As you watch our glorious leaders and wise men stumbling over their own feet as they bring Ebola into the country and let it get loose, as they sit stymied by the savages of ISIS, as they trample the laws they have sworn to uphold, as they erase the borders they’ve sworn to protect, you may find it hard to remember that these are the people who want to sit where God sits. “God isn’t doing the job,” they say, “but we will!”
During His ministry on earth, Jesus Christ did many wonderful works—works which we call miracles. And He explained why He did them.
“Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of the Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works…” (John 10:36-38)
Jesus of Nazareth gave sight to the blind, food to hungry multitudes, cleansed lepers, healed the sick, cast out devils, calmed wind and wave by His command, and raised the dead. He did these works to prove that He was the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God.
Furthermore, these are the works that will be done every day when God regenerates Creation, establishing a new heaven and a new earth.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days,” God told Isaiah, “that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established… and all nations shall flow into it… neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:2-4) In fact, the Bible is full of promises that tell us what Christ’s Kingdom will be like, when it is finally established on the earth. “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces…” (Isaiah 25:8)
The miracles performed by Jesus Christ were a preview of the Kingdom. This is what it will be like—an end to war, hunger, disease, and fear; everything fresh and clean and new; even an end to death itself. Christ sent no one away hungry or unhealed.
But of course there are people who are too wise in their own eyes to believe anything like that. They don’t believe the Son of God ever did any of those things, or that the Father will ever do them. Belief in God, they say, “is an unproved and outmoded faith… harmful, diverting people with false hopes…”
That’s from The Humanist Manifesto II, a religious statement signed by hundreds of the smartest morons in the world.
Examine this whopper from Paragraph 5, in which the humanists hold out their promises. Please observe how closely their words ape Christ’s acts.
“Using technology wisely,” technology replacing the sovereign power of God, “we can control our environment” (as Christ did, without taxing anybody for it), “conquer poverty” (twice, Jesus fed thousands of people, starting with just a few small loaves and fishes, and without forcibly taking food from another group of people), “markedly reduce disease” (Christ healed everyone who came to Him), “extend our life span” (Jesus raised the dead; and faith in Him is the promise of eternal life), “significantly modify our behavior” (by means of propaganda, drugs, and coercion, as opposed to God’s love and grace acting on the straying heart), “alter the course of human evolution and cultural development, unlock vast new powers” (Do you really want these people playing around with vast new powers?), “and provide humankind with unparalleled opportunity for achieving an abundant and meaningful life.”
And the astoundingly low price for all this, boys and girls—I mean, they’re practically giving it away!—is something anyone can pay and never miss it: all this abundance and meaningfulness can be yours, yours, yours for the low, low price of one measly immortal soul that doesn’t really exist, anyhow. There is no God. There is no afterlife. There is only what we’ve got to offer here and now.
Everything that Jesus Christ ever actually did, they promise to do. Eventually. If we do as they say. If we give them all our money. If we don’t mind how many eggs they break while they’re making the omelet.
And they say Christians are credulous.
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