The philosophy of karma.

Karma. It is popular in Western culture to embrace something called “karma.” Hindus, Buddhists, New Agers, and others believe in this concept of a cycle of cause and effect. It is popular because it sounds reasonable—you bear the consequences for your own actions—and seems to give an explanation for suffering. The problem with the philosophy of karma is that it is tied to the error of reincarnation. Supposedly what you did in your past life affects you now, and what you do in this life will determine your future reincarnation.

The idea of karma requires an impersonal “force” that is able to see all people everywhere, keep track of all their deeds, determine whether each is good or bad, tally the results to see if each individual should be rewarded or punished, and assign their identity in the next life. That would require an entity that is eternal, intelligent, omniscient, omnipotent, moral, fair, and just. This describes our holy, righteous Judge rather than some unknowable, impersonal, universal force.

Although the idea of karma is erroneous, we can use it as a springboard for witnessing. If you encounter people who embrace the concept, simply ask them how they are doing—are they living a good life? How do they think they will do in the next? Most believe they are doing okay. Then say, “Let’s suppose that there is a heaven. Do you think you are good enough to get in? Are you a good person?” Take them through the Ten Commandments to show God’s perfect standard, and then tell them about grace, repentance, and faith.

Obadiah1:15 For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you; Your reprisal shall return upon your own head.

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A recent six-day creation.

Did God create the whole universe, including the original plants, animals, and first two people (Adam and Eve) in six literal 24-hour days? Or did creation take place over millions of years?

Everywhere else in the Old Testament, when the Hebrew word for “day” (yom) appears with “evening” or “morning” or is modified by a number (e.g., “sixth day” or “five days”), it always means a 24-hour day.

There is no biblical or scientific reason to be ashamed of believing in a recent six-day creation. God has spoken clearly and truthfully. Will you trust His Word over the arrogant claims of sinful men? By Dr. Terry Mortenson, Answers in Genesis

Genesis 1:5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

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“If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed.”

Atheist George Carlin (who passed into eternity in 2008) said, “But I want you to know something, this is sincere, I want you to know, when it comes to believing in God, I really tried. I really, really tried. I tried to believe that there is a God, who created each of us in His own image and likeness, loves us very much, and keeps a close eye on things. I really tried to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize, something is…wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption… Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed.”

When an atheist rejects Genesis 1 (about creation), he automatically rejects Genesis 3 (about the “Fall” of mankind). God created all things perfect, but when Adam sinned against God, it brought God’s curse on all of creation. Thus, disease, suffering, pain, and death are ultimately the fault of man, not God. Reject that explanation and you end up with a philosophy similar to George Carlin. The sufferings of this world shouldn’t be used as an excuse to reject the Scriptures, but should be seen as very real evidence that what the Bible says is true.

Exodus 9:25 And the hail struck throughout the whole land of Egypt, all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail struck every herb of the field and broke every tree of the field.

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Mount of Sinai and Mount of Zion.

“Secure sinners must hear the thundering of Mount Sinai before we bring them to Mount Zion. Every minister should be a Boanerges, a son of thunder, as well as Barnabas, a son of consolation.” George Whitefield 

Exodus 20:18 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off.

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What have I done?

See Jeremiah 8:12. This gives a picture of true contrition. Those who recognize how abominable their sin is in God’s eyes will be broken and will humbly say, “What have I done?” (see v. 6). While modern evangelism often goes to great lengths to avoid even hinting at “shame,” note that shame is a correct response to sinning against a holy God. See also James 4:9,10.

Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; In the time of their punishment They shall be cast down, says the Lord.

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Jesus’ many names and titles.

Jesus is given many names and titles, and the day will come when all of humanity will kneel before Him and acknowledge Him as “Lord.” Here are some of His other titles, in the hope that the lost will soften their heart toward Him and trust in His mercy:

 

Adam, the Last (1 Cor. 15:45)

Advocate (1 John 2:1)

Almighty (Rev. 1:8)

Alpha & Omega (Rev. 1:8; 21:6)

Amen (Rev. 3:14)

Anchor (Heb. 6:19)

Ancient of Days (Dan. 7:9–11 with Rev. 1:13–16)

Anointed, His (Psa. 2:2). See also Messiah.

Apostle (Heb. 3:1)

Arm of the Lord (Isa. 53:1)

Author (Heb. 12:2)

Balm of Gilead (Jer. 8:22)

Beginning (Col. 1:18)

Begotten (One and Only; John 3:16)

Beloved (Eph. 1:6)

Bishop of your souls (1 Pet. 2:25)

Branch (Isa. 11:1; Jer. 23:5; Zech. 3:8; 6:12; Rev. 11:1)

Bread (John 6:32,33; 6:35)

Bridegroom (Matt. 9:15; John 3:29; Rev. 21:9)

Bright & Morning Star, see Star.

Brightness of His (God’s) glory (Heb. 1:3)

Captain of their salvation (Heb. 2:10)

Carpenter[’s son] (Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3)

Chief [among ten thousand] (Song 5:10)

Child [the young] (Isa. 9:6; Matt 2:8–21)

Chosen of God (Luke 23:35)

Christ (Matt. 1:17; Mark 8:29; John 1:41; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:23)

Comforter (Isa. 61:2; John 14:16)

Commander (Isa. 55:4)

Companion of God (Zech. 13:7)

Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)

Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20; Isa. 28:16)

Counselor (Isa. 9:6; Isa. 40:13)

Creator of all things (Col. 1:16)

Dayspring from on high (Luke 1:78)

Day Star (2 Pet. 1:19). See also Bright & Morning Star.

Deliverer (Rom. 11:26)

Desire of all nations (Hag. 2:7)

Door [of the sheepfold] (John 10:7, 9)

End, see Beginning & the End. End of the Law (Rom 10:4)

Express image of His (God’s) person (Heb. 1:3)

Faithful Witness (Rev. 1:5; 3:14; 19:11)

Faithful & True (Rev. 19:11)

First & the Last (Rev. 1:17)

Firstborn from the dead (Rev. 1:5)

Firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15)

Firstfruits (1 Cor. 15:20,23)

Foundation (Isa. 28:16; 1 Cor. 3:11)

Fountain (Jer. 2:13; Zech. 13:1)

Forerunner (Heb. 6:20)

Friend of sinners (Matt. 11:19; Luke 7:34)

Fullness of the Godhead (Col. 2:9)

Gift of God (John 4:10; 2 Cor. 9:15)

Glory of God (Isa. 60:1)

God (John 1:1; Matt. 1:23; Rom. 9:5; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:8)

Good Teacher (Matt. 19:16)

Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14)

Guide (Psa. 48:14)

Head (even Christ) (Eph. 4:15)

Heir of all things (Heb. 1:2)

Helper (Heb. 13:6)

Hiding Place (Isa. 32:2)

High Priest (Heb. 3:1; 7:1)

Holy Child (Acts 4:30)

Holy One [& the Just] (Acts 2:27; 3:14)

Hope of Israel (Jer. 17:3)

Horn of salvation (Psa. 18:2; Luke 1:69)

I AM (John 8:24,58)

Image of [the invisible] God (2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15)

Immanuel (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23)

Intercessor (Heb. 7:25)

Jehovah (Isa. 26:4; 40:3)

Jesus (Matt. 1:21)

Judge (Mic. 5:1; Acts 10:42)

Just One (Acts 7:52)

King (Zech. 14:16)

King of kings (1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 17:14)

Lamb [of God] (John 1:29, 36; 1 Pet 1:19; Rev. 5:6,12; 7:17)

Last, see First. (Rev. 22:13)

Last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45)

Lawgiver (Isa. 33:22)

Life (John 11:25; 1 John 1:2)

Life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45)

Light (John 12:35)

Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)

Lord (1 Cor. 12:3; 2 Pet. 1:11). See also Master.

Lord of lords (1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 17:14)

Man (John 19:5; Acts 17:31; 1 Tim. 2:5). See also Son of Man.

Master (Matt. 8:19)

Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5)

Merciful High Priest (Heb. 2:17)

Mercy Seat (Rom. 3:24,25)

Messiah (Dan. 9:25; John 1:41; 4:25)

Mighty God (Isa. 9:6; 63:1)

Minister of the Sanctuary (Heb. 8:2)

Nazarene (Mark 1:24)

Offering (Eph. 5:2; Heb. 10:10)

Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16). See also Root.

Omega. See Alpha & Omega.

One and Only Son, see Son. (John 3:16)

Passover (1 Cor. 5:7)

Peace, our (Eph. 2:14)

Physician (Matt. 9:12; Luke 4:23)

Potentate (1 Tim. 6:15)

Prince of Life (Acts 3:15; 5:31)

Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6)

Prophet (Acts 3:22,23)

Propitiation (1 John 2:2; 4:10)

Priest (Heb. 4:14)

Rabbi (John 3:2; Matt. 26:25; John 20:16)

Ransom (1 Tim. 2:6)

Redeemer, Redemption (Isa. 59:20; 60:16; 1 Cor. 1:30)

Refuge (Isa. 25:4)

Resurrection (John 11:25)

Righteousness (Jer. 23:6; 33:16; 1 Cor. 1:30)

Rock (1 Cor. 10:4)

Rod (Isa. 11:1)

Root (Rev. 22:16)

Rose of Sharon (Song 2:1)

Ruler (Matt. 2:6)

Sacrifice (Eph. 5:2)

Sanctification (1 Cor. 1:30)

Savior [of the world] (Luke 1:47; 2:11; 1 John 4:14)

Second Man (1 Cor. 15:47)

Seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:16,19)

Servant (Isa. 42:1; 49:5–7; Matt. 12:18)

Shepherd (John 10:11,14; 1 Peter 5:4)

Shiloh (Gen. 49:10)

Son (Isa. 9:6; 1 John 4:14)

Son of Man (Matt. 9:6; 12:40)

Sower (Matt. 13:37)

Star (Num. 24:17)

Stone (Psa. 118:22)

Stumbling Stone (Rom. 9:33; 1 Pet. 2:8)

Sun of Righteousness (Mal. 4:2)

Teacher (Matt. 26:18; John 3:2; 11:28). See also Master.

Testator (Heb. 9:15–17)

True Bread, see Bread.

Truth (John 14:6)

Vine (John 15:1,5)

Way (John 14:6)

Wonderful (Isa. 9:6)

Word (John 1:1)

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Do you suppose that Jesus is with you?

Multitudes sit in churches “supposing” that Jesus is with them, but they don’t know Him (see Matt. 7:21–23). They are false converts who will be sorted out on Judgment Day. They have never obeyed the command to repent and trust that Savior. That’s disobedience.

The world is filled with people who, like Mary and Joseph, suppose that God is with them. To them He is nothing but a divine butler, who is expected to come running when they want something to be done. Such is the trail that often leads to atheism.

The soil of history is stained in the blood that tyrants have shed, because they supposed that their holy war had divine favor. When Abraham Lincoln heard someone say he hoped the Lord was on the Union’s side, the president responded, “I am not at all concerned about that, for I know that for the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.”

Mary and Joseph had the supposition that Jesus was with them. But they were wrong. Let’s not make the same mistake.

Luke 2:44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a days journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.

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