Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Welcome to the Atheist Church...

"And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship" (Luke 5:1-3).

God was manifest in the flesh and walked the shores of a lake in Israel. Never in the history of humanity was there a human being like Jesus of Nazareth. His words were with power. Truly, "Never a man spoke like this Man." When people touched Him, power flowed from His body. The crowds that gathered to hear him were so large that, at times, He couldn’t even enter into a city.

As He stood on the edge of Lake Gennesaret, a mass of people pressed upon Him. They weren’t there just to see this preacher, they were there to hear the word of God.

Some people wait to a point where one foot is in their grave before they understand that God is life, and that if they want to keep their life they have to somehow connect with God. That’s why people press in to hear what God has to say.

As an ex-surfer, I think I know why Jesus got into a boat to teach the people. One reason was to separate Himself from the throng. That's simple common sense. The second reason may have to do with the volume of His words. I know that if I address a crowd of more than 500 people in the open air, without amplification, the people at the back are not going to hear a word I am saying.

However, calm water amplifies sound. There have been times where I have sat on the calm ocean waiting for a wave, and I have been able to hear other surfers talking to each other, half a mile away. This may happen because the flat water is neither absorbing nor is any object hindering the sound. And that’s how it must begin with those who want to live forever. Don’t let any objection stop you from clearly hearing the Word of God.

I hope you have a great week.

Picture from: