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TRUST JESUS TODAY
Target audience: High School and college students.
If you are an intelligent man, you and your wife will struggle uphill, as you hike to the highest point on the highest mountain. As you continue to listen, the news grows worse, “Scientists have ascertained that the moon is no longer 240,000 miles from earth, but 50,000 miles away. Some continents are being submerged by tides twice each day. Millions have disappeared.”
From the top of the mountain, you see large waves covering the entire valley, climbing the same mountain, and drowning man and beast below. You remember the story of Noah and the flood you learned in Sunday School. The screams of your wife cease as she is washed away. Just in time, you grab hold of a branch of a nearby tree. The menacing waters below begin licking at your feet, as you dangle precariously between life and death.
You remember reading in a Reader’s Digest some years ago a brilliant article by Professor A Cressy Morrison, one of the most noted American scholars and president of the New York Academy of Science. In "Seven Reasons Why a Scientist Believes in God" he stated that “the earth is tilted at an angle of twenty-three degrees. This gives us our seasons of the year. If it had not been tilted, the water vapor from the ocean would move north and south, piling up continents of ice. If the moon, instead of being at its present distance, were removed from us only by 50,000 miles, our high tides and low tides would be so enormous that twice a day all the lowlands of all the continents would be submerged by a rush of water so enormous that even the mountains would soon be eroded. Could Morrison have been right? How long would it take for the mountain to begin eroding? Your heart skips a beat!
You remember hearing a preacher talk about seas roaring, terrible disasters and increasing wickedness in the end times that are prophesied in the Bible.
You recall Jeffrey Dahmer, who drugged, dismembered, and cannibalized boys and young men,. He was later beaten to death at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin, U.S.A. in 1994, two years after being sentenced to 15 life terms. In Jonesboro, Arkansas, on March 24, 1998, a thirteen year old and an eleven year old joined in a sophisticated and bloody crime that took the lives of four girls and a teacher, and wounded nine students. Their childish games and grudges turned into bloody determination and an American tragedy occurred. Something must be wrong with our thinking. At six, one of the boys had been given a shotgun, and he played video games with guns. (Int) On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, arrived at school each wearing a T shirt with the words SERIAL KILLER. Both boys made at least two female hostages answer the question: Do you believe in God? When they answered “yes,” the gunmen shot them at point-blank range. Later that day they shot to death 12 students and wounded 23 others in their school cafeteria. Finally the young murderers killed themselves. The name of the high school, Columbine, bristles with memories of horror. (Int)
You reason, if man is just a lump of clay existing for a time to disintegrate into nothingness, if there is no after-life, no grand climax to which man progresses, then there is no intelligent meaning to his existence. As Paul, the apostle states, “If in this life only we have hope, then we are of all men, most miserable!”2 If there is no God to whom man is accountable, then men can steal, rape, and murder in this life and not be caught, and there would be no justice in the universe. But then, you remember a principle you have observed again and again, “Whatever a man sows, he reaps!”3
Your heart skips a few more beats. The world has become progressively worse, since you were a child. You remember one murder in your home town that shook up all the inhabitants. Today, there is almost one every day. There is abuse of sex everywhere, and drugs and gangs are proliferating. So many people are stressed and angry.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 19 members of Al-Quida, an Islamic terrorist group hijacked four passenger jets in four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States in New York City, in Washington D.C. and into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 in all died in the attacks. And now this! Is it a dream? More frightening thoughts assail you. (Int)
A third question flashes across your mind. Could the God you heard about in church have been controlling the distance between the moon and the earth all this time in order to preserve life on this planet? Could the entire theory of evolution have been an attempt by modern man to escape being morally accountable to the God of the Universe? Could it have been an attempt to shake the faith of men in the Bible, by casting doubt upon its inspired revelation? You wonder if it is too late to trust in the Lord. You remember the Bible account of how Satan in the garden of Eden caused Eve to disobeyed the Word of God when he challenged what God had told Adam.4 Words you heard in church keep coming back to you: “Anyone ignorant of the scriptures, who has no relationship with God, can easily be deceived!” A basic gnawing question remains deep down in your spirit. A sudden revelation lights up your senses, “Could the earth’s rotation, balance of oxygen in the atmosphere, the moon kept at the correct distance from earth, be all happy accidents?**
Perhaps, there is a God watching over everything!”
When I was saved from electrocution by an electric service worker, was that an happy accident? According to the Word of God, “You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me”5 “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.”6
**These statements made such an impact that Readers Digest Books published a condensed version of Morrison's earlier work "Man Does Not Stand Alone" (1944) under the title "Seven Reasons Why a Scientist Believes in God" (1962).
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