God's truth for today's world

Anna Grace Walker, born May 5, 2004

Children are a wonderful gift from God and our family has been blessed with the recent arrival of Anna Grace. Unfortunately, many people have been deceived about the blessing of children. A common belief is that two or three children are a blessing, but any more than that are a burden. Many children are thought to be a burden on the family and a burden on the resources of the world. We have heard over and over again that the world cannot support it’s population, so we must do our part in not having too many children. This is simply not true and this belief is having frightening consequences across the world.

In Europe, the low birth rate has led to massive immigration from the Muslim Middle East to supply workers for industry. Europe has gone from Christian to post-Christian and now is becoming increasingly Muslim. The Muslim religion understands the importance of children. It is time for Christians to wake up and realize that children are the future. Raising as many Christian children as God wants will have an enormous positive impact on the world even when you are gone.

Yes, children take time, money and energy to raise. However, they give back far more than they consume in the long run. Children are a blessing, both for the Christian family that raises them and for the world. It is time for more Christian families to once again have the faith to raise large families to change the world for God. Anna Grace is our seventh child.

NLT Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.

When I was a child, I used to play the game of follow the leader. One of the children would be the leader and all the other children would follow. Sometimes following the leader was great fun, but sometimes it got us in trouble because the leader led us to do things that were not right. As adults, we’re not a whole lot different from children. We all follow leaders in our lives. Your leader might be a person that you look up to or it might be that you are your own leader. The problem is that if you’re following a fallible human being, you are going to get in trouble. Only those who follow Jesus, the perfect leader, will never go wrong. Only those who follow Jesus both in private and in public will fulfill their purpose in life.

Now some leaders today claim that their own private beliefs have no bearing on their public actions. They say that we shouldn’t criticize them when what they say they believe in private and what they do in public doesn’t add up. Jesus had a word for those kinds of leaders, “Hypocrites.” A hypocrite is someone who flip flops between a private and a public image. Hypocrites cannot be trusted and if you follow one, he will lead you and all those who follow him into trouble. The private beliefs of a leader who can be trusted and his public actions are one and the same. Jesus came to bring the truth for every person to believe and act on. That truth will produce good in the lives of individuals and nations that live by it.

NLT John 18:37 Jesus said, “… I came to bring truth to the world. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

Ninety two percent of households in America own at least one copy of the Bible. The average number of Bibles per household is three, yet in any given week only 42% of Americans read their Bible at all. (Barna) Many people think the Bible is full of myths and errors, like any other book of antiquity.

How wrong they are! The Bible is absolutely unique among books on the face of the planet. It was written over 1500 years by more than 40 authors in three languages and addresses hundreds of controversial subjects. Yet, it has an incredible unity, as it tells one story from beginning to end. It is the continuing all-time bestseller, yet too few people read it or even know what books are in the Old or New Testaments.

If you consider yourself a thinking person, you owe it to yourself to read the Bible, not a dab here or there but the whole thing. Unfortunately, the majority of Bibles people have are of the King James Version translated in 1611. Now it was a fine translation in 1611, but the English language has evolved since then, so most people find it hard to understand. Read the Bible in a modern translation, I suggest the New International Version or the New Living Translation. Your comprehension will go up an order of magnitude. Begin in the New Testament and when you complete that, then go back and read the Old Testament. In the near future, we will begin a discussion group on this website, where you will be able to discuss what you have read, ask questions and get answers.

The Bible is not just a book, not just ink on paper or even pixels on a screen, it is full of living power. If you read it, you come in contact with the awesome spiritual power of God. Don’t read it if you are satisfied with your life. But if you want change, if you want to experience God, if you want to understand the all-time bestseller, dive in. You won’t regret it.

NLT Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.

About 150 years ago, many people, including scientists, believed in what was known as “spontaneous generation” of life. They would look at how mold or other organisms seemed to spontaneously generate in decaying material and they thought that by some mechanism life was being formed.

However, Louie Pasteur didn’t believe this was true. So in 1864, he conducted experiments to show that when all microorganisms were killed by sterilization (pasteurization), no life spontaneously generated. Pasteur said, “There is not a single known circumstance in which microscopic beings may be asserted to have entered the world without germs, without parents resembling them. Those who think otherwise have been deluded by their poorly conducted experiments, full of errors they neither knew how to perceive, nor how to avoid.”

Yet our public schools today teach our children that life arose by “spontaneous generation” from primordial ooze. Pasteur would be laughing at us. We should know better by now. Life begets life, always.

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves …” So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.

After reading various critics, the majority of them very critical of Mel Gibson’s new movie, The Passion of the Christ, I went to see it for myself. My first recommendation is for you to go see the movie for yourself and don’t be dissuaded by negative reviews. On the movie review site Yahoo Movies, the critics give the movie a B- and 30,000+ average movie goers give it an A-. Personally, I would give the movie an A. It is a powerful and moving account of the last twelve hours of Jesus’ life and the resurrection.

The movie is based on the accounts of Jesus’ last hours in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Contrary to much of what you read in the media, these accounts are not contradictory in any fashion, but record eyewitness accounts of the events in Jesus’ life from four different perspectives. Three of the Gospels were written by eyewitnesses and the third, Mark, was written in close collaboration with an eyewitness, Peter. All of the Gospels have been historically dated to within the lifetime of the eyewitnesses and their accuracy has been confirmed by comparing the accounts to themselves and with extra biblical sources. For dramatic purposes, the movie develops the characters of Satan and Mary from what is recorded in the Gospels, but in a very plausible manner.

The Passion has been criticized for not telling the whole story of Jesus’ life. If a movie was made that told the whole story, as recounted in all of the Gospels, it would probably be 20+ hours long. The point of The Passion is that in order to understand the meaning, you must go and read the original sources, the Gospels themselves and visit a church that addresses contemporary issues such as The Passion in light of the Bible. The Passion was designed to raise questions that are not answered in the film. It is intended to be the beginning of a new way of looking at Jesus Christ for many people. Polls show that most people in the United States have erroneous views about Jesus that are not based on the historical documents found in the Bible. I believe that The Passion will encourage more people to read the Gospel accounts of Jesus.

Why is this movie so polarizing? Why is it such a blockbuster? It is because Jesus came to polarize the world into two camps, those who are with Him and those who are against Him. Jesus said in Matthew 10:34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Some people want to see Jesus, meek and mild, the good teacher who taught us to love one another. Jesus was a good teacher, but He was and is so much more. When Jesus is presented accurately, He will always divide people into two camps and The Passion brings a sword of division.

The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” The crux, the focus of Christianity is not just love, it is the cross, which is the ultimate expression of love. The cross depicted in The Passion is foolishness to some and the power of God to others. What is your reaction to the message of the cross?

If you haven’t seen The Passion yet, invite a friend and go see it with an open mind. As you watch ask yourself, “Is this foolishness or the power of God?” Your answer will determine your destiny.