When Jesus walked the well worn paths of Judaea, Samaria and Galilee, He was regularly recognized as more than a man.  He healed withered hands, caused blind eyes to see, raised the dead, and a host of other signs and wonders that no one would have believed possible.  These were undeniable evidences that He was the promised Messiah, the Anointed of God, the God/Man.  He came to live and die to pay the penalty for the sins of fallen man.  He rose victoriously from the dead and later ascended back to heaven.  You don’t have to take my word for it; just listen to the voices of those who saw Him alive after His crucifixion.  Their testimonies are recorded in the Bible.  Those who desire to turn from their sins and by faith accept the forgiveness that He offers, can establish a relationship with God now and forever.

  One of the most exciting aspects of the Christian faith is the promise that Jesus will, at the predetermined time, step back into the affairs of earth in a supernatural way to put things in order and bring about the end of the age.  His Word provides a moral, political and economic description of the days leading up to His return.  Those who have studied the scriptures and have a relatively broad understanding of what is going on globally, know that the world is moving toward the day of His return at an ever-increasing pace.

  But there are many who refuse to consider the promises and prophecies of God.  They scoff at those of us who are, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (Titus 2:13)”  We are not surprised at their mockings, because within the prophetic utterances themselves we are warned, “…that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

  If you are a scoffer, I fear for you.  Life is short at best, and people of all ages are dying daily. “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  (2 Corinthians 6:2)

A God’s Eye View

 Everyone has a closet full of opinions pertaining to issues and isms that have affected their lives from birth until now.  Many are dogmatic about their perspective of things, as if they are especially qualified to distinguish between truth and imaginative conjectures.  But, as someone has so aptly said, “No one is entitled to his own truth.”

  The problem with our dogmatism is that it is, in great part, the result of simple human ponderings.  Even when we pool our resources and collaborate with those who we perceive are “on the same page,” our collective ability to analyze the necessary data is at best profoundly limited, and certainly biased.  Whether working individually or “with the professionals,” we perceive the data and evidence through Tunnel Vision—we only utilize a narrowed spectrum of reality to formulate our opinions and dogmas.

  Assuming that you believe in God, I would like to remind you that His scope of understanding is not limited to time because He was here from before the beginning.  “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1).”  Speaking to the Lord, the Psalmist said, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Psalm 90:2).”

  Neither is God limited by space—He is everywhere present. “The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. 14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. (Psalm 33:13–14)”  “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)”

  Truth is not created, it is discovered. (e.g. 2+2=4 is not a wise man’s invention.) While we should not be dogmatic about our own feeble surmising, we would do well to heed the words of our limitless God, the Author of all truth.   Through His Word, we discover truth, and our perspective can be focused—we can have a God’s Eye View of everything important.  Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)”

Lies and Twisted Truths

  The New Testament is replete with warnings about teachers of lies and half truths.  Most people have an appreciation for truth because they have come to realize that to make decisions that are based upon non-truths is, at best, an exercise in futility.  But what is truth?  Is there a dependable source of truth?  How can one be sure?  Isn’t the truth about a matter determined by our understanding and acceptance of the facts that define it?  None of these questions are answerable if we make fallible man a part of truth’s definition.  Something is not true just because I, you, or we, believe it.  Truth must be established and measured by something more constant, more knowledgable, more vast than the greatest of feeble minded men.

  Thankfully, there is a source of truth that has stood the test of time.  Jesus prayed for His disciples, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 17:17)”  The Bible is the repository of facts that were delivered to man over a period of 1600 years by his creator God—the God of Truth:  “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment (just, right): a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4)”  “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, (Exodus 34:6)”  Titus 1:2 calls Him God “who cannot lie.”

  Everything that God predicted would happen up to this point in the story of time, has happened precisely.  Everything that God has prescribed for the betterment of life on earth has been proven true and efficacious to those who have embraced them, since time began.  Everything that God has forbidden or condemned has proven itself detrimental and destructive to individuals, churches and governments.  Every warning that He has issued has proven itself worthy of acceptance.  Ours is a God of TRUTH—all truth.

  But, “…there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (2 Peter 2:1–2)”

Blocked Out

  Years ago I had two similar experiences that revealed an interesting human nature device.  I was visiting at the home of my boss who lived at the end of a runway at an international airport.  When the planes took off, the sound was deafening.  I was standing in the yard talking to the boss’ son, who was also an employee, when a large plane flew, tree top level, right over the house.  My friend, who was explaining something to me, simply paused in mid-sentence until the plane had passed and then finished his sentence.  When I asked if his family did that all the time, he asked, “Do what all the time?”  As it turned out, he didn’t realize that a plane had flown over, or that he had stopped talking until it had passed.  A few years later I had a similar experience with a friend who lived just a few yards from a busy train track.  In both cases, those who lived so close to the boisterous interruptions had learned not to notice, and to inadvertently pause their communication until the noise had subsided.

  It seems apparent to me that, in the spiritual realm, we have developed a harmful variation of this same human propensity to block out a distraction to such a degree that we are unaware of its presence and our rote response to it.  So often I find myself involved in the lives of others who are experiencing some speed bumps on the road of life—some real distractions.  Their distraught minds seem paralyzed by the hardship and they become spiritually limp and silent until it passes.  To me the cause often seems obvious, and the resolve so simple, but they have blocked out God and overlooked His solution—a piece of life passes them by.

  We need to be reminded, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Ps 46:1)”  “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19).”  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)”  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)”  “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)”

Guilty Before God

  In the book of Romans, Paul, the Apostle of Jesus, presents the gospel (good news) of God.  This gospel is the means by which mankind can be saved from the penalty of sin.  In chapter one, it was necessary for Paul to establish the fact that the whole world (all people) are guilty before God.  In the beginning, at the creation and for some time after, everybody knew of God, but in time, He was forgotten of them.  Here is how it happened:

  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:21–32)

  Sadly, our “one nation under God” is embracing these same abominations.