July 16, 2016

As in the days of Noah, Ark Encounter and Getting True Hope

"Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts..."   2 Peter 3:3

The Bible predicts the increase of scoffers and mockers of godly things in the last days.   The last days before judgment on the earth that will take place for mankind's crimes against a holy God.   However, there is a way of escape from the Judgment to come.   In fact, the very way of escape is generally the object for which the scoffers and mockers direct their attacks.     We are seeing this in many ways whenever the God of the Bible is mentioned as mankind's only source for hope or when the Bible itself is proclaimed as God's Word.  So it isn't surprising when another such attack is raised such as in the case of Ark Encounter.   You may have heard of it.    The Ark Encounter is a life-sized boat museum depicting an Ark like that of Noah, written about in Genesis 6-9.   This attack directed at Ark Encounter has caused quite a stir within social media and among bloggers alike.    It even caught the attention of Bill Nye (the science guy) as he recently visited the Ark Encounter for himself.
Now in the days of Noah, the Ark that God commanded Noah to build was to save any who would listen to God's warning of coming judgment on the earth and be rescued.  This judgment was to be in the form of a world-wide flood.   There hadn't been rain before on the earth and people wanted to do what ever they thought was right in their own eyes and so they did.  They scoffed at Noah for nearly 75 years while he built the Ark.   In Genesis 7 we read about the judgment flood that came and how only Noah's family was saved.    God promised never to send a world-wide flood again upon the earth and gave His rainbow as a promise.   (Genesis 9)
Today Ark Encounter is meant to stand as a warning of similar coming judgment on the earth and proclaim the Christian message of hope and salvation from God's promised wrath to come.   God is a God of true justice and holiness and evil doers will not go unpunished.   This includes lying, not putting God first, and lusting (adultery - see what Jesus said about this - Matthew 5:28).   God requires a payment (death) for the penalty of breaking His commands.    God is also a God of love.  (See how you do with the Good Person Test.)
In fact,  this message of love, redemption and hope may be considered foolishness to scoffers of God but ironically, despite people passing judgment on God for His coming judgment against evil, God is the one who provides the only Way of redemption in the first place!
More specifically God demonstrated His love when He filled a body in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.   Jesus Christ paid the penalty for yours and my sin (the breaking His commandments).   So even though people make mock and scoff at this message, and the Ark Encounter for what it stands for, only one question still remains that we each must answer before we die.   If God's judgment against sin is real and hell exists as Jesus said (Matt. 5:22-30, 10:28, 23:33),  what will happen to you after you die?
Get true hope and get rescued, before you run out of time. 

Originally posted at TinkerXperience

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February 8, 2012

It's "180" Day!

Yesterday on the Sean Hannity show, Lanny Davis (former W.H. counsel to Clinton's) was discussing the abortion issue.  He mentioned he took a pro-choice stance on abortion but didn't want to "discriminate" against those who may disagree with that view----namely the Catholics or Christians who disagree with murdering a baby.  
I am trying to understand his view.  Lets see,  he didn't want to discriminate against any person or make an unfair judgment against those people who may want to save children's lives in the womb.  So he is telling us he supports someones right to kill a baby but it might be considered discrimination if you say you are against abortion?   I am confused. Maybe that is the point.
Is it really discrimination or unfair to be against the murder of an innocent baby or to be against those folks who give their support (including dollars) for someone else to murder a baby like say, Planned Parenthood?   I think not.  Please watch the movie 180 if you haven't already.   Thank you.

January 14, 2012

Are You Ready For The Jump?

A portion of the following anecdote is found in my book "A Matter of Life or Death."

You and I are traveling on a large plane 30,000 feet up in the air. This particular plane is filled with exciting earthly pleasures and entertainment. The adult beverages are flowing, the kids are playing in a large ball pit and toward the back of the plane a band is playing rockin tunes by request. If that weren't enough, our choice of movies seem endless and the elaborate food buffet including, lobster-tail, organic veggie or steak wraps, hot oven-baked pizza and a wide array of house chowders is fabulous. And the fun doesn't end with great food. On this flight, a live theatrical production of "My Fair Lady" is wowing an audience on the third floor. 
Then it happens. You hear the captain make a brief announcement over the intercom. He informs us that the plane has lost a portion of its right wing and the plane is going to crash. 
You look out the window and notice fire and smoke trailing off the wing as we continue to rapidly descend.  Kids and adults alike begin screaming and yelling as mass terror seems to erupt all around us. Suddenly, amid all the panic something wonderful happens. The captain comes back on the intercom system and informs us that there is a parachute located just beneath each seat.  This is good news (you can stop screaming).   So now we've learned there is a parachute under the seat....do you put yours on?

You may not have tomorrow, the next hour, or another minute to be alive.  God promises judgment against all wickedness and evil.  I want you to be ready to meet your Maker.  In Hebrews 9:27 it is written, "it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment."  No one is good enough to enter God's presence because of our sin.  "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" which is God's perfect standard (see Romans 3:23).  See how you measure up to God's standard here.
If you hadn't already guessed it, the 'parachute' in the anecote above represents Jesus Christ---God manifest in flesh.   God Himself through His Son paid the penalty for sin on a cross.  He died for us so that we might be free.  After three days, He rose from the grave defeating death and sin.  You must repent and put your trust in Him (as you might trust a parachute to save you from physical death).  It is not the faith itself that saves you but Jesus Christ and Him alone who can save you because of what He accomplished when we couldn't.  SavedFromTheWrath.com