The Bible is a most amazing book.  It was written over a 1600 year period by approximately 40 men, many from different countries and cultures and even from different times. The time of the writing was from 1500 BC to AD 100.  It has been for many years and is still the most popular and best-selling book in any language.  “According to statistics from Wycliffe International, the Society of Gideons, and the International Bible Society, the number of new Bibles that are sold, given away, or otherwise distributed in the United States is about 168,000 per day.”  Perhaps the most amazing fact about this book is the amount of prophesies.  No other book ever written purports to predict the future in such magnitude as proof of its truth and the fact that these words are divinely inspired, the very Word of Our Amazing, Boundlessly Loving God.  There are  3,268 verses of fulfilled prophesy and 3,140 verses of prophesy that has yet to be fulfilled.

In addition to being a most amazing book and the word of God, the Bible teaches us about the optimal way of living for most happiness in the family and society, and these optimal ways include moral laws, gender roles, sexual laws, etc.  Looking at the Bible this way, for a legalist, which is all those that live under the law, not yet saved by the Blood of the Precious Lamb Jesus Christ, the Bible at least is a good guide for successful living.  I’m quite sure, moreover, that many have approached this amazing, unparalleled Book this way and have gained benefits from it without completely following the spiritual principles contained within and without actually having a relationship with our Creator and Savior.  But God made this universe and all that we see within it.  He is amazingly powerful, able to create all things that we see, creating ex nihilo, out of nothing, simply using the power that He contains within Himself and thus changing that power, that energy into the matter that we perceive in all of creation (remember E=MC2—matter and energy are interchangeable).  If He is this powerful, and those of us who know Him personally know that He is, then you can safely assume that He has inextricably woven His Laws and His Will into all of His creation, so that these things can also be known by those who have never seen the Bible (Rom. 1:20).  

And one of the major laws that God promises is, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7).  From this verse, we learn that God IS paying attention to the deeds of people and that He is keeping score.  Moreover, I believe this verse refers to a natural law written into His creation that we will receive back from our life what we sow into it.  Some call this “karma,” cause and effect, after the Hindu concept from India, but I believe that the Hindus simply learned over time from God’s creation that people tend to get back out of life what they put into it or take from it. There is most definitely cause and effect in operation in life.  It is not too hard to think of examples from our own lives or others around us in which we have seen someone sowing seeds of good or bad and consequently reaping back from the deeds that they sowed. 


I pray that you will read, study, and benefit from His Word given to us in written form and that you will personally know and love the Loving God that has given us His Amazing Word to live by.
 


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Sheila Brannon
07/07/2013 7:16am

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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