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The Bible is Unharmed…and The Message Too!

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 1.07.22 PMJesus once said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). And, until recently, I thought that it was common sense what Jesus meant: His teaching would endure forever. But, because of a recent car accident in Tennessee, it may be a good time to review.

The headline read: “Bible undamaged after SUV bursts into flames on Tennessee highway.” Naturally, this raised questions. And many Christians cried, “miracle.” But did God save the Bible? Or is there some scientific reason why everything burned up except for the Bible?

So, the easy answer is “yes, it makes sense.” A Bible, with leather on either side doesn’t have surface area that burns easily; when it is closed, no air can enter; and gilded pages act as insulation. As such, burning a closed Bible is a little more difficult than you might imagine.

But going beyond the initial, rational answer, is there anything more going on here? I won’t limit God. I won’t say that He can’t save a Bible in order to start a discussion about His Word. But, when looking at the comments at the end of the article, it is clear that Christians focused too much on the status of the Book, rather than the words in it.

And the hostility with which non-believers reacted reminds us that we need to stick to the facts. Tell the words of Jesus and the Scripture inspired by The Holy Spirit only. No need to embellish; no need to presume. Speak the facts from His Word, not from your imagination.

Because, the promise we have from Jesus is that His Word will endure. God’s Word will not return void. It will accomplish what it is meant to do. And even if all the Bibles in the world were burned, His Word would still be just as valid, just as enduring.

So, is it a nice story that the Bible didn’t burn? Yes! But let’s not make more of it than we should. And, oh, by the way, the driver wasn’t injured…thank, God!

 

 

Google Says Humans Are To Blame!

google carWhen it comes to driving, Google has finally figured out the glitch – YOU! That’s right…you are the problem. According to press releases regarding recent accidents involving Google’s driverless vehicles, Google says humans are to blame for running into their cars every single time.

So Google says: “The clear theme is human error and inattention.”

Interesting, isn’t it? I mean, take the emotion out of it for a moment and just reflect on what Google is proposing. The least reliable piece of equipment in the car, they say, is you – the driver. So what is the solution? Remove the driver, of course!

As a preacher, I’ll admit that the thought piqued my interest. I mean, what if God had the same idea? After all, aren’t we the problem when it comes to perfectly following His plan? Aren’t we the ones who miss the mark (sin) time after time? Don’t the accidents we get into cause damage to others and create unsafe roadways of life?

God wrote the operating parameters of a proper life. He gave us the perfect example in His Son. And he gave us an opportunity to drive the roads of life directing our own paths. And we make a mess of it.

It is called life. And according to Romans 3:23, we are all bad drivers. Every single one of us has had a fender bender or will have a fender bender as soon as we get our license (reach the age of accountability as we call it in the church).

What if God, though, had reached the same solution as Google: remove the drivers? We couldn’t blame Him, right? We keep getting in wrecks, we are unsafe, we endanger others, and we are often inattentive and irresponsible as we drive our lives down the road.

But God, in His amazing love, allows us to keep driving. Why? Because He doesn’t want robot drivers! Now, I don’t mean on the highways. Maybe computer drivers are, in fact, better. But in real life…well, He wants us to have free will.

In other words, God isn’t looking for robots who do only what they are programmed to do. Rather, He wants us to do right and be good drivers because we love Him and choose His way. He wants us to pay attention to the laws; He wants responsible drivers!

I run into a lot of people who ask why God doesn’t just fix everything. But have you considered what that means? “Fixing” the glitch would mean getting rid of you and me…the ones who make a mess of His perfect road!

But God loves us so much, He allows us to make mistakes, learn how to do better, and get back out there on the road of life. And I, for one, am grateful He hasn’t revoked my license. And I hope, with a few years of wisdom under my belt, I’m a better driver today than I used to be. How about you?

A Few Great Travel Tips

Holiday travel can be a hassle. Here in the Charlotte area, travelers tried desperately yesterday to get to the airport, but traffic was backed up for miles. People left their cars and ran a mile or two with luggage, often only to find delayed or cancelled flights!

One way to avoid hours of trouble is to listen to travel tips. I recently read the following tips and was struck by how similar they are to the lessons God gives for getting to heaven. Give these some thought…

1)      Prepare for trouble. This one might be obvious if travelling in a winter storm, but Christians often seem surprised when life is tough. The road of life will be difficult if you live according to His way, but the reward is worth the trouble (John 15:18).

2)      Get to the airport 2 hours in advance. You don’t have to get to church that early, but it is far greater to make your decision to follow God now rather than later. Why not enjoy the peace that God offers to those who know their destination (Matthew 6:33).

3)      Travel is easier without a lot of baggage. While we all bring “baggage” to church, shedding the weight of past mistakes and travelling “lighter” are freedoms offered by the gospel (Matthew 11:28-30).

4)      Call an agent at the first sign of trouble. Amen! People tend to wait until addictions are entrenched, finances are ruined, or family issues are extensive. We would be so much better off if we would seek help at the first signs of trouble (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).

5)      If you miss your flight call the airline ASAP. If you miss your flight, you wouldn’t just give up on getting to Grandma’s! You would say, “I messed up. Please help me get where I need to go!” If you sin (“miss the mark”), ask God for forgiveness and get back on your path to heaven (1 John 1:9).

Just don’t miss the last flight because you never got a ticket. The price was paid in Jesus’ blood. Accept His sacrifice today, be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, and enjoy the peace God offers His children.