D o e s. God. D O E S . Care?. Answering the “So What?” Question about Christianity. Does God Care about Me?. What is Deism? . Deism is the belief that a single God created the universe, but asserts that He is not active in His creation nor cares about it.
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D O E S
Answering the “So What?” Question about Christianity
Deism is the belief that a single God created the universe, but asserts that He is not active in His creation nor cares about it.
Deists deny the presence of miracles, the divinity of Christ, any revelation from God, and any concern of God regarding mankind.
But problems still exist as to if God really cares about man…
If a God who cares exists, when why does evil exist?
So who is asking the question? Only a person who assumes a Christian worldview asks the question of why there is evil in the world…
Those who argue about evil in the world rarely turn their gaze inwardly. Rather than focus on the evil “out there” what about the evil in the heart of man?
Both must be understood and reconciled, not just the first one
Man can be both noble and cruel. How did he get that way?
In Mary Shelly’s (who was not a Christian) book Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein is a doctor who creates a perfectly benign and peaceful being. The more the creation observes human behavior, the more it begins to mimic human behavior and starts to become evil. The creation confronts the doctor and tells him that when he was brought into this world, he didn’t understand why people needed government and controls and police, but as he observed people and read history, he turned away in horror at what man was capable of. People could be kind, but also evil. Why both – where does that capacity come from? The creation concludes this: you were created in the image of a perfect being, and you’ve fallen away from it.
Man needs two things (1) Reconciliation with God (2) Freedom from sin
Romans 7:20, “But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.”
1 John 5: 18, “We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.”
Romans 7:24-25, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”
Justification Sanctification Glorification
“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” – Romans 8:29-30
Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” – Ecclesiastes 1:2
“I thought of it [worship] in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I have never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise unless (sometimes even if) shyness or the fear of boring others is deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise - lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game - praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries ... I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it! ‘Isn't she lovely?’ ‘Wasn't it glorious?’ ‘Don't you think that magnificent?’ My whole, more general, difficulty about the praise of God depended on my absurdly denying to us, as regards the supremely Valuable, what we delight to do, what indeed we can't help doing, about everything else we value. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” – C. S. Lewis
“Pleasure is getting more than you expect.”
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Apostle Paul, Ephesians 3:20-21
“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:12-14
The intertwining of meaning and destiny…
God’s plan for history:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15
“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:18
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, becauseHe cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
Christianity is True
Knowing all these things…What are you going to do about it?
D O E S
Yes, He does