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The Scriptures seem to identify a God in time, yet a God that is somehow beyond time, not constrained by it the way we are (1 Peter 3). Put your thinking caps on today. We're going to talk about time. It's common for us to make the comment "The spaceless, timeless God" or "Then we'll pass out of time, into eternity." However, the Scripture is not clear about God's timelessness. Most of the verses seem to indicate God is in time: Rev 1:4; Rev 4:8, Ps 90, Jude 25, 2 Pet 3:8.
Whatever difficulties you face, it's safe to say there is something else going on than what meets the eye. In what way is God working all things for good? According to Romans 8:28, God is conforming us to the image of his Son. Jesus Himself was brought to maturity through suffering. Hebrews 2:10 says, "For it was fitting for God, for Whom and through Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the Author of their salvation through sufferings."
For some Christians, faith and philosophy are strange companions. When used properly, though, philosophy is a friend, not a foe, an ally, not an antagonist.
Can you prove religious, ethical, or moral kinds of things? Learn how to avoid a materialistic view of the universe. If you’re Christian and you say, Yes, I believe there’s a Heaven and God, and there are souls and spirits, and right and wrong, but I don’t know it. I just have faith and hope that I’m right. Or if you hear others say something like, You can’t prove religious, ethical, moral kinds of things, these statements buy into a materialist view of the universe.
I cannot let the day pass without talking about the death of Matthew Shepard. When I first read the details I was sickened. My heart sank as I went over the story in the paper today. It made me want to cry.
You will not live for an eternity. Are you ready for this? Boy, that sounds weird. That doesn't sound like Christianity to me. That sounds like an annihilationist, or something. I think you will be forever and ever with God in heaven if you're a Christian. Or if you reject the forgiveness that God offers through Jesus Christ, then you will pay for your crimes against God forever and ever in a place of punishment. But even though you will do that forever and ever, you will never do that for an eternity. How does that work?
I have before me a series of articles from Newsweek, February 6, 1995. The lead article is "The Return of Shame, Americans are fed up with everything from teen pregnancy to drunk drivers. How do we restore a sense of right and wrong?" This is the cover story. The side-bars are entitled, "The give 'em hell judge, justice with an iron fist." "Whatever happened to sin?" Still another: "No perverts allowed."
Part 1 One of my students observed that a whole lot of folks who have gone spiritually weird seemed to start out great, but their lives as honorable Christians ended early. They found themselves unequipped to deal with the hardship and tribulation that inevitably faces every believer. They'd become ineffectual and disenchanted Christians.
I was asked a question a few weeks ago that has got to be the most pathetic questions I've ever been asked by a Christian. It has brought to head some thinking that I've been doing for quite a while now on Christian maturity. This is one of those things I simply hate to talk about, but I've gotten to the point of being almost disgusted. The question came from a Christian who is involved in a very visible Christian ministry, a kind of work that is doing a significant job and the kind of work, one would think, would be filled to the gills with mature Christians.