Can You Handle The Truth?
This area is dedicated to the presentation of truth as provided in God's word, the bible. The statements, ideas and opinions presented in this article come from the perspective of men and women who believe the bible to be the record and revelation of the Divine Creator who created this world, the universe and all that is in it.
The following verses set forth the proposition that (God's word, the bible, scripture), originated by means of the supernatural provision of God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 1:16-21
16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Look again at the bold sections of the verses given above:
The apostle Paul, author of the letter titled "2 Timothy", makes the statement that "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God".
And then in the letter written by the apostle Peter, titled "2 Peter", the apostle writes that "no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." In his statement, Peter makes it clear that scripture is not to be interpreted in some arbitrary, personal way, rather, it should be interpreted by means of the same Holy Spirit that inspired it's writing. With this being the case, how is one to arrive at a proper and accurate interpretation?
First of all, we must recognize that the only individuals capable of understanding and interpreting scripture are those who have been "born of the Spirit". The bible tells us that "natural man", doesn't have the ability to spiritually discern "the things of the Spirit."
1 Corinthians 2:14
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Natural man doesn't have the capacity to perceive the kingdom of God or grasp the depth of meaning in God's word. If he is to grasp the "things of the Spirit", a supernatural awakening will be required. This, "awakening", only occurs when one puts their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. This experience can't be empirically analyzed or described, rather, it is a supernatural event that must be experienced in order to be understood.
In the gospel of John chapter 3 verse 3, Jesus made the following statement.
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
This is the bible reference most frequently noted when referring to the biblical concept of being "born of the Spirit" or being "born again". It is this regenerative experience which gives one the ability to "see the kingdom of God".
Consider the dialog between Jesus and the religious leader Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee of significant rank and yet he could not understand the things of the Spirit because he had not been born of the Spirit.
1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."
3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
8 "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
This "born again" experience is an event that is referred to in the song which almost every American has heard at one time or another. The song, written by John Newton, is "Amazing Grace". The author wrote the following:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see!
grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!
When John Newton wrote this, he was not visually impaired, (blind). In his song he refers to the sight that was given at that moment when he exercised his faith by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. The supernatural awakening that Jesus spoke of when speaking to Nicodemus is the event John Newton experienced and noted in his lyric to "Amazing Grace". It was in the "hour he first believ'd" that the awakening took place. A simple step of faith wherein, he was given the ability to see spiritual things when he began to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Consider the following verse which tells us that those who "receive Him and believe in His name, to them He gives the right to become children of God". They are those who are, " born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God".
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The response to the evidence of God's existence which God provides to make Himself known:
19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.
Every person who stops to consider the magnificent intricacy of the universe, this earth, nature, the human body, etc. begins to suspect how unreasonable it is to imagine that our world and the universe came into existence as a result of billions years of accidental combinations of this and that.
Although he studied physics rather than biology, Albert Einstein was intrigued by the question of human origins and the existence of the universe. He recognized the evidence for an intelligence behind the functioning of the cosmos and the existence of life.
In spite of such a profound admission, Einstein didn't attribute the evidence for this intelligence to a biblical or personal God. However, he never had the opportunity to consider the growing body of evidence for cosmic fine-tuning and design that cosmologists have discovered in recent decades. Discoveries about the beginnings of the universe point to a “first cause,” that many cosmologists claim is the most likely explanation for the origin of all thins.
consideration of our world, our universe and all that is in it often gives one
the sense that there must be something larger, beyond and outside of ourselves which set these things in place and in motion.
Then we come to Jesus Christ, the One who claimed to be the Son of God whom everyone seems to have heard of but few had given reverence. This man whose birth is central to mankind's calculation of days and years. Our years are counted from the year of his birth.
We learn that this man, Jesus Christ, said there is a way man can come to an even greater realization of God's existence.
It comes through this process of being "born again" as we receive the promise of eternal life when this life ends.
"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in
Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
God longs for us to
respond to the revelation of Himself that is seen in all of creation. The bible tells
us that God knocks on the doors of our hearts longing to be invited into our lives. He makes Himself known through the life of His Son Jesus as recorded in the bible, and through the power of His
Holy Spirit. God reveals Himself and waits for our response. He refuses to force
Himself into anyones life but waits to be invited.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
The individual senses the reality of God and recognizes that God has gone to great lengths to make Himself known to Man. The individual prays to God asking forgiveness for their sins and self willed manner of life. They ask God to come into their life and make their life new and help them live according to God's will.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
No matter what a persons background, no matter what they have done or have been involved in, when that person reaches out to God through prayer with a genuine and sincere desire to know Him and learn of Him, God will certainly meet and receive them.
17 "I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me.
7 "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
8 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.
People who accept God's plan of salvation, who live with a sincere desire to know and learn of God are called Christians. They are people who make the conscious decision to learn, from God's word, how a person should live.
The ideas and information presented in this section will challenge Christians with questions such as: Now that I have accepted and believed that Jesus Christ died for me, how should I live? What is my purpose? How can I know God's will for my life?
A separate section will be dedicated to challenging the unbeliever with questions such as, does my life have purpose? Why am I here? I don't believe in God so why should I want to live for anything other than what seems best and most enjoyable to me?
Another section will deal with the issues of abortion, adultery, alcoholism, drug use, fornication, homosexuality, pornography, promiscuity, etc. If God's word is truth, what does God's word say about these subjects?
These subjects will be discussed from the perspective of how they are detrimental to all who participate and practice such behavior. These activities will be shown for how they affect the life of the individual, the family, community, etc. These activities will be revealed for the manner in which they can wound, scar and eventually kill the spirit of those involved. (Remember, even if the spirit of the man is dead, God can raise it to new life).
This area will also deal with the fact that Christians, who have been born again, sometimes return to their old sinful ways. Christians!? Returning to that which they clearly know to be wrong? How does this happen?
Can you handle the truth?
How can we make sense of it all? This area will seek to provide resources and information that will bring light and understanding regarding this struggle that believers and unbelievers are subjected to as part of our life on earth.
Testimonies and real life examples will be used to reveal the destructive results of sin in the life of the believer and the unbeliever as well as stories of how God has restored, healed and changed lives.
Life is full of situations that are difficult, frustrating and painful to deal with. Every situation leads to times when have to make tough choices. Many people choose to hide from the need to make important decisions and they pretend that the situations aren't real, ignore them or hope they will just go away. What should we do in the difficult times of life? Should we avoid and run from difficult situations or should we look for help or counsel. Who do we go to for help and counsel, another person who has the same difficult situations and needs help and counsel themselves? Isn't there a better source of help and guidance?
Yes there is a better source of help. God's word is filled with wisdom that can bring understanding, healing, and victory in difficult situations.
One of the fundamental principles presented in God's word is that this life is filled with tests, (choices). These tests are designed to direct us to the true source of help, God, but many people resist and do not want to deal with their situation by seeking wisdom from God.
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.
15 ". . . choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
These tests require us to make choices regarding every aspect of our day to day life. This is the MOST IMPORTANT decision any person will make must be made during our life here on earth.
God's word declares that one day we will all stand before God and we will be asked the question, what did you do with my Son and the salvation that I offered to you through the sacrifice of His life. Did you choose to accept the salvation or did you disregard and refuse my salvation. God does not force His love and salvation upon anyone but makes us aware of it and then allows us to make the choice as to whether we will choose it or refuse it.
I pray that you will soberly consider the information offered here and take a look at your life and ask yourself if you like what you see. More important than that, ask yourself, does God like what He sees and if something happened to you today, if your life ended in some unexpected tragedy, and all that I've said is true. If you really will stand before God, what will you say about the way that you lived? What will God say about the way that you lived? Will you consider these questions in sincerity and TRUTH!
gforceministry.com, our prayer is that
you will realize that God is love and God is the author of life. He is the
source of life and has provided the means for you to have a life of meaning and
purpose. It all begins and ends with Him. Seek Him, desire to know Him and begin
the adventure of living your life as follower of Christ.
Please take a look at this great book, (the Bible), which provides tremendous insight into the struggle described above.