Thursday, October 26, 2017

BEING GOOD VS. DOING GOOD

There have been a lot of articles in the news lately concerning a recent Pew Research Center poll concerning the necessity of believing in God to be moral and have good values.  Before this question can be answered, you have to define what is good and moral.  As a Christian, I hold firmly to the truth that only God has the authority to define those terms; and He has done so in His word, the Bible.  No one person or group of persons has/have the authority to make that decision for others.  They may come together to form governments or institutions etc. and establish laws that make things legal or not, permissible or not; but that doesn’t mean that those laws define what is good or moral in the opinion of others.  If one dismisses a higher authority than man, every man is free to make such determinations on his own.  Only God, as our Creator, has that authority.

God has sovereignly chosen to give men the freedom to make their own choices concerning whether to accept Him as LORD or not, whether to choose to live in accordance with His truth as established in scripture.   Are there unsaved people in the world that choose to live in a manner that basically aligns with many of the morals established in scripture?  I believe so.   If you ask them why, they will probably answer that it is because they want to do good, all the while rejecting the truth that God is the arbiter of what is good.  Are their people who profess salvation that choose to ignore the morals of scripture in areas of their life?  Yes.  If you ask them why, the only honest answer they can give is that they haven’t yielded their lives completely to the LORD; they are more concerned with what pleases them instead of what pleases God.  Important to note, however, is that if that person can continue in such sin without guilt or shame, I would wonder if their profession was sincere.  If one sincerely realizes the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross on his/her behalf to make it possible to become part of His family, you will want to show your love to Him.

So, the phrasing of the question is important to framing an answer.  Can an unsaved person do good and moral things?  The answer is yes.  Can an unsaved person be defined as a good person?  No.  It is only through the new birth in Christ at salvation that one becomes good or righteous.

2 Corinthians 5:17 & 21 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new…. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”


Just had to get that off my chest.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

DOES GOD EXIST?

My hubby developed a short web page with some excellent basic information regarding this question.  Click on the following link:  


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

THE TESTIMONY OF BEAUTY IN CREATION

Below are a couple of pictures of the beautiful roses that my hubby gave me for Mother’s Day.  I’m always awed by the beauty of even the most simple things that show the infinite thought and care that God invested in their creation.  How anyone can think such beauty was a result of random evolution from some kind of cosmic soup is beyond my comprehension. 

More importantly, they testify to God’s love and care for us as expressed by what Jesus taught His disciples.

Matthew 6:25–34 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”

Much of what we do in our lives is focused on our concern about supplying our need for food, drink and clothing.   For the person that has placed their faith in Jesus as their LORD and Savior, that should not be a concern.  Why?  Because the LORD knows what we need and has promised to provide accordingly.  His will is for us to focus on seeking His righteousness.  Once we become a child of God through faith in His Son, we are clothed in His righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Salvation clothes us in the righteousness of God through Jesus.  To seek the kingdom of God in our lives is to strive to live in accordance with the righteousness in which we are clothed.  One that is seeking to live righteously will be intent on serving God.  When we are intent on serving God, we don’t have to worry about having what we need; He will provide it.  We are, as instructed in the model prayer, to trust God daily for our needs.  We aren’t to be anxious about tomorrow, but to take each day as it comes.  We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.  When tomorrow comes, God will be just as sufficient for the needs of that day as He is for today’s.  

This does not mean that we are not to provide for ourselves and our families through hard work and preparation.  The point is that we are not to be anxious about the results of that hard work and preparation since we have a heavenly Father who is watching out for us.  Scripture is clear in teaching that we should have a good work ethic.  

Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” 

Proverbs 31 (the whole chapter)

2Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

Exodus 20:9 “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work….”

1Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

Part of serving God is to work and provide for ourselves and our family in accordance with His instruction and with a heart of submission and obedience to Him.  The key is the attitude of the heart.  If our hearts are yielded to Him in all that we do, we can rest in the truth that He will provide our needs according to His purpose, which is always righteous and good.

One should always remember that what God deems to be our needs may not always be what we deem them to be.  We need to rest in the truth of His love for us as well as the truth that His ways are far beyond our understanding. 

1 John 4:15–16 “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

Isaiah 55:8–9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

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