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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I want to acknowledge my mentor Dr. Benard Etta(the CEO of Nation Builders International) who picked me when I was nothing and make me to believe that I can one day compile a book of this magnitude. I also want to acknowledge Mr. Tazifor John (the pedagogic inspector of secondary education in the S.W.R) for creating a conducive environment and also giving me the means and support for the effective compilation of this publication. I want to acknowledge all those who have contributed in my life in one way or the other. I also want to acknowledge all the philosophers and scientists whose articles have greatly contributed to the compilation of this publication.
This book is dedicated to all those who really want to know who Jesus was, scientifically, philosophically, religiously and Divinely.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 5: Shot stories of men and women Who mucked god INTRODUCTION .ACKNOWLEDGEMENT 2 DEDICATION 3 INTRODUCTION 4 CHAPTER 1: Jesus as the Incarnation of God CHAPTER 2: Jesus dead and resurrection CHAPTER 3: Jesus as the source of life and creator of Everything CHAPTER 4: Jesus as original designer of DNA.
C.1 Likewise. Some believe he was merely a great moral teacher. Jesus’ only credentials were himself. And while most great people eventually fade into history books. “It is universally admitted … . Lewis. indefinable characteristic sets him apart from all other men. Yet Jesus’ greatness was obvious to all those who saw and heard him. As we take a deeper look at the world’s most controversial person. And much of that controversy revolves around the radical claims Jesus made about himself---claims that astounded both his followers and his adversaries. within three years.Have you ever met a man who is the center of attention wherever he goes? Some mysterious. we begin by asking: could Jesus have been merely a great moral teacher? Even those from other religions acknowledge that Jesus was a great moral teacher. But it wasn’t merely Jesus’ personality that captivated those who heard him. held a political office. Other moral and religious leaders have left an impact---but nothing like that unknown carpenter’s son from Nazareth. But many believe something far more. Indian leader. He never wrote a book. Christians believe that God has actually visited us in human form. It was primarily Jesus’ unique claims that caused him to be viewed as a threat by both the Roman authorities and the Jewish hierarchy. Well. After carefully examining Jesus’ life and words. came to a startling conclusion about him that altered the course of his life. or owned property. Jesus changed the world for the next 20 centuries. He mostly traveled within a hundred miles of his village. Those who witnessed his words and life tell us that something about Jesus of Nazareth was different from all other men. that’s the way it was two thousand years ago with Jesus Christ. attracting crowds who were amazed at his provocative words and stunning deeds. Jesus is still the focus of thousands of books and unparalleled media controversy. Although he was an outsider with no credentials or political powerbase. So who is the real Jesus? Many will answer that Jesus was a great moral teacher. or something more? These questions get to the heart of who Jesus really was. others believe he was simply the leader of the world’s greatest religion. Jewish scholar Joseph Klausner wrote. spoke highly of Jesus’ righteous life and profound words. Mahatma Gandhi. What was it about Jesus Christ that made the difference? Was he merely a great man. And they believe the evidence backs that up. commanded an army. former Cambridge professor and skeptic. S.
have tried to separate Jesus’ teaching on ethics from his claims about himself. in modern times he would have been sent to Siberia. like Gandhi. a non-Christian. Jefferson carried around his cut and pasted New Testament with him. that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights …” But one thing Jefferson didn’t answer: If Jesus falsely claimed to be God he couldn’t have been a good moral teacher. In fact. In fact. ‘He that is greatest among you. But did Jesus really claim deity? Follow me to the preceding chapters and find out for your self. President Thomas Jefferson. “We hold these truths to be self-evident. much of what we know today as “equal rights” actually is the result of Jesus’ teaching. who cut and pasted a copy of the New Testament. . said of Jesus that “he lived and struggled unremittingly for ‘equal rights’. believing that he was simply a great man who taught lofty moral principles. regardless of sex. Historian Will Durant.that Christ taught the purest and sublimest ethics … which throws the moral precepts and maxims of the wisest men of antiquity far into the shade. let him be your servant’—this is the inversion of all political wisdom. of all sanity. race.” Many. The famous document sets forth. that all men are created equal. Jefferson’s memorable words in the Declaration of Independence were rooted in Jesus’ teaching that each person is of immense and equal importance to God.” Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount has been called the most superlative teaching of human ethics ever uttered by an individual. while leaving in other passages regarding Jesus’ ethical and moral teaching4. or social status. This was the approach of one of America’s Founding Fathers. revering Jesus as perhaps the greatest moral teacher of all time. removing sections he thought referred to Jesus’ deity.
Jesus did not only teach or expound His message. The answers these two gave were exactly the opposite. claimed … to be divine. specifically. and he ministered almost entirely outside the established religious framework. on the other hand. By contrast. It is not Buddha who delivers you. “Only two people ever astounded their contemporaries so much that the question they evoked was not ‘Who is he?’ but ‘What is he?’ They were Jesus and Buddha. Ravi Zacharias. but Jesus said he is one with God. a way of living. Jesus never claimed to be a religious leader. It is not Mohammad who transforms you. "In all of these. it is Zoroaster to whom you listen. not a god—almost as if he foresaw later attempts to worship him. He was identical with His message. He never got into religious politics or pushed an ambitious agenda. something only God could do.” Also.CHAPTER 1 JESUS AS THE INCARNATION OF GOD Jesus was not just a Prophet or a religious founder As other religions believe." Surprisingly. has studied world religions and observed a fundamental distinction between Jesus Christ and the founders of other major religions. The truth of Zacharias’ point is underscored by the number of times in the Gospels that Jesus’ teaching message was simply “Come to me” or “Follow me” or “Obey me. it is the beauty of the Koran that woos you. a remarkable distinction emerges. In The World’s Great Religions. Buddha said unequivocally that he was a mere man. It is not Zoroaster to whom you turn.”6 And that leads us to the question of what Jesus really did claim for himself. there emerges an instruction. He was the incarnation of God All other religious founders refuse the claim that they are one with God. Jesus. Jesus made it clear that his primary mission was to forgive sins. it is his Noble Truths that instruct you. who grew up in a Hindu culture. did Jesus claim to be divine? . When one compares Jesus with the other great religious leaders. Huston Smith observed.
had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets.Did Jesus Claim to be God? So what is it that convinces many scholars that Jesus claimed to be God? Author. be they Elijah. after being accused of blasphemy. ‘Rise up.’ or. it’s not far-fetched to me.”7 But what did Jesus really mean by such statements? Is it possible Jesus was merely a prophet like Moses or Elijah. or Confucius. ‘Before Abraham was.’ Or. ‘The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. Christ says. When asked whether he thought it far-fetched for Jesus to be the Son of God. obviously a very interesting guy. So we cannot rule out Jesus being divine just because he didn’t say those exact words. He would be walking down the road. On more than one occasion. or Daniel? Even a superficial reading of the Gospels reveals that Jesus claimed to be someone more than a prophet.’ To the dead he might simply say. the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: He was a great prophet. John Piper explains that Jesus claimed power which uniquely belonged to God. “I am a man. lead singer of U2.” It is true that he never stated the exact words. just be a prophet. he would say. Muhammad. No. “I am God. To the storms on the sea he would say. He doesn’t let you off the hook. I am.’ And they would obey. ‘Come forth. But actually Christ doesn’t allow you that.” Yet Jesus was undoubtedly human.” And people say: No.’ And it was done immediately. and his followers considered him a prophet like Moses and Elijah. you have seen the Father. Some argue that Jesus never explicitly said. “I am God. ‘If you have seen me. I’m not saying I’m a prophet…. In fact.I’m saying I’m God incarnate. ‘Be still. A prophet we can take. no other prophet ever put himself in God’s place. Look. please.” or “I am a prophet. “…Jesus’ friends and enemies were staggered again and again by what he said and did. answered: “No.’ Or. seemingly like any other man. Jesus referred to himself as God’s Son. anymore than we can say he wasn’t a prophet.” However. I’m not saying I’m a teacher. Bono. very calmly. in fact. don’t call me a teacher.” .’ And to a loaf of bread he would say. No other prophet had made such claims about himself. then turn and say something like. Jesus also never explicitly said. Buddha. ‘Become a thousand meals. Jesus’ statements about himself contradict the notion that he was simply a great man or a prophet. no.
a mere man. As Piper notes. S. not simply by his words. Lewis initially considered Jesus a myth. but also by their reaction to those words. C. he who believes in me. “the only true God. It is only this claim that would have brought the accusation of blasphemy. some leaders explained to Jesus why they were trying to kill him: “Because you. Furthermore. but he was unlike any man who had ever lived.”17 Jesus’ usage of God’s name greatly angered the religious leaders. Jesus’ “I AM” claims infuriated the Jewish leaders.” He told Martha and others around her. as Lewis investigated the evidence for Jesus. Jesus was using these holy words to describe himself. “Philip. Jesus said. Jesus made the audacious statement.” “I AM the only way to God.” or.Before we examine Jesus’ claims. Jesus spoke of having always existed with his Father. for example. . has seen the Father. The point is that these Old Testament scholars knew exactly what he was saying—he was claiming to be God. “I AM. when Moses asked God His name at the burning bush. yet shall he live. concluded that Jesus had to have been a real person. it is important to understand that he made them in the context of the Jewish belief in one God (monotheism). “I AM” (ego eimi). No faithful Jew would ever believe in more than one God. though he is dead. But this literary genius who knew myths well. What did Jesus mean by such statements. the Creator of the universe. “Before Abraham was.” Likewise. and what is the significance or the term. praying to his Father as. “I AM the “truth. “I AM the light of the world. “Why?” Since the time of Moses. The question is. And Jesus believed in the one God. have I been with you so long and you don’t know me? Whoever has seen me. “I AM”? Once again. “I AM the resurrection and the life. In the Hebrew Scriptures.” So the question is: “Was Jesus claiming to be the Hebrew God who created the universe?” Did Jesus Claim to be the God of Abraham & Moses? Jesus continually referred to himself in ways that confounded his listeners. And when Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father. we must go back to context. he became convinced that not only was Jesus real.” But in that same prayer. One time.” These and several other of his claims were preceded by the sacred words for God.” As a result. God answered.” He was revealing to Moses that He is the one and only God who is outside of time and has always existed. no practicing Jew would ever refer to himself or anyone else by “I AM. have made yourself God. Lewis writes. To read into the text that Jesus claimed to be God is clearly warranted. Incredibly. Jesus would make statements like. I AM.
and will explore further. Jesus taught that he is God in the way the Jews understood God and the way the Hebrew Scriptures portrayed God. Now let us get this clear. since He was a Jew. and that within us is the seed of divinity. if Jesus was not who he claimed to be. He claims to forgive sins. we’ve seen that Thomas Jefferson had no problem accepting Jesus’ teachings on morals and ethics while denying his deity.”18 To Lewis. you will see that what this man said was. Jesus . anyone might say that he was a part of God. in their language.”21 In his quest for truth. like the Indians. And when you have grasped that. “I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher.’ That is the one thing we must not say. not in the way the New Age movement understands God. It’s simply bad history to redefine what Jesus meant by the concept of God. quite simply.“Then comes the real shock. Among Pantheists.But this man. none of which would make him a great moral teacher. What Kind of God? Some have argued that Jesus was only claiming to be part of God. Such thoughts are revisionist. and so when they spoke of God. yet are unwilling to call him God. but I don’t accept his claim to be God. Either Jesus was who he claimed to be—God in the flesh—or his claims were false. And if they were false. But as we’ve said.’ wrote Lewis: ‘Among these Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He was God. foreign to his teaching. or one with God…. could not mean that kind of God. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. He says He always existed. Jesus’ claims were simply too radical and profound to have been made by an ordinary teacher or religious leader. the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips. Neither Jesus nor his audience had been weaned on Star Wars. foreign to his stated beliefs. and foreign to his disciples’ understanding of his teaching. who had made it and was infinitely different from anything else. Certainly there are those who accept Jesus as a great teacher. God. they were not speaking of cosmic forces. argued. Lewis explains. Lewis. As a Deist. Lewis knew that he could not have it both ways with the identity of Jesus. But the idea that we are all part of God. meant the Being outside the world. is simply not a possible meaning for Jesus’ words and actions. then we must examine some other alternatives.
He also chose to reach out to the outcasts (prostitutes and lepers). image. In a way that could only be described as bizarre. or success? In fact. According to Machiavelli. Could Jesus Have Been Lying? Even Jesus’ harshest critics rarely have called him a liar. claimed divine origin. Could Jesus Christ have built his entire ministry upon a lie just to gain power.could not be a great moral teacher. and efficiency above loyalty. In fact. The question we must deal with is: What could possibly motivate Jesus to live his entire life as a lie? He taught that God was opposed to lying and hypocrisy. the Jewish opponents of Jesus were constantly trying to expose him as a fraud and liar. He would either be lying intentionally or he would be a lunatic with a God complex. Machiavelli exalts power. he would have tremendous power. (That is why many ancient leaders. lying is okay if it accomplishes a political end. faith. each of which is problematic. They would barrage him with questions in attempts to trip him up and make him contradict himself. so he wouldn’t have been doing it to please his Father. the motivation of most lies is some perceived benefit to oneself. and honesty. instead chastising those who abused such power and lived their lives pursuing it. What could Jesus have hoped to gain from lying about his identity? Power would be the most obvious answer.) The rub with this explanation is that Jesus shunned all attempts to move him in the direction of seated power. The Prince. But if Jesus isn’t who he claimed to be. And so we are left with only two other reasonable explanations. One of the best-known and most influential political works of all time was written by Niccolò Machiavelli in 1532. If people believed he was God. creating a network of people whose influence was less than zero. we must consider the option that he was intentionally misleading everyone. . fame. success. those without power. all that Jesus did and said moved diametrically in the other direction from power. such as the Caesars. That label certainly doesn’t fit with Jesus’ high moral and ethical teaching. In his classic. Benefit Many people have lied for personal gain. He certainly didn’t lie for his followers’ benefit. Yet Jesus responded with remarkable consistency. since all but one were martyred rather than renouncing his Lordship (see “Did the Apostles believe Jesus is God?”.
New Testament scholar. either in church history or in secular history that Jesus lied about anything. he would have avoided the cross at all costs. he never would have been condemned. to deny Jesus’ claims. Yet. and died for. few have been willing to die for a known lie. Schaff argued. Do historians believe Jesus lied? Scholars have scrutinized Jesus’ words and life to see if there is any evidence of a defect in his moral character. he told his disciples that the cross was his destiny and mission. lived. Yet. If Jesus were to have simply dropped the claim of being God’s Son. If enhancing his credibility and historical reputation was what motivated Jesus to lie. perhaps his radical claims were falsified in order to leave a legacy. and consistently maintained from the beginning to end. I. Here is another haunting fact. According to historian Philip Schaff. In fact. And while many martyrs have died for a cause they believed in. common sense. depraved man have invented. there is no evidence. J. one must explain how a carpenter’s son from a poor Judean village could ever anticipate the events that would catapult his name to worldwide prominence. Certainly all hopes for Jesus’ own personal gain would have ended on the cross. brings all things into proper focus. it just doesn’t make sense. could a deceitful. the purest and noblest character known in history with the most perfect air of truth and reality?” To go with the option of liar seems to swim upstream against everything Jesus taught. of course. How would dying on a Roman cross bring one power? Death. and experience. points out that this title asserts Jesus’ personal deity. A Legacy So if Jesus was above lying for personal benefit. selfish. in the name of logic. To most scholars. “How. How would he know his message would survive? Jesus’ disciples had fled and Peter had denied him. on several occasions. Not exactly the formula for launching a religious legacy. Packer. It was his claim to be God and his unwillingness to recant of it that got him crucified. he would not relinquish his claim of being the unique Son of God. one must come up with . even the most ardent skeptics are stunned by Jesus’ moral and ethical purity. Yet.It would seem that if power was Jesus’ motivation. to his last breath. But the prospect of being beaten to a pulp and nailed to a cross would quickly dampen the enthusiasm of most would-be superstars.
had his own views about Jesus. In other words. we’re talking nutcase on the level of Charles Manson….I’m not joking here. then he must have been insane. “When Plato describes his imaginary righteous man…he describes exactly the character of Christ. Lewis reasons that someone who claimed to be God would not be a great moral teacher.” Bono concludes that a “nutcase” was the last thing one could label Jesus. and he wasn’t lying. the renowned French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–78) acknowledged Jesus’ superior character and presence of mind. terror.some explanation.” So. Lewis considered this option carefully. Although his own life was filled with immorality and personal skepticism. As Lewis stated. who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1952 for his humanitarian efforts. He deduced that if Jesus’ claims weren’t true. “So what you’re left with is either Christ was who He said He was---or a complete nutcase. the audience who heard Jesus— both believers and enemies—never regarded him as a mere moral teacher. Could Jesus Have Been Self-Deceived? Albert Schweitzer. “He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. Jesus was wrong about his claims but didn’t intentionally lie. for me that’s far-fetched…. was Jesus a liar or a lunatic. …If the life and death of Socrates are those of a philosopher. Jesus was deluded into actually believing he was the Messiah. Jesus produced three primary effects in the people who met him: hatred. The claims of Jesus Christ force us to choose. we cannot put Jesus in the category of being just a great religious leader . I mean. stating. Schweitzer concluded that insanity was behind Jesus’ claim to be God. And if Jesus’ claims are not true. or was he the Son of God? Could Jefferson have been right by labeling Jesus “only a good moral teacher” while denying his deity? Interestingly.”24 Most who have studied Jesus’ life and words acknowledge him as extremely rational. or adoration. the only option remaining is that he must have been selfdeceived. the life and death of Jesus Christ are those of a God. The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside down by a nutcase. According to this theory.
CHAPTER 2 JESUS DEAD AND RESURRECTION . Lewis explores the options regarding the identity of Jesus. Either this man was. He has not left that open to us. “Who is the real Jesus Christ?” Bono. But if that is true. You can shut Him up for a fool. His careful examination of the life and words of Jesus led this great literary genius to renounce his former atheism and become a committed Christian. Lewis. concluding that he is exactly who he claimed to be. the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. He did not intend to. you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God. and is. This former skeptic challenges us to make up our own minds about Jesus. The greatest question in human history is. then we would expect him to be alive today. "You must make your choice. And that is exactly what his followers believe. and countless others have concluded that God visited our planet in human form.or good moral teacher. stating. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher." In Mere Christianity.
we too could have life with him eternally. What did they discover? WHY JESUS? Where do we go after we die? What is on the other side of death? Does anyone have the answer? In the history of planet earth. . not even his closest followers. many of his disciples fled. But must we take the resurrection of Jesus Christ by faith alone. only Jesus Christ has demonstrated power over death. No one really believed him. It is impossible to explain their change of behavior and the sudden explosion of Christianity without the resurrection of Jesus Christ. All others have died.” Jesus demonstrated his power over death by bringing Lazarus back to life four days after he had been buried. or is there solid historical evidence? Several skeptics began investigations into the historical record to prove the resurrection account false. thinking they would be next. such a miracle would substantiate all Jesus said about God. Buddha. He told his followers that he is “the resurrection and the life. Furthermore. and that that relationship would continue forever. and Muhammad. But if they were right. But even more dramatic was Jesus’ own resurrection. himself.All other religious Founders died and Remained in the grave. As Jesus hung dying on the cross. If they were wrong then Christianity has been founded upon a lie. But three days later. and us. but Jesus died and resurrected Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead? The eyewitnesses to Jesus Christ actually spoke and acted like they believed he physically rose from the dead after his crucifixion. including great religious leaders such as Moses. one that he had predicted would occur three days after his death. they shouted to the world that Jesus had defeated death. Jesus taught that our purpose here on earth is inseparably linked together with our destiny after we die. Jesus shocked his generation by claiming death had no power over him. He said that we were created to have a relationship with him. Jesus told us that because he conquered death.
many friends. without God? Not according to atheist Bertrand Russell. Jazz-age cartoonist Ralph Barton also found life to be meaningless. leaving the following suicide note: "I have had few difficulties. lead singer of the Seattle grunge band Nirvana. But if Jesus actually defeated death as eyewitnesses claim. about us. because Jesus has power over death. the great French philosopher believed this inner void we all experience can only be filled by God." Russell resigned himself to ultimately "rot" in the grave. then we would expect Jesus to not only answer the question of our identity and meaning in this life. "There were many years when I thought fame.Thus. . . . including his promise of eternal life. And that includes even the most successful superstars. and provide hope for the future. despaired of life at age 27 and committed suicide. and death can establish our identities. and answer. give us meaning in life. "There is a Godshaped vacuum in the heart of every man which only Jesus Christ can fill. but also to give us hope for life after we die. and about himself. In his book. But one day you wake up and realize they don't. he alone can answer the biggest questions we all have about life: • • • “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “Where do we go after we die?” Many go through life wondering whether or not life has any real meaning. "Unless you assume a god."2 Pascal. fortune. great successes. Kurt Cobain. and from house to house. the question of life's purpose is meaningless. Even those who have achieved great fame and wealth sense that there is something more to life than money and popularity. who wrote. we need to understand what he said about God. why I am not a Christian.I wanted to know the meaning of true and lasting happiness and how I could go about finding it. visited countries of the world. then he alone would be able to tell us what life is all about. and public approval would bring me happiness. I have gone from wife to wife.I still felt something was missing. "Where am I going?" In order to understand how Jesus' words. Madonna attempted to answer the question of. Russell dismissed everything Jesus said about life's meaning. Can there be meaning. but I am fed up with inventing devices to fill up 24 hours of the day. life. confessing." If Pascal is right."1 Others have given up on finding meaning. "Why am I here?" by becoming a diva. He states.
Arrogant and self-willed. But in their best interests. . On the contrary. he began insisting that his father give it to him early. and provides for them. Jesus illustrates God’s heart of love with a story about a rebellious son who rejected his father’s advice about life and what is important. In Jesus’ story. the son wanted to quit working and “live it up. In a similar way. He thinks. He hears. Jesus told us and showed us what God is like. Jesus compared God’s love with the love of a perfect father. It is interesting that even though the father greatly loved his son. but he actually ran out to meet him. whose goodness is measured in voltage. But things went bad for the son. but even more so. as he healed the sick and reached out to the hurting and poor. A good father wants the best for his children.What Did Jesus Say About God? God is Relational Many think of God more as a force than a person who we can know and enjoy. Jesus demonstrated God’s love wherever he went. and thinks about us continually. It is totally sacrificial and unselfish. he also disciplines them. the rebellious son had to go to work on a pig farm. he packed his bag and headed home. the Scriptures teach that God’s love will never compromise what is best for us. And then the father went totally radical with his love and threw a huge party celebrating his son’s return. Jesus tells us that not only did his father welcome him home. Neither is He some great unsympathetic bogeyman in the sky.” Rather than waiting until his father was ready to give him his inheritance. He communicates in language we can understand. delighting in making our lives miserable. God knows each of us intimately and personally. The God of whom Jesus spoke is not like the impersonal Force in Star Wars. the father granted his son’s request. Despondent and not sure his father would accept him back. He let the son he loved feel pain and suffer the consequences of his rebellious choice. God is loving And Jesus told us that God loves. After squandering his money on self-indulgence. God’s love is radically different from ours in that it is not based upon attraction or performance. According to Jesus. Soon he was so hungry even the pig food looked good. sacrifices for them. It will allow us to suffer the consequences of our own wrong choices. God is relational like us. he didn’t chase after him.
Jesus also taught that God will never compromise His character. Irish U2 rock star Bono remarked in an interview. In His eyes. Furthermore. So what is God like—down deep? God is Holy Throughout the Scriptures (nearly 600 times). before the universe was created. God wants to lavish on us an inheritance of unimaginable blessing and royal privilege. Like the father’s heart in Jesus’ story. What did Jesus say about us? What Did Jesus Say About Us? Made for a Relationship with God If you were to read through the New Testament you would discover that Jesus continually spoke of our immense value to God. obedient robots to replace their liberated wives who they considered threats. God’s holiness means that He cannot be in the presence of evil. “It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company. and perverts? And why do we struggle so with our own moral choices? That brings us to the next part of our quest for meaning. rapists. But then our compulsory love would be meaningless. But if God is holy and abhors evil. Although the men supposedly love their wives. programming worship into us like a screensaver. they replaced them with toys in order to force their obedience. weak. a real relationship with people…. lying. This means that He never entertains a thought that is impure or inconsistent with His moral excellence. Freedom to Choose In the movie. He hates it. greedy and murderous men have engineered submissive. but He has planned an incredible inheritance that is ours for the taking. why didn’t He make our character like His? Why are there child molesters. unblemished. telling us that God created us to be His children. we are special. Not only that.” In other words. It’s like pollution to Him. murderers. It is our essence from which all our thoughts and actions stem. God wanted us to .” Holy means that God’s character is morally pure and perfect in every way. Stepford Wives. Character is who we are down deep. God planned to adopt us into His family. God could have made us like that — robotic people (iPeople) hardwired to love and obey him. Since evil is the opposite of His nature. God is spoken of as “holy.
But would she love him? She would say she loved him of course. therefore. we rebel against it from the moment we are born. but also our failure to do what is right. They are inviolable and unchangeable. Jesus summarized them by saying we should love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves. God created human beings with a unique capacity: free will. we also have broken these moral laws that God established. Lewis wondered where this sense of right and wrong came from. If he brought her to the palace and crowned her head with jewels … she would surely not resist—no one dared resist him. Sin. not out of compulsion — we’d prefer a soul mate over a mail-order bride. or a hero sacrificing his or her life for someone. is not only the wrong that we do in breaking the law. Suppose there was a king who loved a humble maiden.” Indeed. Søren Kierkegaard summarized the dilemma in this story. murder. which led him to the discovery that he instinctively knew right from wrong. Rebellion Against God’s Moral Laws C. We all experience this sense of right and wrong when we read of Hitler killing six million Jews. steal. We instinctively know it is wrong to lie and cheat. his kingliness tied his hands.love Him freely. according to both Jesus and the Scriptures. God has given us a moral law to obey. How could he declare his love for her? In an odd sort of way. This recognition that we are programmed with an inner moral law led the former atheist to the conclusion there must be a moral “Lawgiver.” etc. but I guess you already knew that. In real relationships.7 Lewis also began to examine his own motives. we want someone to love us for who we are. Every statesman trembled before his power … and yet this mighty king was melted by love for a humble maiden. but would she truly? You see the problem. Lewis reasoned that even though we are internally programmed with a desire to know God.S. Less poetically put: How do you break up with an all-knowing boyfriend? (“It’s just not working out between us.”) But to make freely exchanged love possible. God made the universe with laws that govern everything in it. The king was like no other king. Put the right ingredients together under exacting conditions and enormous power is . And not only have we turned our backs on a relationship with Him. commit adultery. When Einstein derived the formula E=MC2 he unlocked the mystery of nuclear energy. Most of us know some of The Ten Commandments: “Don’t lie.
once the first link between God and humanity was broken. And spiritual death means being completely separated from the light and life of God. Jesus taught us how to live and performed many miracles. And we are broken. It has deadly consequences. which means “missing the mark. From the very first man and woman. this separation is more than just lyrics in a rap song. an all-knowing God would realize that we would rebel and sin. Adam. Our Sins have Separated Us from God’s Love Our rebellion (sin) has created a wall of separation between God and us (see Isaiah 59:2). “separation” means spiritual death. The Bible calls this disobedience. The Scriptures tell us that God’s moral law is no less valid since it stems from His very character. people severed from other people (war. Sin causes the severing of all relationships: the human race severed from its environment (alienation). And according to the Bible. we have missed the mark when it comes to the purpose we were created for. And we have failed to do what is right. As Kayne West raps. And even more incredible-—the remarkable reason for his death.” like an archer missing his intended target. In the Scriptures. ..unleashed.. even though they are for our best. “Didn’t God know all of that before He made us? Why didn’t He see that His plan was doomed for failure?” Of course. This brings us to the reason that God came to Earth in human form. it is our failure that makes His plan so mind-blowing. even raising the dead. We have inherited this condition from the first man. But he stated that his primary mission was to save us from our sins. we have disobeyed God’s laws. “And I don’t think there’s nothing I can do to right my wrongs…I wanna talk to God but I’m afraid cause we ain’t spoke in so long .. “But wait a minute. sin. and people severed from God (spiritual death). all contingent links became uncoupled. In fact. Using the archer’s example.” West’s lyrics speak of the separation that sin brings to our lives. murder). individuals severed from themselves (guilt and shame). What Did Jesus Say About Himself? God's Perfect Solution During his three years of public ministry. Like links on a chain.” you might say. Thus our sins have broken God’s intended relationship with us.
He chose the latter. This perfect man would qualify to die for us. Perhaps a judicial analogy might clarify how Jesus solves the dilemma of God's perfect love and justice. "I love you. But the clue most difficult to grasp is that the Messiah would be both man and God! “For unto us a child is born. Everlasting Father. there is a sense of hope and expectation.. In Christ. God stepped down into human history. The prophet Isaiah had written about the Messiah 700 years earlier. (Is. as God. but rather he is God himself. guilty of murder (you have some serious issues). just let me go!" To which he responds. but I'm a judge. at least not by a judge. taking our sins. Put more bluntly. the only reason Jesus was qualified to die for the rest of us is because. Eventually he bangs the gavel down and declares you guilty. he steps down from the bench. I can't simply let you go. you realize that the judge is your father. As you approach the bench. Knowing that he loves you. he takes your place in the electric chair.Jesus proclaimed that he was the promised Messiah who would take our iniquity upon himself. It's difficult to understand how Jesus' death paid for our sins. But because he loves you. Justice cannot be compromised. 9:6) Author Ray Stedman writes of God's promised Messiah: "From the very beginning of the Old Testament. And in fact. And his name shall be called…Mighty God. and offers to pay the penalty for you. Prince of Peace. son. in the person of Jesus Christ. .. Imagine entering a courtroom. God had two choices: to judge sin in us or to assume the punishment himself. takes off the robe.” (Is. he lived a morally perfect life and wasn't subject to sin's judgment. Jesus is not a thirdparty whipping boy." He is torn. "Dad. 53:6) According to the New Testament authors. satisfying his justice. you immediately begin to plead. unto us a son is given. like the sound of approaching footsteps: Someone is coming!. giving us several clues regarding his identity.That hope increases throughout the prophetic record as prophet after prophet declares yet another tantalizing hint: Someone is coming!" The ancient prophets had foretold that the Messiah would become God's perfect sin offering. This is the picture painted by the New Testament. for us. and went to the electric chair (read: cross) instead of us.
Jesus alone is the one who can pay that debt.Although U2's Bono doesn't pretend to be a theologian. “I am the way. Perhaps Hitler is deserving of judgment. C." And Jesus made it clear that he is the only one who can bring us to God. Thus we have offended the one who created us. It's like saying that God grades on the curve. Sproul. regardless what we have done. No one comes to the Father except by me. Muhammad could brandish a sword. Let's review for a minute how Christ has done for us what we could not do for ourselves: • God loves us and created us for a relationship with Himself . According to theologian R.or better will get in. and everybody who gets a D. the truth. They refuse to take Christ's words seriously. Confucius could offer wise sayings. They say God's love will accept all of us. Christ alone is worthy of unlimited devotion and service. In a sense our rebellion is like spitting in His face. but not them or others who live "decent lives". saying that there are many ways to God. they reason. . he accurately states the reason for Jesus' death: "The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world. sin is the absolute opposite of God's holy character. stating. It's not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven. He writes: "Moses could mediate on the law. and loved us enough to sacrifice His very Son for us. It should keep us humbled. meditation. Those who believe all religions are the same deny we have a sin problem. Neither good deeds." A Gift Undeserved The biblical term to describe God's free forgiveness through Christ's sacrificial death is grace. but none of these men was qualified to offer an atonement for the sins of the world. Buddha could give personal counsel. and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. Whereas mercy saves us from what we deserve. As we have seen. the grace of God gives us what we don't deserve. so that what we put out did not come back to us. That's the point. and the life. But this presents a dilemma. or Karma can pay the debt our sins have incurred. religion.” (John 14:6) But many argue that Jesus' claim that he is the only way to God is too narrow.
” he said urgently on the phone. On September 11. the consequences of your actions. 600 innocent people put their trust in the wrong advice. what to eat. The true story goes like this: One man who was on the 92nd floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center had just heard a jet crashing into the north tower. but by a conscious choice to let Him have His rule in his or her individual life. "Grace defies reason and logic. God has paid our debt in full by Jesus' death in our place. etc. each of us individually must respond to the free gift Jesus offers us. because I know who I am. because I've done a lot of stupid stuff. Love interrupts. . which in my case is very good news indeed. he called the police for instructions on what to do. But there still is one missing ingredient. You Choose the Ending We continually make choices---what to wear. our career. Bono gives us his perspective on grace." We now have the picture of God's plan of the ages coming together. Author Ravi Zacharias writes: "Jesus’ message reveals that every individual…comes to know God not by virtue of birth.I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. but I'm holding out for Grace.It doesn't excuse my mistakes. 2001. because we know there’s an explosion. Stunned by the explosion.• • • We have been given the freedom to accept or reject that relationship Our sin and rebellion against God and His laws have created a wall of separation between us and Him Though we are deserving of eternal judgment. making eternal life with Him possible. But in some instances we are given the wrong advice. It is the same when it comes to a relationship with God. .” . “I would wait ’til further notice. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross. and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity. The voice on the other end advised him not to evacuate. if you like. He won't force us to take it." Our choices are often influenced by others. “We need to know if we need to get out of here. According to Jesus and the authors of the New Testament. marriage partner. and innocently suffered the consequences.
The reason many people go through life ignoring God is that they are too busy pushing their own agenda. The failure to evacuate the building was one of the day’s great tragedies. few ever turn down a full pardon. city editor for the New York Tribune. which sided with Burdick. stating that a presidential pardon could not be forced on anyone.M. I had achieved.” Many can identify with Colson. We can ignore him. Shortly after 9:00 A.. He was the “tough guy” of the Nixon White House. Nearly all 600 people in the top floors of the south tower perished. never once thanking Him for any of His gifts to me. “Don’t evacuate. We can choose one of three different responses. or if I had in fleeting moments thought about the infinite power of God.” the caller said. I had not related Him to my life. Yet. When it comes to rejecting Christ's full pardon. The tragedy would not have occurred had the 600 victims been given the right information. but. people give a variety of reasons. That brought the case to the Supreme Court. Or.” He then hung up. Yet ignoring God’s gracious offer of forgiveness has the same dire consequences as outright rejection. At age 39. I had succeeded and I had given God none of the credit. Colson occupied the office next to the president of the United States. in 1972." What made Burdick's case historic is that he refused the pardon. In 1915. We can reject him. had refused to reveal sources and broken the law.“All right. even though it was given by a person who was trying to help. Many say there isn't sufficient evidence. I had never thought of anything being ‘immeasurably superior’ to myself. another jet crashed into the 80th floor of the south tower. Chuck Colson was like that. I had done this and that. Later he writes: “I had been concerned with myself. we can accept him. the “hatchet man” who could make the hard decisions. the Watergate scandal ruined his reputation and his world became unglued. President Woodrow Wilson declared a full pardon to Burdick for all offenses he had "committed or may have committed. Eternity is at stake. George Burdick. In criminal cases. like Bertrand . Our sin debt would still remain unpaid. Our conscious choice about Jesus is infinitely more important than the one facing the ill-informed 9/11 victims. Those 600 people perished because they relied on the wrong information. It’s easy to get caught in the fast pace of life and have little or no time for God.
After his quest for truth led him to God. That's what happened to Nixon's former "hatchet man". He writes: "Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms. Zacharias. There was no way to walk around it. he began reading Lewis's Mere Christianity. saying you are sorry.Russell and a host of other skeptics. who has debated with intellectuals on hundreds of college campuses believes that the real reason most people reject God is moral. Lewis explains how acceptance of Christ involves more than just intellectual agreement with the facts. And still others reject Christ because they blame God for some sad or tragic experience they have suffered. Sensing his own lack of purpose. After Watergate was exposed. He writes: "And so early Friday morning. or I would remain outside. pointing to unloving or inconsistent behavior as an excuse. Trained as a lawyer. . Lewis from God for most of his college years.' . Was I to accept without reservations Jesus Christ as Lord of my life? It was like a gate before me. surrendering. given to him by a friend. A man rejects God because of moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God. Colson took out a yellow legal pad and began writing down Lewis's arguments. Laying down your arms. . I believe You. they aren't interested enough to really investigate.is what Christians call repentance. S. A 'maybe' or 'I need more time' was kidding myself. this former aide to the president of the United States finally realized that Jesus Christ was deserving of his full allegiance. I accept You. I would step through." The desire for moral freedom kept C." After an inner struggle. words I had not been certain I could understand or say fell naturally from my lips: 'Lord Jesus. I commit it to You. Please come into my life. while I sat alone staring at the sea I love. However. Colson began thinking about life differently. realizing that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again. He writes: "A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. Colson recalled: 'I knew the time had come for me. Others refuse to look beyond some hypocritical Christians they know." Repentance is a word that means a dramatic turn-around in thinking.
lasting love and security. “I am leaving you with a gift---peace of mind and heart. The choice is yours. and neither do we. he also satisfies our deepest longings and needs for true. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. Jesus said.Colson discovered that his questions. "You were his enemies. But even though the pardon is offered to us. “It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. He created you to have life that is flooded with meaning and purpose. We are set free from our sins by Jesus’ sacrificial death.” (Ephesians 1:11. he has brought you into the very presence of God. no longer are we under the penalty of sin. When He enters into us. he fills our inner void. “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” and “Where am I going?” are all answered in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. it is up to us to accept it. your life has also been empty. Nothing you have tried satisfies the inner void you feel. The Message) When we enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. the answer is in Jesus Christ. Therefore. He doesn’t deserve a pardon. Bono.” (John 10:10b) Or perhaps things are going well for you in life but you are restless and lack peace. yet now he has brought you back as his friends. God can fill that void and change you in a moment. separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. gives us peace. Lewis and Colson. The apostle Paul writes. And the staggering thing is that God Himself came as a man to pay our entire debt. “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. Thus God did what we were unable to do for ourselves. It is like a mass murderer going before a judge and being granted a full and complete pardon. Paul states this clearly to the Colossians when he writes. . Jesus said. As a result. And we no longer need to resort to temporary stimuli for our fulfillment. and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” So whether you are simply tired of a life of empty pursuits or are troubled by a lack of peace with your Creator. You realize that you have broken God’s laws and are separated from his love and forgiveness. God’s gift of eternal life is absolutely free-—and it is for the taking." (Colossians 1:21b-22a NLT). and satisfies our desire for meaning and hope. Are you at the point in your life where you would like to accept God's free offer? Perhaps like Madonna. You fear God’s judgment.
becoming your guide. prideful. God will forgive you of all your sins---past. your counselor. Furthermore. he gives you strength to overcome trials and temptation. he was ambitious. I want to know You personally and live eternally with You. And as His loving child. and power. purpose. and your best friend. Chuck Colson discovered that new purpose and power.” (John 1:12) Forgiveness of sin. Thank You. . and eternal life are all yours for the asking. your comforter. freeing you to experience a new life full of meaning. He had no desire or power to love others in need. When you make a commitment to Jesus Christ. Colson readily admits that before becoming a Christian. he gave the right to become children of God.When you put your trust in Jesus Christ. Prayer is talking with God.” Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so. He gives you purpose and meaning in life on Earth and the promise of eternal life with Him. for dying on the cross for my sins. he enters your life. You can invite Christ into your life right now by faith through prayer. purpose in life. Lord Jesus. present. making me the kind of person You want me to be. God’s Word says. But his thoughts and motives radically changed once he committed himself to Christ. simply pray the above suggested prayer in your own native language. The following is a suggested prayer: “Dear God. and future and make you His child. and self-centered. Take control of my life and change me. “To all who believed him and accepted him. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
Paul tells the Colossians: "Now Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God. the author of Hebrews as well as the apostles John and Paul write of Jesus as Creator. he eternally existed with his Father in heaven. In fact.” he was making a statement that had no scientific backing at the time. The New Testament tells us that before Jesus became a man. Atheist Richard Dawkins from Oxford and leading geneticist Francis Collins debated the subject of God versus Science in a Time magazine . whether spiritual or material.B.” Colossians 1:15-17 J. and he is therefore justly called the Lord of all.In fact. seen or unseen…. and life from the dead began through him. for it was through him that everything was made.CHAPTER 3 JESUS AS THE SOURCE OF LIFE AND CREATOR OF EVERYTHING No other religious founder Is refereed to at any time Or any where as the source of life And creator of everything The eyewitnesses to Jesus tell us that he continually demonstrated creative power over nature’s laws. He existed before creation began. Phillips When Paul said that “life from nothing began through him [Jesus].Life from nothing began through him. every single thing was created through and for him….
although not limited by natural laws. stating that belief in both God and science is totally reasonable. More than that. Yet its message that God is rational and personal profoundly influenced scientists such as Copernicus. In the past few decades. These brilliant men and women were fascinated with the world around us. He wanted forgiveness of sins. As Christians. He wondered.”2 Sagan’s materialistic worldview and the Christian worldview can’t both be right. Jeff was confused. This led atheist Carl Sagan to declare on international TV that “the cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. and he wanted his life to have meaning and purpose. and sought to discover the mysteries behind what they deemed as God’s creation In fact. then there never had been a creation. But Jeff struggled intellectually. Their belief that the world was created by a reasonable God gave them confidence in scientific observation and experimentation. these scientists believed in an all powerful. For the first time in his life Jeff felt like he understood why he was here on earth. it reveals nothing about how He did it. a Christian who led 2400 scientists in mapping the human genetic blueprint. and hope. he discovered that Jesus designed us to have a life of meaning.feature article. Dawkins. who are we to believe? That was the question facing seventeen year-old Jeff Smith. Materialists reasoned that if matter has always existed. “Is it possible to believe in both creation and science?” For Jeff and others who want to believe in both God and science. but he loved science. purpose. At a camp he heard that Jesus Christ offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life. an increasing number of . The question is. Pascal and Faraday. argues that belief in God has been made irrelevant by new scientific discoveries. He wanted to believe Jesus is real. Although the Bible clearly states that God created the universe. sees it differently. author of The God Delusion. Galileo. Collins. scientists were of the opinion that matter had always existed in one form or another. At issue was whether belief in Science and God are compatible. Newton. there is good news. chose to use them in the universe. “does science shed any light on our origins”? So. all knowing Creator who.
For lack of a better name. Furthermore. So. [For a more in-depth study. prior to the 20th century. science came around to agree with the Bible that everything came from nothing.” Many scientists realized that this discovery coincided with the Genesis account of a beginning. The prevailing view even then was that our material universe had always existed. and sought other explanations. letting the evidence speak for itself. A beginning implies a “Beginner. sarcastically calling the explosion a “big bang. And many of these scientists have no personal faith in God. others like agnostic George Smoot. the evidence for a beginning kept mounting.” However.leading scientists have publicly spoken of stunning new evidence that supports the biblical view of creation. they realized that prior to creation even matter and energy could not have existed. in 1992. wondering what they are and how they got there. Doubters were silenced by the overwhelming evidence. astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered the universe actually had a beginning. Concerned materialists like Sir Fred Hoyle scoffed at the idea of a one-time beginning. after centuries of erroneous belief. trillions of them are spread out among billions of galaxies. read the articles One Time Beginning Throughout human history man has gazed in awe at the stars. Therefore.000 stars. Some scientists had a major problem with this confirmation of the Bible. the Nobel Prize winning scientist in charge of the COBE experiment admits: “There is no doubt that a parallel exists between the big bang as an event and the Christian notion of creation from nothing. COBE satellite experiments proved that the universe really did have a one-time beginning. and that only about 100 million stars existed. However. this beginning became known by Hoyle’s label of “the big bang. most scientists believed our Milky Way galaxy was the entire universe.”4 . Finally. Although on a clear night we only see about 6. However. what is this evidence that has many scientists suddenly speaking of a Creator? To answer those questions we need to look at recent discoveries in astronomy and molecular biology. But in the early 20th century.” which the Bible had firmly revealed.
Other elements such as hydrogen. Odds-makers know that even longshots can eventually win at the racetrack. Such odds would be comparable with winning over a hundred Power ball lotteries after purchasing only one ticket for each. For example. Finely-Tuned for Life It was difficult enough for materialists to accept the evidence for a onetime creation event. a position the Bible has maintained for 3500 years.” Had it been stronger. writes: “The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life. The size and nature of our planet. gravity and the other forces of nature had to measure within very narrow parameters or our universe couldn’t exist. And without oxygen. In other words. Likewise. just how long are the odds against life existing by chance? According to most scientists. Imagine the engineering required if such a feat were even possible. each of nature’s laws had to be precisely fine-tuned. the odds of us being here by chance is impossible. Without water there would be no rainfall for our crops. Those scientists who believed in God may have expected such finetuning.The COBE experiments and Einstein’s theorems both confirm a one time creation of the universe. and moon also need to be just right. So. nitrogen. an agnostic. we all realize that without an atmosphere of oxygen. Scientists calculated that for life to exist. stars and galaxies couldn’t have formed.” Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. our solar system and planet also need to be just right for life to exist. Impossible---unless the outcome . calcium. and phosphorus are also essential for life. Had the force that led to creation been weaker.” Scientists evaluated the probability of whether such remarkable finetuning could have been accidental. sodium. water couldn’t exist. But more startling discoveries about our universe were to follow. And there are dozens of other conditions that needed to be exquisitely fine-tuned or we wouldn’t be here to think about it. sun. none of us would be able to breathe. Cosmologists compared the odds against life occurring by accident with those of shooting an arrow from Earth at a small target on the planet Pluto and hitting the bulls eye. gravity would have pulled all matter back into a “big crunch. but those who had no faith were unable to explain the remarkable “coincidences. carbon.
" Scientists continue their quest for an explanation as to what was behind the creation of the universe. and didn’t believe in a personal God.” Einstein came to the same conclusion. Although he wasn’t religious. However. This new understanding of our universe led scientists like astronomer George Greenstein to ask: “Is it possible that suddenly. But the deeper they dig. Follow me to chapter four learn more. was stunned by the evidence for a Creator. compared with it. we have stumbled upon the scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being?” Some materialists have tried to explain away the fine-tuning of the universe as luck. remarking: “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super intellect has monk eyed with physics. without intending to. These incredible odds are far beyond anything mere chance and time could accomplish.was fixed by someone behind the scenes. the more in awe they are of the unexplainable origin of our universe and its remarkable fine-tuning. others have been more open to realism. Einstein pondered the genius behind the universe. a committed agnostic. . all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection. as well as chemistry and biology. Sir Fred Hoyle. calling it "an intelligence of such superiority that. and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. And that is what many scientists are concluding---Someone behind the scenes designed and created the universe.
Although evolutionists believe that DNA evolved through natural selection. they have no idea how such an intricately complex molecule could ever have begun by mere chance. However. they have no idea how such an intricately complex molecule could ever have begun by mere chance DNA: The Language of Life Although the Bible tells us that Jesus created all life. Yet the more they discover about DNA. For example. in the past half century. it says nothing about how He did it. some of the mysteries of creation are now being discovered. the more amazed they are at the brilliance behind it.CHAPTER 4 JESUS AS ORIGINAL DESIGNER OF DNA Although evolutionists believe that DNA evolved through natural selection. DNA’s intricate complexity caused its co-discoverer. scientists have learned that a tiny molecule called DNA is the “brains” behind each cell in our bodies and every other living thing. Francis Crick. to believe that it could never .
the origin of life appears at the moment to almost be a miracle. Yet.” Materialists believe that all this complexity originated through natural selection. he now admits that the “software” behind DNA is too complex to have originated without a “designer. and lectures for fifty years. And DNA operates like a language with its own extremely complex software code. Yet.: “An honest man. The discovery of the incredible intelligence behind DNA has convinced many former agnostics and atheists that life in our universe is not an accident. wrote. including natural selection. as Crick remarked. Microsoft founder Bill Gates says that the software of DNA is “far.It now seems to me that the finding of more than fifty years of DNA research have provided materials for a new and enormously powerful argument to design. an evolutionist who believed life is so complex it must have come from outer space. Since no scientific process. Antony Flew.” Although Flew is not a Christian. that is exactly what happened with Professor of Philosophy. A mere pinhead of it contains information equivalent to a stack of paperback books that would encircle the earth 5. books. After proclaiming atheism in university classrooms. The enormous complexity by which the results were achieved look to me like the work of intelligence…. But for a renowned atheist to change positions after 50 years of lecturing and debating against God would be an event of seismic implications. armed with all the knowledge available to us now. . natural selection could never have produced the first molecule. far more complex than any software we have ever developed. It is understandable for Christians to see DNA as evidence for a Creator. especially to materialists. Flew explains why he is no longer an atheist: “What I think the DNA material has done is to show that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements together. could only state that in some sense. can explain DNA’s origin. many scientists believe that it must have been designed.” The coding behind DNA reveals such intelligence that it staggers the imagination.000 times.” And Flew is certainly not alone. so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going. Crick. Flew’s atheism came to an abrupt end when he learned of the intelligence behind DNA.have originated on earth naturally.
” And even though many scientists do shy away from the religious implications of these new discoveries. Jastrow. He set up and directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Yet. In fact. which conducts research in astronomy and planetary science. Dr. even many non-Christian scientists admit that the evidence of a Designer’s “fingerprints” are coming into focus. Jastrow helped establish the scientific goals for the exploration of the moon during the Apollo lunar landings. But I think most scientists prefer to shy away from the religious side of it. Hawking states. (See what leading scientists are saying: The fact that many scientists are now openly speaking of God doesn’t mean that all materialists like Flew are relinquishing their atheistic views. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance. as he pulls himself over the final rock. Robert Jastrow is one such scientist.” . three recent scientific discoveries have convinced many scientists that an intelligent Designer both planned and created our universe: 1. reflecting the view of many scientists: “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason. wrote these thoughts. an agnostic. “There must be religious overtones. asks. The beginning of the universe and its laws 2. Jastrow is a theoretical physicist who joined NASA when it was formed in 1958. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. many like Richard Dawkins are becoming even more aggressive against faith in God. he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.Fingerprints of a Designer In summary. recognized as one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. Upon deeper reflection. The remarkable fine-tuning of nature’s laws making life possible 3. The intricate complexity of DNA So what are leading scientists saying about these remarkable discoveries? Stephen Hawking. when one looks objectively at the evidence regarding the origin of the universe and the intricate complexity of DNA. he is about to conquer the highest peak. an increasing number are now admitting that a Designer’s fingerprints are coming into view. the story ends like a bad dream.
No other person in history had ever died. He simply notes that the biblical view of a one-time beginning of the universe has finally been confirmed by science. CHAPTER 5 SHOT STORIES OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO MUCKED GOD Here are some men and Women who mocked God Make a personal reflection on these shot stories. but his subjects were too simple. was shot six times. that shall he also reap. Jastrow has no Christian agenda behind his conclusions. But did Jesus provide proof that he spoke for God? He reportedly performed miraculous deeds that required creative power. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This conclusion perfectly coincides with the biblical statement. . how can we know what He is like? Has He communicated to us personally? The eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ tell us that he claimed to fully represent the one true God.” If the Bible is right. he said: 'Christianity will end. And although many others have claimed they speak for God. the most dramatic miracle of all was his resurrection from the dead. Jesus was ok. been buried for three days. If true. today we are more famous than Him' (1966). after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ. I am certain. and God does exist. However.As an agnostic. It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): 'Be not deceived. during his interview with an American Magazine. it will disappear. but rather a precisely engineered event that made human life possible. God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sow. Here are some men and women who mocked God : John Lennon (Singer): Some years before. Jesus Christ would have provided ample evidence that his words were truly the words of God. Follow me to chapter five we conclude. And this “beginning” was not some happenstance explosion. I do not have to argue about that. Lennon. Jesus’ followers tell us that he backed up his claim. and then returned to life.
singer and poet): During A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ).' He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: 'Don't stop me.. Bon Scott was found dead. not even God would remove him from Presidency. down the highway to hell'. Sure he got the votes. The man who built the Titanic After the construction of Titanic. a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. but he got sick a day before being made President. he puffed out some smoke into the air and said:' God. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. drunk.Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ): During the Presidential campaign. while smoking his cigarette. that's for you. she was found dead in her apartment Bon Scott (Singer) The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC.000 votes from his party. then he died. he said if he got 500. he had been choked by his own vomit. Campinas (IN 2005) In Campinas . A week later. she said: 'I don't need your Jesus'.. With an ironic tone he said: 'Not even God can sink it' The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic Marilyn Monroe (Actress) She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show.. On the 19th of February 1980. Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer.. The mother accompanied her to the car and was so . After hearing what the Preacher had to say. I'm going down all the way. Brazil a group of friends. went to pick up a friend.
and make a life time decision that will change your life dramatically and equally alter the course of your destiny for ever. I am not breaking this. Amen.worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand.' I hope you were inspired. but surprisingly. the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been. inside the trunk was a crate of eggs. activated. my home. Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written.' You are my 8 in 8 seconds. and he is still alive. and why you were created. I will also be embarrassed about you before my father. No way! I'M TOLD THIS WORKS!!!!! Bishop T.. Go With God And May He Protect You. .' She responded: 'Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk. I love you and I need you. news came by that. challenge and transformed? I challenge you to go to a solitary place. In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle. the trunk was intact The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. who your original source is. they had been involved in a fatal accident. prepared. none was broken.. Many have died. And I think this decision should be to study to know the truth about who are. inspective and prospective thinking of your life. and bless me.. Cause Inside Here. but only Jesus died and rose again. come into my heart. Jakes '8 Second Prayer. retrospective. in Jesus' name.It' s Already Full 'Hours later. everyone had died. Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus. my family. motivated. do a reflective. take your time. Jesus said 'If you are embarrassed about me. I wish you success in all your endeavors.' Just repeat this prayer and see how God moves!! 'Lord.D. To their surprise. and my friends.. who was already seated in the car: 'My Daughter.
that’s the way it was two thousand years ago with Jesus Christ.Last page or back cover Have you ever met a man who is the center of attention wherever he goes? Some mysterious. the South West Regional Coordinator of Youth Federation for World Peace (YFWP). Yet Jesus’ greatness was obvious to all those who saw and heard him. And while most great people eventually fade into history books. the author of 366 wisdom keys for daily boostification and success. Well. a motivational public speaker. . attracting crowds who were amazed at his provocative words and stunning deeds. and also a graduate of Nation Builders International Institute of Human Resource Development. Pastor Cletus Ngwa. is a graduate of Redemption Prophetic Bible Institute. And much of that controversy revolves around the radical claims Jesus made about himself---claims that astounded both his followers and his adversaries. Those who witnessed his words and life tell us that something about Jesus of Nazareth was different from all other men. But it wasn’t merely Jesus’ personality that captivated those who heard him. or owned property. He mostly traveled within a hundred miles of his village. indefinable characteristic sets him apart from all other men. the CEO of the Blue Sky Thinkers Association. commanded an army. Jesus’ only credentials were himself. Jesus is still the focus of thousands of books and unparalleled media controversy. He never wrote a book. held a political office.
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