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Creator, judge, savior

 

 

When it comes to the existence of God, there are three common ways to think about it. They are as follows:

 

Theism believes in the existence of God and that He created everything.

Agnosticism leaves the possibility of God’s existence open: There might or might not be a God. Agnostics believe this can’t be known for certain.

The third alternative is atheism, which denies the existence of God and thinks of Him only as a man-made concept. Atheists have adopted this view and they are certain that there is no reason to believe in anything supernatural. They also consider themselves scientific, when they deny God.

But what is the case here? Is it possible to know anything about God and has He announced anything about Himself? Although some people have already rejected this possibility, this text will address three accounts that suggest to God’s existence: the world, conscience and announcement. From those accounts we can conclude that God is the Creator, but also the Judge and our Savior.

 

THE EXISTENCE OF OUR WORLD SPEAKS FOR THE CREATOR. At first, we should start off by considering the world we live in. Scientists agree on two important matters about it:

 

- They agree that the universe must have had a beginning. This is a logical conclusion given that celestial bodies cannot radiate light and warmth forever. At some point their usable energy will run out, hence strongly evidencing for the fact that there has been a beginning.

 

- Scientists also agree that life must have had a beginning as well. This is also a logical deduction, because life on earth is tied to the Sun. If the Sun didn’t exist, there wouldn’t be life on earth, either. In that case, the earth would have been a dark and cold place, where the temperature would be near the absolute zero. The limited existence of the Sun thus indicates that life has also had a beginning.

 

If the universe and life do have a beginning, how did they come about? There are only two options: They exerted themselves into existence, or that God created them. Many atheist scientists support the former idea, but it contains many issues and it lacks the support of any practical observations. The following examples, among other things, have turned out to be problematic for how the naturalistic view sees the world and the beginning of life:

 

• It hasn’t been observed that something could appear from nothing, as is presupposed in the Big Bang theory. This notion goes against all laws of physics and practical observations. If the world appeared from nothing by itself, why don’t we see the same thing happening with other things, like cars, bikes and rocks?

• The birth of galaxies has not been detected

• The origin theories for the Solar System and the earth are more based on imagination than real data. For example, different composition of the Sun and the planets debunks widespread theories about self-caused existence.

• Unaided beginning of life has not been witnessed. Experimental observation is that life can only come from life. There are no exceptions to this rule.

• Transitional forms between different kinds of animals are missing. This has been acknowledged by many frontline paleontologists.

 

What about evidence for creation? We cannot prove it afterwards either. However, if materialistic explanations about self-caused existence of the world and life cannot be true, the only option left is creation by God. It is by far the most logical alternative. It is more rational to believe that God created everything, than things supposedly exerting themselves into existence. The rule is that all things were made by someone, and this should also be applied to our universe and life in it. Why would they be an exception? These things cannot appear on their own. Therefore, the Bible shows that by looking at the world we can see the existence of God and His greatness. If we cannot realize this and claim something else, we have been blind to spirituality:

 

- (Ps 19:1) The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.

 

- (Rom 1:19,20) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it to them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

 

What if someone doesn’t believe in creation? In that case they should explain, how a pin-sized space (this has been explained in many books addressing the Big Bang) could have generated beautiful flowers, buzzing flies, fish, birds, bananas, elephants, oceans, the Sun and other celestial bodies, as well as, everything else that there is. They’ll have to explain how everything began by itself in this tiny space that is smaller than a matchbox. They’ll have to explain how the early hydrogen-helium gas could have transformed into a human that can eat, move, procreate, speak, laugh, cry or feel attraction. How could gas go through such a transformation, and has something similar even been witnessed to occur? If we put our faith in these kinds of theories and stories, we must not be very wise. They are rather fairytales and false knowledge disguised as information, which is something that Paul wrote and warned us about nearly a couple millenniums ago:

 

- (2 Tim 4:3,4) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.

 

- (1 Tim 6:20,21) O Timothy, keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

 

Although it is evident that God created the world, it is still difficult for some scientists to believe. That might be due to their commitment to the naturalistic worldview. Their view, however, is not a question of science, even though they might claim otherwise, instead it’s a question of preconception, where they have already ruled out God and everything supernatural. God is not considered to be a realistic alternative to explain the world’s beginning, despite the possibility of it being true (that is if creation is a true historical event, it is also a matter of science).

This attitude becomes clear from their writings. They often reluctantly acknowledge that animals, humans and plants carry signs of intelligent design. It is difficult for them to admit that they must go to great lengths to cover the evident truth of nature’s structures being complex and suggestive to the existence of a designer, which would be God. Doesn’t this all come down to them having to lie to themselves in order to deny God and evident facts? Next, we’ll look at a few comments relating to the matter from evolutionists:

 

Darwin: Another premise to believe in God that relates to reason and not to feelings, seems more cogent. You see, it is extremely difficult or rather impossible to imagine that this enormous and wondrous universe, including humans, who can look far back into the past and far into the future, had come into existence by pure accident or without any intermediation. While wondering this, I feel as if I must look for a First Reason, which had an intelligent mind, somehow comparable to human mind, and thus I can be called a theist. (1)

 

Jerry Coyne: If there generally are verities about nature, the fact that plants and animals seem to be complexly and almost perfectly designed to live their lives must be considered as one of these verities. - - Where does this all lead up to? To a master mechanic of course. - - The more we learn about animals and plants the more we are wondering, how well their physical structure is fitted to their life style. What would be a more natural conclusion than to think all this compatibility is the result of intelligent design? Darwin, however, looked the other way from the obvious and suggested – and supported it with detailed evidence – two ideas, which made thoughts about intelligent design vanish forever. These ideas were evolution and natural selection.  (2)

 

Francis Crick: Biologists must constantly keep in mind that, what they are seeing is not designed, but the result of evolution. (3)

 

Richard Dawkins: Leaf eating giraffe, soaring albatross, swooping sparrow, circling hawk, leafy seadragon invisible in the midst of seaweed, cheetah speeding up to its maximum speed after a turn, hopping gazelle – the illusion of design is intuitively so strong that one must truly strive to think critically and to overcome the temptations of naive intuition. (4)

 

GOD IS ALSO A JUDGE. When it comes to the beginning of the universe and life, we concluded that scientists with naturalistic worldviews don’t have clear explanations for them. They have theories, but these theories contradict experimental science (the world beginning from nothing, life beginning by itself etc.), and they seem to be mere awkward attempts to replace God as the creator. It is much more rational to lean towards the idea that God created everything. He is the Creator, as the Bible says:

 

- (Matt 19:4) And he answered and said to them, Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

 

- (Rom 1:25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

 

- (Eph 3:9) And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

 

- (Mark 13:19) For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created to this time, neither shall be.

 

What about God’s other qualities? Is He more than just the Creator? These questions are surrounded by divided opinions, as is creation. Many might agree that God did set off the world, but that it was all He did in their opinion and nothing more. They have adopted a deistic view, which doesn’t believe in God’s influence on people’s lives and worldly events.

The same view becomes apparent in relation to, whether God can condemn people after this life. These people perceive judgment as unlikely. They might believe in heaven or that everything ends in death, but they are very dubious towards judgment and damnation. Because of these ideologies, they think they have a proper reason to ignore God and to not turn to Him.

However, there are substantial reasons why we should take the notion of judgment after this life seriously. We are going to bring forth a few of the most pivotal reasons. Here are three examples:

 

• Secular judicial system as a symbolization

• The universal existence of moral, the understanding of right and wrong

• Sense of justice suggests that wrongdoers will be held accountable

 

Secular judicial system is an indication of judgment. Usually every society has a judicial system, whose purpose is to bring murderers, criminals, and other wrongdoers to justice. Physical and sexual violence, theft, fraud, and betrayal are common criminal charges that lead to punishment. This has been a common practice in all societies throughout centuries. If the system works properly – it hasn’t always been functional – it will stick to these guidelines.

On the other hand, seeing that there is a secular judicial system, which is supposed to bring murderers, criminals, and other wrongdoers to justice, why is it so difficult to believe in judgment after this life, as well? Judgment after death is not any stranger than people being held accountable for their actions in secular court. Both abide by the same principles, which gives us our first reason to take the idea of judgment day after death seriously. That is, when God holds us accountable for our actions, similarly to what is currently happening in our secular judicial systems. Everyone will be accountable for how they have lived and treated others. We reap what we sow.

  

- (Hebr 9:27) And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

 

- (Gal 6:7) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

 

- (Rom 14:10,12) But why do you judge your brother? or why do you set at nothing your brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

 

- (Rev 20:12-15) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

The understanding of right and wrong. Our previous example already suggested how important it would be to believe in judgment after this life. Considering that we have a secular judicial system, it should also be easy to understand the existence of heavenly tribunal. In both cases wrongdoers and lawbreakers are held accountable.

The understanding of right and wrong also comes apparent in our own lives. We are moral beings and we make choices in our everyday lives. We have a feeling that some things are right and that we should do them, but we can often feel reluctant to do so. The principles of Ten Commandments ”You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”, are not alien to people, because everyone knows naturally what is the right way to behave and how our neighbors should be treated. This inner sense and understanding that urges us to make the right choices has commonly been called conscience. We cannot be oblivious to the difference between right and wrong kinds of behavior, even if we were able to harden our feelings.

Guilt and feeling guilty also relate to this. We can carry guilt for the wrong things we’ve done, which proves that we have not entirely hardened our feelings. However, sometimes it might take many years before we start feeling guilty. Someone who has hurt or murdered others, stolen something or committed other wrongdoings might not think about what they have done at first, but later they might feel deep regret and guilt and wish to right their wrongs. This is something that is difficult to grasp from a naturalistic point of view. If we originated from sheer matter, we probably wouldn’t be able to make a distinction between different acts. Sheer lifeless matter cannot produce moral and understanding of right and wrong. How could a rock, dirt or some gas affect in a way that someone would begin to feel guilty for their actions (Father who has neglected his children due to drinking and wants to make it right), or that someone would start to feel bitter because of others (“He stole from me, lied about me, insulted me”) or that someone would differentiate between different behaviors? These things must have a better explanation than matter itself.

The following example from Japan deals with guilt. It’s about a woman who had an abortion, which is a typical example of guilt. It is common that women who have had an abortion might feel a momentary relief after the procedure, but often later will carry guilt and blame and hate themselves for what they have done. Everyone might have similar feelings if they recognize their wrongdoings:

 

When creating a woman, God gave her an instinct to protect children. You cannot go against this “human manual” by breaking it without severe consequences. I have heard many confessions from Japanese women, who have undergone abortion. Heathens can also feel a lot of quilt for killing their child. This quilt is not a by-product of Christianity, but an innate voice of conscience in every woman alike.  (5)

 

There are two alternatives to where moral comes from. According to the atheistic model its origin is the Big Bang, because people and everything else have emerged from a pin-sized space by themselves through the Big Bang. The second alternative is that moral was originally a feature placed into humans by God. Because God is good and perfect, He gave us an understanding of moral as well. This is the theistic model and what the Bible teaches us.

Moreover, we were created God’s image and to be with Him, as the Book of Genesis explains. Our lives have a much bigger meaning than to just eat, drink, work and reproduce. We are eternal beings as the Bible shows:

 

- (Gen 1:27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

- (Ec 3:11) He has made every thing beautiful in his time: also he has set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.

 

Paul talks about the same issue. He teaches that acts of the law – understanding of right and wrong – are written in the hearts of people. He connects it to judgment day, which is why we should not overlook this matter. Our understanding of right and wrong shows how logical it is to believe in judgment day after death:

 

- (Rom 2:14-16) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law to themselves:

15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

 

Paul’s reference to people categorizing different acts in their hearts is equivalent to the following observation. Loren Cunningham, who has visited every country on earth, tells how having a perception of right and wrong is mutual for every nation – despite whether they have been in contact with other civilizations or the Bible. It comes naturally for people to know the difference between right and wrong behavior, even if they had hardened their hearts:

 

I have met people from every country in the world and noticed that the idea of love, responsibility, right and wrong, conscience and moral exists in every culture. Every language has a concept for right and wrong. This has been even before any contact with other civilizations or with the Bible. (6)

 

C.S. Lewis addresses the subject further. He points out how people are moral beings and how moral is a universal phenomenon. Around the world people have the same understanding of right and wrong. There are only slight differences between different cultures. This can also be seen as an indication that humans were originally created in the image of God, although this image became distorted in the Fall of Man. According to the Bible humans are sinful, however, they still possess an understanding of what is right and what is wrong. The widespread nature of moral is another indication towards the existence of God and judgment after this life. From a materialistic perspective it is difficult to explain why moral exists:

 

What of the modern objection – that the ethical standards of different cultures differ so widely that there is no common tradition at all? The answer is that this is a lie – a good, solid, resounding lie. If a man will go into a library and spent a few days with the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics he will soon discover the massive unanimity of the practical reason of man. From Babylonian Hymn to Samos, from the Laws of Manu, the [Egyptian] Book of the Dead, the Analects, the Stoics, the Platonists, from Australian Aborigines and Redskins, he will collect the same triumphantly monotonous denunciations of oppression, murder, treachery and falsehood, the same injunctions of kindness to the aged, the young, and the weak, of almsgiving and impartiality and honesty. There are, of course, differences. He may be a little surprised (I certainly was) to find that precepts of mercy are more frequent than precepts of justice… Far from finding a chaos, we find exactly what we should expect if good is indeed something objective and reason the organ whereby it is apprehended – that is, a substantial agreement with considerable local differences of emphasis and, perhaps, no one code that includes everything. (7)

 

Sense of justice. Another reason to believe in judgment is the sense of justice within us. Many crimes and outrage might be left unsolved here on earth, but the last judgment suggests that wrongdoers, who treated others inhumanly, won’t be able to run away from responsibility. They won’t get away with it. These days many criticize judgment and damnation, but if wrongdoers weren’t held accountable, God would be accepting injustice. He would accept the acts of dictators and other wrongdoers, and that kind of God cannot be good. Many would want to believe that God is the kind of nice fellow, who sits on a cloud and turns a blind eye to everything, but that kind of concept is not real according to the Bible.

Therefore, the fact that Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin and other wrongful dictators will once have their judgment day, refers to the righteousness and goodness of God. He will bring these people to justice. However, “regular people” will also have to account for their words and actions. According to the Bible the nature of the judgement is determined by our past actions. That is why there must be condemnation of different degree.

 

- (Rev 20:12-15) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT GOD IS A JUDGE? That is, God is the Creator and the Judge, who condemns the world. The latter is evidenced by the fact that we have an ability to understand right from wrong, which means that God must have the same ability as well. Moreover, our conscience tells us that there is someone, who we need to answer to. Guilt from our conscience is difficult to explain from a materialistic point of view. These kinds of things don’t come from Big Bangs.

What does it mean if God is the judge? In terms of this question one should pay attention to the following aspects:

 

• Firstly, it should be well realized that we are not the judge of others. We can be thankful for that. Jesus said the following about this: "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matt 7:1,2).

However, warning your neighbor is different to placing judgment on them. Sometimes people confuse these two things, even though we should be able to separate them. That is, us warning our neighbor of the coming judgment is real love. It is the same if someone were to warn you of thin ice. If these warnings are not listened to and taken into consideration, it will be the person’s own fault, which might lead to some serious consequences.

 

• Secondly, if God does exist and He is the Creator and the Judge, He must also possess the power to say what is right and what is wrong. Moral is not determined by Saddam Hussein, Hitler, playboy or a burglar, but by almighty God. This should be self-evident, given that we believe in God’s existence.

What about the present and moral? Today many might react approvingly towards, e.g., extramarital sexual affairs, or homosexual relationships, but the New Testament clearly teaches us that they are wrong and will lead us further from God. Some might try to deny this, but how could they know any better than Jesus and his appointed disciples, what lies beyond death? We should take their warnings into serious consideration, such as the following passages, for example:

 

- (1 Cor 6:9,10) Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

 

God hates injustice and will condemn it. There are many examples of God’s wrath towards sin. Some historical examples include, e.g., the generation that lived during Noah’s day, Sodom and Gomorrah, Canaanites and the states of Israel and Judah. The downfall of these societies wasn’t an accident, because evil had reached such large proportions inside them.

What does the New Testament say? The most important example of God’s wrath is the eternal hell, where every unrepentant soul will wind up. If this weren’t true, then why did Jesus talked about it so much, for example?

 

- (Matt 8:11,12) And I say to you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

      

- (Phil 3:18,19) For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

 

- (2 Thess 1:9) Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

 

- (Rev 20:12-15) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

PEOPLE ARE FAR FROM BEING PERFECT

 

- (John 7:19) … and yet none of you keeps the law…

 

- (Rom 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

- (1 John 1:8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

In the previous chapters we stated how every person possesses an understanding of right and wrong behavior. This understanding is mutual in every culture, despite, whether they’ve had any connection to Christian faith. It becomes apparent in the laws of Karma, religions and in secular legislation. People are moral beings and moral is a universal phenomenon.

The worst part is, however, that we know the difference between right and wrong, either naturally or through the Bible teachings, but we don’t always follow the right path. We could do good things, be selfless, help others and avoid sin, but we often choose to do the opposite. Merely knowing about right and wrong thus never guarantees that we would do the right thing. Our selfishness prevents it. C.S. Lewis has written about moral laws and how people can be aware of what they should do but decide to do otherwise.

 

But the most remarkable thing is this. Whenever you find a man who says he doesn’t believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you, but if you try breaking one to him he will be complaining “It’s not fair” before you can say Jack Robinson.

…These, then, are the two points I wanted to make. First, that human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. They know the Law of Nature; they break it. These two facts are the foundation of all clear thinking about ourselves and the universe we live in. (8)

 

People’s flawed nature is also revealed through many Bible passages. They show that we have sinned and are without the light of God. We cannot achieve the level of perfection and sinfulness that God expects from us by ourselves:

 

- (Matt 12:36) But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

 

- (Matt 5:21,22) You have heard that it was said of them of old time, You shall not kill; and whoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

 

- (Matt 5:27,28) You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery:

28 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.

 

- (1 John 3:15) Whoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

 

- (James 4:17) Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

 

- (Rom 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

We can understand people’s imperfect nature well by looking at the Great Commandment. It urges us to love God and our neighbor wholeheartedly and with all our power. Anyone who hasn’t followed this commandment throughout their whole life, has committed the greatest sin. They have broken the greatest commandment:

 

- (Matt 22:36-39) Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

 

GOD IS ALSO THE SAVIOR. In the previous chapters we brought up two important features of God:

 

• God is our creator

• God is our judge

 

We also said that every person understands what is right and wrong, but they don’t always do what they know to be the right thing. That is why they are under God’s judgment and wrath, because He hates sin.

That is not all, however. Although people are imperfect, there is another side to it. God is also love and He wants what is best for us. He wants us to be His children and wants to save us. He has good will towards people:

 

- (Luke 2:13,14) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

- (1 Tim 2:3,4) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

- (John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

How can we see God’s love? To answer this, we will find ourselves at the very core of the Bible and the New Testament. We can see it, when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth to be under the law and brought us to God. God Himself was in Christ (2 Cor 5:19) and atoned the world with Himself, so that we could be forgiven for our sins and join His kingdom. That is, Jesus came down and fulfilled the law, because people couldn’t, and still can’t. Now, God and His law don’t condemn people who turn to Jesus Christ and surrender themselves to Him. Hence, God is not only our creator and our judge. He is also our savior through Jesus Christ if we are willing to turn to Him (1 Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;).

The following passages are great examples of God’s love and the acts of Jesus for us. We should pay close attention to such words as for in the passages. These passages show us that the foundation of salvation lies within what someone else (Jesus Christ) has done for us, and not within ourselves. Everything is founded on God’s love. Our God is a good God, who wants us to be saved and to join His kingdom:

 

- (1 John 4:9,10) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

- (John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

- (Rom 5:6) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

 

- (Rom 5:8) But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

- (Rom 8:32) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

 

- (Gal 2:20)  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 

- (Gal 3:13) Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree

 

- (1 Thess 5:10) Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

 

- (1 Peter 3:18) For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

 

The following quotation follows up on the topic. Because the gap between God and people was too great, Jesus, the Son of God, came here, down to earth, and bridged the gap for us. We can have faith and trust in what He’s done for us and rely on this truth (Acts 16:31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house.).

 

Wait, I’ll give you one example: the average man can jump, for example, two meters. A person who has practiced sports and is fit may jump perhaps five meters. And if he is an Olympic winner, he can jump almost nine meters, but jumping any longer will be quite impossible in our generation. Let’s suppose then that we are all standing at the edge of a canyon with 200 meters to the other side. None of us has the ability to jump over that abyss, right? Now then, let’s study the same in the form of an allegory: That abyss is the abyss of sin and God is on the other side. He inspected as poor crickets just as we are and started pity us. He knew that it was quite impossible for us to get to Him by our own powers; for this reason, He sent for us His own Son, Jesus, who is a bridge between God and man. Jesus is the mediator between God and man. We can go with Him safely, because according to His own words He is 'the way and the truth and the life’! I know that there are many, who will reject this divine solution as too easy. They’ll rather try to do something by their own power to save themselves, but no effort of man can take him to God, our destiny is to fall into that yawning abyss!  (9)

 

On the other hand, because Jesus fulfilled the law (bridged the gap between people and God), and we have received grace through Him, it is clear that we must accept this grace in order to receive salvation. We must accept Jesus in our lives. Because if we turn away from Jesus and grace, we’ll reject our only hope for salvation. That is why you shouldn’t turn your back on Jesus and God’s invitation. Arthur W. Pink, a late puritan preacher, explained very aptly how God offers His grace through His Son. This offer should not be considered cheap.

 

If God offers you a Savior, who can save you from the punishment you deserve, and you do not accept Him, then surely it is justified that you are left without a savior. Or is God obliged to arrange another savior for you, since you don’t like this particular Savior? He has given an invaluable and honorable person, His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for sins and so, completed salvation; and this Savior is being offered to you right now. If you refuse him, is God then unjust if He doesn’t save you. Is He obliged to save you in the way that you have chosen, only because you don’t like His way of saving? Or do you blame Christ for unfairness, when He doesn’t come to save you, when you don’t want Him, although He offers Himself to you and appeals to you that you would accept Him as your Savior.

 

Your part

 

- (Luke 15:17-20) And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you,

19 And am no more worthy to be called your son: make me as one of your hired servants.

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

 

- (1 John 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

If God has loved every person and fulfilled the law for each and every one of us, how can we become a part of this love and eternal life?

There’s an easy answer: We must turn to God and repent our sins, as did the prodigal son in the former metaphor. God never forgives unrepentant people who don’t want to let go of their sins. It is impossible, because if He did, He would be accepting injustice, which would go against the goodness of God.

Instead, God forgives every repentant person, who surrenders themselves to Him and puts their faith in Jesus Christ, His Son. In Bible terms we are speaking of repenting of sins, as for example, John the Baptist, Jesus Himself and the disciples preached (Matt 3:1,2 / Matt 4:17 / Acts 17:30), and having faith in Jesus Christ. In the former we are admitting that we have been separated from God and that now we wish to unite with Him. It can comprise of confessing one’s sins, as the previous passages showed us. Whereas, faith in Jesus Christ will renew our relationship with God, because Jesus has already done everything for us.

Therefore, when you have surrendered yourself to God, confessed your separation from Him, your sins and you have faith in Jesus, God will forgive all your sins. It will not be based on your actions or your own goodness, but on Jesus who has already done everything for us (see previous passages!). Put your faith in Him. Believe in what he’s done for you and turn to Him. Jesus is they key to the eternal life:

 

- (Acts 16:30,31) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house.

 

- (John 6:67-69) Then said Jesus to the twelve, Will you also go away?

68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.

69 And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

- (John 5:39,40) Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

40 And you will not come to me, that you might have life.

 

So, if you have turned to Jesus Christ and received Him in your life, you are a child of God and have eternal life. You have the eternal life regardless of what you feel right now. Do not base your assurance of salvation on your ever-changing emotions, but rest in the word of the Bible and on Jesus Christ, just like the anchor of a ship is never thrown inside the ship but always outside.

 

- (John 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name

 

 - (1 John 5:11-13) And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12 He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.

13 These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 

The prayer of salvation: Lord, Jesus, I turn to You. I confess that I have sinned against You and have not lived according to Your will. However, I want to turn away from my sins and follow You with all my heart. I also believe that my sins have been forgiven through Your atonement and I have received eternal life through You. I thank You for the salvation that You have given me. Amen.

 

 

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References:

 

1. Charles Darwin: Elämäni, p. 55,56

2. Jerry A. Coyne: Why Evolution is True

3. Francis Crick: What Mad Pursuit: a Personal View of Scientific Discovery (1988), p. 138

4. Richard Dawkins: Maailman hienoin esitys, evolution todisteet (The Greatest Show on Earth, The Evidence for Evolution), p. 342

5. Mailis Janatuinen: Ihmisen käyttöohjeet, p. 120

6. Loren Cunningham / Janice Rogers: Kirja joka muuttaa kansat (The Book that Transforms Nations), p. 133

7. C.S. Lewis: Entisen ateistin kristillisiä esseitä (Christian Reflections), p. 100, 101

8. C.S. Lewis: Tätä on kristinusko (Mere Christianity), p. 16,18

9. Jakov Damkani: Siionin poika, p. 107,108

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grap to eternal life!