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Spiritual Illiteracy

Illiteracy is an awful thing. It prevents people from healthy development. In a way, they can’t be blamed for their failure to understand, since this weakness imprisons them. Sometimes their environment prevents them from learning and sometimes they’ve simply made that choice.
      What about the spiritually illiterate—that is, those who don’t have a clue about God and His ways? When we are talking with people we need to realize that they may not be able to grasp what we’re sharing. So we need to be compassionate and patient as God reveals that first glimmer of hope through us. We must realize that while some have chosen spiritual illiteracy, others may not even have been exposed to the truth.
      Our job is to speak God’s truth. And realizing that people may lack the ability to understand will help us to share His truth in love, rather than standing in judgment over them.

Faith Results in Action!

We all exercise faith as we go about our routine of life. And we always behave as we believe. What we have set our heart on is what we naturally pursue. Today’s interpretation of believing rarely lines up with the Bible’s meaning because superficial belief requires almost no effort.
When the Bible uses the word believe it means trusting in what God has promised.                                  Faith and trust are one and the same. Believe is merely the verb form of the nouns belief, faith and trust. Scripture tells us: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who seek Him.” Belief in God, then, should always result in pursuing relationship with Him. Action is what’s needed! It offers proof that we truly believe. Without it our so-called faith amounts to nothing.

From: The Path Through the Maze. Answering Life’s Ultimate Question; What Happens After We Die?

 

 

The Nature of Biblical Belief

The Bible is jam-packed with the promises of God, and they all hinge on one key promise: “Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.” What does it mean to believe? You may say, “Of course I believe in God,” or, “Yes, I believe in Jesus.” But what is the outcome of that belief? Has it changed your life in any meaningful way? Is your life any different from those who hold no such belief at all?
       The term believe has become seriously watered-down in our culture. It doesn’t come close to what the Bible says it is. It’s not uncommon for us to believe what is being offered in life, yet more often than not these beliefs are merely superficial. So what’s the point? It’s simply this: acting on God’s promises proves that we believe, unquestionably showing that we trust—have faith in—what God offers. Pursuit of God offers that proof.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

The Ultimate Price

“All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” This incredible prophecy found in Isaiah 53 is one that resounds throughout all generations. But it does not stand alone; the entire chapter teems with the purpose of God—the suffering Jesus had to endure, bearing in His body that which would ultimately release us from the guilt of sin and restore us to relationship with our Father.
       Read it again, and contemplate this prophecy written 700 years before Christ’s death. Think not only about the precision with which His crucifixion fulfilled it, but also the content of the message—the magnitude of the offering He willingly endured because of His immeasurable love for us. Yes, we have gone our own way. Isaiah 53 is a sobering reminder to us all.

“What must I do to be saved?”

As the Apostle Paul sat chained in a Macedonian dungeon singing praises to God, a massive earthquake occurred. His shackles miraculously fell off and the prison gates flew wide open. Witnessing this, the terrified jailer cried, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul’s reply was straightforward, yet very explicit: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…”
Could it really be that simple? What about all the ritual and penance one must perform to become acceptable in God’s eyes? Not necessary, Jesus says. It’s as simple as believing God’s promise. But what does believing really mean? The Bible is always the starting place when exploring the meaning of belief. Yet few bother to investigate it, much less understand it.
The Bible is true! Proof of this is the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who share the same experience of life-changing transformation—just as depicted in its pages.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Only One Way to God

All creation was brought into existence through Jesus Christ. And it was created “for Him.” This is God’s intent for everything we see before us. Since mankind is the zenith of God’s created order, we possess a supreme purpose. What is it exactly? Our reason for existence is to be united with God—to share eternal life with Him. This theme is repeated time and again in the Bible.
     Yet as staggering as God’s promise of eternal life for all mankind is, not everyone will get to share in it. Quite the opposite really; it is reserved for God’s chosen few. Not one of us will ever experience God’s ultimate purpose without first receiving what Jesus has so generously provided. Those who claim that there are many roads to God are flatly mistaken. “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus Christ claims, “no one comes to the Father but though Me.”

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

This World as a Stage

Skeptics often ask why our planet could be of any relevance in a universe so vast. How could this world, insignificant as it appears to be, harbor the setting for the epic struggle between good and evil. This idea is widely accepted as the message of the Bible, but it’s just plain wrong.
       The core of the Bible is not about the battle between good and evil. Even a brief look at Scripture tells us that God’s victory over evil is no contest at all. No, this seemingly irrelevant stage we call Earth isn’t about the ultimate dominance of good over evil. It’s about singling-out God’s chosen few—the welcoming of the children of God into eternal life with Him. This is the underlying theme of practically every book of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. For achieving of such an amazing purpose, no stage could be too large!

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Stake Your Life on It!

Scholars recreate historical documents from copies which exist today. Not more than a dozen copies remain for most ancient writings, often more than a thousand years older than the original. Yet we routinely depend on their accuracy.
     So what about the Bible? Is it reliable? Can it really be trusted? The New Testament was written in Greek some two thousand years ago. Think about this: biblical scholars have scads more copies to work from than even the best works of antiquity—more than five thousand, in fact. And they are much closer in age to the original texts. If that were not enough, almost the entire New Testament can be reassembled from other documents quoting from the originals lost to history. In short, there is a virtual storehouse of information available for scholars to crosscheck. This is an uncontested fact among all scholars.
     The Bible trustworthy? You can bet on it!

Prize It Above All Else

Our freedom in Christ is described in the Bible as a prize—a gift to be cherished. The Apostle Paul fought hard to make sure God’s people would not be fraudulently stripped of their prize of freedom. But free for what? Not free to continue in sin, but free to enjoy unbroken relationship with God without having to work for it. Satan himself is behind this fraud—a deception which runs rampant throughout the church today.
      Don’t be fooled into believing you’re not good enough to enjoy God’s goodness—that you must always do better to earn His love. It’s simply not true. “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,” Colossians 2:6 says. Which of us was worthy of Him, in and of ourselves, when He first saved us? Yet God counted us worthy. And if worthy then, let’s live in Him as worthy now.

In Christ!

In Jesus Christ, God’s word is taught, yet Jesus is much more—He is the embodiment of God’s Word itself. He is the cradle and splendor of all beauty, but He is more—He is beauty itself. He is the fount of all truth, yet He is more—He is truth itself. He is the source of all wisdom, but still He is more—He is wisdom itself. Colossians 2:3 says, “in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,”

Jesus our Lord is the giver of all grace. From Him all life springs forth and has meaning, but still He is more—He proclaims, “I AM the life!” He is the fountain of love, but again, He is far more than that—He is love! “In Him!” the Apostle Paul writes over and over again. Without even a hint of apology Paul insists that “Christ is all, and in all.” Col. 3:11. (Inspired by A.W. Tozer)