Today is Part 3 of our 3-part message, “Did God Really Command the Murder of Innocent Women and Children?” There is another question we must ask, “Can we really trust the Bible?”
I hope you will enjoy this final part of the message in our series, “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.”
“Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt, how he met you along the way and attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall come about when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your surrounding enemies, in the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you must not forget.” – Deuteronomy 25:17-19
Well … did he? Did God command the murder of innocent people?
Here’s Part 2 of this 3-part message in our series “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.” – Word of God, Speak! – Jonathan Williams
A pastor was asked to give a lecture to a group of young people on the reliability of scripture. He carefully prepared and lined up all his arguments. When he finished, he discovered, to his dismay, that no one seemed moved by his reasoning. He asked one young man if he was now trusting in God’s word and the young man said, “No, I’m not.” When the pastor asked why, the young man gave a bible reference as his answer, “Hosea 13:16. That’s why I don’t trust the Bible.”
“Samaria will be held guilty for she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword. Their little ones will be dashed in pieces and their pregnant women will be ripped open.”
Can we trust the God of the Bible? Does he murder innocent people?
In our series “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian” we begin exploring this question. This is the first of three messages on this topic.
Charles Darwin’s greatest accomplishment was to show that life was “the result of a natural process, natural selection, without any need to resort to a Creator.” – Biologist Francisco Ayala
Darwinism “broke man’s link with God” and set man “adrift in the cosmos without purpose.” – Michael Denton, an Australian molecular biologist
Adrift in the cosmos without purpose! If evolution is true, there are indeed far-ranging consequences. William Provine, a professor at Cornell University and a firm believer in evolution shared what these far ranging consequences are:
- There is no evidence for God
- There is no life after death
- There is no absolute foundation for right and wrong
- There is no ultimate meaning for life
- People don’t have free will or meaningful choices
The stakes could not be higher! Is evolution true? Yes! And No!
Listen today to Part 6 of “Tough Questions” and our message, “If Evolution is True, Why Do We Need God?”
Enjoy! – Jonathan Williams, Word of God, Speak!
Is there evidence for the existence of God? And if so, how does God fit into science? Or perhaps we should ask, how do scientific beliefs fit into the concept of God!
In this second part of our 2-part message, “Do Miracles Contradict Science?”, I present five evidences for the existence of God.
I hope you enjoy it! – Jonathan Williams, Word of God, Speak!
This is Part 5 of our series, “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.”
In 1937 Max Planck, a German physicist said, “Faith in miracles must yield ground, step by step, before the steady and firm advance of the forces of science, and its total defeat is indubitably a mere matter of time.”
In our time, atheist Richard Dawkins has said, “The virgin birth, the resurrection, the raising of Lazarus, even the Old Testament miracles, all are freely used for religious propaganda, and they are very effective with an audience of unsophisticates and children.”
Really? Are those statements true? – that the report of miracles in the Bible is just propaganda promoted by ignorant people and believed by other ignorant people? And that faith in miracles will eventually yield to scientific advance?
Today I present Part 4 of Tough Questions for Today’s Christian where we tackle the question, “Do Miracles Contradict Science – Part 1 of 2”. Because of technical difficulties I was not able to upload the MP3. However, I have uploaded the PDF for you to read and consider. – Jonathan Williams, Word of God, Speak!
Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering – Part 3
The great Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, may have said it best when he spoke of the problem of believing in a good, all-powerful God while we live in a world of suffering and evil.
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
Here’s Part 3 in our series Tough Questions for Today’s Christian on our program Word of God, Speak! where we finish our message exploring the problem of God and the existence of suffering and evil – Jonathan Williams
People have proposed three options to the problem of the existence of God, evil, and suffering.
First, evil and suffering show that God does not exist.
Second, some type of God may exist, but he probably is not a good God because he does not care.
Third, if there is a God who cares, he is not all-powerful because he does not have enough power to stop the evil and suffering.
This bring us back to our original question, if God is good and all-powerful, why do suffering and evil exist?
Here’s Part 2 of our series Tough Questions for Today’s Christian on our program Word of God, Speak! where we continue to explore the problem of God and the existence of suffering and evil – Jonathan Williams
This is the first of eight tough questions that I address in my new teaching series, “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.” I hope that you will listen to Part 1 of this series today. Before you listen, let me list all eight tough questions.
- If God is a loving, all powerful God, why does he allow evil and suffering to exist?
- Miracles contradict science; therefore, they cannot be true and the Bible’s report of miracles must be false.
- Evolution explains the origin of life, so, why do we need to talk about God creating all things?
- Why did God command the slaughter of innocent children in the Old Testament?
- How can you claim that Jesus is the only way to eternal life?
- How could a loving God send people to Hell?
- Church history is filled with experiences of oppression and violence. How can you then say Christianity is from God?
- It is not possible to live without doubt, so how can anyone be a Christian?
Based on Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Faith, I examine each of these questions to provide answers that will build up your faith and provide you with answers for the questions people ask.
Be blessed as you listen to Part 1 of “Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering in the World” in my program, “Word of God, Speak!” – Jonathan Williams
Last September, Kathy and I set up a table with our resources at the International Orality Network conference (ION). A man from Africa came by and I said, “Let me guess where you are from . . . Ethiopia!” He said, “How did you know?” A few hours later, we saw him sitting by himself, and we asked him to join us. Then, we had lunch together. God was putting on my heart to spend time with this man and learn about him.
He was born into an Ethiopian Orthodox family, and as he grew up, he was groomed for significant leadership in that Church. Then, he met the living Christ, began boldly proclaiming the Gospel, and was thrown out of his house by his family!
Undaunted, he continued proclaiming Christ, founded a church, and now, 25 years later is the founder and president of Church Multiplication Gospel Mission (CMGM) which is taking the Gospel to every part of Ethiopia, including unreached tribal people.
During the ION conference, we had a private mini-conference. We shared with him about teaching the Bible as a story, using the 6 Cs – Creation, Catastrophe, Covenants, Christ, Church/Commission, and Consummation. We showed him our video, The Renewal of All Things, and God worked deeply in his heart.
350 Attendees, 15 Nations, 1 Goal
On April 27, Mezgebu Tsemru, will officially launch CMGM, and I will be there to help him. This event will be attended by 350 Church, Ministry, and Denomination leaders from 15 African nations. He will share the vision for Ethiopia and beyond.
One key component for his vision is our video – The Renewal of All Things. He said, “Your video is powerful, dramatic, clear, and concise. It is a shortened version of the Jesus film. We can use it to bring many to Christ, quickly, in Ethiopia.” He will show the Amharic version on April 27, explain his vision to use it in his country, and encourage others to translate it for their nations.
Mezgebu has asked me to join him in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the official inauguration of CMGM and to meet ministry leaders from these countries. We will go, and we have also committed to help with the costs for this great event. Many of those coming are poor, and there is much expense for their travel, food, lodging, and materials.
Will you join me in prayer for this event on April 27 and ask God is he would have you share a financial gift? WGS has committed to raise half the expenses for that evening – about $5000 – which will ensure a successful night of vision casting for all who attend. This night will accelerate the spread of the Gospel in Ethiopia and beyond.
You can mail a gift to WGS – PO Box 90047 – San Antonio, TX 78209. Be sure to mark your check for Ethiopia. You can also give online at www.WGSministries.org/product/partner-with-wgs-ministries/. When you check out, in the Notes box, indicate that your gift is for Ethiopia. We need your help!
A Happy Ending
There is a happy ending to this story. Even though Mezgebu was thrown out of his house, he continued to love his father and mother. Today, with his wife and three children, they live together! God is the God of healing and reconciliation.
We are grateful for this opportunity to help this man who is well-connected with leaders from around the world, and especially African countries. He is committed to and part of the Disciple Making Movement and the Church Planting Movement. Our desire is to assist him as he works with his evangelistic and church planting teams to see such movements take hold in his country and beyond.
Thank you for your prayers and sharing that will help us reach the people of Ethiopia and other countries.
Jonathan Williams – President, WGS Ministries