What About Those Who Have Never Heard of the Gospel or Christ?

What About Those Who Have Never Heard of the Gospel or Christ?

What about Those Who Have Never Heard of the Gospel or Christ?

I do not know about you but this this is a question that I have asked since I became a Christian. I know many others have asked the same thing but never really got a satisfactory answer.

Until now.

Dr. William Lane Craig, who is philosopher and theologian, has a short 5-minute video from Reasonable Faith that you can view at the bottom of this blog, but I will attempt to lay out his article in print here.

When Christians claim that Jesus is the only way to God, an objection is often raised: If Jesus is the only way to God, what about those who’ve never heard of Jesus? Is God unfair?

Are some people just unlucky – born at the wrong time and place in history?

 

They can’t possibly be saved … or can they?

What About Those Who Have Never Heard of the Gospel or Christ?
What About Those Who Have Never Heard of the Gospel or Christ?
What About Those Who Have Never Heard of the Gospel or Christ?

Is Jesus the only way of salvation? The only way to forgiveness? The only way to God?

Many people consider that Christ is the only way to God unacceptable and deeply offensive.

People ask what about those people that have never heard of the gospel or Jesus.

God is not unfair. The Bible says God wants all people to be saved.

Those that have not heard of Christ will not be judged on what they do not know but will be judged on what they do know.

What about those who have never heard of Christ know?

 

Two truths God has revealed to everyone everywhere.

 

1.) God Exists. In nature.

By observing the natural world around us.

 

2.) There is a Moral Law

Our conscience within us. Every one of us has a sense of right and wrong.

 

So those that have not heard of Christ can respond to the light they have been given through God (nature) and Moral Law (Conscience) if they turn to God for forgiveness and new life.

Just like people who lived prior to the time of Christ they can be saved through Christ even though they have not heard of Christ.

But what about people who don’t respond to God’s self-revelation through nature and conscience?

Granted, they freely separate themselves from God and God will not force them to believe if they do not want to.

But maybe they would have believed if only they had heard of Him?

Are they just victims of bad luck? Born at the wrong time and place in history?

According to the Bible, people are not born as a result of an accident, but that God decides where and when each person will live. So, it is possible that God so ordered the world anyone who would believe in Christ if they heard of Him, is born where he does hear about Him.

No one is lost through historical or geographical accident. Anyone who wants or would want to be saved will be saved.

Our eternal destiny truly lies in our own hands.

How about you?

“God made every nation of men… that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history… and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for Him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17:26-27

 

What about Those Who Have Never Heard of the gospel or Christ?

A short 5-minute video from  Reasonable Faith

What About Those Who Have Never Heard of the Gospel or Christ?

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Who Made God?

Who Made God?

Who Made God?

Who made God? Where did God come from? This question are asked by many Christians and non-believers alike. Everything had to be made by something and had a starting point in time, right? It’s very hard for us to wrap our heads around something or someone that was not created.

We have been taught all our lives of this logical fact. The largest object in our human knowledge, the universe, came into existence at one point in time from the big bang or cosmological singularity. Who made that? Who pulled the trigger?

The universe could not pop into existence from nothing. Nothing can. When have you ever seen something pop into existence without explanation?

Everything in this universe had a starting point no matter how large or small. Some objects came into being at the Big Bang, but many things started sometime after.

Who made all this stuff?

Stuff like gravity, planets, stars, galaxies, and atoms. Its ingrained into our brains that everything has been made or designed by someone or something.

If God created everything who created God?

Dr. William Lane Craig (one of the top analytic philosophers and Christian theologian) said it best: “God is the only self-existent source of everything other than Himself”

In other words, a timeless, immaterial, eternal being cannot have a cause. Nothing could bring into existence a being into reality who transcends space and time.

How could something be made inside of our universe that made the universe itself? That makes no sense. It would have to be a being outside of our universe that made it in the first place. Something powerful enough and smart enough to create something of this magnitude and complexity.

Everything that begins to exist has a cause.

Something could not come into being out of nothing. If something is eternal and timeless it does not need a cause.

Think of it this way: where did the sun get its light? The sun is its own source of light. Same way with God. He is His own source of life.

When atheists think they have Christians on the run when they ask who made God, it really exposes their ignorance on who God is.

The simple answer to who made or created God would be God is not caused but self-existent.

The best part of all this is that this Christian God who is the uncaused cause desires the perfect relationship with me and you!

“Father… you loved me before the foundations of the world.” John 17:24

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set into place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4

To watch two short videos on this topic, go to Dr. William Lane Craig and Ravi Zacharias Ministries

 

Who Made God?

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Descending into Madness Without Forgiveness

Descending into Madness Without Forgiveness

Descending into Madness Without Forgiveness

As I was watching a new movie called “The Professor and the Mad Man” with Mell Gibson (Professor James Murry) and Sean Penn (Dr. William Chester Minor). Many emotions came to my mind. This film is very complicated and well done.

It’s a true story about how the first Oxford English Dictionary was created and the unlikely friendship that evolved between a Scottish autodidact and a schizophrenic, PTSD-suffering American civil war veteran.

These two became the most unlikely of friends. Sean Penn plays the part of the mad man, Dr. James Murry, who is in an English prison for the insane in 1879. 

In his mind, he is haunted by some of the ghosts of the past and thinks they are following him and wanting him to pay a price for what he has done. He thinks these ghosts have not forgiven him and do not think God has either.

It eventually made him crazy and irrational. 

(Left) Mell Gibson as Professor James Murry –  (right) Sean Penn as Dr. William Minor

Descending into Madness Without Forgiveness

 

In this haze of PTSD, Dr. Minor teams up with Professor Murry on how to put together this very complicated dictionary and become friends in the process. Working on this project, Dr. Minor’s symptoms are reduced because his mind is being occupied with the work.  

Eventually, he would again descend back into madness because of an unfortunate event in prison. Dr. Minor said something very interesting to Professor Murry when he came to visit him to find out what happened.

“God makes you pay a heavy toll for your past sins.”

How many of us believe deep down inside that God makes us pay a heavy toll for our past behaviors and indiscretions and we need to pay back for what we have done? 

Many of us do not think we are worthy to be forgiven and replay our past over and over trying to make sense out of what we have done. 

Sometimes other people that we have injured do not want to forgive us. It is still too painful for them. They want us to pay a heavy toll. Some people are just so filled with anger that no amount of payback will work to fix the wrong, real or imagined, that has occurred.

We also can be consumed by this fire that burns inside of us because of anger towards someone else. We too can replay the event over and over until we begin to descend into madness. 

How do we overcome this sinful human condition of anger and unforgiveness? This terrible cycle we seem to find ourselves in all too often.

Jesus Christ is the only way.

What amazing God Christians serve! He has made a way out of this madness of unforgiveness and sin. By turning himself into a human and walking among us and eventually dying at our hands. This sinless entity took all of our bad behaviors and evil ways and piled them on His shoulders and took them to the grave forever.

We are now forgiven.

Forgiven completely and not just a little bit. It has to be all or nothing in God’s eyes. Nothing can be left over to haunt us and take us back into the madness of unforgiveness. God does not want that for His children who He loves so much.

“What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” Psalm 8:4 (NKJV)

Dr. Minor’s madness was rooted in the past. In his mind, he just could not be forgiven because all the people he thought he had harmed were dead and gone so there was no way he could make it up to them. They kept haunting him and driving insane. It was an eye for an eye from the Old Testament and could not be appeased. 

Jesus came with a new message in the New Testament. Judgment was cast aside for a better, sane way of life and relationships. All we have to do is ask the Creator of the universe to come into our lives. Put our pride on hold and tell Him we need help. Become born again into a new life and a new thought process.

Forgiveness allows us to start over again no matter what we have done. It gives us hope to start again and knowing we are not alone. Our mentor becomes God Himself and the Bible the driver’s manual.

This will truly keep us sane.

I think God designed us to be forgiven because we all have done things in our lives to other people great and small. We cannot help it because of the sin nature we were born with. Scripture tells us in:

 Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

There is also a terrible price to pay if we do not forgive. From God’s word, it says in:

Matt: 6:14-15  “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

In other words, if you do not forgive others you are condemning yourself. Now if that is not madness, I do not know what is.

As I write this out, I am searching myself if I have not forgiven others of their transgressions towards me. I do not want God to deal with me in this unforgiving way. After He has given me a way out of the insanity I do not want to go back to that life.

Now that’s a scary thought. I have already asked God to forgive me for thinking that.

 

If you would like to know about this great movie “The Professor and the Madman”

 

Descending into Madness Without Forgiveness

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Missing God in Baby Jesus

Missing God in Baby Jesus

Missing God in Baby Jesus

Christmas time is a time for celebration. As humans, we look for things to celebrate or to party for. We want a break from our normal lives and want to participate in something larger than ourselves.

As Christians, our focus should be on the birth of Jesus and not Santa Clause, gifts, Christmas lights and a tree to decorate. We reflect on the baby in the manger and we may even understand what it took for Mary and Joseph to arrive at that place in time and space along with the shepherds and wise men.

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” John 1:14

This baby had made His entrance into the world in all the usual ways that all human baby’s show up. He had grown inside of Mary from the smallest organisms. Did God inject Himself as a sperm into her womb and then fertilize her egg that started the whole process? We know Jesus grew all his body parts in His human mother and when He had come to term, He was born on a specific moment in time.

If so, that sperm made Him fully God and that human egg from Mary made Him fully human. That sperm had all the DNA and knowledge of God Himself in this teeny tiny package that would mix with the human egg cell with all of the DNA of humanity.

Wrap your head around that.

Why God decided to design human life to exist on this planet in this solar system in this universe is only something He knows. The possibilities must have been endless. God’s Middle knowledge is something only He has. When you factor in man’s ‘free will’ this existence that we are living in realy is the “Best Possible of All Worlds”. 

I know I am playing Monday morning quarterback here because I know how this story ends but for all those people that lived and had contact with Jesus, I do not think anyone truly understood what they had in their midst until He died and was resurrected from the dead.

Here was a small helpless baby with many different types of people staring down at Him. Each one of them had thoughts dancing in their heads of who and what this baby represented and meant for them and everyone else, but I think the full understanding was elusive to them.

Missing God in Baby Jesus

Missing God in Baby Jesus

 

Can you imagine being right there and hearing this baby cry or watch His mother feed and change His dirty diaper? God in the flesh? Who can grasp that concept? One moment you could gaze down on this little helpless human baby wrapped in small blankets and the next you could walk outside of their dwelling and look up into the nighttime sky and realize that baby made ALL of that!

A sky that was so clear and, in a place, and time that no city lights could dim the view of the universe. An amazing perspective with the billions of galaxies all swirling about just out of reach above your head.

“The heavens declare the glory of God” Psalm 19:1

To many of us, we have heard this story of the birth of Jesus so many times that its true impact can be lost on us in the mundane. I try to unpack this truth not only at Christmas time but at other points in time when I am trying to understand the creator of this universe and what He has done for humanity and me in particular.

I am trying to make it fresh. Peel away the God onion and look deeper into what it is we worship. I love exploring God’s universe and checking out all His creative ways. The natural world just cries out Intelligent Designer from the largest to the smallest and everything in between. The complexity of it all is truly breathtaking in its scope.

Who is this entity that we call God?

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Psalm 8:3

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The Jesus I Never Knew Book Review

The Jesus I Never Knew Book Review

The Jesus I Never Knew Book Review

“There is no writer in the evangelical world that I admire and appreciate more” — Billy Graham

 

What if everything you thought you knew about Jesus Christ was flipped upside down. What if there was so much more that you were never taught in the church or just what you have understood about Him from scripture?

Because of our culture today is so different than His Jewish heritage was when He walked on this planet two thousand years ago much was bound to be missing from His majestic story. Our understanding of Him has been limited.

What If I told you that a book was written by a great Christian author by the name of Philip Yancey that thoughtfully explores many hidden treasures of Jesus who was fully God and fully man? Would you want to read it?

From inside the book “The Jesus I Never Knew”…

“Philip Yancey helps reveal what two thousand years of history covered up. What happens when a respected Christian journalist decides to put his preconceptions aside and take a long look at the Jesus described in the Gospels? How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the ‘new, rediscovered’ Jesus—or even the Jesus we think we know so well?

Philip Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work—his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection—and ultimately, who he was and why he came. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey presents a complex character who generates questions as well as answers; a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who wants to radically transform your life and stretch your faith.

The Jesus I Never Knew…

…uncovers a Jesus who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying. ‘No one who meets Jesus ever stays the same,’ says Yancey. ‘Jesus has rocked my own preconceptions and has made me ask hard questions about why those of us who bear his name don’t do a better job of following him.”

To me this was more than a book review. It was something that expanded my perception tenfold of who this man Jesus was. He was not only a man but creator of this universe. My heart longs for this connection with Him.

This book was well worth the time to read. I guarantee you will not look at scripture the same.

 

You can purchase “The Jesus I Never Knew” from Amazon New Here and Used Here.

 

The Jesus I Never Knew Book Review

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