Life In Christ Illustrated by Red Blood Cells

For the last two weeks, I’ve blogged a series dealing with the nature of blood, and it’s portrayal of Spiritual Truth. Blood in Scripture is the source of life: “the life of the flesh is in the blood.” Blood sacrifices were used to atone for sin and in rites of purification, and finally, the blood of Christ brings everlasting life to those that believe. The three-fold nature of blood is 1) plasma (mostly water), 2) red cells (the bearers of life, oxygen) and the 3) Immune and protection system (clotting agents and immune system components).   Today, I’ll deal with the red blood cells, the carriers of life, which are the carriers of life bringing life-giving oxygen to the cells.

None of the body cells can remain alive without a continuous supply of oxygen. Every part of the body MUST be in contact with the blood to live, without that contact, a cell will die. Our body is made up of about 30 to 75 trillion cells. Remember the rule of eights; air/oxygen is only 8 minutes.

There are between 400 to 500 million molecules of hemoglobin in each red blood cell, and each one is a single individual constructed in the inner, most protected part of the body, the bone marrow. It works in the blood for about 120 days and then is taken apart in the spleen to recycle its materials.

The RBCs carry life to the whole body. Each RBCs is an independent individual. In their short lifespan, they dedicated to bringing life to others. Without the oxygen they carry the body will die. These characteristics of RBCs illustrate the truth of the Gospel.

Individuals take the gospel, which is life, to others. Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? ..’As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

As believers we are dedicated to a single purpose, to bring life to others, so we should be single-minded in taking the Gospel to others. Only oxygen can give life, so the blood of Christ is the only way to salvation. Anything else brings death. For example see Matthew 19:29

Blood and life in the body are like the vine and branches analogy Jesus used. John 15:4-6 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye, abide in me. I am the vine; ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Life comes through Christ alone! God has called us to carry the Good News to ALL we encounter, as the RBC brings life to all the body.

Charlie is the author of “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!” which develops an evangelism strategy that gets to the Gospel every time you witness. His second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. My third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com

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A Christian’s asks: Is Atheism Illogical and Contradictory?

Atheists define their worldview as:

○ not believing in a god or gods in any form (no deities allowed)

○ believing there is no evidence for gods and no reason to believe in any

Atheists contrast themselves with Christians, by citing abortion doctors murdered by Christians because this breaks the Biblical commandment “Do not kill.” They neglect to consider the millions of children aborted by those same doctors. This plea is reminiscent of the Nazi war criminals’ plea in Nuremberg in 1946, which claimed they “broke no law of Germany” because the laws had dehumanized those they murdered. The International Court, which tried these Nazi war criminals, saw through this and indicted them for crimes against humanity. The court said, “There is a higher law than the ones passed by governments.” Morality has absolute standards! The source of this judgment is the sixth commandment, which states, “Thou shalt not kill.”

This existence of moral absolutes is a significant contrast between Atheism and Christianity. On morality, Atheists say: “Atheism does not lead inevitably to any particular moral position.” “What’s right in one circumstance is wrong in another.” “Abortion is desirable in some circumstances.” and “The taking of a human life can be justified if it serves a useful purpose.” This relative position on morality is a hallmark of Atheism. That same Atheist, then, declares unequivocally, ” There is no God.” That’s an absolute statement that claims omniscience or infinite knowledge. So here’s the Atheist’s problem: morals are relative, but their essential declaration of “no God” is absolute. This relativism vs. absolute conflict is a contradiction of the highest order. You can’t have it both ways! As Mr. Spock would say, “That’s illogical!” Or Data, the android in Star Trek, would say, “That doesn’t compute!” Atheism is a direct logical contradiction and defies all logic. The Atheist makes the explicit claim of personal omniscience to KNOW, “there is no God.”

My conversation with an Atheist.

Charlie: “Are there moral absolutes in the Universe like the Ten Commandments?”

Atheist: “Of course not. All moral judgments are dependent on society’s conditions.”

Charlie: “Is there a God?”

Atheist: “No! I say that with certainty, absolutely not!”

Charlie: “So when it comes to morality, there are no absolutes, but you make the absolute statement ‘There is no God.’ You can’t have it both ways: absolute and relative. Atheism is a contradiction in the highest order. If you are going to be consistent with your logic, the best an Atheist can be is Agnostic! Atheism itself is a logical contradiction!”

Here are some questions I ask atheists to provoke them to think about their worldview.

  • If there is no God, then why does it matter to you if anyone believes in Jesus?
  • Why does my belief in Jesus distress you so much?
  • Don’t I have freedom to believe what I want to?
  • Why does it make you so angry I believe in God?
  • If God doesn’t exist, why does it matter?
  • If there is no God what’s your point?

This analysis of Atheism is from my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!” My second book: ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to 106 questions unbelievers use to try to stump Christians.

My third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Blog 2016 046. 11/11/16 Evangelize like Jesus did! Ask questions to get to their motives.

The most familiar imperative in the Bible is the Great Commission. Jesus tells his disciples, as he leaves,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:18b–20

That’s pretty clear. He has all the authority on earth and remains with us by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Our call to action is to make disciples of all nations. Most Christians don’t do it. They are timid or afraid to bring the Gospel to the world around them. Why? What paralyzes them? Fear of not being able to answer those “hard” questions unbelievers ask! Our Enemy, Satan, uses this disabling fear to weaken believers, create doubt, and prevent the spread of the Gospel. Paralyzed by this fear, they withdraw from spiritual warfare and become bystanders. Most of the Christian soldiers I know want to take supporting roles. Few intend to go into the front battle lines to confront the Enemy. Our spiritual war is ineffectively fought because of this fear of being unable to answer questions. This implied assumption that we must respond to these issues immediately is a significant barrier to personal evangelism. So what can we do?

Let’s see how Jesus confronted this. The religious leaders ask Jesus a “trap” question that he is not going to answer, but He responds with a question. He is forcing them to think through their presuppositions when confronted.

And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where, did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why, then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” — Matthew 21:23–27

Jesus didn’t answer their question. He asked that question to expose their motives for asking the original question. He wanted to hear their reason for asking before he’d answer. He was asking the Scribes and Pharisees, “Why did you ask me this question?” After listening to their response, he never answered their question. Jesus forced them to expose the foundations of their beliefs, their presuppositions, and to consider the consequences of their answers. They wouldn’t answer his question. Our goal dealing with questioners is to do the same: expose their foundations. When we know what they believe and their motive for asking the question, we have an opening to bring our witness of Christ to them. This personal evangelism strategy is described in my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!”

My second book: ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to 106 questions unbelievers use to try to stump Christians.

My third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Christian, can you answer? “I only have faith in what I can sense.” Part 2

Christians can counter materialistic beliefs by three separate approaches: 1) immaterial opposites, 2) historical narratives and 3) absolute scientific laws. Answers here are given as dialogues to make them simple to understand and easy to implement. This week we tackle the second and third.

Historical Narratives

Me: “Do you believe George Washington was a real person? Did you ever see him? You only have the testimony of books written by other men.”

I: “Of course.”

Me: “Do you believe there was a Roman Empire? Do you believe two world wars occurred in the twentieth century?” (You can use as many examples as you can think of, just don’t use events that happened during the person’s lifetime.)

I: “Yes.”

Me: “You only know about past events that you didn’t witness through the testimony of others. So, you trust in something you did not see. Do you concede you believe history through the testimony of others?

I: “OK.”

Me: “Then let me tell you some history. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the most documented events of all time. If the stories about Jesus were not true, we would know because men and women don’t sacrifice their lives for a lie. Besides the actual testimony, we have two-thousand-plus years of history to affirm Jesus’ saving power.”

Absolute Scientific Laws

Me: “Do you believe in gravity, the laws of aerodynamics, or thermodynamics?”

I: “Yes.”

Me: Do these laws change?

I: I don’t know.

Me: “Have you ever seen them change or know of any time or place they did?”

I: “No.”

Me: “Then we can accept they don’t change and are absolute. The universe has some scientific laws that don’t change.”

I: “But there may be a place in the universe where they do change.”

Me: “That’s an argument from silence and is faulty logic. You are begging the question!”

I: “Okay, there are laws about the physical universe that don’t change.”

Me: There are also rules of morality that don’t change, as we saw above when we talked about justice. Your belief that everything is relative is false. There are absolutes in both the physical world and in morality.

Summary:

We started off with statements like, “I only believe in what I can see.” “Faith is for fools!” “The only reality is the material world.” “There is no supernatural!” “Everything is relative; there are no absolutes!” But you’ve conceded believing in things you can’t sense, you accept the testimony of others about events you did not experience, and the universe contains absolutes that are always true, which you deny. You view of reality has been falsified. What you believe about the world isn’t true! None of the things you said you believe is true. You have a worldview that is inconsistent, illogical, and false. I tell you with confidence; you need to find real answers to your view of reality. My Christian worldview is real, demonstrable, and absolute!

My book: ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains these answers. My personal evangelism strategy is in my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!”

My third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Christian, can you answer? “I only have faith in what I can sense.” Part 1

Christians can counter materialistic beliefs by three separate approaches: 1) immaterial opposites, 2) historical narratives and 3) absolute scientific laws. Your strategy here is given as dialogue to make it simple to understand and easy to implement. This week we tackle the immaterial opposites, next week the second and third ones.

Immaterial Opposites

Here are some possible materialist statements: “I only believe in what I can see.” “My five senses tell me all I need to and can know.” “There is no supernatural; only the material world exists.” “Faith in something you can’t see is foolish.” (There are many variations of these statements, but you get the idea.)

Me: “You only believe in things you can see, hear, feel, smell, or taste, so then do you believe in darkness?”

Them: “Yes.”

Me: “There is no such thing as darkness. You can’t sense it in any way. Darkness is the absence of light, but it does not exist by itself. How about the wind? Do you believe in the wind?”

Them: “Of course.”

Me: “The wind itself can’t be seen; only its effect. Do you believe in cold? Cold is the absence of heat and can only be defined by the presence of heat.”

Them: Many possible responses.

Me: “How about good and evil? Neither one can be measured or sensed, but we know them when we see them.”

I: Many possible responses. At some point in this dialogue the Inquirer is going to stop you and ask, “Where are you going with this?” or “You are frustrating me.” So, when they ask, we put the pieces together.

Me: “You do believe in many things you can’t sense. Darkness and cold are opposites of things we can measure. We observe the effect of wind, and we can measure it, but we don’t see it. Evil is the absence of good, but what’s the source of good? How do we know what’s right or wrong? What is a conscience? Is morality somehow inside of people?”

“Your child has just done something wrong, and you confront them. Immediately they look guilty but lie to escape punishment. The Family Circus cartoon depicts this behavior with the semi-invisible character “Not Me.” If you deal with children, you know all about “Not Me.”

I: At this point, it’s important to get them to agree to the principles of good and evil.

Me: “Since you believe in the concept of evil, you also must accept the necessity of justice, because bad behavior deserves punishment. As a materialist you believe anyone’s behavior is just the response of the chemistry and electricity in your brain, but what is the source of those moral ideas? Good and evil is another immaterial concept you know and accept.”

Immaterial opposites show that you believe in more than you can sense, but there are two more ways you also go beyond your senses, historical narratives and absolute scientific laws.,

Summary: Even the staunchest materialist has to accept many intangible things that can be defined but not detected or measured. Immaterial opposites are the first of the three flaws in a materialist’s beliefs. Next week we’ll discuss the other two, historical narratives and absolute scientific laws.

My book: ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains these answers. My personal evangelism strategy is in my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!”

My third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Is your security in material things? Jesus says DON’T!

IMG_0077In our American culture, with all its abundance, it is easy to succumb to the deception that our material wealth can protect us. When you walk into a market like a Wal-Mart Super Store, the choices and abundance of the products on the shelves overwhelms you. Not all cultures of the world have this abundance, but in the United States and Western Europe, materialism is a very common distraction, and many use it as an excuse to reject Christ.

In the early 1980s, we belonged to a church that adopted international students for a semester while they attended local colleges. One of the families took a girl, eighteen years old, from St. Petersburg in the former Soviet Union. Her parents were members of the Communist Party, and her family was privileged. She bragged she would only have to wait in line for one to two hours to buy meat, bread, eggs, milk, and other groceries while most others who were not members of the party would wait three to six hours. After she had been in the United States about two weeks, the hosts took her to the Harris Teeter Superstore on W. Friendly Ave in Greensboro. They told her: “We’re going shopping for food.” So she said, “I hope we won’t have to wait too long.” As they walked through the main door of the store, she took in the scene and froze in her steps. The entry door was near the produce section, so all the fresh produce products were in their displays. She asked, in a tiny voice, “Can you go just take them to buy?” They answered, “Yes, of course.” She began to weep, almost uncontrollably. She asked, “How can this be? It’s just there. You can pick it up and buy it?” She could not connect this abundance with her previous eighteen years of life. She would later say, “It seemed impossible! I couldn’t comprehend it or believe it.”

The materialistic worldview’s foundation is abundance. When scarcity comes, this view becomes bankrupt in the scramble to survive. When your material possessions are suddenly gone—tsunami, tornado, hurricane, etc.—you will be hopeless without Christ. Jesus addresses this in Luke.

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “ The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” —Luke 12:13–21

This blog is on pages 52-54 of Chapter 3 in my book Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! Charlie is also the author of ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” http://yourchristiananswers.com

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