Well, I see you've heard it from many sides. I'm a Christian, so let me see if I can help.
First, when Jesus was preaching to the masses a lot of people didn't even believe Him when He was in front of them. For these, he said "my sheep know
my voice" and "he that hath ears to hear, let him hear." When He sent out his disciples to proselyte, they were not sent to everyone. Not everyone
will hear and believe. And that's ok with God.
On the other hand, Jesus said that it is the Father's will that none should perish. Jesus gave the parable of the lost sheep, where the shepherd left
the 99 sheep to save the one that was lost. He also gave the parable of the prodigal son, where he showed that the father "ran" to the son when he
So, God isn't going to make you believe. He is patient. He can wait generations, like He did in the Old Testament. However, there is no getting
around the fact that Jesus is the only way. No one gets to heaven except through Jesus.
How can we say that? Think about it. Any religion has a perfect heaven at the end. Hindi believe you must become perfected, sometimes through many
lifetimes, before you can reach heaven. Muslims believe that Allah must forgive you before you can enter heaven. Notice what's wrong here? The
price for entry. You can't pay it. The purchase is too large for you to pay it. You can't get eternity with a finite sacrifice. You have to
sacrifice something eternal, and that is God, through Jesus, on the cross. How can Allah forgive? Does he throw away justice? Does he remove the
punishment for sin freely without payment? Somehow, people need to be made perfect. Why? Because heaven is a perfect place, and if you go there
without being perfected it is no longer a perfect place. Right? So, logically, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross paid the price. No
reincarnations, no forgiveness without payment, can get you in. Justice demands punishment for sin. With the commandments comes the payment for
disobedience. In Hindu, it's karma. No amount of "karma" can pay for infinite heavenly reward.
Scientific facts will never prove that God exists, but where there's smoke there's fire. The fine tuned Universe is a good example. For example,
the rate of expansion of the Universe is so finely tuned that it would be unable to support life if you changed it by one part in 1x10^15. That's
like saying one grain of sand from all the beaches in the world. One grain different---no life, no Universe. The Universe appears to be "designed
for life" according to Leonard Susskind, and he says "nobody thinks that's accidental." Weiner says we will always be left without the answers, and
he discounts the multiverse theory. Gates says there are computer codes in strings at the most elemental level, resembling Google search.
constant is fine tuned to one part in 10^120. Compare that to the number of atoms in the Universe: 1 x 10^85. The mass and energy of the original
Universe is fine tuned by 1 part in 10^10^123, and any change it would be hostile to life of any kind. For example, you have 1x10^14 cells in your
body, and there have only been 10^20 seconds since life began. The energy state of the electron exactly matches that of the proton. A 1% difference
and all atomic matter would disintegrate.
How about the laws of Nature? There is no reason to believe that any such laws should exist, or that they should remain constant, or that they should
fit into nice neat little equations. Then there is the strong and weak nuclear forces. They must be tuned just right for matter to exist.
Ironically, the word cosmos means "ordered universe" and the word universe can mean "one sentence" as in "let there be...." from the mouth of God.
Next time you spit out your toothpaste into the sink, please remember that the chance of making an enzyme by random events is one part in 1x10^40,000.
Where there's smoke, there's fire.
God loves you. He wants to be your personal savior. Like many others, I have seen Jesus personally. Humble yourself, pray and ask Him into your
life, really truly with sincerity.
Also, it appears from the fulfillment of prophecy in Rev 12:1 that the time is coming soon for the kingdom of God to return. Now is a good time to
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edit on 5/13/2016 by Jim Scott because: more
edit on 5/13/2016 by Jim Scott because: even more