:

It’s illogical to think that a God that’s not bound by time and space can’t be immutable and emotional.

For everything that exist there’s a cause, therefore for that cause to exist there must be a cause that causes it to exist. Since man and this planet is not eternal and it does not have its own cause, then the cause of things must be God who is eternal in his essence.

God therefore must be eternal, omnipotent and omniscience. If must omnipotence means ability to do powerful and unlimited things that’s beyond human comprehension, then God have both immutability and emotions.

Second mercy and justice:

Some do say that God can’t exist because it’s impossible for him to be merciful and yet give justice, since justice is the suspension of mercy.

Response:

If omnipotence means doing beyond the ordinary, it means doing beyond the ordinary. Let’s take the moral argument for example, everyone on this planets civilized and uncivilized have a form of morality. Even when the moral law is broken, justice is given for the wrong deed, but many a time even among humans we see mercy been exercised even when the wrong deed is done e.g pardoning your cheating spouse (though not many people do this, but some), forgiving some that offended you, etc. this is a form of mercy exercised by everyone.

Therefore, since moral law did not originate from man, it must be from a supernatural law giver who happens to be God. If humans can given mercy and justice to fellow humans, how much the creator of the universe himself – GOD.

It’s important to know that many of the argument against God existence can’t stand the test of knowledge.

Therefore, GOD is ALIVE.

 

Feel free to give your comments and opinion with respect.

Argument Against God’s Existence. Part 2.

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This is a continuation of the series we began yesterday: Argument Against God’s Existence. Part 1, which focused on the problem of good and evil.

Today we will be discussing another argument that many people across the globe hold against the existence of the creator of the universe. The centre of our discussion is on the argument Dan Baker proposed. Dan is a renowned atheist and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation , he stated an argument called the FREEWILL ARGUMENT AGAINST GOD.

According to Dan Baker, a being cannot have both freewill and omniscience together. By his word “freewill if it exists, requires you not to know the future”, with this he meant that since God is omniscient, he knows all things including the future of his existence, then he doesn’t have free will.

Per Dan Baker’s opinion a being can only exist if it has freewill and with it (freewill), you’re oblivious to your future. He further state: “however, if you are omniscient, you already know your future choices and you are not free to change what you know in advance. You cannot make decision, you don’t have freewill. If you change what you thought you know of in advance, exercising the prerogative of omnipotence, then you are not omniscient in the first place. You can’t have both freewill and omniscience. If God is defined as knowing the future and having freewill, then God does not exist”. (2008; pp. 127-128).

Response to Dan Baker:

In response to Dan’s opinion, human is a freewill agent who is not omniscient in nature but can determine some things in the future that will happen, if a necessary step of action is not taken, e.g ‘If I do not prepare for my exams, failure is certain, therefore I have ability to choose to study, if I want to succeed in the examination. With God been all-knowing and having freewill, we should not be surprising.

God knew man would fall into sin as a freewill agent (the ability to choose between good and evil), yet he ordained Jesus Christ from the creation of the world to the die for the sin of humanity, so as to bring salvation (Revelation 13:8).

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God’s omniscience and freewill worked together in the life of Jeremiah to  fulfill his call into the office of a prophet. 

The real question should be how do we submit our own free will to the omniscience of God in his ability to choose the best for us.

More to come……….

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Reference:

Barker, Dan (2008), godless (Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press).

Grace Beyond Reasoning

Before going any further, I would like to say thank you to God for as many who read my posts on the Traditional Proof Of God’s Existence and Argument Against God’s Existence. Part 1, you all are awesome and motivating.

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Today, we would be discussing the Grace of our God that surpasses human comprehension, reasoning or thinking.

Grace by its definition is “God blessing us (humanity) despite our imperfection and unqualification for it.  It’s a show of love offered through a person whose name is Jesus.

According to John 1:14-17  “14  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the person of Grace.

But what has grace really done for humanity on this planet and after?

  • Through the grace of Jesus offered through his brutal death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, forgiveness is made available to whosoever believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This forgiveness covers all sin; past, present, and future.

Therefore, we have been saved from God’s wrath for every unrighteousness (Romans 5: 8-9).

  • By grace, we are freely justified. The team justification is a legal term that ‘declares the guilty righteous or faultless’.   Jesus death on the Cross satisfied God’s wrath for sin (past, present, and future), and as a result, God declares everyone who turns to Jesus righteous eternally. (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:9).

Therefore, our righteousness before God is totally a free gift that was given by grace. Ephesians 2:8.

  • Through Jesus Christ, humanity is reconciled back to God.   Human relations with God has been severed by sin, which has made it impossible to come close to God; not even religion, church attendance or humanitarian activities can bring us closer to our awesome God.  Jesus took away sin that caused our separation from God and nailed it to the Cross (Colossians 2:14).

By this amazing work, we are brought to a relationship based on trust and hope in Jesus. Romans 5:10-12

  • Through grace eternity with God is guaranteed to everyone who puts their trust in Jesus as the payment for their sin. Trusting Jesus as the Lord and Savior of your soul is the only hope of a secured eternity, not works of righteousness (not trying to fulfill moral, religious or traditional laws). John 3:16  and Romans 6: 23.

In summary, where sin runs deep God’s grace runs deeper to save (Romans 5:20-21).

Grace is much more than we can imagine, it’s beyond reasoning and comprehension. GRACE IS WHO JESUS IS!!!

To receive the free gift of salvation today, all you need is to turn to who Jesus is and what he has offered.

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the Cross. Today come and be the Lord of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen”.

Argument Against God’s Existence. Part 1

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This article deals with the arguments held against the existence of God, which attempts to prove that God’s existence is unlikely and illogically impossible.

There are many arguments against God’s existence, but we would study seven (7) in this series, today we are focusing on two; the problem of evil and good.

The problem of evil: attempt to disprove God’s existence on the basis of the presence of evil in this world. This problem of evil attempts to contradict, the existence of an omnipotent and omnibenevolent (OO) entity.

The argument that how can there be a God who allows evil to befall the innocent, such as children with marrow cancer, people born with a deformity, etc. It also points out that if a God is benevolent in nature, how come we have unnecessary evil in the world. As a result of this argument, many have concluded that there’s no God.

Biblical Answer To This:

In Psalm 92:15 ““The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!” (NLT). Also, James 1:13 “Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way”.

It’s important to note that there’s a problem of evil in this world, it never originated from God but from the devil. (John 10:10).

Jesus told us that in this world we would face fierce challenges, but we should be calm because he has overcome the world. He also destroyed the power of evil through his death and resurrection from the dead.

The problem of good is an inverse of the problem of evil, been that the existence of good contradicts the existence of  God as an omnipotent and omnimalevolent being. Therefore it carries an antagonist view to the goodness of God because it’s believed that we are to use our sense of reasoning to determine that which is good.

The question now is who determines what is good, man or God? If God is the answer, by what standard does he do such?

Numbers  23:19 “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act?”. Also James 1:17 “ Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

It is important to note that Jesus himself about God’s word being the ultimate truth that affects every sphere of human existence (John 17-17, John 8:32).

If God’s word isn’t the hallmark of absolute truth, how come we have billions of lives transformed by the message of the Cross.

The problem of evil and good cannot and doesn’t disprove the existence of God.