Novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne visited novelist Herman Melville. He found the author of Moby Dick sure of himself when writing of the great whale, but struggling with questions about life and death; this life and the next; divine providence and human freedom. He found that Melville paradoxically couldn’t be happy either with belief in God or doubt about God. He wasn’t, and isn’t, alone in his inconsistency.
Make up your mind, people. Joshua told his generation they had to decide: serve the gods of the nations or the Living, Fearful GOD of Israel 24:15. Elijah challenged his generation to decide: “If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him” I Kings 18:21.
Quit temporizing people, as if agnosticism is admirable. Decide: you know we can’t trust ourselves to be deities, weak and temporal as we are, alive today, dead tomorrow, history a shambles of our mistakes, tragedies and sins. (Though human arrogance continues to dismiss our proven history of failures. It’s simply that we have previously lacked enough education, they say. “More doctorates of everything please,” they cry. That’s the voice of pre-Babel shouting its unreasonable confidence in humanity.)
Forget the stodgy pointy-heads so sure of themselves. Most people accept human inability to know how to live, but where do we find answers? In Buddhism, Islam, Shintoism, Confucianism or any of a plethora of other religions, whose founders lived and died and remained in their graves, moldering? In their mythical gods and finite creators?
The Living God alone, his Living Son alone and their Living Spirit of Truth alone is REAL. The triune God has no competitors, or equals, or anyone remotely similar. True, the Godhead makes demands counterfeits don’t because they fear rejection. True, since the Godhead is Truth, he doesn’t care how we respond to his teaching. He is Truth and all men are liars.
Decide. Today. Now. But be sure you decide correctly, for your earthly days and your eternal life are in the balance, even if you don’t make a decision. Only Jesus determines your acceptance or rejection by God. No one else. Be Aware: only God in Christ IS. Beware; any other deity or leaders are fraudulent pretenders destined for the everlasting fire.
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