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You Have A Choice

What's the point of all this?

There is a great controversy occurring between Good and Evil. It can be confusing at times, almost overwhelming, as we drown in an ocean of propaganda from both sides. The truth from the Good side attempts to beat back the fake news of the Evil side, and we are caught in-between, having to make judgments, sometimes without having all the information.

An Informed Choice Requires Information

Look at the conflict in science over the origin of life. Most people arguing this topic today have no idea what they are talking about. There are so many intricate details involved, yet even seemingly professional persons talk about these things as though they were simple matters involving simple science.

Without all the information, you might think living cells are mere blobs of protoplasm. This was Darwin’s belief when he formulated his theory of evolution. However, living cells are complex wonders of design, filled with micro-machines and nano-technology that we might be centuries away from duplicating in our own labs. Would Darwin had come to a different conclusion had he had all the information?

One of the points of this web site is to give you enough information to make a confident choice in your worldview.

The most important information is as follows:

  1. God exists. Science confirms the existence of a supernatural entity.
  2. The Bible confirms that the supernatural creator of life is the God of the Bible.
  3. God is love. He loves you more than He loves Himself, and He will go so far as to die than to lose you.
  4. God is involved in a great controversy concerning His character that started long before humankind was created.
  5. God created humankind to prove His character of love. The Enemy of God infected the first human couple with fear and selfishness by telling lies about God. All human beings have inherited this fatal condition.
  6. The Enemy of God was once His closest ally.
  7. The Enemy of God is a liar and thief and murderer, and he wants you to suffer and die for no other reason than he is angry at God.
  8. The Enemy of God has used lies to convince most human beings that God is not love. Human beings who believe this lie tend to either reject the truth about God’s character of love or deny His existence. Either way, they refuse to get to know God.
  9. God wants to save you from your fatal condition so you can live forever in peace and joy in paradise. The first step in this healing process is getting to know God.

Given this information, there are only two options for you:

  1. Choose to be healed by God, and live a life of love, forever in peace and joy.
  2. Reject God’s offer of healing, suffer a life of fear and selfish indulgence, then die forever.

Rational human beings will choose the first option. Why would you not?

The Rational Choice

In choosing that first option, you are recognizing the fact of your current fatal condition.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23 (ESV)

You acknowledge that you are full of fear and selfishness, and without treatment, this condition will kill you.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23 (ESV)

You acknowledge that God is love, and that He is trustworthy. Because of His love and trustworthiness, you willingly give yourself to Him, so He can heal you, so you will not die.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 (ESV)

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

1 John 3:2 (ESV)

Those who choose option two are either ignorant or stupid. It might be you do not have all the information. It might be that you believe the wrong information. In either case, you are simply ignorant, and when exposed to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, you will make a rational decision.

It might be that you are so lost in your illness, that you cannot be rational anymore. However, if you can see the ridiculousness of rejecting peace and joy because of lies you have been told, then you are still rational and not too far gone to pursue the truth.

Choose To Live

Imagine you have been living in pain for a few months. You visit the doctor, and he tells you that you have cancer. This explains the misery you have been experiencing from the fear and anxiety produced by the constant pain in your body.

Now imagine he tells you he has the cure. It will involve a daily intake of medicines, but also a change in your lifestyle. You balk at the idea. You have built up a routine of pleasurable experiences that you do not want to stop. Your daily beers, your weekend promiscuity, the illicit drugs, the lashing out in anger at those you deem below you, all either dull your pain or increase your pleasure, even if for just a moment.

Your doctor tells you, in order to be healed, it will require proper nutrition, exercise, and daily exposure to fresh air and sunlight. You can no longer indulge in damaging behaviors, nor imbibe food and drink that poison your body. You cannot continue to violate the laws of life without suffering the consequences.

This is reasonable, of course! Who would put salt water in the gas tank of their automobile and expect anything more than destruction? Your automobile was designed to run on gasoline.

Your body was designed to operate according to a variety of principles of health, including proper nutrition, periodic exercise, and pure respiration.

At times, the treatment will not be easy nor fun. It even might involve some additional pain. However, the doctor promises that in the end, you will be cured, completely restored to health, and completely free of pain.

You see the testimonies of others gone before you. They praise the doctor’s kindness and compassion. They having written glowing reviews, telling others that they were once sick but are now healed. They once experienced the daily misery, just like you, but now they are pain-free.

You believe the doctor. You trust the doctor. You know that you will be healed. You allow the doctor to do his work.

You walk out of that office with hope and joy already in your heart, even if you are not yet completely physically healed.

Or do you reject the doctor’s prescription? Do you leave the office in apathy, refusing to change, refusing to be healed? If so, such is your choice. You will reap what you sow. Your sickness will end up killing you, because you refused to trust the doctor.

It Is A Free Choice

God presents the truth in love and leaves you free to decide.

This same choice is being given to you right now, and it is a matter of life and death.

You were born with a disease.

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Psalm 51:5 (NIV)

It is not your fault that you were born that way. God does not hold you responsible for being born a sinner.

However, now that you are able to reason, it is your responsibility to choose what you do with the information you have been given.

Will you choose to be healed or not?

Do you trust the doctor?

Even if you do not trust the doctor, is it not reasonable to get to know the doctor, just in case he is trustworthy and that your life can be saved?

The Beginning Of Healing

There is no coercion. God is not threatening to kill you if you refuse to be healed. That is not how God works.

However, without God’s intervention, you will die. It is the same if you jump off the Empire State Building. If God offers to save you, and you refuse, God does not have to kill you. Gravity and the ground will do that.

You are in a terminal, fatal condition. Without intervention, you will die.

The Enemy wants to keep you from knowing God, because healing begins with knowing the God of the Bible.

And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

John 17:3 (NLT)

He will lie to you and try to convince you that the God of the Bible does not exist. He will bring forth philosophies and abuse science to explain everything without needing to appeal to a supernatural power. However, he can never hide the truth. He can only wave his hands and distract you with lies.

The truth is always available.

Once it is known, the truth is unassailable.

If the Enemy cannot convince you that God does not exist, he will try to convince you that God cannot be trusted. He will claim that God is arbitrary, cruel, power-mongering, and a tyrant. You will either refuse to get to know this God, or you will follow that God in fear.

The God of the Bible is the God of truth and love. The truth dispels the lies of the enemy, and God’s love dispels the selfishness in your heart.

God created you to enjoy your life. He does not want you to be miserable or bored or afraid. He wants you to live a life full of peace and joy.

The meaning of life is to enjoy it.

Real Peace & Joy

This joy, however, cannot come from destructive behavior. You might enjoy the high of drugs, but the joy is fleeting, and there is damage occurring that will kill you. Just like the patient suffering from obesity must obey the laws of health in order to be completely healed, those of us with fear and selfishness in our hearts must start obeying the laws of life.

Joy from promiscuity is temporary, and it actually damages your emotional and mental health, naturally leading to depression, anxiety, and fear.

The only way to true peace and joy is to be completely restored to health, to God’s original design for human beings, and continue to live within the design laws of life.

God intended us to live in peace and joy in paradise, building and raising families, and loving others more than we love ourselves. In this way, humanity was to thrive, to grow, and maybe to fill the galaxy. Who knows what our original destiny was to be?

Unfortunately, we were infected with fear caused by the lies we believe about God. This fear has given rise to the selfishness in all human hearts. We are afraid, so we act in our best interests continually, fighting to keep what we have or to obtain more. At the extreme point, we will even kill others to save ourselves.

When we are healed, loving others will come as naturally to us as breathing.

You have a choice to make.

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[…] Fear and selfishness is conquered, overcome, destroyed, by truth and love. Truth and love come from our Creator God, who gives us liberty to reason with Him and to choose life or death. […]

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