Christians should love, not fear, Muslims. If you look under the surface, you'll see just how hopeless their religion leaves them. By faithfully sharing God's grace as revealed in His Word, you can watch the light of Christ's salvation break into their darkened hearts.
The truth is, if you see that like it ought to be, it doesn't matter much whether you have money or not; it doesn't matter much whether you have a fine house with three or four bedrooms and bath; whether you have a new car every two years, etc. If a Christian remembers that this is just a little bit of time, just a little practice before the game starts, just the entry hall to eternity, then things here don't matter unless they matter at the judgment seat of Christ. If they are valuable then, that is what we should give our attention to. - John R. Rice
Some others say, "Marriage is not essential if two people really love each other." In the first place, you are talking about the kind of love with no character, with no morals, not a love of unselfish devotion and lifetime pledges. The Bible still says that "marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Heb. 13:4). - John R. Rice
"Oh, but Brother Rice, different writers sometimes had different vocabularies." Well, did any man or group of men writing the Bible have more sense, more vocabulary than the immortal, eternal God had? The simple truth is, God made the writers. Before they were born He planned their circumstances, their character, their vocabulary. The Scriptures says in Psalm 119:89, "For ever O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." God inspired people to write down the very words that are already settled in Heaven, the Bible says. This is verbal inspiration, word-for-word inspiration. - John R. Rice
I say, the very words of all the Bible were given from God, breathed out from God. That is verbal or word-for-word inspiration. "Dr. Rice, do you mean science, too, and all the creation?" Yes. "But my teacher said...." Then your teacher is an infidel if he does not believe the Bible. An infidel religion says there is no God. It says the Bible is not true, that man came from an ape-like creature by evolution. In the first place, that is silly and unproven. Does any intelligent... person in the world believe in a spontaneous generation, that life began of itself, without any Creator? Centuries and centuries have gone by. Ever since Pasteur, every intelligent man has learned that germs come from germs, and that none ever start by themselves. All science has proved that impossible. Do you think one type of animal turned into a distinctly different kind of animal, that which was a dog turned into a cow, by generations and generations- millions of years? You are a fool, for the Bible says, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken." That is what Jesus said in Luke 24:25. - John R. Rice
Now Romans 3:17 and 18: "The way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes." The worse thing wrong with America is that people are not afraid of God. They are not disturbed about Hell. They don't believe in the wages of sin. Many think little about breaking the marriage vow. They think little about vandalism, stealing, chicanery, crookedness by which they get money they didn't earn. People think nothing about going on relief rolls, while we work to make a living and provide for them while they loaf. I am just saying, no fear of God, no sense of honor and morality. God knows. That is a complaint about the whole human race. By nature we are sinners. - John R. Rice
I turn to Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." "The wages of sin is death." The Lord doesn't say that God is so angry that He is going to kill you. The Bible says you sowed the seed naturally and there is a certain end to a certain road. If you travel that road, don't blame God where that road leads. "The wages of sin is death." - John R. Rice
Everybody who goes to Hell walks up to the ticket office at the railroad station and buys his own ticket. Everybody who goes to Heaven has to ride on a pass; it is the free gift of God. How often God takes this up in the Bible. - John R. Rice
August 2015 How the Earth Is Filled "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14)
The very first command given to Adam and Eve was: "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Genesis 1:28). This might seem to imply there had been a previous population (so-called "pre-adamites"), but the word "replenish" (Hebrew, male) means simply "fill." Actually, in the King James Old Testament, it is translated by the Old English word "replenish" only seven times, whereas it is translated "fill" or "filled" or "full" some 250 times. The precise meaning is "fill."
Even today, with our so-called "population explosion," the earth is far from being filled with people. One thinks of our vast deserts, and inaccessible mountain ranges, plus the frozen wastes of Antarctica, for example. It may, however, once have been filled in the much more habitable world before the Flood, but it also was "filled with violence through them" (Genesis 6:11, 13). This, in fact, was the very reason God sent the great Flood to "destroy them with the earth."
The time is coming, however, as seen in Nebuchadnezzar's prophetic vision, as interpreted by Daniel the prophet, when a great stone—representing the future kingdom of God—will have "filled the whole earth" (Daniel 2:35). Then the great doxology of the psalmist will be reality. "And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen" (Psalm 72:19).
The prophet Isaiah also spoke of this time. "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9). The later prophet Habakkuk in our text beautifully echoed these words of Isaiah. HMM
Psalm 102:11-12 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
Time and Eternity
Are you on time? Do you watch time? I have an atomic watch because time is pretty important. It's the stuff of which life is made, at least right here, right now. Yet, time is something that describes the difference between God and me.
Psalm 102:1-3 says, "Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. For my days are consumed like smoke." Verse 11 says, "My days are like a shadow." What the psalmist is saying is, "God help me quickly! I need it today." Why was his request so urgent? It is because we humans live in this day. God, however, fills eternity.
In contrast, verse 12 says, "But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations." Verse 13 has a reference to time and the set time. In verse 24 it says, "In the midst of my days." The psalmist is making reference to his life in contrast to God's years that are "throughout all generations." Verse 25 says, "Of old hast thou made the foundation of the earth." He says in verse 26, "They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment." Verse 27 says, "But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end."
We live in this day; God fills eternity. How can God fill eternity when eternity is limitless and has no end? That is precisely the point. Only God could fill something that has no measure and cannot be filled. The difference between me and God is the same as the difference between time and eternity. God is not old. God is ancient, eternal. Eternal is not long in time; it is the absence of time. It is not a measurement of time; it is totally different than time.
God is not just a super version of me. "I have time; God has more time. I have some wisdom; God has more wisdom. I have strength; God has more strength." No, my days, my strength, and my life are measured, but God is infinite. I occupy a day; God fills eternity.
This truth helps my perspective. Perhaps I feel desperate or hurried today. Realize that while we are slaves to time, God is the Master of timing. God knows our need, and He is not limited by anything that might crush us.
It also helps us with our priorities. Someone has said, "A lack of time is really a lack of priorities." If you can't get done all you need to do, you are going to have to jettison something and make a priority of something else. What we ought to make a priority today is eternity, not today. The things we do today effect eternity. When you feel rushed by time and crushed by the day, look to the God Who controls eternity.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?