Life’s Greatest Question
©2012 Stan Hallett
God’s creation is so amazing to me. My wife and I are not into watching many videos, but one thing that we do enjoy from time to time is a nature video all about God’s marvelous creation. We are still discovering new things about it everyday, and even discovering life forms that have never been recorded in history.
How could anyone be a scientist working in these various fields of science and not come to a belief that these are the result of divine creation and have not just somehow evolved?
Some scientists believe that this all evolved from some great explosion that took place millions, or billions of years ago. Have you ever seen something created by an explosion? Has an explosion ever been known to create anything other than destruction? How could things like the human eye have ever evolved? If this is random and just left to chance why are my limbs equal and why don’t I have an arm sticking out of my back? Why does virtually all forms of life have amazing semmetry and similarity, two eyes, two antenna, two ears, to arms, two wings, two fins, all balanced. Why is all life so unique and complete, and not in a state of evolving into something better, but perfect with great purpose and form?
If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Were they just the slow kids? Why do we not see any real provable signs of continued evolution in man’s recorded history? Because it’s a lie!
Did you know that we are the only living thing that God did not just speak into existence? Read it for yourself. He spoke every single thing and creature into existence, except man (Genesis 1:1-24).
But the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).
That’s why when we die our natural body goes back to the ground (Genesis 3:19), but our soul lives forever. It’s just a question of where. This life is but a vapor, then what? Where will you spend eternity? You have a choice, free will, and free volition that God will not violate, and satan cannot violate. It’s up to you!
God had a plan and loved us before He formed us, or this world. He had a plan for us before man ever fell into sin. He knew that He would one day come, suffer and die to redeem us to himself before Adam or Eve had their first thought. It is amazing for us to even try to comprehend it. What love! How could we not respond in kind? How could we remain all caught up in out own little world, our pride, our little pleasures, and not obey His voice regardless of the cost?
Because of sin man is separated from God. But because of His love for us He made a way for us to come back into a relationship with Him. We call it salvation, the act of being saved from His righteous judgement.
Do you want to know how to be saved? All you have to do enter into His covenant. To do that you simply do what the covenant requires and obey the gospel. We simply obey God and enter into what is a beautiful covenant relationship with Him. But it’s not the lie of today’s “Orthodox Christianity”. Theirs is diluted, and watered down and of no effect, a “Placebo Christianity“.
It’s not a difficult requirement, or any great burden. On the contrary, Jesus said “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29,30)
But the Gospel is something that must be obeyed, not just accepted. We don’t accept Him, He accepts us!
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8* In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7,8)
So the question is; What is the gospel?
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
“1* Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2* By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3* For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4* And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”.
That’s the gospel! But you may say; “Wait, that’s just a historical event! How do I obey a historical event?” I’m so glad you asked.
This is tied right in the message that Peter preached in the book of Acts. When asked what they should do, Peter said to them: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).
God does not ask us to die on the cross as He did for us, but rather that He die to ourselves through repentance. That simply means turn from our will to His will. God does not ask that we be buried as He was, but in like figure we are buried with Him in the waters of baptism in His name.
Baptism has a purpose, as Peter proclaimed in Acts 2:38. It is for the remission of sins, without which our sins cannot be remitted.
Jesus said “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
The true gospel is not “accepting Jesus as our personal savior”. That cannot be found in the Bible anywhere. It’s not just saying a prayer. We must obey God’s plan of salvation and not man’s philosophy. If we do, then He promises to fill us with His Spirit with a great and wonderful evidence.
God robed Himself in the flesh of a man (John 1:1, 1:14) and He called that flesh His son containing the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit). Now God has sent that same Spirit to us, to not just dwell with us, but within us. We (the Church) are now His body (Ephesians 5:30, Colossians 1:24).
No three Gods, and no three persons in the Godhead. The Bible is clear that there is but one LORD, and His name one (Zechariah 14:9, Deuteronomy 6:4, John 14:7-9).
There is only one God, one faith, one gospel, one plan of salvation, and one Church, the one that Jesus is building (Matthew 16:18). Not Joseph Smith, not L.Ron Hubbard, not Mohammed, not Buddha, not Benny Hinn, or anyone else. The Church is not the Baptists, The Methodists, the Mormons, the Catholics, the Pentecostals or any other man-made organization. It knows no denominational lines (John 10:27).
Repentance is not asking for forgiveness, although when you repent it should be due to a Godly sorrow for your sin. Repentance simply means an about-face, a change of mind and of heart, and turning from your way to God’s way.
Baptism comes from the latin word Baptizo which means to be completely submersed. It is done exactly the same way today that the apostles and the early Church did it in the book of Acts, in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 19:5).
Then God promises that you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Luke 3:16, Luke 11:13, Acts 2:38).
So where should you go to Church? We need to be connected to a body of believers which is the Church, that have obeyed the gospel as I have preached here. If you live in Southern Maine the answer would be easy for me. Anywhere else you will need to seek out what is known to be a Church that is “Apostolic” meaning that they teach the same message and doctrine as the apostles did in the book of Acts.
They should also be “Pentecostal” which means that they still preach and have received the same experience of being filled with the Holy Ghost as they were on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).
Do you have questions? Feel free to write to me via my contact form.