Frog + Chance + Millions of years = Handsome Prince (science)
By definition, no one knows what lies outside their tiny circle of knowledge. To claim you know there is no God is to claim you have exhaustively searched every part of every universe and dimension with an infallibly accurate method of detecting every non-physical entity that could possibly exist. The claim that God has taken the initiative and chosen to reveal himself to some people is not nearly as unbelievable.
Donít be like a blind person trying to convince himself that because he has never seen, everyone else claiming to see must be mistaken. In the realm beyond your present experience amazing things could dwell Ė even a God poised to shatter your insensibility to him.
Are you ready for the most daring adventure? Try saying this:
That prayer opens the most exciting possibilities in the cosmos.
Everyone is forced to conclude that there has always been something in existence, whether it be gas, God or a full-blown universe. Every physical thing we have ever observed tends to degenerate. There is even a scientific law Ė the second law of thermodynamics - that states this. So whatever has always existed must be radically different from anything we have ever seen Ė like God, for instance.
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On the pretext of having a high view of God, people sometimes end up portraying God as sub-human - an impersonal force more akin to a machine or gravity than the Creator of us all. The secret attraction of this presumption is that it is easier to ignore a nebulous force than a God who thinks and feels and judges. If we can feel and love, our Maker can do all that Ė and more. If to some of us God seems impersonal, it suggests not the shallowness of Godís nature but the shallowness of our relationship with him. God is warm. His standards are granite. His heart is soft.
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You might have every reason to hate the person you think God to be, but is that ĎGodí real? Your anger feels justified. We can understand infinite wisdom, however, no more than a babe understands its mother. What if your resentment toward God is like that of a desperately sick child who bites his doctor, imagining the caring doctor to be the cause of his torment, rather than his only hope of recovery? What a tragedy if you let the simple fact that you donít have infinite IQ rob you of your greatest source of comfort.
God weeps. No one in a lifetime has been so spurned, so misunderstood, so much hated without cause as God is every moment of every day by millions of people, each of whom he loves more than we could conceive. No one is touched as deeply by humanityís anguish as its Creator. No one is as aware of suffering humanity as God is, and no one loves with the intensity that God loves. And your pain intensifies his pain.
Even when the cause seems beyond human influence, all heartache can be traced not to Godís will, but to rebellion against Godís will. Many things are murky or unknown to us Ė the view from eternity, the non-physical realm, the intricate chain reaction set off from person to person and generation to generation whenever anything happens. Relative to the all-knowing Lord, we are as short-sighted as King Midas, who wanted everything he touched to turn to gold. We have no idea of the full consequences of our wishes coming true.
We vainly pit our puny intellect against the Infinite Mind, using brain cells he gave us to try to out-think him. If Godís ways donít always make sense to us it merely confirms that our combined brainpower couldnít light a single galaxy. And too often we confuse a good life with a soft life. Too often virtue slips in our priorities. Of necessity, Godís love must be like that of a wise parent, focusing on long-term good, even at the price of tearing his own heart by infuriating the tiny minds of people he loves. His goal is the highest good for all humanity, not some short-term gain that fizzles or ends up robbing others.
Although we can gain a little insight into Godís wisdom, were all our attempts to fail utterly, we have the security of knowing that our sorrow plunges a knife into the heart of the all-powerful Lord. Thatís the ultimate proof that secreted within the stupendous intellect of Almighty God is an ingenious, love-filled reason for allowing it.
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In other words, if we disobey God, itís Godís fault.
If you object to God giving you the right to grieve him, then reject that right. Ask God to control you as a master controls a slave. Then let Jesus wipe clean your slate and spiritually remake you. Everyone will benefit.
7. Whatís in it for me?
8. Science has crippled Christianity
9. Pleasant near-death experiences of non-Christians disprove Christianity
10. A God of love wouldnít send me to hell