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Think On These Things, Issue #009
September 01, 2014
Think On These Things
A Bimonthly E-Zine of Bible Studies With Chris
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What's NewSince the last mailing, things have been extremely busy. This is what has been happening with appliedchristianstudies.com
There hasn't been a lot of new material added since the last mailing. Instead, I have been busy correcting typos and making the appearance of the website more streamlined. When I am finished, I will be focusing more on adding additional Bible studies.
The Origin of Life
The meaning and definition of life remains a mystery in the scientific community. Scientists who seek not only to understand life, but to create and prolong life have tested and failed to reach their goals. Part of the problem is that science is trying to understand what science does not have the ability to understand. Human life is not anything that can be measured or understood on a biological, empirical level, for life has one critical element which science cannot measure – the spirit.
The attempt to attach a general definition to the meaning of life has resulted in discovering four characteristics that all life shares. First of all, all life can sense and respond to stimuli. Secondly, all life can process and utilize materials for energy. Thirdly, all living organism have the ability to store information in the form of DNA. And finally, all life can reproduce.
Much of the problem with the scientific approach is that it is usually based on a false premise as the search for the meaning and definition of life is rooted in the assumption that all life came from a chemical reaction of proteins in some primordial soup billions of years ago. Then over the process of evolution, life developed into several varieties. However, when pursing answers based on such a faulty premise the truth will never be forthcoming.
The meaning and origin of life is not so difficult to understand when the Creator of life has already revealed the answer. In Genesis one the inspired writer shows that it is God who is the origin of life. Furthermore the text shows that man is of all creatures unique and cannot be grouped together with other forms of life such as plants and animals. Unlike every other form of life that God had made, man was created in the image of God as God breathed into man’s nostrils giving filling him with an eternal soul and giving him a distinct nature unknown to the animal kingdom. (Gen. 1.26; 2.7). And just as human life began with the joining of body and soul, so also does life end with the separation of body and soul (James 2.26)
Life is mysterious, complex, and elusive when one removes the possibility of God. However, when God is understood to be the source of life, then everything comes into view. If God is the source of our life, then should not submitting ourselves to God be the purpose of life (Ecc. 12.13,14).
I Am Not Responsible
What a perplexing statement. Pilate made a point of telling Jesus that “I have the power to crucify You and the power to release You” (John 19.10). As he examined Him, he admitted “I find no fault in this Man” (John 19.4). As the Jewish unrest continued to grow, Pilate turned the Savior over the Jews to be crucified. Before he handed Him over, he took some water, washed his hands and said, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person” (Matt. 27.24).
How baffling that Pilate would claim innocence! Pilate was far from guiltless. He knew that Jesus was blameless, and he had the power to release Him. But instead of being a just judge and letting Him go, Pilate turned this innocent man over to be crucified. He turned his back on Jesus because he desired to have the favor of the Jews more than he desired to do what was right (Mark 15.15). He knowingly committed a grave injustice and then turned around and declared that he was innocent of this Man’s blood. Pilate is essentially saying, “It’s not my fault. I am not responsible.”
Too many see an opportunity to go good, but instead of taking action they turn their back and do nothing. Then they declare themselves innocent. They blame circumstances, ignorance, other brethren, and anything else while ignoring their own responsibilities. But God will hold us accountable for what we do and do not do (2 Cor. 5.10). May we never shirk our duties and then say, “It’s not my fault.” But let us serve God faithfully.
There No Longer Remains a Sacrifice
We always seem to be on the lookout for something better. Whether it be a better medication, a better stereo, or a better method of weight loss, there is always a temporary contentment while we wait with anticipation for something new and improved.
Much of this tendency often carries over into one’s religion. There are some who are looking for something more. They feel unsatisfied with what is currently available and are looking for something better. For this reason many denominations have sought to offer various programs, and some have even tailored their doctrines to appeal to more people who are looking for the latest thing. What is often overlooked is the fact that people are looking for something better, because the denominational system that they are in does not satisfy them as it does not resemble the original plan of salvation and the church that Jesus built.
Others, in an attempt to modernize religion have looked for another Savior and another kind of religion. Therefore Mohammad, Joseph Smith, and Ellen G. White have become very popular. However, the Bible has warned that if we reject Christ, the One and only Savior, “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Heb. 10.26). Simply put, if we reject Christ looking for something better, we are not going to find it, for there is nothing better than Jesus. Furthermore, the Hebrew writer describes Christ as dying “once for all” (Heb. 7.27). Indeed, if the death of Christ was ineffective, then He would have to die often. But because of the power of His blood, His death is once for all time. There no longer is any need of anyone else do be sacrificed, nor is there any need for any additional religious system. (Heb. 9.26)
Additionally, man has been looking for further explanations and have attempted to add and supplement the Bible with so called, “latter day revelations”. Yet the Bible clearly states that it we have been given “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1.3). Jude declares that this word has been delivered, “once for all” (Jude 3). Like the death of Christ, the word of God has accomplished what God intended, and therefore there is no longer any need for additional revelation.
The word of God and the salvation through Christ which it reveals is all that we need to be right with God.
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