To all those who choose believe and love the truth, God is revealed to them through creation. But those who hate the truth and choose not to believe, God allows them to be blinded to the truth. The evidence of God is all around us in His creation. All we need to do is open our eyes and look, and we will see (way beyond all reasonable doubt) that God created the heavens and the earth. Believe, open your eyes and look and see the evidence of God’s creation. Or close your eyes to the truth and you will be blinded to the truth; the choice is yours.
When Jesus Christ friend Lazarus died and his body was placed in a tomb. Four days after his death (by which time the body of Lazarus stank with the stench of death) Jesus came and commanded the stone to be rolled away from the tomb. After praying to God the Father, he called to Lazarus to come forth. Then Lazarus rose from the dead and came forth from the tomb. After this a great number of Jews came, not only to see Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put both Jesus and Lazarus to death. (John 11:38 – 44)
Why did the chief priests want to put Lazarus to death? Because they did not believe, nor even want to believe in the resurrection or in life after death. Here was Lazarus talking with all who would listen, a man who had been dead for four days. A man, whose tomb stank with the stench of death, a man who in death had been with father Abraham. It was as if God took a hand full of truth and rubbed it in their faces and said, “See the truth! Smell the truth! Feel the truth! Taste the truth! And believe truth!” And they yelled back at God, “No! No! We will not believe in life after death. No! No! We will not believe in the resurrection from the dead. No! No! We will not believe Jesus is the Christ. Even if you rub the truth in our faces, we will still not believe!”
John 12:37 But though Jesus had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not in him: 38 that the words of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
The chief priest had heard many reports from reliable witnesses, and still they did not believe or even want to believe. Through Jesus Christ, the arm of God had been revealed, and still they did not believe. Therefore God give them what they wanted; eyes that cannot see the truth, hears that cannot hear the truth and hearts that will not believe the truth.
John 12:39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Isaiah said again, 40 He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and repent that I should heal them.
Paul writes in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2; concerning the coming of the lawless one.
II Thessalonians 2:8 Then that wicked one shall be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming. 9 The wicked one’s coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all unrighteous deception in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 So that they all might be condemned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
If you do not receive the love of the truth, that you might be saved, Satan has an open license to deceive you. For this reason God will blind your eyes, deafen your hears and harden your heart, that you should believe the lies of Satan. Why does God allow you to be deceived? So that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
You know it takes guts to believe and love the truth! Any weak, spineless coward can hate the truth and believe the lie! There are many reasons why people choose to hate the truth and believe the lie. They love the praises of men more than the praises of God. They fear men more than God, the love of money, pride and rebellion. Schoolteachers fear for their jobs. People want to follow the crowd; it is much easier to swim with the crowd. They don’t want to be seen as different. For scientist, writers, teachers, movie and T.V. producers, there is lots of money to be made by supporting and promoting the lie. While for those who support and promote the truth, there can be loss of work and income.
God is revealed to all mankind through His creation. We can see the hand of God all around us. It’s as if God is taking handfuls of truth, rubbing it in our face and saying to us, “See the truth! Smell the truth! Feel the truth! Taste the truth! And believe truth!” And mankind is yelling back at God, “No! No! We will not believe there is a God! No! No! We will not believe in creation! Even if you rub the truth in our faces, we will still not believe!”
The bottom line is, fallen mankind is full of pride and wants to live in rebellion against God. Deep down inside, not only do we all know that God created the heavens, the earth and every living creature; we also know that God created every man and woman with a purpose.
God created each and every one of us for purpose.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we should walk in them.
In God’s Word, God likens himself to a potter and man as the clay. Just has the potter takes a lump of clay and forms it into a vessel. May be a plate, or a cup, or jug; each lump of clay is made into a vessel for a purpose, and each vessel for a different purpose. If the vessel is flawed or damaged in anyway, does not the potter have the right to break down the vessel and remould it? If lump will not be remoulded, does not the potter have the right to cast it away? (Isaiah 64:8 & Romans 9:19-25)
Likewise, because God has moulded us for a purpose, if we are flawed or damaged, He has the right to merciful and gracious towards us, by breaking us down and remoulding us according to His will. And if we will not be remoulded according to God’s will; does not God have the right to cast us away. We are all flawed and damaged vessels; not one of us is righteous (Romans 3:10); but if we willingly submit ourselves to God our loving Father, in His loving mercy, He will graciously break us down and remould us according to His will. So that we can fulfil the purpose that God created us for.
But what if the heavens and the earth were created by some big bang? What if life began by chance in some hot slimy mud pool? Then we were not created for a purpose and we have no reason for being. If we were not created for any purpose or any reason, then we can do whatever we like; And even if there is a God, who gave God the right to tell us what to do? Who gave God the right to pass judgment on us for our wrongdoing? Who has the right to say anything is wrong? Surely if we are all here just by chance, there is neither right nor wrong and we are all entitled to do our own thing and have to our own opinion.
But God is the master potter. God did formed man from a lump of clay. God could have left us as a lifeless lump of clay, but he didn’t. God created us for a purpose and He gave us life. Along with that life He gave us the ability to love and to hate, and the ability to choose between living a life in submission to God’s plan and purpose for us, or to live our life in rebellion against God. If we choose to live our life in submission to God’s plan, we will come to enjoy eternal life with Jesus Christ, for that is God’s primary plan and purpose for creating us. But if we choose to rebel against God, then like a lump of clay that cannot be remolded, we will be cast away.
Speaking of the coming wrath, God’s Written Word warns us, that this coming destruction will even come upon those who call themselves God’s people, if they continue to reject knowledge and forget the law of God.
Hosea Paraphrased. 4:6 Many of God’s people will be “destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Why? “Because they have rejected knowledge.” It is not that God’s people have not heard the truth but that they have rejected the knowledge of the truth. For this reason God “also will reject them from being priest of God; because they have forgotten the law of their God, God also will forget their children.”
Why should the children suffer when their father rejects the knowledge of truth and forgets the law of God? Because the unjust father also teaches his children to reject the knowledge of truth and to forget the law of God. But just as there is hope for the father, if he repents and accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and deliverer; so also is there hope for the children of the unjust.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from the sky against all ungodliness and injustices of men, who unjustly hold back (and restrain) the truth;
Ungodly and unjust men suppress the truth by promoting, supporting or telling beliefs that are untrue and do not agree with God's Written Word. God’s wrath is going to be revealed from the sky against all ungodly and unjust men because - - -
Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is made known in them; for God has showed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
What these verses in Romans are telling us is that God has revealed Himself to us through the creation of this world. Therefore we have no excuse for not acknowledging Him and worshiping Him as both our God and creator. To reject this knowledge of God and of His creation will cause our foolish hearts to be darkened to the truth, and without the knowledge of the truth we will perish.
But it is not God’s will that “any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2nd Peter 3:9). This is why God himself came to earth in the form of man to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind. So “that whosoever believes in Him should perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:15).
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