Tell Me Who Did?

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of emails from “unbelievers” in response to my arguments on the existence of God. I would say that almost all of them refused to see the logic and rationality in my arguments. It’s not that they can’t see it but they just refuse to see it. Instead, they try to prove me wrong by asking a different question. A mature person must counter argue with an answer or at least with a question that will challenge the point I am making. But this is not the case as it has been typical of the “unbeliever” to always counter argue by posing questions and theories not with logic or facts.

For an example, I received an email from a reader who (again!) refused to see my point but rather posed another question. He asked me if I could prove to him that man has a soul. Well, I can do two things right now. First, I could try to answer his question which I guess would most probably be replied with yet another question. The other thing I can do is to challenge all those out there with a list of questions. My challenge is rather a simple one.

If you would ask me to prove that man has a soul… I would like to ask you to prove that man has NO soul, not based on theory but rather by proven facts. That means you should have a logical and rational explanation for your arguments and counter arguments.

If you argue that God did not create the universe than tell me who did? Or how it was formed logically and rationally? Don’t tell me what you think could have happened but give me facts my friend.

By Kater B

How much of Jesus did people see today?

A few days ago I was having an interesting conversation with a close friend. We were reminiscing about our younger days that mostly revolved around the church. The talk started on a very happy note but towards the end we were almost in tears. We were sad to see the youth meetings in churches today being reduced to almost nothing.

The first question that I asked myself was, where have we gone wrong? The youth meetings in some churches now are nothing but a babysitting time. They are so activity oriented that the name of Jesus is hardly heard anymore. Some churches are organizing events such as concerts that promote drug-free, clean and fun filled life, all in the name of youth ministry.

Well, what’s wrong with that? Let me make this clear before you jump to conclusions about what I have to say. I totally and firmly believe in churches getting involved in social work. In fact, my entire family is involved in Christian-based social work. I am not against good music and creative shows in churches. Having said that, I also believe that we cannot take Jesus out of our mission.

Creating social awareness is not our call as a church but rather to preach the Gospel of Jesus. Social work is just a part of the great commission. Churches today invest thousands of dollars in organizing a concert and take pride in the attendance but forget the real goal which is to preach the name of Jesus and to see lives saved. Concerts should just be a means whereby music is used as a tool to preach Jesus.

At the end of the day, our success should be measured by “How much of Jesus did people see today” rather than how many youth were jumping and dancing on the floor. The world doesn’t need another concert or another dance performance or another stage show; what it needs is JESUS. We are not called to entertain the world but to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ that has the power to save unto salvation for all those who believe in it.

By Kater. B

Do You Know Him?

Few years ago there was a period in my life where I struggled with the reality of God. I stopped praying and reading the Bible. I was in search for the truth. I was confused and disorientated. It was the “black age” of my life. To cut the story short, the Lord invaded my life once again and now I am totally convinced that there is nothing more real than God.

One of the things I have to struggle with after that period was my conscience. I felt as if I have betrayed the Lord over that period of time. I kept asking myself why I ever doubted God. I have experienced His love and grace, He has been so good to me, yet I doubted Him.

I was reminded of Judas and Peter, two of Jesus’ disciples, who both betrayed and denied Christ at some point of their lives. What is interesting was the outcome. Peter became the first pastor of the church but Judas killed himself. As I began to research these both characters, I realized that one knew about Jesus and His works and the other knew Jesus and His works.

We read the Bible and we hear sermons after sermons and that by doing this it helps us to know about God. We hear about His saving power and about how Jesus healed the sick and the countless number of miracles listed in the Gospels. But is knowing about God good enough?

Judas knew about Jesus but Peter knew Jesus. Judas saw the miracles but Peter experienced the miracles. Peter was the first among the disciples to have a clear revelation of who Jesus was. He was the only disciple who walked on water. Judas killed himself when he betrayed Jesus but Peter ran to Jesus for forgiveness because he knew the Jesus who lifted him when he was sinking will lift him up again.

Today I am free of my guilt. I know my Jesus has forgiven me and has restored me. I know that He has great things in-store for me and my family. At the end of the day, what really counts is not how much I know about Him but how well I know Him. No one can take away the experiences that I had with Jesus. I know and I know that I know that He is more real than ever.

When the Bible says Jesus is a healer; let’s experience His healing. When the Bible says that He is mighty to save; let’s experience His salvation. When the Bible says Jesus loves us; let’s walk in that love. It is not enough to know about Him but let us know Him.

By Kater B

Makes you think doesn’t it?

Don’t talk about me when you don’t know me. The most frustrating thing to hear is when people make remarks about you when they hardly know you. When someone makes a remark about someone that they don’t know, they are merely making assumptions. They assume that this person is as such. The conclusion is mostly based on the things they have heard or read somewhere. Remarks or comments as such hold no credibility. The same applies for those who deny God. When someone argues that God does not exist, it is merely an assumption of a God they never knew. These are the same people who are provoked when people make assumptions about them.

My friend asked me why are you so into arguing the existence of God. Well won’t you be upset if someone tells you if your father doesn’t exist? I will be very upset if someone tells me that my father is not real. It will be a statement that undermines my being. My friend replied I won’t deny your father’s existence because you are here.

Well that’s exactly my argument. How can you deny God’s existence when we are here? You rather believe in the assumptions that your ‘father’ was a monkey than you were created by the hands of God? Which is easier to believe - that the universe came into form by a case of accident or that it has been crafted by a greater intellectual being? As far as I know, science should explain things to be more rational and not to complicate rationality itself. Throughout history, people have manipulated us in the name of so called science only to spread their own religious belief that there is no god. To believe that there is no god is just another religion not science. Science must be based on proven facts.

If you are out there and believe that there is no god, you are just as religious as us who believe that there is One. The difference is that should we be wrong, then we have nothing to lose but if you are wrong, then you have everything to lose. Makes you think doesn’t it?

By Kater B