“…the ruler of this world offers only empty promises, whether those promises emanate from a graven idol as in Old Testament Israel, or the mouths of unregenerate men in our day. Unlike God, he is not the sovereign of history and can only offer lies and unfulfilled promises to those who follow him, for “he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8: 44).” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But some of them said, Could not he who opened the eyes ofthe blind man have kept this man from dying?”‘ John 11:37
John records seven signs in his gospel, each illustrating some particular aspect of Jesus’ authority. The seventh and climatic sign was the raising of Lazarus, showing that Jesus has power over death.
Lazarus, the friend of Jesus was sick when word came to the Savior that He was needed. Jesus not only waited until Lazarus was dead, but the body had begun to decay. Upon arriving in Bethany people began to comment on His absence: “If You had been here, he would not have died.”226 Of course, implied in such a statement is, “You ought to have been here.”
But the argument of the skeptic was different: “Jesus didn’t prevent His friend, whom He supposedly loved, from dying. Either Jesus lacked power and thus the healing of the blind man was staged, or Jesus didn’t really love Lazarus, in spite of His tears.” The Bible is full of this kind of thinking. “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”227 Again, you see clearly the implication: “If you don’t come down from the cross it is because you are not the Son of God.”
The skeptic says, “In order for me to believe, God must meet my conditions; I must see to believe.” God will meet you more than half way if you truly seek Him with all your heart. But there are not enough miracles in the arsenal of God to convince the skeptic, just as miracles did not convince the skeptics of Jesus’ day.
226 John 11:21
2 Chronicles 4-6 John 10:24-42 (New King James Version)
2 Chronicles 4-6
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