The five major world religions
The names of God
The Glory of God
Who is God?
Where does He come from?
Why am I here?
Where do I come from?
Where am I going?
What happens to me when I die?
These are the great questions of life.
The five major world religions.
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The five major world religions John Bellaimey
Faith and Creation.
SLIDE SHOW CREATION
The object of Faith.
The importance of Faith.
The source of Faith.
The evidence of Faith.
1. The object of Faith.
To trust in something, or someone, we have to be persuaded that it, or they are trustworthy, and even if we do trust, it is not enough to just believe, if what we believe and put our trust in is a lie or falsehood.
We exercise faith on a daily basis, when we sit on a chair, when we drive over a bridge etc.
I used an illustration in my last sermon of how people say that it doesn’t matter what you believe in, and that there is no absolute Truth. Ray Comfort used this as an illustration of how flawed that argument is:
If you are in an aeroplane that is going to crash and you are given the opportunity to take a parachute and jump out of the plane, but instead you take a handkerchief or a serviette and jump out saying this is what I believe will save me.
Man is prone to deception.
This is his explanation of how we got here.
A Christian’s Faith vs an atheist’s faith.
A. The Creationist believes in one miracle working God who is the designer of all we see
B. The evolutionist does not only believe in one miracle, but countless miracles of how nothing became something. This something that came from nothing, exploded 13.6 billion years ago, and the miracles did not stop there, life was created by a very fortuitous lightning bolt that stuck a primordial pool resulting in the creation of a single cell bacteria (The DNA content of which would fill two 500 page books)
To explain this miracle, without a designer is absolutely impossible, as in the so called simple single cell there are millions of motors that are responsible for the manufacture of the proteins that are the fuel for the cell.
If a cell, which cannot be seen with the naked eye, by the way, was 20 km in diameter, then one of these motors (Which spin at 600 rpm) would stand 1 meter high. Adding to this, each motor consists of 31 separate parts. Each one of these parts have to be present simultaneously for the motor to function.
But still the miracles carry on, and with the magical wave of the million year wand, life progressed through so called lucky mutations that added information to the DNA (Something that has never been scientifically observed, all mutations observed, even beneficial ones have led to a loss of information)
Then finally, even more amazing than the kiss of a princess turning a frog into a prince, you have a man, and with another injection of “Richard Dawkins luck” a woman as well, to procreate and keep the species going.
Then to add the finishing touch to this wonderful fairy tale, they have the earth as a home, with just the right size and gravitational pull that we can walk, and just the right amount of oxygen in the air to breathe, without any poisonous gases to spoil this evolutionary paradise, and an endless water source to sustain and nourish their lucky planet. And they lived happily ever after.
I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I DON’T THINK THAT I AM THE ONE WITH BLIND FAITH.
The names of God.
El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
El Elyon (The Most High God)
Adonai (Lord, Master)
Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
El Olam (The Everlasting God)
Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
EL QANNA : “Jealous God
Our God is a jealous God, desiring our praise to be for Him alone. El Qanna is about the marriage relationship between Yahweh and us.
His jealousy is not out of selfishness, but a passionate love saying, “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”.
It is because of His burning love for us that His jealousy is so great. This is our El Qanna: “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”(Deuteronomy 4:24)
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are, and were created.”
The purpose of creation is to reveal God’s Glory.
If mankind was the most important thing in God’s mind why did He only save 8 people in the flood and get Noah to fill the rest of the ark with animals?
Because one of the purposes of creation is to display God’s glory, even through the animal kingdom. How Satan must laugh when man looks at creation and sees something that supposedly happened by chance over millions of years instead of seeing the handiwork of God.
When God answered Job’s complaints what did He do?
He spoke to Job about His creation.
4Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?
The heavens declare the glory of God.
How do the heavens declare God’s Glory?
For one thing, they do so simply by their vastness. It’s estimated that our Milky Way galaxy contains 200 billion stars. That’s just one galaxy! There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe, most of them with hundreds of billions of stars.
Averaging out the types of stars within our galaxy, this would produce an answer of about 100 billion stars in the galaxy. This is subject to change, however, depending on how many stars are bigger and smaller than our own sun. Also, other estimates say the Milky Way could have 200 billion stars or more. May 17, 2017 - https://www.space.com › Science & Astronomy Not only do the heavens show God’s Glory by their vastness, but he has named each star. Psalm 147:4.
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Creativity is in the definition of God’s glory He didn’t simply design one leaf for all trees. He made thousands of different types of leaves.
God didn’t make just one beetle; he produced over 350,000 different types of beetles.
When God created people, he didn’t give them one set of fingerprints or one personality. Each of the nearly 7 billion people living today is unique.
Why? God wanted to express his glory by revealing his creativity.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Isaiah 6:3. The whole earth is full of His Glory.
Christ’s death allows creation to be restored to its original state.
When Adam and Eve sinned, there were consequences. Not only
were people affected, but all of creation was cursed as well.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
Colossians 1:19–20. (Note that it says it says things not people)
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
We can only speculate as to what creation was like before the fall, but sin has affected everything around us, Jesus died to reconcile all things to God.
Which One Is Primary?…
Jesus My Father’s Glory
Is The Highest Priority…
The cross was for God’s Glory.
“Father, save these kind, wonderful, worthy people from hell.
They don’t deserve it.”
Wait. Is that right? No. That is not what Jesus said. Then why write it? Because sometimes it is important to highlight what the Scriptures do not say in order to feel the full impact of what they do say.
Jesus didn’t mention us when considering the pain and agony of
(Humbling, isn’t it?)
What did he say instead?
“Father, glorify your name!” (John 12:28).
Cat Christians think to themselves,
What? Jesus didn’t talk about
us? That doesn’t seem right! I thought he did it all for us.
But that isn’t true. Jesus didn’t talk about us; he talked about glorifying his Father.
Dog Christians are very comfortable with this.
The true, driving passion that put Christ on the cross was to bring his Father glory.
Jesus Endured The Cross For The Glory of The Father
John 12:27,28 "Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father
glorify thy name.
God’s Glory must be our motivation even when we suffer.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
God’s “Chosen people” were to bring Him Glory.
God brought the Israelites back home from captivity.
Because he loved them so much and because they were such precious,
wonderful people? No.
Therefore say to the Israelites, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.
I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.”
When you look at how God has protected Israel since the second world war, do you think it is because they are righteous???
I will say to the north, Give them up! and to the south, Do not hold them back.
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.
You can look at Israel today and see a great resourceful nation that has triumphed over the odds, or you can see the hand of God protecting His name and His Glory.....
God’s Glory results in us pursuing Holiness.
The modern day gospel is inspired by Satan. Satan was the one who wanted to be like God, in his pride he wanted to be exalted.
The true Gospel has God and His glory at the centre, the false apostate gospel has man and his wants and desires at the centre.
The reason why there is so much sin in the Church and sin in the lives of Christians is because we have not seen Him, we have not seen His Glory. We have looked at His Word and instead of seeing our sin and how selfish and wicked we are, we seen a promise box of all we can get and how we can escape hell.
God’s Glory and Missions and Evangelism.
God’s Glory should be our motivation for Missions and Evangelism.
2 Corinthians 4:15.
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may to overflow to the glory of God.
God’s got a dream, He has a plan.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
Satan’s got a dream, he has a plan.
2 Corinthians 4:4.
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
What is your dream, what is your agenda?
Everything we do must be for God’s Glory.
2 Corinthians 10:31.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
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