Why Does God Demand Praise?

jun20To answer this question, we must keep in mind that God is radically different compared to us. Firstly, he’s eternal. Psalms 90:2 (KJV) says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

And contrary to the ideas of some, God is merciful. Psalms 100:5 (KJV) reads, “For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Moreover, he wants to give eternal life to those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ. In John 6:40 (KJV), the Lord declares, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

He is also incredibly patient, as 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) shows. “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.”jun20a

The heavenly Father is also wise beyond any level of wisdom we could attain to. Isaiah 40:28 (KJV) explains, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

The Lord is also just. He judges the hearts of people and plays no favourites. Look at what Deuteronomy 32:4 (KJV) says. “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are jujun20bdgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

With all these laudable attributes, plus more I could list, God is far more benevolent, wise, and patient than we could ever hope to be. This is why I’m writing my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? So many wrong ideas have been spread about the heavenly Father that I feel compelled to challenge them. My book might even be used by God to save somebody from eternity in hell.

Why Aren’t Sinners Punished Immediately?

jun13Since God’s judgements are just, why are sinners allowed to go on sinning? Because he abhors sin, shouldn’t he zap people right away when they disobey?

Saint Peter gives us the answer. Destruction of sinners is a warning to us. As he wrote in 2 Peter 2:6 (KJV), “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;” “Ensample” is the old word for example.

God also wants to give as many chances to people to repent as he knows they will need to make their permanent decision about eternity. As Paul wrote in Romans 2:4 (KJV) to self-righteous believers, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to rejun13apentance?”

Peter also noted that the Lord’s apparent lack of action in destroying sinners isn’t because of any slothfulness on his part. 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) contains this explanation. “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.”

But a time will come when the Lord will metaphorically say, “enough is enough.” As 2 Peter 2:9 (KJV) states, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto thjun13be day of judgment to be punished:”

And as I’ve noted before, the Lord takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Nevertheless, he grants them their desire to be parted from his beneficent kindness forever. This is why I’m working on my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People must know that the Father won’t let them go unpunished for their habitual sins after they die.

Why is God’s Justice Just?

jun8In my previous post, I wrote about who angers god. It’s the cruel actions and rejection of his law which upsets him. But what makes God’s justice just?

First of all, God created everything. He has the right to do whatever he wants with it, including us. Isaiah 44:24 (KJV) explains, “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;”

Furthermore, God always gives good things to those who follow him, even when things seem bad. He said in Jeremiah 9:24 (KJV), “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saithjun8a the LORD.”

The Lord also knows us through and through. Unlike people who can only judge external actions, he sees our intentions. As it says in Jeremiah 11:20 (KJV), “But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.”

Likewise, we can see that God’s word cuts through all human pretence. Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) reads, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

I could find many othjun8ber scriptures to prove God’s just judgement but this post would become too long. Instead, I’ll save that for my next book, which I’m still working on, called Far too many people are living as if their deeds and membership in churches guarantees their home in heaven. Only by repenting of sinful ways and following Christ will any of us make it into his eternal dwelling place.

Who Makes God Angry?

jun6In my last post, I mentioned the things which anger God. But contrary to wide-spread opinion, the Lord isn’t terminally upset at humanity. Even so, there are people who persist with their wickedness until they die.

The Lord takes murder seriously, especially the homicide done to his messengers. Nehemiah 9:26 (KJV)explains this well. “Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.”

Wicked people, who continue doing wicked things all their lives, are also in the bulls eye of God’s displeasure. The Apostle Paul warned extensively of the evil deeds done by unrepentant sinners. He wrote, as one example, in 1 Timothy 1:9 (KJV) about wicked people. “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,” And as you can tell, he hardly scratched the surface of their lawless actions.jun6a

God especially gets peeved at phoney Christians, as we can easily discover in Titus 1:16 (KJV). “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

Bjun6bt mere obedience out of duty won’t save anybody. The Jews of Christ’s time tried that but it didn’t impress Jesus one bit. Look at what Paul wrote in Romans 2:29 (KJV). “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”

I feel compelled to write much more on this subject in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Millions of people go through the motions of worship but their hearts are far from the heavenly Father.

What makes God Angry?

jun1This month, I’ll address the topic of God’s nature. Many people have formed the false image of our creator as a narcissistic and petulant deity. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the Bible aptly demonstrates.

God’s wrath is always righteous, particularly  against enemies of his people. Exodus 15:7 (KJV) says, “And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.”

God loves his people so much that he punishes those who harm them. The word “jealous,” misunderstood by Opra and other less-famous celebrities, means a strong desire to protect. Nahum 1:2 (KJV)states,  “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.”jun1a

Additionally, God hates mockers of his messengers. Israel did that and, though he chose to bless and work through that nation, he punished them for their disobedience many times. Look at what is written in 2 Chronicles 36:16 (KJV). “But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.”

God also opposes rebellion, which is a virulent form of disobedience. Deuteronomy 9:7 (KJV) reads, “Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.”

God hates falsehoods told about himself too. Job 42:7 (KJV) clearly proclaims, “And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.”
jun1b
Additionally, and unlike in most belief systems, vengeance belongs to God and not us. Romans 12:19 (KJV)proves that.  “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

I could write so much more on this topic alone. Instead, I’ll save it for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Because of false notions, people use God’s righteous anger as an excuse to reject him. How I wish those folks would get a clue and realize that the Lord has every right to be upset at humanity’s disrespectful intransigence.

Why Did Christ Ascend Into Heaven?

may30Many Christians mark Christ’s ascension each year but why did he leave our world in the way he did? Luke recorded in Acts 1:9 (KJV) how the Lord left his disciples. “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.”

But why did Jesus ascend? He could have just vanished  or, like in a western movie, walked into the sunset. Here’s what the Bible says about this.

David foretold Christ’s ascension in Psalms 68:18 (KJV). “Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.”

Jesus himself knew this and proclaimed it to Nicodemus in John 3:13 (KJV). “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”may30a

Our Lord also told this to Mary Magdalene. John 20:17 (KJV) reads, “Jesus saith unto her, ‘Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.'”
may30b
We who believe in Christ have an added assurance that he will return. An angel explained to the disciples in Acts 1:11 (KJV), “Which also said, ‘Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.'”

This is one of many wondrous truths which we who trust in Christ retain and defend. Our Lord’s return makes all that we suffer bearable. I’ll be writing in depth about this in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? At this point, I’m saving up to have it published.

Why is it More Blessed to Believe Without Seeing?

may25I mentioned Thomas in a previous post and how Jesus didn’t chastise him for his doubts. Our Lord knows our hearts and how we have gaps in our understanding of his providential care of us.

One gap certain believers have is the meaning of faith. They believe it’s some sort of spiritual power and we can generate enough of it to trip the solenoid of God’s blessing. What errant nonsense!

Faith has two meanings in Scripture. One definition is the truth given to us by God. Jude 1:3 (KJV) explains, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”may25a
The other meaning of faith is our trust in God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. 1 Peter 1:21 (KJV) teaches us, “Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

Furthermore, John 20:29 (KJV) contains the answer to this question of being more blessed though we haven’t seen our Lord face to face. “Jesus saith unto him, ‘Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.'”
may25b
Our trust in the invisible Trinity is what sets us apart from adherents to other belief systems. And those who doubt God’s existence do so because they don’t want to acknowledge his claim on their lives. As Jesus explained in John 3:19 (KJV), “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

Implicit trust is what our Lord requires of all who follow him. I’ll be writing in detail about it in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Unbelief is what will send many millions to hell, even if those folks call it doubt or rationalism.