I knew a man, whose nose grew longer every year (LOL), who would say that God does not exist because he has not struck me down dead yet. Every time he told a lie, he would say may God strike me down dead if I am telling a lie. Because he did not die, he would say, “You see, I am not telling a lie.”
Noses grow longer the older we live. So do our ears grow bigger. So does the weight of our sin grow greater. This is why Jesus said:
- At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:25–28)
- those who are wise and understanding in respect to the ways of the world;
- those who are babes in respect to the ways of the world;
- those who struggle and are weighed down (by sin).
Ignorant people come in two types. There are those who are willfully ignorant and there are those who are unwittingly ignorant. Nevertheless, some of those who are self-righteous, who love mirrors, or who are connivingly evil, somehow come to their senses and realize that they are burdened by the weight of their sin. This is because some event will happen and they will recognize the evil as being beyond them and then start to contemplate the possibility that something better has to exist. Such individuals are actually beginning to think for themselves.
People who begin to think for themselves realize that other people are not responsible for what they themselves do, and they are not responsible for what other people decide to do. Seriously, tell me one person who is prepared to put his hands up for forty lashes on behalf of someone else, especially when that is the penalty. You know you are not willing to be whipped on behalf of another. I know I am not prepared to be whipped on behalf of someone else; especially, to receive the person’s punishment, so he can be set free.
Now what would you say if someone was to take your punishment instead of you. You would call that person—what?—your savior?—your friend? Would you believe that someone would take the punishment that is rightfully yours instead of you?
No one asked to be born. No one asked to be born just to die. The fact that we die makes our lives futile and meaningless and puts us on the level of a puppet that has no say in what we do. When we begin to think, we start to ask the question, What is the meaning of life on Earth for me?
We can use our imagination and believe whatever we want to believe. We can resist using our imagination and regurgitate what other people tell us to believe: the Earth is billions of years old; we come from monkeys; we were created out of nothing; we come from soup to go through reincarnations to be reabsorbed into soup and become soup again. We can believe whatever nonsense we like or we can seek the truth for our being here.
We could sit down and use our intelligence and reason out that everything appears to have been created; therefore, there must have been a Creator of the Universe and all that exists within it. If the Creator exists, surely, He must know each one of us. And if the Creator knows us, we must be able to know Him.
Contrary to that reasoning, we could say there is no Creator. Therefore I am going to whatever I like, to whoever I like, whenever I like, wherever I like and everybody can go and…. People who have this attitude, read the Bible and point to the Scripture that says those who do not believe are condemned and then act like Pinocchio.
Those who are wise acknowledge what the Bible really states:
- Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
Those who reject the right they have to know God are not ignorant. They have made a decision to do evil or willfully oppose their Creator. Their actions invite condemnation, and because they are not prepared to acknowledge that their punishment has been waivered, they will have to bear it themselves. Hence, whoever does not accept as true that they can have eternal life and have it abundantly, choose to accept the condemnation of death—only spiritual death is not like biological death, for the worm (of knowing what you could have had) will never cease (Isaiah 66:24; Mark 9:47-49).
Our Heavenly Father Sees Our Hearts But He Seeks Only Those Who Desire Truth