Foolishness pt. 2

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What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. A.W. Tozer

I have been writing and posting on my blog for almost four years.
During that time I have been encouraged by those who take the time to read my blog, and the comments they leave.
The few comments I have received that are disagreeable are also predictable.
God is not exceptional or Sovereign, or even real.
The Bible is filled with myths fairy tales and contradictions.
The idea of sin, hell or the need for a Savior to forgive and save you is outdated Stephen Hawking sums it up,
“God no longer has any place in theories on the creation of the universe in the light of a series of developments in physics.”
And in regard to a life after this,
“Heaven is a fairy story for those afraid of the dark.”

A popular Christian pastor and writer even suggested a few years back, “the redemptive work of Jesus may be universal — meaning that, as his book’s subtitle puts it, “every person who ever lived” could have a place in heaven, whatever that turns out to be.

The reaction for many followers of Christ, those who believe God does indeed exist, is actively involved in the affairs of men and women is to be offended, defensive angry.
I can speak for myself I feel that way sometimes.
But we need to understand when the validity of the Bible is challenged, when the promise of a Savior is belittled and ridiculed, we are seeing confirmation of what the apostle Paul wrote through inspiration of the Holy Spirit in
1 Corinthians 1:18.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing”.

Those who challenge the message of salvation, who challenge the authority of God, reject the Son He gave for their salvation, find themselves aligned with those described in 1 Corinthians 2:8
“None of the rulers of this age understood this secret wisdom of God, if they had they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Mr. Tozer was correct.
Whatever we think about God really is the most important thing about us.
It will determine how we live our lives, the choices we make.
It will determine ultimately where and how we will spend eternity.
How we think about things like,
Does God exist?
If He does what is his role if any in the affairs of men and women?
Is He willing to forgive and reach out to his wayward creation?
Or is He angry, rigid, judgemental looking for a reason to punish?
Is God merciful, gracious, loving, forgiving, engaged, approachable?
Or is God vengeful, cruel, harsh, bitter, uninterested, distant?
How we answer these questions determine not only what we think of God, but who He is or is not in our lives.
We can deny He is all those things or any of  those things, even deny He exists.
Free will gives us the right to choose what we believe.
But what if He is all of those things?
What if everything written in the Bible is true? Then what do we do with Him?

If I believe God does exist.
If I believe God does have a hand in the affairs of man.
If I believe in God as the One who is ultimately in control, decides where I spend eternity and at the end of my life it turns out none of those things were true, what have I lost?

On the other hand if I reject God and the truth found in the Bible and it turns out they are true, what have I lost?

Many years ago Paul wrote:

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18-19

All of us will face death eventually. How we think about God will determine what comes next…

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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