Tuesday, 29 March 2016
WHY THE DISCONNECT?
#RAD #ATEND G-d (Christ) #IIC714
Why The Disconnect? Is G-d (Christ) The G-d Of The Impossible (Limitless Possibilities) Or A Gawd Of Limited Substance?
In The Walkway Called Solomon’s Portico
If any of you were asked, Christian or non-Christian friends and onlookers, if you could or would believe (under any circumstance) that a man of 40 years of age, who was a cripple, could be made whole and able to walk, what would you say?
What if you were told that not only he could be made to walk, and walk normally, but that he could be expected to be seen dancing and running with excitement and enthusiasm, what would you say now?
What if it was added that he'd been crippled for a few years, what would you say about that?
Permit me, if you will, to digress for a moment. Those of you who declare your faith in G-d (Christ) and His miracles, but simultaneously deny His creative work, over a 'just six-day process', why?
For those of you who dismiss G-d and His power, and even His outright existence, we should talk about the myriad lack plausibility of the many atheistic beliefs about origins, and the evolutionary processes. And should the Lord lead, we will post on those themes also. But for this post, the intended focus is the apparent disparity between - the "G-d (Christ) did it, with respect to the miracles of the New Testament, and we accept that" - and - the "G-d did it, with respect to the miracles (be they creation, a great flood, stopping the apparent movement of the sun, or the belly of a whale, etc., to name a few) of the Old Testament / TaNaKh, and we defer to 'science says NO, therefore we cannot' accept that." Do you see the disconnect?
Okay, back to the lame man, and the walkway called Solomon’s Portico. Earlier it was asked, what if it was added that the crippled man had been a cripple for a few years, what would you say about that?
Well now, let's ramp that up a bit, shall we... What if he'd been crippled for many years, perhaps even dozens, what would you say about that? And remember, we also spoke about him having been seen dancing and running with excitement and enthusiasm, so really now what would you say?
Okay, don't let me lose you on this, stay with because this gets wild... seriously.
Imagine an infant, as heartbreaking as it is (or would be), being born an invalid. Unable to ever walk, and needing to be carried everywhere, and needing to have his every need handled by another person. Consider the plight of this young person growing up, going through childhood into young adulthood, and then through his 20's and 30's until he'd turned forty years of age. Now please do not let me lose you here, again because this is (to steal a phrase from the Donald) yuuuuuuuuuuge...
What does science say, wait... back up for a moment, what does your own common sense say, about the muscle tone, and development of a 40-year-old, including muscle atrophy for one who has never even walked? For any athletic types reading, what do you think are the odds of a man who had been active, who had been very able-bodied, to go through a period of even 90 days of very restricted mobility (if not completely immobile)? Do you think you'd see him up dancing around because some kook declared - "in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk" - after just a 90-day rehab stint?
Again, now... I really hope I have not lost you here. The lame man from the walkway of Solomon’s Portico, he had not just gone through a few months of rehab. He had not lost the ability to walk... no... He never had the ability. He'd never run, he'd never danced, in fact he'd never even moved of his own accord before. And he had lived for 40 very long years never having the ability to do anything physically exerting.
And then these upstarts, Peter and John came along - Acts 3:1 - 8 - and say to this poor crippled man - "...silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." - KJV, and what do we read happened?
Well in verse nine we read that the lame man - "...jumped up, stood, and started to walk, and he entered the temple complex with them -- walking, leaping, and praising God..." HCSB
Did you see that? Do you see that? A man who was lame from birth. A man who, according to Acts 4:22 was 40 years old when Peter and John spoke to him in the Name of Jesus. A man who by all definitions of science, not only should have never walked, but absolutely could not have run, and danced and leaped for joy, all because - "Science Says".
Now, as Christians we are not asked to just blindly accept such a story, no. We have the privilege, by virtue of the power of G-d the Holy Ghost, (the One who raised Christ's body from the grave - Romans 8:11) of having Jesus personally indwelling us, to bear witness to our spirit of the magnificence and truth of this wonderful story.
So please tell me why, when "Science Says" a lame man of 40 years (lame from birth) could not possibly ever just miraculously - rise up and walk, and leap - you are willing to accept that what "Science Says" (in the case of the lame man from the Portico of Solomon’s Temple) is incorrect. But when it comes to what "Science Says" about G-d creating in just six days, or the universe being a mere six thousand years old, somehow in this case what "Science Says" is taken as being fact and correct? Are we seeing the disconnect here too?
“No Jesus, NO peace” and yet, “Know Jesus, KNOW peace”
How does one get to “know” Jesus? Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:20 NIV] How can be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything? Well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]
And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]
If nothing else, PLEASE read two chapters from the Bible – (don’t own one, sorry NO excuse, if you’re reading this, you can access this: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%203:16&version=NIV) John 3 and John 14!
John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
And John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s take on, Why The Disconnect, this 29th day of March, 2016 © 2016, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)
What is #RAD? #RAD is:
R epent of rejecting Christ
A ccept Christ as your Lord
D evelop your relationship with G-d
#RAD your relationship with the Living Almighty God Himself as your personal Lord and Saviour depends on it!
What is #ATEND G-d (Christ)? Ask me!
John 3:16, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:9 -10, Revelation 21:27, II Corinthians 5:21 and I John 5:13 / John 20:31!
Cited or consulted sources and resources
http://bit.ly/1kliLwA - “Bible Hub”
http://bit.ly/1kliTMD - “BibleGateway”
Posted by Da Bauz (The Boss) at 18:03