by Dennis Kelly
printed: 2000, 2002
Skeptic: Who is God that I should worship him?
Bring him to me, and I will rap him on the side of the head and he can worship me. If he is too tough for me, I will get my friends and ambush him. Then he will worship me because I am tougher. You do not think that I can whip God? Then I will get the President of the United States or the Secretary of the U.N. We will assemble the armed forces of many nations and force God to worship us.
Believer: The Bible says in Isaiah 37:36, The angel of the Lord killed 185,000 soldiers in one night.
According to Matthew 26:53 God can send 12 legions of angels.... Twelve legions are more than 60,000 angels. Multiply it out. If one angel can kill 185,000 then 12 legions can kill more than 11 billion. Your army is not big enough.
Skeptic: You do not think that I can whip God in combat? If he is tougher than I am, then I will out fox him. I am pretty smart. Being smart is better than being tough, anyway. I will out fox the guy, then he can worship me.
To be God, He must be tougher than any group of men. He must be smarter than any man, or group of men.
Believer: The Bible says in Genesis 1:1: God made the heavens and the Earth. The Bible says in Isaiah 40:12: God measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, marked off the heavens with the width of his hand, and measured the dust of the earth and weighed the mountains and the hills in a balance. The Bible says in John 1:3: that through him (Jesus) all things were made that were made and that without him nothing was made that has been made.
Skeptic: OK. So God made the heavens and the earth. Well, if he does not bother me, I will not bother him.
Believer: With that attitude, most likely God will not bother you.
Believer: What about heaven and hell? Were do you think you will go?
Skeptic: I do not believe in either. When you are dead, you are dead, and that is the end. Besides, if there is a heaven or a hell, I will worry about that when the time comes. After I am dead, I will make a choice.
Believer: The Bible says: There is once to die and then comes the judgment. You only get a chance, before you die, to chose God or Satan. You must choose before you die or you automatically get Satan and Hell.
Believer: Suppose there is a God.
Skeptic: There is no God!
Believer: Suppose there is.
Skeptic: OK. What if there is?
Believer: Suppose, as the Bible says, God would hear and answer your prayers? Suppose God is tougher than all of the armies and navies and air forces and smarter than any group of men. Suppose, if you asked him, he would come into your problems, on your side, and help you out. Would that be worth something to you?
Skeptic: Well, sure. But God is not going to do that.
Believer: The Bible says he will in John 15:16. "...The Father (God) will give you whatever you ask in my (Jesus) name."
Skeptic: Who says the Bible is true?
Believer: The Bible says that of itself. Your (God's) word is truth. John 17:17. The Bible is the word of God.
Skeptic: If the Bible were the word of God, it might be truth. But I do not think the Bible is the word of God. It is just a bunch of made up stories.
Believer: The Bible is composed of two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and the New Testament was originally written in Greek. The earliest texts of the New Testament can be dated to about 300 A.D. The earliest texts of the Old Testament can be dated to before Christ. They are substantially the same as the King James and New International versions of the Bible. You should do some studying on your own to verify this.
Believer: The Bible says of itself that it is true: Psalms 12:6: ...the words of the Lord are flawless,... Psalms 119:160: All your (God's) words are true. Psalms 100:5 ...his (God's) truth endures to all generations. (Read "every generation".) Matthew 24:35: Heaven and earth may pass away but my words will never pass away. Isaiah 40:8: ...the word of our God stands forever.
Skeptic: The Bible may say of itself that it is true, but still be lying. How do I find out if the Bible is true?
Believer: Psalms 34:8: Taste and see that the Lord is good. Try it you will like it.
Believer: Malachi 3:10: "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be meat in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the flood gates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it
This is the only place in the whole Bible where you are invited to test God. For myself, I decided to make a test. I decided I would tithe. I determined how much I would likely make in next year and divided by ten to get the tithe. Then I divided by twelve. I decided to give that much, each month, to a Christian organization for one year. I needed to know when God had done his part. What standard is being used, so that I can know when it is achieved. I told God that I would monitor my investments and that would be the test. If my investments did well, and I had thousands of dollars more than I had any place to invest, I would count it as God fulfilling his promise to give me more blessings than I had room for. Over a year I monitored my investments and often read Malachi 3:10. At the end of one year my investments had doubled. That was pretty good, but that was a long way from being more blessings than I had room for. I mean, more blessings than I had room for meant thousands of dollars more than I had any place to invest it. I had to have all of my debts paid off.
I told God, "This is pretty good, but more blessings than I have room for means more money than I know what to do with. We are not there yet. However, doubling my investments is pretty good and I will stay with this tithing for another year to see what happens." A few months later, I sold something and I had so much money that I did not know what to do with it. So I just put it in the bank.
That is when I decided that the promise had been fulfilled, I knelt down and told God "Sign me up. What do I have to do to be yours? Save me Jesus! God, forgive me of my sins. I want Jesus to be Lord in my life. That is, Boss, from now on. And so I became a Christian. Which is the best thing that I have ever done.
Matthew 28:18: All power is given unto me (Jesus) in heaven and in earth.
John 14:9: Anyone who has seen me (Jesus) has seen the Father (God).
John 17:2: ... you (God) have given him (Jesus) power over all flesh.
John 10:30: I (Jesus) and the Father (God) are one.
Matthew 3:17 and 17:25 God said: "This (Jesus) is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
Exodus 5:2 Pharaoh said: "Who is the Lord that I should obey him and let Israel Go? I do not know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go!
Matthew 27:22 Pilate said. "What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?"
These two questions, which are the same question, are eternal, and your answer to this question will determine your eternity.
My answer is that Jesus is God and God is the Almighty. The Almighty is the one who knows no beginning and no end. The Almighty is the one who created the heavens and the earth; who created all things; who created the seas and the trees, the mountains and the prairies. He has invited each of us to join and be in fellowship with him through Jesus. To make this union you need only to say:
"Jesus save me."
"God, in the name of Jesus, forgive me of all the wrongs that I have done."
"Jesus be my Lord and boss from this time forward."
Find a bible and read it. Find a bible believing church and attend.
Matthew 3:17: This (Jesus) is my beloved Son in whom I (God) am well pleased.
Matthew 16:16: You (Jesus) are the Christ, the Son of the living God.