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Why We Should Worship God?

Question Text:  I hate being a slave to anybody.  So why does God make us worship him like we are just his slaves?  I think we were born to be free and if he just makes us worship Him, I think he is so selfish.

 

Answer Text:   Truly worship is beneficial to the one who worships God and not to God Himself.  Now read on.

 

The question of worship is a very interesting one.  Our atheist friends have misunderstood worship and they blame God for being selfish or they think He is a tyrant.   But if you understand worship in its proper context, I am sure you will want to be one of the best worshippers.

Let us look at worship in this way. Now, we all know that man is a very heavily dependent being. For example, we depend on the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the food that we eat to maintain our physical bodies. Can you imagine living without depending on any of these for your physical life? Then, man has a mind which also has to be fed regularly. Imagine someone who has never been to school and never tried to train and maintain his mind. What kind of a life would he be living on this earth? So we depend on our society, our education, entertainment, etc. to maintain our minds in a healthy manner. Now,  the Bible teaches us that man is more than just body and soul and that man has body, soul and spirit (1 Thes. 5:23). The spirit element is man is the god-element in him. And this spirit also needs to be nourished and cherished regularly in order for man to enjoy the best that life offers. God who is the Eternal Spirit has allowed us to feed on Him to nourish our spirits and this is what we do when we worship God.

So when we worship God, please understand that we are doing the greatest favor for ourselves by feeding our weak and ill-nourished spirits by being in contact with the eternal and self-existing almighty power of God.   So, when you worship God, you are the beneficiary of worship and NOT God. The bible says God has life in Himself ( Jn. 5:26).  Just as for our physical life we depend of physical things, for the metaphysical we depend on the metaphysical and for our spiritual existence we MUST DEPEND on the source of all life who is God and God has permitted us to draw from Him as much as we want and be the healthiest people around.

When we praise and worship Him the power of God charges our spirits like weak batteries are recharged by electricity. When we pray, we use the power of God to achieve things for us and for others for whom we pray. These are the days of battery operated cars. We are very similar to these batteries which need constant recharging. Oh, yes, without electric power you could do a lot of things. Sure, you could do a lot of things without being in contact with God.  You know that electricity will make a big difference in any industry.   Just like that your connection with God will do much more than electricity would to any industry. This is for sure. Would you rather be a tread mill or be an electrified mill? I have chosen to be an electrified one and I know it has made a world of difference to me.

 

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2009 in Atheism, worship

 

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God’s Love And Hell

 

Question Text:  hey I am 15 years old from Lebanon and I am called Michel Youssef and I have a simple question that I can not understand it. Everybody said that god loves us , but everybody says that if we do a lot of sin we will burn in hell , if he loves us why should he hurt us ?

Answer Text:  My dear son Michel, I am so proud to meet a fifteen year old with such thought provoking question. I am sure you are going to turn out to be a great person in future. And with God you will be able to achieve things beyond any man’s imagination.

 In your  question you said that everybody says God loves us but everybody says that if we do a lot of sin we will burn in hell. Ok. Son, please remember everybody does not say this. This is what that Bible tells us about God and you do not have to do a LOT of sins to burn in hell according to the Bible! And you asked if God loves us why should He hurt us. Indeed, it is an excellent question. I will explain it from two angles.

The first thing to remember is that God has ordained this world to be ruled by laws which do not change (Ps.148:6). Now we all know about the law of gravity. The universe is guided by this law of gravity. As human beings living upon the face of the earth, we simply have to abide by this law. For example, none of us could ever imagine to jump down from a three storied building without getting hurt. Can we? Just as there are physical laws under operation, God guides humanity by moral and spiritual laws which also do not change. Anyone breaking any of these would hurt himself without a doubt. While scientists have been able to discover some of the physical laws of this universe, we are so glad that God has revealed through His people Israel the spiritual laws by which He operates this world of humanity (Ps.147:19). When someone breaks any of the moral or spiritual laws of God, that person is bound to get hurt without a doubt. Since God has revealed it to us, the full responsibility is given to us. That is why the prophet Ezekiel would say, “why should you die, o house of Israel?” (Eze.18:31).

So now if someone gets hurt by breaking the command of God, can we blame God for the same? Now the question of hell is a real problem. But let us look at it this way. A person who says, “I do not want to obey the command of God” is, in fact, saying that he does not want this God. Am I right? If a person goes on to say that he does not want God and His ways in his life till the end of his life, at the time of his death God will accept his final “no” to Him and allow him to go to a place from where God has withdrawn His presence. That is what is called hell. Hell is the place prepared for Satan and his angels (Mt.25:41). God does NOT want any one to go there (1Tim.2:4). But if someone does not want God and His ways for himself, God will finally allow him to go there with tears in His eyes (Eze.33:11).

My dear son Michel, I humbly request you that you will never say “no” to God and to His commands. He will not accept your ‘no’ till your last breath. But once you leave this world without accepting God’s ways, you would have chosen for yourself a place where God is not present and it is hell and it burns with fire and brimstone (Rev.21:8). Since none of us knows when death will come to us, it is best for us to come to Him NOW and accept Him in our lives now before it is too late.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2009 in Bible Questions

 

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Will God Send Good People To Hell For Not Accepting Christ?

Question Text: How would you explain God sending some one like Gandhi to hell for not accepting Christ, when Jesus said you shall know them by their fruit?

Answer Text: You have posted an excellent question.   Good people in hell can be understood by the fact that they are dead in spirt and therefore lived a life separated from God here and will do so hereafter.

The Bible doctrine that no man is good stands unchallenged (Ps.14:3). Your statement that we can know them by their fruit was made by our Lord in the context of false teachers (Mt.7:20). Your assumption that Gandhi’s fruit was good is to a great extend agreeable though in his autobiography Gandhi confesses to have lied on occasions. Yet, he was known as the Mahathma which literally means a ‘great soul’.

Gandhi was indeed a great soul with out a doubt. But his spirit was dead and was separated from God. The Bible teaches that man is a tripartite being. Man has a body, soul and spirit (1The.5:3). The spirit in man is that part of man by which man could be in contact with God. When Adam committed sin, he became dead in spirit. Which means Adam lost His fellowship with God as he was separated from God by sin. In Adam all die (1Cor.15:22). This means all men are born in this world being separated from God. Unless a regeneration takes place every man born on earth is born and lives being separated from God. A natural man is lead by his soul element in him (1Cor.2:14). The original word for ‘natural man’ in 1Cor.2:14 is ‘psuchikos’ which means a ‘soulish (man)’. Until some one accepts Christ, he is lead by his soul and he remains separate from God.

When some one accepts Christ, a reversal takes place. A death takes place (2Cor.5:14) and a new life begins (Eph.2:1). He dies to self (soul) and he is made alive in spirit. Now a child of God is to be lead by the spirit (Rom.8:14). Tragically there are occasions when a child of God also is lead by the soul like ordinary men (1Cor.3:3). Thus they become carnal Christians. The important thing to note is that soul and spirit are identical twins and we really can not identify them or separate them and indeed, we would not have even known about these two different elements in man if the Word of God had not made it clear to us (Heb.4:12).

Gandhi being a ‘great soul’ produced fruit very similar to that of the fruit of the spirit as taught in Gal.5:22. But surely, it was the fruit of his soul and not of the spirit. His spirit being separated from God is not capable of producing the fruit of the spirit.

It is God’s desire that all men should be with Him in heaven (1Tim.2:4). God has done every thing possible for every man to be saved. Now it is man’s duty to make the choice whether to be found with God or with out Him. We know from the biographies of Gandhi that he was clearly exposed to the gospel of Christ. In fact Gandhi liked the Sermon on the Mount so dearly that he read it almost regularly.

Yet, Gandhi chose not to accept Christ as his Lord and savior and remained a soulish man and never became linked to God in a practical way in his spirit. God of love does NOT force any one to accept Him. If Gandhi does not want to be with God in heaven, God is helpless and God can not and will not take him to heaven.

To me, hell also is a sign of God’s loving nature, being unwilling to force any man in to His mould with out man’s clear permission and decision. So if there is any truth in the Bible, Gandhi can not be in heaven because he did not choose to be in link with God while here on earth through Christ who said no one can come to the Father but by me (Jn.14:6). It is not a question of God sending any one to hell, it is a question of people choosing to live with out God here and now which will be their fate all through eternity as well. I hope this clarifies your question.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2009 in Bible Questions, heaven and hell

 

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Can a non-Christian join in a worship service?

Worship is human response to divine revelation. When ever and where ever the vision of the Lord was seen the immediate response of the one who saw it was one of falling at the feet and worshipping. If there is a desire in our hearts to worship Him, it is because we too have seen Him with the eyes of faith. One who has never seen Him could never worship Him.

Now, you ask me if a non-Christian can join in praise and worship as a Christian does. Well, Public worship is a time when the people of God gather together to worship their God. Usually in a Christian meeting where preaching and teaching is involved, all are allowed to join in. And naturally all our meetings begin with the worship of God. Then we invite non-Christians as observers even on a Sunday worship meeting. Some even come to observe the Holy Communion services. To ask them to join us after the praise and worship would not be practical in any way. On the other hand, some have come to know the Lord simply by attending a full fledged praise and worship meeting where there was no preaching of the Word was scheduled!

It is true that a non-Christian can not worship God because he is dead in spirit. But being present in a meeting where praise and worship is going on might give him an opportunity to come to know the living God. Please read what the Psalmist says. `And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: Many shall see it, and fear, And shall trust in Jehovah` (Psa 40:3 ASV). Don`t you want your non-Christian friends to fear and trust in the Lord? The Psalmist says that when they see us praising God with a new song, many will fear and trust in the Lord! May that be so even in these days. To His name be glory. Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2009 in worship

 

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Knowing Jesus

Question Text: What does it mean and how do I ‘know’ Jesus?

Answer Text:  Hi, I am so pleased to meet you with your questions. Your first question is: What does it mean and how do I ‘know’ Jesus. Ok. Two different words are used in the original language Of the New Testament to talk about ‘knowing’. The first word has the idea of knowing some thing in theory. We might say know about some one or some thing. Then the next word translated ‘know’ is experiential knowledge. It is knowledge based on experience. In both levels described above we need to ‘know’ our Lord. We read the gospels to know about Him. And the epistles will teach us to know Him intimately as a person, by being with Him, conversing with Him, being intimate to Him etc. Paul talks about knowing Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings (Phil.3:10). The NT talks about a time when we can become so intimate with the Lord that we become one spirit with Him (1Cor.6:17). That will be a glorious experience. When we reach that stage we will be able to think thoughts similar to what He thinks. That should be the goal of every true believer! This is made possible as you spend time with Him every day  in quietness with the Word and in intimate fellowship and prayer before Him.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2009 in Christian life, Prayer

 

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