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How Do I Know I Am really Saved?

How Do I Know I Am Really Saved?

Repentance and Faith: Born Again


Repentance basically means “to change one’s mind”. However, it isn’t as superficial as you may think. Really, what the Bible means with repentance is if you change your mind, then everything else will change along with it. A great example of repentance would be Saul of Tarsus, who later was converted and came to be known as the Apostle Paul. If you don’t quite know what repentance means, and would like to see an example of it in someone’s life, here are some places in the Bible where you can read about Saul. Check out Acts chapters 7 (verse 58 is where he is mentioned), 8 (verses 1-3), 9 (verses 1-30), 11 (verses 25-30, 12 (verse 25) and 13 (verses 1-52) If you read these passages, you should notice something: Saul’s life dramatically changed. If someone truly has faith in Jesus, if someone truly repents? They are saved; they are born again (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23). They become a new creation; a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). They have new desires; they love God, they want Him; they hate the sin they once loved and love the righteousness they once ignored. Some other good examples to check out on the subject of repentance would be Psalm 51 and Acts 26:20.

There are many people who profess to be Christians, but they have not been born again, and they are liars (Matthew 7:13, 14, 21-23; 1 John 2:4; 3:4-10). I was one myself, for most of my life. I am not talking about some kind of sinless perfection here, as some may tell you in error (1 John 1:8-10; 2:1), but a change of the desire and lifestyle. Imagine you’re planning to meet someone, and you set up a time. They are late, and you wait and you wait. Finally, they show up, and you ask them why they were late. They tell you “Well, I wasn’t paying attention so I stepped out into the road and suddenly there was this 30 ton logging truck going 120 miles per hour and it ran me over and that’s why I’m late”. Now, there would only be two logical conclusions here: either he is a liar, or he is crazy. Maybe you’d say to him “Look, that’s ridiculous! There is NO WAY you can have an encounter with something as large as a logging truck and not be changed!” Here is my question to you: which is larger, a logging truck or God? It is impossible for someone to really have an encounter with God and not be changed.

What about faith? Are you confused on what this means, perhaps? Imagine you are in a plane, about to jump out of it. Now, there is a parachute, but what do you do with it? Just believing the parachute exists won’t do anything for you! You have to put the parachute on, and trust that it will work to save you from the fall. In a similar way, you have to put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), and trust Him to save you from the wrath to come.

How Do I Know I Am Really Saved?

Maybe you’ll say “I know in my heart I am saved”. Have you ever read that the heart is deceitful, who can understand it (Jeremiah 17:9)? Do you really want to trust a heart that is deceitful? We shouldn’t trust feelings, or a Sinner’s Prayer, or any other superstitious thing that men have made up. What does the Bible tell us to do, to see if we are really saved or not? It tells us to examine ourselves, to see if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5)! How do we do that, though? The great thing is, we’ve been given an entire book for just that purpose, that being the book of 1 John. One reason it was written was so we would know that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13). Another great place to check out is Hebrews 12:5-8. The Father disciplines His children: if we are without discipline, we are not His children.

In Conclusion

I was a false Christian for most of my life. I wasn’t saved until I was about 20 or 21. Most people who profess Jesus as Lord are not really saved. Few people will enter into the Kingdom. If you examine yourself and find you are not saved, please, do lose all hope in your own works ever getting you right with God! Instead, let me point you to the One you should put your hope in: Jesus Christ. If you repent of your sins and trust in Jesus Christ, you WILL be saved! Don’t run from Christ, but instead, go to Him! He is our only hope to be saved from the wrath we deserve because of our sin.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please, consider these things. Take care, and God bless you.
 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

A Terrifying Truth


I’d like to share with you the most terrifying truth in the Bible. Are you ready? Here it is: God is good (Mark 10:18 ). Why is that terrifying? It’s terrifying to know that God is good, because we are not (Romans 3:9-18, 23). Can I try to reason with you, so that you might see this is true about yourself?

Are You a Good Person?

Do you consider yourself to be a good person? Chances are, you probably do. I think most of us think that about ourselves (Proverbs 20:6). If you do consider yourself to be a good person, do you mind asking yourself these questions, honestly, to see if that’s true?

The Good Person Test

1. Have you ever lied? If so, this makes you a liar (Proverbs 12:22; 1 John 1:10; 2:4, 22; 4:20; Revelation 21:8 )

2. Have you ever stolen anything before, regardless of it’s size or value? It could be gum, a pen, music on the internet, anything. If so, this makes you a thief (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10).

3. Have you ever looked at someone with lust? If so, this would make you an adulterer at heart (Matthew 5:27, 28 ).

4. Have you ever hated anyone? If so, this makes you a murderer at heart (Matthew 5:21, 22; 1 John 3:15).

5. Have you ever used God’s name in vain? This would include saying things like “Oh my G-o-d” If so, then you are a blasphemer (Deuteronomy 5:11). Basically, this means you are taking the name of the God who made you, and dragging it through the mud.

The Verdict

How did you do? These were just 5 of the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:3-17). If you’ve said “yes” to even one of them, you have broken God’s law. When you die and stand before God on Judgment Day, if He judges you by the 10 Commandments, you will be guilty. God is good and just and righteous and holy (Psalm 7:11), and so He must punish evil; He must punish you for your sin (Nahum 1:3). What will you say in your defense?

You might be thinking “God is a forgiving God, and so if I repent, He’ll forgive me”. Imagine a murderer standing before a judge. He says to the judge “I’m really sorry I’ve committed murder and I’ll never do it again. I’m a good person and I give to charity. Will you please let me go?” Do you think the judge will let him go? No way! Those good things that the criminal is doing are irrelevant here. No matter what he tries to do to make up for it, the fact is he broke the law, and so he must be punished. In the same way, no amount of apologizing (we SHOULD be sorry for breaking the law, but that doesn’t make our consequences for breaking the law go away!) and good works we do can make up for our crimes against God (Isaiah 64:6, Galatians 2:16).

Imagine a thief breaks into your home and murders your entire family. He is caught, and brought before a judge. The judge, he says to the thief “I am a loving and merciful judge, and that’s why I’m going to let you go”. How angry would you be? That judge, he is more corrupt than the criminals he is releasing. God is not like that judge: God is a just judge. You have broken the law, and therefore, you must be punished. The punishment for those who are guilty of breaking God’s law is an eternity in Hell, suffering God’s just wrath. Every single human being deserves this just punishment, for our evil against God. Does this concern you? If so, I’d like to share some good news with you.

Christ Died

God is good and holy and just and righteous. This is all true. However, God is also love (1 John 4:16). In love, God has responded to our problem (John 3:16). God came to earth as a human, in the form of His Son, Jesus the Christ. Jesus was born of a virgin, and He lived an absolutely perfect life. He was accused of evil falsely, and sentenced to death by crucifixion. Now, before going to the cross to be crucified, He was beaten terribly, and afterward He went to the cross and was nailed to it. He wasn’t just beaten, and He didn’t just get nailed to a cross. When He was on that cross? All of the holy hatred and just punishment that God’s people deserve, it was ALL poured out upon Jesus Christ. Christ died at the cross, and He was buried. On the third day, He rose again from the dead. He appeared to over 500 eyewitnesses before ascending to Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father.

In doing this, God both remained just and was able to have mercy on those who have faith in Jesus Christ. Imagine that you are standing before a judge, guilty. The evidence is all against you, and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind: you have done this crime. Your fine is $250,000 and you have no money, no way of paying. The judge is about to sentence you, when suddenly, a man you’ve never met before in your life runs up to the judge, and pays your fine for you. Now, the judge can legally dismiss you. This is similar to what Christ has done for you: He paid your fine. Now? Anyone who repents (turns from their sin) and puts their trust in Jesus Christ will be saved from God’s wrath.

In Conclusion

Thank you for bearing with me and reading this. Will you please think about these things? We never know when we will die. We are not promised tomorrow. So please, now, while you have the chance, repent and believe in Jesus Christ! You may not get another chance! If you’d like to talk with me privately about this message, please, feel free to send me a PM. Take care, and God bless you.

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Grimmshabriri Report | 01/19/2014 3:49 pm
Grimmshabriri
I was foolish to think that there weren't religious people here. Guess I never really looked this far. I'm surprised, to say the least.

Personally, I'm a Satanist. My family's Christian, but I always knew I wasn't. Now you're gonna tackle me, aren't you...

Oh, well. Your profile made me laugh, and I enjoy comedy. So thanks, for that.
The Wise informer Report | 11/26/2013 2:08 am
The Wise informer
Well this was a waste of time actually. God just said to "forget about it." I had no idea what He actually meant until I've got online.
This whole explanation to you was not worth anything. We are brothers. I didn't realize God meant this when I've asked.

sorry for wasting time. Good luck my brother smile will be praying for your awakening.
Christ Died for Sinners Report | 11/25/2013 7:49 pm
Christ Died for Sinners
Sadly, your interpretations of the texts you've presented have been great examples of eisegesis. Like I said, I know where you're coming from. I used to interpret in similar ways, and I came out with all sorts of wacky interpretations myself. I hope that you will see that exegesis is the proper method of interpretation, and that it will help grow your love for and study of the Scripture. I believe that the more time you spend in the Word is directly related to how much you will grow spiritually, as a believer (John 17:17). Your sanctification will be affected by how you study your Bible, I really believe that. Your sanctification, the process by which God causes you to grow in holiness, is affected by the Word. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth, as Jesus prays to the Father. That prayer is a prayer Jesus is praying for every single believer. Check out what He says in verse 20! How awesome is it to see Jesus praying for you, as a believer?

Anyway, I hope this has been helpful to you and anyone else who may read it. Again, feel free to continue talking with me on this, if you'd like to. Take care, and God bless you, Leon. I'll pray for you, brother. Please, pray for me also, if you're willing to.

(P.S.) By the way, I'm sorry your message got cut up. I had to deal with that same issue, and that's why I separated mine into three pieces before and however many this will be separated into. Gaia never used to do this as far as I recall, and I'm sad that you are only allowed such short messages now.
Christ Died for Sinners Report | 11/25/2013 7:48 pm
Christ Died for Sinners
Leon, you said "I thank God His promise to “clothe His disciples with power” (see Luke 24:49) did not stop with the church of Acts." You point to Luke 24:49, but that passage is a promise to the apostles. It doesn't say anything about this promise being to believers today. Consider verses 46-48 along with 49:
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Luke 24:46-48

and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,

and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

"You are witnesses of these things.
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Were you a witness to the resurrection, Leon? Was I, or was any other believer today? Not at all. The apostles did indeed witness the resurrection, however. This was spoken to them, and it isn't meant to be applied to us today. You're inserting your own personal meaning into the text, that this is somehow applicable to us today, when the text demonstrates that it is the apostles the Lord is speaking with. The text does not support what you want it to support, that the Lord gives this kind of power to the church today. Therefore, the rest of what you said, how people assign that power to preachers, etc. seems moot. I certainly don't assign that power to anyone, because I don't believe they have this power, even if they claim that they do. I do, however, believe God is at work in the pews, so to speak, doing the work of regeneration in the hearts of men, granting faith and repentance that men might be saved. You claim that if we are saved, we are meant to do the works of God, presumably the miracles we see in Scripture: book, chapter and verse, please.

You mentioned some new power to minister being unleashed, and then you also said this Philip was a layman. First of all, what do you mean a new power to minister was unleashed? This same Philip was also the Philip in Acts 6:5. Notice this Philip received the miracles and power from the apostles themselves (Acts 6:6). So, how is it a new power to minister? I'd like to ask also, what do you mean he was a layman? Philip is considered a deacon, actually. Consider how Philip was chosen as a servant here based on his good reputation and compare it with 1 Timothy 3:8-13. The word translated as deacon in verse 8 is Diakonous. It means servant. Check it out:
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http://biblesuite.com/greek/1249.htm
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The Presbyterian church at the very least (I'm not saying they are the only ones who do this, but I am a member of a Presbyterian Church and I have witnessed this from them) does still appoint deacons, in following the Biblical example. They have the same office, as well, which would be taking care of families, etc. just like how you see Philip caring for widows. What you mention about Ananias, how he felt or thought, this is only speculation on your end. Certainly he did heal Saul, though, and he did hear from God. However, I'd like to make clear that though I don't believe we can do these works now, I don't believe that believers then couldn't. I think those were gifts that some had then, to confirm the message that was being preached, until the Bible was completed. Now that we have the entire Word of God completed, why would we need confirmation for our special revelation? There is no more special revelation, unless you want to add to the Bible, so these signs are no longer necessary. Consider Ananias and anyone else in Acts, we see them working miracles before the canon was completed. Their works indeed were recorded in the canon of Scripture so we can even read about them. If the point of the miracles and signs were to confirm the word being preached before it was written down in book form, what would be the point in having them now once the Bible is completed?
Christ Died for Sinners Report | 11/25/2013 7:47 pm
Christ Died for Sinners
Concerning Elijah, where does the text teach that God had to teach Elijah a lesson on listening, so that's why He took him to Mount Horeb? Your imagining of what Elijah thought isn't supported by the text either. It's pure speculation. Where does the text say that Elijah thought about Jezebel, or scaring the wicked, or frying the wicked, or any of the things you're claiming? Even claiming that Elijah was a stranger to the still small voice, where does it say that? In fact, your interpretation, that this text is meant to teach Elijah to listen, even to the still small voice few Christians are listening to today, seems to be in opposition with these men and honestly foreign to the context:

http://biblehub.com/1_kings/19-12.htm

Though commentaries are not authoritative, they can be useful. These seem to be in general agreement that the still small voice has to do with God's mercy, which, though I can't say certainly I agree with them that this is the case, I'd say it does stand to reason more than your own explanation, when considered in the context and with the rest of Scripture. Though I can't say I agree with these interpretations necessarily, I can say they bring more Scriptural and contextual support for their interpretations than you do your own. Your basis for Elijah being afraid of and/or a stranger to the still small voice is how he pulls his mantle over his face, for example. I'm sorry, but I don't believe that's a sufficient support for your claim. I'd like to add that the text "still small voice" as translated in the KJV seems like it could be translated as "sound of a gentle blowing" as seen in the NASB, so perhaps it has nothing to do with a voice at all. Nevertheless, assuming it does, you're still eisegetically inserting this distinction between the words of God that Elijah heard before and this still small voice, as if Elijah hearing the still small voice was some superior way to hear God's Word (rather than as plainly audible, as usual). Where is any of that in the text? I'd have to say that the gentle voice referring to God's mercy seems a better interpretation, based on context and other Scripture.

I'd like to add concerning the 1 Kings text that what we see is dealing with Elijah. Where in the text do we see anything about busy believers today never having the voice come to them? You are inserting your meaning into this text: if someone read this text plainly, they would not walk away with the interpretation you have provided. This is because it isn't in the text. This text has to do with Elijah hearing a still small voice, it has absolutely nothing to do with people today being so busy that they can't hear that same still small voice that Elijah heard. In fact, I'd say you're inserting your own meaning into "still small voice" there, because the text doesn't say anything about this being some way that God tries to communicate with us all (and again, nothing about children of God being so busy today that they can't hear it). Please, demonstrate your interpretation from the text or from other places in Scripture or from good and necessary reasoning from the Scriptures. Otherwise, I'm sorry, but all you're presenting to us is eisegesis.
Christ Died for Sinners Report | 11/25/2013 7:45 pm
Christ Died for Sinners
I know that many Christians have an issue with calling Christianity a religion, but I don't understand why this is an issue. Let me give a definition of religion from a dictionary:
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a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
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So, in what way is Christianity excluded from this? We have seen the Bible define Christianity as a religion, and this dictionary's definition would be man's definition of religion (I like how evolution would fall into this category as well, interestingly enough). Notice that religion used here is not stating what is true, but stating what is believed. What is believed can be true, like in the case of Christianity, or it can be false, like every other religion. So, though Christianity is true, it can't be denied that it is also believed: it is a belief in what is true. Those who reject Christ choose to believe as well, yet they choose to believe in lies (Romans 1:18-32). Therefore, on the basis of the dictionary Christianity is a religion, and on the basis of the Bible it is a religion, as the only religion that could be pure and undefiled in the sight of God would have to be Christianity. I know you may disagree, but the facts are there, and I don't believe someone can logically say otherwise. If you have an issue with my interpretation of the text, please, feel free to demonstrate why you think I'm wrong from the text or from other places in Scripture. I'd also like to add that there is no dilemma between relationship and religion: they are not mutually exclusive so Christianity can be both relationship and religion. To say otherwise is indeed a false dilemma, which would be a logical fallacy, as I stated previously, because you are trying to limit my options when there is yet another option, that being that Christianity is both religion and relationship. Unless you can demonstrate how they are mutually exclusive, meaning Christianity cannot possibly be both, you don't really have a case here.
Christ Died for Sinners Report | 11/25/2013 7:43 pm
Christ Died for Sinners
I think you misunderstood me. I wasn't talking about repentance and faith so as to accuse you of sin, but to make a point of how continued repentance and faith will be evidence that you actually ever had it to begin with. Mainly, this was for those who might read this, not necessarily you. Here is the text from James you mentioned:
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James 1:26-27

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his [own] heart, this man's religion is worthless.

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of [our] God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, [and] to keep oneself unstained by the world.
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The text does indeed say "thinks he is religious" and "deceives his own heart", but it does not support your interpretation. According to your interpretation of the text, it's wrong for someone to say Christianity is a religion because Jesus didn't teach that. Where is that in the text, however? The text teaches "If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is useless." If a man thinks himself religious, yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, that man's religion is useless. It isn't saying religion is useless period, or that you can't think of yourself as religious because that is contrary to Christ's teaching, but says that if anyone does think of himself as religious yet does not bridle his tongue and deceives his own heart, that man's religion is useless.

It doesn't say Christianity isn't a religion, but assumes it is a religion. Who is the "anyone" thinking of themselves as religious? Considering that the letter was written to Christians, that is a good indicator: this seems to be Christians. Christianity is the religion here, if you notice verse 27. It states that pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. It isn't saying anything here about the claim to being religious is wrong or that religion is bad, but instead it's acknowledging that there is a pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God: pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this... Who is the God and Father mentioned here? The only God that exists (Psalm 96:5; Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 43:10-11), that being the God of the Christians. In stark contrast to religion being bad, apparently there is religion here that is pure and undefiled in the sight of God. Is there pure and undefiled religion that is NOT Christianity somehow? The only religion this can be, then, is Christianity, not in name only but actually lived out.
The Wise informer Report | 11/22/2013 2:11 am
The Wise informer
To continue since the first was cut...


I thank God His promise to “clothe His disciples with power” (see Luke
24:49) did not stop with the church of Acts. Yet, in a sense, that is just
where it has stopped for many in the church today. We assign God’s power to
preachers, leaders, broadcasters, authors, anyone with a “platform.” But is
God at work in the pews? Is the Spirit’s power working through every believing
man, woman and child the way the Lord intended? If we have been saved, then we
are meant to be filled with the power of God to do the works of God.

Here is how it happened in Acts: “There arose on that day a great persecution
against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the
regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles” (Acts 8:1, ESV). According
to this verse, the apostles stayed in Jerusalem. But all the other believers
were scattered throughout the region. “Those who were scattered went about
preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to
them the Christ” (Acts 8:4-5, ESV). And so the new power to minister was
unleashed.

Let me add that the man named Philip mentioned here was a layman. Signs and
wonders followed this man as he preached. Demon-possessed people were
delivered. Disabled people were healed and leaped for joy. Later, when Peter
came to Samaria to witness these works, he saw that “there was much joy in
that city” (8:8 ). An entire city was touched by the joy of God! That’s
quite an impact made by a single layperson.

Next we see Ananias, a follower of Jesus who lived in Damascus. We aren’t
told much about Ananias but we know that he was filled with the Holy
Spirit—and he had a tough job ahead of him. God called him to witness to
Saul, the famous Christian-hunter, who at the time was raging against the
church. Ananias was being called into the line of fire and he knew that if he
wasn’t hearing God correctly, he could be killed.

Ananias had to overcome a very real fear for his life but he did it by being
overcome with God’s love. Suddenly, Ananias was filled with compassion for a
man who had proclaimed himself the mortal enemy of every Christian. So he went
in faith—and the story of Saul’s conversion is well known. His
transformation into Paul—the most famous follower of Jesus of all time—may
be the most important conversion in history. Paul not only got saved but he
wrote a major portion of what became the New Testament.

I hope this encouraged you to dig deeper than this. You are my brother.
The Wise informer Report | 11/22/2013 2:06 am
The Wise informer
You realize you're only at the surface again? Repentance is necessary,  however, I had not sinned. You realize if James 1:26-27 said religion was pure and "undefiled". And that in verse 26 was saying " thinks he is religious" and "deceives his own heart", that religion is useless. Basically, if you say Christianity is a religion, and Jesus did not teach that, then that idea defiles the teachings of Christ. And thus, removes the fact that Christianity is not a relationship and is a religion.


The idea about Elijah:


God had to teach Elijah a lesson on listening so He took him to the top of Mr.
Horeb and gave him an illustrated sermon.

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And,
behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and
brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and
after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after
the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a
still small voice.  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his
face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.
And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here,
Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:11-13).

When that wind began to howl, I think Elijah thought, “It’s about time,
Lord. Blow Jezebel right off her throne and throw her and her sinner friends to
the winds. Blow them all away!” But God was not in the wind!

Suddenly, there was a great earthquake and Elijah said, “That ought to scare
them good. God will get even. He will shake them right out of their shoes.”
But God was not in the earthquake.

After the earthquake, a fire! The heavens were aglow with white-hot flames!
Elijah said in his heart, “Lord, they didn’t accept the fire that fell on
the altar so burn them out! Burn out wicked Ahab! Fry Jezebel. Cause your fire
to consume the wicked.” But God was not in the fire!

“And after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it
that he wrapped his face in his mantle” (verses 12 and 13).

Can you imagine this? A prophet who was not afraid of a hurricane or an
earthquake or heavenly fireworks is frightened by a still small voice! Elijah
covered his head with his coat. Why? Had not this prophet talked to God many
times? Was he not a great man of prayer? Hadn’t God used him mightily? Yes!
But Elijah was a stranger to the still small voice! When he finally allowed
that voice to speak—alone, quiet, away from all the power displays—he got
the most specific directions in all his ministry.

“Go to the wilderness of Damascus; anoint Hazael king over Syria; anoint Jehu
king over Israel; and anoint Elisha to be the prophet to follow you” (see 1
Kings 19:15-16).

How many busy children of God today have never had the voice come to them? They
are busy witnessing—doing good—praying for a spiritual awakening—fasting.
So intense—so dedicated. Yet, they have heard everything but the voice of the
Lord.

His followers annointed:


I thank God His promise to “clothe His disciples with power” (see Luke
24:49) did not stop with the church of Acts. Yet, in a sense, that is just
where it has stopped for many in the church today. We assign God’s power to
preachers, leaders, broadcasters, authors, anyone with a “platform.” But is
God at work in the pews? Is the Spirit’s power working through every believing
man, woman and child the way the Lord intended? If we have been saved, then we
are meant to be filled with the power of God to do the works of God.

Here is how it happened in Acts: “There arose on that day a great persecution
against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the
regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles” (Acts 8:1, ESV). According
to this verse, the apostles stayed in Jerusalem. But all the
Christ Died for Sinners Report | 11/21/2013 3:04 pm
Christ Died for Sinners
I don't really like how you've said "I have seen my faith". It doesn't seem very accurate, Biblically. So, I'll say it this way: I hope that indeed you have repented of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ. Further, I hope you still are repenting and believing, to ever greater degrees. The evidence that you truly have repented and believed in the past like you say you did is that you are still repenting and believing now, to greater and greater degrees. I hope that's true of you, Leon, I really do. Though I think you are wrong, I have seen no reason so far to say you are not my brother. So, I'd like to call you my brother in confidence, and trust that you do know the Lord as well. Thank you for taking the time to write to me and to read this, if you have. Feel free to continue replying to me, if you'd like. These are good things to discuss, and I wish someone would have discussed them with me earlier in my own Christian walk, certainly. Take care, and God bless you, brother.
 

Objections

Objections

1. There is no evidence that your God exists.


God has made His existence evident through His creation and through the conscience, so that men are without excuse. Why then don’t you believe? This is because, in your own unrighteousness, you are suppressing the truth that God has made apparent to you; you are lying to yourself and saying He doesn’t exist. In an attempt to believe your own lies, you then start to speculate about the world around you, in futility, because God has already made the truth about His existence plain to you, though you pretend otherwise. Due to these things, your heart has been darkened (Romans 1:18-32; 2:12-16).

You may say “Give me proof without the Bible”. Look at a tree, or the sky: that is your evidence. It isn’t in the Bible, but is right outside, all around you. Maybe you’ll say “That isn’t evidence”. Just because you don’t accept the evidence doesn’t nullify it as evidence. Proof does not equal persuasion. Why won’t you accept the evidence? It’s due to the same reasons I explained above: you are deceiving yourself. If you are self-deceived, how would you know it? You have lied so much to yourself that you believe your own lies, at least, to some extent. Your heart has been darkened. Even still, you at least know enough about the true God (the only God that exists) that you hate Him and seek to suppress the truth, lying to yourself.

Have you ever said “Even if your God did exist, I still wouldn’t worship Him”? Why wouldn’t you worship Him? Maybe the response would be “Because He’s a monster, a tyrant, evil… etc.” Statements like these only support further what the Bible reveals about you here. You are admitting that if He did exist you still wouldn’t worship Him: He does exist, you know it, and you’re not worshiping Him, just like you said you wouldn’t. So, the hate the Bible says you have for God is evident by your own words, seeing as you readily admit you would not worship Him. Your hatred for God is also evident, as you slander Him with lies, accusing Him of evil falsely. You slander God, as men did when He walked in the flesh in the form of His Son, Jesus the Christ (Mark 14:53-65; Hebrews 4:14, 15).

Truly, lying to yourself and pretending God does not exist is a foolish thing to do, fueled by your own pride (Psalm 14:1; 10:4).

2. I don’t believe your book. What makes you think the Bible is really the “Word of God”?

Are you willing to do the will of God? If anyone is willing to do the will of God, they will know where Christ’s teaching comes from; they will know it is from God (John 7:16, 17). If you don’t think it’s the Word of God, it’s only because you are not willing to do God’s will. This falls in line with how you are lying to yourself, suppressing the truth. You hate God, even to the end that you lie to yourself about His existence, and so, as long as this is the case, you will not be willing to do His will, and therefore you will say it is not the Word of God.

Maybe someone would say “Other books claim to be the word of a god, too”. Indeed, that is perhaps true. Islam is an example of that. However, how many religions really make that claim to being exclusive? Do you know? Or do you just assume that all or most make the same or similar claims as Christianity? Just because more than one thing is claiming to be true, does that automatically mean none can be true? Romans 1 explains where those other claims to truth that are in opposition to God’s Word come from: men exchanging the truth of God for a lie, and worshiping idols. There are no other gods (Deuteronomy 4:35; Isaiah 44:6), and any gods we hear about other than the One that really exists are simply made up by men because they hate God that much. To worship these gods is to worship demons (1 Corinthians 10:20; Deuteronomy 32:17; Revelation 9:20).

3. The Bible is ridiculous and filled with contradictions. There’s no way it’s reliable!

The natural man cannot accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. He cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). I have watched this verse unfold often. I have heard many people claim contradictions, and yet they just twist verses up. One of the worst examples I have seen is someone claiming that God contradicted Himself, because He said He would never destroy the earth again by flood. To prove this contradiction, they tried to show me the verses where He DID flood the earth… which was actually BEFORE He said He wouldn’t flood it anymore. Using that logic, I can say that it was a contradiction that Robinson Crusoe left the island he had been stranded on, because an earlier place in the book said he was on the island.

Often, simply looking at the immediate context would answer many claims of contradictions. Other times, comparing other Scripture with Scripture may be necessary. Either way, the claims for contradictions don’t come because the Bible truly contradicts itself. Instead, this again is men hating God and so, they will accuse His Word of not being reliable and try desperately to cling to that as if it were true, to try to help support their worldview they have made up for themselves with their own lies. You don’t want to be held accountable to God, so you try to do whatever you can to convince yourself He just doesn’t exist or that His Word isn’t true or reliable. Indeed, the Bible says truly that a scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge is easy to a man who has understanding (Proverbs 14:6), and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7).

4. The Bible contradicts science/history/etc. that we know as fact.

Are you sure about that? Consider your sources. How many things do you think you may have honestly just overheard someone say? You have no idea where they got it, but you just heard them say it and assumed they knew what they were talking about? Or perhaps maybe you just read an article, or a book, or watched a video, or whatever else on a subject, that has a bias or misinformation. How do you know what they’re saying is really true and reliable?

When I say consider your sources, I mean this: the men out there promoting that science disproves the Bible, or history disproves it, or any other thing disproves it, they all hate God. They don’t want Him to exist and they don’t want to submit to Him. Considering their worldview has been built up lie upon lie in an attempt to hide from the reality they hate so much, doesn’t it stand to reason that they would naturally make such claims? Wouldn’t they say science doesn’t fit with the Bible, or whatever else they are claiming discredits the Bible, to build up their worldview even more, strengthening their delusion? Are you doing this?

If you’re honestly willing to look at these things in depth, there are plenty of Christians who are scientists who believe the Bible and they disagree with secular scientists. Who is right? Should the majority be trusted just because of numbers? What if the majority is mistaken, like how long ago many people thought the world was flat? The majority of men hate God, and so, the majority would deceive themselves on this subject. If you are interested in looking into things relating to science, feel free to contact me for some resources.

5. I won’t believe unless I see the miracles supposedly performed in the Bible. Show me someone raising the dead and healing people supernaturally at will!

If you do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, you will not be persuaded, even if someone comes back from the dead (Luke 16:31). Jesus performed many miracles, yet people still refused to repent (Matthew 11:20-24). In the end, even miracles wouldn’t cause you to repent and believe, because you’re not rejecting God due to a lack of evidence to begin with. You’re doing it because you hate Him and don’t want to submit to Him.

6. You say I already know God exists, but I’m just suppressing the truth? I could just say the same thing about the Flying Spaghetti Monster/Mickey Mouse/Santa Claus etc.

You certainly could. However, who is the Bible referring to; whose word is it supposed to be? Is it your deity, or the God of the Bible? Taking God’s own words and ripping them out of context to apply them to something else is ridiculous. This would be like me taking things written by or about a real human being, like say Charles Spurgeon, and then just replacing his name with a fictional character’s. Then, I could make the claim “Look, I could say so and so did that!” You certainly could say that, though the fact would remain that Charles Spurgeon really did it, not whoever you inserted there. The Bible is God’s Word, not the word of your fictional deity.

Moreover, if you are honest, you’d admit that you just made this up. If you admit it’s just been made up and you don’t really believe it yourself, you’ve refuted yourself. What you’re saying is admittedly not true, no one is really claiming it’s true or the revelation from a god, and no one is really believing it. If you pretend you believe it in order to mock me, you are simply being dishonest and not admitting you’ve been refuted. If you really believe this (highly unlikely), then you’re only doing so for the same reason anyone believes any other god: you hate the true God, and so you exchange the truth for a lie.

As for an example like Santa Claus? Santa Claus is believed by young children, maybe someone would point out, so people really do believe in him. That’s true. However, if children do believe in Santa, why do they believe? Isn’t it because they have been told this? Did those who told the children Santa is real truly believe in Santa themselves? Or did those who told them outright lie to these children because that’s part of their tradition? You have the same problem here as before, that no one is really claiming Santa is real (other than little children who only believe because their parents lied to them), no one says they have his word, no one claims to have heard from him.

You use comparisons like this that obviously aren’t the same as what we’re proclaiming, so you can mock the truth and strengthen your own delusion, attempting to justify yourself. To tell yourself and others that the truth is as absurd as the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Santa Claus helps you to suppress the truth, and to convince yourself further that there really is no God. You have to make the truth look as ridiculous and nonsensical as possible in your mind, and so you do things like this, to further suppress it. Making arguments like the Flying Spaghetti Monster is like you trying to convince me that air isn’t real, when neither of us believe your claim and the evidence is strongly against you.

In Conclusion

Thank you for bearing with me in these. If someone has more objections, they may just be some variation of the ones I’ve already brought up. Please, think about whether they are or not before you try to throw them at me. If I can find that they are just variations of these, I may well just reply to you with “See answer to Objection 1.”, etc. If you’re willing to see more on this entire subject of the arrogance of men in their accusations against God, please, check out 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 3:18-20 and Colossians 2:4, 8. If you haven’t yet? Please, consider checking out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Take care, and God bless you.
 
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