What follows is part 3c.3 of a reply to proof #1 used at www.Godisimaginary.com to show that God does not exist. This post continue to explore Matthew 7:7 in an attempt to determine what Lord Jesus is truly saying. I will be doing a series of posts in reply to this proof. The original post can be found at: http://www.godisimaginary.com/i1.htmI.
continued from Reply to Proof #1, Part 3c_2 Matthew 7.7
Note: Sometimes I will draw from a Scripture passage. In those cases I will put the passage first and then try to elucidate it. At other times, I will try to bring you to a passage by explaining it first, then pointing it out afterwards. So the passage actually follows the statement. This may cause confusion because they end up running together. To avoid that I will use a separator when I’m start to highlight a different area of the subject.
15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. Deuteronomy 30:15-20
16 Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:16-17
36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
From these we know that the love is obligatory for participation in life.
“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:14-15
Love, that unseen force, is a bond. It binds people to God. I remember contemplating the suffering that God the Father asked Christ to endure for us. The Holy Spirit gave me to realize the vastness and strength of the bond of love that had to have existed between them for one to undergo such suffering for the sake of the other. The same bond exists in the saints and martyrs. It’s one of the things that makes them adhere to God under the worst kinds of treatment and torture.
Love binds people to each other. You can see this bond at work in families. You see it in the labor and sacrifice that they undergo for each other. One laboring to provide the means for them to live and the other laboring in their care. It’s unfortunate that so few these days seem to see this. Instead, having their eyes full of the things of man, they miss the acts/signs of true love. Continue Reading »