The Bible: Purpose

“How Can I Make You Understand?”

If you wanted to tell someone that you really loved them and you were willing to do anything to prove that love, what would be the most effective way to do this?

If you were God and you watched what you created become ruined; people living lives that were nothing resembling the glorious ideal you had planned. Suffering, sickness, evil, violence, and death covering the planet you made for beauty and perfection. If you knew that your creation had no way of redeeming itself but would remain in this state of chaos and confusion and all would be lost, how would you save it?

I suppose that God could have ignored the sins of man. He could have forgotten all of the evil that has been done. He could act as if He didn’t care about how we live and just allow us to go on and do what we wanted because He loved us so dearly.

But what of God’s justice? Could the judge of the whole universe not stand against evil and permit suffering to continue?

If an earthly judge were to read the indictment against one accused of crimes. If He should sit and listen to the offenses that were committed and the evidence to support the guilt of the accused; should he simply ignore, forget, act as if nothing had happened? Should a righteous judge release the guilty and allow them to live as they please because he loves the one who committed these violations of the law?

Which one of us would want to live in a world where judges release people back into society who have committed crimes against others?

If we demand justice from earthly judges, then why is it hard for us to accept the judgement of the God who made all that exists? He said that the soul who sins will die.[1] This is a law of the universe that is no less impactful than the law of gravity. If we jump from the thirty-second floor of a building, the law of gravity will sentence us to death for our violation. If we sin against God’s righteous commands, for how we must live, they will sentence us to an eternal death for our violation of His law.

God is perfect in every regard. He made us also perfect. He expects that we will conduct ourselves in the correct manner. This is Gods world that we live in. He created it, therefore only He has the right to determine the laws for human life. If we don’t like Gods laws we can leave earth and create our own universe, stars, and planets. We can fashion a planet for us to live where all the laws of physics and anthropic constants work together to allow human beings to live. Then we can make our own rules and live in any way we want to.[2}

If we are not able to do this then we should agree that God is right to make the rules for how we must live in His world.

If we examine the rules that God made for human life, they are all good. There is nothing bad or evil about anything God said we should say or do. Every word that He commanded us is based upon love for Him and love for each other. In the most basic sense, if we just love God and people, there are no other rules for us to follow.

The problem is that we all have a rebellious nature. We don’t like to be to be told what to say or do. We want to live in the way that we think is right. This is because we are so disconnected from God that we cannot see how far we have moved away from Him. The closer we come to God, the more we can see ourselves for who we really are. The more ashamed we become at our words and actions because we see how good, kind, holy, and righteous God is. It is a good day when we begin to see ourselves, not in comparison with every other human being, but in comparison to God.

Isaiah saw God for who He really is. He saw Him sitting on His throne and in that moment when He saw the Lord in His Holiness, He felt a sting in his soul for how he had lived his life. “I am undone,” Isaiah cried. “I am a man of unclean lips and I live in he midst of other people who also have unclean lips.” The angel took a coal from the fire of God’s altar and touched Isaiah’s lips. The Seraphim told Isaiah that his sin was cleansed. Then God asked “who can I send to tell the people about me, who will go.” Isaiah, now realizing the Holiness and perfection of God and that his own sins were taken away by God, said: “Here I am, send me.”[3]

God has sent us His own dear Son. He allowed Jesus to come to earth and take the body of a human being and become like us. He did not come in regal splendor with a great entorage. He came humbly, gently, quietly. He came in poverty so that the lowest of earth could feel like they could approach this righteous King. He came without any of the noise and arrogance that people of this world come with.

Jesus came to die and to show the world, in visible, graphic illustrations of His life, death, and resurrection, that God loves us so much, He allowed His Son to die for our sins.

Out sins were so great that only the perfection of God’s Son could pay for them all. His love was so great that He was willing to give up everything for us. He allowed evil men to accuse Him of crimes He never committed. He allowed soldiers to punch Him in the face and tear His skin into ribbon of flesh that exposed His ribs and internal organs. He let evil men pound nine inch spikes into His hands and feet. He stayed on the cross for six hours so that all the sins of every person could be placed upon Him and He could pay the debt we owed for those sins.

Why would Jesus do this? It was we who were guilty. It was our wrongs that He took and suffered for, not His own. Every filthy and vile word that comes from our lips. All the unrighteous deeds of our life. All the anger, violence, hatred, lust, and selfishness; Jesus took them all into His very self and died to pay our debt for these things.

If we can understand what God has done for us. If we can comprehend the Love He has shown to each person. Perhaps we can grasp the purpose of the Bible; “If Only I Could Make You Understand.”

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Part 2: The Bible


NOTES:
[1] Ezekiel 18:4 (NKJV) 4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.
[2} Anthropic Constants are the fine-tuned universe which allows human life to exist. These physical attributes are empirical evidence that the environment we live in was purposely engineered by intelligence to make our existence possible. See The chapter: “God, His Existence, His Physical Laws Evidence”
[3] Isaiah 6:1-8 (NKJV) 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.  So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”