Sunday, December 2, 2018

God Are You Out There? You Don't Have to See to Believe


The only way I will believe in God is if I am granted a personal appearance!

Well even if God appeared to you, you probably wouldn’t believe anyway, I said.

Maybe or maybe not, was the response.

I must tell you this person believes in Aliens although He hasn’t seen one. But he is demanding a personal appearance in order to believe in God.

Perhaps, you’ve figured it out, a person doesn’t have to see God to believe He exists.

Adam and Eve saw God and still did not believe Him.

Wait you say, that’s different, not believing what he says and believing He exists are two different things.

But are they really? Because the result appears to be the same.

After the Israelites walked through the red sea on dry ground they quickly denied Him. 

Jehovah who? "We don’t know who delivered us out of Egypt, perhaps this calf that came out of the fire we made delivered us."

Although they knew God existed they failed to acknowledge Him, attributing their deliverance to someone or something else.

Seeing Doesn't Always Equate Believing

The crowds and the Pharisees saw Jesus heal the sick and raise the dead yet they did not believe He was the prophesied Messiah.

"Yeah, He performs miracles but He uses Satan’s power to do it", they said.(Luke 11:15)

What caused their unbelief ? Their unbelief was based on a faulty premise. They assumed He wasn't from God just a self-appointed prophet from Galilee. But even unlearned men said a common prophet (a sinner like themselves) could not perform the type of miracles Jesus performed. (John 9:16)

Jesus himself, said if you don’t believe My words, at least believe the miracles. (John 10:38)

Nope, they could not or would believe He was the Messiah simply because according to scripture no prophet came from Galilee.

They answered and said unto him, “Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.” (John 7:52)

Jesus said, the Pharisees, “Searched the scriptures; for in them they thought they had eternal life: But the scriptures testified of him.” (John 5:39)

They were doers not believers. If they washed their hands properly, kept the Sabbath and ate clean food they would inherit eternal life. In their view eternal life was obtain by obeying scripture, they only needed the Messiah to usher in God’s kingdom and relieve them from Roman oppression.

They were looking for a deliverer not a sin forgiving Savior. They were looking for God to send another Moses or warring king like David, not a lamb.

Even the people He fed said “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”(John 7:42)

Both groups were clueless to the fact that Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem ( Luke 2:4-7) as prophesied in Micah 5:2 “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

Many in the crowd sought Jesus because they ate the miracle food not because they believed in the signs that proved He was the Son of God. (John 6:26)

Even the disciples had a hard time connecting the miracles they saw with His Divinity. Although they were with Him when He fed 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves of bread (John 6:1-4) they still panicked when they saw him walking on water.(Mark 6:45-50)

Scripture says, "Their hearts were hard because they had not considered the miracle they witnessed earlier that day." (Mark 6:50-52)

They really hadn’t thought about it. But the more they spent time with Him and began to think about what they saw and heard they soon believed, He was the Messiah. And they dared not follow another for He had the words of eternal life! (John 6:68-69)

I was once told by a well to do atheist that “Only poor people need God.” Perhaps you may feel that way. You may feel as if you have it all together. You don’t need God because all is well financially. You may be in good health but if you are not, since you are wealthy you can afford the best doctors and the best medicine money can buy. But you will die someday and you will need a Savior. You will need Him on judgment day because God has designated Him to be the door to eternal life.(John 10:9-16)

Yes, this life may be good but there is an afterlife. And if you accept God’s gift of Salvation the life you are enjoying now will only get better. (John 14;2, Isaiah 65:20-25, Revelation 21:4)

If you are low on faith and need a boost read the bible and consider/meditate on the miracles He performed and trust in Him.

If you don’t know Christ today as your Lord and Savior would you consider Him today? Read the bible and let Him speak to you. You will find Him to be the opposite of what you may have heard. He’s actually loving and kind. He’s not a marose, anti-fun God. Think about it, He created wine and physical intimacy. He may even have a tattoo!

"And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:16

Perhaps, it’s time for you to get to know the God of scripture not the god of the internet, or the god of cable television. Get to know the God who loved you so much that He sent His Son to deliver you from eternal death.

Enjoy your life, eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy the works of your hands as noted by King Solomon. (Ecclesiastes 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:10)

While you are enjoying your life you should acknowledge the God who created the good things you enjoy. Why not acknowledge the fact that Jesus came to give you life, not only life, but an abundant good life for you to enjoy. (John 10:10)

Remember there is an afterlife: “For the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-19)

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