UI – Part 412 – Ichthys
What describes the nature of the followers of Christ? For the convicted it is the reality of the resurrection. That makes the words of Christ, God-incarnate, truth. As 2 + 2 are 4, even though some may believe otherwise, the fact it is 4 is true. Believing in what is true justifies faith in the truth. Philosophically one can argue that believing and having faith are intangibles, speculative and fraught with doubt. That is unless the basis of faith and belief is tangible, real, factual, historical and true.
Is it possible to not believe there is a creator? Where did this planet, the life that is on it and the ideal conditions for life come from? Before space and time, what existed? If there is a starting point in time, is there an end point? The void from which there was a beginning, “In the Beginning,” was occupied by the supernatural. It is beyond comprehension, but universal. God’s existence seems self-evident to reasonable people. Those in denial cannot ignore natural law or universal law, both scientific and moral. Gravity is gravity and human’s cannot decide that it does not exist. That is the scientific. Good and evil exist, but as to what is right, man can choose, and has chosen, sin or to not sin, but that does not alter what is right. That is the moral. Fixed and discoverable by man, divine law, or natural law, is ordained by God. God is that incomprehensible, but undeniable creator, initiator of the universe. Universal law, by definition, is law derived by a source other than man. The God thing! Man is not the originator of morality!
The fundamental questions asked of self are do we exist (obvious answer – yes), why are we here (on this planet), does my life matter, and what is our purpose?
Believe God exists and he will reward you (Hebrews 11.6). Everything has a purpose, as God intended. We should be holy and blameless before God (Ephesians 1.4). Before the universe ever existed God saw everyone of us. He formed it for us (Psalms 139.16). We are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2.10). Leave your simple ways and walk in the way of insight (a deep understanding) (Proverbs 9.6). Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Romans 12.1). Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself (Mark 12.30-31). All things were created, in heaven and on earth, by him, and for him (Colossians 1.16). We know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8.28).
In all that you do know we exist because God made us, we are here to serve God, be holy and please him, in so doing life matters as it is what God desires, a life lived according to his purpose; and our purpose is his purpose. Serve him in whatever is your capacity on earth and you will be rewarded. Know his grace was to have you walk in the light he shines and comply with the moral laws inherent in our nature. We will err but have been forgiven and strive to do what is good and right in all ways, especially with regard to our fellow humans. We are not to hate, as we do not hate ourselves, but to love and help each other. Our hand that guides is his hand guiding.
You were created to be loved by God. Your belief in Christ has untold rewards.
Ichthus is the fish symbol, the symbol of Christianity.
Grace and Peace