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Scriptures: Psalm 14, 10:13, John 7:7, 15:18, Hebrews 11:1
From time immemorial the human race has been filled with questions about life, death, purpose, meaning, love, hate, good, and evil. But there are two great questions that must be answered before any other question is asked. Otherwise, every other question is meaningless, and in the end unanswerable.
The first question is: “Is there a God?” Or, to put it another way: “Is God created in the image of man, or is man created in the image of God?” That question determines whether life is an appointment or an accident.
But even if that question is answered affirmatively, there is one other question that must be raised, or else we are really no better off. That question is: “If there is a God, has that God spoken and revealed himself in a way that we can understand and know Him?” In this message, Dr. Merritt details how we can know without a doubt that God is real.
"God takes a spiritual x-ray of the heart of the unbeliever. Here is what he reveals: The reason why the atheist wants to deny God, is not because there is no evidence that God is a truth, the problem is God is a threat to those who want to be their own god. Atheism is not primarily an intellectual problem, it is primarily a spiritual problem. Think about it in this way: Where there is no God there is no good, for as Jesus said to the rich young ruler: 'Only God is good.' If there is no God, and there is no good, then there is no judgment, and there is no hell. If there is no judgment and there is no hell, then you can live any way you choose without any repercussions or consequences." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.