the great questions

 


Intelligent design

Accident or Design?

 

According to the Discovery Institue, Intelligent Design is the theory that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.

 

The universe is complex, perfectly ordered and full of design. It is too perfect, beautiful and purposeful to be and accident and therefore necessitates a designer - God.

 

If a pocket watch were to be examined, for instance, with all its moving parts and carefully placed gears, does it make more sense to attribute its origin to an intelligent designer or to mere chance? What are the odds of all those elements coming together in a perfect way? What are the odds of that happening throughout all the universe and will all living things? The human eye alone is far more complex than a pocket watch.

Not Just a Christian Position

 

Plato and Aristotle
Plato and Aristotle

 

Christians are not the only ones to hold a view of a grand designer. Plato, Aristotle and the Muslim philosopher Averroes all developed arguments based on the universe's apparent design.

The Great Questions of Life | What is My Greatest Need?

What is my greatest need? [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

How Does Jesus Meet Your Greatest Need?

Jesus Cures the Deadly Sin of Your Heart

You have already learned that sin is disobeying God's orders. So the greatest sin of all would be to disobey God's most important command, wouldn't it? Jesus told us which one this is.

Jesus replied: `Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.'
(Bible, Matthew 22:37-39)

We have all broken God's two most important commandments. Selfishness, the root of all sins, has filled our hearts and smothered out love. We have repaid God's love with indifference and ingratitude. We think much more of ourselves than we do of God or of others. What sinners we are! Out of our self-centered hearts come all the troubles between individuals and nations. We live in a sin-sick world.

People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God...
(Bible, 2 Timothy 3:2-4)

Jesus came to cure your soul of the deadly sin of selfishness and fill you with God's love.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(Bible, 1 John 1:9)

Is Jesus Your Savior?

It Is Up to You to Decide

Jesus is willing to be your Savior, but He won't force you to accept Him.

Now Is the Time to Accept Him

If you haven't yet accepted Jesus as your Savior, do it now. Now is the best time. Later might be too late. Besides, you want to enjoy every day possible of this wonderful new life in Him. He is knocking at the door of your heart today; let Him in.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
(Bible, Revelation 3:20)

Some Thoughts For You

Jesus is right there by you and can hear your prayer. In your own words thank Him for dying for your sins, and ask Him to be your Savior. If you have already done this, thank Him for the ways in which He meets your greatest need.

What About Your Other Needs?

Your Father Cares For You

So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
(Bible, Matthew 6:31-33)

Talk with God Every Day About Your Needs.

Jesus Will Be Your Healer

He still heals the sick in answer to prayer.

Some Thoughts For You

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
(Bible, Philippians 4:6)

Thank God for His care and ask His help with any problem that you may have.

 

Would you like Jesus to be your savior?

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