Welcome to an elite group of thinkers,” the sages of the ages;” Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, and many other philosophers who have been seeking the answer to this very question. It wasn’t until Jesus Christ came to earth that it was answered clearly and directly.
Jesus said, “I am the truth.” (John 14:6) He is the embodiment of truth about all of creation and life’s really important and significant matters; life and death, heaven and hell, sin and righteousness, creation and evolution, good and evil and so many more including even the little things in life.
Webster defines truth as, “that which is true; that which conforms to fact or reality.” Jesus’ life is a fact and He is the ultimate reality. In order to know the truth one needs to know Jesus, not just know about Him.
A few of Jesus’ profound truth statements for you to carefully consider are;
- “You must be born-again to gain eternal life.” (John 3:3)
- “No one comes to the Father (heaven) except through Me.” (John 14:6)
- “The Father and I are one.” (John 10:30)
- “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born I Am.” (In this statement Jesus confirmed He was God, I Am, and eternal, i.e., He existed before Abraham in eternity past.) (John 8:58)
Remember, truth is always truth. Two plus two is always four. Jesus’ words are truth although many choose to believe otherwise at their own peril.
One final thought on truth. It is a truth that every human being ever created that does not repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior when they die they will face God as Judge on Judgment Day. That’s a sobering truth that needs to be remembered and considered seriously. It’s a truth that should be a life changer. The ‘Good News’ is that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Examine the Gospel of John to discover more of Jesus’ surprising truth statements. You won’t be disappointed.
Everybody asks this and the answer is actually simple and direct. He is here, right now no matter where you are or what you are doing. It’s referred to as being Omnipresent. God’s Spirit is present everywhere throughout Creation.
In His great power and knowledge God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) That means He was before the creation of the universe and thus all space, time and matter that was created when our universe was created. This means that God transcends these dimensions, not being limited by them but over them. Because He transcends what he created, God operates in and out of them at any time and any place in anyway He wills. He is not in just one place.
When Moses inquired of God who God was, God’s answer was simple “I Am”. (Ex 3:13-14) Jesus gave the same answer. (John 8: 58) “I Am” means God was, is and always will be. No one else can say that. When Jesus physically left this earth He had promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the third part of the triune God to be with us and He did. Being spiritual, the Holy Spirit is not limited by space, time and matter. Thus God is everywhere, all the time as the Holy Spirit. God literally is with you.
When you pray you are talking to God but do not envision that your prayer is going up to some far away throne with a bearded old man sitting on a throne. No you are face to face with God through the Holy Spirit whose purpose is to intercede on your behalf with God. (Rom 8: 26-7) Through prayer you can draw even closer to God, so close that God is in you.
( Text provided by, G. Lee Southard, Ph.D Author, To Know With Certainty)
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Agape is the Greek word used in the Bible when referring to God’s love. Agape is one of four Greek words that are often translated as “love.” It describes selfless love of one person for another, without any romantic implications, especially love that is spiritual in nature. Some writers have described agape as the noblest word for love in the Greek Language.
It is love available to every person from God without any preconditions. Some will choose to embrace it and others will reject it at their own peril. It is unconditional and unselfish and unbounded. It is a consuming passion for the well-being of others, a love that reflects compassion and sacrifice and is embodied in Jesus, the Christ.
In the Bible, in 1 John 4:10, the writer explains it this way:
“This is love: that God sent his Son (Jesus) as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
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No, the Christian faith fits the scientific facts. Science now confirms that the intricacy and complexity of the design details in both the macro (cosmic) and micro (biological) Sciences point to an Intelligent Designer. That designer is God.
Recent scientific discoveries demonstrate also that evolution could not have produced new life forms on planet Earth including humans. No matter how many eons of time one selects, the mathematical probability of evolution producing life forms is zero.
Even though the universe came into being, the Big Bang, about 13.8 billion years ago and the earth about 4.8 billion years ago, in all that time, the extensive number of fossils discovered, including those in the Cambrian strata (billions upon billions of fossils), not a single transitional species was found. All fossil species appear distinct; that is no evolution. The foundation of the evolution theory is a gradual transition of species thru random probabilistic transition. This is the essence of the theory yet NOT ONE transitional species has ever been found where there should be billions if not trillions.
Remember this too. The older Earth age does not conflict with the Genesis seven days of creation because the Hebrew word for day, ‘ium’, has four possible meanings one of which is, “A long period of time,” which could be millions or billions of years. In other words, God took His time to get Earth ready.
Regarding evolution, one must keep in mind that evolution was a theory which is now a worldview masquerading as scientific fact. It is fundamentally the religion of atheists who reject the idea of God or even an intelligent designer and that a human being has an eternal soul. Why, so that atheists can be their own god, live life as they please, fabricate their own truth and believe that life ends at death with no Judgment Day and no eternal condemnation or punishment. In other words, a life with no hope, no meaning, and no purpose of any eternal value. In that worldview, human life has no value greater than the lives of animals. Despite overwhelming evidence, evolutionists say, “my mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the scientific facts or the idea of intelligent design by a Creator God.” So sad!!
So, choose faith and study more about how science supports the Genesis account of creation. While you are searching for truth, you will also discover God’s plan for your life.
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You can’t share what you don’t know personally. Have you noticed that people increasingly invest themselves in positions (political, cultural, theological) that leave no room for alternative viewpoints. It seems as if everyone is shouting and no one is listening. People who hold contrary views find themselves shunned by family, friends and coworkers. In that environment, loving one another can be difficult, but not impossible.
To begin with, we must never forget that everyone we meet was created by God. Each one is so loved by God, that Jesus, God’s son, paid the punishment for all of the sins of that individual so that he or she could be forgiven and enjoy a fruitful life now and a perfectly wonderful eternal existence after earthly death. But most of those people who are judgemental and hard to get along with are those who have not allowed God to work in their hearts and minds.
Many haven’t experienced God’s love or even real human love. They have been hurt by someone who should have shown them love. They think they are not lovable themselves or even worthy of love.
Some, among us, believe you have to like another person to be able to love them. That’s not true. You can show love without necessarily liking another person. In short, the reason that many people struggle to love others, is that they don’t know God’s love, and they don’t know God’s love because they don’t know God. 1 John 4:8 reminds us that “Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love.”
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