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 A Message Shared with Some Bill Maher Followers.

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PostSubject: A Message Shared with Some Bill Maher Followers.   Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:24 pm

Undoubtedly, there are many religions present in this current age. You have a wide range of belief systems. And in this relativistic and pluralistic society, the feeling amongst many is that each system of belief can be equally true and valid, even that of an atheist/agnostic.

However, I believe one thing that is neglected in all of this is the use of logic. It's like no one understands or studies logic anymore. If you have a wide range of beliefs that all claim exclusivity and all contradict each other's message, then all of them can't be true. Either one is true and the rest are wrong, or all of them are wrong. You can't have two contradictory things both being true. That's an antinomy and is illogical.

Unfortunately, absolute truth, both moral and otherwise, have been rejected by the majority of people today. Everything seems to be relative to what a person thinks/feels. I believe it was Rene Des Cartes who proposed the idea of "I think, therefore I am." We have placed man in the position of absolute authority, where whatever he thinks must be so. We've attempted to place man in a position of authority over God. Our idea of God that many have created is subject to man's opinion of Him.

The earth is the Lord's. He owns everything, because He created everything. Yes, even you and me. I know that isn't a very popular statement these days, but it doesn't make it any less true. All one must do to understand that there is a Creator is to look at the creation. The works of God's creation speak of His glory and power. However, man has suppressed this knowledge because he loves darkness and would prefer to eliminate God from the picture than to have his deeds exposed/reproved.

God has winked at the rejection of Him for centuries, but now God commands that every man repent (turn from his sinfulness) and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. He's appointed a day when Christ will return and judge all men by God's righteous standard. Those who are not justified by God, will suffer the consequences for their rebellion. No one will be able to stand before God and justify his actions against Him. Folks who think they'll stand before God and tell Him to "go to hell" and things like that, are sadly mistaken about the power and holiness of God.

However, God has done an amazingly kind thing for all those who will decidedly turn away from their own sinfulness and place their faith in Christ. He has promised them eternal life. God's promises are true and forever. Jesus Christ, God's Son, took upon Himself the wrath of God that should be poured out on us all because of our disobedience. An innocent man, standing in the place of sinners, took the sins of His people and removed them from them, and He rose again on the third day with all power. Those who believe in Christ are justified by faith in Him and Christ's fully obedient life is credited to them as if they lived His life, and their life was credited to Christ on the cross as if He lived their's, though He was innocent.

My plea to anyone reading this is to turn from your sin, ask the Lord to forgive you, and believe the gospel of Christ for your salvation.

I'm not here to promote my church, or ask for your money or anything like that. I'm here, on this board, ready to take all of the criticism and hate mail, because I love people, and more importantly, I want to bring glory to Him. I expect that I'll hear folks calling me all sorts of names and insulting my intelligence. But, if only one person is affected by this, Soli Deo Gloria.

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It's true that doctrine divides. It's also true that love unifies. The unity we have in the faith is rooted and grounded in truth and love. Remove truth (right theology and doctrine) from the mix and you have less than Biblical unity. Remove love and you have no unity. Love causes us to seek truth and share that truth with others so that we become more unified. God is truth, and as we are more acquainted with His truth, the closer we are to Him, and the closer we become to each other
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PostSubject: Re: A Message Shared with Some Bill Maher Followers.   Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:18 pm

you eloquently and lovingly proclaimed the truth being the gospel of Christ. i am going to keep a file of exhortations from fellow brethren, so as to share the gospel from different perspectives, but the unity that is in the gospel is evident them all.

this would be a great tract to be given out. grace and peace
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PostSubject: Re: A Message Shared with Some Bill Maher Followers.   Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:45 pm

Thanks for the encouragement, Joseph. I never really thought about making it a tract, though I suppose I could edit it a little bit to make it flow better for a tract. Thanks for the idea, bro.

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