What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. A.W. Tozer
I have been writing and posting on my blog for almost four years.
During that time I have been encouraged by those who take the time to read my blog, and the comments they leave.
The few comments I have received that are disagreeable are also predictable.
God is not exceptional or Sovereign, or even real.
The Bible is filled with myths fairy tales and contradictions.
The idea of sin, hell or the need for a Savior to forgive and save you is outdated Stephen Hawking sums it up,
“God no longer has any place in theories on the creation of the universe in the light of a series of developments in physics.”
And in regard to a life after this,
“Heaven is a fairy story for those afraid of the dark.”
A popular Christian pastor and writer even suggested a few years back, “the redemptive work of Jesus may be universal — meaning that, as his book’s subtitle puts it, “every person who ever lived” could have a place in heaven, whatever that turns out to be.
The reaction for many followers of Christ, those who believe God does indeed exist, is actively involved in the affairs of men and women is to be offended, defensive angry.
I can speak for myself I feel that way sometimes.
But we need to understand when the validity of the Bible is challenged, when the promise of a Savior is belittled and ridiculed, we are seeing confirmation of what the apostle Paul wrote through inspiration of the Holy Spirit in
1 Corinthians 1:18.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing”.
Those who challenge the message of salvation, who challenge the authority of God, reject the Son He gave for their salvation, find themselves aligned with those described in 1 Corinthians 2:8
“None of the rulers of this age understood this secret wisdom of God, if they had they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Mr. Tozer was correct.
Whatever we think about God really is the most important thing about us.
It will determine how we live our lives, the choices we make.
It will determine ultimately where and how we will spend eternity.
How we think about things like,
Does God exist?
If He does what is his role if any in the affairs of men and women?
Is He willing to forgive and reach out to his wayward creation?
Or is He angry, rigid, judgemental looking for a reason to punish?
Is God merciful, gracious, loving, forgiving, engaged, approachable?
Or is God vengeful, cruel, harsh, bitter, uninterested, distant?
How we answer these questions determine not only what we think of God, but who He is or is not in our lives.
We can deny He is all those things or any of those things, even deny He exists.
Free will gives us the right to choose what we believe.
But what if He is all of those things?
What if everything written in the Bible is true? Then what do we do with Him?
If I believe God does exist.
If I believe God does have a hand in the affairs of man.
If I believe in God as the One who is ultimately in control, decides where I spend eternity and at the end of my life it turns out none of those things were true, what have I lost?
On the other hand if I reject God and the truth found in the Bible and it turns out they are true, what have I lost?
Many years ago Paul wrote:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18-19
All of us will face death eventually. How we think about God will determine what comes next…