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Accepting The Bad Things From God

“Are we to accept the good that comes from God but not accept the bad?”  Job posed this good-friday-2153822_640to his wife after she questioned his continuing commitment to God, the source of all the calamity that had befallen them.  “Curse God and die!” she exclaimed.  In the course of a day more than 10,000 of Job’s animals were stolen or destroyed, his servants were killed and a collapsed house crushed his seven sons and three daughters.  As Job sat on the outskirts of town scraping his recently acquired skin disease with a fragment of broken pottery, his wife in whom faith did not run so deep, held not for God the same loyalty or affection that Job possessed.

Many of us hypocrites may rush to judge Job’s wife.  How can she curse her own husband and God?  Let’s ignore our self-righteousness for a moment and consider this woman too, lost everyone she loved and everything she had.  Now also her husband has been stricken with illness and appears likely to die.  What more can God take from them?

The story of Job is a fascinating account of God’s willingness to allow pain and suffering.  How can a good and loving God inflict such calamity? Whether you are dealing with the extreme pain of losing a loved one or are furious with your flat tire on the way to work, no disaster, disease, heartbreak or hiccup is usually welcome.  I am as guilty of shaking my fist at God as Job’s wife and I have lost far less.

Consider the story’s beginning and what God asks of Satan.  “Have you met my servant, Job? He is a very good man! Unlike any other on earth.  He so believes in me that he seeks in all things to honor Me and deliberately avoids evil in all of his affairs.  His character is spotless, his integrity unquestioned.”

Satan was sure if catastrophe befell Job that he would turn from God, yield to what Job’s wife had suggested and curse Him.  God picked Job as his champion to prove the devil wrong.  Yes, this victory came at a high cost, but God blessed Job once again before he passed and on that day of judgement, Job will reunite with his sons and daughters once more.

When hardships strike you, consider that you are being accused and quite possibly God has selected you as his/her champion.  The next occasion you sit weeping in the dark, insert your name in for Job’s and hear God’s voice as he speaks to your accuser.

“Have you met my servant, Kyle?  He is a very good man!”

“Have you met my servant, Shannon? She is a very good woman!”

“Have you met my servant, Paul? He seeks in all things to honor Me.”

“Have you met my servant, Danielle? Her character is spotless, her integrity unquestioned.”

The losses and pain we inevitably experience in this world are devastating but compared to the rewards God offers us throughout eternity, our suffering in this age shall feel no more painful than a mild splinter….if only we can remain faithful and endure.  Remember who willingly suffered in our place to ensure our victory.


Would You Accept Proof of God’s Existence?

Searching for evidence of God? As I watch talks given by pastors and apologists such as Ravi Zacharias, John Lennox, William Lsuperman-1275374_640ane Craig and many others who provide “evidence”, I find interesting that a great deal of the skeptics ignore the supporting facts and will accept nothing but proof.  I wonder though what proof could be provided and if they would even believe it!

First I will quickly review a bit of the evidence put forth pointing to a creator. Now for those die-hard skeptics the purpose of this post is not to incite an epic argument which eventually leaves me in a quivering heap as I wither under the onslaught of angry comments.  Please remember, I love you. I’m not attacking your beliefs!  I’m merely re-presenting the evidence that has been put forth thus far and postulating whether any evidence or proof would be sufficient to sway skeptic’s mind.


  • The universe had a beginning and was created from absolutely nothing.
  • The universe appears highly designed.
  • The Earth is extremely fine tuned  to support intelligent life. So much so that the odds of another planet with intelligent life existing in the known universe is 1 in 10 to the power of 138.
  • Science cannot explain how the existence of life came into being by random chance.
  • Science cannot explain the mind/consciousness.
  • Macro-evolution is unsupported largely by the fossil record, the fact that mutations are genetic dead ends, and irreducible complexity.  And as mentioned, evolution cannot explain origin.
  • Jesus existed was crucified and we have “evidence” the tomb was empty.
  • Jesus fulfilled 60 major prophecies concerning his life and death and was seen post-resurrection by 500 witnesses.

There is a great deal more evidence but those are a few of the big ones.  Now sure, we can argue how I have it all wrong or that I’m naive.  I recall a commenter on one of Professor John Lennox’s lectures calling him a “God-Tard” which frankly I found humorous in its immaturity.

Yes, it is true.  I have a personal relationship with God and therefore I may examine the evidence in a biased manner that inclines me more to see our Lord than to see blind naturalism or materialism.  Here therefore are two unbiased quotes from atheist scientists.

“A commonsense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature.” Fred Hoyle, Astronomer.

“Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural.  We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs…because we have a prior commitment to materialism.  Moreover that materialism is absolute for we cannot allow a divine foot in the door.”  Richard Lewontin, Darwinist

Now just as some scientists have a prior commitment to materialism I too have a commitment to God.  But the real question is this: What proof for God’s existence will the skeptic accept?  In the documentary, “Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed” I heard Richard Dawkins, a very outspoken evolutionist, suggest that alien intervention could explain the origin of first life on earth. Does this seem more plausible then a creator? While it may offer an alternative to how life came to be, it in no way solves the problem of how our life supporting earth came into existence or the fact that the existence of our universe is pretty much a miracle in the first place.  Believing in aliens when we know the likelihood of their existence is 1 in a zillion, seems like a greater leap of faith than to believe in a creator.

If Jesus appeared in the clouds in the future as discussed in the Bible, would we really believe he was Jesus? If he came to earth and walked across the face of the water, calmed a storm or healed a man’s blindness with but a touch, would that be enough to convince even the greatest skeptic? I suggest that for some they would rather be comforted with the belief that a super being from another planet was stopping in for a visit than to believe there was an all-powerful God to which they might be held morally accountable.

“We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom. The supporters of this system claimed that it embodied the meaning, the Christian meaning, they insisted of the world. There was one admirably simple method of confuting these people and justifying ourselves in our erotic revolt: we would deny that the world had any meaning whatever.” Aldous Huxley, End and Means

The Bible sums up the passage above clearly.

For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts.” Romans 1:19-21

I feel to call anyone a “fool” in today’s information age is unfair.  We are constantly bombarded by fake news and facts to such a degree we find ourselves at social gatherings retelling very embarrassing untruths.  I hope with this post I have not added to the confusion. But one book, the best selling book, has stood the test of time and scrutiny.  The Bible.  If you want truth, and your mind is open, you will find it in there.

God bless!

Are You Angry With God’s Alleged Genocide?

Often non-believers in an attempt to rationalize their disbelief in God point to God’s alleged genocidalsculpture-616821_640 commands in the Bible.  “Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.”

I once wondered about these passages and struggled to reconcile them with the loving God more often marketed by TV pastors and the like.  Once you delve into the history of the Amalekites and other people like the Canaanites for whom God also commanded destruction and compare them with the similar modern atrocities occurring around the world I question not why God gave this command but why he did not do it sooner.

I read recently an article about a Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by ISIS, separated from her children and then starved for two days.  The fighters eventually gave her food and as she ate the meat, most likely with the gusto of a human starved of sustenance, her captors told her that she was eating her three year old son from whom days earlier she had been separated.  In another account ISIS forced a mother to watch men rape her nine year old daughter to death.  Take a moment and soak in the true horror of these crimes.  Children raped to death! Children butchered for food!

The Shire folk see the world as a very, merry place but the men of Gondor, on the brink of Mordor, see the world differently.

No life is without challenges but the majority of us have not yet been exposed to the true, cold evils of our world.  Yes, we have lost loved ones to cancer or to car accidents or to drugs.  But what nightmares have we faced?  Right now somewhere in this world men are selling women to rapists!  Men are decapitating other men, burning prisoners alive and stealing children for their armies.  At this moment a child is wondering how killing another child would feel.

If we promote Justice through our courts and prison system how then can we judge God for executing justice on the Amalekites or Canaanites who for generations indulged in rape, incest, bestiality and child sacrifice?  To each generation the sins of their forefathers and even their god was promoted and in turn repeated. No light, no good could be found. The poison had permeated every man, woman and child and when their sin was at full measure as it had become in Sodom and Gomorrah, God eradicated the people from this earth rather than permitting their corruption to spread.

Was God’s judgment morally wrong? Before you answer first imagine this.  Your child is kidnapped by a serial killer who for years rapes and abuses your child.  Once your child obtains their own power they will most likely commit suicide or will in turn inflict what they learn on younger generations.  If for years you could witness every vile act of degradation committed against your baby as God is able then quite acceptably you would want the serial killer punished even, at the height of your wrath, with death.  You would not want your child to suffer as much for the crimes they committed but how then is that fair to his/her victims who crave the same justice as you?  You cannot want your son’s molester punished and yet cry “mercy” for your child.  After all even though your son learned his behavior from his captor, a prior generation might too have pounded the depravity into them.  With a raised fist you then question why God would allow such evil but don’t think on how he should prevent it or that you are asking God to take an action you previously denounced.

Remember, God is a parent too and unlike us he witnesses and feels evil committed against the children he loves on a second by second basis.  Are we permitted to condemn God for his mercy when we demand justice but condemn Him for his justice when we plead for mercy?

Don’t let God’s justice dissuade you from your belief in him!

To better understand the full extent of Canaanite sin and God’s command, watch the Youtube video below.

The History of Human Sin – Clay Jones:  

Do We Still Want God’s Mansions?

In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. – John 14:2

After God’s final judgement when believers are received into the new Heaven to be with Jesus are vizcaya-891844_640we to receive an actual mansion as the verse above may imply.  Perhaps not but I’ll wager we will receive so much more.  I wonder though recently as I examine the wealth of the top 1% around the world if they truly value God’s rewards waiting for us.

I admit I wish I had less to worry about as far as my finances go and I do desire to keep up with my peers in a few areas of material possession where I continue to fall further behind.  For this reason I struggled with accepting the following verse.  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Mark 10:25.  I am not rich but if my desires to be as such were fulfilled and I acquired the wealth I seek, do I damage my chances of entering Heaven? Only if I let the riches govern me rather than me governing my riches.

If my every request were satisfied, if I never struggled, would I need God?  Obstacles serve to bring us into a closer relationship with God as we call unto him for help.  I’m not suggesting the rich don’t suffer but why does a wealthy man/woman feel compelled to bend a knee to God when all their earthly desires are continuously met?

This article lists the top 15 most expensive homes for sale in the U.S.  Number fifteen starts at $75 million and number one is nearly double that at $140 million!  Breeze through the article and you will see what many of these houses boast.  You are either perched in a massive apartment hundreds of feet in the air overlooking New York or else your massive mansion adorns the ocean and comes complete with several guest houses, infinity pool and perhaps an indoor movie theater.

If I had the wealth to purchase a fraction of what these properties offer would I still feel a need for God’s comfort?  Might I not slip further and further from him? If I could solve the majority of my problems with cash I wouldn’t feel the pull to pray.

Pablo Escobar was one of the wealthiest drug lords in history.  At one point he was responsible for 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the U.S.  According to Escobar’s accountant, Escobar’s cartel was bringing in $420 million a week.  They had so much cash hidden in various places that Escobar would lose around $2.1 billion every year to water damage or mice.  Can you imagine having so much money that you could allow two billion dollar to rot away every year!  What if instead of hiding the cash in run down warehouses as the accountant claims, the money was given to the homeless or starving? A man’s mind not set on God would rather see his money destroyed than in the hands of someone he felt undeserving.

And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you he shall in no wise lose his reward.  Matthew 10:42

According to this article the top 1% of the world’s earners will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth. So to clarify, at some point in 2016, the top 1% will have more wealth than the rest of the 99% combined!  Try cramming all of that through the pearly gates!

Wealth isn’t evil but if you allow it to fulfill all your flesh’s desires and you lose sight of God, you may end up somewhere for eternity where you truly wish a cold cup of water was offered to you.

Why The Devil Doesn’t Want You To Know He Exists

The first time I saw the film The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey’s classic line, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist,” stood out to me Greatest trick devil pulledbecause it made little sense at the time.  Though this movie hit theaters long before the character Loki, Thor’s villainous brother, hit the big screen, I suppose I had always pictured the devil to be similar in nature.  A scheming, conniving, second rate king who wanted worldwide recognition and all to bow down to his glory.  Many Christians who of course believe in the devil like to picture him as a powerless arrogant, buffoon while non-Christians of course don’t believe in him anyway which as it turns out is exactly what the devil wants.

If you believe in the devil then he by all means wants you to underestimate him.  Many religious leaders have convinced us that Satan is so inept at what he does that we unknowingly grow lazy in our faith until the old wolf blows our straw house down.  “That silly, stupid, Satan!” I have heard some regard him as, seduces us into a reckless way of thinking and this is a trap by the devil to convince you to let your guard down.

Now of course non-Christians worry over him less because Satan after all to them isn’t real.  Well that manner of thinking is just fine with the devil too.  John 10:10 says, “The thief comes to only kill, steal and destroy….”  Do thieves, murderers, rapists, arsonists, etc. announce their presence before they come calling?  Do they wear shirts that say, “Hi I steal jewelry and prescription medicine,” or “I like watching things burn,”?  Of course not or else we would all be on guard in their presence.  If the world had no thieves or at least didn’t believe they existed, we would all leave our doors unlocked and our children unattended.  The thief’s greatest weapon is anonymity.  If you don’t know they are a thief then you are less likely to protect yourself against them.

If a clever human is able to sneak into a bank or heist a plane in mid-air, how much more could one of God’s angels accomplish if your doors remain unsecured?  Sure with the power of Christ you can defeat the devil even though he currently is Prince of this World.  You can beat back his temptations, his storms and his disease.  Your power though is in God’s word and left unspoken you have no offense against an unseen enemy in whom you don’t believe.

Everyday we poison our bodies with substances we deem either in hope or ignorance to be harmless but ones which no doubt will be classified by scientists as harmful years from now.  Just as smoking or even sugar is killing us, years ago we did nothing to protect ourselves because we had no clue they could harm us.  Despite the irrefutable Biblical research handed down to us thousands of years ago and preached the world over, we continue to allow Satan’s poison into our homes, marriages, schools, workplaces, etc.  Why?!  Because the devil is so cunning he has convinced more and more everyday that there is no monster and that we are fit to rule ourselves.  Sadly for us the devil wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Wait until they pass from this earth,” he sneers from his throne in hell, “then they will truly know who they have served their whole lives.”

Yes, perhaps the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was in convincing the world he didn’t exist and maybe his second greatest is in convincing us that God too doesn’t exist.  Maybe the devil isn’t really all that stupid but neither must we also be.