I think when I first heard about all the earthquakes and problems that have recently happened o Japan, I kind of was a bit shocked and overwhelmed by what I heard and saw. I think everyone is looking at Japan and feeling compassionate toward them. I actually lived and worked there for a short time a few years after I had graduated college. This whole thing has left me wondering what was happening to those people I had met when I lived there. Thinking whether or not they were ok and what they must be going through.
It totally amazes me that such a major earthquake could have occurred and all those aftershocks that are as powerful as some quakes. I have been praying for that country daily since it has happened. It also has made me think about what the Bible tells us about the end times and the signs that it is approaching soon. Not only the natural disasters that have been occurring in recent years but the decrease in morality, the politics that has taken place throughout the world, as well as so many other things that are mentioned in the Bible. It also makes me realize how important it is to reach those who do not know Jesus as their personal savior.
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life.
Many people seem to believe that Christianity is just another religion or that there are other ways to get to heaven but the Bible clearly states that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of God” (Rom. 3:23). From birth onward each of us are separated from God because of sin. The only person who ever can and will be able to say that they have never sinned or done any wrong was Jesus. He was the only on who could die in our place for what each of us have done or would do. He is the only way to heaven and to be with God. Other religions can not say this. The Bible is the only truth that has prophecies that have been fulfilled, the only book that has written of science and history and other things before they ever occurred. Even today no one has been able to find any fault in the Bible. People may say they have but soon afterward it has been discovered that even they were wrong. All of creation proclaims that there could only have been a creator who had established what we see with or eyes everyday. God calls out to each person wanting them to come back and have fellowship with Him.
I amazes me that so many people deny His existence. It takes more faith to believe that magically the earth came into existence on its own. It takes even greater faith to believe that somehow the planets formed in such a way that their are orbits and gravity and that the earth has the perfect environment for life. It takes even more to believe that a single cell of life poofed into being with a God. That on cell somehow magically formed into various life forms with such perfect systems etc etc etc. I am always totally in awe of what God created everyday. I pity those who miss out on Him and who overlook the wonders around them in order to avoid God. The theory of evolution was made up based upon assumptions and in order to try out take God out of the picture. The theory of evolution was assumed to be fact based on assumptions and not on fact. Scientists and others have ignored scientific facts in order to support what they want to believe about evolution. Many have fabricated evidence in order to “proof” it as factual and have failed time and again. People use the carbon dating process as proof of the age of teh earth when it too has failed to proof a reliable basis for dating rocks etc. The Bible time and again keeps being proved over and over again even by scientists who choose to ignore the facts because it supports a God who exists.
Titus 3:5-7 he saved us, not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.
John 1:12 But to all who have received him–those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children
John 3:16-18 For this is the way God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.