Romans 6:20-23 (ESV)
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 6:35-40 (ESV)
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
At its end, eternal life. Raised up on the last day. Wow, doesn’t that sound like something to strive for? Or, conversely, we can think this world is all there is and skip out on the next one. If this is as good as it gets, slaves to sin, I’ll take the promise that Christ is the bread of life, that I will never be cast out of a place of perfect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
As far as I know, no one has been able to show that there a conflict between the Big Bang Theory and God created the heaven and the earth. The two are not mutually exclusive. Hawkins says that it’s possible because of the law of gravity – um, but gravity is something, not nothing. So where did gravity come from? In my simple little mind, absolute nothing is just that and nothing can’t create something. Something can create something else, but nothing is nothing. So, what’s the problem believing there is a God?
If there is a God, which seems to me to be a rational explanation for how we got something from nothing, why not Christ? He claims to be the bread of life. Not one of the loaves, but the bread. All of it. Christ isn’t like Jim Jones, Arnold Potter, Sun Myung Moon, David Shayler or a host of others. His impact is far too great for him to have been just another nut job. I believe he says he is who he says he is. I will never thirst for anything.
I want freedom from the worst kind of slavery – sin. It’s a dark hole from which there is only one way out. Set me free! I subject myself to a higher power and His wisdom, His ways, His truth, His reality. I want freedom, so I give my life to Him.