Published by Jerry Baysinger on 25 Mar 2011 at 06:00 am
Who would ever presume to argue with God? I asked myself that question one day. With God being Almighty, and all-knowing, how could we hope to out-reason or out-argue Him? Yet, I see it happening every day. God said thus-and-thus, do this, or don’t do that, and we think we know better, don’t we? Come on, now, admit it.
For example, God says certain things are an abomination to Him, and we say, Well, God didn’t really mean that. Now, keep in mind, I didn’t write the Holy Bible, I just read it. There are certain things we must realize when we read the Bible; number one, God is speaking to us from the position of no matter what we may think about it, He is always right. He created the entire creation, He makes the rules, and what He says is right, is right; and what He says is wrong, is wrong, with no room for discussion. Knowing that, why do we insist on arguing with God?
There are people who think God is going to save everyone, no matter what, after all, the Bible says in 1 John 2:1-2:
1 Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
I can see where they get that, if you stopped reading right there, but the next few verses give us a little more information::
1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1Jn 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1Jn 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
1Jn 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Did you see that? There are qualifications for salvation, it’s not just “say a little prayer and ask Jesus into your heart”. In fact, there isn’t a verse in the Bible that even says to ask Jesus into your heart. But don’t take my word for it, go search it out like I did. Yes, the Lord Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, but, the whole world does not accept the lordship of Christ Jesus, therefore, salvation is only to those who do. Is it written in 2 Peter 3:9, The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The Lord has made His declaration that it is His will that none should perish. That’s His will, and who would argue with that? Apparently, the majority of people do, for the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Notice He said there be FEW that find it. Why is that? Because mankind has a stubborn spirit that just isn’t willing to submit to every word of God, but constantly wants to argue to get his way. We see it every day in our society. Where our Nation was once built upon the precepts of the Bible, stiffnecked people have determined to argue with God, calling evil good, and good evil.
God gave us instructions for life that will lead to peace, joy, abundance, health and blessings, and yes, you guessed it, we want to have it OUR WAY, not God’s way. So He lets us do it our way, even though He knows it will hurt us. But we have to learn, don’t we? Why is it we can’t just take God’s word for something and run with it?
When it comes to healing, we can do it the easy way, or the hard way. The easy way is the way I chose to do it. When the doctors told me I’d be dead in a month or less with cancer, I chose to believe God’s word which was contrary to the doctor’s report. I chose to literally take God at His Word, which stated in Psalm 103:2-3 that He had forgiven all my iniquities and healed all my diseases. Now, I could have argued with God like most people do and ran to the doctor for treatment, and continue every time I had some symptom in my body to run to the medicine cabinet and doctor. But I didn’t go back to the doctor. I settled it on the day I made Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior that His word would absolutely rule in my life, and if that decision would someday cost me my life, then so be it. I realize not many can make that degree of commitment to God, but I knew God is always good for His Word and He never lies. So He will not get any argument from me in any situation. Now, you’re free to do that which you want, and God will not stop you, but you will save yourself a whole lot of suffering in life by just determining to do what the Lord Jesus taught His disciples.
The fact that I won’t argue with God has kept me well and blessed these nearly eighteen years now, and serves to show people that God does indeed keep His word. If He says I should do this and not do that in His Word, then I’m going to obey His word, because I want to be blessed. I spent the first forty five years of my life doing that which was right in my own eyes, and suffered immensely for arguing with God: that is, not obeying Him.
Some people think there are many roads to salvation, that it doesn’t matter what religion you are just as long as you’re a good person you will be saved. You can worship a tree, you can go live on a mountaintop and meditate, you can paint your toenails purple and stand on your head and ring a bell, or chant a mantra, but if you really want to be saved, there is only one way, and that is through the shed blood of Christ Jesus, and it isn’t open to argument. It is written in John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Of course, I know in the Day of Judgment there will be those who will try to argue with the Lord Jesus that they should be saved, but they won’t be, because they didn’t do things His way. It is written in Matthew 25:31-46:
Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Mat 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Mat 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Mat 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Now, we see those sent away to everlasting punishment didn’t win the argument, did they? No, and you won’t either. So why not just obey God and you’ll both be happy. God will have joy in your obedience, and you’ll be blessed. And you won’t have to twist God’s arm to get Him to bless you, either, He will just do it because He loves you so. You will find the world will seldom agree with God, especially in society as we know it today. Your family and friends may try to convince you that God isn’t doing what He says in His Word, and their argument is keeping them from their blessings.
Do yourself a big favor: DON’T ARGUE WITH GOD.