Sorry, but God is not a magician

We make decisions to believe things based on information that cannot always be proven to the degree someone who disagrees with us, would change their mind.

Still, much like the Jews who demanded the crucifixion of Jesus, modern man, expects a mythological manifestation from God to show Himself to them performing tricks to satisfy their doubts. Sorry, but God is not a magician, and life is not a show.  

 Others (Christians not excluded) believe in God without even considering evidence of His existence; I don’t validate this, not one bit! In the end, no one can absolutely prove to me God does not exist, and I cannot absolutely prove to the unbelieving sceptic that He does. 

Eventually, faith will have to enter the picture. 

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No, no, no!

Wait a moment before burning tires at me, “I’m a realist, ‘belief’ defies logic; therefore, religion makes no sense!” 

 

Hear me out before spinning off!  

Contrary to many modernists, who happily reject “the assertion that there is a God or gods (Atheism)”.  Affirm,  belief in something! Well, belief in precisely nothing, actually too specific but still a belief system nevertheless. To beg the question, how willing are they to at least consider opposing views? What’s fascinating, almost everyone has an opinion to offer about the Bible, yet so few have read it.

 

Why? 

I become a Christian at the age of thirteen after accepting Christ Jesus Lord and Saviour. Even as a child, I  believed there was a Creator of the universe. Later I understood better, about a God who intelligently designed both the seen and invisible and placed it in motion and that Jesus, is the Son of God, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. 

Thirty-five years later, I still believe salvation is only in Christ Jesus and only by trusting in Him. No one is good enough to earn eternal life. No amount of good works can pay for the right to live with God in heaven for eternity. You cannot go to church enough, pray enough, fast enough or tithe enough to earn points as if with our deeds we can appease God’s justice.  

The only way to God is through Jesus the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, who freely gave Himself as a propitiation for the sins of humanity. He willingly submitted to a violent mob that demanded His crucifixion under first-century Roman law. He was willingly nailed to a Roman cross for you and me, paying the price for our sins, which separated us from God. 

Trusting in Jesus’ choice to die for us is the only way, by faith, to not die the second death and eternal separation from God. 

 

Is trusting enough? 

I presume the Bible is a historically accurate document containing a true and reliable account of Jesus’ life. 

I agree that just because Jesus made claims about Himself and just because I believe those claims, it does not make those claims true. (Remember, they had not the faintest idea the earth was not flat?)

I believe there are excellent reasons to believe in the Bible. Claims, such as the historicity, literary, scientific, relevance and personal transformation—topics all for discussion at this time.

Some may ask, “But did you investigate all religions before you chose Christianity, and how can you know Christianity is the true religion? What if the truth is found in a religion you haven’t investigated?” 

Of course, the same question could be asked of the Atheist, have you investigated every thought regarding the existence of God? 

The problem with this type of reasoning is that it leads to a never-ending what-if hypothetical pattern of an intellectual investigative tennis match.  

What if you left for work today and got hit by a truck? What if the person you married really isn’t your soul mate? 

What if you decided to move to another country? 

What if you don’t vote for the ANC? 

The what-if syndrome can stagnate virtually any decision. Eventually, a decision must be made based on something.

Right? 

The best evidence

Hopefully, after you have “tested” the Bible, oh and I do recommend that you begin investigating the most bizarre claim of all, the Resurrection of Jesus. Perhaps you, too, will understand that my faith as a Christian is based on a belief founded upon objective reasoning, which leads to a rational decision based on the best evidence and information possible. 

But after all, is said and done, faith enters the picture—even for the Atheist who does not believe in faith. Or so they claim … 

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My confidence  

Unlike most modern man, I do not propose to have all of the answers. I do not have all of the so-called contradictions of the Bible figured out, nor do I have the science background to debate things of science. I do not think I am more read or educated than most like and unlike. I do not presume or assume I am smarter than most believers, some believers, or any believers. 

I do know, however, that I am confident in a risen Savior—a historical Jesus, who gave Himself up for me that I might live. 

This confidence is based on objective reasons to believe because God never asked anyone to trust or believe in Him blindly and because blind, unreasonable faith is not Christian faith. 

 

(Except New Book: The God Question coming soon)

Inaugurated by fathers such Voltaire, Marx and Nietzsche

There is much one can admire about them, they took a more critical approach towards; religion, society and government. They adopted a more scientific and logical approach to life. All this, in the backdrop of priestly religious power structures and aristocratic structures of authority, that, well let’s say drained whatever life that was left in society.

Nonetheless, these unorthodox liberals unfortunately engineered an Achilles heel in their philosophy, they threw out both the baby with the bath, especially in a spiritual sense. They  “cancelled” centuries of belief in a personal and powerful God.  Tremendous evil was choreographed in the name of “God”, FACT!  But, is it fair, does, it make sense to judge any religion by the actions of its followers? Shouldn’t we judge a religion by the theology it posits? Yes, the crusaders have killed in the name of Christianity, still, Christianity of the Bible does not teach this. In fact, Christianity did not start with a sword but with sacrifice.

One of the most remarkable assaults on the Bible has been on the “TEN COMMANDMENT!”  

God is not trying to crush us with red tape and regulations each time you hear the words, “Thou shall,” “Thou shalt not.” Imagine a world without any traffic rules? The traffic rules are there to protect us! To make life safer and convenient! Similarly, the Ten Commandments are not prison bars or red tape. They are rules for free people to stay free. They protect, regulate and convenience.

Yet, liberals have a fiery obsession with removing Ten Commandments monuments from public property throughout the United States. This trend permeates the narrative in the rest of the western world.

For this blog’s purpose, I will cite these conflicts against the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20; 2-14).

 

First Commandment: Thou Shalt Have No Gods Before Me

Liberalism denies the very existence of God in the religion of Atheism.

Nevertheless, on the other hand, secularism proposes pluralism towards religion. This one makes liberals instantly uncomfortable. According to political correctness, it’s rude and insensitive to proclaim God’s existence in public and especially not in public schools! Faith is supposed to remain a private matter.

Secularists, therefore, resent the notion of an open, out-of-the-closet Deity who shows off in such a noisy, flashy way. Staging the Exodus from Egypt with all its plagues and sea-splitting, then announcing himself in a voice from the mountaintop heard by hundreds of thousands of people is offensive!

Those who worry about too much religion in the “public square” do not get much more public or unequivocal than this opening proclamation.

 

Second Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Make Graven Images

We are talking idolatry here!

The first idol in liberalism is the worship of man himself. But talk about intolerance and judgmentalism! This commandment denies the very essence of multiculturalism and diversity: by what right do we dismiss and disrespect the gods of others?

Didn’t that bearded guy who went up the mountain realize that it is a demonstration of cultural imperialism to express such cruel, callous contempt for other deities like the Kali of the Mahavidyas or the Canaanite Moloch?

Moreover, when it comes to worshipping idols, twentieth-century leftists continued the noble traditions of the ancient cults of Baal or Astarte. In the old Soviet Union, every town boasted monumental statues of Lenin or Stalin (usually both). To this day, the image of the divine Fidel graces every shack house in Cuba. Refusal to “prostrate yourself” and to “worship them” can lead to big trouble in such enlightened societies.

 

Third Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Take the Lord’s Name in Vain

For liberals, this rule highlights their eternal obsession with their dirty religious words.

This isn’t old Moses sounding like a brief on what you allowed to say on the air. “God Almighty!” or “Jesus Christ!” are often pronounced as curse words and protected speech rather than with reverence.

To take the Lord’s name in vain also means to deny God, as He defines Himself. Therefore, to misrepresent God, call other gods, God, or deny the deity of Christ is to take the Lord’s name in vain.

 

Fourth Commandment: Remember to Keep Holy the Sabbath

Most liberals are okay with the Sabbath principles, but they squirm over that part of this directive that says, “Six days shall you work….”?!!

In the Twenty-First Century, isn’t it time we moved beyond that old-fashioned notion that people should prefer labour to leisure?

Absolutely, absolutely not!

On the one hand, when the production, distribution, and exchange, or in other words business, is either owned or regulated by the community as a whole (Socialism), would this not provide a cushion for the lazy or defence for the criminals?  In enlightened nations like France, they’re working on getting it down to a three day week–which ought to be enough to keep every citizen well-stocked. It is a fallacy to believe that the world is anarchical –without law or control.

Again, God gives us laws to protect and regulate.

The Sabbath also points to a day of rest. Scientific studies have shown that people that try to ignore that concept of having one day out of seven for a rest are eventually not nearly as productive as they would be if they had that rest.

A Culture Obsessed with Business  By keeping the Sabbath, we identify with the eternal salvation of peace and rest as God’s purpose, not only for mankind but also for creation (Rom 8:9-23).

Addiction to being busy is popularly portrayed as a toxic feature of liberal modernity. Aristotle, for example, argued that virtue was obtainable through contemplation and not through endless activity. Yet, the tension between action and reflection cannot be easily resolved.

However, the answer lies in what the German sociologist Max Weber’s explains, the diligence of the Protestant work ethic and its importance in the development of capitalism.

There is much value to be recognized for hard work, but there is also the necessity of marking time to rest well.

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Fifth Commandment:  Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother

The expectation of honouring your elders burdens youthful free spirits with the dead, oppressive influence of tradition and the past.

Progressive thinkers understand that it’s kids (and particularly adolescents) in defining proper standards, not parents, who really know best.

Guess who is Controlling Our Kids

In the “Shema,” in Deuteronomy chapter 6, we find God giving to Israel the greatest commandment. The first three verses give the primary responsibility of man toward his God, the duty to love the Lord with his entire being. The commandment follows this to teach this to the next generation.

Liberalism seeks to exchange parents with a “progressive” government. It diminishes parental rights and encourages children to rebel against the values held by their families.

The Shema teaches that the parents are to teach their children the doctrines of their faith and the reasons for believing them.  It is a command from the God of the universe. Second, the command is not given to a government or village of people. It is given to the parents of the children. A responsibility given to parents may not be passed on to anyone else.

The Bible does not release the parents from this responsibility. It will be the parents who will give account to God for what they have done with the children committed to their trust by a Holy God! God will hold the parents responsible for their receiving an education that leaves God out.

For many years, the parents in the home taught the children. Thus, long before the term “home-schooling” was first used, the education of children was done in the home.

Later, parents felt that someone with more education should do the teaching, so they paid tuition for private schools or educated their children in schools sponsored and run by churches. Private or public schools provided God-centered education that was watched over by the parents of the students.

 

Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill

The left loves slogans that declare that execution is murder, war is murder, meat is murder, and so forth, but what about abortion?

Pro-choice ideologies such as, “my body my rights” are all liberal sanctified rites of passage for a feminist mother to slaughter her own child in the womb. Millions of dead babies continue to be slaughtered at the pagan altar of “choice!” 

 

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Abortion is not the procedure merely that removes subhuman tissue. Therefore, abortion is murder and a violation of humans rights.

The biological facts are straightforward. At the moment of conception, a person is a single cell pulsing with autonomous human life. He (or she) is already male (or female). He is fully human because he possesses a complete and unique set of human genes, in which are encoded all of the information needed to make and maintain a mature man. These genes are bound together into chromosomes, like pages bound into books, and each of his cells contains the entire human library of 46 chromosomes. Beyond this DNA library, his physical life needs only oxygen, nutrition, and shelter. His birth, still nine months in the future, will start no fundamental life process either than that which has already begun!

On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God (Ps 22.10). The Bible — more authoritative and reliable than medical science — plainly identifies unborn children as actual people, and not merely as potential people.

The sixth commandment states that murder is evil. God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life (Gen 2.7), and thus imparted one of His own attributes — life — to man.

Since human life reflects the very nature of God, we must hold it as a sacred trust from conception until death. No matter how marred by sin, human life is still God-like, and must be regarded as sacred. God’s image resides in all people — male and female, rich and poor, healthy and diseased, born and unborn.

This sixth commandment urges us to do all we can to affirm and protect and nurture our neighbour’s life. Any attack on human life assaults the sovereign God who owns that life and despises the image of God displayed in that life (Gen 9.6; James 3.9). Thus killing a human being both defrauds God and puts Him to death in effigy.

Having established from science and Scripture that human life begins at conception, we can readily see that all of the arguments liberal make for abortion fails. For their arguments to work, one must assume that the unborn child is not human. Unfortunately, this assumption — which “requires proof” — is assumed “without proof.”

Liberal commit the logical fallacy of “begging the question”. If one assumes what is trying to prove, one is reasoning in a circle, and one’s position logically refutes itself.

Abortion is one of the more tragic symptoms of a disease called sin. So what should one do about it? If we decide to launch political crusades against abortion, we are only treating the symptom. The disease itself — rebellion against God — has only one cure: the spiritual salvation through faith in Jesus Christ of all people who favour and practise abortion.

Thus the most effective way for Christians to combat abortion is to invest their energy and time in fulfilling the Lord’s commission to live and preach the gospel and so to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28.19).

 

Seventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery

To which the post-modern left would quickly add: unless you really, really love her!

It is not just Bill Clinton’s protagonists who have a problem with this inconvenient veto on extra-marital involvement: when people take their vows by pledging to remain committed “as long as our love shall last,” the Seventh Commandment begins to look incurably outdated.

This law also includes “all” sexual immorality as identified in the scriptures, from marital infidelity, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, incest, but liberalism seems to embraces all perversions of God’s design for human sexuality in the name of “moral neutrality!’

When it comes to sex, you can do no wrong because there is no wrong.

 

Many progressive Christians and “spiritual but not religious” liberals, leaving behind all theology, feel like breaking free of prison. Nevertheless, throwing out the baby with the bathwater has allowed Western Civilization to grow a prevailing culture of religious zealotry that is cruel and immoral.

Getting back in the game and taking back religion starts by restoring the concept of sin. Liberals have done themselves a great disservice by shunning Scripture as a reaction to bad religious actors. The more liberals shout “equal rights” and “social justice” the more false Christians yell “but the Bible!” So let’s start reminding them what is actually in the Bible.

According to Jesus Christ himself, the greatest sin is the neglect of your neighbour and the persecution of the weak.

Sin is not about who loves who; it about lacks love for one another.

Suppose liberals can bring the word “sin” back into their dialogue. In that case, it will pull the floor out from under false prophets and hypocritical politicians.

 

Eighth Commandment: Thou shalt not steal

Liberalism thrives on theft!

By adopting the “redistributionist philosophies of Marx.” Liberal government steals from the rich and middle class to give to the poor, to ensure that liberal politicians remain in power.

Liberal are incompetent and inefficient modern “reverse Robin Hoods.” Reverse Robin Hood’ Liberals are stealing from the public to pay off rich friends.  They have always devised comfortable euphemisms to describe the act of theft: “liberating” or “boosting” or “nationalizing” private property, or simply “taxing the rich” and penalize the productive for their political lack of competence and failure to help the poor.  

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This only results in the unhappiness and misery of everyone.

If you believe it’s virtuous for government to seize by force the majority of an individual’s earnings (at one time, income tax rate was at 70% in the US), you ought to feel somewhat uncomfortable with an absolute ban on stealing.

 

Ninth Commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness

Jewish sages suggest that a secret to understanding each one of the Big Ten involves the parallel structure of the two tablets.

In other words, the first commandment corresponds to the sixth, the second to the seventh, the third to the eighth, and the fourth to the ninth. That means that this “no false witness” order connects to the imperative of keeping the Sabbath. The association relates to the basis for Sabbath observance stipulated in the text: “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and the sea and all this is in them, and He rested on the seventh day.”

In other words, the Sabbath bears witness to God’s role in creation, and the Rabbis say that the denial of divine creation represents the ultimate in bearing false witness.

On this basis, today’s liberals insist on the false witness, the whole false witness, and nothing but false witness. The very idea of questioning a random, materialistic origin of the universe makes them crazy with rage and contempt: they strenuously condemn the mere notion of suggesting in schools that it was an Intelligent Designer who must have “made the heavens and the earth.”

On the other hand, liberals have to lie, most of the time to secure their power. Their power is founded on deception. They invest much time speaking unjustly towards another person, to the prejudice of their reputation!

 

Tenth Commandment: Thou shalt not covet

Most liberals “politically speaking” have only one agenda, create a political climate of economic envy and warfare and unrest between classes. This gives liberal governments the cover needed to take wealth from those who produce and redistribute it to those who don’t.

Not only does liberalism violate the 10th commandment, but liberalism also commands its followers to do the exact opposite. “Thou shalt covet.”

The entire leftist project is largely based on covetousness: resenting the “filthy rich” for what they’ve earned, rather than feeling grateful for their own achievements.

As Satan “masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14), so, too, does liberalism masquerade as good. It’s deceptively packaged in flowery euphemisms and feel-good sound bites that promise “equality,” “tolerance” and libertine notions of “social justice.”

Yet, in reality, liberalism, in both philosophical and practical terms, simply signifies man’s predisposition to “call evil good and good evil.”

 

Reviewing the Ten Commandments one by one exposes their irreconcilable conflict with the demented and dysfunctional philosophy of today’s left.

In other words, in contrast to most aspects of Twenty-First-century liberalism, the implacable hostility to the Biblical Big Ten actually ends up making perfect sense.