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I love to read stories like this of how atheists become Christian after engaging with other atheists. This particular atheist was converted to Christianity after spending time on Richard Dawkins’ website. Well done to the Scottish Pastor David Robertson for persisting on engaging the hostile atheists. And thanks to Steve Kryger from Communicate Jesus for his post highlighting this.
There are essentially two links for this article. The first (original) is at Apologetics 315. It is a full length transcript of the interview. The second is on the Christian Post which is an easier to read summary of the Apologetics 315 interview.
Now we can get all Christianese about it and say that Matthew 24:36 is quite clear that no one knows when the end of the world is going to be. Or we can get all “derogatory” with and about those people that haven’t read or don’t want to believe that the Mayan calendar is simply coming to the end of its long cycle (kind of like our yearly calendar just ticks over at the end of every calendar year). Or we can even get all philosophical about it and agree with the statement that tomorrow will indeed be the end of the world as we know it, as it would have changed and have been altered in one or other substantive way. Or…
… we can face the reality that tomorrow could very well be the end of the world.
I am not saying that the Mayans are correct. But neither am I denying the sovereignty of God in deciding which day He may choose to end the world and bring about judgement. You see, it could very well be that the Mayans only guessed it correctly. But whether they guessed it right or not, does not change the fact the God could indeed use tomorrow as the time to send Jesus back to collect the saints and banish the lost.
So, the real question that remains, is are you right with God?
Are you ready to find out what’s on the other side of death? Is there really an eternity, or do you come back as something else? But if the earth is totally destroyed, what will you come back as? Or maybe you become one with everything, or get absorbed into the nothing? Which one will it be; the something or the nothing?
Can you really afford to be wrong?
Jesus offers eternal life. If He’s wrong, then you have nothing to lose; you’ll either return to a desolate and wasteland earth, or you’ll dissolve into nothing and won’t know anyway, or you’ll become one with everything and won’t care either way. But that’s only if He’s wrong.
But if He’s right, you have everything to gain or lose. You will either have eternal life or eternal damnation. Can you really risk it?
But here’s the catch – Jesus doesn’t only want your fear of death. He wants your heart. You see, I don’t believe that the world is going to end tomorrow. I believe that we’re all going to wake up on Saturday morning and go, “Ah!! Yet another prediction all gone wrong.” And the commitment you make to follow Jesus before the world is supposed to end, will require a follow through when you wake up the very next day.
Jesus is not only your ticket out of death, but He is your journey on your way to eternal life. That journey is this life that you are living now. And because you are going one way, in order for you to go the other way (to eternal life), you need to change direction. That change in direction is called repentance. It requires an attitude and even a behavioural change on your part. But it is worth it.
Go on. Give your heart to Jesus.
Pray with me:
Heavenly Father. I admit that I do not have all the answers. I admit that even though I may think that I am a good person, there is without a doubt, something that I have done that has ultimately been an offense to you. I may not even know what that offense may be, but I know that there will have been something. And so I confess to you that I have sinned against You and am in need of a saviour. Lord, I do not want to be eternally damned and am therefore here to now accept Your free gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus of Nazareth. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to be the person that You have destined me to be. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Now go find a local Church, tell them that you have committed your life to Jesus, and start your journey towards eternal life in the fellowship of other believers.
If you want, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will labour with you in prayer for you to find a local Church.
May God richly bless you this day as you begin this journey. In Jesus name. Amen.
my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say
Matthew 24:36 (NIV) – “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”
In light of the claimed end of the world tomorrow, I was reminded about this post I wrote more than a year ago.
my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say
“Ha ha ha! That was a good one guys. Thanks for the free publicity. Now let me show you what really happened.” And He’d wisk them off back in time to the raging Sea of Galilee, put them in the tossing boat, lob them a Red Bull each and say, “Okay. Off you go then. Let’s see if it really gives you wings.” (See Matthew 14:23-33).
Let me give my non-South African readers a little bit of context. Earlier this week Red Bull launched an advert in South Africa with Jesus and two of His disciples sitting in a fishing boat. They get bored fishing so Jesus gets up and starts walking on the water. His disciples ask Him how is it that He can perform such a miracle, to which Jesus responds that there’s no real miracle, but that they just needed to know where the stepping stones were. Now I didn’t see the advert myself (I don’t watch TV) and I’m working off a newspaper article that I read, so my details may be a bit off. But this was the jist of the advert.
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