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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What / who can save us? (The great "but")

There is an almost inexhaustible list if things the modern mind tries to rest on to soothe its trouble conscience.  Even the "fools" who deny there is a God know in their heart it isn't true... their very denial speaks of it.
Psalms 14:1 — The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
Just a small sampling of these modern ideas that could save us can be put as the following:

Safety awareness
Health improvement
Organic food / organic farming
No smoking
Eliminate racism
Reading Literacy for all
End hunger 
Cure cancer
End all wars
Human rights
Space program / NASA
Mother's day celebrations
Gourmet food cooking
A soldier
Boy Scouts
A little bird
Reminiscing / nostalgia / antiques
Graphics / photoshop

This list does not include the more crass ideas for salvation, those comic book characters – those "superheros" like Superman (against Lex Luthor)... comics that have been largely put out by Jewish creators and producers.  But no doubt, our modern mind is troubled... for

  • The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.  Psalms 14:1
  • ...a prating fool shall fall  Proverbs 10:8
  • A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. Proverbs 18:2
  • He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool Proverbs 28:26
  • when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a foolEcclesiastes 10:3  

Maybe the reader is thinking I'm being facetious with some of the items on my above list.  I guess I'm just a fool for I thought of these things when I threw off my Christian faith...
Ah, but the Bible hammers this home even more when it speaks of fools like me:
Psalms 14:1 – The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
If that wasn't bad enough, the New Testament confirms all this with the death sentence from Romans 3:10-20:
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Wow, the Bible just put me in my place -->> dead in my sins.

But the Bible doesn't stop there, for Romans 3:21 starts with the great "BUT":
Romans 3:21 – But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Dear God! You gave us a "but"!... all is not lost with us, you gave us a "but"!  But what??  God fills in the blank with "the rest of the story" (Romans 3:22-31):

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

"... a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."  So what or who can save us?  Rather the question is:
Who has saved us?  
-->> Only Jesus, the Saviour of the World... "by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe".

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