In the last post, we looked at a method of reckoning our eternal destinies by completely making up our own belief, in other words, winging-it. In this installment, I advocate not leaving your eternal destiny to the “professionals,” because only you really have (or at least should have) your best interests in mind. And let’s face it, there are a lot of different sets of beliefs out there. Can they all be the truth?
While easy to do, leaving your eternal destiny completely in the hands of “the professionals” is not a great idea either because they may or may not have your best interests in mind. Or, even though they are religious “professionals,” what happens when they have been deceived into believing a false set of beliefs which they now herald as “the way.” Consider the “professionals” in Jesus time. They had to know that it was the time for the Messiah to arrive. Daniel, their prophet, had foretold the time when Jesus would come centuries before He was born. Even the evil King Herod knew about the time and place of the Messiah’s birth and that is why he had the male children in Bethlehem under the age of two killed. The “professionals” were aware that Jesus was healing the blind, deaf, lame and raising the dead as their prophets foretold. Why couldn’t they see Him for who He was? Because they had their own agenda and expectations for the Messiah, even though He exactly fit their prophets template, Jesus didn’t fit theirs.
To illustrate how completely some people rely on the “professionals,” I once asked a fellow, “If you were at Heavens gate and the gatekeeper asked you why he should let you in what would you tell him?” He answered, ”I’m a Catholic.” Really? Is that really all there is to salvation just being a “whatever?” Saved, but you don’t know why?
Some trust in science, but there is a problem. Science and scientists are not trustworthy because they are “fallen mankind” just like the rest of us and they have their own interests and agendas. Oftentimes, truth is not one of them. Sometimes their pronouncements defy common sense. For example, the highly educated and outspoken atheist, Richard Dawkins, said to a crowd, “What I can’t understand is why you can’t see the extraordinary beauty of the idea that life started from nothing – that is such a staggering, elegant, beautiful thing, why would you want to clutter it up with something so messy as a God?” Really? Another difficult logic to understand is the scientific multi-million dollar search to find intelligence coming from space. SETI – the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. In 1977 SETI had what they thought was a signal from intelligence.The signal lasted 72 seconds and was sampled every 12 seconds, which showed a variation of signal strength. This was labeled as the “WOW! Signal.” So, in this instence the amount of information that they would consider being from an intellegent source, is very meger. But on the other hand, consider the DNA code which contains the construction plans to build the factory which knits together and assembles all the parts that make up human and animal bodies and all living things. This densely compacted set of “intelligent” instructions and what they do is well known to the scientific community. Yet, they vehemently deny that there is any “intelligence” behind it. In fact, they castigate and “black ball” fellow scientists that dare to utter that they see intelligence in the DNA. This mindset is not science it is religious dogma.
So when science makes proclamations such as: “these rocks are 352 million years old” or the “first self replication cell came riding on a meteorite,” I shake my head and feel sorry for those who put their eternal trust in the religion of science.
It’s your life, your eternity and therefore worthy of your time and effort to “work out your salvation.” I encourage you to save a lot of time and confusion and start your search with the Bible. Read the Gospel of John and ponder Jesus’ wise words and supernatural deeds. Decide for yourself whether or not He was/is the Messiah. There are many man-made choices, but only one “Truth” that God honors and has offered to mankind. John 14:5-6 “Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”