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What hate does… What LOVE does

For all of the victims of hate, and for those who choose to love…

What Hate does…

Hate plots and plans.
Hate does not dream.
It festers,
And it coldly schemes.

Instead of seeking to enjoy life,
Hate calculates how to destroy life.

Hate sees the options that are worst,
Inflicting pain, and causing hurt.
Hate never puts another first.

Hate explodes in rage-filled gore.
Hate thrives when reason loses.
Hate kills the promise it consumes
For anyone it chooses.

Hate is a thief of life and love,
An enemy of joy.
Hate has come to kill and steal,
It’s purpose: to destroy.

Hate ruins those who harbor it,
Hate’s fury is a cancer.
Hate eats a soul from the inside out.
Hate is not the answer.

by Cynthia A. Boyd
March, 2016

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What Love does…

Love is joyful in the giving.
Love is hopeful in the living.
Love is patient, Love is kind
Love keeps other hearts in mind.

Love can’t wait to help another.
Love lifts up a fallen brother.

Love sees the good in everyone,
Encouraging those in need.
Love goes beyond the surface
To be a friend, indeed.

Love binds up wounds,
Eases distress,
Comforts and prays,
Longs for the best.

Love rejoices in the truth.
Love understands the confusion of youth.

Love is a giver who never gives in.
Love knows that peace is the way to win.
Love conquers hatred.
Love drives out fear.
Love gathers loved ones,
Love holds them dear.

Love knows that only in dying to self
And embracing God’s salvation,
Can we truly love others as Jesus loves us
and become His new creation.

By Cynthia A. Boyd
March, 2016

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love like Jesus

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So, Why do I need a Savior?

Many people wonder

(when they allow themselves to think about it),

Why do I need a Savior?”

This is actually a very good question.

*  Asking the “why” question shows that you are a thinking person who tries to do the right things, as you understand them.

*  Asking why a Savior is needed shows your openness to hear an answer.

*  Asking why means that you have enough curiosity to wonder what all of the Jesus talk is really about.

Asking “why?” means you are really close to understanging why…

if  you are brave enough to hear the answer.

Are you brave enough to learn the truth about why we all need a Savior?

If the answer is “YES,” there are three very short statements (4 words or less) to tell the reasons why we need a Savior.

THREE  SIMPLE  REASONS
FOR  UNDERSTANDING  THE  ANSWER  TO  THE  “WHY”  QUESTION

So, why do you
(and I, and everyone else in the world)

need a Savior?

1  Reason #1

  GOD  IS  HOLY.

  We really already know this.  Something deep inside tells us that there is a Someone who is somehow more loving, who is perfect and right.  When we think about the opposite scenario, it just makes sense that if  there was a God who was not holy, He would delight in constantly tormenting us and would force us to fear and respect and worship Him.  We would be living in constant fear, and we would not be able to choose how we want to live our lives.  We would not have any enjoyment in life if  God were evil.  The very fact that beauty and goodness exist at all is proof of the goodness and holiness of God.  A god who was evil and all powerful would not want us to have anything goodUnfortunately, we allow the good things that do exist in life (and the evils that we choose) to substitute for knowing our holy, righteous, just, and loving God.

How we say it:

We say things that reveal what our hearts know (voicing the truth that God has placed inside each of us about His holiness) when we feel inadequate, when we mess up, when we have hurt someone, when we have done something foolish, or when we have been selfish.
And, this is what we say, “I’m not God.”  or  “I’m only human.” 

This is how the Bible says it:

“But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by His justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by His righteous acts.”  ~  Isaiah 5:16

“I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.”  ~  Leviticus 11:44a

“I will show my greatness and my holiness. I will reveal myself to many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”  Ezekiel 38:23

“The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.”  ~  Psalm 145:17

“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.”  ~  I John 1:5

2  Reason #2

  PEOPLE  ARE  NOT  HOLY.

  It certainly is not difficult to recognize the truth of this statement.  All we have to do is to watch the evening news to see that people often deliberately choose to do terrible things.  In addition, as we look into our own hearts and consider the lives of people we know (even those whom we love), it becomes obvious that our motivations are not always pure.  Sometimes we are nice to someone because we want a favor.  Sometimes we are impatient or hateful, even with friends and loved ones.  Even people who are really trying to live a good life make mistakes, and we are all aware that our “goodness” is never 100%.

Nobody's perfect, Charlie BrownThis is how we voice the truth that people are not holy:
“Well, nobody’s perfect!”

When we make the statement that “nobody’s perfect”, we are actually in agreement with what the Bible says on this subject.

Here is what the Bible says about us:

“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on Him (Jesus) the sins of us all.”  ~ Isaiah 53:6

“For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  ~  Romans 3:23

10 As it is written:There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.'”  ~ Romans 3, verses 10 and 11

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”  ~  John 3:19

“Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.”  ~  Ecclesiastes 7:20

3  Reason #3

  WE  CANNOT  SAVE  OURSELVES!

  We have a problem that we can’t solve on our own.

There   is   a    h u g e                                         G A P_______________   between

God’s perfect holiness  __________and__________ our sinful unholiness.

This gap prevents us from being in close relationship with God.  This huge gap, or separation between us and God exists because we cannot begin to understand who He is with such a big barrier to relationship, and He cannot relate Himself to us while we are in our unholy state.  When the gap (or separation) is present, it’s more than just a divide.

You see, having a Savior is not just a ticket to Heaven.  Having a Savior is for this earthly life, too.  Because God wants us to know Him.  He wants us to know how much He loves us and how He is always working for our good.  He is not a distant Creator.  Rather, He is constantly sustaining life and hope, constantly giving and forgiving, and constantly working for the good of those who love Him.  He wants us to begin to know Him as He is… the loving Father and Lord of all Creation.

God already knows everything about us.  The Bible says that He even knows the number of hairs on our heads.  He wants the barrier of unholiness to be removed from our lives so that we can know Him.

Only then will we begin to:

Understand spiritual truth,
Receive spiritual life (even right now, while the Earth is still our home),
and finally
Be given the free gift of eternal life in Heaven through God’s provision of a way for our unholiness to become pure holiness.

All of this… the truth and life that we need and the way to become holy so that we can someday live in a holy place (Heaven) without our presence making it unholy…

ALL  of this can come to us only through Jesus, when we accept God’s free gift of salvation and pray to ask Jesus to become our own Savior and Lord.  Jesus is already THE Savior and THE Lord, but He will not become your Savior and Lord until you see your need for Him and ask Him.

HERE’S WHAT JESUS SAID about why we need Him:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  ~ John 14:6

 WE  NEED  LIFE! 

Our separation from God means that we have no spiritual understanding because we have no spiritual life.

Here’s what the Bible says about that:

“Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him.”  ~  Ephesians 4:18
(Notice the phrase, “the life God gives”.  This refers to spiritual life (being alive in spirit) as well as to eternal life.  Without spiritual life there is no spiritual understanding.)

4 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  ~  Ephesian 2:4 – 6

(Note:  In the second scripture above, the phrase,  “dead in our transgressions” refers to the natural state of mankind… spiritual death, or the absence of spiritual life that results from being separated from God, who is the Source of life.
Notice also that verses 4 and 5 refer to the great love God has for us, even when we are in this state.

“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”  ~  I John 5:1

WE  NEED  TO  KNOW  THE TRUTH!

 WE  NEED  DIRECTION!   

WE  NEED  TO  KNOW  THE  WAY.

Being separated from God also means we are on the wrong road and that He cannot “deliver us from temptation” (save us from the attractive power of sin) because we have chosen the way of sin and spiritual death over choosing God and His way.  So, when we do not have a Savior, we don’t have God’s power within us to enable us to overcome the power of sin, which, as the Bible says, “may seem pleasureable for a while,” but is always ultimately destructive to lives, health, stability, and relationships.

In other words, we are heading in the wrong direction because we don’t yet know that God’s way is the right way and the best way for us.   Being separated from God means that we are on that path of seeking pleasure.  There is an emptiness inside us, and we are continually trying to fill it with things, experiences, pleasures, relationships, and prestige.  However, all we continue to find is emptiness; because what our soul really needs is spiritual life, plus direction and power for living that come from God (through His Holy Spirit within us) after we have been spiritually re-born.

In order for spiritual rebirth to happen, we must first realize that we are on  the wrong road and decide that we want to live in relationship with God through Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord

Here’s what the Bible says about that:

We are lost and on the wrong road, confused and in danger; but God does not want this to be our fate.
“When he saw the crowds, He
(Jesus) had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”  ~  Matthew 9:36

We can only be saved through spiritual re-birth, which is possible because Jesus was willling to die to pay the penalty for our sins.  It’s as though a judge pronounces you guilty because he is a just judge, but then he steps out from behind his podium and pays the penalty for you becuase he is also a merciful judge.
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
  ~  Titus 3:5

We can only be free from the power of sin during our earthly lives through God’s Holy Spirit, living within us after we are spiritually reborn.
“And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
  ~  Romans 8:2

“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”  ~  Romans 6:14

When we are trying to find our way, all we have to do is look to Jesus.  He alone can provide salvation, which is the only way of escape from the power of sin and the eventual penalty for sin.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~ John 14:6

 Remember that in our state of being without Jesus, we are separated from God, which means that we cannot discern truth about God and about spiritual matters without help.  That is why God sends His Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts about the truth of God’s plan of salvation.  It is also why God’s Holy Spirit comes to live within us when we have trusted Christ for our salvation.  We need divine help in our process of becoming more like Jesus.

We have looked at the ways that Jesus will make a difference in this life.  As the scriptures above reveal, a person who has trusted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior has received God’s mercy and been washed and reborn through the Holy Spirit.  In addition, he or she has been freed from the power of sin.  This does not mean that we will have a future of complete sinless perfection on Earth.  Rather, it means that when we trust God and turn to Him for strength in our everyday lives, He will help us to gain victory over temptation.  No Christian does this perfectly because we are all in a process of growing in our faith and in our relationship with the Lord.  However, God’s power is available to us if we will only seek HIM.  It’s when we try to handle things on our own that we mess up.

Help in this earthly life is certainly one of the reasons that we need Jesus.  The other reason is that without Him, we cannot enter Heaven.

  HEAVEN  IS  A  HOLY  PLACE  WHERE  NO  SIN  CAN  BE  FOUND
  … but on Earth, we are living with the consequences of our own sinfulness (both individually and collectively).

The Bible says that Heaven is unimaginable to us because we have never experienced anything like it.  We would not even have the words to describe it, because it is unlike anything we have every seen or heard or known.

“But as it is written, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”  ~  I Corinthians 2:9

“Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”  ~  Hebrews 11:6

Obviously, Heaven would not be Heaven if it were to become unholy.  If there were still sorrow and pain and jealousy and hatred, along with crimes committed and people being victimized, it would certainly not be heaven.  People would have to be changed in some way to make it possible for them to become holy so that they can live in relationship with God while on the earth and then live with Him forever in Heaven.

So, if people are going to overcome the sin barrier to relationship with God and eventually be there, how do they become fit for Heaven?

Here are a couple of ideas that many people have about heaven.

Idea #1:  If you do more good than bad during your lifetime, you will go to Heaven.

Many, many people believe this idea, but it is false.

Remember that Heaven is a holy place.  Holy means totally free of sin.

Idea #2:  Heaven will be what I want it to be.

Often, people say, “This is Heaven!” when tasting something delicious or experiencing something delightful.  However, anything good that we have experienced on earth will pale in comparison to what Heaven is really like.  Even if God were to describe Heaven for us, we wouldn’t understand it until we get there.  We have no frame of reference, nothing even approaching an equal, for comparison.  Imagine trying to describe Disney World to a young child who has lived all his life in a primitive village.  The only way he would really understand how amazing the place is would be to actually go there.  It is the same way with Heaven.  Imagine all of the best and most beautiful parts of life and of God’s creation, without any of the bad things that we experience here on Earth.  It’s all of that and more… multiplied by infinity.

Did you know that God wants YOU to experience Heaven?

He does not want you to miss out on relationship with Him now, and He doesn’t want you to miss all that He has prepared in Heaven for those who love Him.  

Here’s what the Bible says about that:

The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.  ~ 2nd Peter 3:9

In other words, God is patient with this crazy, mixed up world and with all of the people in it, even though we are now experiencing sin and hurt and pain, because what He has to give us (everlasting life, abundant life on Earth, and living forever with Him in Heaven, fully experiencing His great love for us and the wonder that He has created) is so much greater than anything that  we could imagine.  It will more than make up for any temporary pain in this life.  It will be infinitely beyond the best we could imagine… forever.  He loves us and wants us to know and experience all of this.  He is waiting to finally make everything right (He is a God of justice after all) because God loves you more than you can imagine and because He is a God of mercy.  Even though He is absolutely Holy and could demand anything from us, He loves mercy (and showing mercy to everyone who will accept this free gift) much more than He loves having everything on Earth be perfectly right.

Think about it for a moment.

If God had allowed us to experience Heaven without living on Earth first or a Heaven-like experience on Earth, something would have had to be fundamentally different.

Either we  would have to be created without the capacity to sin, which would have meant that we would have no free will.

or

God would have to render immediate judgement for every wrong that we did, making us fear Him so much that we would behave rightly to avoid punishment.

For a God who loves us and wants us to experience His love, harsh and immediate judgement was not His way.  Neither was it His desire to rob mankind of choice.  So, he lets us choose, delays His judgement, and yet provides us with a way to overcome evil and temptation on Earth through His power when we accept His provision of a Savior… His own Son’s death substituting for any judgement we would have faced….

All we have to do is to admit that we need Him… that we have sinned against God by choosing our own way.  Then, we need to accept this free gift of salvation, believing that Jesus is God’s Son, who lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, was buried and then raised from the dead, so that He could be the Savior whose death paid the penalty for the sins of all mankind and the Lord of life and giver of eternal life for all who trust Him with their hearts and souls and lives.

Here are some more verses from the Bible about how much God loves us and what He wants to do in our lives.

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:10
For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:34
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding (praying) for us.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Dear friend, we all need a Savior.

We need a Savior because God is Holy.
We need a Savior because we are not holy.
We need a Savior because we cannot save ourselves.

Only Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

*  He will show you the way (and indeed has provided the way of salvation for you through His own death, burial, and resurrection, exchanging His life for yours as the payment for your sins).
*  He will reveal the truth to you.  Through the sending of God’s Holy Spirit after salvation, through relationship with Him, and through the teaching of God’s word, you will be led into all truth.
*  He will provide spiritual life and eternal life for you.

Would you like to know more?  Here’s a link to our page that has many resources for you.  There are links to answer all of the questions that you may have.  Blessings to you as you seek the truth and the answers to your questions.  Every person ultimately has to decide:  what will I do about Jesus?

https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/

Do you know Jesus? 

The decision to ask Jesus to come into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior is the best decision you could ever make!  The one true God is ready to give you forgiveness and eternal life as soon as you understand your need for Him and believe on the name of His only Son, Jesus, for your salvation.  The blog page found at the link above will help you find the answers to your questions about Jesus.

Thank you for taking the time to read the above blog post. May God bless you with understanding and faith.

Seven things you can know about God without opening a Bible

When I consider

It is the most important question ever asked:

Does God exist? 

And, if there is a God, what does that mean for me?

If a person is willing to consider the possibility that there may be a God… a supreme and all-powerful being… there are 7 things that it is possible to know about this Deity without ever opening a Bible.  Just thinking about the world and what we know of the universe (how things and creatures are made and how they function) can reveal these observations of fact to anyone who is open-minded enough to consider them.

1First, if there is an all-powerful God, He is good.

This is a relatively easy truth to discern.  An all-powerful God could do whatever He wished to do.  Therefore, if God were evil, He would delight in torturing His creation.  This torture would go far beyond the sorrows caused by the most common and tragic (man-made) circumstances we currently experience, such as:
* man’s inhumanity to man, including any kind of abuse
* crimes we commit against each other,
* emotional hurts that we inflict upon one another,
* substances that we create and then abuse,
* wars and conflict
* greed and injustice
* accidents

An evil and all-powerful God would delight in our suffering.  He would never want us to enjoy anything.  “Natural” disasters would become every day occurrences.  There would be no such thing as a “100 year flood” (a flood so significant that its like occurs only about once every 100 years).  The destruction would be almost constant from every type of calamity.  Floods, earthquakes, and huge storms would batter all of humanity.  There would be no such thing as a wood frame house that had stood in the same spot for decades.  We would be shelter-less, tortured, and helpless.  The beauty that we know would be non-existent.  An evil God would not want us to enjoy beauty… or peace… or life… or love.  An evil God would delight in constant world-wide plague and famine.  All safety, order, and predictability would be gone from what we call “nature” and from our lives if God were evil.

2Secondly, if there is an all-powerful God, He is infinitely creative

still watersAnyone who has the curiosity and opportunity to really observe and study (even informally) the hugely varied species and forms of living creatures and of plant life can find endless fascination learning about life on Earth.
chambered nautilus

Each creature’s anatomy, habitat, instincts, and life patterns can become a field of study in itself.

green plantEvery form of plant life, from cactus to kelp to trees and shrubs, to flowers, and even plants that we consider to be weeds… each variety of plant life has its own beauty and its own story of survival.

honeycombFrom the vastness of space to the intricacies of the smallest creature and the interwoven functions of each ecosystem, the way that everything works together to sustain life is amazingly complex and creative.

Considering mankind, everything from the tiny lines on the skin of our fingertips to the unique characteristics of our eyes, facial structure, and voice are being used for indentification purposes because we are all unique, one of a kind individuals… down to the DNA in each of our body’s cells.  If we are each created rather than just accidentally formed as part of the “circle of life”, then Someone is involved in every minute and miniscule detail, even in the infinitely small, beyond microscopic level.

3Thirdly, if there is an all-powerful God, He is patient far beyond human understanding.

Wow.  People do a lot of messing up.  All of us do.  Even those who are really trying not to mess up… still mess up.  If God is all powerful, He could choose to zap us when we hurt someone else or hurt ourselves or hurt His heart.  He could choose to enforce His will in whatever way He wished.  If He is being patient with us and choosing to let us live our lives as we wish, we often don’t appreciate that patience because of the consequences of our own mess-ups and those of other people.

We want Him to zap them and be patient with us.

We want to do our own thing, but we want the consequences of our actions to magically disappear.

It doesn’t seem to work that way, though.  If there is a God, it seems that all of us have likely tried His patience and broken His laws (perhaps, even his heart) and violated His will.  If it wouldn’t be right for Him to treat one person’s mess-ups differently than another person’s, that must mean that He is motivated to behave differently that we do.  Sometimes we excuse one person and are hard on someone else.  We don’t have the same standards for everyone, even though we’d like to think of ourselves as fair and patient.  If there is a God who is all powerful, He is so patient that He must know something we don’t know.  He’s not a random “zapper”, so He must be just.  If He is just, then He must have an eventual plan for justice; but we aren’t experiencing His enforcement of justice right now.  Instead, patience reigns, along with all of the chaos, pain, and havoc we create.  There must be a reason and a plan if there is an all-powerful God… a plan that allows Him to wait patiently for now.

4Fourthly, if there is an all-powerful God, He is a God of order. 

tree-at-sunriseSeeds grow according to their kind of plant.  Animals reproduce according to their species.  Nature has a balance.

snowflake real on blueSeasons come and go.  The world keeps spinning.  There are life cycles, days, moon phases, months, years, orbits, gestational periods, instincts, migrations, hibernation, and the pull of gravity.  There is cell structure, healing, birth, life, growth, aging, and death.  There are elements, compounds, and chemicals which somehow have all been formed to make what we know as air, water, and land… a habitable environment.  To believe that all of the order found in our world and all of observable space is accidental order, one must have tremendous faith in nothingness… or begin to wonder ???

5Fifthly, if there is an all-powerful God, He wants us to know Him.

If there really is a God, the incredible profusion of variety in life forms and in objects within the universe must reveal some things about their maker, just as a painting reveals something about the artist or a song reveals something about the composer.  The colors, shapes, function, and beauty around us must reveal something as well.  If there is a God who really sent His Son, He must want us to know Him through personal relationship.  If the Bible is truly His word, He must want us to know even more through revealing Himself in an autobiography.  If He has placed within us a conscience that reveals what is right and good, He must want us to know both His nature and His desire for how we might best live.  And, if it is true that He actually lives within those who accept Him as Lord and Savior and sends His Holy Spirit to them, His desire for us to know Him must be so fervent that He is willing to completely give Himself to us.

6Sixth, if there is an all-powerful God, He must know everything about us.

It just makes sense to me that an all-powerful God must also be all-knowing.  As we’ve seen in our world, the use of power without wisdom is a dangerous thing.  Since we’ve already thought through the fact that God must be good if He exists at all, He must have the wisdom that enables Him to be good in ways that relate to us, His creation.  There must be a plan in His mind and even some sort of intervention in our world and in our lives, of which we are apparently unaware.  In order to know what we need and what will be right for the future of mankind, He would have to know our hopes, our fears, our sorrows, our pain, our failures, and what will ultimately bring us joy.  We all have a desire for a happy ending, but our lives often do not follow the pattern we had hoped they would.  Sometimes, we see that previous disappointments wound up being good for us in some way.  Maybe, if there is an all-powerful, all-knowing God, everything is connected to His good plan for us in ways that we can’t see right now.  It would take an unfathomable amount of wisdom and knowledge to balance the needs of every single person and to work in their lives in unseen ways.  As a parent, I find this difficult to do with our six sons and one daughter.  I can’t imagine the power and knowledge it would take to try to bless and reach out to all of mankind.  And yet, if there is a God who is all-powerful and good, He must know us in order to do this, just as I must know my loved ones in order to relate to them in ways that matter.

7Finally, if there is an all-powerful God, He is a God of love.

All of us are constructed with such a hunger for love, the capacity to love, and the deep, inner knowledge that somewhere there must be a more pure and perfect love.  We value love more highly than anything else in life; and yet, we do not always treat those we love as we should.  Our priorities do not always reflect the importance of loving and giving.  We want that kind of love, and yet we find ourselves incapable of giving it as perfectly as we wish it to be given to us.  If there is a capacity for both giving and receiving love, together with a hunger for pure love beyond what we know, these desires and capabilities must have an origin.  It makes sense that if there is an all-powerful God who is also Creator and also a good God, then He would be the origin of everything good and of the best as well.  Love is the best.

In conclusion, I have to say that these are my thoughts, based upon what I have seen, felt, experienced, read, and learned.  These statements seem sensible to me.  If I were still looking for answers to the question of whether God exists, I think these observations would make me want to keep looking, with a hope that I might find that something (Someone) is there.

~  Cynthia A. Boyd

What do you think?

If there is truly a God, an all-powerful Supreme Being, what does everything you’ve observed and learned and experienced tell you about who He is?  What do you believe?  Are we a cosmic accident, on our own in the universe?  Or, is there a Creator who is powerful enough to form all that exists, for whatever purpose He desires.

Do your beliefs help you answer these three crucial questions?

1.  Who am I?  (Beyond defining yourself by relationships, abilities and traits, or by what you do)
2.  How did I get here?  (What chain of events resulted in my existence?)
3.  What is my purpose?  (Are you just here to live, work, play, relate, suffer, grow old, and die?)

We would love to hear from you and will publish any respectfully written comment that represents a point of view, even from those who have concluded that there is no God.

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what the Bible does say
about each of the 7 observations cited above?

1*  Observation #1:  If there is an all-powerful God, then He is good.

What the Bible says about God’s goodness:

Nahum 1:7  ~  The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows them that trust in Him.

Psalms 145:9  ~  The LORD is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.

Psalm 100:5  ~  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalms 107:8  ~  Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalms 86:5  ~  For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon You.

Psalms 34:8  ~  O, taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.

Psalms 136:1  ~  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

2*  Observation #2:  If there is an all-powerful God, then He is infinitely creative.

What the Bible says about the creation / creativity of God:

Isaiah 40:28 ~  Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or become tired and weary?  His understanding is unsearchable.

Psalms 19:1  ~  The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.

Psalms 104:24  ~  O LORD, how manifold are Your works!  In wisdom, You have made them all: the earth is full of Your riches.

Psalms 8:3 – 4  ~  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; 4 What is man, that You art mindful of him? And the son of man, that You abide with him?

Psalms 139:13-16  ~  For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.

Psalm 104:10-14  ~  He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from His upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of His work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, bringing forth food from the earth. (NIV)

Psalm 104: 24-25  ~  How many are your works, O Lord!  In wisdom You made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.  There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number, living things both large and small.  (NIV)

Job 12:7-10  ~  Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.  Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?  In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (NIV)

Revelation 4:11  ~  You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.” (KJV)

3*  Observation #3:  If there is an all powerful God, He is patient far beyond our understanding.

What the Bible says about God’s patience (sometimes translated as “long-suffering”):

Psalm 86:15  ~  But you, Lord, are a compassionate God, merciful and patient, with unending gracious love and faithfulness.

Romans 15:5  ~  Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus:

2nd Peter 3:15  ~  And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him–

2nd Peter 3:9  ~  The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some people understand slowness, but He is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to perish, but wants everyone to repent.

Romans 2:3 – 4  ~  Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself— that you will escape the judgment of God?  Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

4*  Observation #4:  If there is an all-powerful God, He is a God of order.

What the Bible says about the Divine nature of God and His attribute of desiring and creating order and orderliness:

1st Corinthians 14:33  ~  For God is not a God of disorder but of peace – as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

Colossians 1:16 – 17  ~   16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Romans 1:20  ~  For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.

From Genesis, Chapter 1:

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Psalm 147:4 – 5  ~  He determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure.

5*  Observation #5:  If there is an all-powerful God, He wants us to know Him.

What the Bible says about God’s desire for us to know Him and seek Him:

John 17:3  ~  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Jeremiah 9:23-24  ~  Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; {24} But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

Acts 17:27  ~  So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

Psalm 46:10  ~  Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!”

Jeremiah 29:11 – 13  ~  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.

Hebrews 11:6  ~  But without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that comes to God must believe that He is (exists), and that He rewards those that diligently seek Him.

Psalms 70:4  ~  Let all those that seek You rejoice and be glad in You: and let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.”

Verses about the how God has revealed Himself to mankind (and why):
Note:  In addition to the revelation of who God is found in Creation, God has used the means found in the three scripture passages below to reveal Himself to mankind because of His desire for us to know Him.  (He’s also used many other forms of direct revelation such as a burning bush, literal handwriting on the wall, and messages from angels.)

Verse dealing specifically with conscience and God’s law as a means used by God to reveal Himself and His truth to men:
From Romans, Chapter 2 ~
* Notes in parentheses and underlined have been added by the author of this post to explain the meaning of this scripture passage.
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Indeed, when some people, who do not have the law (do not have Biblical law given by God as a part of their accepted beliefs), do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law (They demonstrate their acceptance of God’s laws as being “what is right”, even without necessarily having specific knowledge that these laws came from God.). 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)

Verse dealing specifically with the prophets and Jesus Christ as another means God used to reveal who He is to mankind:
Hebrews 1:1 – 2  ~  In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe (Hebrews 1:1,2).

Verse dealing with the reason God has revealed Himself and His truth in the Bible:
Romans 15:4  ~  For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide, we might have hope.

6*  Observation #6:  If there is an all-powerful God, He must know everything about us.

What the Bible says about God’s knowledge concerning mankind and each individual:

Matthew 10:29 – 31 (Jesus speaking)  ~  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. (without His knowledge)  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Isaiah 44:24  ~  Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb:  “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,

Isaiah 49:15-16  (God speaking)  ~  “Can a mother forget her nursing child?  Can she feel no love for a  child she has borne?  Even if that were possible, I would never forget you!  See, I have engraved your name on the palms of my hands.”

Psalm 139:1 – 3  ~  O LORD, You have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord.

Job 34:21  ~  For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.

Psalms 33:13-15  ~  The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; From His dwelling place He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth; He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.

Jeremiah 16:17  ~  For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes.

2 Kings 19:27  ~  But I know your sitting down, and your going out and your coming in, and your raging against Me.

1 Corinthians 4:5  ~  Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.

7*  Observation #7:  If there is an all-powerful God, He is a God of love.

What the Bible says about God’s love (and about love as an attribute of who God is):

Psalm 89:1 – 2  ~  I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations.  I will declare that Your love stands firm forever, that You have established Your faithfulness in heaven itself.

Zephaniah 3:17  ~  The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.

1 John 4:7-8  ~  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 Peter 5:6-7  ~  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

Jeremiah 31:3  ~  The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”

John 3:16 – 17  ~   For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.

Romans 5:8  ~  But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Galatians 2:20  ~  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Ephesians 2:4-5  ~  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses (sins), made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.

1 John 4:9-11  ~  In this the love of God was made manifest (clearly shown) among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.  This is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

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