Why did Jesus have to die for our sins?  Couldn’t God have done it a different way?

Why did Jesus have to die for our sins? Couldn’t God have done it a different way?

 

God is Holy and will not have sin in His presence. Without a sacrifice, the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. (Hebrews 9:22)  In the Old Testament we read that God called for the offering of an unblemished lamb as an atoning sacrifice for the forgiveness of the sins of the people. Jesus was the perfect “lamb of God” (John 1:29, 35) slain in God’s plan of salvation from the foundation of the world.

God’s plan all along was to send His son Jesus to die for us so that by placing our trust in Him as Savior we could be forgiven and gain eternal life. There was no better way for us to be brought into right relationship with God.  There is nothing we can do ourselves to earn salvation. Salvation is by God’s Grace alone, by Faith alone in Christ alone. There is no forgiveness of sin in any other. There was no other way but God’s way.  

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If God made us in his image, why do so many Christians seem to hate gays and transgender people?

If God made us in his image, why do so many Christians seem to hate gays and transgender people?

The Bible is clear in calling out homosexual acts as detestable (Leviticus 20:13). It is even made more clear in Romans 1:27 how God views homosexuality, “men committed shameful acts with other men, and received and themselves the due penalty for their sin….so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so they do what ought not to be done.”

That said, God’s word in Matthew 7:11 warns Christians not to judge others lest they be judged. Perhaps you have heard the expression, “hate the sin but not the sinner.”  Christians are not supposed to hate anyone including gay or transgender people. That kind of hate is actually a sin from which one needs to repent and seek God’s forgiveness. (Galatians 5:19-21) Christians should be caring and compassionate taking every opportunity to share the gospel message of love, repentance, forgiveness and salvation.

With respect to the subject of gender, in Genesis we read that God created man and woman or male and female. A person who declares him or herself as transgender goes against God’s design for humanity and his wisdom in creating beings that can be joined together in marriage, have children and create families. That is God’s design for the basic structure of a loving and compassionate society.  Here again, a Christian should not hate but reach out to everyone with the truth of God’s word in a loving never hateful way.

How can I know that God is Real? What is the evidence?

How can I know that God is Real? What is the evidence?

One legacy of the modern world is the feeling that to believe something, there must be conclusive evidence, so conclusive that no one can possibly doubt. This is not realistic. Every day we make decisions based upon deep, unconscious and sometimes incomplete understanding. It is called faith. So it is with God. The existence of God is something we believe, even on those days when we doubt, based upon a deep sense that God is there and we can always live in his presence.

Even a trained lawyer, Chris Scruggs said, “After I believed on the basis of an answer to prayer, I was able to understand profound arguments for the existence of God from the way the world is and the underlying reliability of the Bible. Before that, there was a sense that there is a God, and God answers prayer, that faith makes sense of life and morality.” Then there is the difference that faith makes in the lives of everyone who believes.

If you really need evidence, there is an abundance of evidence that God exists in the intelligent design of the universe and the complexity of human life. There is also the affirming evidence of the fulfillment of more than 300 Bible prophecies because only God knows the future of all events. Yes, God exists and you can know Him best through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In Him you will find all the evidence you need, plus the assurance of eternal life and peace with God.

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I believe in Jesus. Is that good enough?

I believe in Jesus. Is that good enough?

The real question seems to be, “Good enough for what?”  To believe in Jesus is to believe that God was present in a particular human life–and if that is true, that life is of supreme importance for all of us. If Jesus is God, then learning about God and God’s ways, following Christ in everyday life and a host of things called, “Discipleship” become very important. Believing in Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord of your life is enough, and ought to motivate you to follow Jesus and live like Jesus. Simply passively believing is not enough, as even the devil knows about Jesus.

To become a faithful follower of Jesus requires spending time in God’s word, the Bible, learning about his life, his teachings, his character, his cause, his reliance on the Father, his commandments, and his perseverance in the face of many challenges. When you trust and believe in him intimately and imitate his life, that will be good enough.  Ultimately, Jesus wants you to know him as your best friend now and for eternity.

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