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Old 12-08-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
redbeardjon
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Proof of God

Hello. I am a theist. I had to write a blog for a school assignment and I need to record how people respond. This is where you come in. Leave comments, questions, rebuttals. Thanks!

Some people do not believe in God. As for myself I can only tell you what I know based on what I have seen and heard. I know that what I have seen and heard is different because of who I was born to. I was raised the son of a pastor.

First, I will tell you what I know. If you have attended church as long as I have (my entire 22 year life span, remember I am a pastor’s son), then you will have heard some things that capture your attention. In the Bible, there are people designated as prophets, people who God spoke to concerning the future. These prophets did not keep the message to themselves; the things they heard were written down. The two prophets I want to emphasize are Isaiah and David. Isaiah wrote sometime between 700 and 680 B.C. that “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son.” People in Isaiah’s time did not have a full understanding of what he was talking about, but sometime around 7-2 B.C. (we know this because the Bible says Herod the Great was ruling the area), God sent an angel to a virgin named Mary and said “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” The birth of Jesus was foretold hundreds of years before it happened and so was His method of death. Sometime between 1040 and 970 B.C., David wrote about Jesus “They have pierced my hands and feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments and cast lots for my clothing.” One record of Jesus’ death, written between 59 and 63 A.D., states “And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him.” David foretold the details of Jesus’ death by Roman crucifixion before the Roman Empire even existed and a written account of Jesus’ death confirms that these things took place. Three days after His death, Jesus was raised from the dead by God, appeared to His followers, and gave them this command “Go into the entire world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues…. They will place their hands on sick people and they will get well.”

Now I have been in church my entire life and I can say that I have seen these signs among those who believe. During one church service there was a man who had back problems because his legs were uneven. I saw the preacher sit the man down and as he prayed for him the man’s leg stretched out to match the other. There were others present who I could point you to that will say that this in fact did happen. A member of the church I attend got into a chemical accident at work and received significant damage to his heart tissue. This man was dependent on a machine for his life. His wife consistently prayed and his heart is fully working now, machine free. A friend of mine went to Turkey for six weeks to “preach the good news.” While she was there, they visited the mountain regions because those people have little access to medical care. Her group prayed for people in the name of Jesus and many were healed. Jesus said those who believe will “speak in new tongues.” This is when a believer praises God or prays to Him in a language they have never learned as God speaks it to them. I have traveled to numerous churches and have heard many people speaking in languages that neither I nor they themselves understand. I have heard my mother, brother, and close friends speaking “in new tongues.” Perhaps you do not understand these things, but it is important for you to know that they do happen.

What is the significance of all these things? If all of these things were foretold and came to pass, then what Jesus said (“Whoever believes will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”) will also come to pass. The questions then are “What are we supposed to be believe and what are we saved from?” We need to believe that:

1.God has set the standard for what is right and wrong.
2.We have all fallen short of God’s standards through lying, stealing, jealousy, sexual immorality (adultery, sex before marriage, pornography etc.), denying God’s existence, and many other things.
3.We deserve punishment for breaking God’s standards similar to the way criminals are sentenced by a judge. The punishment for breaking God’s standards is being denied access into heaven.
4.Jesus is the Son of God and did not break God’s standard. All of the punishment that was due us was taken on by Him in His death by Roman Crucifixion. This punishment was more than the physical aspect; Jesus took God’s wrath on himself.

So we are saved from the wrath of God if we believe in what Jesus did, admit our wrongdoing, and seek to live the way God instructed us to in the Bible. A simple prayer such as “God, I know that Jesus is your son and that through him I am forgiven of my sins. I know that I have been on the wrong path and now I want to follow you,” is a good first step towards living the way God intended for you. I pray that what I have seen and heard in the church as a pastor’s son will be helpful in pointing you towards God. I also encourage you to visit a church and see for yourself what God is all about. Feel free to contact me at jcg0814@aol.com if you need help finding the right church for you or have any questions or comments.
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