April 24, 2023

Ep.1278: What Does It Feel Like To Have Real Faith?

Digging into the depth, power and transformative qualities of true faith

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CHAPTERS

[00:17:04]
How do we obtain and grow our faith?


[00:30:55]
Why are works of faith - our faith in action - so important?


[00:45:41]
How is the depth of faith revealed in trust?


Theme Scripture: James 1:2-3

Christian faith is a big deal. The Bible tells us that faith is a gift from God. It tells us the just live by faith. It tells us that faith without works is dead, and that without faith, it is impossible to please God. It tells us that we can be of little faith needing more and then it tells us that if we have faith like the grain of a tiny mustard seed, we can move mountains. With all of these varied and important applications of faith it is surprising that defining faith and how it really works can be difficult tasks. Faith is far too often described as a feeling or a pathway to believing in something that has no substance. When it comes to biblically defined faith, nothing could be further from the truth!

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Christian faith frequently comes under fire as foolishness.

Skeptics seem to love to challenge us to “prove” that there is a God. Their standards of proof require us to show God to them, which is simply not possible. Interestingly, biblical faith is defined as "a conviction of the reality of something unseen, based on credible evidence." We believe in God because we see unmistakable evidence pointing to Him.

Christian faith is a sincere belief in that which is sensible.

Let’s use a cell phone as an example. Think of all the planning, engineering, manufacturing and testing that goes into it. We all use them, and we all credit their manufacturers and the genius minds that created such incredible devices. Now, what would it take for nature to duplicate that creation? Seriously. Would any of us EVER believe that the wind, the sea, the land and elements, on their own by just the forces of nature could create one? Of course not. That would not fit the biblical definition of faith, because believing in such a thing would be foolishness.

While this may be obvious, many critics of Christian faith seem to do this very thing. They credit the forces of nature with creating DNA, which is so complex that it took a decade for our best and brightest to simply map it out so we can begin to understand it. And what about massively complex things like functional eyes, ears and noses? We credit nature, which incidentally does not have a conscious mind, with creating humans who because of their intelligence, can create little things like cell phones. Now who believes in ridiculous things, and who believes in that which is sensible?

Check out our April 24, 2023 podcast, “What Does It Feel Like to Have Real Faith?” for more. We examine biblical faith on several levels. We find that it begins by the grace of God. It is then put into our hands so we can develop it and live according to its direction. True biblical faith is no small thing, and it certainly does not fit the definition that so many label it with. Join us as we unravel the confusion surrounding what faith is and what it is not.

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Ep.1277: Will the World’s Pain and Suffering Ever End?

Biblically answering the hard questions about humanity's brokenness

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[00:15:31]
If God is so loving, why does sin and death still exist?


[00:31:16]
How does God's plan handle fear and violence?


[00:46:30]
Will world peace ever be a reality?


Theme Scripture: Revelation 21:4

In all of recorded history since Adam, there has never been a time when humanity did not know pain, sorrow, trauma and death. Never. These things are so ingrained into the fabric of our lives that the very idea of not knowing pain and suffering is a pipe dream. And death? It’s a given. Everybody has death touch those around them, as we all eventually will be swallowed up by it. If we try and have someone imagine a world without these things, the thought is often met with the classic response, “That would be great, but it sounds too good to be true!” Why do we bring up this hope that sounds like a fairy tale happy ending? We bring it up because the Bible explains it through many prophecies. We bring it up because we believe it is the true conclusion of the stated plan of God.

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It's easy to blame God

Because pain and suffering are hard things to deal with, it can become easy to blame God for our experiences with them. If God loved us, He would never allow these things to happen! I wouldn’t let my children go through such things, so why does God let us go through them? These are but two of the many reactions people have to God in the face if the difficulties of life. You can’t blame people for feeling this way, as a logical, God-based explanation for our current social circumstances is hard to find.

Does He really care?

Along with these kinds of reactions, there are a list of questions people typically wonder about when trying to make sense of God in the context of our current troubles. “Does God really care about the massive suffering that humanity experiences?” is probably near the top of the list. This fundamental question demands a simple yes or no answer. If we were to answer yes, and we absolutely believe that to be true, then another question immediately follows, “If God does care, then what possible benefit could there be from the thousands of years of human suffering we have endured?” Answering this question is by necessity a much more detailed endeavor, as it requires reasoning through several levels of proof. Here again, we believe that there is a sound, scriptural and logical conclusion that can be drawn.

These two questions are a gateway to several other pertinent life questions dealing with God and the existence of things like fear, crime and violence. Check out our April 17, 2023 podcast, “Will the World’s Pain and Suffering Ever End?” for more. We directly approach these and other questions about God and humanity. Our objective is simple. To the best of our ability, we want to be able to square the loving character of God with the sin, pain, suffering and death of our present world. The good news is that there are sound and inspirational scriptural answers that provide hope and opportunity for every human being who has ever lived. God DOES have a plan! Join us as we unfold its solutions!

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Ep.: What does the Bible say about Neanderthals?

The Bible does not contradict with science that the earth is millions of years old. But how long have people been on the earth from the time of the first man Adam? We believe based on Bible chronology that it is around 6,000 years. Neanderthals and other non-human animals with human-like traits could have been in existence prior to Adam and Eve, as animals were created by God first.  They could have continued to live simultaneously with humans as well. The Bible does not specifically mention Neanderthals.

Human DNA is passed down from both mother and father. Mitochondrial DNA, however, is only from the mother. The current scientific presumption is that all human mitochondria descended from a single mother. Ironically, this one female ancestor has been dubbed “Eve” or “Mitochondrial Eve.”

Neanderthals had mitochondria like every other living creature who is not bacteria, but their mitochondria clearly were not from “Eve.” Therefore, they are not human but are animals, created at some point according to the book of Genesis. They may have lived at the same time as humans, which would not disagree with the biblical record.

We refer you to an article called “Eve, the Mother of Us All”, for more explanation.

In trying to make them sound human, much is reported that Neanderthals acted in similar ways as humans, such as evidence of flower remains found at a Neanderthal burial site. However, grave practices are not just human, so Neanderthal practices would not automatically put them in the human family. Elephants revisit the bones of their dead and scatter them around. Dolphins and chimps handle their dead with respect and mourning. The records of dogs mourning for their owners are replete with touching examples. The Australian Bower Bird males arrange the nests with an eye to design, color and introducing shiny objects from civilization. These are not signs of being human.

The oldest ACTUAL human is debatable. Of course, creationists are looking for a number around 6,000 years to correspond with the biblical record. As one can imagine, this is a complicated subject. Historically scientists have said humans lived hundreds of thousands of years ago, but there are admitted problems with the dating and recent hypotheses are getting closer and closer to that 6,000 figure.

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Ep.: Why did Satan want Jesus to die if he knew it lead to the salvation of mankind?

The Bible does not give us the answer, but the question assumes Satan knew or believed it would lead to mankind’s salvation. Had he known that fact he would likely have acted differently. While his ultimate destruction is clearly shown in Revelation 20, the New Testament had yet to be completed at the time of the crucifixion.

He was not privy to God’s plan and possibly viewed the crucifixion as a total victory, and therefore a failure on Jesus’ part for not saving himself and proclaiming himself a king as the crowds expected. Cutting off this Messiah before he had a chance to do anything significant might have seemed like the best way to thwart mankind’s salvation. 

While the Old Testament is full of prophecies of Jesus’ suffering and the events leading up to his death, even the learned Pharisees missed the import of what Jesus was doing. For example, while Jesus was on the cross, priests and Pharisees taunted him in Matthew 27:43 by quoting Psalm 22:8.

In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”

Matthew 27:41-43 

Not realizing its context, they themselves were fulfilling prophecy and ridiculing their own Savior. 

But I am a worm and not a man, a reproach of men and despised by the people. All who see me sneer at me; they separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, “Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”  Psalm 22:6-8 

Perhaps even today, in his arrogance, Satan thinks he can somehow still thwart God’s divine plan. He may think he can degrade enough humans away from God that they would be lost to second death and unable to walk up the highway of holiness in God’s future kingdom. He might consider this a sick kind of victory, wanting to bring as many away from God as possible.

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Ep.1276: When Jesus Said, “It is Finished,” What Did He Begin?

Absorbing the crucifixion through the eyes of bible prophecy

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[00:13:51]
The unjust disrespect of Jesus was finished. What could now begin?


[00:31:33]
The need for Jesus' humble silence was finished. What could now begin?


[00:47:41]
Experiencing the anguish of mankind was finished. What could now begin?


Theme Scripture: John 19:30

“It is finished.” When Jesus said these three words, he signaled an ending. He proclaimed to those who were gazing upon his beaten and crucified body that he had completed a specific set of tasks successfully. He had done what he had set out to do. Looking back on this event, some may wonder, what did he really accomplish? If we are living God’s plan, it sure seems disjointed, broken and worthless. But all they can see are the tragedies of human choices and experiences. As we look more deeply into the final moments of Jesus’ earthly life, we will see how they were a catalyst to change the downward sin and death-ridden course that Satan had begun so long before. We will see that Jesus proclaiming, “It is finished” was also a victorious proclamation of what was to begin!

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Jesus approached death after hanging on the cross for about six hours. Before that, he had been through an all-night ordeal of betrayal, illegal trials, beatings, mocking and scourging.

At the very end he said two things:

  1. “It is finished.”
  2. Afterwards came the loud proclamation of putting his own spirit into God’s hands.

What did he mean?

Though we can’t be sure, “It is finished” seems to have been meant for those around him as he was expiring. While one can look at this statement as a very negative resignation, we think Jesus meant it as a comfort and as a sign of victory.

The list of what was actually finished at this moment of Jesus’ death is surprisingly long. His mission to become “the man Christ Jesus” was a complex mixture of doing unlikely and miraculous things, teaching revolutionary ideas and standing against the religious leaders of his time. In all of this, the theme was always the same. Do, say and stand for only what the Father had put before him. We typically think about “It is finished” in relation to all of these things. But have we ever paused and considered it in relation to what all of this cost Jesus?

Clues in Isaiah 53

The 53rd chapter of Isaiah was a prophetic preview of what the sacrifices of Jesus’ earthly life would entail. Much of what Jesus went through on a personal basis is listed in its verses. When we begin to look at these scriptures just a few at a time, we realize they are showing us a series of very significant personal costs.

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Ep.1275: Why Did Jesus Ride Into Jerusalem?

How prophecy, history and entering Jerusalem revealed Jesus' purpose

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What prophetic details were in place for Jesus to be received by the people?


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How did Jesus' experience riding into Jerusalem relate to the Jewish Passover?


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Why couldn't the Pharisees plainly see God's prophecy revealed?


Theme Scripture: John 12:12-13

The last week of Jesus’ earthly life was both eventful and tumultuous. His riding triumphantly into Jerusalem four days before his crucifixion was a dramatic and unmistakable display of hope and respect by the hundreds of thousands who honored him as he rode. The events that would take place after his kingly entrance into the city would also be dramatic, as the wheels of betrayal and murder would furiously spin towards their grisly end. Through all of this, Jesus never faltered in his character or objectives. Today we will focus on the powerful messages and prophetic fulfillments that came from his inspiring ride into Jerusalem, as its meaning is far deeper than many realize.

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The Old Testament is full of prophecies, stories and individuals that point to Jesus.

When considered, they give us a panoramic picture of what many of the details of his life would look like. Not the least of these revealed details is the prophecy in Zechariah chapter 9. This prophecy plainly revealed that the Messiah would come to Jerusalem and the people of Israel riding on a donkey and being proclaimed as their king. The prophecy shows the expansiveness of Messiah’s future kingdom, and sadly also alludes to the people rejecting their Savior.

Jesus literally fulfilled this prophecy. He literally borrowed a donkey and rode into the city. Now, one could argue he staged the event. After all, he did have to borrow the donkey! While that detail is true, we need to remember that it was impossible for him to stage the hundreds of thousands who welcomed him, lauded him as king and sought for deliverance through him as their Messiah. He could not have staged such love and adoration.

Why was this particular event so public and so important?

Why did Jesus know it had to happen? It turns out that this prophecy is unquestionably linked to some other Old Testament events that also foreshadowed Jesus and his earthly mission to save the world. It also turns out that this prophecy had to be fulfilled at a precise time because of its connection to these other Old Testament events. One of the amazing parts to this whole puzzle of God’s foresight and providence is the fact that Jesus knew so many of the details and fulfillments ahead of time.

Check out our recent podcast, “Why Did Jesus Ride Into Jerusalem?” for the details. We go over the details of this event commonly known as “Palm Sunday” and their larger meaning. What we find are amazing connections to many other scriptures that profoundly deepen the meaning of God’s plan behind Jesus’ sacrifice. There is one other thing we discuss that we will simply state as a question here. What if the traditional view and appreciation of Palm Sunday was flawed? What if the Bible plainly stated that some important details of this event were absolutely different than the tradition we so easily accept? Join us for this fascinating and inspiring journey into Bible prophecy and its fulfillment!

 

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