God's Plan - Time and Eternity
Posted on Feb 9 2012 at 10:34:23 AM in Religion & Spirituality
There is no recorded example of any organism evolving into a more highly organized state of complexity. There also is no recorded example of the same 'macro-evolution' in the billions of fossils in the earth's crust. They cannot explain the complexity of the human brain.
The second law of thermodynamics is observed universally: all natural processes to decrease complexity in the universe. This is called increasing entropy. This is experienced by everyone as they continue to age and finally die. This includes the sun and the earth and all life.
No one has actually observed 'good' mutations. Mutations are breakdowns in a system, downward lessening in complexity, usually resulting in destruction. No more than 1 out of 1,000 mutations are possibly beneficial. Evolution by mutation and natural selection is mathematically impossible.
Isaiah 40:26 – 'Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.'
Only recently do we begin to understand the complexity of the human brain. Evolution cannot account for its development. The human brain generates consciousness, complex thought processes, and the ability to communicate with others. Human language is unique with no evolutionary explanation. It is a special gift of God to the first man and woman, so they could communicate with each other and God. The original language families were also supernaturally given by God, to stop the rebellion against Him at the Tower of Babel. They all had the basic mental skills to learn to write in their new languages. Most likely the earliest began in Sumeria, Assyria, all the fertile crescent.
Cuneiform (wedge-shaped figures) on at least 500,000 clay tablets have been uncovered. They include every category of life: accounts, receipts, lessons, litigation, essays, erotica, math, epics. Reading and writing appeared fully developed in complex forms in each community. The highest form of animal life – apes or chimpanzees will never be able to speak. Our vocal apparatus is unique to man. No human community has ever been found that did not have a language. In the beginning was the Word, all things were created by that Word, and Adam and Eve were created to communicate with that Word.
The dispersion at Babel probably represented about 70 basic languages, from the 70 ancestral tribes listed in the Table of Nations. Many others were developed over time (5,000 year time lapse) to now include 6,000 languages today.
God gave us the gift to reveal His Word to us, and can respond in faith and praise Him. 'And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.' (Exodus 4:11,12.)
God's Plan and Eternity.
God said, 'My Spirit shall not always strive with man' (Genesis 6:3.) God is longsuffering towards us, not willing that any should perish (II Peter 3:9). Even this free gift of God must be accepted before it can be possessed. Most people will either neglect or even refuse to accept that gift. 'For if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.' (John 8:24.) 'And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.' (I John 2:2.)
The Lake of Fire.
In modern times, many don't believe in an ultimate destination for the wicked, the hell Jesus talked about. 'Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.' (Matthew 25:41-46.) 'And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.' (Revelation 20:14,15.) 'He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.' (Revelation 21:7,8.)
Paul said, 'there is none that doeth good, no not one' (Romans 3:12). Jesus said in Mark 10:18 – '...there is none good but one, that is, God.' Jesus said in Matthew 7:13,14 - 'Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.'
According to a recent survey, 39% of Americans do not believe in any religion or hell (approximately 111 million). In Europe the percentages are even greater. All these people will die in their sins. Also, the billions of people that believe and follow other religions – no matter how ethical their behavior, they remain lost.
'Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.' (Acts 4:12.) 'Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.' (John 14:6.) 'He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.' (John 3:18.)
There are those that profess Christ who will be sent to hell. They will have knowledge of some part, but not true faith, no true relationship with Christ. 'Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.' (Matthew 7:22,23.)
The true believer accepts the truth of their own sin and does not boast of their own deeds.
Romans 3:21-31. Righteousness through Faith.
21 ¶ But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference:
23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 ¶ Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay; but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30 seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Proverbs 14:12 states, 'There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death.' Only Jesus defeated our greatest enemy and penalty – death. Those that do not accept Him call Him a liar. They either believe in another way or believe that this life is all there is.
Though most people do not act upon the light they have, the evidence of creation, the witness of conscience, or what truth may be found in their religion, how they act upon the light they have will determine the eternal destination. Therefore, they will be without excuse. 'He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.' (John 3:36.)
The Eternal City for the redeemed, the holy city, new Jerusalem to come down from God out of heaven. This was the place that Jesus went to prepare, that where He is, we will be also. Abraham 'for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.' (Hebrews 11:10.) It will be the paradise of Eden made anew. Not a single tree of life like in Eden, but many such trees lining the banks of a great river flowing from the throne of the Lamb. 'And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.' (Revelation 22:1,2).
It will be about 1,500 miles wide, long, and high. The streets are of pure transparent gold, like pure glass. Streets will be vertical and horizontal. Just as God gave the first man work to do in Eden, so also will we have work to do in the new one. As Adam had dominion over the earth, so the dominion mandate may be increased to include the entire created universe. To travel to distant stars and planets, to study, and write books, to be added to God's library for others to use. We could read those of others also.
'O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!' (Romans 11:33.) It will be eternal learning. Our awe and love and devotion to Him will also continue to increase. The work and responsibility will be according to our work and faithfulness here on earth. Luke 12:43 talks about the servant being blessed for being faithful in Christ's service when He comes.
'And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.' (Revelation 21:27.) 'And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.' (Revelation 21:4.) 'For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.' (Isaiah 65:17.) Seeing and sharing our own experiences with loved ones, and seeing and sharing in theirs. Also, to meet and talk with all of the famous Bible characters, as well as saints from all the ages. What a fellowship!
Paul refers to ages to come twice: 'That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.' (Ephesians 2:7.) 'Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.' (Ephesians 3:21.)
The Millennium is one of those 'ages.' What the other 'ages' will be like is not mentioned. Some choose to speculate. All speculations will be wrong. In the meantime, according to I John 2:28 - 'And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.' To abide means to remain or continue as branches in the true vine.
In the parable Jesus left His servants to 'occupy til I come.' They were to carry on His business profitably, and follow His instructions faithfully. The far country was His return to heaven as with the parable of the talents. The time gone was long. The servants were to use the talents profitably.
This includes taking care of family, job, and spiritual things in witnessing, church work, etc. Whatever we have been given to do, we must do it 'heartily, as unto the Lord' (Colossians 3:23).
'His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.' (Matthew 25:21.) Faithfulness in our work for Christ will be rewarded and lead to a similar assignment in the future age. Faithful work over a few things becomes work over many things. In the future age – rewards and service.
There will no longer be any need of those occupations related to sin or illness. There will be no war or crime, no illness, and no lawsuits. Therefore no soldiers, police, lawyers, doctors, or nurses. All building, communications experts, scientists, teachers, will have meaningful tasks.
We have the dominion mandate, and the missionary mandate. 'Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.' (I Corinthians 10:31.) We should be studying His Word and His World. Science, technology, and education. We also must 'preach the Gospel to every creature' (Matthew 16:15).
We need to still think beyond our own little situation and see some part of God's great plan for all the saints in the ages to come. We need to see and understand things from God's point of view. His plans continue far, far beyond our small perspective of our own lives into the ages to come, the eternity of His making.
Be ready – even so, come Lord Jesus. Amen.
This article was written by my father T.O.D. Johnston, who was licensed to preach the Gospel by Paran Baptist Church in Lake City, SC, on May 26, 1979. He has been a student of Scripture since 1972. Be sure to visit the author's full list of Bible Study Lessons by book for all of his free lessons.