Hooked on a Feeling, Thur Recap 7/13/2011

Posted: July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hooked on a feeling?

Christians are crazy to believe in a ‘feeling’…

I wanted to look online and find some quotes about what people are saying about Christians being stupid because we believe in the God of the Bible and the Bible itself.

Here are a few quotes from the internet I thought were noteworthy
1) Christians are the ones that believe in a always existed invisible wizard and believe that this wizard is a reasonable answer to questions of the origin of being.
2) Seeing as humans can’t register more than 20% of their physical surroundings, any person who claims to know the “will of God” is completely full of crap as humans don’t have the intellectual capacity to even perceive “god”
3) Ten Stupid Things Smart Christians Believe
1. A mistranslated book written by cave people is a reliable guide to the modern world.
2. There’s an invisible man in the sky who likes to watch you while you’re showering.
4) I just don’t understand how Christians believe all this stuff and don’t believe in THE EASTER BUNNY….gosh i hate Christians

Richard Dawkins the author of the God Delusion said:
To be fair the Bible is not systematically evil, but just plain weird as you would expect of a chaotically coupled together anthology of disjointed documents’ composed, revised, translated, distorted and improved by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors, and copyists unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other spanning 9 centuries.

Now there are a handful of issues with the previous sentence and absolutely no truth to it; it is a baseless statement that is frankly asinine. This is a statement from a so-called smart person.

Here is the real deal, if the Bible is a fake or false in any way, our whole faith is useless and void. How can we know what we believe is true, how can we say that we are right and that we can stand on the Bible.

I want to look at the facts that Jesus Christ came, died and was raised from the dead.

Lets take a look at the evidence we find from Paul who was formerly called Saul.

The reason why I want to talk about Saul is because it has been (arguably) said that Saul is the best argument of the proof that Jesus Christ rose from the dead for several reasons.

1) Paul converted to Christianity, even though he used to kill Christians and persecute them.
Acts 7:54, 58-60
54 Now when they (Jewish people) heard these things (the gospel of Christ) they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him (Stephen)…. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Stephen the first martyr, died from a stoning condoned by Saul.

Acts 8:3
Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

Obviously Saul believed in his cause.

Acts 9:1-2
Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Here again we see Saul getting ready to take on the Christians again. He has letters to take them out and he is on his way to Demascus.

2) Paul claimed he had seen Christ and converted to Christianity
Acts 9:3-8
3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.

Notice immediately he knows the Lord is talking to him. B4 Jesus can even say who He is Saul calls him Lord. Picture Richard Dawkins converting to Christianity and preaching the gospel, its even better than that. I once said I was going to write a sermon saying if there is hope Saul there is hope for all.

3) Paul was willing to die for Christ
Acts 21:8-14
8 On the next day we (Luke and Paul) departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.9 He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.10 While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.11 And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'”12 When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”14 And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

They were unable to persuade him, even though he knew he would die, Paul stayed the course.

1 Tim 4:7 Paul’s instructions to Timothy
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness

Paul would be a rather big hypocrite if he said these words and did not practice them. Paul would have never believed in Jesus if He did not appear to him bodily, and God knew that so he sent Jesus one more time to persuade Paul into believing. Now that Paul believes, he is going to write about it and preach it because he has seen the glorious Christ himself. He would not be so bold if he were hooked on a feeling; he knew it to be true.

4) Paul never took back that Christ was Lord and died a martyrs death
Not many people are willing to die for something they do not believe to be true, but Paul never recanted; he stayed true to Christ.
Tradition tells us that Paul was beheaded. If he had not seen the risen Lord, why would he do that?


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