C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

My Personal Corrections or Thoughts toward “Christianity in Four Acts”

An atheist blogger has done their best so simplify Christianity into what they call “Christianity in Four Acts”. As a Christian, I first ponder why the post at all. Is it to promote Christianity, mock Christianity, or simply to understand Christianity? I will assume they may actually desire to understand Christianity, so below I shall give what I believe should be the corrected “Christianity in Four Acts” whereby I believe they erred in some of their thoughts. Please bear in mind that bringing Christianity to such a simple layer of understanding does not guarantee the full understanding of it, nor the importance of it, nor does it remove questions but actually produces more, which could be considered a good thing. To ponder the things of God is a good start.

ACT I

God is indeed all-knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere present, but these are but a few of the attributes of God. God is supernatural and could be considered outside and inside natural time and space. God is the Creator of time therefore outside of time, having no beginning and no ending God is not bound by time. Yet God works within time and sees all that was, is, and will be in a continual state of present. God is not merely somewhere in the great beyond, but is everywhere present with man always throughout all of history.

We know of Him because He has instilled it within our being. We also know because of inspired writers of Scripture by which we have the Word of God to read, study, and meditate upon; along with the Holy Spirit which enlightens us to understanding and acceptance of Truth.

ACT II

All mankind has been born sinners because of the sin nature passed unto all people born of woman by the first man Adam’s sin. We are born spiritually dead in sin in a state of total depravity whereby we do not have fellowship with a Holy God and are therefore seen as unclean in His sight.

As sinners we are worthy of the wrath of God, whereby a sinner is given their reward of their own desire to rebel against God, but He does not glory in their punishment nor is He swift to wrath but is longsuffering toward man that they may repent; sending the sun and the rain on both the just and the unjust and allowing the tares to grow with the wheat till the day of reaping.

ACT III

It is impossible that man can come to God on his own and earn by his own hands the worthiness to be accepted by a perfect, holy, sinless God, for man is corrupt and stained by both the sin nature and the sins of his own doing. Sins can be forgiven, but they must also be paid for.

Through an act of love God the Father sent Jesus Christ His Son to atone for the sins of sinners. Scripture declares man can be saved only by the grace (unmerited favor) of God, by mercy (not getting what one deserves), through putting faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Whereby Christ is God in the flesh, lived a sinless life, was crucified, buried, and rose again for the justification of those that will accept Him as Lord and Savior. Christ arose in flesh and bone appearing unto more than 500 persons.

ACT IV

Jesus Christ does not show a way, but is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will be accepted in the eyes of the Holy God without the righteousness of Christ upon them. Through regeneration and the quickening of the Spirit one is brought from spiritually dead in sins to spiritually alive in Christ. Although one remains attached to the flesh, which battles against the spirit, whereby one on earth shall never be perfect, till at death they are welcomed into the dwelling of Christ to be sinless forevermore.

Because of this new birth, we have God working in us by which we have the Spirit moving us to do that which is right and to proclaim (witness) the gospel message of the forgiveness of sin and reconciliation to God which can be found only by putting ones faith in Jesus Christ. We witness for the love of God that we may be obedient, for we desire the lost world turn from sin in repentance and accept Jesus Christ as Savior unto salvation, not for annoyance sake or personal gain.


By these four so-called ACTS, does this clear up Christianity and leave us with no questions at all? By no means does it, for there may be yet Christians that disagree with what I have written, whereby they are entitled to their ideas. But the inability to grasped the entirety of God and His plan should be expected for we being the created can not expect to supersede or compare ourselves to the Creator in knowledge, power, or deed. This is the pride of man whereby he is left in a state of condemnation due to his unbelief in a God which He cannot understand and a Savior he will not submit to.

The entire gospel can be summed up in this below, by which one either accepts unto eternal life, or rejects unto eternal damnation. By choice you hold God blameless as to where you decide to make your final abode.

1 Corinthians 15: I declare unto you the gospel…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

Christ, was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

How is it possible that Christ could take the sins of men upon Himself that we may be saved? Because He Himself is sinless and He Himself is God.

2 comments:

Lazarus Resources said...

Very well put. If I may, I'd like to link this to my blog tomorrow.

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

No problem. Thanks.

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.