[ Selected ]

Man's a created being. If created, he's dependent; and if dependent, he must be responsible to some superior agency. Not having made himself, he can't sustain himself nor have perfect control over his being. Being a creature, he must be subject to his creator; for the creator is greater and wiser than the thing created. God, being man's creator, has power to judge man's actions and to watch his every move. Man's under the inspection of God every minute of the day and night; God's eye runs to and fro in all the earth beholding the evil and the good. All things are naked and open to the glance of him with whom we have to do. Man's a moral being, more than inert matter blindly obeying physical laws. He's more than vegetation, or animal life which by instinct is led, caring nothing for right or wrong. Man's possessed of moral consciousness, conscience, personality, and will. He has thoughts of good and bad, he knows good from evil, and it's this knowledge, imperfect though it be, this ability to discern between right and wrong, that proves the truth of the statement that he's respondible for his conduct to a superior power.
 
God's Character Seen...
Since man is such a creature, it's evident that his Creator is also possessed with moral character and attributes. A creature can't possess a charcter higher than its creator any more than a stream can rise higher than its head. A being with a will, conscience, and intelligence couldn't be created by a being of lower order. Only the fool has said in hes heart, "There is no God." Obedience couldn't be demanded if there were no law, nor could man rightly be commanded to give allegiance until authority be revealed; hence, if God desires man to obey him, he'll make known to him his will, and appeal to his reason and intelligence.
 
Man's Only Safe Guide and Judge...
Instinct isn't a safe guide for man, for we see destructiveness through all animate creation, from man down to the smallest insect; nature in all its grandeur doesn't disclose a perfect law. Conscience isn't a safe guide, for it's only an echo of a defective and distorted education, as is proved by the fact that some religions have educated the consciences of their followers to believe that they do God's service when they murder those who don't agree with them. Conscience, nature, nor instinct tell us how many Gods there be, hence, with man so guided, idols of wood, fire, stone, and even human beings have been worshiped. An abstract idea of God's will has never satisfied man, hence a written revelation was a universal necessity. All nations have their sacred books; the Bible alone has the stamp of divine origin. The word of God, or his will concerning his creatures, is to be found in the Bible and no place else. As true, then, as there's a God, that he created man a moral creature, and that man is responsible, it must follow that God has given man a law, a safe guide for him to follow, and this safe guide is the Bible, which will also be our judge in the last day.
 
Things Seen and Unseen...
There's a natural world which is to last but for a time and then pass away; but there's also a spiritual world, which will last throughout all eternity. Man's a compound being, and is in correspondence with both the visible and the invisible world. In speaking of man, the apostle Paul states plainly that "there is a natural body and there is a spiritual body." Jesus said to Nicodemus, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Both the outward and inward part of man has a form: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground." (Gen. 2:7) "And formeth the spirit of man within him." (Zech. 12:1) "But though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." Paul declares that things seen, which includes our bodies, are only for a time. The outer man is corruptible. Solomon, in Ecc. 12:7, in speaking of natural death, declared, "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Many people by their actions seem to teach us that this life and this world are the only things that are tangible and real; while, in fact, this present world stands in the same relation to the real as a scaffolding used in building a house does to the house itself. The scaffolding is simply a temporary stage, and when the house is completed, it's taken down because it's no longer needed.
 
An Infidel's Mistake...
A noted infidel in making light of God's work once said that he could have done better himself, for he would have made health contagious instead of disease. He could see no farther than the literal, and his plan would have benefited the natural man only. God doesn't encourage man to place much thought upon the natural, material world, but he again and again instructs us to set our affections upon things above. The great truth that man must choose, and that he must reap according to his choosing, must reap what he sows, hangs over the whole world of mankind. The law that men must reap what they sow offers protection to those who choose the right. An ungodly person may leave behind him a blasting influence of sorrow and woe that's to roll onward to the end of time. a godly man may start influences like a river of blessings that will also roll onward, making men happy until the end of time. Not until the great climax of human events has been reached---the conclusion of all deeds that go to make up the sum total of results---will men properly understand the mighty importance of having lived right.
 
A Retrospect of Life...
When time shall have passed into eternity, and we stand amidst the realities of that heavenly world and look backward to this life, we then shall understand more fully that this life is but a vapor, and that visible things are simply temporary---to be used only for a time. The earth will not abide forever, for it's made of crumbling dust, and belongs to things material. The sun, which has been shining for ages, will pass out of existence. The soul of man, with its affections and capacities, will never die, but in a world especially prepared for it, it will increase and develop while ages roll on. The mortal flesh is simply the house in which we live and through which we correspond with this marerial world; it's simply the weight that holds us to this earth. Progression of the soul is here retarded and hindered in many ways, and its power of locomotion is limited by reason of weakness of the flesh; but when at last death looses us from our earthly surroundings, our souls will fly away to that better country to enjoy unlimited, unbounded freedom in that land where things are eternally enduring.
 
Consistency of a Final Judgment...
To be consistent, if we acknowledge the righteousness of punishing one man guilty of an offence, we must also acknowledge the righteousness of the same punishment for the same crime committed by any other man, and the punishment of all men so guilty. Justice, then, demands that man be punished for his crimes. Human legislation binds on man imperfect laws, leaving many loopholes; it's limited in its scope and defective in its operation. Human laws aren't sufficient in every sense. Two men each commit a crime of equal violence; one is caught, deprived of his life; the other escapes detectives, and hence punishment, and lives and enjoys freedom. Is that justice? Human legislation, too, forbids external doings, but can't take notice of nor punish motives hidden in the heart. Not only does logic demand a final judgment, but the Bible declares that God will bring all things into judgment, whether they be good or bad.
 
No Escape on That Day...
Men may hide themselves in the deepest corners of rocky fortresses, but who can hide himself from God? The Almighty will bring the guilty one who escaped the vigilance of human law out of his hiding-place and stand him before the One who sits as Judge of all the earth. Although the Lord seemingly delays his coming, and ages may yet roll on, there'll be no safe retreat for the culprit to escape impending justice. The grave itself won't hide him; for God shall speak, and the dead shall hear his voice and come forth. Oh, awful day, when granite rocks shall rend, tombs burst wide open, and the gates of death unlock and stand apart to close no more forever! Death then shall be eternally left behind. No more will mercy's door swing open to invite those to enter who closed their earthly life in sin and rebellion against the throne of God. Awful beyond all description will be that day when all nations and tongues shall meet and individually give a final account to their Creator---to Almighty God.
What an awful day when God, who knows, shall touch the hidden springs of human actions and weigh the motives of every heart! Oh, the pallid faces on one side of the great white throne! Think of the happy ones upon the other side! Though all shall meet together, yet the examination will be personal. No one can appear by proxy, as before an earthly court, but "every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Riches, diadems, scepters, honor, pride, glory, traditions, and professions will all be left behind when men stand before their God, with no one to plead their cause. The books will be opened. The broken marriage vows, betrayed donfidences, neglected duties, false statements, religious pretenses, disputings of God's Word, holiness fighting, infant murdering, the secret acts of free love, and every other dishonest thing will be uncovered upon that day of days.
 
A Way of Escape...
Thank God, there's a way of escape, and that's Jesus Christ.
If the reader is a guilty person, repent of your sins, and ask God to forgive, and believe with all your heart, and all the dark past will be blotted out and remembered against you no more forever.



NEXT

MAIN PAGE MENU 

 

JCSM's Top 1000 Christian Sites - Free Traffic Sharing Service!