Friday, March 02, 2007

Biting off more than you can chew

Sennacherib (King of Assyria about 2500 years ago - see 2 Chronicles 32) mocked God's people saying that he'd beaten every other 'god' in the world... but he made the fatal error - The LORD is real, unlike all the gods that people invent.

It's not exactly politically correct to say that.. especially at Surrey University where multi-faith is the rising agenda... welcome to Athens - idols everywhere... let the Christians be distressed and so go into the market place and the debating halls and speak of Jesus and his resurrection, as Paul did in the first century.

Sennacherib over-stretched himself. Anyone can defeat an idol (it doesn't exist, such things are delusions) but when you take on the real thing, the LORD who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit you don't win. No one takes on the LORD and wins...

God's response to the taunts of Sennacherib was to send his angel, God's postman to obliterate the Blasphemers army. Sennacherib went home ashamed and his own sons killed him. That's not to say God is going to send angels to kill atheists today - I really don't think there is warrant to say that. But, he will pass judgement ultimately on anyone and everyone who has failed to see the glory of Jesus. All other 'sins' are subsidiary of that... and no amount of good deeds or religious devotion can make up for not doing it. That might seem a minor thing to fail it, but such an admission merely proves blindness. It is evil to not worship Jesus.

At the Bethinking Debate Lewis Wolpert asked 'how do you know your God is the true God?' The answer is Jesus and the resurrection... which is why William Lane Craig was talking about that... when Paul talked about this in Athens he got a mixed response.... some scoffed, mocked and 'blasphemed', but others believed and wanted to know more.

When any of us take on God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) we're biting off more than we can chew. He's revealing himself to us, and rather than boasting about ourselves we ought to listen to what he's saying.

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