Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The lifeboat.

At the end of November I sat on a airplane, holding my baby and praying that the next 3 hours would be a time of divine intervention and grace. Containing a 1 year old in small quarters, let alone a seat, would be a test for any mom.

As we rounded the take-off ramp I browsed all the bodies that filled each seat.

Are you saved? I whispered.

Prayers for myself quickly changed to prayers for the souls that surrounded me.

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:16-21

The ultimate question is whether or not someone knows Jesus Christ--do they know The Way?

Scripture continually repeats which way to go. It doesn't leave you wondering, or guessing--never changing, always pointing to Jesus. No one comes to the Father except through the Son.

No other way.

The reality of this life is that the time of death is unknown.  

Are you saved?

Do you know where you are going to go when you die? 

I know too many people who either don't, or only hope that their end will be with God--ultimately claiming that Jesus Christ is not sufficient. And what good is either?

I heard a story last week that has been playing over and over again in my mind. 

More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic sank. Most of us have seen the movie--the final scenes of horror, panic, and fear; a mere depiction.

John Harper was a passenger, fighting through the masses he was said to have cried out: "Women, children and the unsaved to the lifeboats!"

One man refused the offer of salvation and Harper gave him his life vest. "You need this more than I do." he said.

Reported by CBNNEWS, even after the ship went down, Harper managed to swim to as many people as he could, begging them to give their lives to Christ.

One survivor later told how he turned down Harper's offer for salvation once, but gave himself to Christ minutes later when the preacher swam back to tell him again, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved."

The man was rescued by a returning lifeboat and later shared his story at an Ontario church, telling the crowd, "I am the last convert of John Harper."
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 Last week I stood in a line. Two women: one saved the other I knew was not. 

Do you know where you are going to go after you die? I asked.

Her eyes danced around, having been put on the spot. 

It was all about being good, doing good, and helping fellow-man. Wrapping her answer in pretty paper, tied-up with a bow, the ultimate answer to my question was a no.

I told her there was power in His name and that she could be saved. Her past could be forgiven and that His promise was trustworthy. That no could be yes and in His glory she could reign with Him and have rest. You only need Jesus.

I blog about God because I am amiss a people who are going down with a sinking ship without having received salvation. I know the severity of the topic because I once was on the cruise of luxury only to find myself sinking.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Be saved from the sinking ship. Get in the lifeboat. 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you but as a CHOSEN Athiest, I do not need your silent prayers or saving grace. If we go down on a plane together, pray for yourself, I'm all good. As a reader of your "old" blog, it doesn't bother me when people "find" Jesus or become born-again Christians, but to me, a stranger praying for my soul is as self-rightous as the LDS' baptisms for the dead.

“There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.” ― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Tay Talk said...

CHOSEN AthEIst.

I am not going to go into the misconstrued topics of my “self-righteous” prayer for those that surrounded me on an airplane and that of the Mormon religious ritual of baptizing for the dead. Because clearly if you knew the difference between that which a born-again would pray for verses the purpose of baptizing for the dead in the Mormon religion, you would have not compared the two.

Richard Dawkins. I commend the man. It’s because of him so many people have come to Christ. Have you read the book, or simply taken a quote from it? The quote you used states that the “truly adult view” is that we ourselves give life meaning and purpose, that it is up to us as the individual to make life as bright and shiny as we choose to make it. How convenient, wouldn’t you say? Even a little self-righteous?

Get as much as you can, as quick as you can because this is your only shot.

So what’s the purpose of this life if all that is waiting for us in the end is a hole in the ground? Aside from that, how do you even begin to lean fully on science to explain the utter abundance of this life? How is it that you defend moral reasoning in an amoral universe that by non-moral origins has arrived at the kind of thinking and argument that has been derived from someone like Richard Dawkins?

Maybe you went through the unbearable as a child. Maybe you came to find-out the religion you believed in was a lie. Maybe you see pain and can’t image a God that would allow it. Maybe you have closed off the possibility of there being a God because you read a book that says otherwise. The list of reasons could go out the door and down the road. Whatever the reason there is only one Truth, and we both can’t have it.

Thanks for commenting and thanks for reading. You are always welcome here.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the spell-check. I won't take it as a holier-than-thou gesture even with the condescending capitalization.

I had a long comment typed out to you regarding your response then decided to delete it. There is no arguing with the hoodwinked. I live in Utah for Christ's sake, I know better.

You are in charge of your life and your destiny. There is no such entity that can and will cure your cancer and give it to the next person down the block. There is no entity that picks the Super Bowl winner and helps you find your remote control. Your happiness, illnesses, ailments, confusion, joy come from within yourself. I wish you luck in snapping out of it. Opening your eyes to the real truth, trusting yourself, WAKING UP. You will have so many more lives to live if you don't get it now...

Truly,
CHOSEN AthEIst

Tay Talk said...

Mark,

You know, I fall back into this part of me that wants to get all puffed-up and "I'm gonna prove" this or that. The broken will never leave me.

You should have posted all that you had wrote. If you are complete in what you have found to be true, then what fear is there in voicing it?

Look, your life has led one way and mine has led another. The life that you described above--finding all the best of life in ones self, didn't work. I had it all, and yet had nothing.

I know how this whole "born-again" thing looks...pretty bat-crap-crazy. But until it's happened to you there is no way to explain it. Be assured that my eyes are wide-open, finally.

Anonymous said...

I so relate to the CHOSEN AthEist. That was until I became born again. I too made fun. Until I was born again. I too thought everthing came from within me. Until I was born again.

Praying for CHOSEN AthEist....