It has been said that the only certain things in life are taxes and death. That’s a grim outlook even if was said tongue-in-cheek.
Supposing you were told something that was the ‘absolute truth’. In a post-modern world, can anything be said to be the truth? You may prefer to think of it as my version of the truth.
However, God has an unique perspective on things. He isn’t bound by the same limitations of our human condition—so when He says something will happen, we can be sure that it will happen.
God can change uncertainty in our lives into certainty.
In an increasingly uncertain world, where predicting the future has become more difficult, it is a comfort to know that there are things which are stated as the absolute truth with 100% certainty that they will happen.
These things are not told us by well-meaning politicians or people doing their best, however well-meaning, but by the giver of life.
God says in Acts 3:19-21 that Jesus will return to the earth so that the earth— God’s creation—will be restored. There is no doubt, no room for debate about what God says—this will happen and God will make it happen.
To hear more on this, check out our presentation video on the subject ‘Certainty in an uncertain world’ on our YouTube channel.
The idea that we share this planet with heavenly beings who go unseen or unrecognised amongst us is intriguing and the inspiration for many fictional films and books. In the Bible, angels are portrayed as real beings who have enormous power and go about doing God’s work. Most of the time they do so without being seen but on rare occasions they have been observed by people. Often when this happens, they are not recognized as angels and are mistaken for ordinary people. In Hebrews we are told “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2, NKJV). This makes it plain that angels do not ordinarily have wings.
The original words translated angel in the Bible also mean “messenger” (the Hebrew word ‘malak’ and the Greek word ‘aggelos’). This gives us a clue as to what angels do – they are God’s messengers who convey information from Him to mankind, as the angel Gabriel did when he famously told Mary she was going to give birth to Jesus.
Reading more reveals that angels are far more than just the bearers of news – they also work behind the scenes to carry out God’s will on earth. In the Psalms we read “Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.” (Psalms 103:20-21)
This work extends to influencing world affairs. In the book of Daniel, we have a fascinating glimpse into the angelic realm when Gabriel, talking to Daniel, says “… the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.” (Daniel 10:13). Gabriel was trying to influence the ruling powers of the Persian Empire and encountering difficulty, without Cyrus the Great or his government even being aware of it.
Another way the angels work is what they do with individual men and women, extending God’s care and guidance to those who believe in Him. In Hebrews angels are described in this way “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14).
In these uncertain times there is immense comfort in the knowledge for believers to know that the world is in safe hands, and that these amazing and powerful beings are at our side.
We are living through some difficult times which can cause worry and anxiety. Faith in God can provide some help and comfort with this.
HOPE of everlasting life in a world with no tears, sadness or suffering – we can find this promise in Revelation chapter 21 verse 4.
FORGIVENESS of sins – this is an offer extended to everyone, because Christ died for our sins; evidence of this can be found in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 3.
GOD IS IN CONTROL – this gives us peace of mind now, reducing fear and worry. Daniel chapter 4 verse 17 shows how God is even in control, influencing governments of this world.
HAVING A GOAL in life – trying to be more like God and His son, Jesus Christ, gives us something to aim for. Some instructions for us to follow can be found in Galatians chapter 5 verse 22-25.
BEING PART OF GOD’S FAMILY now, where we can share friendship and fellowship with other believers is a great blessing and provides support and encouragement through sad and happy times. God’s children have been meeting together in this way since Jesus was on the earth 2000 years ago – read about it in Acts chapter 2 verse 46.
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Who decides what is morally right and wrong? It is a simple question which philosophers have debated for millennia. We could say that it is up to the society in which we live to determine the matter. This means that as social attitudes change so judgements about right and wrong are in a constant state of flux. Things that were considered right and proper in the UK a century ago are illegal now, and vice versa. Different societies and cultures around the world come to different moral conclusions.
Another possibility is that it is for individuals to decide right and wrong for ourselves based on our own personal opinions. The difficulty with this approach is that opinion is no guarantee of correctness. Just because I say something is right does not mean that it is. Others may disagree.
The Bible offers up a completely different approach. It teaches that as the creator of heaven and earth and the one who gives us “life and breath and all things” it is God who decides what is right and wrong for all time. As those who are created it is our duty to listen and obey; this is, in fact, the very purpose of our existence. People who do right (as defined by Him) will be rewarded with eternal life in His Kingdom to come.
Ultimately the answer we make depends on our personal faith. If we consider the evidence and conclude that God exists then we will be inclined to believe He is the arbiter of right and wrong and live in hope of the promised reward.
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