“But God created the sun 3 days later.”

Before God created the sun to give light to the earth, He provided a light source for the first three days. Where would the original light have come from? The Bible tells us that God is light (1 John 1:5; Rev. 22:5), and that in the new heavens and earth there will be no need for the sun or moon, “for the glory of God illuminated it” (Rev. 21:23). Some pagan religions worship the sun, and even evolutionary theory credits the sun for the creation of life. Knowing that man is prone to worship anything but the Creator, perhaps God did it this way specifically to show that He, not the sun, is responsible for the origin of life (see Deut. 4:19; Ezek. 8:16).

Genesis 1:18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

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10,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure you don’t miss the magnitude of what God accomplished in creating the sun. Its surface temperature is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, with the temperature at the core around 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hot. The sun’s diameter is about 870,000 miles (109 times greater than Earth), and it is 333,000 times heavier—and that is only one of over 100 billion stars that God made. It burns an incredible seven million tons of natural gas every second.

And Almighty God spoke it into existence.

Genesis 1:16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.He made the stars also.

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As good as it gets.

For believers, life here on earth is as bad it gets; for those who refuse Jesus as their Savior, life here on earth is as good as it gets.

“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C. S. Lewis 

Matthew 25:46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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“Did Jesus love Gentiles and Samaritans?”

Skeptics argue that, because Jesus told His disciples not to go to certain groups of people, this proves He didn’t love Gentiles or Samaritans—which contradicts the command to “love your neighbor” (Matt. 22:39).

However, the plan of God was to preach the gospel to the Jews first before taking it to the Gentiles. This wasn’t because of a lack of love and concern for them, but because the Jews already had the Law which prepared them for the message of grace.

Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.

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Only one sin, one time.

Committing even one sin, one time, is enough to send someone to hell (see James 2:10). But we know that every person has a multitude of sins. For starters, the person has failed to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength. He has dishonored his parents’ good name by being a liar. Besides that, you can’t trust anything he says because he is a self-admitted liar. However, I usually say, “There’s bad news. All liars will have their part in the lake of fire” (Rev. 21:8). While telling “white lies” may not seem serious to us, it shows a heart that is willing to deceive, and proves that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9). I explain that lying is very serious to God. The Bible says that “lying lips are an abomination to the LORD.”

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.

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“Atheists do not claim that nothing created everything.”

Many atheists refuse to admit they believe the entire universe came into being from nothing, because it is a scientific impossibility and they recognize how silly it sounds. If everything didn’t come from nothing, their alternative is to say that creation (nature) created itself. However, a thing cannot make itself. To do so would mean that it had to pre-exist before it existed, and therefore it didn’t create itself because it was already in existence. (For where the universe came from, see Isa. 34:4  and Isa. 45:18 comments.) Here is a list of some who have admitted to believing that nothing created everything:

  1. “It is now becoming clear that everything can—and probably did—come from nothing.” —Robert A. J. Matthews, physicist, Ashton University, England
  2. “Space and time both started at the Big Bang and therefore there was nothing before it.” —Cornell University’s “Ask an Astronomer”
  3. “Some physicists believe our universe was created by colliding with another, but Kaku [a theoretical physicist at City University of New York] says it also may have sprung from nothing…” —Scienceline.org
  4. “Even if we don’t have a precise idea of exactly what took place at the beginning, we can at least see that the origin of the universe from nothing need not be unlawful or unnatural or unscientific.” —Paul Davies, physicist, Arizona State University
  5. “Assuming the universe came from nothing, it is empty to begin with…Only by the constant action of an agent outside the universe, such as God, could a state of nothingness be maintained. The fact that we have something is just what we would expect if there is no God.” —Victor J. Stenger, Prof. Physics, University of Hawaii; author of God: The Failed Hypothesis
  6. “Few people are aware of the fact that many modern physicists claim that things—perhaps even the entire universe—can indeed arise from nothing via natural processes.” —Mark I. Vuletic, Creation Ex Nihilo—Without God
  7. “To understand these facts we have to turn to science. Where did they all come from, and how did they get so darned outrageous? Well, it all started with nothing.” —”Fifty Outrageous Animal Facts,” Animal Planet
  8. “To the average person it might seem obvious that nothing can happen in nothing. But to a quantum physicist, nothing is, in fact, something.” —Discover Magazine“Physics & Math/Cosmology”
  9. “It is rather fantastic to realize that the laws of physics can describe how everything was created in a random quantum fluctuation out of nothing, and how over the course of 15 billion years, matter could organize in such complex ways that we have human beings sitting here, talking, doing things intentionally.” —Alan Harvey Guth, theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Discover Magazine
  10. “The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.” —Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor’s Tale

Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth.

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The Law is holy.

David presumed that all God required was sincerity, despite the fact that only the sons of Kohath were supposed to carry the ark and that anyone who touched it would die (see Num. 4:1–15). Remember that the ark contained the Law of God. The ark was holy only because the Law is holy. The lesson is that it does matter how we “carry” the gospel into this world. It exists only because of the Law. It was the Law of Moses that put Jesus on the cross. Had there been no perfect righteousness demanded by the Law, Jesus would not have had to suffer for our sins. If God is so serious about how the Law is physically carried, how much more should we fear if we neglect it—and even despise it—when proclaiming the gospel? All the song and dance in the world doesn’t please God, if we don’t do things according to the pattern laid out so clearly in Holy Scripture.

2 Samuel 6:1 Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went with all the people whowere with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. 3 So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which wason the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. 4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark. 5 Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.

6 And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. 8 And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day.

9 David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.

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