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Does God Have to Prove Anything?

Posted in Questions of the Ages with tags , , , on June 5, 2017 by Haven Mankin

In Romans chapter 5 verse 8, the text reads, “But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” Our omnipotent God, our perfect and complete God, doesn’t have to prove anything, and certainly not to us! It is WE that were created by God to glorify God, as the answer states to question number one in the Westminister Shorter Catechism. So, why is this text from Paul in his letter to the Romans?

Paul continues in verses 9 and 10, “…we be saved through Him [Jesus] from the wrath of God…we were reconciled to God…”.

It has always been that humanity has been hostile toward God. Adam and Eve disobeyed God because they wanted to be God themselves; humanity hasn’t changed since then. The cross did not overcome God’s hostility to us because God has never had hostility toward His creation! God had/has only love as any creator has for his “good” creation.

It was the cross that overcame humanity’s alienation from God! As the Jesus on the cross paintings of Salvador Dali show us, no nails kept Jesus on that most cruel cross…it was love! When Jesus had the power to call down legions of angels…He prayed the Father would forgive His murders.

God does not have to “prove” anything, but He did “show” us everything! Won’t you simply say thank you and turn your life to the One that loves you more than you could possibility know? Shalom


Too Smart to See…or to Believe…or Both?

Posted in About the Book, Questions of the Ages with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2017 by Haven Mankin

Many searchers simply refuse to see the evidence for God’s existence so plainly before them. My first book, “I Am, the Great Creator God” was a 20 year effort to show people how to “look” at the evidence before them and to see and experience our Creator God.

Many are searching for light, here is a classic example. Stephen Hawking, an extremely smart scientist, whom I respect, is a man who has spent his whole life searching for the truth in how the universe was created. Stephen Hawking contends in his book, “The Grand Design” (September 2010) that definitely God did not create the universe or spark the Big Bang into being. He writes,

Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.[underline added]

He continues,

“Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists why we exist.”

When these scientists talked about “nothing”, that is, “create from nothing”, they always mention some pre-existing “law” that is already there. Please note that there are four major forces in the universe that hold all matter together, one being gravity. So Hawking’s words, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing”, really Dr. Hawking? Here is where being so smart actually keeps you from seeing the obvious. To have an already existing “law” or a “force”, such as gravity, is not “nothing”. Gravity is something! Nothing means nothing…no laws, no forces, no energy, no matter…no anything! Ex nihilo! So, who created gravity? Where did the universal laws, forces, energy and matter come from? Who created the force that binds elementary particles together to form atoms and molecules? You can’t say they always existed; there had to be a beginning where there were no forces, no anything.

“Spontaneous creation”?…really Dr. Hawking?

He told me why he was an Atheist

Posted in About the Book, Questions of the Ages with tags , , , , on July 3, 2016 by Haven Mankin

The guy told me he had read the Bible, the whole Bible three times and was an atheist. I seriously doubt that he read the whole thing three times, but let’s believe him anyway. He said the one verse that is the greatest reason to be an atheist is 1 Corinthians 13:11; I was intrigued. So, I said let’s look at the verse, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

It is so sad that so many people will take Bible verse and twist it around to support what they want to believe. You know, that is how things work…first you decide what you want to believe, then you find arguments to support that  what you wish to believe. I guess this guy is trying to equate the Bible and the belief in God as being childish; he could not be farther from the truth. Sad…so sad!

Most often when you become an adult your focus is centered on and around the culture, on achievement, on obtaining things. These can and will become your idols and draw you away from God. That is why Jesus said in 1 Corinthians 13:11 to come to Me as these little children…a child believes untarnished by the world’s distractions and sinfulness. Jesus wants you to come to Him! …not to ONLY come when you were a child!

Who is Jesus? …a very short study

Posted in Out of the Pages, Questions of the Ages on June 20, 2016 by Haven Mankin

The key to everything is this question:  Who is Jesus?

Many groups over the ages have thought Jesus was a prophet, a teacher, or simply a good man. Some believe Him to be a mortal savior, a man who failed to deliver Israel from Rome. Some believe Him to be only spirit, not real at all; plus, it was someone else who was crucified on that cruel cross. Docetism, an ancient heresy asserting that Jesus lacked full humanity is still alive and well today by many. As the gnostics tried to understand, how can the entire cosmos be created through Jesus (Colossians 1:16 and Revelation 4:11), yet that same Creator, as flesh & blood, die on the cross? This is the part that puzzles the Muslims about who Jesus is; that is, a Savior of the world would be one that could not, would not, die (Sura 4:157-158)…but would overcome all evil and conquer His enemies. We Christians believe in the resurrection, that Christ conquered death itself. Genesis 1:26 uses the word “Elohim”, a plural word for God as the text says: “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image…” Christians are monotheistic as are the Jews and Muslims. We believe the one God is manifest in three persons…the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Qur’an declares in Surah 5:73 (see also 4:171) that Christians believe in three gods, and that this is blasphemy against Allah, but this is a misunderstanding of what Christians believe. Jesus Himself says in Mark 12:29: “You shall love the Lord your God; the Lord is One.” this is the same text as the Jewish Shema (Deut 6:4).

All these ideas about Jesus fall painfully short, for it is the limitations of man’s understanding that is trying to explain define and place Jesus in a box. Jesus is LORD. Jesus is Messiah. Jesus is fully man and fully God. The duality of Christ Jesus cannot be explained nor understood. Do you want a God that could be understood, limited to the weak limits of mortal man’s thought? …thoughts that will always fall short of reality? Something to think about…something to pray about. Blessings and peace to you!


“No Absolutes” is of the Devil

Posted in Questions of the Ages with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2016 by Haven Mankin

It has been said that Dr. Laura, the popular radio host, has received a large volume of hate mail for believing in moral absolutes. She is asked to be more tolerant of other moral views, but the haters won’t be tolerate of her views.

There most certainly are moral absolutes and absolute truth. The world would have you believe otherwise. Yes, there is absolute right and wrong; but the world would suggest there are a myriad of right and wrongs, who can say which is correct? If you belong to this group, try asking yourself why you want to believe in a world of no benchmarks, no datums, a world of chaos. Would you tolerate a person wrecking your house, because he must have a reason for doing what he is doing?

In the world of the “political correctness virus”, we have many saying things like: “we can’t be sure of the true meaning”, or “we are all headed to the same place”, “who’s to say what is right or wrong” or “don’t take a position on anything for you might just find that you are wrong 20 years from now”. Christian orthodoxy has been around for over 2000 years and has not faltered or run-aground. Christian Orthodoxy has stood up to intense scholarly scrutiny and yet remains intact. Now, fitting right into this mess, comes the so-called “The Emergent Church” where the leaders and their followers are that lukewarm mush found in Revelation 3:15-16, openly saying they can not be sure of Biblical Truth. Are you going to bet your eternity on a recent manmade political position or on the word of God, written by God through eyewitnesses (John 21:24)?


Posted in About the Book, Questions of the Ages with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2016 by Haven Mankin

Christianity is being faulted for it’s “arrogance” in claiming to offer the only way to God? After all, the culture would say, don’t all religions lead to God?

A number of people equate religious tolerance with religious truth. Many assume that all religions are basically the same and that all beliefs are therefore equally valid.

A brief survey of a few religions would quickly reveal that every single one of them has competing claims which contradict other religions. How, for example, can someone logically square the Hindu teaching that the universe is God, with the Muslim belief that Allah, the God of Islam, is distinct from the universe? Any honest investigator would have to admit that religions harbor irreconcilable differences, demonstrating that they cannot all possibly lead to the same God. Logically speaking, they can all be wrong, but they cannot all be right. Christianity towers above the religions of the world. For instance, while every religion would have man try to reach up to God, Christianity says that it’s God who reached down to man — that only through God’s grace and mercy, and never by mere human effort, can we ever hope to obtain God’s favor.

The Big Bang – Part 1 of 2

Posted in About the Book, Out of the Pages, Questions of the Ages with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2016 by Haven Mankin

“God said, ‘I command light to shine!’ And light started shining. God looked at the light and saw that it was good.” And with this text in Genesis 1:3+4 from The Learning Bible we see the First Day. But what is light?

What we call light is really just an extremely small portion, the visible portion, of the electromagnetic spectrum. “Light” is really made up of 7 main divisions in the electromagnetic spectrum: Radio, Microwave, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Ray and Gamma Ray. Of these seven divisions, we can only see one small section 300 nanometers (nm) wide (that is 300 billionths of a meter) of the overall spectrum. The full spectrum is a measurement from 1 kilometer (km) (a thousand meters) to 0.01 nm (a hundredth of a billionth of a meter); a very broad spectrum indeed. Our little piece of the pie, so tiny, is it by chance that we just happen to have this visible portion and our eyes can pick it up and our brains process it? What are the possibilities? What limitations we operate under!

We so boldly move forward thinking we know so much when we only see the tip of the iceberg. As the Apostle Paul said, we know in part and we prophesy in part (1 Cor. 13:9). Let’s get back to Genesis and that First Day; we read the word “light” and immediately think it must be the light we see (the opposite of dark). Of course, if you read the next verse you would think it must be the visible light we see because God separates the light and the dark. But who says “the dark” is also what we think is the opposite of our visible “light”? We are three-dimensional beings with perception limitations in a multi-dimensional universe; things are not always how they seem. How can you be so sure?

Jesus, the only Hope of the World

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