I have never bought bottled water-this presentations just backs up my convictions about it…
I have never bought bottled water-this presentations just backs up my convictions about it…
All men are the image of God according to modern woolly evangelical theology. Is this Biblical? It is the view of many organisations like the Christian Institute, Christian Concern and Answers in Genesis. But for starters fallen mankind makes images and worship them (Rom.1:23)!
We must first define the image of God.
The image of God according to Scripture is firstly Jesus Christ (II Cor.4:4, Col.1:9, Heb.1:3) secondly pre-fall humanity (Gen.1:26-27, Gen.9:6) and thirdly all believers renewed in knowledge, righteousness and true holiness (Col.3:10, Eph.4:24, Rom.8:29). The image of God equates to the likeness of God (I Cor.11:7, Col.1:15) and the glory of God (I Cor.11:6)! Unregenerate man is totally depraved and in the image of the devil, God’s image having been totally lost in the fall.
It is not morality, rationality, personality, spirituality, language or memory, intellect, will and conscience, or power over creation. These are the characteristics of man (in distinction from the image of God or the qualities of animals) and, even Satan and the fallen demons have these endowments! Are they the image, likeness and glory of God? There is no scriptural basis for these qualities being the image of God.
Totally depraved fallen man does not possess the knowledge of God which Christ defines as having eternal life (John 17:3) and for sure, fallen man does not possess righteousness or true holiness, in fact unregenerate wicked man hates God….can we rightly say he is in the image of God…absolutely not! Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden, Dawkins?
All those bearing God’s image are sons of God-the incarnate Son, Adam God’s first human son (Luke 3:38) and believers as adopted sons (I John 3:1).
To believe in an image of God in unregenerate man usually is held alongside a common grace for all men which is also erroneous.
For detailed proof of the above:
Q/A session addressing controversial passages used to support a universal image of God:
Article on the controversial passages: http://www.cprf.co.uk/articles/imageofgod.htm#confess
Some amateur well-meaning but fanciful armchair theologians have posited that the Lord Jesus Christ died of a broken heart because this would fit with him being our sin-bearer and the fact water and blood came from the heart (they assume pericardial sac) from the piercing soldier’s spear. This is confusing the emotional with the physical. A broken heart is what you get when you break up a relationship and this broken heart is a ruptured ventricle. Both are erroneous because Christ was not only in charge of his emotions but also the time of his death. Scripture teaches that he chose the time to die, he did not die of the physical punishment inflicted upon him, at least that was not the primary cause. The idea he died of a ruptured heart is supposedly the fact that blood and water (serum) issued from the spear wound in the text (John 19:34). But after death, the separation of the component parts of blood in the heart would give you blood (red cells and water (serum) in each chamber (biggest being left ventricle which most likely was chamber pierced). Scripture tells us Christ dismissed his spirit i.e he was the only human ever, to decide the exact time of his death, and was fully conscious when he did it-he could not have done that if he died of pericardial rupture so I would abandon that theory! He “gave up the ghost” is repeatedly said in the gospels e.g. Luke 23:46. He was sovereign in the voluntary laying down of his life for us- Hallelujah, glory to God!
Four in Scripture signifies a sense of totality or “the world,” preeminently in the Book of Revelation (Wikipedia).It derives its meaning from there being four cardinal directions namely north, south, east and west.
Four corners of the earth. “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.” (Rev. 7:1). God rules over all creation.
“And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Rev. 20:8). God rules over the wicked who oppose his church.
“And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:31) c.f. “And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:12). God saves all his elect.
Everything in creation teaches us about the creator and glorifies him.
Heat-without it being the exact distance (93 million miles) from earth the planet would either be frozen or to hot for life. Heat burns and our God is a consuming fire who consumes sin and will one day destroy this sin-cursed planet and also all his enemies eternally in hell. The gospel of the love of God comforts (warms) the heart of the believer.
Light-without the full spectrum, especially ultra-violet, there would be no plant and hence no animal life at all. The spectrum of light seen in the rainbow reflects all God’s wonderful attributes. God and Christ are often, if not always, portrayed as being brilliant white as light, in fact unapproachable light (and heat) that would destroy any human coming near! Christ enlightens our minds to see the Kingdom of God and sheds light on our pilgrim path through life. Without divine enlightenment we are in darkness.
Healing-UV light metabolises bilirubin, the waste product of dead red cells that produces jaundice in the newborn, which can damage the brain. It is also used in many skin therapies. Christ heals many of our diseases and sanctifies us spiritually from spiritual sickness till one day his church will be presented without spot or wrinkle.
In that new creation there will be no sun! (Rev.21:23). Why? The Son is the Sun!
Christ is called the sun of righteousness (Malachi 4:2) who arises with healing in his wings.
Biblical truth versus the World.
The world lies under Satan (I John 5:19) it is the whole system of godless humanism, communism and liberal left wing thinking that is opposed to Christ and the gospel. Increasingly it is making inroads into established churches who apostatize and become synagogues of Satan.
This is the ANTITHESIS.
|Reformed/Biblical worldview||The world’s worldview|
|God is sovereign/Calvinism||Man is sovereign/Arminianism|
|God rules providence||Deism, the world runs itself|
|God created all things||Evolution is the cause|
|God created family||Dispense with family-live in sin, single parents, divorce, porn, perversions including homosexuality|
|God made male and female||Transgenderism|
|God says life is sacred, thou shalt not kill||Rampant abortion- the murder of unborn children|
The world’s system is set to takeover ultimately under Antichrist when the Christian church will be a beleaguered remnant UNTIL Christ the true King and Lord returns to bring in everlasting justice and righteousness.
Thanks to Rev. Angus Stewart for basic idea for this.
Posted: 05 Sep 2017 07:50 AM PDT
Creation is a wonderful, awe-inspiring work of God.
Creation is God’s work, by the power of His Word, of calling into existence everything that now exists, as it pleased Him, to the glory of His name. Several times in the creation account we read, “And God said: Let there be …” (Genesis 1:3). What power and wisdom are behind the words, “Let there be”! The Psalms celebrate this work of God: “Let all the earth fear the LORD. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him, for He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:8-9).
God created without preexisting matter. Sometimes scientists boast that they have “created” something in a laboratory. They have not—they have “formed” or “synthesised” something using preexistent chemicals. Without the chemicals, they could do nothing. God created the universe by speaking the word of divine fiat. God created time, space, matter and energy. Before He created, they did not exist. Before He created, only God was. He alone is eternal. Everything else is temporal and depends on Him.
Creation is a carefully designed and ordered work. God formed His creation—first He called matter into existence, and then He arranged that matter in a definite order over a period of six days. The Bible describes how God created the light, the heavens, the dry land and the sea, vegetation and plant life, the heavenly bodies (the sun, the moon and the stars), birds and aquatic life, air-breathing animals on the land, and finally human beings. Every creature occupies a divinely ordered place, and has a divinely determined function and relationship to other creatures. No wonder the inhabitants of heaven cry out, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11)!
The doctrine of creation is never an intellectual curiosity for the Christian. It must lead us to worship. We must stand in awe of our Maker, before whom one day we will stand to be judged. He created us for His glory. Will He receive honour and glory from us, or will we rob Him of what is His due? The doctrine of creation is also a comfort to the Christian: “Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8).
Is this God your help? Or are you in rebellion against your Creator?
Rev. Martyn McGeown.
That the same Lord who calmed the sea of Galilee in front of the distraught disciples is the Lord who controls Hurricane Irma, and indeed all weather, and earthquakes and volcanoes should be obvious to every believer. Jonah 1:4, “But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest…”
All of these “natural” calamities and expressions of his power and judgment are harbingers of the final judgment and the utter destruction of the universe by fire, when he comes to reign. For believers, our salvation draws near, for the reprobate, their destruction looms.
Lord use these means to bring in thy elect people, warn the wicked world and cause the church and the authorities to do all in their power to alleviate the suffering.
Comets cannot be more than a few thousand years old or they would all have disintegrated.