SERENDIPITY FOR SATURDAY

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YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER

Sometimes, I get tired of all the commercials on TV because they seem endless and I want to see the program. But I realize they are the ones paying the bill so why not endure it. However, there is another lesson to be learned from such ads. Take for instance the ad to help cure acne; the one for arthritis pain; the one for headaches; the one for high blood pressure, cholesterol; the ones advertising cancer and diabetes treatments, just to mention a few.

However, if there were no diseases like acne, arthritis, headaches, high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer, diabetes etc., these cures and treatments would not be advertised! The same goes for the Gospel of Jesus Christ; the forgiveness of sins; and the way to salvation. If there were no sin and no consequences of sin then Christianity and the preaching of the gospel would not exist; there would be no cross, no resurrection, and no return of the Messiah. Why ask people if they want to be saved, if you don’t tell them what they are being saved from?

Why then, please tell me, do so many ministers only talk about how loving and caring and forgiving God is, extolling His love and grace and mercy, without mentioning the severe consequences if such love and grace and mercy are ignored? If we are all going to heaven no matter what, then close down the churches, sell the pulpits and pews for firewood and let’s have a party until we die! The truth of the matter is this, that without God’s grace and love and mercy; without Christ’s death on the cross and His miraculous resurrection; without the blood that washes away all sin, our destiny is eternal punishment.

What would you think of someone going around offering a cure for a disease that no one has? What would you say about someone offering free airfare to a place that does not exist? Why preach heaven, if there is no hell? Why preach salvation, if there is no punishment for sin? Why preach eternal life, if there is no eternity? Yes, it is God’s desire that none should perish, that all should be saved, but that’s because we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. In other words, one has no meaning without the other. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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