Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday 19th September, 2012

Wonderful email

(Facebook Message from Karen) “This is my 11 year old daughter who was 1 day from being aborted when I was 11 weeks pregnant. I was told by the birth father that he took mess that would cause the child to be born with birth defects. I went to Planned Parenthood for my initial consultation. Because of laws in TN, they were required to give me alternatives and a 48 hour waiting period. Thank God Hope Resource Agency had their office right next door. I went directly to them. The counselor prayed with me and gave me "HOPE". I had courage to stand up to the father and say "No"! To the abortion. He was lying about the birth defects.

Melody is a beautiful, bright young lady who has a passion for Christ. She is familiar with WOTM and she is sharing Christ in her middle school. Thank you for your ministry. God bless all of you!”

Evidence Bible

“Hell is a reflection of the holiness of God. Hell is as bad as God is good. The severity of hell shows you how good God must be. Because if the punishment for sinning against Him is that severe, He must be awfully good.” Bob Glenn

What Hollywood Believes – George Clooney

Clooney described his ideal scenario for life: “The way you want to do it is like Cary Grant. Have a successful career, then . . . decide you’re looking too old, leave the movies and never look back. Then at 80 years old have a stroke and drop dead. That’s perfect.”

WHB remark: When I was 16 years old, a friend and I decided that after we turned 50 we would commit suicide. We thought life wasn’t worth living when you were over the hill. I heard recently that my friend tragically committed suicide at the age of 54. I have no plans to follow in his steps. I have discovered that, as I age, I gain a greater appreciation for life. I don’t think it’s a perfect plan for a famous actor to have a stroke at the age of 80 and drop dead. I’m sure that no one in his right mind willingly gives up his life and those he loves. Fortunately, there is a better plan. George Clooney said that he didn’t believe in heaven and hell. It’s amazing how many people think something doesn’t exist because they don’t believe in it. Let’s say that I decide gravity is horrible. It injures and kills multitudes. Countless individuals die in plane crashes because of gravity. People fall off ladders; they tumble off mountains; they topple off roofs. They die while skydiving, bungee jumping, riding roller coasters, etc. This all happens because of the horrible law of gravity. Tell me, if I become offended at the results of gravity, or if I don’t believe it exists, is it going to change the reality of its existence? Of course not. The law of gravitational pull isn’t changed in the slightest, just because I don’t like it and choose not to believe in it. Besides, if it weren’t for gravity, we would all be dead and our lifeless bodies would be spinning through space. Gravity is good, not bad. It is there to preserve, not to destroy. It is only those who transgress its precepts who suffer. The same applies with the Moral Law (the Ten Commandments). How can we say that a law that forbids murder, adultery, theft, and lying is bad? Only those who transgress its precepts will suffer, and the Bible warns that hell is the full and final result of transgression.

Mark shares George Clooney tract story

More from What Hollywood Believes…

George Clooney stated, “I don’t believe in heaven and hell. . . I don’t know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won’t allow this life—the only thing I know to exist—to be wasted.”

WHB remark: A legitimate question arises: Could the Bible be wrong about hell? Remember, the source of the claim isn’t the word of fallible man; it is the Word of an infallible Creator. But let’s infer for a moment that there is no Judgment Day and therefore no hell. That would mean that the Scriptures are a huge hoax, in which more than forty authors collaborated (over a period of 3,000 years) to produce a document revealing God’s character as “just.” They portrayed Him as an impartial Judge, who warned that He would eventually punish murderers, rapists, liars, thieves, adulterers, etc. Each of those writers (who professed to be religious) therefore bore false witness, transgressing the very Commandments they claimed to be true. It would mean that Jesus Christ was a liar, and that all the claims He made about the reality of the coming Judgment were therefore false. It would also mean that He gave His life in vain, as did multitudes of martyrs who down through the ages have given their lives for their belief in Christ. Also keep in mind something we have already looked at: if there is no ultimate justice, then the Creator of all things is unjust. He sees the murder and rape of multitudes and couldn’t care less, making Him worse than a corrupt human judge who refuses to bring criminals to justice. Here’s the good news if there is no hell: You won’t know a thing after you die. It will be the end. No heaven, no hell. Just nothing. Sadly, you won’t even know that it’s good news. Here’s the bad news if the Bible is right and there is eternal justice: You will find yourself standing before the judgment throne of a holy and perfect Creator who has seen your thought-life and every secret sin you have ever committed. Nothing has been hidden from the eyes of God. You and I have a multitude of sins, and God must by nature carry out justice. Ask Him to remind you of the sins of your youth. Ask Him to bring to remembrance your secret sexual sins, the lies, the gossip, and other idle words. You may have forgotten your past, but God hasn’t. The Bible continually claims that there will be a great and terrible Day of the Lord. If we don’t believe it, it is still true. It will still happen. Yet, there is good news—incredibly good news. We deserve judgment, but God offers us mercy. Through the cross of Jesus Christ, He paid our fine so that we could leave the courtroom. He destroyed the power of death for all who obey Him. Jesus promised that if you obey Him, you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. Please, don’t wait any longer. Think of the Commandments you have broken. Think of what He suffered on the cross on your behalf. Then confess your sins and turn from them. Tell God you are truly sorry, then trust the Savior as you would trust yourself to a parachute. The moment you do that, you will pass from death into life. You will be transformed by God Himself. If you are not sure how to do this, see Psalm 51 at the back of this book.

"God is unfair in that Hitler and a dear old lady (who never accepted Jesus) will both go to hell."

From The Evidence Bible: Sinners often accuse God of being unjust, because they assume that everyone will receive the same punishment in hell. God’s judgment, however, will be according to righteousness (Acts 17:31). Matthew 12:24 shows that there will be degrees of punishment. See also Mark 6:11.

"How can people be happy in heaven, knowing that their unsaved loved ones are suffering in hell?"

From The Evidence Bible: Those who ask such questions fall into the category of those who asked Jesus a similar question. The Pharisees said that a certain woman had seven consecutive husbands, so whose wife will she be in heaven (Mark 12:23)? Jesus answered by saying that they neither knew the Scriptures nor the power of God. The unregenerate mind has no concept of God’s mind or His infinite power. If God can speak the sun into existence; if He can see every thought of every human heart at the same time; if He can create the human eye with its 137,000,000 light-sensitive cells, then He can handle the minor details of our eternal salvation.

John writes that in heaven "we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2), so perhaps we will be fully satisfied that God is perfectly just and merciful, and that He gave every individual the opportunity to accept or reject Him. However He works it out, God promises that there will not be sorrow or crying in heaven. Our focus in heaven won’t be on our loss, but on our gain.