Thursday, 1 October 2020

THE DECEPTION OF ATHEISM

 



 

Atheism belief of "Who is God"?

All atheists disbelieve in all gods. Atheists believe no one has yet provided enough evidence to warrant a belief in god(s) or in Christian context, God. There is no reason to believe that a supernatural intelligent Creator exists.

 

[There are billions of reasons to believe in a supernatural intelligent Creator. From the order of DNA, to every atom, to the amazingly designed tiny fleas, to the massive elephants, to the sun, moon and its circuits, to the millions of stars and the entire universe, there is incredible order.

If you were walking along a beach and saw words written in the sand that said, "Johnny, make sure you come home at 5:00 pm for dinner. See you then. I love you. Mum, "Could you ever believe that the order of the words happened by a random process an accident? Could you conclude that perhaps the incoming waves left the words in the sand? Only a fool would think so. Their very order,

information content, and constructed logic tell you that the message was written by an intelligent mind.]

 

1. Christian belief of "Who is God"?

God is a Spirit. We can see the attributes of God through His creation. Since God is the Creator, we can see His work clearly. Creation shows us His power and order. It is impossible for anyone to look at creation and not see God's creative power. No one can plead ignorance of God. We can trace God from the world around us.  We can see His power and majesty in creation.

 

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 1:20 (KJV)

 

 

Atheism belief of "Who is Jesus"?

"A relatively enlightened man for his times. Preached simple things such as brotherly love. Likely a real man. Some, like I, think his simple lessons were wrapped to control the gullible masses. (which still works)."

"The carpenter from Bethlehem existed, in all likelihood. He went around giving sermons, but he was not the son of God and he did not speak for God. My father, also an atheist, has speculated that Jesus himself was an atheist and preached his doctrine to give comfort to the minds of people on Earth. I am not sure about this."

 

[ In such sermon, Jesus gave the ultimate challenge to sceptics: “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him."(John 14:21). To find out with 100 percent absolute certainty that Jesus is God in the flesh, atheist can simply obey His command to repent and believe the gospel, and He will reveal Himself to them. Then they will know God exist, because they will know Him.]

 

2. Christian belief of "Who is Jesus"?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is God, eternally pre-existent before the "incarnation. He is “the image of invisible God". He created a body for Himself and became a man to suffer and die for the sin of the world.

 

Who is the image of the invisible God;

Colossians 1:15(KJV)

 

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:2 (KJV)

 

Atheism belief of Heaven and Hell

"I don't believe God exists. I do not believe in the Bible as the literal inerrant word of God. Thus, Heaven and Hell are, in my opinion, much like God: a feel-good idea that swims in the minds of people, but has little bearing in reality. It's also a nifty way to control people through fear, but I digress. Personally, I think the idea of Hell points to exceptional cruelty. An eternity of pain? That's pure evil. Heaven also sounds pretty boring. I'd rather reincarnate (but alas, I don't believe in that either)."

 

[The question is often asked, "How could a loving God create Hell?" Think of how a civil judge, who turned a blind eye to murder, would be corrupt and should be brought to justice himself. If the Judge of the Universe is not going to bring murderers to ultimate justice, then He is corrupt. He would be wicked. In the 1990s in the US there were 200,000 murders. Statistics show that during those ten years half of those homicide crimes were unsolved. That means that 100,000 people got away with murder. When we use the Law to show that God is not only loving, but that He is perfect, holy, just and good, we end up saying, "How can there not be a Hell?"]

 

 

3.Christian belief of Heaven and Hell

We will be free from all trouble and sorrow. All tears shall be wiped away and no remembrance of former sorrows shall remain. God Himself, as our Father, shall wipe away the tears of His children.

 

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Revelation 21:4 (KJV)

 

This will be the day, when all shall be judged. The appearance of the Judge and that is the Lord Jesus Christ who puts on such majesty and judge righteously. Woe to the wicked, whosoever was not written in the book of life, for they shall perish in hell forever and ever.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:15 (KJV)

 

Atheism belief of Sin and Salvation

“I do not believe there is such a thing as sin, mainly because I do not believe that the Bible is anything other than a load of stories. If there is sin, then there must be moral absolutes, which do not exist because our stance on morality has changed over time.” "Seeing as I do not believe in an afterlife, the concept of salvation seems ridiculous and unnecessary to me.”

 

[There’s a big problem when an atheist who denies that sin (evil) exists. All you have to do is ask if murder is wrong, and if he says that it’s not, keep on asking if what Hitler did was wrong, or if paedophilia is wrong. You will soon find that he has a moral boundary regarding what is right and what is wrong. God’s moral standard is infinitely higher.]

 

4. Christian belief of Sin and Salvation

We believe that sin is a transgression / violation against God's Holy Law (The Ten Commandments). An act of rebellion against Him.

 

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1John 3:4 (KJV)

 

God loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to be born on earth and die on the cross to save us from our sins. There is nothing we can do to make us good enough for heaven. All we have to do is repent, believe, and trust in Jesus Christ alone as our Lord and Saviour.

 

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John3:16 (KJV)

 

 

Conclusion:

How can we know that God exists? We cannot see Him, hear Him, touch, taste, or smell Him. Common sense tells us that creation is absolute 100 percent scientific proof that there is a Creator. We cannot have creation without the Creator. We don’t need faith to believe in the Creator. All we need is eyes that can see and a brain that works.

So, just as I don’t need faith to believe in a builder because I have a building in front of me, so I don’t need faith to believe in a Creator, because I have creation in front of me. However, if I want the builder to do something for me, then I need to have faith in him.

The same is true with God:

 

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

Hebrews 11:6(KJV)

 

 

 

With Blessing in Christ,

David & Gay

https://onewaytograce.com


Tuesday, 1 September 2020

THE DECEPTION OF REINCARNATION



Reincarnation is the teaching that after death the soul goes to a holding place and then enters in new human body. Some even believe we are incarnated into animals, plants and even inanimate objects. This cycle continues over and over for thousands of years until the person supposedly learns what he or she is supposed to learn.

 

It works with karma the idea of your passed life of goodness and badness affects the quality and the position of your next incarnation. Although that might sound good, it makes no sense. Think about it. If this is true that each person had a first incarnation that means that each person had perfect karma since he had no previous life in which he had done anything wrong. So if he had perfect karma and he didn’t learn what he was supposed to have learnt during his first life, what makes you think that after hundreds if not thousands of incarnations with accumulated bad karma, that he’s now going to be able to achieve the perfect state of union with divine consciousness.

 

Then there’s the issue of final authority, when it’s time to reincarnate who or what is the cosmic authoritative figure that gets to decide whether your good or bad. These religions by and large have no God who judges nor a gauge by which we are judged by. It’s just like having a justice system with no judge. It makes no sense. The deception of reincarnation is that there’s no day of judgement, no need for the cross and no need to trust in Christ.

 

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)

 

Aside from Jesus no one has ever been perfect, because of this, no one can ever be good enough to escape the cycle of reincarnation. After death we face judgement meaning there is no second chance. That’s why you need a Saviour today. On the day you die, you will not go back to the end of the line to try again. You’re going to be judged and without the righteousness of Christ you don’t stand a chance.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:21(KJV)

 

With Blessing in Christ,

 

David & Gay

https://onewaytograce.com

 

Saturday, 1 August 2020

LOSING A LOVED ONE




Losing someone we love is one of the most painful experiences of life. Every person we have known who dies reminds us that each of us has an appointed time of death.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Hebrews 9:27

Someone who has lost a loved one often begins to ask soul-searching questions about God, death and eternity. Death is unwelcome but inevitable part of life and the pain it brings is inescapable and overwhelming for everyone who suffers the loss of close family and friends.

Everything we hold dear is going to be torn from our hands by death. Whether we like it or not, we are all part of the ultimate statistic: Ten out of ten die.
Death happens because we have sinned and violated the moral laws of God. The Ten Commandments.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23

With a tender conscience, let us examine ourselves by God's law the Ten Commandments. Have you ever lied? Have you stolen anything regardless of its value? Have you taken God's name in vane? (Have you ever used God's name as a cuss word?). Jesus said, "But I say unto you, that whosoever looked in a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her in his heart." Have you ever looked with lust? If you said "Yes" to these four questions by your own admission, you are a lying, thieving, blasphemer and adulterer at heart. We've only looked at four of the Ten Commandments. That's how God sees you.

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:14

Will you be innocent on the Day of Judgement? Listen to your conscience. You know that you will be guilty and therefore end up in God's eternal prison a place called Hell. That's not God's will.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Revelation 21:8

However, the Bible says God is rich in mercy and in His great kindness He provided a Saviour, Jesus took the punishment for the sins of the world. He died on the cross, so that we could be forgiven, then He rose from the dead and defeated death.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

All religions are man's attempt to rid themselves of sin by religious rites, traditions, good works and attending church can't save you, only a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8,9

God doesn't want you to go to hell. Neither do you want to go there. To receive everlasting life as a free gift, repent, believe and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you and you will pass from death to life. Then read the Bible daily and ask God to help you to obey what you read.

There's always hope in Jesus Christ. “What matters most is Where will you spend Eternity?”

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
John 11:25,26

Blessings in Christ,

David & Gay


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

THE BATTLE OF THE MIND



We all experience fear being humans, whether it is healthy or an unhealthy fear of torment. We sometimes love the adrenaline rush like sky diving, bungee jumping, roller coaster etc. We are prepared to risk death for the love of fear. Above, is the fear that we enjoy and there is a fear that torments us.

Are we fearful for our lives? Everything you hold dear to you is going to be torn from your hands by death. Whether we like it or not, we are all part of the ultimate statistic: Ten out of ten die. What is the essence of fear that torments us? There is a fear of not being loved, a fear of rejection, a fear of looking foolish, a fear of being alone, a fear of being forgotten, a fear of losing loved ones, a fear of death etc.

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28 (KJV)

There is a fear that God doesn't send, we are all fighting a spiritual battle in our minds. Please read Ephesians 6:10-17 (KJV). Fear comes without permission, fear can paralyze us, steal our joy, can cause anxiety, negative thinking and depression when we dwell on it. There is a great beast called fear seeking to overcome us and if we don't overcome it, it will consume us. We have the option of either casting down those negative fearful thoughts or dwelling on them. The good news is, negative thoughts can be replaced with positive ones.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1: 7 (KJV)

The Bible says, the fear of man is a snare unto you.

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Proverbs 29: 25 (KJV)

If you were to stand on a cliff, put your toes over the edge with rocks at the bottom, all the stones crumbling beneath your feet, would that be scary? It would be a horrifying feeling. Would that feeling of fear be a good feeling or a bad feeling? Most people would say it's a bad feeling, that bad feeling is saying back off from the cliff edge. That fear is saving your life. That fear is your friend, not your enemy. The Bible says, through the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
Proverbs 16: 6(KJV)

Surrender the fear that you feel into God's hands and conquer that fear through prayer and by replacing those negative fearful thoughts by meditating on the word of God.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10: 5 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

The fear of the Lord is a healthy fear. When sinners repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, the eyes of their understanding are enlightened.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 (KJV)

Blessing in Christ,
David & Gay

Monday, 1 June 2020

WILL YOU GO TO HELL?






Firstly, we thank God Almighty that the numbers of those affected with the Corona virus has gone down. We are now in our second phase of lockdown because of this deadly viral disease. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have been affected and for those who have lost their love ones.
Death could happen anytime and sometimes we don’t want to talk about it, but let us face the fact 10 out of 10 people die. Sadly, not everyone will go to heaven, many will go to hell.

Will you go to hell?

Some people reject the reality of hell. If there is no hell, there’s no ultimate justice. Those people who were stabbed, shot etc and the criminal went away free. If God isn’t going to punish the criminals for doing the crimes, then He would be an unjust God, but that’s not who He is. God will be so thorough, He will consider hatred to be murder at the heart and will judge all humanity right down to our words, thoughts and intents of our hearts.

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:14

Even some professing Christians changed the truth about hell or some doesn’t believe the existence of hell. In doing so they are ignoring God’s warning.

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:19

Hell is mentioned many times in the Bible, it is called Gehenna, Hades, bottomless pit, everlasting fire and punishment. Jesus spoke of heaven and hell as real places. The parable that He told about Rich man and Lazarus was an actual event that demonstrated the reality of heaven and hell. Please read

Luke 16: 19-31

The Bible says that hell was prepared for the devil and his angels.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:41

Because every human being is a sinner, every person past the age of accountability has already been condemned to hell. We all deserve to go to hell as a punishment for sinning against God.
The rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour will send the people to hell.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:18

Jesus was clear that no one can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:3

The Bible tells us that all should come to repentance for God desires every person to spend eternity with Him. We must humble ourselves, acknowledge that we have sinned against God, repent, believe and trust in Jesus Christ alone.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

We can choose to trust in Jesus payment for our sins or we can choose to pay for our sins ourselves – but we must remember that the payment for our sin is eternity in hell.
Will you go to hell?

Blessings in Christ,

David & Gay

Friday, 1 May 2020

WILL YOU GO TO HEAVEN?



People have different ideas about heaven. Many have got no understanding at all, but still like to think of heaven as a place where good people will go. Most people don’t give heaven much thought until they attend a funeral or lost of a family member or friends, even in these uncertain times we are in now, this corona virus pandemic.
In fact, at this present time people are dying all around us, we are all one step away from death. Will you go to heaven? Most people think that good people like friends and family they know will go to heaven. The dictionary has over 40 definitions of the word good, number one definition of good is morally excellent, are you morally excellent?
The Bible has a lot to say about life after death and it contradicts popular opinion

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him
John 3:36 (KJV)

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)

These verses say everyone dies but not everyone goes to heaven. There will be no reincarnation or second chance after death. God is Holy and perfect and His dwelling place is holiness and righteousness.

The Bible says;
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:10 (KJV)

No human being is holy and perfect enough for heaven. People we call good aren’t good at all compared to God’s standard.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23 (KJV)

For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (KJV

The payment for sin is eternity without Christ, separation from God, eternity in hell. Sin has to be punished, our judgement at death is God bringing our account up to date and passing sentence on our crimes against Him. We have no way to make our wrongs right, our good does not outweigh our bad. So God became a man and took the punishment upon Himself, Jesus was God in the flesh. He lives a sinless life of obedience to His Father.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:15 (KJV)

Jesus had no sin, yet at the cross He took our sin and made it His own. Once he paid the price for our sin, we could be declared holy and perfect by confessing our sin and asking for His forgiveness. When we stand before God one day, we will give an account of every thought, word and deed. We cannot gain an entrance into heaven by our good works or by our own merit. We have none to offer. It’s only through Jesus Christ we can enter heaven for He is only one who is good.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthian 6:9, 10 (KJV)

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 14:12 (KJV)

The sacrifice of Jesus covers it all. His precious blood paid the price for the sin we committed.  Will you go to heaven?

The people who will go to heaven are all alike in one way, they are sinners, who have believed and placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. They recognise their need for a Saviour and humbly accept God’s offer of forgiveness. They have repented of their old ways of living and set course to follow Christ. The kind of faith that saves a soul is one that transforms the life and rest fully in the grace of God.


For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10(KJV)

Will you go to heaven?

With Blessing in Christ,
David & Gay

Sunday, 12 April 2020

HE IS NOT HERE - HE IS RISEN





Above: On back of door in Tomb of Jesus

The reason why God commands all men everywhere to repent is…. 

Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. Acts 17:31KJV

We can have assurance that the day of judgement will take place and that Jesus will judge the earth - because of the resurrection.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Revelation 20:12KJV





The Garden Tomb is believed by many to be the garden and sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus.


So should we then try and convince an unbelieving world of the resurrection?
God’s Word is very clear about Jesus Christ resurrection appearances below:


              CHRIST’S RESURRECTION APPEARANCES


              APPEARED TO:                      
            1.Mary  John 20:10-18                                  
                   2.Mary and women  Matthew 28:1-10                  
                   3.Peter  1 Corinthians 15:5                                   
              4.Two disciples  Luke 24:13-35                        
                                      5.Ten apostles  Luke 24:36-49, John 20:19-23                         
           6.Eleven apostles   John 20:24-31                  
 7.Seven apostles  John 21                     
                                    8.All apostles Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-18                        
       9.500 brethren  1 Corinthians 15:6                    
              10.James  1 Corinthians 15:7                                        
11.All apostles  Acts 1:4-8                         
                          12.Paul   Acts 9:1-9, 1 Corinthians 15:8                                    




Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God - who was beaten and bruised for our transgressions, willingly giving up His life to conquer the grave for us! He then rose from the dead, because it was not possible that death could hold him.


Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. Acts 2:24KJV


Above:Tomb of Jesus

           
When sinners repent and believe the gospel, the eyes of their understanding are enlightened. They pass from darkness into light, from death to life.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5:24KJV

We then become a new creation in Christ with a brand new heart and new desires.


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17KJV



It is through the power of the gospel that the world will appreciate the miracle of the risen Christ who is the resurrection, also have assurance that God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness.


So celebrate the resurrection by sharing the good news of the gospel with someone today.

With blessing in Christ.
David & Gay