One of the many ways that readers can KNOW that God’s Word is true is that–regardless of the Bible’s age of THOUSANDS OF YEARS–God’s Word STILL presents man as he really is: NOT heroic or brave or good BUT wicked and flawed and in need of a savior.
When MAN creates something which becomes TRADITIONAL, that ‘something’ gets ‘cleaned up’ over the years: man’s imperfections get “airbrushed” until man is no longer man but a caricature of man.
God’s Word presents man “as he is” AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF MAN’S CREATOR.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
God’s Word does NOT state that God created man as a carbon copy of God: God’s Word states that man was created “after our likeness.”
Man has MANY flaws: God’s Word presents man with his MANY flaws.
God LOVES His creation. God does NOT love His creation so much that He overlooks sin. BUT, God loves His creation EVEN THOUGH that creation may have imperfections and flaws.
This is demonstrated in God’s Word. ALL of the men and women who were favored by God had their imperfections.
This included King David–a man God said “was after my own heart.”
“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”
Even though David was HEAVILY favored by God, David had his imperfections. One of those times King David sinned is described in 2SAMUEL.
“And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly. For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee. So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days’ pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me. And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.”
[Note that David said that he had done “very foolishly” when describing his “great sin.” God’s Word often equates sin, wickedness and evil with foolishness.]
AS ALWAYS, whenever David sinned, he confessed that sin to God, paid God’s price for that sin and repented [changed direction or changed mind] so that David did not repeat that sin.
Perhaps this is one reason why God loved David as He did?
God Word presents God’s creation–including man–as it REALLY is, not some idealized version.
This is why God’s Word presents a picture of man–even when a man is favored of God–which includes warts and all.
HAS the reader EVER wondered why those whose accounts make up the bulk of God’s Word were so flawed?
WHY does the reader believe this is so?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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