People were created to have personal relationships with God. However, a bottomless pit caused by our rejection of God and His laws separates most of us from Him. Despite our failing to love and obey God, He still wants to establish relationships with each of us and has provided a bridge to Himself that crosses the pit. You are now invited to cross God's bridge from death to life and connect with God.
If you were to find answers for skin cancer, what would you do? I think have I learned of these skin cancer strategies as the result of my prayer to God in which I offered to tell others. Their discovery was definitely out of my prior range of influence and knowledge so that God deserves all recognition for me finding them. I sincerely hope this web site will help you. But there is a catch: I am hoping you will consider your relationship with the God that created you.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
We all sometimes wonder why we are here, but do we really do want to know the answer? God has a purpose for each of us that we can realize now. God left an instruction manual for us to find called the Bible. We can know the Bible is true and inspired by God because of the precise accuracy of its historical accounts confirmed by modern archaeology, its fulfilled predictive prophecies, the cohesiveness of its books, and the miracles shown through those who spoke for God. Through the Bible, we learn that God created the world and then people to love and serve Him and to love and serve each other. Through the Bible, we learn that God wants us to know and depend on Him.
Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Many people recognize God as loving, kind, and forgiving. That is part of His perfect nature revealed to us in the Bible. He is also perfectly just and righteous, and condemns all that is unjust and unrighteous. This condemnation includes people that have ever done anything unjust or unrighteous. According to the Bible, all people considered accountable to God have broken His just and righteous commands (sinned) and therefore rejected Him. For each of us that has done anything wrong (that's everyone), there is a coming judgment of God. Most people will be justly judged for this rebellion and found guilty. The guilty will then be forever separated from God and His righteous influence. God offers a single way for the people of this world to escape the guilty verdict of the coming judgment by establishing a saving personal relationship with Him now through the provision of His Son Jesus.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God.
John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
Jesus of Nazareth is almighty, holy, and eternal God Yahweh who walked the earth in a human body. Yahweh, which means "I am", is revealed to us to have three internal relationships: the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus took on a human nature for our benefit approximately 2000 years ago. While fully human like you and me, Jesus retained His divine identity and His relationships with the Father and the Holy Spirit. As a human, He led a sinless life, fulfilling His mission and the prophecies of the Bible as Messiah. Jesus was rejected and executed for claiming the identity and authority of God, which was in fact true. God purposely allowed the execution of His completely blameless Son by wicked men to occur so Jesus' death could be used as atonement for others.
John 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
Jesus claimed to be God. He was despised and executed on a wooden cross for making these claims. He received worship on many different occasions. One of His disciples bowed before Him and said, "My Lord and my God" (John 20:28), acknowledging His full deity. Jesus forgave sins, which only God can do (Mark 2:5-7). Jesus resurrected people from the dead, which only God has the power to do (John 11:38-44).
Every claim of Jesus, including His power to save us from judgment for our sins, was vindicated by His resurrection from death. There is no middle ground concerning Jesus: either He was a madman or He is who He claims to be. He cannot be considered a good man or a prophet without also being recognized as God. Think carefully before you reject Him as a madman as there is no other hope for forgiveness, no other hope for salvation, no other hope for eternal life with our righteous God. Only God can bring the dead back to life, and His resurrection carries the full blessing of God for the claims of Jesus.
John 14:6:Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Truth is by nature exclusive. Consider the truth that two plus two equals only four and not any other number. The same exclusivity applies to Jesus. All religions do not lead to the true God. There are not many roads to heaven. There is a single path to God provided for us through Jesus. The exclusivity of Jesus as the path to God is a direct product of the perfect character of God. There is no other way to God than through Jesus.
God sees us as filth covered people embedded in a world corrupted by death, disease, and sin. He wants to pick us out of the filth and clean us so that we sparkle like diamonds for Him in His light. But we are more valuable than diamonds because we are alive with a free will. It gives God no pleasure to be a tyrant and force His creation to serve Him. He wants us to seek, through our free will, to be rescued and cleaned by Him. Fortunately for us, God is loving, merciful, and has very good hearing. (Try it!)
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
God intends to take decisive action against sin and restore the integrity of His kingdom through His final judgment. Only God can save us from His coming judgment, and only through His salvation plan of applying the atonement that Jesus provided for our sins. Now is the time for His mercy. In sharp contrast, the coming judgment is the time for justice.
Following the rules and rituals of any church or religion, no matter how extensive they may be, will not save us from a guilty verdict at God's judgment. Measures we can make on our own to gain God's acceptance simply will not satisfy the requirement of God's justice that demands the perfection of His prescribed atonement for sin. Of course, ignoring God is not obeying God, and is therefore sin. I think many of us look for forgiveness from God but do not realize His forgiveness will only be given through His salvation plan of substituting the death of Jesus in place of our death. God offers His salvation plan to anyone who will listen, and applies it to anyone who sincerely seeks it. He offers His salvation to you now.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
That summarizes the background of a possible relationship with God with Jesus as Savior, but not the relationship itself. The relationship God seeks is personal, loving, beneficial, and honest. God is real and alive. God's call is to you now, as you are now. I hope you will want to learn about the only true God and turn to Him. Because Jesus physically walked the earth and communicated extensively, we do not have to guess or be unsure about what God is really like. We can read what He said and did as a man. His words cut through time like a sword, and are as potent as the day He spoke them. There are four accounts of the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John*) offering eyewitness reports of Jesus' ministry on earth. Have you ever read them? Who do you say Jesus is?
Saving (and Losing) Faith
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is that of the thief on the cross next to Jesus (see Luke 23 and Matthew 27), who was saved solely by the grace of God in the last moments of his life. The story illustrates how helpless we are and how merciful God is. The thief on the cross may seem like the luckiest person, but we have the exactly the same opportunity or peril. We are facing imminent death, at least on God's time scale. The time to get serious about God, turn away from your sins, proclaim Jesus as your Savior, and be saved from God's judgment is now. Learn from this story that Jesus alone and not your religion or good works can save you.
God's salvation plan is for those that recognize they are unjust, ungodly, unworthy, and hopeless without a Savior. Salvation is always for sinners, even the worst of sinners. It is available to you even now. How much faith in Jesus do you need to start a relationship with God? Almost none! Ask Him for help! It is never too late to start a relationship with God.
1Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
The Bible warns us we can be too cavalier in our regard for salvation, so that we may think we are saved from God's coming judgment but really are not. Be leery of checklists and rituals that appear to confirm salvation. Be wary of religions of rules made by man. Your good deeds amount to nothing before God unless you trust the Word of God, Jesus His Son, with your soul.
True salvation is extremely personal, between you and God. If God saves someone from His coming judgment, He actually gives them a new spiritual identity. Because the new identity comes from God, that person will yearn for a close relationship with God instead of sin. So you can tell if you are truly saved because you will be changed by God to have an earnest, ongoing desire to learn about and to do the will of God. Over time, you will grow closer to God and want to sin less and less. Is your relationship with God different than it was one, two, or five years ago? Are you really saved? It is far better to learn now that you are not saved, instead of at the judgment, because there is still time to ask God for His mercy and salvation through Jesus.
Salvation is a covenant or binding agreement between God and individual people. It is intended to last literally forever. We can count on God to never break his Word, but the possibility exists for us to break the covenant. Despite very popular teachings to the contrary, the Bible is full of warnings about losing our faith. Can we know God and then reject Him? Yes, Jesus was betrayed before His crucifixion by someone who knew Him well. How can we make sure that never happens to us? What is our duty as a result of accepting this covenant? Turn from our sins! Love God with all our heart! Love our neighbor as ourselves! Be a faithful witness!
God equates love for Him to continued obedience to Him. He also says we cannot love Him and serve other gods at the same time. It does matter that we remain faithful, that we maintain our relationship while waiting for His physical return (parable of oil in the lamps in Matthew 25), that we not become lukewarm, and that we endure to the end. The real security of our salvation is our relationship to an almighty, merciful God of flawless character who genuinely loves us (despite our faults). Through Jesus and His atonement for our sins, we are able to have a relationship with God that He continually blesses and cherishes as we turn away from sin and towards loving Him and loving others.
2nd Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
God will direct us if we keep having faith in Him. The type of faith we need is not an effort but a complete dependence on God, like that of a small child who has faith his parents to meet his needs. Having stronger faith does not imply trying or believing harder, but instead seeking and trusting God's will. Is it effort or trust for a small child to cling to his parents when confronted with danger? Trust is the foundation of any relationship. Trust rather than effort highlights the distinction that God wants an intimate personal relationship with each of us and is not interested in an impersonal practice of religion.
The original King James Version is widely recognized as a very good translation of the Bible to English. For me (but probably not for everyone), it is worth the bit of a struggle with the archaic language to use this as a reference. Many free versions are available online, including this one: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-1/. The Bible can be difficult to understand, and it is natural to ask questions regarding its teachings and authority. The Bible will hold up to logical scrutiny as the Word of God. Ask God for understanding so that you may know Him. Here is another Bible site with multiple language (including modern English) translations: http://www.biblegateway.com/. A great resource that can explain the Bible is http://www.ttb.org.
There was another criminal crucified on the other side of Jesus that the evidence indicates was not saved. Since we are all sinners, each of us is represented by one of these two men that were condemned to death because of sin. It would not be a pretty picture except that God Himself is truly in our midst, as He was in that execution scene. I hope you will be the one that asks God for mercy and salvation through Jesus Christ, and responds to His invitation of an eternal relationship with Him. Salvation is a gift offered to you and me from God, but it will not be valuable to you unless you accept it.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Jesus is the unblemished Passover Lamb, willingly sacrificed because of His love for us to spare us the consequences of our sin. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, seeking and finding each of His chosen lost children that belong to Him to be part of His Kingdom of believers. Are you one of them? Ask Jesus for forgiveness to enable a treasure-filled eternal relationship with your Creator. Ask Him for healing.
I know you probably did not expect "the catch" and I thank you for your consideration. I wish you success in your skin cancer treatment. May God bless you for listening!
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