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December 24, 2008

The God who is There: Part 1

Exodus 3:14 “I Am that I Am” Novelist Dostoevesky in The Brothers Karamazov: “If God is dead, then all things are permissible.”

The two most important questions anyone can ask are: 1) Is there a God? 2) If there is, what is God like? Every answer to ANY other question in life will depend on how you answer these 2 primary questions. I am going to, Lord willing, be addressing these questions in the coming weeks to give you something to ‘chew on’.

As regards the 1st question this has become an incredibly important item in our contemporary culture. We can no longer shrug it off as irrelevant. Last century was filled with skepticism about any knowledge of God and many became atheistic. Now the new face of atheism, though docile before, is an ugly monster seeking to proselytize converts to the freedom of atheism. America’s multicultural approach to religious thought (though really polytheistic-the worship of many gods!) in the name of tolerance judicially, morally, and intellectually has led to the surge of an anti-Christian stance in our time. Previously, atheists were ‘in the closet’. Within the past century, their voices have grown to be heard in the public arena. The new atheists are now evangelizing college campuses, our educational systems, and our laws of the land.

Atheism (the death of God) leads to relativism, the breakdown of the moral fabric of a society, rampant pleasure seeking, then to despair and ultimately to the death of man himself. If God dies, so does the value of man – hence abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, drug culture, the

exponential rise in STD’s, and last century’s war attrocities. Never let anyone tell you religion has caused more wars and killed more people. See the video at Youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3Gw7aleV9o I’m reminded of Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

The challenge to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is the same as always: “Therefore prepare your MINDS for action, keep sober in spirit” (1 Peter 1:13) See also Ephesians 6:10-20 in regards to the call to action. Too long Christians have thrown their brains out the window in cultural thinking. We can longer afford to be Christians on our safe “Indian reservations” in society hiding behind (I believe time limited!) protection of the law! As noted singer Bob Dylan said, “The times, they are a changin’.” Will you take the challenge? Will you defend the faith? Do you know why for sure that you believe in God? Could you defend it without appealing to a ‘religious experience’? The fate of our nation, the salvation of future generations, and most importantly the glory of God are at stake. In the coming weeks, I’ll talk w/ you about some the rhetoric that is in the public square and how we can arm ourselves defensively and offensively to win our culture back to prepare the soil to be receptive to the gospel – because right now, it’s not!

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