How can I leave a Legacy as a Christian?

How can I leave a Legacy as a Christian?

Before we present the answer to this question, allow us to pose another for you to ponder. It may sound a little strange, but think about it for just a moment: what do you want people to say about you at your funeral? Do you want people to say that you were funny, or that you were financially successful? Do you want people to think you were generous or friendly, or a hard worker? Is that enough for you or do you want more? A legacy is about how we are remembered when we are gone. We all leave a legacy. It’s simply a question of what it will be. In fact, you are building your legacy right now. When we die, our legacy lives on. A legacy may even last forever. The Bible says three things in life last forever: God (Deuteronomy 33:27, Psalm 100:5) The Word of God (Isaiah 40:8, Psalm 119:89) The souls of people (Daniel 12:2, John 3:16, Hebrews 9:27).

If you want to leave a legacy as a Christian, you must situate your life around these three eternal things. As a Christian you leave a legacy by investing your time, talent and treasure in God and in the things of God. You get to know him, love him, and serve him. You worship him regularly, and learn his ways. You do things that will give him glory. You give financially to his kingdom through churches, ministries and missionaries who are spreading his word. You listen to his Spirit as He guides and directs you throughout your life. As a Christian, you leave a legacy by knowing the Bible and speaking it to everyone all around you with your life, your words and your actions. You teach God’s word to your kids, you share with your neighbor. God’s word is your authority and source of hope in a lost and broken world. You study God’s word to allow it to inform your life. As you do this, your character changes and you become more like Jesus.

As a Christian, you leave a legacy by investing in other people. People live forever, either with or without God. You share with others how they can know Jesus to ensure they will spend eternity with him. You disciple and mentor people, you love and serve and guide them. People and relationships are the most important thing to God. Jesus loved people and taught them, fed them, healed them and ultimately gave his life for that. At your funeral, what if instead of people saying that you were funny, they said, “here was a man who changed the world because he invested in eternity,” or “here is a woman who invested in God, the word of God, and other people. She is someone who left a great legacy.”

Was Noah’s flood real?

Was Noah’s flood real?

Yes, it happened and it was real, very real indeed. It is no myth or just a story. Jesus referred to Noah as a real person and the flood as a real event. We can totally rely on his words. The best estimate as to when the flood occurred is about 20,000 years ago. The Bible gives no specific date only a sequential chronological progression of the events of creation. This dating comes from the most recent science record of the first humans somewhere around 45,000 years ago. That’s very recent in the timeline of the earth considering the dinosaurs were last on earth 250 million years ago.

As to the extent of the Flood. The Bible states that it covered the earth, which to the population at that time would have been their known region. Recognizing that the peoples at that time were concentrated in a very local geographic area in what is called today Mesopotamia (principally Iraq), it is generally recognized that the flood was universal to the entire human population at that time. Recent archaeological discoveries have unearthed large settlements that are now underwater in the Persian Gulf. The geography of this area of the earth has changed greatly since the flood. Numerous movies have been made purporting to tell the flood story, but all fall far short of depicting the Biblical narrative

The Bible does not describe in any detail character traits of Noah and his family other than being righteous. There are no quotes from Noah or his family in the Bible. All words and conversations in the movies are drawn from the imagination of the producer. The movie, Noah, produced in 2014 strayed so far from scripture that is was scorned by scientists and condemned by religious scholars. The movie was banned in much of the Muslim world despite the fact that the story takes place in what is today the heart of Islam. The movie distorts Bible teaching about God, animals, sin and salvation. The producer of the movie, Noah, didn’t just add to and take away from the story of Noah as recorded in Genesis, he reversed good and evil, elevated animals above humans, gave rocks souls, he equated fallen man with Jesus, and even elevated man higher than God.

For more thoughtful information about the flood, we strongly recommend visiting “Reasons to Believe” at www.reasons.org and/or reading Hugh Ross’ book, Navigating Genesis 1-11.

 

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What is the Christian Worldview regarding Science and History?

What is the Christian Worldview regarding Science and History?

People often question how life and the universe began.  Many who put their faith in science and history believe that Christians have a non-scientific worldview.  However, Christians also believe in science and history BUT they realize that neither science nor history are infallible.  Men of science make mistakes, scientific journals may be biased, and history may be distorted to prove a slanted point of view.  True science and history support the Christian worldview which is actually the most rational of all worldviews.  It requires no more faith than any other worldview or philosophy.

For example, many who hold a secular worldview believe that everything began from basic matter or energy and eventually some very elementary form of life happened to spontaneously generate from a primordial soup.  That worldview requires faith that “something” always existed but does not explain the origin of that “something.”  They also believe that the elements got more and more organized until more advanced life forms developed.  However, the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that there is a natural tendency for isolated systems to degenerate into chaos, not toward more order.  Therefore, the secular worldview is in conflict with this scientific law while the Christian worldview is not.

The secular worldview has faith that a basic life form developed on its own even though intricately designed nucleic acids, lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates are essential components of all known forms of life.  The most basic life form is much more complex than a cellphone and a cellphone would certainly not just develop on its own from basic elements.  The Christian worldview has faith that a Creator was in charge while designing the universe and creating life.  Which worldview really requires more faith?

Ultimately, everyone must choose their own worldview and this choice will affect every aspect of their lives.  The Christian worldview is not only supported by honest, scientifically sound truths but also by biblical revelation.  The Gospel of John contains the philosophical foundation of the Christian worldview.  It states that in the beginning Christ was, He was with God, and He was God.  He created all things and nothing was created without Him.  This foundation is a solid rock in a turbulent world of constantly changing opinions and values.  A person with a firm Christian worldview will not be tossed to and fro by every secularist doctrine.

What is the Christian concept of law, both natural law and biblical?

What is the Christian concept of law, both natural law and biblical?

A Christian understands how law plays a part in the world that God created.  This understanding forms part of the Christian’s worldview, helping him think like a Christian. There are two important factors in understanding law: (1) man’s moral worth; and (2) man’s rebellious nature.

Man has worth.  Man was created by God in the image and likeness of God.  Thus, there is an inherent value in a person.  It is worth that is not earned, but is given in man’s creation.  It is often called “moral worth” or “the dignity of man.”  Thus, to harm or murder a man is wrong.

Also, man has a rebellious nature.  Man disobeyed God and the result was a change in man’s nature.  His nature became self centered.  As such, man will devise ways to achieve his own self interests, often harming others.  Law attempts to control this rebellion in man.

Because of these two factors of man, God has given two types of law: (1) natural law; and (2) Biblical law.

Natural law.  Man, whether Christian or not, has a conscience.  The conscience includes a memory bank of rules of right and wrong.  Man is born with these rules.  As man acts, his conscience views this memory bank, and signals to the man whether he should or should not carry out the action.  It is an inherent sense of right and wrong.  It is called natural law.  Thus, every person is held accountable to God for his actions in abiding by or disobeying his conscience.

Biblical law.  In addition to natural law, God has given law through his word, the Bible.  Its intent is not only to protect man, but keep man on the right path, yielding a healthy and happy life.

“… blessed (happy) is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”  Proverbs 29:18.

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked …, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord”  Psalm 1:1-2.

Civil law.  In addition to God’s law, man himself creates law, civil law.  Man realizes that there must be laws to control man’s behavior to protect man, as well as to make man accountable for his actions.  However, civil laws may not conform to God’s Biblical law, and in fact may contradict God’s law.  Such contradictory laws are often established based on selfish desires of man.

With this understanding of law, a Christian thinks properly.  And, he spends time learning Biblical law.

“… in the law of the Lord, and meditates on his law day and night.”  Psalm 1: 2.

And, the results of learning God’s law are a fruitful and prosperous life.

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers..”  Psalm 1:3.

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.”  Proverbs 3:1-2.

So, what should be a Christian’s worldview, as to law?

Answer: There must be law to control me and protect my God given rights   as well as control my human brothers and sisters and their rights who like me are also broken and rebellious.  Law protects me and the ones I love.  God’s law is true, and is designed to increase my happiness and better my life when it is obeyed.

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