There are so many worrying things going on in the world at the moment, it is enough to make you wonder how long it can all go on for before society just collapses under the weight of big pile of insurmountable problems. Perhaps most troubling of all is climate change which has led to such an increase in the frequency of natural disasters.
Very often when describing these things reporters and activists reach for biblical expressions to describe the magnitude of such events. So we hear about a “climate apocalypse” and forest fires that are “akin to Armageddon”. There is enormous concern about where we will eventually end up given the direction that things are going.
This fear about the future is something which was spoken about by the Lord Jesus in a prophecy which he gave about the days immediately before his return from heaven. He said “there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth” Luke 21:25-26 (NKJV)
Other biblical prophets are equally dire in their predictions of this time, describing city-levelling earthquakes, people hiding in caves in terror and, yes, a great battle at a location symbolically named “Armageddon”. But before we run for the hills we should continue reading, because the same prophets also speak of a future time beyond all this trouble—a time of peace and plenty and fairness for all; an end of war, corruption and all evil things which spoil this age. It is called the kingdom of God. The Bible contains an invitation to anyone who is prepared to listen, to be saved from this future time of trouble and be blessed with a permanent residence in the age to come.
It is easy to mock someone for believing in something which is different from our own beliefs—and everyone believes in something. It is also increasingly easy to be mocked for believing in God and His word, the Bible.
One of the most common accusations levelled at believers is around having a ‘blind faith’ i.e. nothing substantial to back up a very serious faith position.
In the latest video that we uploaded to our YouTube channel we have a personal perspective on this subject—one of our congregation talking about why they believe in the Bible and the impact it has on their life.
Far from being a ‘blind faith’, they derive their belief from a logical, reasoned position which comes from experience, observation and thoughtfulness— things we all possess.
If you’re willing to watch and listen for 30-40 minutes, you’ll discover some of the reasoned arguments which may also resonate with you.
Creation—did everything come from nothing without an incredible designer behind it?
Morality—is there really no right and wrong except what we decide on the day?
Prophecy—the Bible makes some incredible predictions and gets them right; can this be chance?
Maybe you have answered it for yourself. I’ve heard many answers:
“Make the most of it!”
“Achieve something great so I will be remembered!”
“Have as much fun as you can!”
“Leave a lasting impression!”
“As long as it looks like I am having a great time, particularly on social media— eat, drink and be merry!”
The wisest man to ever live, and also one of the richest — King Solomon— set out to answer this question. He had more resources than any of us can ever imagine and experienced all that life had to offer. His conclusion can be found in the Bible in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 1 verse 2:
“Meaningless! Meaningless says the teacher. Everything is meaningless!” (NIV)
However, this is not the end — the last verse of Ecclesiastes says
“Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”(NIV)
If you want more meaning in your life, why not start by reading the Bible and develop a relationship with God and His son the Lord Jesus Christ?
If you find this a bit daunting, why not start with an online course— the ‘About us’ page on this website will give you more details
You are likely to have come across the following words at some point;
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3v16)
They are found in the gospel of John in the Bible and come from the mouth of Jesus Himself.
This simple sentence contains a profound truth which has touched the hearts and transformed the lives of countless men and women since it was first expressed.
It starts by describing the love that God has for the world, which we understand to mean people – you and me. Seeing that we were destined to “perish”, or die forever, He put together a plan to rescue us. He had a human son, conceived with his mother Mary, and he would lead a life of complete obedience to God and then die a sinless death, the first and only person ever to do so.
All who then believed in that son and were baptised (symbolically associating themselves with his death and subsequent resurrection) would be forgiven for their sins and granted eternal life, not now but in the Kingdom to come.
These are the “nuts and bolts” of the gospel message, but the sacrifice required to make this plan a reality was truly momentous. God loved His son, Jesus, as any father would love his child. To watch as they were taken and nailed to a cross to die without intervening, as He could easily have done, would have been unimaginably difficult.
It is simply staggering that the Creator of the universe, together with his only Son, would make such an enormous sacrifice to save us from eternal death and give us the opportunity to live forever. These actions, and those words spoken so long ago, ask the question of all of us as to how we are going to respond. Can we ignore such an unwarranted outpouring of love?
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