Many have been put off Christianity by the hypocrisy of terrible sinful actions both sexual, physical and emotional abuse by some so called church leaders on vulnerable trusting children. Let me say, this is not peculiar to Christian leaders, but a telling example of how deeply rooted sinful selfish desires are in the human heart, regardless of what these people appear to represent. Jesus spoke up against hypocrisy in church leaders in his day, and they crucified him for it. His message was simple but true. You do not find God in temples or so called church buildings, no matter how fancy they look, you find Jesus by seeking him out through personal experience, seeking him out by reading about him and what he says and then responding in prayer (talking to him with an honest trusting repentant heart).
Jesus said “Ask and it will be given to you, Seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened up to you.” – Matthew 7:7
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” – Matthew 5:6
All through history man has continually ruined the simplicity of the loving Father Creator God’s message of love and compassion to all who will return and be restored to a living relationship with him and so discover their true life destiny. Man has made laws, like the Pharisees of Jesus day, has perverted and added to what Jesus has made so simple. True hunger for love at the heart of God, leads us to a true encounter with him. This was my own personal experience, outside of traditional Christianity or church buildings. God put curiosity in my heart and he led me to simply read a easy reading account of his Gospel message in the New Testament. His Holy Spirit started showing me how important Jesus is to living a truly peaceful, joyful and fulfilled life.
This simple presentation is an introduction to Good News about Jesus the Christ, Son of God Almighty, and how coming into relationship with him, positions one’s life for the very best of what life has to offer. Why can I say this? Not just because this has been my own experience, wonderful as it has been, but because it only stands to reason that the Designer and Creator of you and everything else around you, has a much better understanding of how we are to live than we do ourselves. Stay with me while I briefly explain. If you would like read the message of Jesus for yourself on your computer try www.biblegateway.com and choose an easy reading translation such as the Today’s English Version or New International Version.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27
If God is real and has Created me in his own image or likeness, ‘Why don’t I know him?’
The reason we are all born without knowledge of God is that it was meant to be taught to us by our parents, through their loving relationship with God and each other, but over the many thousands of years man has turned away from the righteous loving God their Creator to follow his own selfish sinful way of life, in whatever form that may take. The bible shows us that man has created his own empty deceptive gods, and in his attempt to replace God in his life, has formed various religions and belief systems. Secular humanism and the so called theory of evolution have become new godless belief systems that are eroding respect, dignity and understanding from our present day society, as neither of these give any hope or contribute any moral good to our lives. They think we have outgrown belief in God, yet they fail to realise that the benefits and freedom of western society came historically from a Christian era. The so called Great Enlightenment was but an attempt to explore sin and selfish behaviour by cutting God out of their lives, including all responsibility to him. They justify their sinful behaviour by choosing to believe that us and everything around us was formed without any intelligent design. It takes more faith than to believe in God to actually believe this is truly possible, considering their is no solid evidence to support their case. Removing God, his love and hope from life has caused the counselling industry to boom as people medicate their lives to try and fill the faithless fearful sense of empty living formed from a life that was made to have God in its centre. This is why in recent years a considerable number of atheist scientists have become Christians, purely from examining the evidence and trying to make it fit the philosophical framework of Darwin’s theory, which Darwin himself, realised before his death he did not have enough evidence to support it. The overwhelming evidence points to a Intelligent Design and not some random process. The true age of the earth as many true scientists will tell you is not millions of years but thousands (as the Bible supports). In fact the earth could never had existed if it were millions as the size of the sun would have burnt it up. The Bible shows us that mankind was originally created to have a unique intimate personal relationship with God his maker, as man was God’s personal representative on planet earth, put there to care for it. I am a medical scientist, and as a scientist it is true that we can only measure and test things in the present, we can not accurately go back in time, or presume that we know what happened, there are many unknowns that occur, and if we were not there to measure and record it, it is not science, but assumption. Both Christianity and Evolution are faiths or philosophies. Science is observable fact. All both these philosophies can do is see how well the observable scientific facts fit into their belief systems. The problem is that historically there has been a significant amount of false reporting by the evolutionist (atheist) scientists to seek to influence others and to gain personal prestige. These lies have never been corrected in the text books, as it would bring to light the falseness of the foolish idea, that everything just happened of its own accord.
” For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” – Romans 1:21-25
So what has been done to fix the problem between us and God? How can a person like me know God in a personal way?