Its really funny how people want to eliminate God from our everyday life at every turn. To love God and to be a disciple of God is a constant exercise in less of me and more of 'you' (God) and to try and live this everyday. When men / women rely on themselves they all too often leave God completely out. When you have a problem in your life, your first instinct (and mine a lot of the time) is how am 'I' going to fix this problem... My wife and I talk about this all the time. The struggle to let God do his will in your life and to seek his guidance rather than to 'do' for yourself. I am a big 'doer'. When something comes up, I want to go work to fix, if that makes sense. You may ask why I am even dredging into this on this forum but something JNE said struck a nerve (I know, I know). Anywho, It seems to me that for the last several hundred years, man has been determined to disprove and discredit God, his existence, his sons existence, his disciples existence and his chosen peoples existence every chance they have. This is the new 'scientific' method to discredit anything written in the Bible. Modern leaders in education, science and industry have created a science-centric world. And this is the root of the problem. Prophesy already said this would happen.
The Apostle Peter wrote, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts .… For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:3, 5-6). Peter states clearly that one of the hallmarks of our day is a willing ignorance of God. The truth is, men could know much more about God but choose not to. What does this mean? Peter warns that willing ignorance of God, along with a great expansion in all other fields of knowledge will bring about our ultimate downfall.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “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. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools .… 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” (Romans 1:21-22, 28).
This is our generation!!! Everyone is out to show how wise and smart they are and want to discredit the only real truth out there. Science it would seem is leading the charge. I can't count how many times science has been wrong and done a 180 starting with the world being flat leading up to today where every other day scientist say...this hypothesis is wrong or we just learned this 'new' piece of information and they change 180 or create a new unfounded hypothesis. They say doctors 'practice' medicine because they are just practicing their experiments on you. If it were an 'exact science' like pure mathematics, they wouldn't need to practice on you, you would walk in, they would scan you, get a true diagnosis and you would leave the doctor well. I think its funny that people lean so heavily on their own understanding and never realize that they don't know jack crap about anything. I make drawings for a living and have for over 20 years. I deal with hard and fast numbers sometimes down to hundred thousands of an inch, that is exact. If its not right, I know it. There is a discrepancy somewhere and I have to find it and correct it. Science and Medicine are not so exact.
God has given the godless over to a reprobate mind. Our civilization glorifies music, movies, superstars, television and debauchery of all sorts. The bloodier the better, the more swear words someone can use the cooler, pornography is running rampant on the internet and children of the world view all these immoral and disgusting things everyday and think that its ok if not great. Shows like South Park, etc., etc. appear to be cartoons for kids but have adult content. You know kids watch this stuff, by t-shirts and talk about it with their friends. Parents don't supervise their children and restrict what they intake. People watch shows and revel in their ludeness. People listen to music that degrades women, men, relationships, love, etc. People kill babies in the name of choice and freedom. All this because we have our eyes on the world and ourselves and not on God. It is our generation that is giving in to this and in the name of freedom, we allow immorality to flourish.
I say mankind needs God only doesn't know it. What a poor and sad state of affairs. Everyday I read, The President lied about this, news anchors embellished the truth, etc. How can we rely on what any man tells us when all men are capable of lies and deceit. Psalms 118:8 - It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
I know JNE is attempting to discredit the Bible / Jesus. He is giving a valiant effort. There are several things that he is leaving out. For years, as I stated to begin with, man has attempted to discredit the Bible, saying that all the characters, places, events in the Bible didn't take place and were no more real than Homers writings. But I would like to challenge all of you to start searching the internet for evidence that Bible characters, places, and events did happen and that archeological finds have proven over and over again that what is written in the Bible from a historical standing is fact. There are lots of things men don't know and lots of things men haven't discovered, this being said, that doesn't mean that they aren't real. In fact my history professor in college was a major history buff and ex military general. He got his kicks on keeping up with the latest archeological findings and using them to prove the Bible. I loved his class and his passion, not only for the truth but for God. They are constantly uncovering new cities buried under layers upon layers of earth, ancient kingdoms, Hebrew writing in places they say never existed. Just look. Search for the truth and you will discover that God is there waiting for you.
Lastly, I know I'm long winded, I don't have to vet the scientific facts of does God exist or not. I do have faith that he does. What does that matter to you? You have all the answers you need using factual evidence of what can and can't be seen, heard, felt or otherwise sensed. I say this because I also know what I have seen, heard, ......My wife, early in our marriage had chronic ear infections. So painful that it nearly incapacitated her at times. We visited several ENT doctors and they would make the symptoms go away for a while, then they would come back. Horrible pain and suffering. We went to church at the time and decided that we would go for prayer and healing after service one night. Me, my wife, a woman named Roslyn and a hand full of other Christians stood and prayed for healing. During prayer, Roslyn's hands (placed about my wifes ears) grew extremely hot and we didn't know it at the time, but she was healed permanently. No ear infection since...over 13 years ago. That is a real God and not some made up god from man. That is a God that lives, heals and answers prayer.
Amateurs built the ark ....
Professionals built the Titanic