Cosmic Treason

1 11 2011

Nadab and Abihu

 Leviticus 10:1-2

Nadab and Abihu were sons of Aaron, the High Priest of God. As such they were members of the tribe of Levi, which was given responsibility for the tabernacle and to carry out the various acts of worship to God for the people of Israel. One day Nadab and Abihu decided to change their worship to God. They took their censers and offered “strange fire” unto God. As a result, God consumed them by fire sent from heaven and they “died before the Lord.(http://www.noeo.net/church/vain_worship.htm)” Nadab and Abihu died while worshipping because they did what they desired instead of what God commanded. Many people wonder, why would a loving God be so wrathful over an issue that does not appear to be a big deal?  He has given us specific instruction on worship.  How do we worship then? I think the most important is the attitude in which we worship.

  • “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 4:24

Not only should we worship how he commanded, but also with all of heart. “As all creatures were made by him, so all owe him obedience and reverence; but, to be acceptable to this infinite Spirit, the worship must be of a spiritual nature – must spring from the heart, through the influence of the Holy Ghost: and it must be in Truth, not only in sincerity, but performed according to that Divine revelation which he has given men of himself. (http://bible.cc/john/4-24.htm)”  Some come out of a pure motive to worship God the best they came, while others come out of selfish desires of what they can get out of the service. Our attitude must be a willing heart, just like Mary was willing with all her heart to have the Son of God. 

  • “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before Jehovah our Maker: For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, oh that ye would hear his voice!”

Psalm 95:6,7

(http://preachersfiles.com/worship-part-2-studying-our-attitude-in-worship/)

This is the correct example of how we should worship.

Nadab and Abihu did not come with a ready attitude for worship. 

Sometimes when I go to church I listen to the mass and in my head think, “what is the Lord trying to tell me about my life? What am I supposed to take from this?”  Is that right or wrong? It may be selfish. But really we should set aside our concerns with the world and our paramount focus be set on our spiritual concerns.  Harden your heart.

Attitude is everything. 

Personal Example:

                        I have played volleyball since I was in the 3rd grade.  You would think I am amazing by now.  When I started high school I wanted to be on the Varsity team, but, honestly, I did not have the proper skills to play.  Not only were my skills not there, my attitude was not either.  My attitude wasn’t unbearable; however, I was not playing with my heart. Why? Because I wasted my time mopping about how I was not good enough.  I believed I suck, and  so did everyone else.  I constantly stated that I was trying to be a Varsity player, but I never really worked that hard and acted on it.  During JV practices I would secretly be angry because I was not on the team where I wanted.  As a result, I did not play much on JV either.  Basically, because I did not have a good attitude, I did not grow in the sport or grow in my skills.

BUT

This past summer of my Senior year, I decided I was going to make a change.  I accepted the fact that I did not meet the criteria for the varsity team, and, so, I began to WORK HARD and change my ATTITUDE.  I practiced during the week with a college volleyball player.  She hit balls at me.  I ran. I lifted weight.  I put my heart in it.  I had a positive and encouraging attitude. I focused.  I was all about team and not myself.  I wasn’t good at skills, but I was good at talking and encouraging.  So tryouts come along and GUESS WHAT? I made the Varsity Volleyball Team.  He told me I wasn’t going to play. But GUESS WHAT? I ended up playing.  Because I had a good attitude, my skills became better and I as a person became better.  This is the same thing with worshipping God.  If you don’t have a good attitude and focused heart during worship, you won’t grow.  If you do, you will see results. 

 





Why I believe God created us? ReaL TaLK.

11 10 2011

Mankind

God created mankind to have an intimate relationship with Him. 

He created us to know Him, glorify Him, love Him,  and serve Him and the world.

^It is His will.

 





Independence of God

11 10 2011

               God’s Independence

             Defined

                  Aseity “from himself ”
  • God does not need us or the rest of creation for anything.

HOWEVER

We can bring him Glory.

Proof

  1. “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything”

Acts 17:24–25

  •  God does not need anything from mankind.

2.  God asks Job, “Who has given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine”

 Job 41:11

  • God created ALL things.

Interesting Question

  • If God is independent from creation then why are we significant?

If he already has love why does he need our love?

Is He Lonely? Why does he need us?

Anwser

There was love and communication between the Father and the Son before creation.

  • Jesus prays, “Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.”

John 17:5 

  • Jesus speaks to the Father of “my glory which you have given me in your love for me before the foundation of the world.”

John 17:24

 Among the Three person’s of  the Trinty, there has been perfect love, fellowship, and communication for all eternity; therefore, He doesn’t need us.

God has no Origin; he just is.

Man is a created being and it is necessary for us to be dependent on the creator,

  His being is far different from our own.

WHY DID HE CREATE US?

“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

 Isaiah 43:7

  •  We are significant because God, the one who came from nothing, created us; we are meaningful to Him.
  • He created us out of free choice all for His GLORY.




The Simplicity of God

30 09 2011

Simplicity of God

It is simple; He is ONE being.

Without parts, indivisible, and absolutely one.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

Deuteronomy 6:4

  • Thomas Aquinas, who thought the idea of divine simplicity is central, wrote in Summa Theologica that because God is infinitely simple, God can only appear to the finite mind as infinitely complex.

His attributes

Goodness, love, wrath, mercy, justice, omniscence, ect.

  • Every attribute of God is identical with his essence.
  • Each part of God is equally important and central

 To say God has attributes that are more important than the other

is

belittling Him.

 How to maintain spiritual unity?

Ephesians 4:2

 “With all lowliness and
meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love.”

Sources:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/03/25/the-simplicity-of-god/

 http://www.mercydrops.com/Attributes/simplicity2.htm

http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/stewart.cfm?id=1292

http://www.amazon.com/Summa-Thomas-Aquinas/dp/089870300X

http://philofreligion.homestead.com/files/thomas3.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_simplicity

http://www.soundofgrace.com/piper84/052784m.htm





“God is Spirit” -Summary

21 09 2011

  “God is Spirit”

In “God is Spirit” by R.C Sproul, he says, that when we say God is a spirit we mean:

  • He is not physical or material.

Our Spirit:

Two questions you ask someone when you first met them is:

What is your name? and Where do you live?

  • We live where ever we are because WE are physical creatures.

Human beings are always beings that are somewhere.  Our existence is alwasy defined by our Locality

God’s Spirit:

  • He is a spirit, but in a different way.
  • God cannot be localized.  
  •  Everything that is physical has extension, but everything not physical has extenstion.

 God is a spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

This means God’s presence can never be restricted to one place because of his spirit.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God has a spirit and so do we.

BUT

He is infinite and we are finite.

 





Existence of God

14 09 2011

Existence of God

                    All Religions stem from one truth told by prophets of many many years ago.  The truth is held in the Bible and different interpretations and beliefs posed by humanity grew from that truth. 

The  one TRUTH:

There is One God whom created all things.

  The QUESTION:

Which Religion is the right one?

Christianity is the one true religion. 

 I do not like the particular word, religion.  Christianity isn’t a religion; it is a relationship with God.

Other religions do not believe in Jesus because he comes into the picture in the New Testament. 

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

 John 14:6

This is the truth; it must be the truth!

C.S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity that Jesus was either a Liar, Lunatic, or Lord.

Liar:

The first one is that Jesus was making false statements when he claims to be the Son of God and he knew he was lying.

  • Logically,  he was not a liar because everything he says has come true.  Most people will say that Jesus was a great prophet and teacher.  If he was lying he would not have obtainned that lable.  Especially from other religions.  Not to mention he had high morals which a liar would not have.

Lunatic:

The second one is that Jesus was making false statments and he DIDN’T know they were wrong. 

  • A lunatic would not proclaim wisdom and intellegent teachings like Jesus did.

Lord:

The third is that he is, in fact, the Lord and we all know it.

  • One can conclude that because we knocked out that he was not a liar or a lunatic then he must be Lord.  He must be telling the truth.

 





A Reason Why Other’s Doubt God’s Existence

6 09 2011

A Reason Why Other’s Doubt God’s Existence

Many people are logical thinkers.  They believe every question must have an apparent answer to back it up.  They think the miracles of God could never possibly happen or the fact God is invisible is outrageous.  Everything must be legitament and contain obvious evidence. 

The normal response from a Christian to the logical thinkers would be:

  • “you can’t see or feel air either, but it’s still there.” 

Their response to the statement above: 

There is proof.  There are physical effects from the air which can be measured and related to other things.  There is evidence. 

My response:

You can’t prove God doesn’t exist.  

There is actual evidence for God’s existence.  God has given us signs to let us know that he is real.  The nature, the world, how everything happened perfectly.  It may take faith to believe in God, but it takes A LOT more not to believe God is real.