The ROCK of Truth
The SAND of Lies
Truth Builds. Lies Destroy.
Jesus Is The Truth. Jesus Is The Rock.
By Ken Raggio
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly." [Jesus Christ]
An ATOM is constructed according to hard and fast laws of physics.
With any variation from those laws, the atom could not and would not exist. The famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, said, “The laws of science, as we know them at present, contain many fundamental numbers, like the size of the electric charge of the electron and the ratio of the masses of the proton and the electron… The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life… It seems clear that there are relatively few ranges of values for the numbers that would allow the development of any form of intelligent life… One can take this either as evidence of a divine purpose in Creation and the choice of the laws of science, or as support for the strong anthropic principle.” (…that there is an infinite number of universes.)
The universe did not happen by chance.
Something is rigged, and God rigged it.
Hugh Ross, an astronomer formerly with the California Institute of Technology, identified 128 parameters necessary for the existence of life on a planet. He then estimated the probability for the occurrence of all 128 parameters as approximately ONE part out of 10166 parts, factoring in the maximum number of planets in the universe as 1022.
He concluded that there is “less than 1 chance in 10144" that life in our universe could have come into existence without intelligent guidance. That is less than ONE CHANCE IN a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion. We can handily assume that this means that it is IMPOSSIBLE that our universe came into existence without DIVINE guidance.
Roger Penrose, Hawking’s teacher, said, “To produce a universe resembling the one in which we live, the Creator would have to aim for an absurdly tiny (chance)… one part in 10123. That is an extraordinary figure. One could not possibly even write the number down in full… it would be 1 followed by 10123 successive 0’s. Even if we were to write a ‘0’ on each separate proton and on each separate neutron in the entire universe – we should fall far short of writing down the figure needed.”
Imagine Having To Win The National LotteryImagine that you won the lottery, after having only ONE CHANCE out of 50 million. That would be quite amazing.
Twenty Times In A Row Just To Be Alive
Now imagine that you won the lottery 20 TIMES IN A ROW. That consequence could not have come by chance. Something was rigged!
Likewise, the notion that the universe was formed entirely by chance is impossible. Something had to be rigged! So, how offensive to Truth is the so-called “Big Bang Theory” or “Theory of Evolution”? Both are ABOMINABLY OFFENSIVE!!
A lie did not create the universe, and a lie cannot sustain the universe. Only Truth can. And Truth WILL!
A theory that God doesn’t exist, and that the universe created itself out of nothing, with no intelligent design is not only preposterous, it is a damnable lie.
Hypothesis, theories, conjecture, supposition, assumptions, or guesses will not hold the universe together. ONLY Truth can. But Truth DOES!
By the same logic, it is inexpressibly important to understand that OUR LIVES cannot be sustained by lies. Only Truth will sustain us.
Jesus said, "Whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock," Matthew 7:24.
The analogy here is a comparison of a house built on a rock to a house built on sand. The argument is that a house built on sand has little hope of survival when the great storms of life come. The house that is built on a rock has the greatest chance of survival, because it is well-founded.
The ROCK is TRUTH. And JESUS is the ROCK. The SAND is LIES. If you build your life on the pure, unadulterated TRUTH of God, your house will stand like the house built on the rock. But if you build your house on LIES - any kind of lies - your life will fall, because it is like a house built on the sand, which, when the storms come, it quickly falls.
The Connection Between Truth And Integrity
If a building has intergrity, that means that it is well-constructed. It has quality design, quality materials, and quality workmanship. A building that is built with excellent design, excellent materials, and excellent workmanship will outlast all others.
But a house that has poor planning, poor materials, and poor workmanship will soon perish.
Pick-Up Sticks Or A House Of Cards?
Did you ever play PICK-UP-STICKS when you were a child? Do you remember throwing down a pile of sticks, and trying to remove one-by-one from the pile without upsetting the pile? It is a short game to play, because anytime you randomly pile up things like that, there is no structural integrity - and it soon falls.
The same thing is true with the HOUSE OF CARDS. Building a house out of cards is a game of anxiety, because you can only go so far before the entire structure is doomed to collapse. You cannot have structural integrity when the design is inferior, the materials are inadequate, and the workmanship is flawed.
The Biltmore Castle (photo below) in Ashville, North Carolina, is the largest, finest, and most enduring of all homes in America. It goes without saying, that the Biltmore is a showpiece of the finest planning, the finest materials, and the finest workmanship of its time.
The integrity of the Biltmore Estate illustrates the kind of quality a human life should manifest when ordered by divine planning, divine materials, and divine workmanship. Under the careful guidance of our one true God and Creator, a man or a woman can become marvelously impressive. The psalmist David called us "fearfully and wonderfully made," (Psalm 139:14).
All forms of life are even more meticulously structured than the lifeless elements of the material universe.
Life contains more than mere atoms and molecules. All living things are built on an extremely sophisticated structure of the highest integrity - the DNA Helix. This is the stuff of life.
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) contains the genetic instructions (plans) for the development and function of all known living organisms. Inside a living cell, DNA is organized into long structures called CHROMOSONES.
GOD'S WORD is to all life,
and all things.
Though you cannot see the Word of God with laboratory instruments, it is certainly there, working in the invisible domain, just as meticulously as atoms, and molecules, and DNA and Chromosones are working in the natural realm.
If you could only see it, the Word of God is just as real and just as influential to our existence as are Atoms and DNA.
Only God's Word Is Altogether True
All the opinions of man are forever in transition. But the Word of God is eternally the same. Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Word of God will always be exactly the same. It never changes, and it always rules over all things for all of eternity.
God's Word is the "logos" - the thought, order and arrangement of God. God's Word is what ordered the universe. All things were created by the Word of God, and all things are maintained by the Word of God.
That is why the PREACHING of God's Word is vital to life of every person. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
For many centuries, mankind was plunged into the "DARK AGES," when they were forbidden to read or possess the Word of God - the Bible. But when men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, George Whitefield, John Wesley and countless others began to open the Bible and preach from its pages, the world began to see light that had not been seen in centuries. A fresh revelation of God was just beginning to unfold. While these men did not have a full revelation of the Apostles' doctrines, they were trailblazers in their days, and boldly challenged long-standing lies and deceptions; a tradition that we would do well to continue.
A life that is NOT subject to the Word of God is subject to lies. It lacks integrity. It is not structurally sound. It is destined and doomed to failure.
Our lives only have integrity when they are build with the best planning - the guidance and direction of Almighty God.
Our lives only have integrity when they are built with the best materials - the virtues and values handed down from our Creator.
Our lives only have integrity when they are built with the best workmanship - the highest standards of righteousness and holy living.
Jesus said, "Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it," (Matthew 16:18). The solid rock of Truth will stand when the world is on fire.
If you want to last forever, study the Word and live by it.
The Word of God is the building block of life. YOUR life!
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