Wednesday, April 9, 2014

God's NOT Dead!

By now you've more than likely heard of the great response to the movie God's Not Dead. Having gone to see the movie with my family, I can attest to the fact that this movie is a great movie with a great message. But the title of the movie, and awesome song by the Newsboys, is the direction of today's post. There are plenty of people around the world who believe that God is in fact dead, or maybe more accurately He never existed. To them He's a fairy tale made up by man to explain away drought and disease. They see Him as a crutch for mentally, emotionally and spiritually weak people. To them, God is dead. To them, I believe God would share the often quoted words of Mark Twain. "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

To millions of people around the world, God is in fact alive. There is no mistake about it to them. They know Him to be alive based on their observation of the relationship they share with Him. They see Him interacting with them. They speak to Him and He speaks to them. It's impossible to have a relationship with someone who is dead. The same is true for those that believe in God and have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. If God didn't exist or were dead, then how could believers carry on a relationship with Him. They couldn't. We would all be here by chance with no purpose for our lives. Instead we are here by the design of a loving and righteous God who wants a relationship with us.

In the Bible we find 31 places (NKJV) where God is referred to as "the living God." We hear it from men who had a deep faith in a great God and men who encountered Him in their daily lives. Moses in Deuteronomy and Joshua in the book that bears his name, both call Him "the living God." Both saw Him perform many miracles and had special relationships with Him. David, in his fight against the Philistine giant Goliath, asks "For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" (1 Samuel 17:26, NKJV). To the man after God's own heart, there was no doubt that God was alive. Prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and Hosea knew God to be alive because of the messages He gave them to share with the wayward people of Israel. Jesus' own disciples knew that God was alive, even referring to Jesus as "the Son of the living God" (John 6:69, NKJV).

For those that want to claim God is dead, to them I say, "Examine the facts honestly and watch God stir your heart. Then claim He is dead." To me, their claim that God is dead has no more bearing on me than for them to claim the sky is green and the grass is blue. Their claim doesn't change the truth. My prayer is that they would encounter the God who shaped and changed the lives of millions and that can change their lives too. To those who know God's NOT Dead, keep proclaiming the truth!

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