Thursday, March 29, 2007

Is God Real?

People often ask whether or not God is real. It is human nature to question things. The whole concept of God goes against the idea that seeing is believing. Perhaps people are just looking in the wrong direction.
When people ask me to prove God's existence, I ask them to tell me where the world came from. Some scientists say that it just happened by accident, but science says that matter cannot be created or destroyed. Must not take much to earn the title "scientist." The fact is, God created the laws of the Universe, and therefore He can also break them or bend them. It takes more faith to believe in the Big Bang Theory than it does the Creationism Theory.
Another good rhetorical question concerns miracles. Where do they come from if God does not exist? The most common answer to this question is that people fake miracles. Yes people fake miracles. You should not believe everything you see on TV or read on the Internet. People also fake Drivers Licenses. Should you never trust a person's identity based on their license? Not all miracles are fakes. Look at the situation. Is it a televangelist begging for money who performed this "wonder" or was it a street magician? Following some of the miracles that Jesus performed in the Bible, He told the person to go and tell nobody about it. He did not want hoards of attention from His miracles, rather He was more concerned with people's souls. Fact is I can introduce you to someone who was dead for ten minutes and the nurse who confirmed it. Why is He still alive? There were a lot of people gathered there praying for a miracle.
Need more proof that God exists? Try talking to Him. He will answer. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. God typically chooses how He answers so pay attention and don't be surprised. Ask people about their relationship with God. There are a lot of people who talk with God on a regular basis. Ask them about their conversations. Testimony is one of the most powerful things...after all it is acceptable in the court of law too.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Is Oral Sex Okay?

If you are asking this question you probably already know the answer in your heart. Let me reaffirm it.
Oral sex is sex. The only difference is the physical orientation. One person arousing the genitals of another is sex. Sex outside of marriage is a bad thing. If the two of you are married: have at it, just keep it behind closed doors please.
Many teenagers long for a sexual experience. They see oral sex as a way around God's command to keep the marriage bed holy. Read the definition above... it is still sex.
"But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." -Matt 5:28 (KJV)
If lusting after a woman is adultery in God's eyes, then I think taking it a step further would be much worse. FYI: Adultery is sex outside of marriage. If your not married, sex is adultery.
Go ahead and ask me why sex outside of marriage is such a bad thing. Please.
(hint: rich divorce lawyers)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Suggestions? Comments?

If you have any topics that you would like to discuss please let me know on this THREAD.

Topics can come from Apologetics, Spiritual gifts, Life Purpose, Church, Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, or anything else scriptural. If I don't know the answer, I can at least find some information on it.

As far as the End Times go? I am somewhat confused about the End Times myself. I know that God will provide refuge for His children during the Tribulation. I don't know for a fact whether or not that will be in Heaven. I have yet to see the word "rapture" in scripture. Noah was raptured (more or less) or delivered from the destruction, but God did not call him up to heaven.

I am here to answer your difficult Spiritual Questions, whether or not you are a teenager.


Suicide is a major problem among teenagers these days. I have spoken with numerous young people who have seriously considered it as a way out and a few who even attempted it.
I am not a counselor, so please seek some professional help if you or a friend are dealing with this issue. It is not to be taken lightly.
I usually tell teens that they are simply caught on a bridge between childhood and and adulthood. You will get over it. It may be stressful having to deal with some adult responsibilities for the first time (like time management), but you will learn. On the other side of the spectrum your parents may be in denial of the fact that their child is growing up and can handle responsibilities. Stick it out a few more years; it will get better. Childhood is fun because you are free from responsibility. Adulthood is fun because you can decide to do whatever you want. The teen years can be the most fun or the most stressful depending on the combination of the responsibilities and freedom. It is rarely stressful 100% of the time. Find an outlet for your extra energy, some place you can have fun. Sports is a great way to relieve stress, not video games. I'm a gamer too, but it does not get you blood flowing like real sports. The teen years are filled with new hormones. Raising your heart rate will help get some hormones flowing to where they need to be.
I recently heard a study that said teens bodies react opposite to the hormone that is released to calm people during times of stress. Teenagers get a double dose of stress as a result. Just hang on you will grow out of it.
Think of all the people who love you. They will miss you if you kill yourself. At least be considerate of these people. Many people say that no one loves them. That cannot be further from the truth. There is always someone out there who loves you. Perhaps you do not spend enough time with these people to realize how much they love you. That may be the source of your depressed feelings. Even if you cannot spend as much time with your loved ones, you can spend time with God. He will love you no matter what and He is always there. There are churches all over our nation where you can go to find someone that will help you find that still small voice of God.
Talk with God. Tell Him your problems. Hold the faith.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Is Jesus the ONLY way?

Simple answer: Yes

Long answer: Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)

We can't earn our way into Heaven. God the Father is waiting for us in Heaven. Think of it this way: If your master said you had to fill in the ocean with dirt, could you? Holland has managed to push the ocean back to reclaim land, but it is small in comparison to what they have left in the Atlantic. Our good works are nothing but a buckets worth of dirt thrown into the ocean compared to how much we are indebted to God. Do not get me wrong; our good works are important.

A little more information on this verse may help you understand. Shepherds in Jesus' time would build a sheepfold out of mud bricks, often the only material available. They would tear off thorn bushes to put along the top of the walls similar to barbed wire fences today. Then the shepherd himself would sleep in the doorway. In other words he became the gate. Jesus is our gate. Try to get in any other way and you get the thorns.